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PPE April 28, 2022

Saving lives with arc-resistant and flame-resistant apparel

Arc-resistant and flame-resistant (FR) personal protective equipment (PPE) clothes are the first and the last line of defense against serious injury.

By Nick Warrick
PPE March 15, 2021

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles March 8-14, 2021

Articles about flame-resistant PPE, ROI efficiency, digital transformation, corrective maintenance and writing a maintenance task procedure were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from March 8-14, 2021. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
PPE March 8, 2021

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles March 1-7, 2021

Articles about the 2020 Salary Survey, flame-resistant PPE, corrective maintenance, writing a maintenance task procedure and Product of the Year finalists were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from March 1-7, 2021. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
PPE February 25, 2021

Choosing the right flame-resistant PPE

Flame-resistant (FR) clothing is essential for anyone who works on job sites or with equipment that comes with potential fire, combustion or electrical hazards.

By Nick Warrick
PPE February 15, 2021

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles February 8-14, 2021

Articles about improved mask filtration, machine learning and manufacturing, the factory of the future, effective plant turnarounds and disinfection robots were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from February 8-14, 2021. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
PPE February 8, 2021

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles February 1-7, 2021

Articles about improved mask filtration, motors and drives tips, effective plant turnarounds, the factory of the future and machine learning were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from February 1-7, 2021. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
PPE January 12, 2021

Disposable surgical masks are best for being heard clearly

Surgical masks are the best personal protective equipment (PPE) option for being heard clearly according to University of Illinois researchers, which can be a challenge for engineers, manufacturers and other essential workers who operate in noisy environments.

By Lois Yoksoulian
PPE December 2, 2020

Institute receives grant to improve mask materials

North Carolina State University’s Nonwovens Institute (NWI) received a $400,000 grant to investigate improving the properties of materials they’re using for masks and respirators.

By Laura Oleniacz
PPE November 2, 2020

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles October 26 to November 1, 2020

Articles about interchangeable masks, edge I/O, heated face masks, mini-brains for robots and collaborative robot optimization were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from Oct. 26 to Nov. 1, 2020. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
PPE October 27, 2020

Frame created for interchangeable mask

A team of Texas A&M students bonded together to create the EASYMASK, which is designed to provide a reusable and inexpensive face mask for the general population.

By Michelle Revels
PPE October 26, 2020

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles October 19-25, 2020

Articles about heated face masks, R&D project performance, facility energy management, collaborative robot optimization and COVID-19 worker risks were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from October 19-25, 2020. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
PPE October 22, 2020

Heated face mask designed to filter and inactivate coronaviruses

The reusable mask includes a heated copper mesh powered by a battery and surrounded by insulating neoprene, which could help health care professionals and in other situations where social distancing is difficult.

By Anne Trafton
PPE October 5, 2020

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles September 28 to October 4, 2020

Articles about mask filtration, global manufacturing, COVID-19 and digitalization, microgrid system design and hydrogen's growing importance were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from September 28 to October 4, 2020. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
PPE October 4, 2020

Engineering understanding about COVID-19’s effects, safety

Students at USC worked on robots, masks and droplet dispersion to better understand how to live with COVID-19 over the summer. See video.

By Avni Shah
PPE September 28, 2020

DIY fitter developed to improve mask filtration

The Badger Seal is a mask fitter with a soft, adjustable “frame” with elastic worn either as ear loops or behind the head and can be made in minutes to improve mask filtration and improve PPE quality.

By Renee Meiller
PPE September 21, 2020

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles September 14-20, 2020

Articles about a redesigned COVID-19 mask, the Leaders Under 40 winners, EAM systems, 3-phase squirrel cage motors and quality management system audits were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from September 14-20, 2020. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
PPE September 16, 2020

Redesigned mask offers greater protection, comfort for user

A mask that combines barrier filtration material with a stretchable fabric for greater protection and comfort has been designed by Georgia Tech researchers.

By John Toon
PPE July 29, 2020

Engineering researchers work on making N95 masks better

University of Michigan engineers and physicians have created a testing system to evaluate the effectiveness of N95 and surgical masks to find ways to make them better.

By James Lynch
PPE July 29, 2020

Engineering student helps organize PPE production, COVID response in developing countries

University of Wisconsin-Madison grad student Rebecca Alcock is playing a leading role in a large-scale, U.N.-backed effort to mobilize production of personal protective equipment (PPE) and more in developing countries around the world amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

By Tom Ziemer
PPE July 22, 2020

Ozone disinfection could make PPE reusable for workers

Georgia Tech researchers found that ozone gas could provide a safe means for disinfecting certain types of PPE that are in high demand for shielding workers from COVID-19.

By John Toon
PPE June 30, 2020

Researchers develop method to recycle PPE using radiation

Texas A&M University researchers have developed a method to make PPE masks reusable by sending them through an electron beam facility to get rid of contaminants.

By Laura Simmons
PPE June 23, 2020

Researchers develop approach to make N95 masks last longer

A Purdue University research team is working on extending the shelf life for an N95 mask, a crucial piece of personal protective equipment (PPE), by making the elastic band last longer.

By Chris Adam
PPE June 18, 2020

Smart COVID-19 PPE mask project receives research grant

Northwestern Engineering researchers received a $200,000 grant from the NSF to develop smart personal protective equipment (PPE) masks embedded with battery-free sensors to assess health for the COVID-19 pandemic.

By Amanda Morris
PPE June 3, 2020

University working with 3D-printing developer to produce swabs for COVID-19 testing

The Innovation Hub at West Virginia University is working with a Massachusetts-based 3D-printing company to produce medical swabs for COVID-19 testing.

By Jake Stump
PPE May 27, 2020

Engineers adapt emergency ventilators for COVID-19 patients

Engineers at Northwestern University has found a way to retrofit a common commercial emergency ventilator into a device better-suited for COVID-19 patients.

