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Safety Standards September 27, 2022

Fall protection tops safety violations for 12th straight year

The 10 safety violations of workplace safety standards that OSHA has cited most frequently this year were announced with fall protection topping the list.

By National Safety Council (NSC)
Safety Standards September 26, 2022

Choosing the best flooring materials for food and beverage processing areas

Selecting the appropriate flooring system for each area is an important and nuanced operational and budgetary decision.

By Wallace Avery
Safety Standards April 8, 2022

Technology drives K-12 school changes, while meeting codes and standards

Updates, COVID and tech trends are shifting the way K-12 schools are designed to achieve code

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Safety Standards October 13, 2021

Fall protection remains biggest workplace hazard

OSHA's most-cited workplace safety standards finds fall protection in the top spot for the 11th straight year with respiratory protection a distant second.

By National Safety Council (NSC)
Safety Standards September 27, 2021

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles Sept. 20-26, 2021

Articles about the engineering leaders under 40, cycle based preventive maintenance becoming simpler, the differences between NEMA and IEC electric motors, and more were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from Sept. 20-26, 2021. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Keagan Gay
Safety Standards September 20, 2021

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles Sept. 13-19, 2021

Articles about the engineering leaders under 40, gaining additional value from inspections, modelling software and machine learning to improve production efficiency, and more were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from Sept. 13-19, 2021. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Keagan Gay
Safety Standards September 14, 2021

Gain additional value from inspections

Inspection is changing but a traditional mindset is preventing further evolution

By Ranald Cartwright
Safety Standards August 28, 2021

Safety coalition combats industrial heat stress

The National Heat Safety Coalition’s (NHSC) industrial heat safety recommendations were peer-reviewed and accepted by American Geophysical Union (AGU).

By National Heat Safety Coalition (NHSC)
Safety Standards May 17, 2021

Why investing in electrical safety is important now more than ever

An analysis of OSHA’s top 10 most cited violations for control of hazardous energy.

By Nick Schiltz
Safety Standards March 26, 2021

Food traceability rules for supply chain

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is proposing additional traceability recordkeeping requirements for those who manufacture, process, pack or store foods.

By Rao Kolla
Safety Standards September 1, 2020

Ensure software updates protect motion control

Product safety and operational safety of elevators require that software and software-updates are under control. See list of standards to help lower risk for motion control applications.

By Dr. Rolf Zöllner
Safety Standards July 14, 2020

Manufacturing accidents still too common, say officials

Increase digital technologies and existing tools to decrease too-common occupational accidents, say officials from the WHO and Lloyd’s Register Foundation.

By Global Manufacturing and Industrialization Summit (GMIS)
Safety Standards April 22, 2020

Alert released on protecting workers from COVID-19 pandemic

An OSHA alert released listing safety tips employers can follow to help protect manufacturing workers from exposure to the COVID-19 virus.

By Gregory Hale
Safety Standards March 6, 2020

Safety council updates statement on coronavirus

The National Safety Council urges employers to assess their risk of exposure and ensure procedures are in place to effectively control transmission.

By National Safety Council (NSC)
Safety Standards February 20, 2020

Cryptographic ID tag developed to stop supply chain counterfeiting

MIT researchers have invented a cryptographic ID tag that’s small enough to fit on virtually any product and verify its authenticity, which could help stop supply chain counterfeiting.

By Rob Matheson
Safety Standards September 30, 2019

ISO 50001 benefits for manufacturers

The ISO 50001 standards establishes an energy policy and process to achieve energy management objectives for manufacturers.

By Gas Technology
Safety Standards June 4, 2019

Prevention through Design: Improving electrical safety in the plant

Better equipment design takes a step beyond training.

By Marty Kronz
Safety Standards May 16, 2019

Fueling forklift safety

Company’s choice of propane one part of its best practices

By Jeremy Wishart
Safety Standards May 10, 2019

Four steps to a sound electrical safety culture

Training makes a difference, and so does communication.

By Eddie Jones, P.E.
Safety Standards March 13, 2019

Machine safety webcast: Your questions answered

Webcast presenter Jacob Kimball from Schneider Electric highlighted machine safety issues such as worker habits, motor control cabinet best practices, OSHA standards, and more.

By Jacob Kimball
Safety Standards February 8, 2019

USP 797 and USP 800: 8 common mistakes to avoid when complying

The revisions to USP 797 and new USP 800 standards will go into effect December 1, 2019.

By Jake Katzenberger
Safety Standards November 30, 2018

NFPA 70E standard changes to reduce electrical incidents

Changes to the NFPA 70E standard will provide a better way to define risk assessment for energized work and reduce potential electrical incidents for workers.

By Dave Durocher
Safety Standards November 2, 2018

Measuring maintenance productivity using a closed-loop system

Key conceptsProactive maintenance management includes task lists with allotted completion times, work order system to schedule repairs, and breakdown investigation.Skilled trades, planner/scheduler, maintenance engineer, maintenance supervisor, and storeroom personnel all contribute to the success of the PM program.

By Richard Evans, Utica Corp., Whitesboro, NY
Safety Standards November 2, 2018

Electro-pneumatic transducer

Converts milliamp input signals to a switch-selectable proportional pneumatic output signal for lower pneumatic supply consumption and reduced operating costs. The i2P-100 combines all ATEX and IECEx approvals onto one nameplate, enabling users that require ATEX approvals to select and mark the protection method (intrinsic safety, flameproof, or type n), upon installation of the unit.

By Staff
Safety Standards September 13, 2017

Hydrovey Systems: 4 things you need to know to ensure food safety

Hydrovey systems are a popular option to minimize outside contamination, particularly in facilities that produce canned goods. This semi-closed-loop system transports product through piping using a stream of water and can be a safer alternative to conveyor belts.

By Sam Simkowski, Stellar
Safety Standards July 1, 2017

Safety concerns still a major roadblock for autonomous car market

In order for the driverless vehicle market revolution to take off and for the world to enjoy its advantages, the disadvantages of its technological shortages must be fixed.

By Saipriya Iyer
Safety Standards May 30, 2017

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, May 22-28: Predictive or preventive maintenance, soft starters, construction safety, more

Articles about predictive vs. preventive maintenance, soft starters, construction safety, prescriptive maintenance, and common welding errors were Plant Engineering's five most clicked articles from last week, May 22-28. Were you out? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Safety Standards May 5, 2017

Three keys to food and beverage manufacturing compliance

Use enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems to manage processes and procedures for food and beverage manufacturing facilities.

By Mike Lorbiecki, IFS North America
Safety Standards March 20, 2017

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, March 13-19: Maintenance study findings, improved productivity, vibration data mistakes, more

Articles about 2017 Maintenance Survey findings, improved productivity, vibration data mistakes, electrical safety advice, and flexible automation drivers were Plant Engineering's five most clicked articles from last week, March 13-19. Were you out? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Safety Standards March 6, 2017

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, February 27 to March 5: Optimize energy consumption, improve power factor, IIoT’s arrival, more

Articles about optimizing a facility's energy consumption, improving power factor, the IIoT's arrival, electrical safety tips, and the 2016 Salary Survey were Plant Engineering's five most clicked articles from last week, February 27 to March 5. Were you out? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Safety Standards February 27, 2017

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, February 20-26: IIoT’s arrival, 2016 Salary Survey, electric motor maintenance, more

Articles about the IIoT's arrival, the 2016 Salary Survey, electric motor maintenance, electrical safety tips, and lowering IIoT networking costs were Plant Engineering's five most clicked articles from last week, February 20-26. Were you out? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Safety Standards April 15, 2016

Metal ratchets for use in tight areas

The Wera Zyklop metal ratchets feature a 72-tooth ratchet mechanism with low return angle of 5 degrees to allow for fast and precise work in small spaces.

By AutomationDirect
Safety Standards March 30, 2016

EASA announces program for 2016 convention

The Electrical Apparatus Service Association (EASA) will hold its Annual Convention and Exposition from June 12 - 14, 2016 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Safety Standards March 21, 2016

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, March 14-20: Cognitive computing, predictive maintenance and Hannover Messe, getting the right data, more

Articles about cognitive computing, predictive maintenance, getting the right data, asset performance monitoring, and preventing VFD faults and failures were Plant Engineering's five most clicked articles from last week, March 14-20. Were you out last week? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Safety Standards March 1, 2016

Siemens extends offering for the “Digital Enterprise”

At the Hannover Messe 2016, Siemens will be showcasing an array of innovations in the fields of power distribution, automation and drive technology as well as industrial software.

By Siemens
Safety Standards February 4, 2016

Risk assessments—Global requirement

Is there a major difference in the risk assessments done in North America and Europe?

By Siemens
Safety Standards January 11, 2016

How to prevent and mitigate combustible dust explosions in food plants

Key takeaways from the Food Processing webinar on how to prevent and mitigate combustible dust explosions in food plants.

By Mike Keough, Director, Stellar
Safety Standards December 10, 2015

Waveguide attenuators for automotive, medical applications

Waveguide attenuators that allow engineers to test signals across Q, U, V, and W bands and cover frequencies from 33 GHz to 110 GHz in industries such as aerospace, defense, telecom, industrial, instrumentation, and medical.

By Fairview Microwave, Inc.
Safety Standards November 16, 2015

Corrosion inhibitor for heating and cooling applications

The CorShield VpCI-649 is a water-soluble, nitrite-free corrosion inhibitor designed for open and closed looped cooling systems and it combines contact and volatile corrosion inhibitors to provide protection for a broad range of applications.

By Cortec Corporation
Safety Standards October 2, 2015

Predictive maintenance: Analyze data properly

Smart maintenance keeps that ‘new machine feeling’ intact.

By Salman Aftab Sheikh
Safety Standards October 2, 2015

Better lubrication practices key to extending bearing life

Lubricant contamination is the leading cause of bearing failure.

By William "Doc" Burke
Safety Standards September 1, 2015

Condition-monitoring system for diverting shaft currents

The Smart Ground Monitor is designed to divert shaft currents away from the bearings to the ground.

By Inpro/Seal
Safety Standards August 21, 2015

Changing trends in semi-automatic MIG guns

New features, configurations help welders improve training, reduce costs.

By Andy Monk
Safety Standards July 21, 2015

Powder coating system

The powder coating system includes a Nordson ColorMax II spray booth and upgraded conveyor, with customized washing and oven systems.

By Quality Industries Inc.
Safety Standards July 1, 2015

Active harmonic filtering

The AccuSine PCS+ and AccuSine PFV+ is used for active harmonic filtering and reactive power compensation.

By Schneider Electric
Safety Standards May 28, 2015

Webcast: Energy Management Decisions: Repair or Replace Electric Motors?

