Reimagine, Restore, Regenerate – Rejoice! The Promise of a Circular Economy.

The shortest distance between success and sustainability may not be a straight line – it’s more likely a circle. Or to be more precise, a circular economy. Today’s dominant economic approach is often described as “take-make-dispose,” meaning we take resources, we make whatever we want, however we want to make it, and then, when our […]

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Industrial Hygiene Goes High Tech with the IoT

The terms “hygiene” and “the Internet of Things” (IoT) may seem worlds apart – unless your world is industrial hygiene management. In that case, you may feel overwhelmed trying to sort out the hype from the helpful information. Here’s a quick introduction to the current practice and future potential of IoT in the management of […]

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How to Reduce Illness and Injury Costs: The Three Ps

Research shows that, in the U.S. alone, illness and injury cost employers as much at $576 annually. The good news? Businesses can significantly lower those costs by concentrating on the Three Ps: 1. Programs 2. Products 3. People Create programs for health and safety to keep your bottom line from getting hurt. When it comes […]

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How to implement 5S 4Real (and as easily as 1-2-3)

Like many management philosophies, 5S often remains just that: a philosophy, an ideal never fully implemented on the shop floor, but given plenty of lip service from the boardroom to the bulletin boards. However, if companies just apply a little common sense, some uncommon supplies, and plenty of committed follow-through, 5S can translate into surprising […]

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The right environmental mentality

Much of what we think of today as environmentally sound practices and policy is a result of decades-old thinking. On its face, the idea of reuse and recycling seems to confer obvious benefits to both the environment and to us. But as we look beyond simple household practices, a more complex picture emerges of what […]

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The safe bet is industrial wipers

When the trend-spotting Huffington Post starts to write about shop towels versus industrial wipers, you know something bigger than typical shop talk is going on. One of their articles featured a study1 from Gradient, the environmental research company, exposing just how toxic even freshly cleaned cloth rental shop towels can be. And while the author […]

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Three Manufacturing Trends That Will Shape 2015

We may be three months into the year, but that doesn’t mean we’ve seen it all. This year brings a few new trends to the manufacturing industry that’ll have us working smarter not harder—and many of them involve the emergence of new technologies and big data. According to IndustryWeek, the entire supply chain is undergoing […]

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As Demand for Welders Resurges, Community Colleges Offer Classes: Industrial Round-Up

As Demand for Welders Resurges, Community Colleges Offer Classes. HOUSTON — Ryan Gassett had already put in a full day, moving heavy boxes and furniture for $15 an hour, when his introductory welding class began at 10 p.m. By the time he arrived at Lone Star College north of Houston, the highway toll collectors at […]

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