By Amanda Morris
PPE May 27, 2020

Students printing medical face shields with 3D equipment to fight COVID-19

High school students are using University of Missouri 3D printers to make face shields for health care workers in their area and U.S. soldiers serving in Afghanistan.

By Brian Consiglio
PPE May 20, 2020

University reaches out to help manufacture PPE, medical devices for COVID-19 pandemic

Houston-area hospitals asked Texas A&M University and the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station (TEES) to help manufacture medical devices and personal protective equipment (PPE) for the COVID-19 pandemic.

By Dr. Joya Mannan
PPE May 18, 2020

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles May 11-17, 2020

Articles about Product of the Year winners, PPE mask production for COVID-19, acoustic imaging and maintenance technology were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from May 11-17, 2020. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
PPE May 13, 2020

3D laser scanning accelerates PPE mask production for COVID-19 pandemic

Two recent PPE-related projects completed by NVision, Inc. demonstrate the growing role that non-contact scanning/measurement technologies are taking in the race to create new products and designs to minimize exposure to COVID-19.

By Steve Glad
PPE May 6, 2020

Approved face shield design addresses PPE shortage through 3D printing

Michigan Medicine and the U-M College of Engineering have offered a recommended design that is effective and straightforward to produce that addresses the PPE shortage for the COVID-19 pandemic.

By Kate McAlpine
PPE April 21, 2020

Engine emission researchers retool to identify effective N95 mask alternatives

Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison are leveraging tools used to measure the particulate from combustion engines to measure the filtration efficiency for alternative N95 masks to help improve supply during the COVID-19 pandemic.

By Adam Malecek
PPE April 18, 2020

Self-sanitizing face mask project for COVID-19 research receives NSF grant

A Northwestern University researcher has received National Science Foundation (NSF) funding to develop a new self-sanitizing medical face mask that deactivates viruses on contact for better personal protective equipment (PPE).

By Amanda Morris
PPE April 2, 2020

University initiates mass manufacture of disposable face shields for COVID-19 response

An MIT team launched mass manufacturing of a new technique to meet the high demand for disposable face shields with a single-piece design that uses die cutting to create them quickly.

By Mary Beth Gallagher
PPE March 24, 2020

Medical shield for coronavirus being developed

University of Wisconsin-Madison engineers are working with Madison-area manufacturers to make medical face shields, which is an important piece of personal protective equipment (PPE) for healthcare workers treating coronavirus patients.

By Tom Ziemer
PPE March 23, 2020

Universities developing DIY medical devices, PPE to combat coronavirus spread

Researchers from Georgia Tech and other universities are racing to develop “do-it-yourself” health care gear that can be assembled where it’s needed from locally available components to try and get out in front of the coronavirus spread to help hospitals and medical healthcare facilities. See video.

By John Toon
PPE June 10, 2019

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles June 3-9

Articles about overcurrent protection technologies, predictive maintenance in oil and gas, collaborative robots and manufacturing, the PMI May 2019 report, and electrical safety culture were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from June 3-9. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
PPE May 27, 2019

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles May 20-26

Articles about overcurrent protection technologies, the human factor in change management, Mitsubishi Electric acquiring Iconics, electrical safety culture, , and protecting the production line were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from May 20-26. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
PPE October 24, 2018

An operational network of maintenance and safety

Advanced solutions for effective maintenance programs address staffing challenges, lower costs, and can help plants avoid trips and shutdowns.

By Johan School, Honeywell Process Solutions
PPE January 17, 2018

Welding ergonomics

Worker protection also delivers productivity gains.

By Andy Monk, Bernard; and Jack Kester, Marsh Risk Consulting
PPE December 8, 2017

Using wireless in safety shower alarm retrofits

Wireless monitoring systems save money compared to wired solutions.

By Alex Patterson and Marcio Donnangelo, Emerson Automation Solutions
PPE October 23, 2017

The singular measurement of safety

Despite changing politics, OSHA violations have largely remained the same. However, when measured using the Liberty Mutual Worker Safety Index, cost of injuries is down $2B from 2016. Whichever way you measure it, safety remains one of the biggest challenges in today's workplace.

By Bob Vavra, Content Manager, CFE Media
PPE October 12, 2017

Reduce weld fume exposure by choosing the right option

Protecting employees against weld fumes is critical to providing a safe working environment. Choosing the right welding solution involves many key factors including the welding process, the type of fumes produced, and the OSHA standards relevant to the manufacturing process.

By Al Hilbert, Miller Electric Mfg. Co.
PPE June 29, 2017

Seven ways to avoid potential safety hazards

With all the safety hazards posed by electrical equipment, proper training is imperative to the well-being of employees.

By David Manney, L&S Electric
PPE June 19, 2017

A supportive foundation for Lean excellence

Herman Miller, Inc.’s people-centric focus and its focus on Lean manufacturing has helped the company through rough patches and has helped the company's culture.

By Lea Tonkin
PPE April 13, 2017

Electrical test instruments: Safety is still the first tool

Safety is paramount with electrical test instruments and great care must be taken when using equipment or understanding the codes involved.

By Dennis K. Neitzel, CPE, CESCP, AVO Training Institute
PPE February 14, 2017

Eight easy pieces to electrical safety

Make your company’s electrical safety program NFPA 70E-compliant by following eight best practices to make sure that the electrical safety programs drives the development of safety habits.

By Tommy Northcott, PE, CMRP, Northcott Consulting LLC
PPE October 31, 2016

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles: October 24-30: process improvements, arc flash relays, CMMS adoption, more

Articles about permanent process improvements, arc flash relays reducing costs, CMMS adoption enhancing maintenance, mobile manufacturing maintenance, and OSHA's annual safety violation report were Plant Engineering's five most clicked articles from last week, October 24-30. Were you out? You can catch up here.