A perennial question in plant maintenance circles is whether it's better to repair or replace an electric motor that has failed. Will a repaired motor retain it's efficiency rating? Learn how to better understand the key criteria to consider when facing this decision, and learn about a new accreditation program relating to the repair of electric motors.

By Plant Engineering
Safety Standards April 8, 2015

Create an effective electrical training program

Understanding standards critical to efficient operations, worker safety.

By Dave Kreger, Emerson Network Power
Safety Standards April 8, 2015

Effective electrical safety starts with maintenance

Understanding standards critical to efficient operations, worker safety.

By Dave Kreger, Emerson Network Power
Safety Standards February 20, 2015

Flexible pneumatic fittings

The NITRA fittings are constructed with thermoplastic bodies and stass steel tube gripping claws.

By AutomationDirect
Safety Standards February 9, 2015

Rail mounting power supplies

During a mains failure, the battery ensures continued power to the load until it is discharged or mains power is restored.

By Sunpower
Safety Standards February 5, 2015

Recognize a false negative in HiPot testing

In ac high-potential testing, watch your internal pressure.

By Julia Neves, Vacuum Interrupters, Inc.
Safety Standards January 22, 2015

Five trends in food processing plants

2015 carries a fresh set of expectations. To prepare for the changes, here are five predicted trends that will drive food manufacturing.

By Todd Allsup, Stellar
Safety Standards December 22, 2014

Five ways to reduce preventive maintenance costs for your food processing plant

Preventive maintenance is crucial for keeping your plant’s assets healthy. Follow these five strategies to reduce costs and maximize uptime.

By Steve Hawkins, Stellar
Safety Standards December 7, 2014

If it’s not working, look at the big picture

Valve problems can be a headache, but sometimes the pain actually originates elsewhere in the system. “Valve failures” can be design problems or failure of other equipment in disguise.

By Spirax Sarco
Safety Standards November 24, 2014

Strategic growth: should you retrofit or build a new facility?

While renovating an existing facility may improve production volume and speed, the facility may not meet the company's long-term needs. It's critical to weigh the pros and cons of both retrofitting and building a new facility.

By Michael Smith, Stellar
Safety Standards October 14, 2014

Balance safety, productivity and comfort when choosing a welding helmet

A welder is only as effective as the level of personal protection he or she is getting on the job, and the helmet is one of the most important components in a welder’s arsenal of personal protective equipment.

By Jamy Bulan, Lincoln Electric
Safety Standards October 14, 2014

Use the technology at hand to ensure maintenance efficiency

Define, enforce preventive maintenance guidelines

By Leah Friberg, Education and Public Affairs Manager, Fluke Corporation
Safety Standards September 18, 2014

Welding cells adapting to manufacturing changes

Flexible and modular equipment can maximize equipment's useful life

By John Leisner and Ed Crum, Miller Electric Mfg. Co.
Safety Standards September 18, 2014

Webcast: Safability: Analyzing the relationship between safety and reliability

In this session Shon Isenhour talked about how to leverage the success many sites have had with safety to improve maintenance and reliability. We will also look at how maintenance and reliability can affect safety performance.

By Plant Engineering
Safety Standards September 15, 2014

2014 Engineering Leader Under 40: Jeff Winter

Safety Business Manager, North America; Grantek Systems Integration; Oak Brook, Ill.

By CFE Media
Safety Standards September 4, 2014

Control cable series to be featured at IMTS

Helukabel's Traycontrol 550 TPE control cable is approved for open, unprotected installation in cable trays from power sources/control units to the machine.

Safety Standards August 28, 2014

Ethernet redundancy device

The RS950G is designed to operate reliably in harsh industrial environments such as power generation and distribution, and for rail transport.

Safety Standards July 9, 2014

Three steps to proper propane truck maintenance

Handle your trucks and your fuel with caution to maintain your propane fleet

Safety Standards June 3, 2014

The key to Keystone? Just build it right

Keystone XL is an economic issue, and an environmental issue, and a political issue. Before any of that, however, Keystone XL is an engineering issue.

By Bob Vavra, Content Manager, Plant Engineering
Safety Standards May 8, 2014

NIST grants to boost strategic manufacturing technology

19 grants totaling $9 million awarded from new AMTech program

Safety Standards May 6, 2014

Improper relay logic threatens your electrical assets and investments

Four programmable relay logic settings that will improve protection and add value

By Steve Nollette, Emerson Network Power
Safety Standards April 3, 2014

How tax reform could impact manufacturer hiring

Why some manufacturers may be hesitant to expand their businesses as tax provisions may expire in Congress.

Safety Standards March 31, 2014

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, March 23-29

Were you out last week? Miss something? Here are Plant Engineering’s five most-clicked articles from last week, March 23-29, including articles about energy efficiency, machine safety, supply chain, servo motors, and U.S. innovation.

By Jessica DuBois-Maahs, CFE Media
Safety Standards March 18, 2014

Driving productivity through compliance

New study points to the value of exceeding regulatory guidelines

Safety Standards February 13, 2014

Metalworking credentialing on the increase

NIMS reports 58.8% jump in 2013

By Bob Vavra, Content Manager Plant Engineering
Safety Standards February 13, 2014

2013 Salary Survey: New challenges for an aging workforce

Manufacturing seen as more secure, but needing more young workers

By Bob Vavra
Safety Standards February 3, 2014

Don’t let the vortex freeze your maintenance operations

The freezing conditions across the U.S. should spark your maintenance personnel to prepare for possible outages and reinforce plant safety measures.

By Paul Lachance
Safety Standards January 15, 2014

PE study: Line workers are less committed to plant safety

While plants generally are safe, worker commitment seems to vary by job title, survey reveals

By CFE Media
Safety Standards January 14, 2014

Tips on improving eye wash safety procedures

Honeywell study touts better understanding of eye wash safety solutions

By Bob Vavra
Safety Standards January 13, 2014

Equipment finance trends point to increase growth

Association’s Top 10 trend list sees investment and credit availability on the rise

By The Equipment Leasing and Finance Association
Safety Standards October 30, 2013

Insulated motor cable

The Topflex 620 VFD is resistant to oils, coolants and solvents and is double-shielded against electrical disturbances

Safety Standards September 11, 2013

Access control equipment market for US Government sector poised to grow again this year

IMS Research reports that the market for access control equipment is expected to grow 3.5% in 2013 because of increased demand for identification and verification equipment and upgrades to existing infrastructure.

By IHS Inc.
Safety Standards August 1, 2013

Steam tip: The purpose of a steam trap on steam/water washdown stations

Why do steam/water washdown stations need a steam trap on the inlet steam feed?

By Spirax Sarco
Safety Standards July 30, 2013

Ten safety valve tips to protect employees, facility, profits

Follow these safety valve tips and make sure you are protected.

By Spirax Sarco
Safety Standards May 24, 2013

Which one is counterfeit?

Identifying phony electrical products can save lives and profits

By Tom Grace, Eaton
Safety Standards May 20, 2013

‘Trust, but verify’: A motto we can live with

Safety is becoming more and more important as counterfeit goods continue permeating the market

By Bob Vavra, Content Manager
Safety Standards May 20, 2013

Pressurizing with dust collectors: Making the right decision

Indoor air quality: Choosing positive or negative pressure is a multi-faceted decision

By Pablo Rocasermeno, Camfil APC
Safety Standards May 20, 2013

Managing alarms effectively

Many SCADA systems have built-in features that can be used to improve alarm handling, operator response times, and root cause analysis

By Fabio Terezinho, Indusoft
Safety Standards May 20, 2013

Manufacturing comfort

Indoor air quality: Air movement needed in supply chain facilities

By Nina Wolgelenter, Big Ass Fans
Safety Standards May 20, 2013

The 14 elements of OSHA inspections: How they affect maintenance processes

In the second of three parts, John Ross examines OSHA's 14 elements from their National Emphasis Program (NEP)

By John Ross, Marshall Institute
Safety Standards May 16, 2013

Automatic scrubber

The SC400 walk-behind automatic scrubber features a 6-gallon solution/recovery tank and has a center-pivot squeegee system

Safety Standards May 10, 2013

The history and purpose of PSM-NEP

Even with OSHA's good intent, catastrophic incidents were still happening, especially in the petroleum industry.

By John L. Ross
Safety Standards April 25, 2013

E-Stop buttons designed to enhance machine safety

While a risk assessment is a starting point to determine effective safety devices and methodologies, a key risk reduction component is the Emergency Stop

By Mike Carlson
Safety Standards April 23, 2013

Deadline for hazard comm requirements

Employers must meet OSHA's Hazard Communication Standard by December 1, 2012, if they handle hazardous chemicals in the workplace

By Greg Hale, ISSSource
Safety Standards April 22, 2013

Scaling can sap energy, maintenance time

If some method can be found to control scaling, there is the potential to save energy and prevent equipment failure and reduce maintenance

By Jan de Baat Doelman
Safety Standards April 22, 2013

System integration requires collaboration

Kirk Norris from Maverick Technologies discusses the keys to collaboration and when to choose in-house integration versus third-party sourcing.

By Plant Engineering
Safety Standards April 22, 2013

Manufacturing most attacked industry

Manufacturing was the most attacked industry last year, according to a recent report by Symantec.

By Greg Hale, ISSSource
Safety Standards April 21, 2013

Texas fertilizer plant blast probe continues

Plant owner issues statement; investigation continues into cause of deadly explosion in West, Texas, April 17 that killed 14 people and injured 160.

By Greg Hale, ISSSource
Safety Standards April 19, 2013

X-Ray inspection system

The E-Z Tec XR-Clean X-Ray Inspection System is specifically designed and engineered for harsh wash-down environments in the food industry

Safety Standards April 16, 2013

Improving steam system efficiency

Systematic plant improvements

By Energy Solutions Center
Safety Standards April 15, 2013

Scouts gain Welding Badge as part of new partnership

Lincoln Electric offers hands-on training with robotic simulator for the Boy Scouts of America

Safety Standards April 11, 2013

NEP program guidelines should apply to any plant

An overview of the 14 elements that makes up the National Emphasis Program

By John Ross, Marshall Institute
Safety Standards April 11, 2013

Making sense of process safety

More than just a safety program, the National Emphasis Program focuses on change

By John Ross, Marshall Institute
Safety Standards April 4, 2013

Two-hand safety device

OpGuard is a two-hand control that is able to adjust its height by 11 inches, allowing operators safe, ergonomic use

Safety Standards April 1, 2013

Bosch Rexroth expanding hydraulics plant in S.C.

Company’s $80 million investment will transform warehouse into 260,000 sq. ft. manufacturing facility

By Bob Vavra, CFE Media
Safety Standards March 29, 2013

Providing a saner approach to maintenance

Conflict with operations can be solved with better data, better communication

By Bob Vavra, Content Manager
Safety Standards March 18, 2013

Maintenance as a profit center

If you increase uptime, you increase capacity. That’s only possible if you develop a strategic approach to maintenance.

