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Overloaded Bins Caused Fatal January Accident

July 22, 2014 10:20 am | by JOSH FUNK, Associated Press | News | Comments

Overloaded storage bins on the roof of an Omaha livestock feed manufacturer's plant caused the building collapse that killed two people in January, federal investigators said.                      

Using Industrial Ultrasonic Cleaners in Your Facility

July 21, 2014 1:00 am | by Frank Pedeflous, Omegasonics | Articles | Comments

From precision instruments to carburetors, manufacturers from the aerospace, food, drug, machining and automotive industries have discovered that industrial ultrasonic cleaning systems provide them with premium results over traditional cleaning methods — and are safer, faster and less expensive.

On The Hunt For The Hottest Job In America

July 17, 2014 3:16 pm | News | Comments

Know someone who’s feeling the heat at work-literally? Cintas Corporation and The Sqwincher Corporation, a leader in electrolyte replacement drinks, launched its “Hottest Job in America” contest for employees in high-heat environments. The prize package includes cooling products and a pair of NFL tickets.

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Feds Offer Advice After Deadly WV Explosion

July 17, 2014 10:12 am | by JONATHAN MATTISE, Associated Press | News | Comments

A New Cumberland metal recycling plant lacked a safety system to collect combustible dust during a 2010 explosion that killed three people and injured another, according to federal investigators.                

Explosion-Proof Vacuums: An Investment In Safety

July 17, 2014 1:00 am | by Rachel Leisemann Immel, Associate Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

Plant explosions should serve as a reminder for industrial users to review their vacuums to ensure they are suitable in explosion-proof applications, such as those relating to combustible dust. In addition to satisfying OSHA requirements, manufacturers must also keep workers safe.

Factory Output Rises For 5th Straight Month

July 16, 2014 10:37 am | by CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. factory output increased for the fifth straight month in June as manufacturers cranked out more aircraft, chemicals and furniture.                               

10 Safety Tips For Operating Aerial Lifts

July 16, 2014 1:00 am | by Terex Corporation | Articles | Comments

Fatalities caused by falls from elevation continue to be a leading cause of death for construction workers, accounting for 269 of the 775 construction fatalities recorded in 2012. Those deaths could have been prevented.                  

Camden Plant Could Create 3,000 Jobs

July 15, 2014 10:07 am | by GEOFF MULVIHILL, Associated Press | News | Comments

A company that makes components for power plants that it eventually expects to bring 3,000 jobs to the facility it plans to build in Camden, one of the nation's poorest cities.                               

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

Alcoa Signs $1.1B Deal To Make Jet Engine Parts

July 15, 2014 9:50 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Alcoa signed a $1.1 billion deal to make jet engine parts for a unit of United Technologies Corp.                                           

Dozens Arrested At Maryland Gas Plant

July 15, 2014 9:48 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

More than two dozen activists have been arrested following a protest against plans to build a facility in Maryland to liquefy and export natural gas.                                 

Preventing Heat Stress On The Job

July 14, 2014 1:00 am | by Scott Jacobs, PE, Director of Engineering, Port-A-Cool, LLC | Articles | Comments

Many industries face challenges when it comes to providing a cool working environment, particularly in heat-susceptible areas such as industrial plants and manufacturing facilities. These extreme-heat situations can impact worker safety and productivity, and the company’s bottom-line. Without adequate cooling, workers are put in danger while equipment and manufactured products are at an increased risk for failure.

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.           

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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.                                     

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. 

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. 

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.

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