On Labor Day 2014, workers in Northeastern Pennsylvania faceed a job market that has changed considerably over the past several years, while some employers say they can't find new hires with the skills and work habits they need. The mismatch is reflected in an unemployment rate that, while down substantially since the end of the Great Recession, has remained the highest in the state for more than four years.
Around the globe, industrial automation has been catapulted in recent years to a top national or regional priority. These initiatives all bear the same characteristics, transforming the manufacturing process from a patchwork of isolated silos to a seamless whole, integrated with the downstream and upstream production environment. There is, in fact, a close link between modern manufacturing and the advent of the Internet of Things.
As asset performance has become an increasingly important aspect of manufacturing profitability, companies are rushing to adopt progressive maintenance practices. However, asset performance management is more complicated that it may seem, click here for a breakdown of APM maturity models and the importance of understanding them further.
In recent years, increasing pressure from policymakers, consumers, and suppliers has prompted manufacturers to set environmental targets that go beyond reducing the pollutants they emit from their smokestacks or discharge into rivers and lakes.
State regulators and a company are negotiating an agreement to remediate any environmental issues at the site of a proposed ethane cracker plant in Wood County, the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection said.
In product design and manufacturing environments, we assume decisions are based on facts and technical details. But, perhaps not always. Sometimes, it could be the wrong time of day to make one more good decision.
Police in a St. Louis suburb where a recycling plant explosion killed two people say it was caused by a mortar round.
Harsh environments complicate the choice of power management system, especially if a device is to be deployed in a remote, inaccessible location. When long-term power is required, and battery replacement or recharging are not viable options, lithium chemistry is preferred due to its intrinsic negative potential, which exceeds that of all other metals.
Federal safety officials say a worker wrongly put parts coated with flammable materials into an electric oven before it exploded at a Mersen USA plant in Pennsylvania, killing a visiting employee.
A judge has ruled that Calvert County improperly granted zoning exemptions for a proposed facility to liquefy and export natural gas that has drawn opposition from environmentalists.
The GHS deadline is coming up fast and past implementation experience has shown that finding a solution takes longer than expected. Chem.Info sat down with Chris Cocanig, an expert who has spent the last two years working on GHS solutions, to ask him how to prevent the panic that can easily set in when a company attempts to bring their labels up to par.
A variety of industry forces are driving the need among industrial companies for a comprehensive energy management system, but it’s profitability that’s ultimately motivating much of this activity. Organizations are realizing that sustainability initiatives alone can’t drive profitability. They’re finding that energy management efforts must be combined with efficient operations to effectively drive long-term financial growth.
U.S. Department of Agriculture grain inspectors are refusing to walk past picket lines and into a grain terminal in Vancouver, Washington.
Recognizing the ever-increasing impact high energy usage has on facility budgets and corporate sustainability agendas, facility managers are focusing on facility-wide energy management. The challenge they face is to ensure that the buildings that house their highly optimized manufacturing operations are just as sophisticated and efficient as their production processes.
Looking to save money and go green in your warehouse? It's not only possible, it's the best way to go in today's world of gas-guzzling, energy-wasting operations. If you use forklifts in your material handling warehouse, you can boost your sustainability daily with just a few steps.
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.