By Rob Nugent, Rockwell Automation
Safety Standards March 18, 2013

Four tips for sealing dock door gaps

Successful identification of problems can pay immediate dividends

By Mary Blaser, Frommelt Products Corporation
Safety Standards March 14, 2013

The evolution of work processes can deliver revolutionary results

Improving maintenance efficiency and effectiveness is critical to minimizing downtime and reaching higher levels of profitability, even though many companies struggle to implement them.

By Ken Jobe, Day & Zimmermann
Safety Standards March 6, 2013

Slide-on pump for multi-gas detector

The Ventis Slide-on Pump (Model VSP) is designed for gas monitors and does not require tools to attach or remove the pump

Safety Standards February 22, 2013

DC/DC converter

The electrically isolated DC/DC Converte for the Pro-M Power Supplies line features class III protection and resistance to shock and vibration, making it ideal for rugged environments.

Safety Standards February 20, 2013

Chemical safety starts in classroom

Chemical engineering education and safety continues to develop as groups are coming together to promote awareness and prevent potentially deadly accidents from occuring.

By Ellen Fussell Policastro
Safety Standards February 19, 2013

Interlock door switches for commercial applications

The Commercial Door Interlock Switch Series by Honeywell are designed to hold swing doors in place and feature a retention cam to enhance safety and simplify installation.

Safety Standards February 19, 2013

Cloud security: Third party code

Using third party code in cloud computing can be a security risk for users since the code does not originate from the developer, allowing hackers an easy avenue to breaking into networks.

By Greg Hale
Safety Standards February 14, 2013

Firing up a security framework

Like anything in the cyber security arena, things have to move fast and just after the Obama Administration signed an Executive Order calling for stronger security movement to help protect critical infrastructure, the first step in the development of a Cybersecurity Framework is moving forward.

By Greg Hale
Safety Standards January 24, 2013

Scientists study converting methane to diesel

There is a plan underway to develop bacteria that can turn the methane in natural gas into diesel fuel for transportation.

By Greg Hale
Safety Standards January 23, 2013

Nanocleaning sulfur from fuel

Mats of metal oxide nanofibers that can scrub sulfur from petroleum-based fuels much more effectively than traditional materials are now under development.

By Greg Hale
Safety Standards January 21, 2013

ProMat 2013: Guardrails, lifts for enhanced worker safety

The EdgeGard, 4XLift, and Wilgard are designed to provide safety for workers on the factory floor and meet OSHA, ANSI/ASME worker safety requirements

Safety Standards December 28, 2012

Five fundamentals to successful Lean implementation

Look beyond Lean tools to changing leadership behavior

By Dr. Gunter Beitinger Siemens AG
Safety Standards December 17, 2012

Top Plant 2012: Pfizer Global Supply

An Rx for manufacturing success: Focus on safety, quality, and uptime is the right prescription for progress at Pfizer.

By Jack Smith
Safety Standards December 13, 2012

The shared responsibility of machine safety

In the modern, mechanized and automated workforce, machine safety isn't just an individual responsibility; it's a responsibility that belongs to everyone.

By Steve Wright, C&E Sales, Inc.
Safety Standards December 11, 2012

Georgia plant fined after explosion

MFG Chemical Inc. faces $77,000 in fines after OSHA discovered 20 safety violations that resulted in 40 employees being hospitalized for decontamination at the Dalton, Ga. plant.

By Greg Hale, ISS Source
Safety Standards December 11, 2012

Nuclear safety issues mount in South Korea

Recent security concerns during inspections have heightened concerns about the safety of South Korea's nuclear reactors, particularly after a recent scandal that involved the use of unverified parts.

By Greg Hale, ISS Source
Safety Standards December 11, 2012

Ensuring software security policies

Access control policies (ACPs) are becoming the new norm for security requirements for businesses to ensure software developers have a clear understanding of security policies.

By Greg Hale, ISS Source
Safety Standards December 11, 2012

Costs mount for CA nuke outage

The prolonged outage at the San Onofre plant has cost $317 million, or more than $1 million per day. Power to replace the lost output will cost another $221 million.

By Greg Hale, ISS Source
Safety Standards December 11, 2012

No risk plan results in big fine

Sinclair Oil is facing a $378,000 fine after a 2010 EPA inspection showed the company hadn't properly implemented its risk management plan for its Rawlins, WY, refinery.

By Greg Hale, ISS Source
Safety Standards December 11, 2012

States fail to enforce own drilling regulations

States across the country are failing to enforce their own oil and gas development regulations, a new research study showed.

By Greg Hale, ISS Source
Safety Standards November 27, 2012

Smaller, more flexible enclosures still need to be rugged

Cabinets allow for safe and accessible storage, but can generate dangerous heat.

By Brian Mordick
Safety Standards November 18, 2012

Combined maintenance, energy strategies can boost productivity and cut costs

A proactive approach can identify equipment failure before it's a problem

By Mary Burgoon, Jack Ecktman, and Jenifer Wright, Rockwell Automation
Safety Standards November 10, 2012

Don’t overlook key steps in the safety process

Having a clear plan with executive management and safeguarding yourself against potential hazards for both the short- and long-term is vital

By John Peabody, Omron Automation and Safety
Safety Standards October 16, 2012

IFS launches new RCM Toolkit for cloud computing

The IFS RCM Toolkit is designed for industires that use complex or capital-invensive assets and needs to be monitored.

Safety Standards October 5, 2012

Calculating proper rolling resistance: A safer move for material handling

Friction as an important facet of industrial wheels can be either beneficial or detrimental.

By Dave Lippert and Jeff Spektor
Safety Standards October 3, 2012

Avoid Sweating Slab Syndrome to keep workers safer

Autumn temperature swings can lead to condensation, and safety concerns.

By Erin Hsu, Big Ass Fans
Safety Standards September 26, 2012

OSHA report: Workplace fatalities down almost 2%

Solis: ‘A step in the right direction, but more needs to be done’

Safety Standards September 19, 2012

Generating electricity from wastewater

Microbial fuel cells can now produce electricity directly from wastewater, opening the door to a future in which waste treatment plants not only will power themselves, but will sell excess electricity.

By Greg Hale
Safety Standards September 19, 2012

DHS, IAEA ink collaboration pact

The U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security signed a pact to deepen nuclear security collaboration with the International Atomic Energy Agency.

By Greg Hale
Safety Standards September 11, 2012

2012 Leader Under 40: Chad Start, 31

Manufacturing Manager, Net Safety Monitoring Inc., Calgary, Alberta

By Plant Engineering
Safety Standards August 29, 2012

OSHA, National Safety Council renew worker injury prevention alliance

Falls are the top cause of fatalities on construction sites, according to OSHA.

By Source: OSHA
Safety Standards August 13, 2012

Deliver greater reliability, security to the digital factory

Improvements gained in terms of accessibility, efficiency, and productivity with automation systems must be accompanied by a high-level of protection against attack both from the outside and from within.

By David Heinze
Safety Standards August 10, 2012

Automated lift trucks offer industry-changing technology

Hands-free, operator-free brings an existing warehouse solution to a new audience.

By Chris Cella
Safety Standards August 1, 2012

Chemical plant blast: Inherent safety

What went wrong: A new safety video is out that looks at inherent safety which is the result of the August 28, 2008, explosion that killed two workers and injured eight others at the Bayer CropScience chemical plant in Institute, W.V.

By Source: ISSource
Safety Standards July 30, 2012

Smart Grid needs to get smarter

Lights need to stay on even during extreme weather or other types of disasters and new options may soon be available to avoid power-related crises.

By Source: ISSSource
Safety Standards July 30, 2012

Air gaps a true myth

A little bit ago I gave a talk focused on air gaps as a security strategy in control systems. The talk was at the AusCERT 2012 conference and to my amazement it generated a large amount of discussion.

By Eric Byres, Tofino Security
Safety Standards July 30, 2012

xTCA standards drive growth in embedded market

Sales of xTCA boards are forecast to grow from $400 million in 2012, to just under $700 million in 2016.

By Source: IMS Research (IHS Inc.)
Safety Standards July 30, 2012

Schneider gains Achilles status

A second major industry supplier, Schneider Electric, earned accreditation from Wurldtech Security Technologies to perform Achilles Communication Certification (ACC) testing on devices within Schneider’s labs in North Andover, Mass.

By Greg Hale, ISSSource
Safety Standards July 26, 2012

Safety component market growth driven by new standards in 2011

The emergence of new, and compulsory, safety standards EN ISO 13849-1 and -2, along with EN (IEC) 62061 caused some confusion (and panic) amongst machine builders and end users towards in 2011.

By Mark Watson, Research Manager - Discrete Automation, IMS Research
Safety Standards June 28, 2012

Grid security teeters on edge

Security technology used by U.S. electric utilities has flaws and could increase the odds of computer intrusions or sabotage, the chairman of an industry standards group warns.

By Greg Hale,
Safety Standards June 27, 2012

HUG: Next generation technology

Safety and security are two vital areas of coverage that can help manufacturers sustain operations at their plants heading into the future.

By Greg Hale,
Safety Standards June 26, 2012

New old process boosts solar, fuel cells

Chemical reactions on the surface of metal oxides, such as titanium dioxide and zinc oxide could give a boost for solar cells that convert the sun's energy to electricity.

By Greg Hale,
Safety Standards June 9, 2012

Combustible dust: Identifying, addressing explosion risks can save lives

Review of the current status of the OSHA National Emphasis Program for combustible dust, the NFPA standards that address how to prevent or limit explosion hazards, how to identify these hazards, and the types of equipment used to eliminate or control explosion hazards.

By Tony Supine and Mike Walters, Camfil Farr APC
Safety Standards June 5, 2012

Equipment failure delays plant start-up

Mechanical issues push back start at the Prairie State power plant in Marissa, Ill.

By Greg Hale, ISSSource
Safety Standards June 4, 2012

Chemical industry needs to cut hazards

The chemical industry lacks common practice protocols and understanding to identify safer processes, a new report said.

By Greg Hale, ISSSource
Safety Standards June 1, 2012

Mine safety foundation starts up

Mining safety just got an additional boost from Alpha Natural Resources which started up the Alpha Foundation for the Improvement of Mine Safety and Health.

By Greg Hale, ISSSource
Safety Standards May 31, 2012

Dust safety regulation: Who’s involved?

There are three key entities involved in combustible dust issues, each with its own particular area of responsibility:

Safety Standards May 31, 2012

Government regulations a key piece of the cellular M2M puzzle

Government regulations and initiatives will be a key factor in driving the market for cellular modules for used in machine-to machine (M2M) communications.

