Recent Articles

March 4, 2014 3:30 pm
Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology
Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in February for the ninth consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 57th consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business.
March 5, 2014 1:00 am
Jeff Evans, Director of the Information and Communications Laboratory at the Georgia Tech Research Institute and Alain Louchez, Managing Director of the Center for the Development and Application of Internet of Things Technologies at Georgia Tech
The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) recently organized an international workshop centered on Internet of Things (IoT) standards at its headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.
March 4, 2014 1:00 am
American Academy of Opthalmology
For Workplace Eye Wellness Month, the American Academy of Ophthalmology has developed guidance on how to avoid and treat eye on-the-job eye injuries, 90 percent of which are preventable with the appropriate eye protection.                    
March 3, 2014 12:01 pm
DAVE GRAM, Associated Press
Getting energy from the sun, wind and forests fits with Vermont's sense of itself as clean, green and independent. But when it comes time to build and live with the projects that make it possible, things can get complicated.              
March 3, 2014 6:02 am
Michael Kirschner, Principal Consultant, ENVIRON
The State of California, through its Department of Toxic Substances Control, is proceeding with a major new regulatory program aimed at reducing or eliminating many toxic chemicals in consumer products. The state’s actions could significantly impact the way many consumer products are made and sold in California and throughout the United States.
February 27, 2014 1:00 am
Jim McMahon, sustainability and renewable energy writer
The rising cost of energy has forced many manufacturers to focus their sights on innovative ways to optimize energy consumption and improve operational efficiency. Energy management, process efficiency and incorporating more sustainable procedures are critical for maintaining a competitive edge in today’s markets.  Indeed, the need for streamlining energy usage and sustainability has never been stronger.
February 26, 2014 2:24 pm
Thomas McCann Mullooly and Kurt Rempe of Foley & Lardner
Manufacturers have found a new weapon in their battle with production costs – energy savings. Whether by generating their own electricity, negotiating with their local utility, or managing their production process to take advantage of price signals in the energy marketplace, manufacturers are taking an active role determining the energy component of their product costs.
February 24, 2014 1:00 am
Debra Hall, Director of Sales, Control Instruments
In a large facility, like the one a specialty chemical company operates, there are often many opportunities for energy savings. By using the appropriate monitoring systems for all their different processes, dramatic cost savings can be realized while running at peak efficiency. The following case study shows how tracking VOC emissions and implementing BTU and LFL analyzers contributed to productivity, increased safety and energy savings. 
February 21, 2014 6:55 am
Nikita Ernst, Associate Editor, Chem.Info
The experts at Carbon Lighthouse are working together with industrial and commercial facilities to reduce emissions and dramatically save on energy costs. Their first mission is to serve the environment by finding and delivering financially beneficial solutions for clients and move them closer to becoming carbon neutral. 
February 19, 2014 4:37 am
Michael Nicoloro, PE and Joan Fontaine, PE
Over the past generation, energy has been a defining economic issue. Fluctuations in price and availability of energy have a significant impact on profitability, and the unpredictability of the energy markets is a common source of worry for anyone managing energy supplies. The uncertainty that has characterized energy markets has taken a toll on manufacturers.
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