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Explosion Rocks BP Refinery

August 28, 2014 10:25 am | News | Comments

A fire broke out after an explosion at a BP refinery in Whiting, Indiana, rattling nearby homes.                                            

Missouri Sues Tyson Over Fish Kill

June 19, 2014 10:12 am | by Chris Blank, Associated Press | News | Comments

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster filed suit Tuesday against Tyson Foods Inc. seeking civil...

Waterproof and Restore Existing Metal Roof

May 27, 2014 4:29 pm | by The Garland Company, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

This lightweight, multi-layer waterproofing system will only add one-fifth of a pound per square...

New Tool Will Change How Maintenance Teams Communicate

May 12, 2014 12:19 pm | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO - @TalesFromTia | Videos | Comments

Fluke has changed how maintenance professionals analyze information, communicate with their team...

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Outside Lab Asked To Review Wash. Vapor Problem

April 29, 2014 2:24 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A South Carolina lab will lead an independent review of chemical fumes reported by workers at waste storage tanks at the nation's most contaminated nuclear weapons site in Washington state.          

New Emergency Collets

April 22, 2014 11:39 am | by Hardinge Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Even with the best planning, emergencies arise when your tool room and production departments require a stepped, odd size or special shape collet.

Changing The Tune On Asset Uptime

April 11, 2014 12:13 pm | by Leah Friberg, Education and Public Affairs, Fluke Corporation | Articles | Comments

Not all businesses have the budgets to implement a dedicated predictive maintenance system, but they do have smart devices that can be incorporated into daily use, raising the overall effectiveness of even a small maintenance team.       

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Outdoor Safety Guardrail

March 28, 2014 8:11 am | by Herwin, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Exteriorguard outdoor safety guardrail by Herwin, Inc. features a highly visible safety yellow paint designed to withstand the outside elements. 

Emergent Biosolutions Wins 2013 North American Maintenance Excellence Award

January 3, 2014 10:47 am | by The Foundation for Industrial Maintenance Excellence and Emergent Biosolutions | Blogs | Comments

Emergent BioSolutions announced that its facility in Lansing, Michigan has been recognized with the 2013 North American Maintenance Excellence (NAME) Award by the Foundation for Industrial Maintenance Excellence. The NAME Award honors North American organizations that excel in performing maintenance processes that enable operational excellence.

Tool Reconditioning Fits Nicely With Lean Manufacturing

January 2, 2014 11:15 am | by Jim Norton, President of Custom Products & Services, Inc. | Articles | Comments

Refurbishing or reconditioning services are available that, when done properly, can provide extended service life to these tools by as much as 4x.  Typically, the cost to refurbish a tool is about 75% less than the cost of buying new, and in many cases, the refurbished tool will function as good as (or often better than) a new tool.

Common Mistakes With Process Control Upgrades

December 16, 2013 9:18 am | by Marc L. Hunter, Vice President, Synergy Systems, Inc. | Articles | Comments

More and more manufacturers are upgrading control systems primarily to fight the battle of equipment obsolescence, rather than taking the opportunity to invest in upgrades, in order to gain more productive years out of major capital assets. There has been a noticeable trend in projects that are successful in achieving just hardware replacement, and those projects that leave the manufacturing process with more intelligence and flexibility.

Synthetic Shellac Primer

November 15, 2013 7:11 am | by Rust-Oleum | Product Releases | Comments

Rust-Oleum has introduced a primer and sealer made with synthetic shellac that mirrors the same properties as traditional shellac. Utilizing a first-of-its-kind synthetic shellac, BIN Advanced boasts ultimate stain blocking and superior odor sealing, with excellent adhesion and high hiding features.

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PosiTest AIR Leak Tester Kit

November 13, 2013 7:21 am | by Paul N. Gardner Company, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

The PosiTest® AIR Leak Tester detects air leakage in building envelopes and air barrier systems.

Scalewatcher's Electronic Water Conditioning System

October 31, 2013 4:02 pm | by Scalewatcher | IMPO | Product Releases | Comments

Electronic Water Conditioning is a non-invasive system utilizing a solenoid coil or coils wrapped around the pipework to be treated for scale deposits.  

Paint Stripper Designed To Safely Remove Powder Coatings

October 29, 2013 5:22 pm | by Tom Kutai, Solvent Kleene, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

D-Zolve™ 1012 from Solvent Kleene, Inc. is a paint and powder coating stripper and remover designed to efficiently strip hard-to-remove powder coatings, autophoretic/autodeposition chemical coatings and electrocoatings from intricate part shapes.      