By Source: IMS Research (IHS Inc.)
Safety Standards May 29, 2012

CMMS can’t change the maintenance culture

CMMS is an answer to a prayer. Finally every piece of equipment, every spare part, every outside maintenance contractor, invoice, leasing agreement…essentially any maintenance-related document finally has a home in CMMS.

By Paul Lachance, Smartware Group
Safety Standards May 24, 2012

Effective alarm management requires planning, maintenance

ISA 18.2 specification offers a roadmap to successful implementation

By Alexander Pinkham, ICONICS Inc
Safety Standards May 23, 2012

Asia-Pacific market for process safety systems leaps ahead

IMS Research forecasts the Asia Pacific market for process safety systems is set to overtake the Europe, Middle East and Africa region (EMEA), with revenues 38% of the global total in 2016.

By Kiran Patel, IMS Research (IHS Inc.)
Safety Standards May 14, 2012

For a condition monitoring analyst, it’s just the facts

Don’t contribute to unnecessary maintenance costs

By Trent Phillips, LUDECA Inc.
Safety Standards May 6, 2012

Redesigned flammable safety cabinets

Redesigned flammable safety cabinets from Lyon Workspace Products.

By Source: Lyon Workspace Products
Safety Standards May 1, 2012

EPA fracking regulations in play

Fracking rules are now coming into play to combat air pollution from natural-gas drilling, while giving companies until 2015 to meet the most stringent requirements opposed by the energy industry, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) officials said.

By Source: ISS Source
Safety Standards April 30, 2012

Security first; not in smart grid

Development and deployment of smart-grid technology such as intelligent electric meters has outpaced security, setting up a “delicate dance with risk,” said the head of the industry advisory group EnergySec.

By Source: ISS Source
Safety Standards April 25, 2012

Washdown gear reducer choice can improve uptime

Choosing a gear reducer that offers performance and can withstand the harsh chemicals and high-pressure washdown required in a food or beverage plant can be a real challenge.

By Chuck Russell, Baldor
Safety Standards April 23, 2012

‘We turned our employees loose’

Ingersoll Rand’s Southern Pines plant measures winning and losing on a daily basis—and it’s piling up the victories.

By Bob Vavra, Content Manager
Safety Standards April 23, 2012

HANNOVER MESSE: Phoenix Contact receives 2012 Hermes Award

Presentation at Hannover Messe honors lightning-detection technology.

By Bob Vavra, Content Manager, CFE Media
Safety Standards April 12, 2012

Tooling system

The HSK-A125 tooling system

Safety Standards April 12, 2012

pH probe, sensor

The FU24 is a 'four in one' pH sensor

Safety Standards April 9, 2012

Fluke offers new tools for vibration, energy analysis

Company unveils a series of new tools designed to deliver diagnostics for thermal imaging, thermometers, and vibration analysis at a lower price point at its press event in Everett, Wash., on April 5.

By Fluke
Safety Standards April 6, 2012

Plant’s safe operating limits

Alarm management is necessary in a process-manufacturing environment where an operator is monitoring/running the process using a control system like a DCS or a PLC.

By Nicholas Sheble, ISS Source
Safety Standards April 4, 2012

Nukes give a hydrogen boost

The “hydrogen economy” is here and available and could begin commercial production in this decade, a scientist said.

By Source: Greg Hale, ISS Source
Safety Standards April 3, 2012

Code in supply chain a threat

Agencies that focus on national security data and programs need to do more to secure their information technology supply chains, a government watchdog said.

By Source: Greg Hale, ISS Source
Safety Standards March 29, 2012

Asset failure plans may not be followed

IFS study finds risk management plans aren’t backed up with action plans.

By Source: IFS North America
Safety Standards March 28, 2012

Teknikor acquires Oxford Engineering

Oxford Engineering, a precision machinery alignment company, has been acquired by Teknikor, which specializes in plant and manufacturing retrofits and upgrades.

By Source: Teknikor, Inc.
Safety Standards March 21, 2012

Can your guard rail take the hit?

They may not be sexy, but they are a vital part of your safety plan.

By Jim Hathaway, Wildeck Inc.
Safety Standards March 19, 2012

Simulation offers an early view of plant effectiveness

3D modeling can create a view of an optimized plant before it goes online.

By Vivek Kotru, Geometric
Safety Standards March 16, 2012

Programmable sound system

ADAM RAP (Reactive Audio Playback) programmable sound system.

By RMT Robotics
Safety Standards March 5, 2012

Secure grid from turbine to toaster

While traditional IT security emphasizes confidentiality, integrity, and availability, control system security emphasizes safety, reliability, and integrity.

By Nicholas Sheble, ISSSource
Safety Standards March 2, 2012

In international shipping, detail is important, assistance is available

Shipping products overseas can be hazardous, but there are steps you can take and assistance is available from the government to minimize any potential problems.

By Ron Carvajal, Yaskawa America Inc.
Safety Standards March 2, 2012

Body heat powers devices

A new technology called Power Felt is a thermoelectric device that converts body heat into an electrical current which soon could create enough energy to make a call just by touching it.

By Greg Hale, ISS Source
Safety Standards March 1, 2012

Thermal imaging cameras

Fluke has five new infrared cameras designed with automatic focus and an IR-fusion camera and is designed to be used in troubleshooting and diagnostic routines out in a number of fields.

Safety Standards February 23, 2012

The dirt on shop towels: Study questions their safety

Laundered towels still have unsafe materials, but little action is taken

By Kimberly-Clark Professional
Safety Standards February 20, 2012

Nitrile-coated gloves

The ROC GP630 fully-nitrile-coated gloves are made of nylon and have a unique two-layer coating.

Safety Standards February 16, 2012

Partly sunny with a chance of manufacturing growth

Content manager Bob Vavra shares his views on the similarities between weather and manufacturing in his January/February 2012 In Conclusion column.

By Bob Vavra, Content Manager
Safety Standards February 10, 2012

Digital panel meter

ProPlus Digital Panel Meter is available in eight different models with 24 feature-enhancing options

Safety Standards February 10, 2012

Thermal protection quiz

A protection intelligence quotient (PIQ) on thermal protection has been released to test users' knowledge on the best practices in electrical safety.

Safety Standards February 6, 2012

Illuminating the path to savings

New lighting technology helps improve safety and work environment while reducing costs.

By Tamar Williamson, Indoor Product Manager, Holophane
Safety Standards February 1, 2012

Functional safety: A growing concern

It is very simple, quality safety practices mean manufacturers will be more profitable and that is one reason why industrial process industry is experiencing dynamic growth in functional process safety applications.

By Gregory Hale, ISSSource
Safety Standards January 31, 2012

Better security through math

Statistical databases (SDBs) are collections of data used to gather and analyze information from a variety of sources. The data may come from plant floor computations, sales transactions, customer files, voter registrations, medical records, employee rosters, product inventories, or other compilations of facts and figures.

By Gregory Hale, ISSSource
Safety Standards January 16, 2012

2012 – The year of 802.11ac

802.11ac is expected to be a natural progression from 802.11ac and become the accepted industry standard by the Wi-fi Alliance by Summer 2012 because of its many improvements and benefits.

By Source: IMS Research
Safety Standards January 3, 2012

Troubleshooting your airflow system

Learn a few tips to ensure production changes yield their full benefit.

By Joe Gosney, PE, QEP, SSOE Group
Safety Standards January 3, 2012

Centralize content to improve data flow, security

Tips to help you tame the ‘documentation beast’ on your plant floor

By Greg Milliken, M-Files Inc.
Safety Standards December 19, 2011

Lift truck safety, operator excellence recognized

Crown Equipment Corp. has received Lift Truck Operator Awards from the National Safety Council, highlighting the company’s forklift operator excellence and lack of injuries.

By Source: Crown Equipment Corp.
Safety Standards December 15, 2011

Back to basics with functional safety

It is very easy to get caught up in the complexity of a safety system, after all, the consequences can be unthinkable. However, functional safety is all about making thinks work just as they should.

By Gregory Hale,
Safety Standards December 14, 2011

Safety Forum: Safety targets productivity

A manufacturer can have safety and productivity at the same time.

By Gregory Hale,
Safety Standards December 12, 2011

Smart Grid security framework update

An expanded list of standards, new cyber security guidance and product testing proposals are among the new elements in an updated roadmap for Smart Grid interoperability.

By Gregory Hale,
Safety Standards December 7, 2011

Selecting the optimum steam pressure for process applications

What is the correct steam pressure for a given application? Every person involved with steam systems must address this question. Learn how to select correct pressure and ensure both optimum performance of the process equipment and system reliability.

By Kelly Paffel, Swagelok Energy Advisors
Safety Standards November 16, 2011

Conducting data collection – beware of interference

Users involved in data collection on a motor who are aware of the potential reasons and risks for interference can be instrumental in improving productivity and safety.

By Aubrey Green, Allied Reliability
Safety Standards November 1, 2011

POY Finalist: Relay line

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

By Edited by Gust Gianos, Plant Engineering
Safety Standards November 1, 2011

POY Finalist: Fuse for solar applications

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

By Edited by Gust Gianos, Plant Engineering
Safety Standards November 1, 2011

2011 POY Finalists: Maintenance Software

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

By Edited by Amanda McLeman, Plant Engineering
Safety Standards November 1, 2011

2011 POY Finalists: Material Handling Systems

Finalists in Material Handling Systems in Plant Engineering’s 2011 Product of the Year competition

By Edited by Gust Gianos, Plant Engineering
Safety Standards November 1, 2011

POY Finalist: Motor management

Finalist in Electric Motors and Drives in Plant Engineering’s 2011 Product of the Year competition

By Edited by Chris Vavra, Plant Engineering
Safety Standards October 23, 2011

Water hammer: The number one problem in a steam system

There is only one time to correct water hammer – immediately.

By Kelly Paffel, Swagelok Energy Advisors
Safety Standards October 17, 2011

New OSHA information updates worker rights, safety tips

OSHA has released new and revised information that explains workers’ and employers’ rights, as well as how to protect workers from industrial hazards.

Safety Standards October 13, 2011

Gather the data to look at the true value of a safety system

“Safety system” is an apt description for a never-ending operational process.

By Jerry Dyer, NorthCoast Energy Services Group LLC
Safety Standards October 12, 2011

Safety culture that is rewarded, enforced, honored

When Schneider Electric received the National Safety Council’s Green Cross for Safety Medal this year, it became the first company to receive the council’s two most prestigious awards, Schneider Electric also earned the Robert W. Campbell Award in 2009. What kind of safety program delivers this kind of safety recognition? One that isn’t a program at all; safety is a part of Schneider Electric’s culture today.

By Rich Widdowson, Schneider Electric North America
Safety Standards October 6, 2011

NTMA member warns Congress of NLRB interference

Mittler decries “gotcha” attitude during House hearing.

