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Robots Redefining Manufacturing

July 11, 2014 1:00 am | by Financial Times | Videos | Comments

Will Baxter, a new kind of robot that can perform more delicate operations alongside humans, redefine how robotics are used in manufacturing?                                    

Silicon Plant Talks Commence In North Carolina

July 10, 2014 1:19 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A North Carolina group plans a meeting Saturday in Iuka to call on local residents to press state regulators to hold a hearing on what it believes is health risks connected to a silicon metal plant under construction in Tishomingo County.           

Feet First: Best Practices To Ensure Safe Flooring

July 10, 2014 1:00 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO - @IndustrialAnna | Articles | Comments

Did you know that slips, trips and falls are the most reported injury in the workplace? Here's how to prevent them.                                     

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Dealing With "Fast-Breaking" Crisis Situations in Your Plant

July 9, 2014 1:00 am | by Ray White, Director of Federal Signal Corporation's Integrated Systems Group (ISG) | Articles | Comments

A fast-breaking emergency is one where circumstances change both quickly and dramatically, oftentimes in as little as a few seconds or even less. Explosions, hazardous gas leaks, chemical spills and rapidly spreading fires are obvious examples of fast-breaking crises. Is your facility prepared for one of these events?                     

New Paper Processing Plant To Open In Mississippi

July 8, 2014 11:24 am | by JEFF AMY, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Wisconsin company will open a $48 million plant in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, to make paper towels, tissue and other projects, hiring 300 people over five years.                       

4 Manufacturing Software Applications That Support Operational Agility

July 8, 2014 1:00 am | by Greg Goodwin, LNS Research | Blogs | Comments

Chances are, an increased rate of production response to changes in supply and demand is high on your operational wish-list. And you’re not alone. When it comes to increased agility, it’s hard to argue there’s such a thing as too fast, and even small improvements in the ability to quickly ramp production up or down can translate to significant long-term bottom-line gains.

Better On-The-Job Electrical Safety

July 7, 2014 1:00 am | by Christina Chatfield, Marketing Communications Manager, HARTING USA | Articles | Comments

Electricity is a crucial component in commercial and industrial environments because many business processes rely on electric-powered equipment. The prevalence of electrical equipment in the workplace can become an occupational hazard without safety awareness and precautionary practices in place. 

Seeing China’s manufacturing sector shrink is a trend that excites Americans, although it may not actually alleviate much of the pressure around an unemployment rate of 7.3 percent. The reality, according to many experts, is that the phenomenon is more on

Inside America's Oldest Continuously Operating Paper Mill

July 3, 2014 1:00 am | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO - @TalesFromTia | Articles | Comments

Monadnock Paper Mill (MPM) is nestled along the Contoocook River in the 1,400-person-town of Bennington, NH and has been in continuous operation since 1819 — the longest of any paper mill in the United States. The company is family owned, and it's loyal ties to local community and environment are apparent at every step. 

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Idled West Virginia Plant Back In Business

July 2, 2014 12:39 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Felman Production is restarting its idled plant in Mason County following an agreement with Appalachian Power on a special electricity rate for the facility.                             

Westlake Chemical Fire Probe Closed

July 2, 2014 11:31 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Company officials say air releases from an early June fire inside a refrigeration unit at Westlake Chemical Corp.'s vinyls plant in Ascension Parish did not exceed pollution limits.                       

First Bill Reacting To West, Texas Blast Meets GOP Resistance

July 1, 2014 5:20 pm | by PAUL J. WEBER, Associated Press | News | Comments

The first bill drafted by Texas lawmakers in response to the West fertilizer plant explosion that killed 15 people got an icy reception from Republicans who said the tougher proposed regulations would overburden storage facilities with complexities and cost.       

Are Manufacturers Stuck In The 20th Century?

July 1, 2014 1:00 am | by James Jensen, VP of Products and Services, Perillon | Blogs | Comments

With a variety of automated Environmental Management Information Systems to track and report environmental, health and safety compliance, it’s surprising that many companies are using manual programs. Why are companies accepting liability associated with these archaic programs and what can they do to bring their EH&S systems into the 21st century?

Process Control Building

June 30, 2014 9:48 am | by Nikita Ernst, Associate Editor | Principal Technology, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Principal Technology, Inc.’s Modular Process Control Buildings are a flexible solution for providing process automation and control as well as power distribution to remote industrial sites, petrochemical plants or oil and gas processing facilities in one structure. 

