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Choosing the Right Preventive-Control Training

May 21, 2014 1:00 am | by Chuck Zona, Vice President and Dean, Hooke College of Applied Science and Cheryl Murley, Quality Manager, McCrone Associates | Articles | Comments

A persistent problem in the food industry is the contamination with foreign material from ingredients, processing equipment and the environment. To establish the correct preventive measures and develop a successful program that withstands FDA scrutiny, food quality employees need specialized materials analysis training that enables them to characterize and identify raw material, processing contaminants and their sources.

Turkish Mine Disaster Won't Go Unpunished

May 20, 2014 10:55 am | by SUZAN FRASER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Turkey's prime minister pledged not to allow anyone responsible for the country's worst mine disaster to go unpunished, and promised improved supervision of Turkish mines.                        

Plastics Firm To Open Plant In Alabama

May 20, 2014 10:11 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

State officials say a plastics firm plans to open a production facility in Limestone County. The plant is expected to employ up to 100 workers when it reaches full capacity.                             

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IoT Transforming The Industrial Sector

May 20, 2014 1:00 am | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | Blogs | Comments

When breaking down the multi-faceted components, resources and benefits the Internet of Things encompasses, it clearly offers an intriguing display of opportunity, investment and concern. IoT’s surge into the everyday lives of nearly every person represents significant social and cultural change, with its impact being felt in numerous areas - including manufacturing.

Wastewater Board Closes Old Facilities

May 16, 2014 10:34 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The DeSoto County Regional Utility Authority board has authorized advertising for bids for an estimated $2.9 million project to close old, offline sewage plants in the western part of the county.                     

Explosion At Steel Mill Injures 6

May 16, 2014 10:00 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Investigators were trying Friday to determine the cause of the blast at Gerdau Ameristeel Mill in north Knoxville. Corcoran said it occurred in a part of the plant where a furnace melts down the metal.                    

Saving Thousands By Removing Scale

May 15, 2014 1:00 am | by Jan de Baat Doelman, Scalewatcher | Articles | Comments

Liaoyang Petroleum’s Olefin Factory in the Hongwei District of mainland China, producing MEG and polypropylene, is saving $65,000 a year in maintenance following the installation of a computerized, electronic water conditioner.   

Glass Fabrication Plant Expands In GA

May 14, 2014 9:52 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A Minnesota-based glass fabrication company is planning to add more than 100 new jobs when it expands a plant in eastern Georgia.                                      

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New Approaches To Contract Manufacturing Open Doors For Manufacturers

May 13, 2014 1:00 am | by David Douthit, Operations Executive, Accenture | Blogs | Comments

Although many companies have a limited view of contract manufacturing, manufacturing leaders have recognized the benefits of using it as a part of their long-term production strategy. These benefits can be particularly important in an economic environment characterized by rising customer expectations, growing complexity and ever-increasing volatility.   

Veterans Filling In The Manufacturing Skills Gap

May 12, 2014 1:00 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

This is an all-too-familiar story: a young person enlists in the U.S. military, completes their service and then finds themselves in a difficult period of transitioning back into civilian life. But, when it comes to understanding the need for reliability and maintenance, look no further than veterans — they know the stakes if a piece of equipment fails.

Recycling: The Primary Energy Efficiency Technology For Aluminum & Steel

May 9, 2014 11:12 am | by U.S. Energy Information Administration | News | Comments

The production of iron, steel, and aluminum is a highly energy-intensive process, accounting for 10% of total manufacturing energy use. The use of recycling in the manufacturing process of these metals has been a main driver of improvements in energy efficiency within the industry.

Changing The Tune On Asset Uptime

May 8, 2014 11:09 am | by Leah Friberg, Education and Public Affairs, Fluke Corporation | Articles | Comments

Predictive maintenance practices are entrenched in regulation-driven manufacturing sectors with high costs of downtime, such as refineries or pharmaceuticals, but for the average facility, the ROI for predictive maintenance hasn’t been there. Not all facilities have the budgets to implement a predictive maintenance system, but by incorporating smart devices they can raise the effectiveness of even a small maintenance team. 

