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Why I Hate the Word 'Plan'

October 17, 2011 9:20 am | by JOE FLACH, Consultant, Safe Harbor Consulting LLC | Blogs | Comments

My consulting plan is — avoid the word “plan” — and, be more precise by stating what you want that word to mean.

In Case You’re Caught in Crossfire

October 17, 2011 7:18 am | Product Releases | Comments

AutomationDirect now offers Crossfire safety glasses, which combine required eye protection with a comfortable fit in a lightweight, non-industrial look.

A Counter-Cyclonic Dust Collection System

October 14, 2011 12:41 pm | Articles | Comments

Aerodyne successfully installed a dust collection system for a chemical processor's project in which multiple attempts at efficient dust collection had failed prior.


Arsenic in Apple Juice?

October 13, 2011 11:17 am | by CNN | Videos | Comments

Dr. Oz says he discovered elevated levels of arsenic in some apple juice brands, but the FDA disputes the findings.  

Does California Ban Mean an End to BPA?

October 11, 2011 1:20 pm | Videos | Comments

California no longer allows baby bottles to contain BPA, a chemical that has been linked to infertility.  

Determination of Frictional Flow Loss

October 11, 2011 7:55 am | Product Releases | Comments

Oseco's FAS and PRO+ rupture discs boast the industry’s best KR values, a measurement used to determine the frictional flow loss through a rupture disc and holder.

Containment Technologies

October 10, 2011 10:38 am | by GARY PARTINGTON, Sales & Marketing Manager, Walker Barrier Systems | Articles | Comments

As new drug compounds are being developed to fight diseases, the potency of these compounds is increasing, which puts the personnel working with them at higher risk.

Watching What We Eat

October 10, 2011 6:50 am | by ADAM ARONSON, Chief Executive Officer, Arrowsight | Blogs | Comments

It is intuitive that when an employee knows he or she is being watched, he or she is less likely to make mistakes or take shortcuts.


Q&A: Heavy Metal Safety

October 10, 2011 6:33 am | by KIM DENNIS MACDOUGALL, Research Scientist, Kimberly-Clark Professional | Articles | Comments

A recent study released by Gradient found that towels are often contaminated with heavy metal residues from other industries that survived the cleaning process.

Crews Battle Massive Chemical Fire

October 4, 2011 12:05 pm | by CNN | Videos | Comments

Heavy plumes of smoke billowed off the Magnablend chemical plant in Waxahachie, Texas, after a fire sparked while workers were mixing chemicals.  

Safety Testing in Scale-Up

September 29, 2011 11:22 am | by SWATI UMBRAJKAR, Ph.D., ANDREW J. STARKIE, Ph.D. & STEPHEN M. ROWE, Ph.D., Chilworth Global | Articles | Comments

Processes that are commonly most hazardous to scale-up are those associated with exothermic reactions and those that generate non-condensable gas.

Gas Leak Covers Road with Walls of Fire

September 28, 2011 9:46 am | Videos | Comments

An underground gas leak on a California roadignites into spiraling walls of fire.  

Look Elsewhere for Best Practices

September 27, 2011 12:05 pm | by ALAN NICOL, Executive Member, AlanNicolSolutions LLC | Blogs | Comments

Look for best practices in other industries to improve upon your weaknesses, because you may also find ways to do better that which you think you already do well.


Trapped: Saving the Chilean Miners

September 26, 2011 8:11 am | Articles | Comments

Sixnet, a machine-to-machine networking solution manufacturer, donated industrial Ethernet switches to the rescue effort that saved 33 miners from a collapsed mine in Chile.

Leveraging Technology to Deal with Disaster

September 21, 2011 9:54 am | by MIKE SCHMIDT, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

Industry is wising up to the fact that developing a strong disaster recovery plan is a high priority and leveraging technology is an effective way to achieve it.

Worry-Free Safety Goggle, Hard Hat Use

September 15, 2011 8:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

Honeywell Safety Products has designed the Uvex Stealth goggle retainer to attach flawlessly to most hard hats, helping to ensure workers’ eyes are protected.

Don't Drink the Water

September 14, 2011 10:38 am | by DAVID MANTEY, Editor, Product Design & Development (PDD) | Blogs | Comments

To answer questions surrounding the potential poisoning of groundwater, Halliburton CEO stood before his peers at the conference and raised a glass to safer fracking fluid.

Catch Cloths for a Cleaner Environment

September 14, 2011 8:29 am | Product Releases | Comments

American Fabric Filter manufactures catch cloths of 18-gauge vinyl to prevent errant product from dropping onto other lines or being transferred throughout the plant.

Is Quality a Company or Regulatory Responsibility?

September 12, 2011 6:49 am | by GIRISH MALHOTRA, PE, EPCOT Intl. | Blogs | Comments

It is the responsibility of companies to ensure that they have processes and methods that deliver quality products based on good science and engineering principles.

Equipment Precautions for the Next Irene

September 8, 2011 11:46 am | Articles | Comments

Schneider Electric urges the following precautions to ensure employee safety and avoid costly damage to physical equipment and the financial losses of a prolonged shutdown.

Is Corporate Wellness Really Worth It?

September 7, 2011 8:55 am | by ROSIE WARD, Ph.D., Health Management Services Manager, RJF Agencies Inc. | Blogs | Comments

The answer from RJF Agencies' Health Management Services Manager Rosie Ward, Ph.D., is only if you move beyond fruits, veggies and pedometers.

Capture Leaks & Drips at their Source

August 29, 2011 8:55 am | Product Releases | Comments

New Pig has designed its PIG™LEAKTRAPPER™ universal absorbent bag to secure to leaking nozzles, faucets and valves, capturing nuisance leaks and drips at their source.

Contain Leaks & Prevent Spills

August 22, 2011 8:36 am | Product Releases | Comments

New Pig specifically designed its PIG® Drive-Over LEAKBLOCKER dike to contain leaks, and help facilities meet spill prevention control and countermeasures.

An Object in Motion

August 22, 2011 5:43 am | by ANNA WELLS, Editor, Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operation (IMPO) | Articles | Comments

Most manufacturers understand that conveying systems are necessary and, to a lesser extent, a necessary evil that can cause serious injuries if they aren’t careful.

Quality, Cost or Speed?

August 18, 2011 6:27 am | by THE QA PHARM | Blogs | Comments

“Quality, cost and speed — pick two.” This was a truism often quoted throughout my career, but does there always have to be a loser? It seems to work out that way.

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