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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. 

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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.                     

Solving An Age-Old Powder Handling Dilemma

May 5, 2014 1:00 am | by Spiroflow Systems | Articles | Comments

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.

WY Gas Plant Partially Operational After Fire

May 1, 2014 10:34 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

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.                     

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The Pros & Cons Of Outsourced vs. In-House Maintenance

May 1, 2014 1:00 am | by Mike Johnston, CRMP, Senior Consultant, T.A. Cook Consultants, Inc. | Articles | Comments

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 Shoot From Ohio Steel Plant

April 29, 2014 10:49 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Flames and thick smoke shot up in a southwest Ohio community from a steel plant fire that was controlled without injuries.                                   

77 Safety Glasses

April 29, 2014 1:00 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO | Blogs | Comments

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.                          

Corn Grinding For VA Ethanol Plant To Begin

April 28, 2014 10:39 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A partner in a revived ethanol plant in Hopewell plans to begin grinding corn for the operation this month.                                                         

7 Injured In Plant Explosion, Fire

April 28, 2014 10:06 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

An explosion has rocked a plywood manufacturing plant north of Houston, injuring seven workers and causing a fire that took hours to extinguish.                                           

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Looking For Growth & Profitability Solutions?

April 24, 2014 3:32 pm | by Mike Edgett, Director of Industry Marketing, Process Manufacturing at Infor | Articles | Comments

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? 

Utility Says It Is Committed To Plant Site Reuse

April 23, 2014 10:28 am | by The Muskegon Chronicle, Muskegon, MI | News | Comments

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.              

Feds: New Laws, Oversight Needed After Texas Blast

April 23, 2014 10:24 am | by Nomaan Merchant, Associated Press | News | Comments

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.    

Industrial Facilities Turn To HDS Surveys For Retrofits And Expansions

April 23, 2014 1:00 am | by Del Williams | Articles | Comments

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.

Tesla Plant Site Proposed In Albuquerque

April 21, 2014 11:24 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

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.                      

Ammunition Plant Explosion Ruled Accidental

April 21, 2014 11:20 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The deadly explosion at a McEwen ammunition plant was accidental, according to a preliminary investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.                     

Detection Perfection

April 21, 2014 1:00 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

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.  

ND Closes Radioactive Material Handling Plant For Emergency Inspection

April 18, 2014 10:23 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

State health officials have ordered a facility in western North Dakota that handles radioactive material to cease operations immediately.                                    

A couple of weeks ago one of Chevron's fracking well pads exploded and caused a deadly fire in a small town in Pennsylvania. Since, the apology letters and coupons for free pizza have met with a great deal of internet scorn. Is there a "right" way to apol

Tackling Environmental Health & Safety

April 16, 2014 6:27 am | by Nikita Ernst, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

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.

Utilities' Defenses Hold Against Hackers

April 15, 2014 10:23 am | by STEPHEN SINGER, Associated Press | News | Comments

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.

In The Wake Of West Anniversary, Fire Chief Urges Changes

April 15, 2014 10:05 am | by PAUL J. WEBER, Associated Press | News | Comments

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.   

A couple of weeks ago one of Chevron's fracking well pads exploded and caused a deadly fire in a small town in Pennsylvania. Since, the apology letters and coupons for free pizza have met with a great deal of internet scorn. Is there a "right" way to apol

Q&A: Benefits Of Sulfur Recovery

April 9, 2014 5:41 am | by Nikita Ernst, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

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.

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