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Energy Industry Recovering Slowly

The energy sector is always difficult to predict, as it is exposed to a wide variety of market forces, from politics to new discoveries to increased demand, etc. So the last thing the market needed was a shock to the system in terms of a “once in 800 year” hurricane and flooding damage. While the energy industry recovers – slowly – we are just getting a real glimpse of how interconnected everything has become.

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Pursuing Operational Excellence

The need for continuous improvement in manufacturing operations and to keep on top of the trends is an ongoing reality for every sector. However, it can also be incredibly grueling and the risk of burnout or loss of employee morale is a real thing. Pursuing operational excellence, though, because easier with a few great management tactics.

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Chemical Industry Regrouping after Massive Blow

One important lesson learned from current weather events is just how far the chemical industry has come in response to disasters. There is good news on the horizon for this manufacturing sector – both in the short term and the long run.

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Taking Advantage of Technology

Without a doubt, technology drives innovation and manufacturing.  These new inspirations often revolutionize the way things are made and the trickle-down effect goes through many industries.  In many cases, the digital technologies that people are comfortable with outside of work – iPads, phones, etc. – have made their way into the plant and the results of taking advantage of technology are very promising.

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Supply Chain Feels the Pinch from Hurricanes

In the weeks since hurricanes ravaged the American landscape, we have had the opportunity to look back and examine what the ongoing damage has done economically.  Estimates are still out, but some say the damage will end up totaling between $60-100 billion dollars.  Hurricane Harvey, second only to Katrina in terms of damage, has disrupted supply chains globally with the impact on the marketplace and productivity in the region.

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“Seeing” the Safety Issues All Around You

Have you ever walked around a room looking for your keys or your phone, knowing you put them in the room only minutes before? The items are now frustratingly “invisible” until you can recreate where you left them. The same, unfortunately, is true for many safety issues in the workplace. We all need to learn how to “see” in order to improve our workplace safety.

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Little Changes Add Up to Big Differences

Figuring out how to improve the use of our time is an industry in and of itself, generating lots of self-help books, TED talks and studies on workplace management strategies. What most experts have found, however, that there are huge gains to be made in the margins of change. How can this impact your manufacturing practices?

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Exciting Steam Renewable Energy Plant News!

As many businesses try to commit to reducing their carbon footprint with the use of other energy sources, the manufacturing world stands watch and takes note. Proctor & Gamble, making good on a commitment to try to obtain a whopping third of its energy from renewable sources by 2020, recently announced its completed biomass-fueled combined heat and power plant and the results are exciting.

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Top OSHA Violations Prompt Thought

No business likes to consider the worst case scenario, but quite often that is what we must do in order to provide a safe and efficient working environment for everyone. Looking at some of OSHA’s 2017 top violations can provide a learning ground for every industry to reconsider some of their safety practices and develop a plan going forward.

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Ensuring Manufacturing Competitiveness

Remaining competitive in your industry is an ongoing project. The economy, political events, the introduction of new technology, even the weather, as we are now seeing, can really wreak havoc on the best-laid plans. But following these strategies will help you endure even the most difficult times.

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