Recent Articles

April 16, 2014 6:27 am
Nikita Ernst, Associate Editor
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.
April 11, 2014 1:00 am
Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology
Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in March for the 10th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 58th consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business.
April 10, 2014 7:31 am
Kimberly Frank, David Cousineau, and Jeffrey A. Fuisz, Kaye Scholer LLP
"Demand response programs" pay participants to be available to reduce their energy consumption for short periods of time when requested by the grid operator. Is your facility getting paid for controlling consumption? Click here for information on what manufacturers should know when considering demand response programs.
April 9, 2014 5:41 am
Nikita Ernst, Associate Editor
If not removed, sulfur remains in natural gas and refined petroleum products and when burned, either as fuel in engines or natural gas for heating and industrial processes, 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.
April 7, 2014 1:00 am
Adam Robinson, Marketing Manager, Cerasis Inc.
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 really is the key to ensure that there is a focus on manufacturing safety?
April 3, 2014 1:00 am
Wayne Kovach, Energy Curtailments Specialists, Inc., @ecsgrid
Manufacturers, already pinned down by rising production costs and competition from other countries, continue to struggle against an old adversary… Washington, specifically the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The EPA has instituted tough rules and regulations on U.S. businesses, leading many in the industry to believe that compliance is not only futile, but may lead to closures of many facilities.
April 2, 2014 1:00 am
Timothy Larson, RS, ACE, QA Manager, Rentokil
For food processors, pest control is a complex challenge. Though processors have successfully removed most agricultural pesticide residues before food products reach the marketplace, food processing itself can attract pests of all kinds. A variety of EPA-approved pesticides are available for use in processing facilities, but a better, long-term solution is to prevent infestation in the first place.
March 31, 2014 1:00 am
Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director
What do you do with all that data once it’s available? Steve Wise, the Vice President of Statistical Methods at InfinityQS, recently sat down to discuss the best practices for implementing data-driven software and how manufacturers can most effectively use the information it provides.
March 27, 2014 4:57 am
Millions of employees are exposed to hazardous chemicals each year and without the proper precautions and adequate training severe injuries or death can occur. To help organizations navigate the recently revised HazCom requirements, we'll debunk six popular HazCom/GHS myths.
March 28, 2014 1:00 am
American Chemistry Council
While winter weather extremes continue to impact economic reporting, strengthening chemical equity prices drove solid gains in the American Chemistry Council’s monthly Chemical Activity Barometer (CAB). March’s reading featured a gain of 0.3% over February, rebounding past the average 0.2% gain in late 2013, and pointing to modest but continued growth in the U.S. economy.
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