By Brana Webb
PPE October 18, 2016

OSHA reports slight increase in safety violations for 2016

Fall protection once again leads the way as violations increase by almost 2% for 2016. Three categories in the top 10 reported considerable improvements compared to their 2015 numbers.

By Chris Vavra, production editor, CFE Media
PPE October 12, 2016

How an arc flash relay reduces costs

Wire manufacturer finds a way to eliminate hazard and control labor spending.

By Bryan Waldrop, Conaway Electrical Service
PPE October 5, 2016

Three tips for worker arc flash safety

Companies need to take necessary steps to prevent an arc flash incident such as identifying potential areas where an incident might occur and ensuring workers have access to proper safety equipment like personal protective equipment (PPE).

By David Manney, L&S Electric
PPE October 3, 2016

2016 Safety Study: Seven key findings

Respondents to the Plant Engineering 2016 Safety Study identified seven high-level findings impacting the manufacturing industries,

By Amanda Pelliccione, Director of Research
PPE December 7, 2015

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, November 30-December 6: Manufacturing index, Product of the Year Finalists, industrial wireless, more.

Articles about manufacturing index, Product of the Year finalists, industrial wireless, OEE, and FDI drives were Plant Engineering's five most clicked articles from last week, November 30-December 6. Were you out last week? You can catch up here.

By Erin Dunne
PPE December 1, 2015

Education vital when implementing NFPA 70E code updates

The leading cause, contact with an electric current, is something construction employees are exposed to on a regular basis. These injuries commonly come from incidences of arc flash energy.

By Brian Downie, Faith Technologies Inc.
PPE November 16, 2015

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, November 9-15: 2015 Product of the Year Finalists, arc flash energy analysis, Leaders under 40, more.

Articles about the 2015 Product of the Year finalists, arc flash energy analysis, Leaders under 40, arc flash NFPA 70E, and STEM education were Plant Engineering's five most-clicked articles from last week, November 2-8. Were you out last week? You can catch up here.

By Erin Dunne
PPE November 9, 2015

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, November 2-8: Improving hydraulic control, arc flash energy analysis, the ‘perfect’ bearing fit, more

Articles about improving hydraulic control in a mechatronic system, supporting arc flash incident energy analysis, the quest to find the 'perfect' bearing fit, arc flash NFPA 70E, and arc flash safety measures were Plant Engineering's five most-clicked articles from last week, November 2-8. Were you out last week? You can catch up here.

By Erin Dunne
PPE November 4, 2015

Arc Flash NFPA 70E Webcast: Your questions answered

Webcast presenter Brian Downie answered additional questions about topics such as reviewing the arc flash program, labeling requirements, PPE, and reducing dangerous levels of arc flash.

By Brian Downie
PPE November 1, 2015

2015 Safety Study: Six findings on workplace safety

Respondents to the Plant Engineering 2015 Safety Study identified six high-level findings impacting the manufacturing industries today.

By Amanda Pelliccione
PPE October 23, 2015

Who sets your plant’s safety standards?

The standard for safety begins at the front door of your plant. You and your employees set the standard for safety.

By Bob Vavra
PPE October 13, 2015

Ten essential steps to support arc flash incident energy analysis

These 10 essential steps after receipt of an arc-flash-incident energy analysis will help enhance personnel and equipment protection, and help support compliance with NFPA and OSHA standards.

By Scott Brady, Garrett Hamilton-Smith, Nick Jackson, Adam Reeves
PPE October 12, 2015

Top seven arc flash safety measures

Seven ways to limit the exposure of workers to the risk of arc flash incidents.

By Scott Brady, Garrett Hamilton-Smith, Nick Jackson, Adam Reeves
PPE October 12, 2015

NFPA 70E: Raising the standard

The latest updates to NFPA 70E require plant managers to re-examine their electrical safety programs.

By Wally Vahlstrom
PPE October 2, 2015

OSHA safety violations increase in 2015

Fall protection, lockout/tagout lead the way as overall violations increase by 4%.

By Chris Vavra, Production Editor, CFE Media
PPE July 6, 2015

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, June 29 to July 5: VFD trends and solutions, HVAC maintenance tips, manufacturing maintenance, more

Articles about VFD trends and solutions for drive systems, making HVAC maintenance more effective, achieving world-class manufacturing maintenance, NFPA 70E PPE challenges, and predictive maintenance data analysis were Plant Engineering’s five most-clicked articles from last week, June 29 to July 5. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
PPE June 25, 2015

Arc Flash University: NFPA 70E PPE Challenges and Solutions Webcast: Your questions answered

Hugh Hoagland, Senior Consultant for ArcWear, was the presenter at the June 18 Plant Engineering Webcast, “Arc Flash University: NFPA 70E PPE Challenges and Solutions.”

By Plant Engineering
PPE June 4, 2015

Arc flash relays meet code compliance

Revised NEC 240.87 requirements make mitigation easier to achieve.

By Jeff Glenney, P.E., Littelfuse
PPE June 3, 2014

SPECIAL REPORT: New solutions put us on the way to preventing arc flash incidents

Recent changes to the National Electric Code are getting us closer to the ultimate goal of preventing damage from arc flash.

PPE April 29, 2014

Yielding to the inevitability of change

One of the generational barriers we all face is the need to adapt to the changes around us, according to Plant Engineering Content Manager, Bob Vavra in his monthly column.

By Bob Vavra, CFE Media
PPE April 29, 2014

Safety automation isn’t automatic

Creating a safety automation system is a step-by-step process. NFPA 79 is one place to start to understand U.S. standards.