Safety Standards October 6, 2011

Temple Grandin to keynote AME conference

Best-selling author and lecturer Temple Grandin will keynote the Association for Manufacturing Excellence’s annual International Excellence Inside Conference, October 24-28 in Dallas, TX.

Safety Standards October 3, 2011

Union: Make the refinery safer, or we’ll walk

The United Steelworkers have threatened to strike at 69 oil refineries in the U.S. unless stricter safety procedures at plants and pipelines are adopted

By ISS Source
Safety Standards October 3, 2011

Safety standard changed after gas explosion

NFPA 56 covers cleaning and purging of flammable gas piping systems after the explosion at the Kleen Energy Power Plant in 2010

Safety Standards October 3, 2011

SCADA alert: Fixes are in the works

Recent security breaches are being dealt with by suppliers having problems with SCADA vulnerabilities

By ISS Source
Safety Standards September 29, 2011

Don’t place asset operation above employee safety

Power Plant Management conference to focus on balancing cost, reliability

By Plant Engineering
Safety Standards September 28, 2011

European charging station standards a welcome move

The European automobile manufacturers' trade association (ACEA) recommended one plug/connector for all electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids regardless of the OEM.

By Helena Perslow, IMS Research
Safety Standards September 20, 2011

DuPont under fire by Federal investigators

Federal investigators said DuPont should examine "all facets of its safety culture" and that could have fixed problems that led to one worker's death at a plant in Belle, WV last year

By Gregory Hale, ISS Source
Safety Standards July 29, 2011

Forklifts revving up on plant floors

Investing and emphasis in new technology and safety for the machines and operators has become a higher priority for many companies.

By Matt Ranly
Safety Standards July 26, 2011

New safety standards offer opportunity

The new safety standards offer machine builders a chance to be more efficient and more cost-effective as well as safe as the new standards become effective in 2012.

By Mark Watson, Research Director, IMS Research
Safety Standards July 15, 2011

Jump-starting human reliability

Eddie Habibi, founder and chief executive at PAS, sat down and talked with ISSSource Editor and Founder Gregory Hale just before the release of PAS’ Integrity iMOC, electronic Management of Change software.

By Source: ISS Source
Safety Standards July 13, 2011

Get grounded; No hysteria

Instead of getting caught up in the hysteria of vulnerability or an attack, manufacturers have to understand their core technologies and make sure they protect them.

By Gregory Hale. Source: ISS Source
Safety Standards July 13, 2011

Plants safe, but need work

The NRC’s resident inspectors were sent to every U.S. nuclear power plant to examine the plants’ Severe Accident Management Guideline, which should contain or reduce the impact of accidents that damage a reactor core.

By Gregory Hale, ISS Source
Safety Standards July 11, 2011

Chevron refinery operational after blast

Despite explosion and four deaths, Chevron plant fully operational

By Gregory Hale, ISS Source
Safety Standards July 8, 2011

New wave of PLM hits the plant floor

Product lifecycle management solutions has emerged as a solution to challenges due to recession, find out how it will continue to grow.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Safety Standards July 8, 2011

Defending your safety system

Some of the things the industry learned from Stuxnet were modern industrial control systems/SCADA systems are highly complex and interconnected

By Gregory Hale, ISS Source
Safety Standards July 8, 2011

Safety, security still top priorities for Honeywell

Honeywell looks to make the correct decisions to keep plants safe and secure and running continuously

By Gregory Hale, ISS Source
Safety Standards July 1, 2011

National Safety Council Award granted to Toyota Industrial Equipment Mfg

Toyota Industrial Equipment Mfg., Inc. was awarded the National Safety Council's Occupational Excellence Achievement Award

By Source: Toyota Material Handling U.S.A., Inc.
Safety Standards June 15, 2011

IN DEPTH: High growth for low harmonics

IMS Report: Power quality issues seek a common standard as emerging economies wrestle with the issue.

Safety Standards June 14, 2011

OSHA renews strategic partnership to reduce injuries, lost work time at Ford Motor Co. auto plants

Partnership includes UAW, ACH and MIOSHA in partnership with OSHA, Department of Labor

Safety Standards June 13, 2011

Ensuring MES delivers data-driven value

Take advantage of measurement to make better production decisions.

By Dan O’Brien, Honeywell Process Solutions
Safety Standards May 31, 2011

VW becomes a U.S. manufacturer

$1 billion Chattanooga facility to produce Passat, deliver 12,000 jobs to region

Safety Standards May 30, 2011

Machine perimeter guarding modular system

Folding Guard’s Saf-T-Fence machine perimeter guarding modular system offers a customized alternative to permanent walls

By SOURCE: Folding Guard
Safety Standards May 25, 2011

OSHA asking for your views on health and safety

Coming to an email box near you soon: OSHA will conduct a wide-ranging survey of employer health and safety practices beginning this month.

Safety Standards May 25, 2011

Developing a culture of safety for 1,000 days

Eriez' world headquarters in Erie, Penn. is closing in on three years without a day lost due to injury.

Safety Standards May 13, 2011

Navigating the global manufacturing landscape

It takes persistence, but the world is waiting for your products.

By Jack Smith, BIT Writing and Editing Services
Safety Standards May 11, 2011

Dig deeper to find root cause of leaks

No part is 100% sealed. Whether it is meant to or not, every fabricated product leaks to some degree, even if it’s a tiny amount.

By Bruce Takasaki, Sciemetric Instruments
Safety Standards May 11, 2011

Invensys, ACM partner on process safety

Invensys Operations Management will be the exclusive provider of a process safety decision-support solution from ACM Facility Safety, a division of ACM Automation Inc.

Safety Standards May 11, 2011

Best practices for steam trap installation

A steam trap has two major functions, to remove condensate as quickly as it forms, and to prevent steam discharge. There are certain installation faults, which negatively affect the ability for traps to perform these functions efficiently.

By Kelly Paffel, Swagelok Company
Safety Standards May 11, 2011

Steam Quality – Plant Operations Require High Steam Quality

What is steam quality? Why is steam quality important? What are the effects of steam quality? How is steam quality measured?

By Kelly Paffel, Swagelok Company
Safety Standards May 9, 2011

ISM number slip, but growth continues

PMI is down slightly from peak, but stays above 60 for fourth straight month

By SOURCE: Institute of Supply Management
Safety Standards May 4, 2011

Process safety relays

PSR-FSP2/2x1 and PSR–FSP/2x1 process safety relays are safe interposing relays specifically designed to operate with fail-safe controls in process applications.

Safety Standards May 4, 2011

Safety controller

ACOPOSmulti with SafeMC seamlessly integrates in the existing system with the SafeLOGIC safety controller and the X20 Safe I/O

Safety Standards April 26, 2011

ABB chief: Remain security aware

Security is a hot and important topic for the manufacturing industry and if anyone thinks the Stuxnet attack just focused on one area, they need to think again, ABB’s chief executive said Tuesday.

By Gregory Hale; Source: ISS Source
Safety Standards April 26, 2011

Finding logic in safety instrumented systems

Industrial process industry is experiencing a dynamic growth in functional process safety applications.

By Gregory Hale; Source: ISS Source
Safety Standards April 26, 2011

Gatlinburg sewage plant not up to specs

The Gatlinburg Wastewater Sewage Plant basin that failed recently leaving two dead did not follow exact design specifications, a forensic engineer said Monday.

By Gregory Hale; Source: ISS Source
Safety Standards April 26, 2011

BP sues partners for Gulf disaster

It seems fitting that now the legal nightmares start up as BP sued the maker of the device that failed to stop last year’s Gulf oil spill and the owner of the rig that exploded, alleging that negligence helped cause the disaster.

By Gregory Hale; Source: ISS Source
Safety Standards April 26, 2011

Fraud foray fools phishing filter

A new phishing technique allows attackers to bypass the fraud warnings issued by browsers such as Firefox and Chrome.

By Gregory Hale; Source: ISS Source
Safety Standards April 25, 2011

Talk to me: Security in action, or inaction

When it comes time to talk about security plans, it becomes so easy to cry the proverbial “Wolf!” “Everyone will be hit. You are playing with fire. Disaster is just around the corner.” The cries are tedious and you can do it so many times that after awhile it just becomes background noise.

By Gregory Hale; Source: ISS Source
Safety Standards April 25, 2011

Antidote for Stuxnet-like attacks hits market

A new defense for killer intrusions to corporate networks and industrial control systems presumes that external firewalls won’t work at all times. Eventually enemy viruses will get to the soft side of all systems where hackers can escalate their privileges.

By Nicholas Sheble; Source: ISS Source
Safety Standards April 25, 2011

AME event: Quick, Easy kaizen: Not just another suggestion system

Workshop: June 14, 2011; Monee, IL

By Source: Association for Manufacturing Excellence
Safety Standards April 22, 2011

AME event: Dentsply safety kaizen blitz event

Workshop: May 18-20, 2011; Des Plaines, IL

By Source: Association for Manufacturing Excellence
Safety Standards April 21, 2011

AME event: 8-step problem solving—Toyota business practices

Seminar: May 10-12, 2011; Vance, AL

By Source: Association for Manufacturing Excellence
Safety Standards April 19, 2011

AME event: Managing a lean efficient supply chain

Workshop: April 28-29, 2011; San Antonio, TX

By Source: Association for Manufacturing Excellence
Safety Standards April 18, 2011

AME event: PDCA: The core of sustained improvement efforts

Workshop hosted by ESCO Corporation; April 20-21, 2011; Portland, OR

By Source: Association for Manufacturing Excellence
Safety Standards April 12, 2011

One year later: Tesoro refinery blast

Tesoro Corp did not adequately maintain a heat exchanger at its Anacortes, Washington, refinery that exploded one year ago leaving seven dead

Safety Standards April 4, 2011

Intrinsic Safety available without power limits

DART System from Pepperl+Fuchs enables process users to take full advantage of the benefits of fieldbus technology in intrinsic safety environments

By SOURCE: Pepperl+Fuchs
Safety Standards March 24, 2011

Creating a STEM grid for advanced manufacturing education

Steady growth and measured funding of more than $5 million in five years to create a STEM grid supporting advanced manufacturing education is being realized by the SME Education Foundation and its partner, Project Lead The Way

Safety Standards March 24, 2011

Survey of economic activity

Equipment Leasing and Finance Association's Monthly Leasing and Finance Index showed overall new business volume for February was $4.1 billion, up 28 percent compared to the same period in 2010

Safety Standards March 24, 2011

Refinery faces fines over safety issues

A north Louisiana oil refinery is facing over $200,000 in fines for exposing workers to the threat of fires, explosions and other hazardous conditions

Safety Standards March 24, 2011

PG+E created own pipeline safety rule

To avoid time-consuming and costly inspections of natural-gas transmission pipelines, Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG+E) created its own safety standard federal officials said was an “incorrect” interpretation of government safety regulations.