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Seeing China’s manufacturing sector shrink is a trend that excites Americans, although it may not actually alleviate much of the pressure around an unemployment rate of 7.3 percent. The reality, according to many experts, is that the phenomenon is more on

Building Up, Not Out

June 30, 2014 1:00 am | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

For many manufacturers, there comes a time when the lack of adequate space leads to disorganization and inefficiency. Plant and warehouse expansions are expensive, can lead to extended downtimes and are dependent on available space and upfront capital. Making better use of existing space, however, is a more affordable and practical option with impressive results.

Connecting Your Maintenance Team

June 27, 2014 1:00 am | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO - @TalesFromTia | Videos | Comments

Maintenance technicians make better, faster decisions when they have field access to maintenance records and when they can review measurements in real time with team members and supervisors. Traditionally, these records are kept back in the office and team members are rarely in the same place at the same time, but not anymore...

CEC 2015 Engineering Buyers Guide

June 25, 2014 4:04 pm | by Chem.Info | Digital Editions | Comments

Click here to view the CEC2015 Engineering Buyers' Guide, the technology resource for processing professionals.

Best Practices For Bearing Protection

June 25, 2014 1:00 am | by Adam Willwerth, Sales and Marketing Manager, Electro Static Technology | Articles | Comments

Until all motors are designed with built-in bearing protection, plant maintenance personnel and motor repair shops will continue to replace damaged bearings. But if proper mitigation is installed, it only has to be done once. Better yet, technicians can use diagnostic techniques to head off electrical bearing damage from the beginning.

Controlling Dust With Curtain Walls

June 23, 2014 1:00 am | by Chuck Ashelin, Engineering Manager, Zoneworks | Articles | Comments

Controlling dust in a facility is essential for quality control and, more importantly, is a matter of safety. Any company involved in a process handling operation or generating particulate matter will benefit from dust control practices. Curtain walls can be a simple and economical way to control dust and they make exhaust and separation systems more efficient.

Let’s briefly explore some of the more elemental aspects of maintenance management life. In the last few years, a prodigious amount of effort and time has resulted in mapping the entire human genome. All this research has enabled us to solve the fundament

Cracking The Code: Maintenance Genetics

June 20, 2014 1:00 am | by Joel Levitt, Life Cycle Engineering | Blogs | Comments

Let’s briefly explore some of the more elemental aspects of maintenance management life. Has research finally enabled us to solve the fundamental problem faced by managers of maintenance workers since the time of the pyramids: what makes maintenance people tick?

Emergency Eyewashes & Showers: Testing and Maintenance

June 19, 2014 1:00 am | by Grainger | Articles | Comments

Fortunately, emergency eyewashes and showers often go unused, so it's criticial to test these devices regularly to help ensure they will function properly in an emergency. Studies show that the seconds immediately following an eye injury or chemical splash are often critical to minimizing damage.

1 Dead, 2 Hurt In Fireworks Plant Explosion

June 18, 2014 4:22 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The man died while awaiting an airlift to a regional trauma center, Thurston County sheriff's spokesman Lt. Greg Elwin said. Two others were hurt in the explosion near Tenino, Washington and have been taken to hospitals.                                      

Scheduling Maintenance With Military Precision

June 18, 2014 1:00 am | by Christopher D. Gates, Asst. Reactor Maintenance Officer on the USS Nimitz | Articles | Comments

The USS Nimitz is one of the Navy’s nuclear powered super carriers and is the lead ship of its class. With only two locations in the world that can handle its dry dock maintenance needs, the carrier needs to schedule maintenance activities over two years out. This offshore application offers maintenance best practices that any manufacturer should consider.

Authorities are investigating the discovery of a body at a southwestern Indiana aluminum plant.

Alcoa To Invest $25M In Virginia Facility

June 17, 2014 1:40 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Alcoa Power and Propulsion plans to invest $25 million in new technology at its Hampton, Virginia operation. Gov. Terry McAuliffe says the expansion will create 75 jobs.                        

How Trustworthy Is The Data You’re Using?

June 17, 2014 9:07 am | by Rich Garvin, Training & Development Manager, Knovel | Blogs | Comments

How are your engineering and sales teams gathering they data they use to make decisions? Are they getting it from reputable sources? Rich Garvin, the Training & Development Manager at Knovel, offers some guidance as to how to do web-based research - safely.

Angry Factory Workers Kill CEO In Dispute

June 16, 2014 3:51 pm | by PRASANTA PAUL, Associated Press | News | Comments

An angry mob of workers wielding iron rods and stones beat the CEO of a jute factory to death in a dispute over increasing their working hours, police said Monday after arresting six workers.                    

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