Advertisement
Plant Operations
Subscribe to Plant Operations
View Sample

FREE Email Newsletter

Making Compressed Air OSHA-Compliant

March 17, 2014 1:00 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.Net | Articles | Comments

On the plant floor, workers often find ways to get something done faster or more efficiently, but sometimes these shortcuts can run a company afoul of OSHA regulations. In operations where workers end up getting covered in dust, they might turn a compressed air gun at themselves, unfortunately this can be exceptionally dangerous.

BNSF plans to upgrade tanker fleet after accidents  MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press   BILLINGS, Montana (AP) — BNSF Railway Co. said Thursday it intends to buy a fleet of 5,000 strengthened tank cars to haul oil and ethanol in a move that would set a high

More Oil Train Trouble

March 6, 2014 11:03 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The New York state Department of Transportation has fined CSX Railroad $10,000, saying it failed to report two oil train derailments within an hour of when they happened as required by state law.                        

Biofuel Plant Destroyed In Fire

March 4, 2014 10:26 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A fire destroyed a Lewistown business that manufactures pet bedding and litter and biofuel pellets.                                           

Advertisement
Federal investigators say a deadly explosion at a military flare plant in West Tennessee was an accident and not caused by a criminal act.

TN Plant Blast Deemed Accidental

February 28, 2014 10:34 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal investigators say a deadly explosion at a military flare plant in West Tennessee was an accident.                                                  

A West Tennessee sheriff says an employee who was severely injured in a manufacturing plant explosion has died.

Another Death In TN Plant Explosion

February 25, 2014 10:12 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A West Tennessee sheriff says an employee who was severely injured in a manufacturing explosion has died.                                                 

In a large facility, like the one a specialty chemical company operates, there are often many opportunities for energy savings. By using the appropriate monitoring systems for all their different processes, dramatic cost savings can be realized while runn

Gas & Vapor Monitoring For Energy Savings

February 24, 2014 1:00 am | by Debra Hall, Director of Sales, Control Instruments | Articles | Comments

In a large chemical facility there are often many opportunities for energy savings. By using the appropriate monitoring systems, dramatic cost savings can be realized while running at peak efficiency. The following case study shows how tracking VOC emissions and implementing BTU and LFL analyzers contributed to productivity, increased safety and energy savings. 

Increasing networking of manufacturing equipment is opening up factories to the benefits of flexible production and wireless mobile communications. However, the rising use of connected devices is also exposing production sites to security breaches and cyb

Wireless Technology Heightens Manufacturer Security Risk

February 20, 2014 1:00 am | by IHS Technology | Blogs | Comments

Increasing networking of manufacturing equipment is opening up factories to the benefits of flexible production and wireless mobile communications. However, the rising use of connected devices is also exposing production sites to security breaches and cyber-attacks, compelling companies to seek ways to protect their networks.

GA Recruiting Textile Plant Workers

February 19, 2014 11:11 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Georgia Department of Labor is hosting a recruitment event to fill hundreds of jobs at a textile manufacturing plant in northwest Georgia.                               

Advertisement
The Warrick County Sheriff's Office has identified the body of a man found at the Alcoa Plant on Monday as 35-year-old Joseph Nelson. According to Sheriff Brett Kruse, Nelson's last known address was in Martinsville, Ind.

Man Found Dead At Alcoa Identified

February 19, 2014 10:54 am | by Zach Evans, Richard Gootee, Evansville Courier & Press | News | Comments

The Warrick County Sheriff's Office has identified the body of a man found at the Alcoa Plant on Monday.                                             

Why It Makes Sense To Manufacture In The United States

February 18, 2014 4:44 pm | by David C. Chavern, Exec. VP & COO, U.S. Chamber of Commerce | Blogs | Comments

One of the many signals of the manufacturing renaissance in America is the growing practice of “reshoring.” A number of firms are bringing operations that they had located outside of the United States back to American soil. This is unquestionably good news for U.S. industry, the economy and workers.

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

Body Found At IN Alcoa Plant

February 18, 2014 10:32 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

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

Saving Energy & Money With The Better Plants Challenge

February 14, 2014 3:50 pm | by U.S. Department of Energy | Videos | Comments

Check out this video profile of Alcoa and ArcelorMittal, participants in the U.S. Department of Energy's Better Plants Challenge, to see how through the program companies have increased recycling efforts, dramatically reduced emissions and saved almost $20 million dollars a year in energy costs.

Try Out Sustainable Vehicles At The Work Truck Show

February 14, 2014 12:41 pm | by NTEA | News | Comments

Fleet operators planning for the future can save time this year by trying out 23 sustainable technology vehicles in one place during the Green Truck Ride-and-Drive at The Work Truck Show 2014.                     

Advertisement
The company that operates a southeastern Pennsylvania nuclear plant says it may decide within a year to shut down some of its 11 nuclear power stations if a way to make them profitable can't be found.

Nuclear Power Company Considers Plant Closures

February 14, 2014 10:46 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The company that operates a southeastern Pennsylvania nuclear plant ;says it may decide within a year to shut down some of its 11 nuclear power stations if a way to make them profitable can't be found.                    

