Recent Articles

July 31, 2014 1:00 am
Julia Dozier, OSHA Training Center
Thousands of workers become sick from exposure to heat every year, and some even die. Heat illnesses and deaths are preventable and employers must take responsibility for protecting their employees while they are working under conditions of excessive heat.
July 30, 2014 1:00 am
Greg Goodwin, LNS Research
If you’re currently planning on implementing a Manufacturing Execution System (MES) or other applications in the Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM) space, you may think you have all the shop-floor areas and situations that still use manual, paper-based processes identified, but this may not necessarily be the case.
July 28, 2014 1:00 am
Nikita Ernst, Associate Editor
With less than a year left in the countdown to GHS Hazard Communication Standard compliance, companies will soon be in the throes of converting from the MSDS format to the SDS format, if they aren't already. Chem.Info sat down with Paul Burgess, an expert on the Hazard Communication Standard, to talk about what chemical manufacturers need to consider now that the deadline is approaching.
July 24, 2014 1:00 am
American Chemistry Council
The Chemical Activity Barometer (CAB posted a 0.4 percent increase over June, as measured on a three-month moving average (3MMA). Uncertainty in global energy markets kept the non-adjusted barometer at a slow 0.1 percent gain in June, but provisional data suggest there is room for further expansion in coming months. 
July 25, 2014 1:00 am
Anna Wells, Editor, IMPO Magazine
Every year budgets get tighter and costs go up — no matter what business you’re in. In manufacturing, where aging equipment is a given and energy rates are a cost center of sometimes epic proportions, it’s no wonder management looks for more efficient ways to churn out product. There are so many factors in an overall equipment strategy that it begs the question: just how important is energy efficiency to the average manufacturer? 
July 24, 2014 1:00 am
Jeannine Kunz, Managing Director of Workforce and Education, SME
The demand for skilled workers has never been higher as manufacturers struggle to find the talented workforce needed to fill jobs currently available. To combat the talent gap and build a high-performance team, some are increasingly turning to competency models – a structured system to develop the needed knowledge, skills and abilities for specific jobs.  
July 23, 2014 1:00 am
Tom Comstock, Vice President, DELMIA Strategy & User Experience, Dassault Systèmes
One glance at your morning newspaper or on the evening news on any given day, and you’ll find a dose of troubling news within today’s global manufacturing industry. It could be one of many things: a fire, a chemical spill, numerous workers injured or killed. In manufacturing, especially in the process industries, the smallest abnormal situation can trigger a series of events that can lead to disaster.
July 21, 2014 1:00 am
Frank Pedeflous, Omegasonics
From precision instruments to carburetors, manufacturers from the aerospace, food, drug, machining and automotive industries have discovered that industrial ultrasonic cleaning systems provide them with premium results over traditional cleaning methods — and are safer, faster and less expensive.
July 17, 2014 1:00 am
Rachel Leisemann Immel, Associate Editor, IMPO
Plant explosions should serve as a reminder for industrial users to review their vacuums to ensure they are suitable in explosion-proof applications, such as those relating to combustible dust. In addition to satisfying OSHA requirements, manufacturers must also keep workers safe.
July 16, 2014 1:00 am
Terex Corporation
Fatalities caused by falls from elevation continue to be a leading cause of death for construction workers, accounting for 269 of the 775 construction fatalities recorded in 2012. Those deaths could have been prevented.                  
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