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There's A Wireless App For That

November 23, 2009 8:49 am | by by Luke Simpson, Associate Editor, Chem.Info

Here at IMPO and Chem.Info , we try to stay out in front of the trends happening in chemical and processing facilities around the country. Whether it’s the inherently safer technologies that could (read: probably will) change the way chemical facilities operate, or membrane separation technologies designed to improve everything from wastewater treatment to carbon capture , we’re constantly reading, watching and talking about processing technologies in order to present products and stories that can help you on the plant floor.

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No Tricks, Just Tofurkey

November 17, 2009 5:14 am | by by Anna Wells, Editor, IMPO

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. Ever. In fact, I find watching sports and eating carbohydrates to be two of the most enjoyable activities in which to indulge during winter. Each year I pretend to help with the cooking, eat, doze, and then force my grown adult brothers to watch the cartoon version of Dr.

Avoiding The Cliché

November 12, 2009 10:17 am | by by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director

A couple of weeks before we start production on a new issue of IMPO , our staff gets together to talk basically about three things — where we stand right now, where we want to go and how we intend to get there. This scope of attention deals not only with the financial elements that any business endeavor must broach, but also the quality of our end products, in both print and on the web, as well as the process we take in getting there.

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The $435 Tube Of Lip Gloss

November 12, 2009 9:39 am | by by Anna Wells, Editor, IMPO

I have never stolen anything in my life. It’s not something I consider particularly notable, simply because I feel it should be intuitive; a default. I was raised by hard-working parents who themselves were raised by folks who pulled themselves up by their bootstraps.

Greenwashing — I've Been Had

November 9, 2009 6:56 am | by by Carrie Ellis, Editor, Chem.Info

There aren’t many feelings worse than that of being duped, especially if you have an elevated estimation of your own intellectual powers. (I tested at 29 on my ACT exam, I swear.) Most of the time, I like to think that I’m pretty shrewd when it comes to marketing schemes and statistics being twisted by the most keen of spin doctors, distinctly because as an editor — trust me — I’ve seen it all.

Clorox's Preemptive Strike

November 6, 2009 11:00 am | by by Luke Simpson, Associate Editor, Chem.Info

November 9, 2009 Clorox isn’t waiting around for new chemical security legislation to take effect. And according to opensecrets.org , the company has not hired any lobbyists in 2009 to convince politicians that transporting and storing large amounts of chlorine is safe.

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Delicious Martian Apple Pie

November 6, 2009 3:50 am | by by Joel Hans, Associate Editor, IMPO

A colleague of mine, David Mantey (editor of Product Design and Development ), wrote a column a while ago titled, “ We Landed On The Moon, Big Deal .” There’s no mincing words here; it’s easy enough to tell what his stance on NASA is. One of David’s main contentions is that NASA does not, and cannot, invoke the same soaring heroics and national pride it used to back in the moon-landing era, which is a fair assumption.

What A Piece Of Junk

November 2, 2009 11:13 am | by by David Mantey, Editor, PD&D

Professionally, I’ve always considered myself a fairly progressive and forward-looking individual. Not the smoke and mirrors forward-looking that you can find at the bottom of nine out of 10 “news stories” that cross the wires, but the type that looks at something new and either sees value or, I see it as a potentially never-ending crevasse into which we will always be able to dive, but no amount of money will ever cushion the fall.

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United We Stand — Divided We ... Run?

November 2, 2009 3:07 am | by by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director, IMPO

It’s not a new problem, per se. The need to improve energy usage trends and implement more efficient approaches has been a relevant topic long before Al Gore invented Power Point presentations or President Obama campaigned on a pledge to overhaul our national grid. What is new is the debate surrounding the slew of potential solutions.

Banging My Head Against The Wall

October 29, 2009 9:14 am | by by Anna Wells, Editor, IMPO

Although it’s an instance that is becoming more and more rare as we grow older and our responsibilities increase, my friends and I like to get together on the occasional weekend night and spend hours at a long, lavish dinner out. We give ourselves time for wine and coffee and dessert, and do our best to catch up.