A windy stretch of the Mojave Desert once roamed by tortoises and coyotes has been transformed by hundreds of thousands of mirrors into the largest solar power plant of its type in the world, a milestone for a growing industry that is testing the balance

Huge Thermal Plant Opens As Industry Grows

February 13, 2014 11:55 am | by BRIAN SKOLOFF, MICHAEL R. BLOOD, Associated Press | News | Comments

A windy stretch of the Mojave Desert once roamed by tortoises and coyotes has been transformed by hundreds of thousands of mirrors into the largest solar power plant of its type in the world, a milestone for a growing industry that is testing the balance between wilderness conservation and the pursuit of green energy across the American West.

1 Injured In Missouri Plant Fire

February 13, 2014 11:06 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

One person is hurt after a fire at a manufacturing plant in the St. Louis-area town of Pacific. The fire broke out around 9 p.m. Wednesday at the Clayton Corp. It took about an hour to get the blaze under control.                            

A factory explosion that blew out windows and injured more than a dozen people likely originated in a room where acid is used to treat the surface of ball bearings, but it could be weeks before the exact cause is determined, investigators said Tuesday.

NH Explosion Investigation Focuses On Acid Room

February 11, 2014 4:15 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A factory explosion that blew out windows and injured more than a dozen people likely originated in a room where acid is used to treat the surface of ball bearings, but it could be weeks before the exact cause is determined, investigators said Tuesday.

A factory explosion that blew out windows and injured more than a dozen people likely originated in a room where acid is used to treat the surface of ball bearings, but it could be weeks before the exact cause is determined, investigators said Tuesday.

First Responders Probe Explosion At NH Plant

February 11, 2014 10:47 am | by NORMA LOVE, Associated Press | News | Comments

First responders are working to determine what caused an explosion at a ball bearings plant that shattered windows, shook walls and sent at least 15 people to the hospital.                        

An explosion rocked a small-town ball bearings plant on Monday, shaking walls, shattering windows and sending at least 15 people to the hospital, but a company spokeswoman said none of their injuries appeared to be life-threatening.

15 Injured In NH Plant Explosion

February 11, 2014 10:43 am | by NORMA LOVE, Associated Press | News | Comments

An explosion rocked a small-town ball bearings plant yesterday, shaking walls, shattering windows and sending at least 15 people to the hospital, but a company spokeswoman said none of their injuries appeared to be life-threatening.        

Carbon Cap & Trade Versus Energy Efficiency

February 11, 2014 2:48 am | by Carbon Lighthouse | Blogs | Comments

There is a lot of talk about carbon cap-and-trade and energy efficiency. Carbon cap-and-trade is hailed as a market mechanism for reducing carbon dioxide emissions and energy efficiency is one of the most profitable investments most companies can make. Efficiency is also a great way to reduce energy consumption and hence carbon emissions as well. So what happens when you combine a carbon cap-and-trade with energy efficiency?

7 Reasons To Benchmark Manufacturing Performance

February 6, 2014 1:00 am | by Mike Roberts, LNS Research | Articles | Comments

Whether it’s for internal comparisons, or for measuring the effectiveness of a company against close competitors, benchmarking is a vital continuous improvement tool. And although it’s safe to say that the average executive understands the benefits of benchmarking performance, that doesn’t necessarily mean his or her company has ever participated in such an initiative.

Fight Spoilage With Better Packaging & Process Technology

February 3, 2014 2:42 am | by interpack | Articles | Comments

Innovative packages are the key in the fight against food loss and wastage. More effective barrier layers, germicidal films and freshness indicators are intended to help products to keep for longer and stop consumers’ throwaway mentality. However, despite all these improvements, companies have to keep a constant eye on process efficiency and on costs.

Federal chemical safety investigators are recommending tougher state and federal oil refinery oversight after a 2010 explosion and fire at a Tesoro Corp. refinery in Anacortes that killed seven workers.

Investigators Call For More Oversight After Refinery Blast

January 30, 2014 10:47 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal chemical safety investigators are recommending tougher state and federal oil refinery oversight after a 2010 explosion and fire at a Tesoro Corp. refinery in Anacortes that killed seven workers.

Injured Worker Sues After Omaha Industrial Accident

January 30, 2014 10:34 am | by MARGERY A. BECK, Associated Press | News | Comments

A man injured in an industrial building collapse in Omaha that killed two workers earlier this month is suing the company and its owner, primarily in an effort to find out what happened, his lawyer said Wednesday.                         

The Right Tools For The Job: Implementing FEL

January 30, 2014 1:00 am | by Jens M. Ebert, PE, PMP; SSOE Group | Articles | Comments

Last week an industry expert examined Front-End-Loading - the project management process that involves developing sufficient project definition so that owners can make investment decisions, minimize risk and maximize the potential for success, and broke down the first implementation steps. This week moves on to a discussion of the next two phases of the FEL process and breaks down the cost-benefit analysis for the process.  

X
You may login with either your assigned username or your e-mail address.
The password field is case sensitive.
Loading