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Medford's Last Milk Processing Plant Closing

January 28, 2015 2:43 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Medford's last milk processing plant is closing; the Seattle-based Darigold says it would cost too much to upgrade the plant to meet food safety, employee safety and environmental regulations.                 

Friendly Robots: The Future of Advanced Manufacturing

January 14, 2015 2:53 pm | by GE Reports | Articles | Comments

GE’s venture capital arm, Goldman Sachs, Bezos Expeditions and a group of other big names have...

Nitrogen Leak at LG Display Factory Kills 2, Sickens 4

January 12, 2015 11:17 am | by Youkyung Lee, The Associated Press | News | Comments

LG Display said Monday two people were killed and four others sickened by a nitrogen leak at its...

How To Protect Your Facility Floor During the Winter

January 8, 2015 9:59 am | by Robert Kravitz | Articles | Comments

The winter months may be the toughest time of the year for floors. To see why hard-surface...

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ITW Vortec Unveils New Enclousre Cooler

December 18, 2014 3:51 pm | by ITW Vortec | Videos | Comments

ITW Vortec introduces the new ATEX Vortex, a new enclosure cooler that is designed to maintain optimum temperatures to prevent shutdowns due to overheating of control panels and electronics.                 

Getting the Most Out of Your Electric Motor Repair

November 21, 2014 2:12 pm | by Howard W Penrose, Ph.D., CMRP Vice President, Dreisilker Electric Motors | Articles | Comments

Even with standards, studies and certifications, there is no guarantee or requirement for repair shops to provide exceptional or reliable electric motor repair.                         

November/December 2014: A Picture of Growth

November 13, 2014 12:30 pm | Digital Editions | Comments

In the November/December 2014 issue of IMPO, we visit the innovative Optimation Technology, explain the top misconceptions about fall protection, discuss the merits of equipment acquisition, and help you stay informed on OSHA’s 2015 agenda.

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What the New Tangible Asset and Repair Regulations Mean for Manufacturing Firms

November 5, 2014 10:25 am | by Dean Sonderegger | Articles | Comments

The new Repair Regulations will drastically impact how manufacturing companies treat the amounts paid to purchase, produce, or improve tangible property, like plants, buildings, machines, and much more.             

October 2014: Beyond Lean

October 10, 2014 11:31 am | Digital Editions | Comments

In this issue of IMPO, we take you inside Worksman Cycles, provide tips to keep your equipment properly maintained and running smoothly and examine a series of case studies on the role of system integration in "People, Planet, and Profit."  

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 penalties and compensation for state costs and natural resource damages for a large fish kill in southwestern Missouri.      

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 foot to existing roof systems when completed, eliminating the time and cost associated with engineering a new roof system. 

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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 and respond in emergencies with the Fluke Connect system. Last week, IMPO got a sneak peek at the technology.         

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.       

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. 

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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.

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.

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.            

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