Recent Articles

August 7, 2014 1:00 am
Michael Sherban, patent attorney
Small and midsize companies often neglect their most valuable assets — their intellectual property. Failing to properly protect your ideas can have negative long-term effects on a company, especially small and midsize companies. While the process may seem daunting, it is not, and a company should not be dissuaded from protecting the ideas that it has spent precious time and resources developing.
August 6, 2014 1:00 am
Allison Parker
Recognizing the ever-increasing impact high energy usage has on facility budgets and corporate sustainability agendas, facility managers are focusing on facility-wide energy management. The challenge they face is to ensure that the buildings that house their highly optimized manufacturing operations are just as sophisticated and efficient as their production processes.
August 4, 2014 1:00 am
James L. Yerke, PE, CEM, SSOE Group
When chemical production facilities engage a consulting engineer for an energy assessment, they are often focused on energy efficient and cost-effective production, and understandably so. Yet owners may achieve significant savings on energy costs if they include offices and other occupied spaces in their energy assessment.
August 4, 2014 1:00 am
Melissa Fassbender, Associate Editor, Product Design & Development - @melfass
With a total weight of two million pounds, and blades as long as 400 feet, a single 15 mega-watt wind turbine would be able to power nearly 3,900 homes. Unfortunately, they don’t exist … yet.                   
August 1, 2014 1:00 am
Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO
In 2013, the French-Canadian machining, fabrication and assembly company, Marmen Energy, made the move to the South Dakota. Marmen builds equipment for the global energy sector and its Brandon facility is dedicated to wind tower production. In this facility, it’s building exclusively for General Electric, a longstanding client. 
August 1, 2014 1:00 am
Spencer Cramer, President & CEO of Ei3
There is plenty of talk these days about the Internet of Things and wearable tech. While the consumer fascination with these capabilities is relatively new, what is often lost in the conversation is this: packaging companies have been building networks that connect machines for years – most often referred to as the “Industrial Internet” – and OEMS have increasingly been enabling this connectivity across the machines they produce.
July 31, 2014 12:56 pm
National Safety Council
Twenty-three percent of the workforce has misused prescription painkillers, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, making opioid use a serious threat to employee safety.                    
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.
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