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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...

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 ...

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...

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9 Tips To Build A Best In Class Safety Program To Impact Your Bottom Line

April 7, 2014 1:00 am | by Adam Robinson, Marketing Manager, Cerasis Inc. | Articles | Comments

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?

Alabama Poultry Plant Announces Layoffs

April 3, 2014 10:35 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A poultry processing company announced that it plans to lay off more than 500 workers at a southeast Alabama plant.                                    

Petrochemical Plant Protest Turns Violent

April 1, 2014 10:28 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A southern Chinese city has vowed to listen to public opinion in deciding whether to go ahead with a petrochemical plant after protests by residents turned into violent riots.                          

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Texas Plastics Company Relocates To Louisiana

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

The state of Louisiana and Webster Parish are offering incentives valued at $10 million to bring a Texas company and its planned $20 million plant to a site near Springhill.                    

Candy Plant Built To Last

March 27, 2014 2:57 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Officials with candy maker Mars Inc. say they expect a new plant in Kansas to be producing millions of chocolates to satisfy America's collective sweet tooth for a half-century.

New Scholarship For Students Of Manufacturing

March 27, 2014 1:20 pm | News | Comments

The Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME)’s scholarship funding arm, AME Institute, and Kronos Incorporated has announced a new scholarship for students interested in manufacturing careers through the Dr. Sherrie Ford Manufacturing as a Career Path 2014-2015 Scholarship Program.

Now that the Food and Drug Administration has the power to invoke mandatory recalls, as granted by the Food Safety Modernization Act, the speed and accuracy of your recall process has never been more important. The federal watchdog’s new teeth can be expe

How To Prepare For Mandatory Food Recalls

March 26, 2014 1:00 am | by Heather Angus-Lee | Articles | Comments

Now that the FDA has the power to invoke mandatory recalls, under the Food Safety Modernization Act, the speed and accuracy of the recall process has never been more important. The federal watchdog’s new teeth can be expected to leave their mark on more food companies, halting the distribution of suspect products — and that could affect your own supply chain.

Alaska To Build Coal Plant Without Regard For Regulations

March 24, 2014 11:00 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Sen. Pete Kelly, R-Fairbanks, is sponsoring a resolution asking the governor to consider the feasibility and cost of building power plants on state land "without regard to federal permits or restrictions."                      

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OSHA's Top 10 Violations Of 2013 & How To Prevent Them

March 21, 2014 1:00 am | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

Each year, OSHA releases a list of the top 10 most frequently cited standards violations. This year's list is almost identical to last year's, highlighting the need for greater attention to safety on the plant floor. Read on for some expert insight on ensuring safe working conditions in your facility in 2014.  

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

Are You Overlooking Your Rupture Discs?

March 20, 2014 7:29 am | by Nikita Ernst, Associate Editor | Oseco | Articles | Comments

Rupture discs are an often overlooked, but crucial element to any chemical processing facility. Personnel changes or the rapid growth of a plant can result in discs operating at less than capacity. Frequent replacement can be costly and discs that are no longer suitable for their applications pose both physical and financial risks for plant personnel and the company.   

Making Compressed Air OSHA-Compliant

March 17, 2014 1:00 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.Net | Articles | Comments

On the plant floor, workers often find ways to get something done faster or more efficiently, but sometimes these shortcuts can run a company afoul of OSHA regulations. In operations where workers end up getting covered in dust, they might turn a compressed air gun at themselves, unfortunately this can be exceptionally dangerous.

BNSF plans to upgrade tanker fleet after accidents  MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press   BILLINGS, Montana (AP) — BNSF Railway Co. said Thursday it intends to buy a fleet of 5,000 strengthened tank cars to haul oil and ethanol in a move that would set a high

More Oil Train Trouble

March 6, 2014 11:03 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The New York state Department of Transportation has fined CSX Railroad $10,000, saying it failed to report two oil train derailments within an hour of when they happened as required by state law.                        

Biofuel Plant Destroyed In Fire

March 4, 2014 10:26 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A fire destroyed a Lewistown business that manufactures pet bedding and litter and biofuel pellets.                                           

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Federal investigators say a deadly explosion at a military flare plant in West Tennessee was an accident and not caused by a criminal act.

TN Plant Blast Deemed Accidental

February 28, 2014 10:34 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal investigators say a deadly explosion at a military flare plant in West Tennessee was an accident.                                                  

A West Tennessee sheriff says an employee who was severely injured in a manufacturing plant explosion has died.