Safety Standards March 24, 2011

Walkie Talkie shuts nuke plant safety system

The Davis-Besse nuclear power plant near Toledo, OH, lost the entire emergency shutdown system all because of a walkie talkie.

Safety Standards March 24, 2011

Stuxnet report V: Security culture needs work

Looking over the long haul, one of the key lessons from this analysis is just how complex and interconnected a typical control system is.

Safety Standards March 23, 2011

Video: Effectively Manage Container Contents

Ensuring the safety and integrity of container contents is critical for companies responsible for processing or handling hazardous liquid materials. Colder Products Company’s DrumQuik PRO closed chemical dispensing system provides safe, easy and economic extraction of chemicals from drums, jerry cans ad IBCs, while reducing costly spills, containing hazardous fumes, and enhancing workplace safety.

Safety Standards March 21, 2011

Define and celebrate the role of a RCA Site Champion

An effective Root Cause Analysis program is only as good as the people leading the effort

By Bob Latino, Reliability Center Inc.
Safety Standards March 14, 2011

Judge forces chemical plant safety assessment

A federal judge extended an order temporarily preventing Bayer CropScience from using a West Virginia plant to restart production of a chemical that could be toxic if released into the atmosphere

Safety Standards March 14, 2011

Nuke plant in Iran pulls fuel for safety concerns

Technicians in Iran’s nuclear program now have to unload fuel from the country’s first atomic power plant because of an unspecified safety concern

Safety Standards March 14, 2011

Counterfeit safety certificates found

Exida unearthed counterfeit certificates claiming exida certification to Safety Integrity Level (SIL) 3 capability of IEC 61508 are out in the industry

Safety Standards March 7, 2011

Decentralized control becomes the center of efficiency

An integrated automation approach coordinates RFID, CNC, safety and vision systems at the General Motors Powertrain plant in Toledo, OH

By Jim Remski, Siemens Industry Inc.
Safety Standards February 11, 2011

Corrosion: Electrochemical

Research on corrosion has shown us that there are two main mechanisms of corrosion, electrochemical and chemical oxidation. Both of these types have many forms and ramifications, some more accentuated than others but the mechanism with which they degrade a substance or material can always be traced back to one of these two types.

By Adolfo Rosendo
Safety Standards February 1, 2011

Guide to Secure Next Internet Protocol

There is now a way to deploy the next generation Internet Protocol (IPv6) securely.

By Source:
Safety Standards February 1, 2011

Safety’s Sake: Fixed configuration firewalls

Firewalls play an important element in keeping the operation running securely. A new firewall hit the market and it is a Fixed Configuration Firewall which runs a technology known as Deep Packet Inspection.

By Eric Byres,
Safety Standards February 1, 2011

Stuxnet Watch: Iran centrifuges likely broken

Stuxnet might be responsible for 1,000 broken IR-1 centrifuges replaced at Iran’s Natanz Fuel Enrichment Plant (FEP), according to a new report.

By Source:
Safety Standards January 27, 2011

Laser micro welding of conductive materials

Connecting conductive parts to achieve electrical contact is one of the oldest, most ubiquitous joining applications. Required in almost every industry, the technologies used to make these connections are driven by cost, joint performance and volume requirements.

By Geoff Shannon and Paul Severloh
Safety Standards January 3, 2011

BEST PRACTICES: Finding the way forward

As manufacturing slowly moves forward – and if it has hope of returning to full capacity and growth – manufacturing’s critical issues must be addressed. The urgency to act on these issues has never been greater.

By Bob Vavra, Content Manager, Plant Engineering
Safety Standards January 2, 2011

Slowdown: Users turn off anti-virus software

Anti-virus software does work if used properly, but a new study shows 25 percent of consumers surveyed turned off their anti-virus software because it was slowing down the computer, while 12% considered abandoning the Internet because of safety concerns.

Safety Standards January 2, 2011

Stuxnet Video: Mitigation strategy outlined

Part II of a video series on the Stuxnet worm one strategy that can help mitigate attacks like Stuxnet from infiltrating your system.

By Gregory Hale
Safety Standards December 30, 2010

Omron STI creates 2010-2011 guide to machine, process safeguarding

Omron Scientific Technology, Inc. produces the 2010-2011 Guide to Machine and Process Safeguarding, which features all the latest information on the company’s family of machine and process safety solutions.

Safety Standards December 29, 2010

OSHA injury, illness recordkeeping

Injury and illness recordkeeping has always been an important part of OSHA's workplace safety efforts. Accurate counting of workplace injuries and illnesses is essential to identify and address safety and health hazards and to ensure that workers receive appropriate medical treatment. And with the renewed Congressional and Agency attention on workplace injuries and illness, the accuracy of your records is more important than ever. During an OSHA inspection, the Compliance Officer will usually ask to look at the last three year's worth of OSHA 300 Logs. It's also time to complete and post OSHA's Form 300A Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses even if there were no work-related injuries or illnesses during the year. Given that your program may come under intense OSHA scrutiny in the near future, how confident are you that your records would pass the test? Content provided by KellerOnline, a service produced by J.

Safety Standards December 27, 2010

OSHA hikes scrutiny of chemical plants, refineries

The feds are intensifying their watch of refineries and chemical plants. OSHA's scrutiny of the refinery industry and of chemical facilities covered by the Process Safety Management standard will increase, said Jordan Barab, deputy assistant secretary of OSHA in a late October speech at the 2010 Mary Kay O'Connor Process Safety Center International Symposium in College Station, TX.

Safety Standards December 27, 2010

Safety Feature: Keeping Disaster in Check

Five years ago a huge fireball lifted the lid off the Buncefield Oil Storage Depot in Hertfordshire, England. The disaster that struck early that December 11, 2005 morning left 43 hospitalized and an entire nation in shock. That disaster is why safety should come first, that’s why an integrated safety shutdown system and fire and gas system will keep disaster at bay.

Safety Standards December 27, 2010

Stuxnet Mitigation: Defense in Depth Needed

Stuxnet experts are jumping out from everywhere saying they know how to mitigate the worm and clear up any issues a system might have. There seem to be some differences in approach, but one thing is pretty much agreed to by all...

Safety Standards December 15, 2010

Intelligent building automation platform for data centers

GE and Ingersoll-Rand have agreed to develop an automation platform to meet the energy and operational efficiency needs of data centers

Safety Standards December 10, 2010

2010 TOP PLANT WINNER: Toyota Industrial Equipment Manufacturing

What TIEM did to find its way through the recession and the challenges in manufacturing was not to wait for the recession to end. The operations staff and employees at TIEM met the recession head on.

By Bob Vavra, Plant Engineering
Safety Standards November 15, 2010

2010 POY Finalists: Environmental Health

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

Safety Standards November 15, 2010

2010 POY Finalists: Maintenance Products

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

Safety Standards November 12, 2010

GAS TECHNOLOGY: A Newer Generation Of Industrial Burners

Efficiency, Control, Reduced Emissions

Safety Standards November 12, 2010

Michigan engine plant earns top environmental award

Keep Michigan Beautiful, Inc. annually recognizes programs and activities that substantially contribute to environmental improvement, beautification, site restoration and historical preservation.

Safety Standards October 27, 2010

OSHA updates training rules to limit class length

After audit finds problems, instructors now limited to 7 1/2-hour days to enhance learning experience

Safety Standards October 11, 2010

Webcast: Connecting safety and productivity

Oct. 14 Webcast will explore new standards and technologies to enable safer, more productive plants

Safety Standards October 6, 2010

New Standard Institute receives top Connecticut award

Connecticut Quality Improvement Award honors company's innovation and training program

Safety Standards September 23, 2010

Video: 2010 IMTS: Yaskawa’s two-arm robot plays Blackjack

So programming a two-armed robot to deal blackjack is a pretty nifty trick, but what practical use does it have for manufacturing? Erik Nievesfrom Yaskawa and Motoman Inc. gives Plant Engineering content manager Bob Vavra a look at how to use robotics in a variety of applications to improve manufacturing efficiency and safety during the 2010 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago. Also read: IMTS 2010: Yaskawa sees strength in merger .

By Bob Vavra, Content Manager
Safety Standards September 13, 2010

Cruze gets the thumbprint of approval

Ohio GM plant rolls off the first of Chevy's challenge in the compact car market

Safety Standards September 2, 2010

OSHA levies $1.2 million fine against Houston manufacturer

Goodman Manufacturing cited 83 times for failing to report worker injuries and illnesses

Safety Standards August 31, 2010

Collaborative Process Automation System offers a game-changing opportunity

New ARC report provides vision of the future of process automation systems for the process industries

Safety Standards August 25, 2010

Bentley OpenPlant software launch built on iRING data sharing

Bentley’s OpenPlant software for plant creation based on an open data model. The new plant offerings from Bentley are the first commercially available products to share and meet the primary goal of the iRING user community ( – that is, to enable real-time, seamless sharing and interoperability of data and information across different organizations and systems using an internationally recognized standard.

Safety Standards August 18, 2010

Screw blower technology a certified energy saver

Screw blowers provide on average 30% better energy efficiency over conventional lobe blower technology, delivering a new and proven energy-efficient range for air-blowing applications in a variety of industries.

By JOhn Conover, Atlas Copco
Safety Standards August 17, 2010

Greater OSHA rules enforcement requires new emphasis on machine guarding

Many employers are not aware of the strong enforcement tools that are available to OSHA. Although these tools have been used sparingly in the past, they will undoubtedly be used more often in the future.

Safety Standards July 20, 2010

GAS TECHNOLOGY: Boiler NOx Emissions

In some areas, operators are required to meet what are called “Ultra-Low NOx” (ULN) requirements, typically less than 10-12 ppm. It is widely believed that the ULN requirements will be broadened to more areas. In recent years, boiler and burner designers have focused on achieving ULN compliance without significant performance penalties.

Safety Standards July 18, 2010

Hooking up industrial systems to the Smart Grid

Today, we are in one of the earliest phases, an instrumentation phase adding the ability to assess power utilization in real-time. The majority of federal stimulus money earmarked for the Smart Grid is being used to enhance power monitoring with smart meters that can be read remotely and in real-time.

By Roy Kok, Kepware
Safety Standards April 6, 2010

Wireless ac/dc clamp meter

This true RMS ac/dc clamp meter offers wireless linking technology and a built in infrared thermometer. The meter transmits electrical readings to FLIR infrared cameras via Bluetooth.

Safety Standards April 3, 2010

Cableless (Wireless) Operator Panel Applications

Cableless (wireless) operator panels for machine applications, in my opinion, need special application considerations for appropriate and safe use. True, we often talk about how a wireless field bus and a wired field bus have many similarities. Even when they are safety certified for functional safety applications they continue to have many similarities.

