For many manufacturers, there comes a time when the lack of adequate space leads to disorganization and inefficiency. Plant and warehouse expansions are expensive, can lead to extended downtimes and are dependent on available space and upfront capital. Making better use of existing space, however, is a more affordable and practical option with impressive results.
Maintenance technicians make better, faster decisions when they have field access to maintenance records and when they can review measurements in real time with team members and supervisors. Traditionally, these records are kept back in the office and team members are rarely in the same place at the same time, but not anymore...
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Until all motors are designed with built-in bearing protection, plant maintenance personnel and motor repair shops will continue to replace damaged bearings. But if proper mitigation is installed, it only has to be done once. Better yet, technicians can use diagnostic techniques to head off electrical bearing damage from the beginning.
Controlling dust in a facility is essential for quality control and, more importantly, is a matter of safety. Any company involved in a process handling operation or generating particulate matter will benefit from dust control practices. Curtain walls can be a simple and economical way to control dust and they make exhaust and separation systems more efficient.
Let’s briefly explore some of the more elemental aspects of maintenance management life. Has research finally enabled us to solve the fundamental problem faced by managers of maintenance workers since the time of the pyramids: what makes maintenance people tick?
Fortunately, emergency eyewashes and showers often go unused, so it's criticial to test these devices regularly to help ensure they will function properly in an emergency. Studies show that the seconds immediately following an eye injury or chemical splash are often critical to minimizing damage.
The man died while awaiting an airlift to a regional trauma center, Thurston County sheriff's spokesman Lt. Greg Elwin said. Two others were hurt in the explosion near Tenino, Washington and have been taken to hospitals.
The USS Nimitz is one of the Navy’s nuclear powered super carriers and is the lead ship of its class. With only two locations in the world that can handle its dry dock maintenance needs, the carrier needs to schedule maintenance activities over two years out. This offshore application offers maintenance best practices that any manufacturer should consider.
Alcoa Power and Propulsion plans to invest $25 million in new technology at its Hampton, Virginia operation. Gov. Terry McAuliffe says the expansion will create 75 jobs.
How are your engineering and sales teams gathering they data they use to make decisions? Are they getting it from reputable sources? Rich Garvin, the Training & Development Manager at Knovel, offers some guidance as to how to do web-based research - safely.
An angry mob of workers wielding iron rods and stones beat the CEO of a jute factory to death in a dispute over increasing their working hours, police said Monday after arresting six workers.
The Wyoming Department of Workforce Services has no record of ever inspecting Western Sugar Cooperative's beet-processing plant in Lovell before a woman died there in an industrial accident this year.
In response to the Fukushima Dai-ichi accident, the U.S. government dramatically increased funding to develop tougher protective skins for nuclear fuel, hoping to spur innovation in designs that hadn't changed much in years.
The downfall of manufacturing in the U.S. has done more than displace workers and leave communities searching for ways to rebuild devastated economies. In American factory towns, manufacturing's decline is a key factor in the widening income gap between the rich and everyone else, as workers are forced into far lower-paying jobs.
Perk Restore is a fast setting, low odor, two-component advanced polymer resin designed for patching and repairing concrete.
A Plum Creek Timber Co. official says the company's Columbia Falls fiberboard plant will be closed for about a month following explosions and a fire.
When applied correctly, adhesives and sealants can improve equipment reliability, lower operating costs and save large amounts of time and money. To ensure that you’re using these products correctly, it’s important to understand the differences in various adhesives, how long they last and what changes are coming.
Explosions and a fire rocked a fiberboard plant in northwest Montana, but all of the workers inside were safely led from the building and no major injuries were reported, authorities said.
The U.S. government vowed to take a stronger role in protecting chemical-industry workers and local residents from accidents and explosions at chemical plants in the aftermath of a deadly April 2013 explosion in Texas.
Sustainable improvement has recently become a buzzword for manufacturers. Change has been implemented, processes updated and teams successfully trained to use them. And yet, somewhere along the way, old habits rear their ugly heads, improvements begin to slip away and managers struggle to motivate a previously enthusiastic workforce.
A major fire broke out late Tuesday at a chemical plant operated by oil giant Royal Dutch Shell near the port city of Rotterdam, Dutch emergency services said.
Operating executives looking to produce a wider variety and higher volume of products may think it’s time to expand the plant or invest in new equipment. But in many cases, they can improve their current output from their existing machinery. Learn how faster setup times and improved equipment performance can translate into increased capacity, more flexibility, reduced lead time and costs, and better quality and speed.
A recently published market report indicates that the use of robots in a number of industries has more than tripled in the past five years and by 2018, robots are projected to be used for 27 percent of new line installations for medical device primary packaging. For the pharmaceutical industry, robots are expected to service 34 percent of primary packaging efforts, a 13 percent increase from 2013.
It's a multi-tasking world and the line between work and personal activities is becoming fuzzy, with technology at least partly to blame. More and more of our everyday activities have incorporated interactive displays, live feeds and Internet accessibility, and, in addition to changing the way we relate to each other and navigate the consumer market, it’s having a noticeable effect on enterprise operations.