Top 10 EPA GHG Reporting Facts

October 27, 2009 10:52 am | by by Luke Simpson, Associate Editor, Chem.Info

October 28, 2009 Last week I attended a webinar on the EPA’s mandatory reporting of greenhouse gases (GHGs) rule, hosted by U.S. Steel and Wenck. The presenters did a great job of highlighting all of the important points from the rule, and the areas that could be confusing.

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Per The Yankees, Investment Worthless Without Execution

October 26, 2009 6:27 am | by by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director, IMPO

Baseball season within the IMPO family leads to several interesting and often heated conversations — many of which offer a unique parallel to the competitive environment you see on the plant floor. Our family resides in two different homes. Out on the east coast we have Chuck Marin.

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Winning A Fight With Tabasco (And Other Diversions)

October 23, 2009 4:46 am | by by Anna Wells, Editor, IMPO

My friends and I like to play a lot of off-the-cuff word games. For example, my friend posed this question to the group last night: If you were able to ride any animal, real or fictional, into battle, which would it be? The eventual winner, by group vote, was Falkor—the giant flying dog from The NeverEnding Story .

Throw The Book At Him

October 21, 2009 4:52 am | by by David Mantey, Editor, PD&D

Beijing Autos (BA) says it doesn’t know anything  about the ex-engineer who photocopied thousands of documents and coincidentally took an overseas vacation to shop his merchandise to the highest bidder. Yeah, and I denied it when the side view mirror disappeared out of my father’s truck and a bird was left to take the rap.

The Fuel Sell

October 20, 2009 5:17 am | by by Luke Simpson, Associate Editor, Chem.Info

It’s the culmination of over 40 years work, combining technology developed by NASA in the 1950s with cutting edge biofuel production techniques using purpose-built microorganisms. Coskata appears to be doing what no other cellulosic ethanol startup has done: Proving that the technology works on a large scale.

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Getting The Green Thumbs Up

October 19, 2009 11:32 am | by by Krystal Gabert, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

Two weeks ago, Newsweek released its 2009 Green Rankings , rating America’s 500 largest companies for environmental sustainability. Not surprisingly, food and beverage companies rated below the curve. In comparison with finance, insurance and tech companies, it seems rather intuitive that companies in the manufacturing sector would have a significantly greater impact on the environment.

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A Bit Of The Index Whiplash

October 14, 2009 4:34 am | by by Joel Hans, Associate Editor, IMPO

First of all, I’d like to take the opportunity to introduce myself to all of IMPO ’s readers out there. For the last three or so months I’ve been working behind-the-scenes (along with a number of other people) to get the IMPO Insider Daily delivered to your inbox, well, on a daily basis.

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Help, I've Been Nerded

October 13, 2009 8:59 am | by by David Mantey, Editor, PD&D

I suppose that the hair would be parted on the other side and I’d be wearing a lavender vest rather than a kindergarten blazer featuring an assortment of arts and crafts, but the photo could just as easily come as the result of an evil motherly plot to sabotage my cool factor (pause for guttural laugh), as it did from a few minutes of Photoshop 101.

Enough With The Positive Thinking

October 12, 2009 9:38 am | by by Anna Wells, Editor, IMPO

Before I decided to study literature in college, I took the typical freshman approach: I changed my major again and again, based on the whims of my current fascinations, causes and favorite professors. It’s scary looking back, considering I could have based my life’s career goals around an affinity for a class that happenstance scheduled following my afternoon latte boost.

Moderating The Death Panel

October 5, 2009 8:25 am | by by Carrie Ellis, Editor, Chem.Info

Appropriately, I write this blog from the comfort of bed — pillows stacked up behind me, tissue on my right, orange juice on the left, laptop whirring on my arched legs in the beautiful Gaylord Hotel in Orlando, FL. Considering that I flew here specifically to be at the Emerson Global Users Exchange (in amazing Floridian weather whilst my native Wisconsin is getting pummeled by rain and even hail), I couldn’t help but think what a waste.

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