By Tina Hull, OMRON Automation and Safety
PPE February 12, 2014

Improving PPE usage important to ensure manufacturing safety

A lack of consistent or proper use of PPE leads to injuries and changing best practices and the culture are key to reducing these potential injuries

PPE January 23, 2014

Front harness

The Miller AirCore Front D-ring Harness meets OSHA and CSA requirements and is rated to 400 lbs. capacity

PPE December 13, 2013

Use an FEB to ensure safe installation, operation of electrical equipment

Complying with FEB and NRTL standards are vital to ensuring worker safety and standards for electrical products and systems

By Wally Vahlstrom, eti Conformity Services
PPE December 4, 2013

Mechanic gloves

The MG-9850 and MG-9855 mechanic gloves feature rubber protection and padded palms for impact protection and to absorb shocks and vibrations

PPE November 18, 2013

Six strategies to mitigate arc flash incidents

From analysis to equipment; you can reduce the exposure to a dangerous event

By David G. Loucks, PE, Eaton
PPE November 18, 2013

2013 Product of the Year finalists: Electrical Safety

Finalists in the Electrical Safety category for the Plant Engineering 2013 Product of the Year competition.

By Amanda McLeman
PPE November 18, 2013

2013 Product of the Year finalists: Safety

Finalists in the Safety category for the Plant Engineering 2013 Product of the Year competition.

By Amanda McLeman
PPE September 19, 2013

Welding helmet

The Speedglas Graphic Welding Helmet 100 Series has been expanded to include two additional graphic designs Tribute and Future Combatant

PPE August 29, 2013

Semi-automatic MIG guns: 10 money saving tips

Maintaining and inspecting MIG guns regularly are a couple of ways to get more life and more productivity out of every tool

By Andy Monk, Bernard
PPE July 23, 2013

Top 10 safety tips about washdown stations

Never allow unauthorized personnel to handle equipment, never put your hands or fingers in front of the nozzle, and other helpful safety tips on washdown stations.

By Spirax Sarco
PPE June 11, 2013

Electrical safety from the ground up

Proper grounding and bonding is critical for electrical workplace safety

By Reza Tajali, Schneider Electric Engineering Services
PPE June 11, 2013

Industrial GFCIs are finally here

Will they help make your plant and workers safer?

By Tony Locker and Nehad El-Sherif, Littelfuse
PPE June 11, 2013

Debunking the myths around arc flash safety, prevention

Steps on how to prevent arc flash and arc blast hazards and dispelling some popular myths about how they occur

By Reza Tajali, Schneider Electric Engineering Services
PPE March 14, 2013

Fall arrest solutions require attention to detail, not scale

Implementing a fall protection system, regardless of size, requires considering a number of factors to ensure optimal worker safety.

By Kevin Duhamel, Gorbel
PPE January 21, 2013

Wire cutter, wire stripper

The Katapult wire stripper and cutter cuts 8-22 AWG wire with a tension-loaded wire-grip, and can be used in settings where multiple wire sizes and types are present.

PPE December 17, 2012

Top Plant 2012: Masco Cabinetry

Real time, just in time: Masco Cabinetry reduces lead time, waste, energy costs, and downtime.

By Jack Smith
PPE September 13, 2012

Machinery production slows: Stepper sales boosted by medical, commercial markets

Growth in the medical equipment and commercial markets will help to buoy the stepper systems market as machinery cools.

By Michelle Figgs
PPE February 10, 2012

Educational videos on respirator use

17 videos on proper use of respirators have been posted. Nine are in English and eight in Spanish.

PPE February 3, 2012

PV module costs and prices – What is really happening now!?

In light of the PV industry taking a hit in 2011 IMS Research revisits some of their past predictions and what they project for the industry in 2012.

By Sam Wilkinson, Senior Market Research Analyst, IMS Research
PPE January 3, 2012

OSHA proposes more than $1 million in fines for willful, serious violations

Piping Technology and Products has been cited for intentionally misleading OSHA about amputation hazards.

By OSHA
PPE November 1, 2011

2011 POY Finalists: Safety

Finalists in Safety in Plant Engineering’s 2011 Product of the Year competition

By Edited by Gust Gianos, Plant Engineering
PPE October 13, 2011

PPE is personal before it is protective

A recent study found that many workers aren’t wearing necessary personal protective equipment. Which leaves a question: Why?

By Bob Vavra, Content Manager, Plant Engineering
PPE September 29, 2011

OSHA charges 46 safety violations at Texas trailer manufacturer

Eye injuries among citations; $950,000 in proposed fines

PPE September 15, 2011

Aixtron cuts guidance by 26%. What happened and what does it mean for the LED industry?

Aixtron today cut its 2011 guidance, lowering its 2011 revenue outlook from €800- €900M to just €600- €650M, that is a dramatic 26% decline. It also lowered its EBIT margin guidance from 35% to 25-30%. What happened to Aixtron and what does this mean for the MOCVD and LED markets?

By Ross Young, IMS Research
PPE April 1, 2011

OSHA’s top 10 violations worth reviewing

The top 10 citations issued by OSHA against construction and general industry seldom change, but they are always worth reviewing as the most frequently overlooked areas of compliance

By Source: OSHA
PPE March 15, 2011

Product of the Year 2010 Winners

Plant Engineering announces Grand, Gold, Silver, and Bronze Award winners for products debuting in the 2010 calendar year.

PPE February 14, 2011

Five reasons to practice dust control

Industrial vacuum cleaners help mitigate environmental hazards, OSHA violations

PPE December 14, 2010

OSHA cites roofing materials manufacturer for fourth time

U.S. Minerals could get $1.25 million in fines after inspections find 'extremely high levels of hazardous dust and other dangers'

PPE November 15, 2010

2010 POY Finalists: Safety

Plant Engineering's 2010 Product of the Year finalists featured in the Safety category.

PPE October 26, 2010

Take control of loading dock safety

Better training and awareness and advanced technology help reduce the risks of forklift-pedestrian collisions

By Joe Manone, Rite-Hite Corporation
PPE April 1, 2010

New ASSE book offers math solutions for common problems

The American Society of Safety Engineers has published a new book that the association says gives safety professionals a reference for time-saving solutions to complex problems. Applied Mathematics for Safety Professionals: Tips, Tools and Techniques to Solve Everyday Problems is now available at the ASSE Website, www.

