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Explosion And Fire At Fiberboard Plant

June 11, 2014 10:29 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Explosions and a fire rocked a fiberboard plant in northwest Montana, but all of the workers inside were safely led from the building and no major injuries were reported, authorities said.                      

Report Calls For More Protection For Chemical Workers

June 9, 2014 10:33 am | by Tom Raum, Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. government vowed to take a stronger role in protecting chemical-industry workers and local residents from accidents and explosions at chemical plants in the aftermath of a deadly April 2013 explosion in Texas.                    

Sustainable improvement has recently become a buzzword for manufacturers. Change has been implemented, processes updated and teams successfully trained as to how to use them. And yet, somewhere along the way, old habits rear their ugly heads, improvements

Active Management: 3 Key Steps To Lasting Improvement

June 5, 2014 1:00 am | by Jerry Wanichko, Director of Consulting Operations T.A. Cook Consultants, Inc. | Articles | Comments

Sustainable improvement has recently become a buzzword for manufacturers. Change has been implemented, processes updated and teams successfully trained to use them. And yet, somewhere along the way, old habits rear their ugly heads, improvements begin to slip away and managers struggle to motivate a previously enthusiastic workforce.

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Major Fire At Shell Chemical Plant

June 4, 2014 10:13 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A major fire broke out late Tuesday at a chemical plant operated by oil giant Royal Dutch Shell near the port city of Rotterdam, Dutch emergency services said.                             

Operating executives looking to produce a wider variety and higher volume of products may think it’s time to expand the plant or invest in new equipment. But in many cases, they can improve their current output from their existing machinery. Learn how fas

Four Steps For Uncovering Hidden Capacity

June 4, 2014 1:00 am | by David Pate, Ken Van Winkle, Steve Weise, Keith Yeater | Articles | Comments

Operating executives looking to produce a wider variety and higher volume of products may think it’s time to expand the plant or invest in new equipment. But in many cases, they can improve their current output from their existing machinery. Learn how faster setup times and improved equipment performance can translate into increased capacity, more flexibility, reduced lead time and costs, and better quality and speed. 

Robot Usage To Increase In The Pharmaceutical Sector

June 2, 2014 5:15 pm | by Jorge Izquierdo, vice president, Market Development, PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies | News | Comments

A recently published market report indicates that the use of robots in a number of industries has more than tripled in the past five years and by 2018, robots are projected to be used for 27 percent of new line installations for medical device primary packaging. For the pharmaceutical industry, robots are expected to service 34 percent of primary packaging efforts, a 13 percent increase from 2013.

The Impact Of Consumer IT Trends On Manufacturing Software

June 2, 2014 1:00 am | by Greg Goodwin, LNS Research | Blogs | Comments

It's a multi-tasking world and the line between work and personal activities is becoming fuzzy, with technology at least partly to blame. More and more of our everyday activities have incorporated interactive displays, live feeds and Internet accessibility, and, in addition to changing the way we relate to each other and navigate the consumer market, it’s having a noticeable effect on enterprise operations.

Choosing The Right Material For The Job

May 29, 2014 1:00 am | by Anderson Development | Articles | Comments

A common question customers will ask is “What polyurethane product do I use for my application?” With so many different types of applications, practically no two are the same. The trick is to figure out what material properties are the most important, while at the same time keeping price and processability in mind. 

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Reduce Fouling With Electronic Water Treatment

May 28, 2014 1:00 am | by Jan De Baat Doelman, President, Scalewatcher North America Inc. | Articles | Comments

The results of limescale build-up are a higher pressure drop across a water treatment system. This translates into higher operating costs and eventually the need to clean or replace the reverse osmosis membranes. Electronic Water Treatment (EWT) can be the ideal solution for preventing limescale build-up in RO membranes.

Manufacturers Weigh In On Big Data

May 22, 2014 1:00 am | by Greg Goodwin, LNS Research | Articles | Comments

In the considering Big Data, as well as other emerging trends like mobility, cloud technology and how to implement metrics programs that drive the most performance improvement, LNS Research teamed up with MESA International to create the ‘Metrics that Matter’ survey. With over 200 responses, it aims to identify the ways leading manufacturers are approaching these and other manufacturing technologies and initiatives.

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.                                      

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.                      

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.                     

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