Recent Articles

October 1, 2014 1:00 am
Leon Smith IV, Vice President, Niagara Lubricant Company, Inc.
In August 2011, the factory owned by Niagara Lubricant Company, Inc., a Buffalo-area, family-owned business since 1923, went up in flames in a four-alarm chemical fire. Leon Smith IV, Vice President of Niagara Lubricant shares his top five tips for responding to a company disaster that helped the company rebuild and flourish.
September 29, 2014 1:00 am
Scott McNeill
Manufacturers operate on thin margins, so wringing every drop of efficiency out of equipment is crucial. This is especially important in food manufacturing, where consumers are often price sensitive. In addition, unplanned line stoppages or processing delays can result in scrap or spoilage of high cost ingredients or products. Here are eight simple tips to keep your equipment properly maintained and running smoothly.
September 23, 2014 4:46 pm
American Chemistry Council
The Chemical Activity Barometer continued to see an easing of growth this month, with a 0.1 percent gain over August as measured on a three-month moving average.                                             
September 25, 2014 12:36 pm
Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director
As the food manufacturing marketplace continues to deal with many familiar issues, the manner in which it can effectively and efficiently share best practices and opinions on these topics continues to evolve. The key for all involved is to ensure the proper mechanisms are in place for responding to these changing communication needs to ensure responsiveness and engagement – whether the focus is on readers, customers or employees.
September 25, 2014 2:52 pm
Nikita Ernst, Associate Editor
Earlier this year, MagneGas Corporation, a technology company that counts among its inventions a technology that converts liquid waste into a hydrogen-based fuel, unveiled its mobile liquid biomass solution. Chem.Info sat down with CEO (and son of technology inventor) Ermanno Santilli to talk about the great strides the company is making toward faster, cleaner, waste conversion. 
September 24, 2014 1:00 am
David Schnitt
From managing complex supply chains to executing cost savings improvements, the manufacturing industry must keep a keen eye on the efficiency of their processes in order to be successful. But there is a worrisome trend in the industry: the over-reliance on purchase orders.   
September 18, 2014 1:00 am
Understanding the behavior of pests, including mosquitoes, bees, snakes, rodents, ants, etc., is essential to assist electrical and mechanical designers in designing cable, pipe and conduit penetrations that must be protected against infestation. 
September 17, 2014 1:00 am
Jeff Maree
When it comes to water treatment equipment, preventative maintenance is key — because the proper care and upkeep can make all the difference between things running smoothly and things shutting down. Why is preventative maintenance so important? What goes into proper preventative maintenance and why? Click here for some preventative maintenance tips for your water treatment equipment.
September 15, 2014 1:00 am
Jeff Sweeney
Do manufacturing jobs "belong" on-shore? Is off-shoring or outsourcing inherently bad? Both questions are based on an erroneous assumption that effective trade creates winners and losers. A job producing something in Vietnam does not equate to one fewer job here in the US. It does not have to be a zero sum game. Experience has shown that a properly executed strategy can and should create winners on both sides.
September 8, 2014 3:51 pm
American Chemistry Council
A leading economic indicator created continued to see moderated upward growth last month, with a 0.2 percent gain over July as measured on a three-month moving average. Though the pace of growth has slowed, current gains are trending up a solid 4.3 percent over this time last year, and the barometer remains at its highest level since January 2008. 
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