PPE August 1, 2009

Safety – 2009-08-01 – 2009-08-01

OSHA estimates that approximately 680,400 lift truck accidents occur each year. The hard fact is that most of these accidents can be prevented with proper training and the adoption of best practices and safe work habits. Here are six primary areas businesses should focus on to help create a safe environment for lift truck operation.

By Ron Brewer, Crown Equipment Corp.
PPE November 1, 2008

Environmental, Safety & Health

Ergonomic manipulator The zeroG4 Arm is an ergonomic manipulator for holding tools, parts and materials. The manipulator allows objects to be maneuvered as if in zero gravity with full range of motion. The unit uses a spring, cam and gimbal-based architecture to “float” objects while allowing them to be effortlessly maneuvered.

By Plant Engineering Staff
PPE October 15, 2008

After the flood

The Cedar River is an old, meandering soul that weaves its way through Iowa’s cornfields on its way to the Mississippi River.

By Bob Vavra, Editor
PPE June 10, 2008

Welding safety is no accident

While many of the best welding safety practices seem like common sense, a survey of attendees at the National Safety Council’s 2007 Congress & Expo found that non-compliance with personal protective equipment protocols remains an issue. Some of the leading reasons: safety gear that fits poorly and looks ugly. Fortunately, recent efforts by PPE providers address these issues.

By Tom Sommers
PPE May 15, 2008

Symbiosis Man lets users ‘try on’ PPE equipment

Kimberly-Clark Professional has launched Symbiosis Man, an interactive, virtual model that allows customers to “try on” personal protective equipment products before purchase.

By Plant Engineering Staff
PPE March 11, 2008

Dock gate

The Protect-O-Gate dock gate prevents falls from loading docks or ledges.

By Plant Engineering Staff
PPE December 21, 2007

Ladder

The portable access ladder has a 9x5-foot stationary base section with a top landing measuring 1-foot, 6-inch by 2-feet.

By Plant Engineering Staff
PPE October 15, 2007

Georgia Tech gives students an early lesson in workplace safety

To increase job-safety training and awareness among younger Americans, scientists from the Georgia Tech Research Institute have joined with OSHA and other groups to introduce health and safety training to Georgia high schools. The aim: to ensure that young workers grasp the basics of job safety before they ever reach the workplace.

By Rick Robinson, Georgia Institute of Technology
PPE October 15, 2007

It starts with safety

Three years ago, on his first day as plant manager at Ocean Spray’s Bordentown, NJ facility, Tim Haggerty tried to anonymously roam through the 500,000 square-foot facility. He succeeded. And that was the problem. “I went through totally unnoticed,” said Haggerty. “No one challenged me as to who I was.

By Bob Vavra, Editor
PPE September 15, 2007

Controlling welding fumes, gases in the workplace

The control of fumes and gases in arc welding is an important workplace health and safety issue. Fortunately, many solutions are available to improve fume control, providing users with a number of options to comply with applicable exposure limits. Before selecting a solution, however, users need to evaluate each individual application to determine the best control method.

By Christopher J. Cole, The Lincoln Electric Company
PPE May 22, 2007

Five misconceptions about arc flash compliance

There are some misconceptions in the application of OSHA regulations, NFPA Standards and IEEE guidelines relating to arc flash hazards and associated safety practices. If plant managers don’t properly apply these standards, they may compromise worker safety and risk OSHA violations.

By Plant Engineering Staff
PPE May 15, 2007

NFPA 70E urges industry to turn it off or put it on

For more than three years the latest revision of NFPA 70E, “Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace,” has delivered a simple message: to work safely on electrical installations, turn off the power. And if you can’t avoid working on energized systems, put on the appropriate personal protective equipment to protect against the hazards of shock and arc flash. Sounds easy. But for some in the industry, it’s just not happening.

By Walt Greenwood, Fluke Corp.
PPE February 9, 2007

OSHA unveils new guidance on preparing workplaces for flu pandemic

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration this week unveiled new workplace safety and health guidance to help employers prepare for an influenza pandemic. Developed in coordination with the Department of Health and Human Services , Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for an Influenza Pandemic provides general guidance for most types of workplaces, describes the differences between seasonal, avian and pandemic influenza and presents information on the nature of a potential pandemic, how the virus is likely to spread and how exposure is likely to occur. "In anticipation of a flu pandemic, our top priority is protecting the safety and health of America's working men and women,” said Edwin G. Foulke, Jr., assistant secretary of labor for occupational safety and health. "Employers and employees should use this guidance to help identify risk levels and implement appropriate control measures to prevent illness in the workplace.” To help employers determine appropriate workplace practices and precautions, the guidance divides workplaces and work operations into four risk zones, according to the likelihood of employees' occupational exposure to pandemic influenza.

By Plant Engineering Staff
PPE February 1, 2007

Wire stripper/cutter

The 505 adjustable wire stripper/cutter is a compact, industrial-duty wire stripper and cutter that locks closed for easy storage and features a thumb-adjustable cam for matching the wire gauge size. It accommodates different wire gauge sizes and fits into a pocket, pouch or tool kit when not in use.

By Staff
PPE December 20, 2006

OSHA renews alliance with SMACNA

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors National Association recently renewed an alliance to provide information, guidance, and access to training resources that help protect employee health and safety. "We appreciate SMACNA 's contributions to our motor vehicle safety and health topics page and other materials," said OSHA administrator Ed Foulke, Jr. "We are pleased to continue working with them to further protect employee health and safety." Established more than two years ago, the alliance will continue to focus on motor vehicle safety, fall protection and personal protective equipment. It includes an emphasis on cuts and eye injuries, and reducing and preventing exposure to amputation and welding hazards. "We are enthusiastic about our ongoing alliance with OSHA because it ensures continuity and structure for the development of new safety information and tools to make American workplaces safer,” said Richard J.