By J.B. Titus
Safety Standards April 1, 2010

Switch-rated plugs

Decontactor Series switch-rated plugs and receptacles allow technicians to quickly change out motors, welders and other electrical equipment with plug-and-play simplicity. They are an NEC approved line-of-sight disconnects and are UL approved for branch circuit and motor circuit disconnect switching up to 200 A or 60 hp.

Safety Standards April 1, 2010

Cooling the Industrial Workplace

Excessive heat in a manufacturing or warehouse environment has negative effects on workers, production levels and even the quality of produced or stored goods. This is a growing concern because today's North American industries are being pressed hard to match offshore production options. Fortunately there are plant cooling solutions that can solve this problem.

Safety Standards March 25, 2010

Wireless Operator Panels & Machine Safety (Is There A Design & Build Standard?)

Wireless operator panels (including cableless) for machine applications have been steadily growing over the past several years. The early versions of these portable operator panels were cabled for power and control/communication which limited their range via the length of the cable. The concept was for a panel builder or engineering group to design and build a conventional operator panel but that it needed to be portable and still conform to the same industry standards and regulations as fixed operator panels.

By J.B. Titus
Safety Standards March 16, 2010

Machine Safety – Cableless vs Wireless

Machine Safety and “cableless” vs “wireless” has been an ongoing discussion over the past two years as this technology rapidly travels through its evolution cycles to the plant floor. Personally, I’ve sat in a dozen discussions over these two terms and how to choose a word that best describes the application as well as the issues. To wrestle this one to the ground it’s my recommendation that we choose an application like - cableless pendant control.

By J.B. Titus
Safety Standards February 22, 2010

EN 954-1: 1996 – Five Years Of Cessation

EN ISO 13849-1: 2006 was approved on or about October 2006 and simultaneously it was announced that EN 954-1: 1996 would cease to be an active standard at the end of 2008. Effectively this provided a two year period for industry (primarily in Europe) to transition to the new and incremental requirements of EN ISO 13849-1: 2006 for conformance to the Machinery Directive. Since then, the cessation of EN 954-1: 1996 has been extended twice and is currently scheduled for December of 2011.

By J.B. Titus
Safety Standards February 12, 2010

Machine Safety and “reasonably foreseeable misuse”

In the world of machine safety it is commonly understood today that a risk analysis is required by the supplier and/or end user to identify and mitigate all hazards to acceptable levels. We get numerous questions on this process around the question of how to address the intent of the term “reasonably foreseeable misuse”? This term is actually defined in ANSI B11 - 2008, approved August 4, 2008 on page 16, clause 3.58 as: “reasonably foreseeable misuse:  The use of a machine in a way not intended by the supplier or user, but which may result from readily predictable human behavior.”  Furthermore, one can also find in Wikipedia a very thorough discussion with legal slant : However, in the machine tool industry it mostly has to do with human behavior and applying thought to predicting certain possible actions.  Quite commonly the life cycle of a machine is taken into account in identifying tasks and hazards as part of the risk assessment process because hazards not identified can create substantial unknown risks.  The standards also say that reasonably foreseeable hazards that are not related to tasks shall also be identified. Some given examples often include “explosive environments, noise, instability, equipment failures or operational errors such as using an inappropriately sized workpiece, mechanical failure of a chuck, operating at incorrect speed, etc.” In addressing questions like this - [what is the intent of the term “reasonable foreseeable misuse?”] - my advice is always: Look up the term in several US machine tool standards Research the term on the internet Remember - interpretation is almost always required Some additional background information can be found at the following links: Before sale of a new product, every manufacturer should engage in a risk assessment of its product.

By J.B. Titus
Safety Standards February 2, 2010

"Stormy weather" for Toyota

CEO apologizes as Prius brakes now add to the automaker's production woes

By Bob Vavra
Safety Standards February 2, 2010

Machine Safety & Residual Risk

Residual risk is a term used for the past several years referring to a level of risk for a given hazard after applying protective measures (risk reduction measures). ANSI B11.TR3; 2000, ANSI B11 - 2008, ANSI / ISO 12100-1:2007, ISO 14121:2007, … mention a few, all tend to be harmonized on this definition. However, tolerable risk and acceptable risk are two additional terms also in the mix.

By J.B. Titus
Safety Standards January 16, 2010

EN ISO 13849-1; 2006 – Are We Ready?

EN ISO 13849-1; 2006 is definitely on its way to US industry.  It’s also true that there have been several delays for required compliance caused by extensions in Europe that have slowed broad acceptance here in the US. Last week in this blog I talked about the various segments of industry and what drives behavior to adopt or comply with safety standards. For example, don’t hold your breath for OSHA to enforce compliance to this International Standard any time this century.

By J.B. Titus
Safety Standards January 8, 2010

Machine Safety in the US – What Drives Safety Behavior?

Machine safety standards abound here in the US.  And of course we also have OSHA regulations which form the basis for Federal enforcement. Book shelves are loaded with books and publications with the single theme of addressing these two sentences. We also have employee injuries & insurance companies, productivity & operating efficiencies, the legal thing, and just plain “Best Practices”….to mention a few.  With all that said and for any company in the US, what drives domestic machine safety behavior?  Let me offer one opinion. In my forty plus years of experience I would offer the following generalized priority: OSHA Regulations - because it’s the law, local regulations (i.e.: state, city, municipality, etc.), business demands/policy, and perhaps the legal threat. US based consensus standards, performance requirements in a purchase order, cost savings programs, and company safety policies. International standards influence, best practices, competition, and image. The purpose of this list is not to be absolutely accurate, but instead, to drive some thinking as to where a new international standard like EN ISO 13849-1; 2006 plays a role in my business.

By J.B. Titus
Safety Standards January 1, 2010

Ladder safety

LadderGuard creates an egress and ingress control zone for permanently-mounted rooftop ladders. Set-up only takes a few minutes. The modular-component design is considerably lighter and more affordable than any other OSHA compliant system on the market today. The design works on parapet walls and flat roofs, with round or flat ladder rails.

Safety Standards January 1, 2010

GM puts an engineer in charge of North America

General Motors has put an engineer in charge of its North American operations following a shake-up at the top of its organization in December. GM chairman Ed Whitacre named engineering chief Mark Reuss the new head of GM’s North American operations in a video conference with GM employees. Reuss recently was named GM’s head of engineering, and before that headed up the GM Holden oper...

Safety Standards January 1, 2010

There’s still time to get this decade right

There were a number of lists making the rounds at the end of 2009. I’d say there were about 2,009 lists, to be exact, all touting the greatest achievements of the last decade – best movie of the decade, best athlete of the decade, best album of the decade. There were also a large number of lists celebrating the worst of the decade, but I see no need to be negative, except to point o...

By Bob Vavra, Editor
Safety Standards December 30, 2009

It’s Official – EN 954-1:1996 Is Extended By The EU

On Monday of this week in Brussels the Official Journal of the European Union, 2009/C 321/09, announced the prolongation of EN 954-1 until Dec. 31, 2011. They also published a correction from EN ISO 13849-1:2006 to EN ISO 13849-1:2008.

By J.B. Titus
Safety Standards December 10, 2009

Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC & EN ISO 13849-1; 2006 – with comments

The EC Machinery Working Group met on Dec. 8, 2009 and voted to prolong the cessation of EN 954-1; 1996 beyond Dec. 31, 2009 and, therefore, to provide presumption of conformity to the new Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC which also becomes effective at the end of this month.

By J.B. Titus
Safety Standards December 2, 2009

Be Safe – Don’t Be A Turkey – manufacturing hazards have no holiday

Machine Safety is 24/7 - so don’t be a turkey. In the annual tradition, my family gathered around the Thanksgiving table as the turkey was served. The turkey was carved, we gave thanks, and we enjoyed a wonderful meal of abundance.

By J.B. Titus
Safety Standards November 18, 2009

Lean and Green Becomes Lean and Safe

For some time now we’ve been hearing the buzz words of “Lean and Green” only to be confirmed if one were to Google the term. Little needs to be said for anyone to have an understanding of this concept or the related importance as driven by corporate executives for sustainability of operational excellence. However, hold onto your hats.

By J.B. Titus
Safety Standards November 3, 2009

E-Stops Have A Yellow Background, Right?

You bet! Who could not possibly know by now that practically all electrical/safety/machine guarding standards now clearly call out that an emergency stop button must be red, mushroom shaped, and have a yellow background in order to be called an emergency stopping device? Well, to quote my four year old grandson - probably a trillionmegabazillion! You guessed it, he’s paying far too much attention to cable news lately. However, in my experience, I’ve been asked far too many times by engineers, maintenance, and plant operations personnel over recent years if they really need to update their operator stations to comply with this requirement? My answer has consistently been, yes - that is my recommendation. With the added caveat of course that this requirement is one of OSHA’s most frequent violations. In my opinion, the intent behind this requirement is to unequivocally differentiate the e-stop button from other red devices in the area of the emergency stop device.

By J.B. Titus
Safety Standards October 22, 2009

Machine Safety’s Paradigm Shift – It’s Time for Change

It’s been seven years since NFPA 79, 2002, the Electrical Standard for Industrial Machinery, first changed the world (in the US) allowing businesses the opportunity to utilize either hard-wired safety systems or implement integrated safety and automation systems. Now, seven years later, several new and updated standards open many more new options that were not allowed previously. Today we see safety functions being applied to safety PLC’s, safety drives, safe motion, and even safe wireless.

By J.B. Titus
Safety Standards October 12, 2009

Machine Safety Acceptable Risk, Tolerable Risk, 5 Comments

Machine Safety - to understand machine safety, you have to understand the concepts of “acceptable” versus “tolerable” risk. First, “tolerable risk” is the term used for the past several years referring to a level of residual risk for a given hazard after applying risk reduction measures. ANSI B11.1- 2009, Safety Requirements for Mechanical Power Presses, defines tolerable risk in clause 3.90.1 “Risk that is accepted for a given task (hazardous situation) or hazard”. In my opinion a more current term has come to life replacing tolerable risk as more focus continues to be directed at integrating the safety mindset into all phases of a machine life cycle. “Acceptable risk” is the new term that is beginning to appear in many updated standards and which in my opinion more clearly represents the implied intent of both evaluation and mitigation.

By J.B. Titus
Safety Standards October 9, 2009

Manufacturing Convergence drives enterprise-wide change

Rockwell report: Convergence allows access of the right information, in the right place, at the right time and in the right format.

By Bob Vavra
Safety Standards October 2, 2009

Machine Safety Standards, Additional Costs?

EN ISO 13849-1: 2006, in my opinion, will launch a paradigm shift that could force some businesses into financial difficulty if fully implemented in the US. Several reports have crossed my desk indicating that some machine safety standards are considering including the incremental compliance requirements of 13849-1. These incremental requirements involve engineering and analytical skills far and above the skills needed for task based risk assessments and the qualitative Category based hazard analysis process.

