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Feet On The Floor

September 17, 2013 4:20 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

The risk of slips and falls is one every business must face, but industrial environments contend with the added challenge of preventing significantly more dangerous incidents. With heavy machinery, rotating equipment, sharp corners, and other various dangers around every corner, it’s critical manufacturers stress safety… and what better place to start than the floors.

Faster, Stronger, And More Precise

September 17, 2013 4:05 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

When people look to chemical threadlockers, they are almost always looking to secure a troublesome fastener from vibrating loose. However, a key advantage of anaerobic threadlockers often overlooked is their ability to seal the threaded joint from leaks.

Selection To Avoid Downtime

September 17, 2013 3:54 pm | by Jack Gayara, Product Manager, Lapp USA | Articles | Comments

A typical manufacturing plant today will have thousands, or even many thousands, of electrical connections on both fixed equipment and moving machines. And it’s just a matter of time before some of those connections fail or wear out, bringing production machines to a dead stop.

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Built Ford Tough

September 17, 2013 3:45 pm | by Rachel Leisemann Immel, Associate Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

Ford Motor Company is a global automotive industry leader, manufacturing or distributing vehicles across six continents. With 175,000 employees and 65 plants worldwide, the company has leveraged the dedication of its employees and UAW partnership to become more efficient, improve its product cadence, and be a more effective automotive industry competitor than ever before.

FDA Halts Drugs From Top Indian Drugmaker's Plant

September 17, 2013 2:18 pm | by Kay Johnson, Matthew Perrone, Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. health regulators have placed a ban on imported drugs from a factory operated by India's largest pharmaceutical company, Ranbaxy Laboratories, due to manufacturing and quality control problems. The import alert, issued Friday by the Food and Drug Administration, effectively stops imports of 11 drugs from Ranbaxy's Mohali factory in Punjab province. 

September 2013: Built Ford Tough

September 17, 2013 11:01 am | Digital Editions | Comments

In this issue, Ford readies its Kansas City location for 2,000 new jobs, a connector expert explains how to prevent downtime, experts discuss proper product selection for threadlocking and gasketing, and more. 

Study: Methane Leaks From Gas Drilling Not Huge

September 17, 2013 9:59 am | by Kevin Begos, Seth Borenstein, Associated Press | News | Comments

Drilling and fracking for natural gas do not seem to spew immense amounts of the greenhouse gas methane into the air, as has been feared, a new study says. The findings bolster a big selling point for natural gas, that it's not as bad for global warming as coal. And they undercut a major environmental argument against fracking, a process that breaks apart deep rock to recover more gas.

The Gray Shift Part 1: An Aging Workforce Creates New Workplace Injury Issues

September 17, 2013 8:01 am | by Earl Hagman, PhD, MSEE, MBA, President, Ergotech Incorporated | Articles | Comments

The median age of the labor force is anticipated to increase rapidly, with one-third of the U.S. labor force turning 55 by 2015. This may have far-reaching implications on the number and type of work-related injuries experienced. Most companies are not prepared for these changing demographics.

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Fouling In Heat Exchangers: A Costly Problem

September 17, 2013 8:01 am | by Jan De Baat Doelman, President, Scalewatcher North America Inc. | Articles | Comments

The fouling of heat exchangers in processing industries is a chronic operating problem. Costs due to additional fuel consumption and maintenance, loss of production, etc. have been estimated as 0.25 percent of the GNP of industrialized countries. EWT offers companies an environmental, effective, and cost saving method of reducing fouling on heat exchangers which can only prove a win, win, win scenario for all.

"Made In America": The Competitiveness Imperative

September 10, 2013 8:01 am | by Scott Paul, President, Alliance for American Manufacturing | Blogs | Comments

Politicians love promoting "made in America" during an election season but tend to forget about it once the dust settles. And so, for all the praise of American manufacturing in the last campaign – by Democrats and Republicans alike – very little has actually been done. So what happened to a real competitiveness – and – jobs agenda?

Crimp Force Monitoring – The Recipe for Success

September 4, 2013 8:01 am | by Gustavo Garcia-Cota, Crimping Product Manager, Schleuniger, Inc. | Articles | Comments

Crimp quality detection is similar to baking a cake. There are a lot of ingredients and if one ingredient is missing or of bad quality, you likely are not going to achieve your desired result. This article will go back through the basics of a crimp quality detection system and discuss what ingredients or variables you need to consider before switching off that CFM.

Power Plants Diagnose Motor Problems Without Highly Trained Personnel

September 3, 2013 8:02 am | by Jacob Beck, Electrom Instruments, developer of the iTIG II | Articles | Comments

The electronic devices used to test and analyze electric motors and other equipment have become much more powerful than in the past. Yet, in many instances these sophisticated devices have also introduced a high degree of complexity for users, requiring that highly trained and experienced personnel perform the testing.

Nobody Hurt In TX Drilling Rig Fire

August 29, 2013 12:51 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Nobody has been hurt in a fiery drilling rig accident in rural South Texas and efforts continue to put out the blaze. The Lavaca County Sheriff's Office says the accident happened Wednesday night between Shiner and Yoakum. The area is about 80 miles east of San Antonio.