By Plant Engineering Staff
PPE October 5, 2006

OSHA issues hexavalent chromium guidance for small businesses

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration Monday issued safety and health guidance to help small businesses comply with the Agency's new hexavalent chromium requirements for general industry, construction and shipyards. "This new resource is aimed at helping small businesses comply with the new standards, while helping them reduce the risk to employees potentially exposed to these compounds," said OSHA administrator Edwin Foulke. The guide describes the steps that employers are required to take to protect employees from hazards associated with exposure to hexavalent chromium. It is divided into sections that address the major provisions of the standards, and it follows the same organization as the corresponding paragraph of the standards. However, the guide provides more detail than the standards to help employers better understand the requirements. Permissible Exposure Limits, exposure determination, regulated areas, methods of compliance, respiratory protection, protective work clothing and equipment, hygiene areas and practices, housekeeping, and medical surveillance are the major topics included in the guide. Hexavalent chromium compounds are widely used in the chemical industry as ingredients and catalysts in pigments, metal plating and chemical synthesis.

By Plant Engineering Staff
PPE July 1, 2006

NAIMA offers free resources for insulation workers

The North American Insulation Manufacturers Association provides free educational resources on fiber glass and mineral wool insulation for workers through its Health and Safety Partnership Program, a voluntary program designed in cooperation with OSHA to assure greater worker protection. The free resources include a safe work practices video and practical, informative literature.

By Staff
PPE April 1, 2006

Why does OSHA’s rulemaking process take so long to complete?

The news this week at OSHA involves the hearings on the proposed Electric Power Generation, Transmission, and Distribution; Electrical Protective Equipment standard. This proposed standard was published in the Federal Register on June 15, 2005. The proposed rule would update the standards on electric power generation, transmission, and distribution and on electrical protective equipment for gen...

By Sherman Williamson, OSHA Department of Enforcement
PPE September 1, 2005

Extending safety off the job pays

Safety is an idea. Like truth and beauty, it is elusive to recognize and define. We do know, however, what the absence of safety looks and feels like. American workplace deaths and injuries are at an all-time low. Yet unsafe workplaces still proliferate. It a more cynical time, workplace hazards were seen as a cost of doing business.

By Bob Vavra, Editor
PPE November 10, 2004

Environment, Safety, & Health

Trash bin lid activated by motion Ultra-SmartBin features a motion-activated lid that opens automatically so that hands stay safe from biohazards and other wastes, as infrared sensors detect motion and provide touchless opening. Lid closes 3 sec after hand/object is removed from the area. Liner-bag holder keeps liners from falling in and prevents them from sticking out under the lid. UltraTech International : getsmartbin.com TO VOTE, WRITE 10 ON BALLOT For more information, write 10 on card Reverse air filter allows for simple operation RAF-IS is a special design reverse air filter using a simple, effective cleaning mechanism to sweep the filter bag plate.

By Staff
PPE September 10, 2004

Reader Feedback – 2004-09-10

Dangerous tip With over 20 years in industry, I have accumulated a binder of useful Tips & Tricks for just about any situation. The Tip (#230) in your August issue is one of the most dangerous you can attempt. Striking two hardened surfaces together like that of the ball peen hammers is an invitation to disaster.

By Staff
PPE November 1, 2003

Environment, Safety and Health Instruments

Foam allows for safe installation Chico SpeedSeal is a two-part, high- density foam that expands, then hardens like cement resulting in an inexpensive, safe, explosion-proof seal in electrical conduit and other tubing. It is packaged in an injectable delivery system and replaces manual measuring and mixing of cement compounds and water. The installation takes less than 5 min and sets up in less than 20 min.

By Staff
PPE July 14, 2003

Safety – 2003-07-14

Hazardous gas detection Sentry WebServer combines the power and flexibility of the Sentry gas-risk management system with the interoperability strength of the FieldServer WebServer. The server provides a graphical display of hazardous gas conditions using the Microsoft web browser. Sierra Monitor Corp. sierramonitor.com Write 319 on PE card Monitoring device The Pac Ex 2 is a handheld combustible gas and oxygen monitoring device featuring an LCD concentration display with audible, visual, and vibrating alarms.

By Staff
PPE July 8, 2003

Environmental, health, and safety (EHS) compliance

For those who work with it daily, environmental, health, and safety (EHS) compliance is synonymous with long, confusing, and stressful hours of sorting through paperwork and regulations.

By Plant Engineering Staff
PPE June 12, 2003

Mold remediation: a practical approach

Excessive mold growth in indoor environments has become an increasing health and environmental concern, as well as the subject of controversy and litigation. While human response to mold varies widely, no official medical relationship exists between exposure and human response.

By Steven R. Silicato, REM, CIE, MARCOR Remediation, Inc., Hunt Valley, MD
PPE May 6, 2003

Essentials of industrial air quality

No other standards in the United States exist for air quality inside industrial plants aside from OSHA's Permissible Exposure Limits (PELs). OSHA laws on interior air pollution control concern air contaminants inside industrial buildings. The laws establish permissible exposure limits for over 500 regulated substances.

By Joseph L. Foszcz, Senior Editor, Plant Engineering magazine
PPE November 15, 2002

Environment, Safety, and Health

Click above to view 2002 Product of the Year finalists in this category.

By Staff
PPE September 15, 2002

Safety – 2002-09-15

Respirator kits A guide to respirators for abatement and mold remediation includes product and ordering information on respirators, filters, and cartridges. The Half Facepiece respirator 7500 series ultimate reusable mold remediation respirator kit and powered air purifying respirator kit are among the products featured. 3M 3M.com/occsafety Write 317 on PE card Risk management Risk Management Planning Handbook: A Comprehensive Guide to Hazard Assessment, Accidental Release Prevention, and Consequence Analysis takes businesses with more than 100 hazardous or toxic materials onsite through the process of creating an effective risk management plan and explores the requirements for everyday decision making.

