Rachelle Blair-Frasier
Managing Editor

Rachelle Blair-Frasier is the Managing Editor of IMPO. Rachelle joined ABM after working through the ranks of the weekly newspaper industry from reporter, to editor, to managing editor at the Lodi Enterprise and Poynette Press in southern Wisconsin. Rachelle received a Bachelor of Science journalism degree from Central Michigan University before relocating to Wisconsin to pursue a career. Rachelle’s interests lie in the outdoors, cooking and self-sufficiency. When she’s not researching the latest manufacturing news, she’s tending to her 1,200-square-foot vegetable garden, trying out a new recipe or training her and her husband’s two versatile hunting dogs — Rupert, a Wirehaired Pointing Griffon, and Kate, a Spinone Italiano.

Having plans in place, and adhering to those plans, is one of the best ways to mitigate maintenance and safety risks. However, you can never be fully-prepared...
7.28.2017
8:30am
In this episode, we discuss a simple wire-based robot and an autonomous floating space drone.
7.27.2017
9:32am
No need for sleeping bags, swim shorts or sunscreen at this summer camp. Instead of crafting and telling scary stories around the campfire at night, these kids...
7.25.2017
7:45am
In this Manufacturing Minute episode, building artificial floating islands and a chairless chair.
7.18.2017
10:11am
It is important to have a regular maintenance plan in place to catch all those little issues before they become a big problem that results in lost time, money...
7.18.2017
9:50am
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In this Manufacturing Minute episode, a morality algorithm for autonomous cars and a robot with a sense of touch.
7.13.2017
12:07pm
Two utility workers were injured in an explosion outside of a Virginia plant earlier this week.
7.12.2017
11:30am
Investigators are looking into what caused an ammonia leak and explosion that left two people injured last week.
7.10.2017
10:00am
A 20-year-old man was killed Thursday in an industrial accident in Wisconsin.
7.7.2017
9:58am
IMPO's July/August Digital Edition features a tour inside Raymond Corporation's new RayBuilt Center of Excellence facility in Syracuse, NY, where...
7.7.2017
8:35am
In this Manufacturing Minute episode, an elevator without cables and Oscar Mayer adds drones to its Weinermobile fleet.
7.6.2017
10:40am
Michael Gretczko, principal at Deloitte and general manager of ConnectMe, offers a way that manufacturers can better retain top talent. Here we asked Gretczko...
7.6.2017
7:41am
President Donald Trump isn't the only politician making the rounds touring American manufacturing sites. Last week, Vice President Mike Pence visited...
7.3.2017
3:29pm
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In this episode of Manufacturing Minute, a new cool battery and virtual reality that’s easy on the eyes.
6.29.2017
10:07am
This infographic by Bosch details which trades are at risk for silica dust exposure, as well as how workers can protect themselves.
6.22.2017
9:55am
In this Manufacturing Minute episode, a self-driving commuting concept and making more resilient concrete from used tires.
6.20.2017
10:16am
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited a Georgia PVC pipe manufacturer following an investigation into an employee’s death.
6.19.2017
10:54am
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration have teamed up to help keep workers safe this...
6.16.2017
7:37am
A producer of fiber-based packaging will not be cited after investigation into a January mill explosion.
6.16.2017
7:30am
In this Manufacturing Minute episode, another flying car prototype and a continuous 3D printer.
6.15.2017
10:11am
Four people were killed in a shooting at a San Francisco UPS facility Wednesday morning.
6.14.2017
3:25pm
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For many in the manufacturing and construction industries, keeping valuable equipment and tools in open air storage is a fact of life. However, so is the risk...
6.13.2017
9:38am
Alex Birrell, CEO of CleanSpace Technology, discusses how respiratory device technology has changed over the years and key things to keep in mind before...
6.9.2017
8:40am
In this episode, we examine robotic "Metalimbs" out of Japan, and MIT's new system that could help visually impared individuals navigate their...
6.8.2017
10:07am
Chad Kennedy, Industry Standards Manager for Power Equipment at Schneider Electric, discusses steps facility managers can take to protect equipment in advance...
6.7.2017
8:18am
OSHA investigators are looking into what caused an explosion at a glass manufacturing plant that injured 5 workers.
6.6.2017
1:55pm
In this Manufacturing Minute episode, Microsoft researches augment reality eyeglasses and a designing more nimble robots.
6.6.2017
9:58am
In this Manufacturing Minute episode, protecting 3D-printed prototypes and a bacteria-laden fabric that could help keep you cool.
5.30.2017
10:04am
A woman suffered severe blood loss when her hand was caught in machinery at a Schick factory.
5.26.2017
11:38am
In this episode, NASA’s new technology to safely land drones in an emergency and instant IoT.
by Andy Szal
5.25.2017
10:09am
There are some innovative ways companies are looking to solve the problem of forklift safety. One of the most exciting is the incorporation of virtual reality...
5.25.2017
7:49am
Take a look inside Milwaukee Tool’s Greenwood, MS manufacturing facility where hole saws and Sawzall are born.
5.22.2017
9:55am
In this Manufacturing Minute episode, how to extend your EV’s battery life and a look at Europe’s largest offshore wind farm.
by Abbey Dean
5.16.2017
10:14am
Late Monday night, news of possible plans by Ford Motor Co. to cut 10 percent of its global workforce began circulating.
5.16.2017
10:00am
More than 20 people were injured in an explosion Monday at a Schaeffler facility in Germany.
5.15.2017
3:46pm
An Ohio auto insulation manufacturer faces more than $500,000 in penalties after a machine amputated a worker’s right hand, wrist and part of his forearm.
5.12.2017
8:26am
Pete Butler, from MS Companies, discusses how manufacturers can benefit from the rising gig economy.
5.9.2017
10:30am
Two years ago, IMPO published a story about APL Logistics’ effort to simultaneously implement 5S at all of its U.S. facilities. We recently caught up with...
5.8.2017
7:44am
IMPO's May/June Digital Edition features a tour inside Milwaukee Tool's Greenwood, MS manufacturing facility, where hole saws and Sawzall blades are...
by Mike Hockett
5.4.2017
8:43am