Recent Articles

July 9, 2014 1:00 am
Ray White, Director of Federal Signal Corporation's Integrated Systems Group (ISG)
A fast-breaking emergency is one where circumstances change both quickly and dramatically, oftentimes in as little as a few seconds or even less. Explosions, hazardous gas leaks, chemical spills and rapidly spreading fires are obvious examples of fast-breaking crises. Is your facility prepared for one of these events?                     
July 3, 2014 1:00 am
Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO - @TalesFromTia
Monadnock Paper Mill (MPM) is nestled along the Contoocook River in the 1,400-person-town of Bennington, NH and has been in continuous operation since 1819 — the longest of any paper mill in the United States. The company is family owned, and it's loyal ties to local community and environment are apparent at every step. 
July 2, 2014 1:00 am
Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO - @IndustrialAnna
Everyone thinks about the worst case scenario. For your operation, it could be a serious safety incident. Or maybe it’s an issue of how your chemicals are stored, or what a power outage might mean. Perhaps you’ve watched on the news as a business contends with a natural disaster and wondered – how would we react?
July 3, 2014 1:00 am
Dow Water & Process Solutions
Check out this infographic on tapping into an abundant energy source through sustainable water management.                                                        
June 30, 2014 1:00 am
Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO
For many manufacturers, there comes a time when the lack of adequate space leads to disorganization and inefficiency. Plant and warehouse expansions are expensive, can lead to extended downtimes and are dependent on available space and upfront capital. Making better use of existing space, however, is a more affordable and practical option with impressive results.
June 30, 2014 1:00 am
American Chemistry Council
Measured on a three-month moving average (3MMA), the CAB’s 0.5 percent gain beat the average first quarter monthly gains of 0.3 percent. Though the pace of growth has slowed significantly, gains in June have brought the CAB up a solid 4.3 percent over this time last year.
June 26, 2014 1:00 am
Roger Schroder, Engineering Manager, Stahlin Non-Metallic Enclosures
Environmental corrosion combined with the damage from impact will affect an enclosure’s ability to properly protect controls, causing a multitude of problems, such as catastrophic and dangerous system collapses, production downtime, personal injury, increased maintenance costs and losses in customers. This is why it has become critical for specifiers to become more knowledgeable about enclosure materials to prevent such complications.
June 25, 2014 1:00 am
Adam Willwerth, Sales and Marketing Manager, Electro Static Technology
Until all motors are designed with built-in bearing protection, plant maintenance personnel and motor repair shops will continue to replace damaged bearings. But if proper mitigation is installed, it only has to be done once. Better yet, technicians can use diagnostic techniques to head off electrical bearing damage from the beginning.
June 23, 2014 1:00 am
Chuck Ashelin, Engineering Manager, Zoneworks
Controlling dust and other airborne particulate in a facility is essential for quality control and, more importantly, is a matter of safety. Any company involved in a process handling operation or generating particulate matter will benefit from dust control practices. Curtain walls can be a simple and economical way to control dust and they make exhaust and separation systems more efficient.
June 19, 2014 1:00 am
Fortunately, emergency eyewashes and showers often go unused, so it's criticial to test these devices regularly to help ensure they will function properly in an emergency. Studies show that the seconds immediately following an eye injury or chemical splash are often critical to minimizing damage.
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