Wax Plant Fire Cause Still Unknown

May 7, 2014 10:54 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

State and federal fire investigators say an explosion and fire at a northwestern Pennsylvania wax plant was accidental, though they haven't described the specific cause.                      

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The Enlightened Plant

May 6, 2014 1:00 am | by Peter G. Martin and Grant Le Sueur | Blogs | Comments

Information without context is just noise. The best way to filter the noise is to ensure that each plant function — operations, maintenance, safety, etc. — has clear, up-to-date information on how it can contribute most effectively to safe, successful operation. Although each role operates within multiple contexts, automation systems can offer useful assistance.

Steel Mill Accident Injures 9

May 5, 2014 2:35 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal, state and county officials are investigating after a building collapse at the former Sparrows Point steel mill in Baltimore County that injured nine workers, four of them critically.                     

Solving An Age-Old Powder Handling Dilemma

May 5, 2014 1:00 am | by Spiroflow Systems | Articles | Comments

Access Security Products Ltd. manufacturer burglary and fire resistant vaults and security equipment using a proprietary cement mixture in the walls that render them almost impenetrable to thieves and fire. This material also happens to be very difficult to handle. After a year of using a crane to manually unload, they finally found a real solution.

WY Gas Plant Partially Operational After Fire

May 1, 2014 10:34 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A Wyoming natural gas processing plant is operating at about 40 percent of its typical seasonal level just over a week after an explosion and fire.                     

The Pros & Cons Of Outsourced vs. In-House Maintenance

May 1, 2014 1:00 am | by Mike Johnston, CRMP, Senior Consultant, T.A. Cook Consultants, Inc. | Articles | Comments

Outsourced contract maintenance is becoming an increasingly prevalent method for companies to maintain their assets. There are three approaches to maintenance management: In-house staffing, a hybrid of in-house and outsourcing, and complete outsourcing. How these may be applied and to what extent is driven by each company and their own unique needs.

Flames Shoot From Ohio Steel Plant

April 29, 2014 10:49 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Flames and thick smoke shot up in a southwest Ohio community from a steel plant fire that was controlled without injuries.                                   

77 Safety Glasses

April 29, 2014 1:00 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO | Blogs | Comments

If you’re not open to letting suppliers into your plant, your competition may be – and then skipping these kinds of service offerings goes from a missed opportunity to a threat to your competitive advantage.                          

Corn Grinding For VA Ethanol Plant To Begin

April 28, 2014 10:39 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A partner in a revived ethanol plant in Hopewell plans to begin grinding corn for the operation this month.                                                         

7 Injured In Plant Explosion, Fire

April 28, 2014 10:06 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

An explosion has rocked a plywood manufacturing plant north of Houston, injuring seven workers and causing a fire that took hours to extinguish.                                           

Looking For Growth & Profitability Solutions?

April 24, 2014 3:32 pm | by Mike Edgett, Director of Industry Marketing, Process Manufacturing at Infor | Articles | Comments

Over the last decade, many companies have been “making do” with what they had to in order to run their businesses. The stories of companies delaying capital investment and squeezing more years out of equipment have been told over and over again. Now is the time to decide which IT investments can both grow your business and improve your profitability. So, where to begin? 

Utility Says It Is Committed To Plant Site Reuse

April 23, 2014 10:28 am | by The Muskegon Chronicle, Muskegon, MI | News | Comments

Officials with Consumers Energy said they're committed to helping find a new use for the site of a coal-fired power plant in western Michigan that's scheduled to close in two years.              

Feds: New Laws, Oversight Needed After Texas Blast

April 23, 2014 10:24 am | by Nomaan Merchant, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Texas fertilizer plant explosion that killed 15 people a year ago could have been prevented — and agencies at all levels haven't done enough to change the circumstances that led to the catastrophe, federal officials said Tuesday.    

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