Deere Sells Stake In Landscape Business For $300M

October 28, 2013 2:39 pm | by AP | News | Comments

Farm and construction gear maker Deere & Co. says it reached a deal to sell a majority interest in its landscapes business to Clayton, Dubilier & Rice, a private equity firm, for $300 million.             

Hand Care Innovations From Gent-l-kleen

October 28, 2013 9:40 am | by Gent-l-kleen | Product Releases | Comments

For the most heavily contaminated hands, the Dreumex One2clean dispensing system offers a touch-free automatic dispenser, says the company.

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1 Dead, 40 Hurt In Mexican Candy Factory Explosion

October 25, 2013 9:32 am | by Ricardo Chavez, Associated Press | News | Comments

An explosion inside a candy factory in the border city of Ciudad Juarez on Thursday left one person dead and at least 40 injured, Mexican authorities said.                

Japan Delaying Cleanup Of Towns Near Nuclear Plant

October 21, 2013 2:40 pm | by Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press | News | Comments

Radiation cleanup in some of the most contaminated towns around Fukushima's damaged nuclear power plant is behind schedule, so some residents will have to wait a few more years before returning, Japanese officials said Monday.          

Nucor Takes $14M Write-Down On Dome Collapse

October 21, 2013 9:35 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The storage dome collapse at Nucor Corp.'s plant in Convent, La., has prompted the company based in Charlotte, N.C., to take a $14 million write-down in its third quarter earnings.            

Terex Corporation To Upgrade Okla. City Facility

October 16, 2013 1:59 pm | by AP | News | Comments

Terex Corporation of Westport, Conn., said Wednesday that the upgrade comes following the sale of some road building equipment that was manufactured at the Oklahoma City plant.          

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.

China Explosion Fuels Environmental Concerns

July 30, 2013 10:27 am | by Louise Watt, Associated Press | News | Comments

An explosion Tuesday at a Chinese plant that produces the toxic chemical paraxylene has added fuel to a growing movement opposing such plants, on the same day that a state-run newspaper prominently urged the public to accept the industry as safe.

Fukushima Plant Steps Closer To Fuel-Rod Removal

June 12, 2013 1:33 pm | by Malcolm Foster, Associated Press | News | Comments

Plant chief Takeshi Takahashi told journalists given a tour of the plant Wednesday that workers have cleaned up much of the debris in their work areas, but that the priorities are keeping the plant stable and working toward shutting it down — a process that operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. estimates will take 40 years.

Italy Seizes 1.2B Euros From Steel Family

May 22, 2013 2:13 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Milan prosecutors have ordered the seizure of 1.2 billion euros ($1.5 billion) in assets belonging to the family that runs a troubled steel plant in southern Italy. Prosecutors allege in the order Wednesday that the real estate, stocks and other financial assets belonging to the Riva family were obtained through the misuse of funds belonging to the Ilva steel plant.

Environmentally Friendly Pest Management

April 29, 2013 8:00 am | by Patrick T. Copps, MS, B.C.E., Technical Services Manager, Orkin, LLC | Articles | Comments

The push to use environmentally friendly methods in plant operations, including pest management, continues to gain traction. Conservation and recycling efforts now play a major part in our daily lives, whether at home, at work or at another public place. But what about your facility?

Rescuers Search Ruins Of Texas Fertilizer Plant

April 18, 2013 2:14 pm | by John L. Mone, Michael Brick, Associated Press | News | Comments

Rescue workers searched the smoldering ruins of a fertilizer plant Thursday for survivors of a monstrous explosion that leveled homes and businesses in every direction across the Texas prairie. As many as 15 people were feared dead and more than 160 others injured.

Former GM Executive Tapped For Toyota Board

March 6, 2013 9:16 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Toyota has tapped a former executive at U.S. rival General Motors to join its board, the first time in the Japanese automaker's 76-year history it is appointing directors from outside the company.The appointment of Mark Hogan, effective April 1, underlines efforts at Toyota Motor Corp. to become more internationally-minded, transparent and nimble in regional markets.

U.S. Power Grid Costs Rise, But Service Slips

March 5, 2013 10:19 am | by Jonathan Fahey, Associated Press | News | Comments

America's power grid is like an old car. It gets the job done, even if its performance is slipping. But the repair bills go up every year and experts say only a major overhaul will reverse its decline. An Associated Press analysis of utility spending and reliability nationwide found that electric customers are spending 43 percent more than they did in 2002 to build and maintain local electric infrastructure.

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