After more than two decades of "reshoring" or "off-shoring" manufacturing production to low-cost labor countries like China, U.S.-based companies are bringing their operations back home – resulting in the increasing need of skilled technical experts and coating professionals.
The death toll in an explosion at a Chinese auto parts factory has risen to 75, as investigators fault poor safety measures and news reports reveal that workers had long complained of dangerous levels of dust at the facility.
There is plenty of talk these days about the Internet of Things and wearable tech. While the consumer fascination with these capabilities is relatively new, what is often lost in the conversation is this: packaging companies have been building networks that connect machines for years – most often referred to as the “Industrial Internet” – and OEMS have increasingly been enabling this connectivity across the machines they produce.
In 2013, the French-Canadian machining, fabrication and assembly company, Marmen Energy, made the move to the South Dakota. Marmen builds equipment for the global energy sector and its Brandon facility is dedicated to wind tower production. In this facility, it’s building exclusively for General Electric, a longstanding client.
Twenty-three percent of the workforce has misused prescription painkillers, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, making opioid use a serious threat to employee safety.
Thousands of workers become sick from exposure to heat every year, and some even die. Heat illnesses and deaths are preventable and employers must take responsibility for protecting their employees while they are working under conditions of excessive heat.
Cargill says it plans to close a Milwaukee beef-processing plant which employs about 600 people on Friday due to a shortage of cattle.
A livestock feed company says it will contest citations and proposed penalties issued for the collapse of an Omaha plant that killed two employees.
If you’re currently planning on implementing a Manufacturing Execution System (MES) or other applications in the Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM) space, you may think you have all the shop-floor areas and situations that still use manual, paper-based processes identified, but this may not necessarily be the case.
The year-long investigation by Republican staff on the Senate Homeland Security Committee paints a picture of inspection delay, government errors in risk assessment and industry loopholes in a $595 million terror prevention program passed by Congress in 2006.
Authorities say one person died and three others were injured in an explosion at a fish processing plant on the Mississippi coast.
Construction of an oil refinery near Dickinson is about three-fourths complete, and most of the jobs that will be created there have already been filled.
With less than a year left in the countdown to GHS Hazard Communication Standard compliance, companies will soon be in the throes of converting from the MSDS format to the SDS format, if they aren't already. Chem.Info sat down with Paul Burgess, an expert on the Hazard Communication Standard, to talk about what chemical manufacturers need to consider now that the deadline is approaching.
Every year budgets get tighter and costs go up — no matter what business you’re in. In manufacturing, where aging equipment is a given and energy rates are a cost center of sometimes epic proportions, it’s no wonder management looks for more efficient ways to churn out product. There are so many factors in an overall equipment strategy that it begs the question: just how important is energy efficiency to the average manufacturer?
The demand for skilled workers has never been higher as manufacturers struggle to find the talented workforce needed to fill jobs currently available. To combat the talent gap and build a high-performance team, some are increasingly turning to competency models – a structured system to develop the needed knowledge, skills and abilities for specific jobs.
The $148 million American Lightweight Materials Manufacturing Innovation Institute (ALMMII) is expected to help move cutting-edge metals from research into vehicles, planes and ships used commercially and by the U.S. military.
One glance at your morning newspaper and you’ll find troubling news within today’s global manufacturing industry. It could be one of many things: a fire, a chemical spill, numerous workers injured or killed. In manufacturing, especially in the process industries, the smallest abnormal situation can trigger a series of events that can lead to disaster.
This issue of IMPO focuses on improving energy efficiency in your facility, takes you inside KitchenAid's stand mixer factory and discusses the best uses for mobility in a manufacturing setting.
A state agency's decision to revise a Detroit-area steel plant's air quality permit will allow the facility to continue emitting too much pollution, environmental organizations said Monday in a lawsuit.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.