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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.

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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.  

New Power Plant Brings Jobs To OH

January 29, 2014 10:58 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A Florida based energy company says it plans to spend more than $500 million on a natural gas-fired power plant in southwest Ohio that could mean jobs for 400 people in the area.

New Choline Chloride Facility In St. Gabriel

January 29, 2014 10:48 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Taminco Corp. and Balchem Corp. will build and operate a choline chloride facility in St. Gabriel, where both companies operate existing production facilities.                        

Novelis North America is investigating a fire that damaged a section of its plant in Fairmont.

Novelis Plant Fire Under Investigation

January 29, 2014 10:46 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Novelis North America is investigating a fire that damaged a section of its plant in Fairmont.                                              

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Dakota Gasification Co. is moving forward with plans to add a $402 million urea fertilizer production facility at its Great Plains Synfuels Plant in western North Dakota.

Synfuels Plant To Add $400M Fertilizer Facility

January 29, 2014 10:24 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Dakota Gasification Co. is moving forward with plans to add a $402 million urea fertilizer production facility at its Great Plains Synfuels Plant in western North Dakota.

Is Lubrication Data Missing From Your KPIs?

January 29, 2014 1:00 am | by William D. Correll, Generation Systems, Inc.; Kirk Williams, Albemarle Corporation | Articles | Comments

In industrial operations the world over, lubrication remains a vexing challenge. Indeed, when machine bearings fail, there’s a better than seventy percent chance that faulty or insufficient lubrication practices are ultimately to blame. Lubrication-specific key performance indicators can go a long way to addressing this costly problem.

Virginia Takes Aim At The EPA

January 28, 2014 10:44 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Virginia lawmakers and business leaders are taking aim at the Environmental Protection Agency and new coal-plant pollution regulations.                                             

AR Lifts Stay On Steel Mill Permit

January 27, 2014 10:51 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Arkansas Pollution Control and Ecology Commission lifted a stay on an air permit for the $1.1 billion Big River Steel plant near Osceola. The stay was imposed when rival steel-maker Nucor Corp. objected to the issuance of an air permit last year by the state Department of Environmental Quality.

Supreme Court Rules Against Steelworkers' Claim

January 27, 2014 10:46 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Supreme Court says steelworkers do not have to be paid for time they spend putting on and taking off protective gear they wear on the job.                                                   

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The Democratic senator said in a Thursday news release that Freedom Industries' Charleston site should be destroyed and cleaned. On Jan. 9, chemicals oozed out of a tank, through a cracked wall and into the Elk River. About 300,000 people were banned from

Senator Wants WV Chemical Facility Torn Down

January 24, 2014 11:11 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Democratic senator said in a Thursday news release that Freedom Industries' Charleston site should be destroyed and cleaned. On Jan. 9, chemicals oozed out of a tank, through a cracked wall and into the Elk River. About 300,000 people were banned from drinking or bathing in water for days.

Officials say Colgate-Palmolive is building an oral care products manufacturing plant in Tennessee's Hamblen County, adding 75 jobs in the process.

Colgate-Palmolive Building A New Plant In TN

January 24, 2014 11:00 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Officials say Colgate-Palmolive is building an oral care products manufacturing plant in Tennessee's Hamblen County, adding 75 jobs in the process.

Ford Motor Company is piloting new software from Siemens, using Google Earth infrastructure, that facilitates virtual navigation within its assembly plants, helping the company improve communication, efficiency, globalization and standardization.

Virtual Plant Mapping Technology

January 24, 2014 1:00 am | by Ford | Videos | Comments

Ford Motor Company is piloting new software from Siemens, using Google Earth infrastructure, which facilitates virtual navigation within its assembly plants, helping the company improve communication, efficiency, globalization and standardization.

When Disaster Strikes A Chemical Company

January 24, 2014 1:00 am | by Complex Chemical Company | Articles | Comments

If a natural disaster hit your business, would you be prepared? How would you recover from the damage to your infrastructure? Unfortunately, Complex Chemical Co., Inc. had to learn the real-life answers to these questions when a powerful EF-3 tornado hit its chemical processing plant in Tallulah, Louisiana.

Two of the 38 workers who were at the International Nutrition plant on Monday morning died and 10 were hospitalized with significant injuries, authorities said. A firefighter was also sent to the hospital with an injured hand.

OSHA Begins International Nutrition Investigation

January 22, 2014 2:41 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal safety investigators are looking at structural problems and a dust explosion as possible causes of an industrial building collapse in Omaha that killed two workers and injured 17 others.                   

When state inspectors showed up unannounced at Freedom Industries to investigate a licorice odor wafting across West Virginia's capital city, company executive Dennis Farrell seemed to brush off any cause for concern. But inspectors quickly found what was

Additional Chemical Involved In WV Leak

January 22, 2014 1:24 pm | by JONATHAN MATTISE, Associated Press | News | Comments

A second chemical was released during a spill that contaminated the water supply for 300,000 West Virginians, though the newly identified substance appears to be less toxic than the coal-cleaning agent already known to have leaked.

9 Injured In Food Plant Fire

January 22, 2014 10:25 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Authorities say at least nine people required hospital treatment after a fire in a truck parked at a food processing facility in central Pennsylvania.

Two of the 38 workers who were at the International Nutrition plant on Monday morning died and 10 were hospitalized with significant injuries, authorities said. A firefighter was also sent to the hospital with an injured hand.

2nd Body Recovered From Plant Collapse

January 22, 2014 10:21 am | by MARGERY A. BECK, Associated Press | News | Comments

Authorities recovered the body of a second worker who was killed when an Omaha manufacturing plant collapsed, while federal investigators tried to pinpoint a cause of the industrial accident that killed two and injured 17.                     

WV Calls For Tighter Chemical Regulations

January 21, 2014 10:44 am | by JONATHAN MATTISE, Associated Press | News | Comments

West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin on Monday proposed tighter regulations for chemical storage facilities after a spill contaminated the water supply for 300,000 people.

Two of the 38 workers who were at the International Nutrition plant on Monday morning died and 10 were hospitalized with significant injuries, authorities said. A firefighter was also sent to the hospital with an injured hand.

2 Dead After Plant Explosion

January 21, 2014 10:40 am | by JOSH FUNK, Associated Press | News | Comments

Two of the 38 workers at the International Nutrition plant on Monday morning died and 10 were hospitalized with significant injuries, authorities said. A firefighter was also sent to the hospital with an injured hand.                 

9 Hurt In Animal Feed Plant Explosion

January 20, 2014 2:00 pm | by JOSH FUNK, Associated Press | News | Comments

At least nine people have been hospitalized and others could be trapped after an explosion and partial building collapse at an Omaha animal feed processing plant.

Missing Opportunities In Manufacturing Post-Mortems

January 20, 2014 11:56 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.Net | Blogs | Comments

The manufacturing industry is tight-lipped about internal operations, and most plant managers would be more apt to think that a major production disruption would be something to silence as much as possible. They certainly wouldn’t write up a post-mortem. But what if they did? What if they thought others could find value in what went wrong?

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