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Putting the Pedal to the Metal in Pharmaceutical Manufacturing

December 17, 2013 3:30 pm | by PMMI | Articles | Comments

To remain competitive in the world’s busiest pharmaceutical market, U.S. manufacturers must increase their speed, running lines constantly while continuing to adhere to stringent FDA regulations at the research and development, preclinical and clinical work phases. Advancements in equipment for material handling, process flow, automation, product inspection and form-fill-seal have enabled manufacturers to speed production like never before.

Productivity And Cost Update For Q3

December 16, 2013 3:10 pm | by Bureau of Labor Statistics | News | Comments

Nonfarm business sector labor productivity increased at a 3.0 percent annual rate during the third quarter of 2013, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported.

BP Trial Winding Down

December 16, 2013 11:19 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal trial is drawing to a close for a former BP drilling engineer charged with deleting text messages about the company's response to its massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.                                                                          

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Worker Killed In Steel Plant Blast

December 16, 2013 11:01 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

An explosion Sunday at a steel plant near Detroit killed one worker and injured two others, United States Steel Corp. said. Operations were halted at the plant while an investigation began.                                

2 Hurt In The Explosion At Chicago Chemical Plant

December 13, 2013 3:18 pm | by Chicago Tribune | News | Comments

According to the Chicago Tribune two workers were injured in the explosion and fire that broke out at the Blue Island Phenol plant in Alsip on Friday.                    

Boston Company Building Hydroelectric Plant In IN

December 13, 2013 11:30 am | by RICK CALLAHAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Boston-based company announced plans Thursday to retrofit and reactivate a long-idle southern Indiana hydroelectric power plant in a $12 million project that's expected to generate enough electricity to power more than 2,000 homes.                              

BP Engineer Won't Testify At His Own Trial

December 13, 2013 11:15 am | by MICHAEL KUNZELMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

A former BP drilling engineer isn't expected to testify at his trial on charges he deleted text messages about the company's response to its massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.                                             

PA Plant Recycling Shale Water

December 13, 2013 11:08 am | by ANYA LIVTAK, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | News | Comments

Starting in January, Daniel Ertel's wastewater processing plant in Williamsport will start churning out commodities: Oil. Methanol. Sodium chloride.                                               

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Court Looks At EPA Rule On Cross-State Pollution

December 11, 2013 10:49 am | by MARK SHERMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Supreme Court indicated Tuesday it could breathe new life into a federal rule requiring states to reduce power plant pollution from the South and Midwest that fouls the air in the eastern U.S. The eight participating justices should issue their decision by late June.

New Zealand Company To Open Biomass Resin Plant In U.S.

December 10, 2013 9:49 am | News | Comments

A New Zealand company plans to move its headquarters to Kearney and set up a production plant for its biomass resin product. The plant will use distillers grains to produce a functional filler for the plastics industry, the Kearney Hub reported. 

Jobs vs. Environment In Pinelands Pipe Plan Fracas

December 10, 2013 9:31 am | News | Comments

The age-old jobs-versus-the-environment clash is playing out again, this time in the New Jersey Pinelands, a million-acre spread of protected woods and wetlands that happens to be in the way of a proposed pipeline.         

Oil Plant Fire Injures One

December 9, 2013 5:10 pm | by the Associated Press | News | Comments

A fire Monday at an oil plant in northern Nevada critically injured a 24-year-old refinery worker. In a statement, Bango Refining said one of its tanks ruptured around 9:15 a.m., sending up a thick plume of black smoke. The company recycles used lubricating oil.

American Bridge Begins W. PA Shutdown

December 9, 2013 10:26 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

American Bridge Co. has begun shutting down a western Pennsylvania fabricating plant, and will eventually lay off 77 workers in the process.                             

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Turning Wasted Activity Into Productivity

December 6, 2013 1:39 pm | by TedxTalks | Videos | Comments

Bill Peterson, who has more than 30 years of experience in the aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) businesses, discusses his theories on turning wasted activity - time - into productive time. Are you making the most of your time?

U.S. Nuclear Regulators Offer Japan Storage Solutions

December 6, 2013 10:15 am | by MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press | News | Comments

The United States' top nuclear regulator said Friday that atomic energy users, including Japan, must figure out how to ultimately store radioactive waste.                                                 

Explosion Sparks Fire At Michigan Plant

December 6, 2013 9:28 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Authorities say an explosion sparked a fire at a western Michigan manufacturing facility and prompted an evacuation at the plant.                                                                                         

West, TX Explosion Investigation Continues

December 5, 2013 5:06 pm | by NOMAAN MERCHANT, Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal investigators in charge of investigating the deadly fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas say they still consider the case open, eight months after the blast killed 15 people and sent debris flying miles away.                                   

Body Recovered After Silo Collapse

December 5, 2013 11:57 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Emergency crews have recovered the body of a feed mill worker who was buried Monday under tons of spilled corn at a collapsed grain silo, a fire chief said late Wednesday night.                        

GM Uses Landfill Gas To Power Assembly Plant

December 5, 2013 11:54 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors Corp. is spending $11 million at its Fort Wayne truck assembly plant to create a small power plant that would use landfill gas to supply 40 percent of the factory's electricity.                       

When Culture Stifles Innovation

December 5, 2013 10:48 am | by Girish Malhotra, President & Founder, Epcot International | Blogs | Comments

Who are the technical innovators in the US? The image we often have is that of the young Silicon Valley geek or the surfing California biopharma scientist -- sometimes brash and unafraid to challenge authority and champion new and better ideas.

Planning Plant Sanitation

December 4, 2013 3:07 pm | by Victor Hayes Popovics, Owner, Ultimate Washer | Articles | Comments

Food processors know that keeping work areas clean is of paramount importance and eliminating hygiene issues is critical to the survival of their businesses. We’ve found the most effective cleaning technique is actually a process and can be broken down into three components.

Color-Coded Contamination Control

December 4, 2013 1:52 pm | by Daniel Peterson, Product Manager, Industrial Vacuum Division, Nilfisk-Advance, Inc. | Articles | Comments

Food safety hinges on identifying and reducing contamination risks at critical exchange points. Many food processors have found color-coded accessories practical and effective because color is easily communicated to crew members regardless of native language, and color schemes are more easily memorized than other systems. 

Sanitation By Isolation

December 4, 2013 1:46 pm | by Dr. Elis Owens, Senior Microbiologist & Chemist, Birko | Articles | Comments

Most processors are well aware of the need to thoroughly clean and sanitize their production spaces between each day’s production. However, it’s easy to overlook procedures that can be implemented to limit the entry of pathogens into the processing area during the production day.

4 Die In Coal Plant Chimney

December 4, 2013 12:35 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Firefighters in central Poland say four maintenance workers have plunged to their deaths some 120 meters (400 feet) down a chimney that they were working on at a coal-fired power plant.                                         

Worker Presumed Dead In Silo Collapse

December 4, 2013 12:33 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A worker was missing and presumed dead after a silo collapsed and spilled 50 tons of corn at a facility that was cited this year for six "serious" safety violations, officials said.                             

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