By Staff
PPE May 13, 2002

Suggestions & Solutions – 2002-05-13

Bearing fixer Industrial Services' repair capabilities now includes reclamation services on bearings between 3 and 8 in. OD. Bearings are refurbished, typically in sets of 20 or more.

By Staff
PPE April 15, 2002

Evaluating and treating the plant for noise control

Research continues to point to noisy machinery as a culprit in poor communication, lost-time accidents and higher insurance costs in plant operations. Constant exposure to noise creates employee stress and fatigue, and noisy operations can cause noise induced hearing loss (NIHL). But machines don't have to bear the blame.

By Eric Johnson, illbruck, inc., Minneapolis, MN
PPE February 15, 2002

2002 National Plant Engineering Show

Safety gloves The GP150 and PU50 styles are the first in a line of general purpose gloves. The GP150 style has an extra-heavy coated palm for abrasion, cut, and oil resistance, while the PU50 has a silicone-free polyurethane coating for lint-related problems. Styles are ideal for the metal, electronic, and clean room industries.

By Staff
PPE February 15, 2002

Suggestions & Solutions – 2002-02-15

Have a good time PTC-20 Series multiprogrammable LED timers have four-digit, dual line displays that indicate set and time values. All models offer multiple field programmable modes for operation and time ranges. There are multiple levels of security to prevent unauthorized set value or parameter changes.

By Staff
PPE January 15, 2002

Suggestions & Solutions – 2002-01-15

Bundle wire and cable better The 100 Hook and Loop Mechanical Fastener enables assemblers to bundle wire and cable faster, with less effort and strain than with plastic ties, wire ties, or string. These fasteners incorporate flexibility, a thin profile, and superior strength for cable bundling, harnessing, and wire fastening systems. Fasteners can be reused up to 10 times, eliminating waste and saving costs.

By Staff
PPE October 1, 2001

Product Intros – 2001-10-01

Flowmeter uses HART technology FlexMASSter ST98 flowmeter series combines superior performance with digital communications flexibility, due to HART Bus compatible electronics. The advanced thermal mass sensing element provides an accuracy of Fluid Components Intl. fluidcomponents.com Circle 371 Switch has easy-to-read pressure N-series pressure switch, with a big, bright LED display, eliminates the struggle to read operating pressures accurately.

By Staff
PPE October 1, 2001

Aerial lifts for high-level maintenance

Aerial work platforms provide a safe and efficient means of getting to hard-to-reach overhead areas. They can quickly carry an operator, with tools and materials, to places that would require setting up ladders or scaffolding.An advantage of the aerial work platform is its ability to maneuver in tight spaces and hard-to-reach areas.

By Joseph L. Foszcz, Senior Editor, Plant Engineering Magazine
PPE August 1, 2001

Suggestions and Solutions – 2001-08-01

A guide to energy savings Super-E premium efficient motors will be identified with an "EnergyGuide" label. Similar to the yellow tags used on home appliances, the label informs electric motor buyers of the energy savings and dollar savings they can achieve from installing these motors. Electricity accounts for over 97% of the lifetime cost of an industrial motor.

By Staff
PPE August 1, 2001

Human Side of Engineering – 2001-08-01

Can you reject a recall based on a possible problem? Maintenance Utility Man Joe Fenning had a history of back trouble. When he and others had been laid off, Foreman Harry Nadler's undisguised feeling was "Good riddance!" Now with a recall in the works, Nadler wanted to avoid rehiring Fenning if possible.

By Raymond Dreyfack, Contributing Editor
PPE July 1, 2001

Selecting the right protective clothing

Choosing the most appropriate protective apparel is a job in itself. With differing standards and guidelines, changing regulations, and a checklist of criteria including design, fit, and cost, there's a lot to consider. Of course, the primary responsibility of protective clothing is to protect the wearer - the critical factor in selecting proper apparel.

By Beth Hohl, Kimberly-Clark Safety Div., Alpharetta, GA
PPE June 1, 2001

Understanding industrial noise

Noise is unwanted sound. That statement seems pretty simple. But sound, in turn, is pressure, frequency, intensity, amplitude, wavelength, and a few other things. Noise is also aggravating, dangerous, and expensive. And if not properly controlled in the workplace, noise can be illegal. Excessive exposure can result in noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL), hypertension, and elevated blood pressur...

By Richard L. Dunn, Chief Editor, Plant Engineering Magazine
PPE May 1, 2001

Suggestions & Solutions – 2001-05-01

Tool installs drive belts quickly A special tool installs a belt in place in as little as 20 sec and typically pays for itself in the first day of use. Speedy Belt Installer gets twisted conveyor roller belts back in operation up to ten times faster than traditional methods, and its easy-to-use design helps eliminate carpal tunnel syndrome.

By Staff
PPE May 1, 2001

Literature Offers – 2001-05-01

Lubricant consolidation New fluid consolidation program reduces overall maintenance costs and extends equipment life. The program is a combination of Molykote high-performance synthetic and mineral-based products and support services. It features lubrication management software, integrated oil analysis service, and immediate access to a wide supply distribution network.

By Staff
PPE November 1, 2000

Suggestions and Solutions – 2000-11-01

Don't take a fall Fall Prevention & Protection Training ToolBox provides a comprehensive package that includes a CD-ROM, 20-min video entitled Gravity Kills-Defy It!, instructor and participant training manuals, and certificates and posters. The kit helps instructors address all the components of fall prevention and protection with a goal of reducing the risk of serious injuries and fatalities at work sites. Dalloz Fall Protection www.cdalloz.com Circle 251 Find motor and drive info fast Version 6.0 of the interactive Electronic Catalog on CD-ROM allows users to instantly access a wide variety of technical information on over 5500 different motors and drives. Product information includes nameplate data, dimension drawings, performance and test data, replacement parts, and installation and operating manuals. Baldor Electric Co.

