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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 and thick smoke shot up in a southwest Ohio community from a steel plant fire that was controlled without injuries.
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.
A partner in a revived ethanol plant in Hopewell plans to begin grinding corn for the operation this month.
An explosion has rocked a plywood manufacturing plant north of Houston, injuring seven workers and causing a fire that took hours to extinguish.
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?
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.
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.
In the past, the manual surveying of sites for retrofits or facility expansion often required hundreds of hours, often in potentially hazardous locations. When infrastructures were not precisely detailed in plans, the resulting survey errors usually led to expensive changes. Today, high-definition survey technology makes it possible for data to be collected from hundreds of survey points in a matter or hours instead of days or weeks.
Some Albuquerque leaders are suggesting a site on the city's west side as a location for Tesla Motors' planned new plant to manufacture batteries for its electric cars.
The deadly explosion at a McEwen ammunition plant was accidental, according to a preliminary investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
Portable multi-gas and single gas detectors and instrument accessories are often the first and last line of defense when working in a potentially hazardous environment. The President and CEO of Industrial Scientific, Justin McElhattan, talks about the company philosophy as a vision to end death on the job, and it’s evident this company takes its responsibilities seriously.
State health officials have ordered a facility in western North Dakota that handles radioactive material to cease operations immediately.
Virtually all facilities need some sort of an environmental health and safety function – it might be a part-time role, full-time, outsourced, or part of line level employee responsibilities. Unfortunately, despite their critical role, EHS programs are often managed outside a company’s IT network, making them costly, time-consuming and inefficient.
Electric, natural gas and major water companies and regional distribution systems in Connecticut have been penetrated by hackers and other cyber attackers, but defenses have prevented interruption, state utility regulators said Monday in their first report on cyber security.
The state fire marshal recommended Monday that 46 facilities storing ammonium nitrate in Texas be required to make structural improvements to prevent another deadly blast like the one that killed 15 people nearly a year ago in West.
If not removed, sulfur remains in natural gas and refined petroleum products and when burned the sulfur compounds are emitted into the environment as sulfur dioxide, a precursor to acid rain. Gas and oil producers, processors and refiners use sulfur recovery units to reduce emissions and to ensure regulatory compliance.
Creating a safe work environment with a focus on manufacturing safety is yet another variable in operations that has a major impact on bottom-line, service level, employee motivation, investor’s relations and brand image. So what is the key to ensure that there is a focus on manufacturing safety?