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Sheen Seen On River Near Delaware City Refinery

August 28, 2013 2:21 pm | by Randall Chase, Associated Press | News | Comments

State environmental officials on Wednesday were investigating an oil spill at a refinery that left a sheen floating on the Delaware River. The refinery in Delaware City, operated by PBF Energy, reported the release about 1:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Expanding IL Tire Plant Gets New Rail Spur

August 28, 2013 2:19 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

One of southern Illinois' biggest employers now has a new railroad spur as it presses ahead with a $129-million expansion it says will add 100 jobs by mid-2015. The $1.1 million spur paid for by Illinois taxpayers was unveiled Tuesday at the 3,000-worker Continental Tire the Americas site that produces more than 14 million tires a year in Mount Vernon.

Optimizing Machines Using Programmable Drives

August 28, 2013 8:02 am | by Kollmorgen | Articles | Comments

Programmable drives are becoming more sophisticated and capable, enabling controls engineers to drastically reduce project costs. On a new design, some integrators and OEMs reach for an elaborate multi-axis PLC system to solve a relatively simple application. This happens as designers work under compressed schedules, and choosing a familiar solution seems like the right thing to do.

Gov't Seeks New Limits On Silica Dust

August 26, 2013 10:00 am | by Sam Hananel, Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal regulators announced plans to dramatically limit workplace exposure to silica dust, an agent known to cause crippling lung disease and cancer in thousands of workers each year. The proposal from OSHA would cut in half the amount of silica exposure allowed for general industry and maritime workers. 

Ford's New 3D Dirt Detection Technology

August 23, 2013 12:18 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Videos | Comments

Ford Automotive has unveiled what it says is an industry-first detection technology that uses high-resolution cameras to detect and eliminate dirt particles on a freshly-laid coat of paint. The company’s F-Series trucks are the latest vehicles to benefit from the technology, which Ford claims can detect particles smaller than a grain of salt.

How To Manage Machinery Lubrication (Part II): Sealing Systems

August 23, 2013 8:02 am | by Bryan A. Ogden, Business Development-Food & Beverage for SKF USA Inc. | Articles | Comments

Seals for processing equipment play vital roles in protecting bearings and lubricants. From the perspective of managing lubrication, a seal’s primary purpose will be to retain lubricant and keep contaminants from degrading or harming the grease.

How To Manage Machinery Lubrication (Part I): Eliminating Bearing Relubrication

August 21, 2013 8:02 am | by Bryan A. Ogden, Business Development-Food & Beverage for SKF USA Inc. | Articles | Comments

Few industrial environments can match the diverse and difficult operating conditions encountered in the food and beverage processing industries. Equipment often will be exposed to contaminants, frequent washdowns can degrade machinery and may cause lubricant leakage, and other adverse influences can combine to impact an operation’s lines and productivity.

Five Approaches To Managing MSDs At Work

August 15, 2013 8:02 am | by HumanTech | Videos | Comments

Unfortunately, there is no gold-star approach a company can take for managing musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). The most common approaches include fixing the person, fitting the person to the task, changing the person, changing how the person performs work, changing the work and the workplace.

Smoking Fast Order Fulfillment At Hauni Richmond

August 14, 2013 8:02 am | by Kardex Remstar, LLC | Articles | Comments

When management needed to reduce the footprint of Richmond's remanufacturing operations to make room for other revenue generating actives, the stockroom was faced with a 60 percent reduction in floor space. The stockroom already had a floor to ceiling man up narrow aisle picking system and there was little floor space and no additional shelf space that could be squeezed out.

Explosion-Proof Vacuums: An Investment In Safety

August 12, 2013 4:40 pm | by Rachel Leisemann Immel, Associate Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

Recent plant explosions should serve as a reminder for industrial users to review their vacuums to ensure they are suitable in explosion-proof applications, such as those relating to combustible dust. In addition to satisfying OSHA requirements, manufacturers must also keep workers safe. As Frank Intrieri Jr., VP of sales with Goodway says, “explosion-proof vacuums are used in hazardous environments, so safety precautions are imperative.”

Power To The People

August 12, 2013 4:03 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

It’s not uncommon to find an industrial worker with a power tool in their hands a dozen or more times per day. Power and speed are important – but perhaps most critical is the assurance of knowing the tool is ready to go at a moment’s notice. With reliability being top of mind for most users, power tool manufacturers place continued emphasis on improving the batteries that make a cordless tool go.

Bang For The Buck

August 12, 2013 3:46 pm | by Robert Giacobbe, Managing Director for Accenture and the global lead for Accenture’s Service Strategy and Operations (SSO) consulting practice | Articles | Comments

At one time or another, a maintenance organization has struggled with getting the best cost and service performance out of its spares inventory. Often, the penalties for not getting spares “right” are significant. And with the emergence of new service models such as “power by the hour,” providers are signing contracts that carry a hefty penalty for below-target performance.

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