By Staff
PPE October 1, 2000

Suggestions and Solutions – 2000-10-01

Going linear Product information on brushless linear motors, linear stepper motors, ac linear induction motors, linear positioning stages, linear motor controls, and motion control programming language and software is available in a free 242-p catalog. Information includes linear motor and control dimensions, technical data, connection data, keypad instructions, and catalog identification. Baldor Electric Co. www.baldor.com Circle 251 Speaking of dehumidification... A free, comprehensive glossary of desiccant dehumidification terms and a dew point conversion chart highlight a 20-p booklet. This popular glossary-of-terms booklet has been expanded to contain more than 50 definitions and an informative 2-p description of humidity controls. Air Technology Systems Circle 252 Motorize jib cranes A retrofit package is available to upgrade manual jib cranes to motorized units complete with electrical controls and pendant.

By Staff
PPE September 1, 2000

Replacing vinyl asbestos floor tiles

Key concepts It's not possible to tell whether tiles contain asbestos by appearance, size, or when installed. If asbestos is present, regulatory and removal issues must be faced.

By William A. Onderick, RFM, Inc., Wadsworth, IL
PPE March 1, 2000

Fall limiter

MiniLite fall limiter has a self-retracting lanyard that arrests a free fall within inches, reducing the risk of injury and making rescue easier. The product meets OSHA, ANSI, and CSA standards. Miller-Dalloz Fall Protection www.cdalloz.

By Staff
PPE February 1, 2000

New maintenance coatings offer major benefits

Some well-known difficulties have plagued painting projects for generations.

By K.G. Cook, Mark Youngberg, and M.G. Suyko
PPE November 1, 1999

Breathing tube converts respirators

CF2000 Series respirators feature an interchangeable breathing tube that converts a half mask or full facepiece air purifying respirator into a continuous flow airline respirator.

By Staff
PPE August 1, 1999

Filter supplies welders with clean air

Fresh-air II SA 9000 respiratory system is appropriate for many welding applications that generate high levels of particle fumes and gases. User-adjustable, belt-mounted airflow valves supply from 6-15 cfm of filtered air. Supply hoses up to 100-ft.

By Staff
PPE April 1, 1999

Personal protective equipment

A broad range of eye, head, face, hearing, respiratory, and welding protection equipment is presented in a 32-p catalog. Also offered are traffic control and floor warning devices.

By Staff
PPE March 1, 1999

When to change

A service life estimation CD-ROM and accompanying reference table for respiratory cartridges assist users in complying with the revised OSHA regulation 29 CFR 1910.134.

By Staff
PPE March 1, 1999

Fall arrest systems

Line of custom designed and integrated fall arrest systems that reflect site specific variables and performance requirements assure maximum safety without compromising worker productivity. All products meet applicable OSHA requirements.

By Staff
PPE March 1, 1999

Hopper/feeders

Pre-engineered arching-breaking hoppers outperform standard conical products by a factor of two, increase production rates, eliminate process downtime, and easily retrofit to most existing hoppers.

By Staff
PPE March 1, 1999

Suspected substance abuse: What to do?

It didn't happen all at once. Gradually, over a period of time, the possible cause dawned on Project Supervisor Bob Sherman. Mechanical Engineer Mark Hammer had been acting -- and looking -- funny these past weeks.

By Raymond Dreyfack
PPE February 1, 1999

OSHA issues final rule on confined spaces

OSHA's final rule amending the standard on permit-required confined spaces (29 CFR 1910.146) became effective February 1.

By Staff
PPE October 1, 1998

Spotlight on safety

This month's 1998 National Safety Congress & Exposition in Los Angeles promises to provide valuable information on hundreds of aspects of safety in the workplace.

By Staff
PPE October 1, 1998

Breathe easier

On April 8, 1998, the revised OSHA respiratory protection standard went into effect, with extended compliance dates of Sept. 8, 1998, for determining whether respirator use is required, and Oct. 5, 1998, for all other provisions.

By Staff
PPE August 1, 1998

Two upgrades, one new

Two upgraded Windows respirator selection/compliance programs on CD-ROM provide information required to match airborne contaminants and their concentration levels with the appropriate respirator and then manage a safety regulation compliance program in a timely manner. A new package simplifies the management of an employee hearing protection program in compliance with OSHA regulations. 3M.

By Staff
PPE April 1, 1998

PPE made easy

There is no need to read hundreds of pages of technical data or to review computer databases to learn about personal protective equipment.

By Staff
PPE February 1, 1998

What You Can’t See Can Hurt You — How To Reduce Risk In Confined Spaces

Confined spaces are an exception to the rule that you should never assume anything in life. In this case, always assume the worst -- that the space contains an unseen, unexpected hazard.

By Stephen Bayer, Product Group Manager, Portable Instruments, MSA, Pittsburgh, PA; and Stephen Bayer; Alfred W. Keiss
PPE February 1, 1998

New OSHA standard requires employers to develop a written respiratory program

Under a revised respiratory standard published Jan. 8 by OSHA, employers will have to develop a written program to protect workers that wear respirators.

By Staff
PPE February 1, 1998

Readers make noise about noise

In your December 1997 Human Side of Engineering article, "Is Hearing Loss Due to Job Noise Compensable?," I believe that the company involved is making a serious mistake if they simply "reassign him and hope that's the end of it.

By Staff
PPE February 1, 1998

Proper Steam Hose Selection Leads To Performance, Safety, And Economic Benefits

There are powerful economic and safety reasons for properly specifying and handling steam hose assemblies.

By Howard Aspinall
PPE January 1, 1970

Literature Offers

Network grounding systemsA 60-p catalog covers copper and mechanical grounding components for network applications. The publication provides features, benefits, and complete specifications, including materials, dimensions, sizes, part numbers, and illustrations. Information charts and a cross-reference guide are included in the literature.

By Staff