Another Death In TN Plant Explosion

February 25, 2014 10:12 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A West Tennessee sheriff says an employee who was severely injured in a manufacturing explosion has died.                                                 

In a large facility, like the one a specialty chemical company operates, there are often many opportunities for energy savings. By using the appropriate monitoring systems for all their different processes, dramatic cost savings can be realized while runn

Gas & Vapor Monitoring For Energy Savings

February 24, 2014 1:00 am | by Debra Hall, Director of Sales, Control Instruments | Articles | Comments

In a large chemical facility there are often many opportunities for energy savings. By using the appropriate monitoring systems, dramatic cost savings can be realized while running at peak efficiency. The following case study shows how tracking VOC emissions and implementing BTU and LFL analyzers contributed to productivity, increased safety and energy savings. 

Increasing networking of manufacturing equipment is opening up factories to the benefits of flexible production and wireless mobile communications. However, the rising use of connected devices is also exposing production sites to security breaches and cyb

Wireless Technology Heightens Manufacturer Security Risk

February 20, 2014 1:00 am | by IHS Technology | Blogs | Comments

Increasing networking of manufacturing equipment is opening up factories to the benefits of flexible production and wireless mobile communications. However, the rising use of connected devices is also exposing production sites to security breaches and cyber-attacks, compelling companies to seek ways to protect their networks.

GA Recruiting Textile Plant Workers

February 19, 2014 11:11 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Georgia Department of Labor is hosting a recruitment event to fill hundreds of jobs at a textile manufacturing plant in northwest Georgia.                               

The Warrick County Sheriff's Office has identified the body of a man found at the Alcoa Plant on Monday as 35-year-old Joseph Nelson. According to Sheriff Brett Kruse, Nelson's last known address was in Martinsville, Ind.

Man Found Dead At Alcoa Identified

February 19, 2014 10:54 am | by Zach Evans, Richard Gootee, Evansville Courier & Press | News | Comments

The Warrick County Sheriff's Office has identified the body of a man found at the Alcoa Plant on Monday.                                             

Why It Makes Sense To Manufacture In The United States

February 18, 2014 4:44 pm | by David C. Chavern, Exec. VP & COO, U.S. Chamber of Commerce | Blogs | Comments

One of the many signals of the manufacturing renaissance in America is the growing practice of “reshoring.” A number of firms are bringing operations that they had located outside of the United States back to American soil. This is unquestionably good news for U.S. industry, the economy and workers.

Authorities are investigating the discovery of a body at a southwestern Indiana aluminum plant.

Body Found At IN Alcoa Plant

February 18, 2014 10:32 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Authorities are investigating the discovery of a body at a southwestern Indiana aluminum plant.                                                             

Saving Energy & Money With The Better Plants Challenge

February 14, 2014 3:50 pm | by U.S. Department of Energy | Videos | Comments

Check out this video profile of Alcoa and ArcelorMittal, participants in the U.S. Department of Energy's Better Plants Challenge, to see how through the program companies have increased recycling efforts, dramatically reduced emissions and saved almost $20 million dollars a year in energy costs.

Try Out Sustainable Vehicles At The Work Truck Show

February 14, 2014 12:41 pm | by NTEA | News | Comments

Fleet operators planning for the future can save time this year by trying out 23 sustainable technology vehicles in one place during the Green Truck Ride-and-Drive at The Work Truck Show 2014.                     

The company that operates a southeastern Pennsylvania nuclear plant says it may decide within a year to shut down some of its 11 nuclear power stations if a way to make them profitable can't be found.

Nuclear Power Company Considers Plant Closures

February 14, 2014 10:46 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The company that operates a southeastern Pennsylvania nuclear plant ;says it may decide within a year to shut down some of its 11 nuclear power stations if a way to make them profitable can't be found.                    

A windy stretch of the Mojave Desert once roamed by tortoises and coyotes has been transformed by hundreds of thousands of mirrors into the largest solar power plant of its type in the world, a milestone for a growing industry that is testing the balance

Huge Thermal Plant Opens As Industry Grows

February 13, 2014 11:55 am | by BRIAN SKOLOFF, MICHAEL R. BLOOD, Associated Press | News | Comments

A windy stretch of the Mojave Desert once roamed by tortoises and coyotes has been transformed by hundreds of thousands of mirrors into the largest solar power plant of its type in the world, a milestone for a growing industry that is testing the balance between wilderness conservation and the pursuit of green energy across the American West.

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