By J.B. Titus
Safety Standards October 1, 2009

Ethernet on the plant floor: 6 key considerations for success

Already ubiquitous in enterprise office environments, Ethernet is now making its way to the plant floor, and with good reason. Using Ethernet in both environments makes it simpler to provide plant-wide connectivity and to pass data between the plant floor and IT or business departments. Data can be made available anywhere and everywhere it's needed – from supervisors in the plant to busin...

By Jeremy Bryant, Siemens Energy & Automation, Inc.
Safety Standards October 1, 2009

Reader Feedback – 2009-10-01

Leadership, technology will deliver manufacturing rebirth Over the past 30 years, millions of North American manufacturing jobs have been lost and replaced with generally lower paying service jobs. These manufacturing jobs helped build the vibrant middle class that raised the standard of living for millions of families.

Safety Standards September 28, 2009

ASSE president: Safety professionals are not expendable

Patton points to bottom-line savings if employers keep emphasis on worker safety

By Bob Vavra
Safety Standards September 24, 2009

EN ISO 13849-1; 2006 – US Bridges Needed For Transition – Comment: Integrators, OEMs not ready

This week the issue of the EU extending EN 954-1; 1996 to 2012 is still the talk of machine safety. Some camps appear to feel comfort in the three additional years of needed time for industry to prepare for the new compliance requirements. I agree with other camps that are expressing a sense of discomfort because we believe the new EN ISO 13849-1; 2006 provides improved safety performance and machine operating efficiencies.

By J.B. Titus
Safety Standards September 17, 2009

News Flash – The Landscape of SIL, Cat, & PL Changed Last Week – Comment: Breathing Room

Last week while I was writing my blog on this subject the European Union (EU) met and decided to extend EN 954-1; 1996 for up to three more years or 2012. This was announced internally in the United States to those of us who participate in standards writing on committees. EN 954-1 was scheduled to expire in October of 2009 and this importance drove last week’s blog.

By J.B. Titus
Safety Standards September 2, 2009

What’s UP With SIL, Cat and Now PL? Safety Integrity Levels, Categories, and Performance Levels of Machine Safety

We all know by now about safety rated devices according to SIL(safety integrity level) and Cat(category). Recently, a new term has emerged from Europe via ISO 13849-1; 2006 introducing PL (performance level). Most everyone agrees that both SIL and PL are hazard ratings that are quantitatively derived and can be directly related.

By J.B. Titus
Safety Standards September 1, 2009

HVAC manufacturer finds a cool solution with HVLS fans

Industrial-grade large diameter ceiling fans spun into existence a decade ago, offering an energy-efficient, cost-saving method for circulating massive amounts of air within large facilities.

Safety Standards September 1, 2009

Pursuing the discipline of control system cyber security

As a relative newbie to the world of control system cyber security (who isn't?) but an old-timer to control system functional safety, there are two things I have noticed. One, the best performing companies approach safety and security as an engineering discipline. Two, they maintain discipline by having a deeply embedded safety and security corporate culture.

By John Cusimano
Safety Standards August 24, 2009

The Safety Standards Maze, 3 Comments: More Standards, Validation

A frequent question raised by industry is where can I go to get a comprehensive listing and understanding of machine safety standards? Most often it seems that awareness of certain safety standards are developed over time within any one company. Influences have come from knowledge on the part of individual employees, references from suppliers, educational seminars, OSHA, and more……..but  there’s no one place anyone can go to research their safety standards. Like, a data base that’s both current and offers comprehensive information about all U.S.

By J.B. Titus
Safety Standards August 3, 2009

Managing an open system

The critical piece of managing an open system, therefore, is managing complexity to improve system security and reliability.

By Shawn Gold, Honeywell Process Solutions
Safety Standards August 1, 2009

All That Wire & Is It Safer? Comment: Simpler is Better

The possible answer to this question totally changed in 2002 with the new issue of NFPA 79 allowing safety PLC’s and safety busses. Previously, NFPA 79 clearly required anything “safety” must be hard wired. Now, seven years later, hundreds of safety PLC’s are reported to be in use in the U.S.

By J.B. Titus
Safety Standards July 30, 2009

Ethernet gateway for Smart Grid

This Ethernet Security Gateway protects site-to-site Ethernet communications and private networks, allowing users to maximize the benefits of a Smart Grid while minimizing security risk.

Safety Standards July 1, 2009

Solis: OSHA to get ‘back in the enforcement business’

In an address to about 4,000 occupational safety, health and environmental professionals at the opening of American Society of Safety Engineers' three-day conference in June at the convention center in San Antonio, U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis said they are ready to get to work to protect workers and thanked the attendees for all that they do to ensure worker safety.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Safety Standards July 1, 2009

Safety programming

The SafeDESIGNER development and configuration tool provides an integrated safety tool for programming safety-related functions from within the Automation Studio development environment. Programming the safety application is reduced to virtual wiring of logical function blocks. In addition to function blocks and language elements that conform to IEC 61131-3, users have a library certified by T&...

By Plant Engineering Staff
Safety Standards June 19, 2009

Safety helps drive manufacturing growth, ASSE reports

Group to discuss how work safety drives competitveness at Expo

By PLE Staff
Safety Standards June 9, 2009

Top Plant, Product of the Year entries open

100 days to apply for the top awards in manufacturing

By Bob Vavra
Safety Standards May 12, 2009

‘Are You Ready’ for welding safety training?

Lincoln Electric Website offers tips on meeting upcoming OSHA regulations

By PLE Staff
Safety Standards May 1, 2009

Finding the right recipe for convergence

Development of industrial standards is not a rapid process. A standard committee will work for years to develop an industry-wide consensus on a new standard. Two committees now are actively working together, and you can imagine the extra time and effort involved. The ISA SP88 and ISA SP95 committees developing the ISA 88 Batch Control System and ISA 95 Enterprise/Control System Integration sta...

By Dennis Brandl, BL&R Consulting
Safety Standards May 1, 2009

Recipe management requires a pinch of organization

Whether it is neatly organizing recipe cards in a home or integrating an ERP system to an automated plant floor, recipe management can present many challenges. These challenges vary across applications and industry and change based on the use of technology in the manufacturing process.

By Andy Stump, Rockwell Automation
Safety Standards April 28, 2009

ISA100.11a standard closes in on approval

"We have passed a major milestone with the Committee vote approving the ISA100.11a draft standard," said ISA100 co-chair Pat Schweitzer of ExxonMobil.

By Bob Vavra
Safety Standards April 21, 2009

Looking for an attendance bump at Hannover Fair

The first day of this conference saw lower attendance; day two could be key to boosting numbers.

By Bob Vavra, Editor, Plant Engineering
Safety Standards April 14, 2009

Storage lockers

A complete selection of locker configurations comes in 30 colors, with custom color matching available.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Safety Standards March 7, 2009

Help on the way: NAM skills certification system to help new and transitioning workers prepare for good jobs

The National Association of Manufacturers is endorsing a revolutionary new approach to certification and credentials that will "help workers succeed in high-quality, middle class jobs."

By Manufacturing Business Technology Staff
Safety Standards March 6, 2009

New skills certification system to help prepare workers for new jobs

The program addresses core, basic skills that workers in virtually any sector of manufacturing would need coming into a new job. It’s designed to accommodate the needs of both new workers coming out of school as well as experienced workers who are transitioning jobs.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Safety Standards March 1, 2009

AIChE encouraging next generation of engineers

The American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) is supporting of a variety of initiatives that encourage students to learn more about the rewards of an engineering career. In addition to its ongoing efforts with engineers and undergraduates, the institute also is reaching out to students in grades K-12.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Safety Standards March 1, 2009

Managing batch process security

Today’s security threats and vulnerabilities are wide-ranging, often complex and not always understood – particularly in terms of their impact. As such, batch access control should be integrated with managed enterprise security programs that mitigate threats from malicious codes and other sources.

By Karl Williams and Daren Moffatt, Invensys Process Systems
Safety Standards February 26, 2009

It’s ‘Wii training’ for process engineers

Invensys virtual reality system makes training safer, more interactive

By Plant Engineering Staff
Safety Standards February 20, 2009

AIChE supporting initiatives to develop next generation of engineers

We’ve been talking a lot recently about the skills gap and the impending shortage of skilled workers that manufacturers face. Like many other professional and trade associations, the American Institute of Chemical Engineers is reaching out to students, encouraging them in several ways to seriously consider careers in engineering.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Safety Standards February 10, 2009

Partial stroke testing topic of Emerson blog

Jim Cahill, author of the Emerson Process Experts blog, discusses many topics that affect the process industries. Frequent postings focus on safety instrumented system topics, which typically garner readers’ responses.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Safety Standards February 6, 2009

Power interruption component

The SENSING-SAF-START is designed to prevent small machines from restarting after a power interruption.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Safety Standards February 1, 2009

Industrial vacuum cleaners promote safety

In nearly all industries, with the exception of the metals industry, the NFPA recommends vacuum cleaning as the preferred first defense method of controlling fugitive dust. NFPA 654 states, “vigorous sweeping or blowing down with steam or compressed air produces dust clouds.” This results in small particles settling on elevated surfaces.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Safety Standards February 1, 2009

Website, partnership focus on new hearing regulations

As the EPA works to better align Noise Reduction Ratings with real-world use of hearing protection, a number of proposed changes to testing, labeling and regulations are underway. A new Website,, has been developed to provide the latest information, regulatory updates, expert insights and resources for those who are charged with implementing the new regulation...

By Plant Engineering Staff
Safety Standards January 1, 2009

Selecting safety system designs

It would be pretty easy to understand how process facilities operate at many different levels of risk depending on how and what they’re processing. In addition, there are also many different methods for designing safety instrumented systems to address this risk.

By Charles M. Fialkowski, Siemens Energy & Automation Inc.
Safety Standards January 1, 2009

IR cameras: The new tool for emission leak detection

IR cameras allow users to visually discern gases in their host atmosphere. With an IR imager, one can “see” where the gas is originating, as well as where the gas cloud is traveling. From first detection to eventual gas containment and even remediation, the benefits of applying this technique are vast.

By R.G. Benson, FLIR Systems Inc.
Safety Standards January 1, 2009

Strategies to optimize compressed air systems

In most plants, no compressed air means no production. Keeping the air system up and running is normally the responsibility of the maintenance crew. When more capacity is needed, purchasing steps in and sends a new compressor, based on which supplier is offering the best deal. But is new equipment really necessary?

By Wayne Perry, Kaeser Compressors
Safety Standards December 12, 2008

Coalition addresses OSHA product-approval process

As OSHA considers using Supplier’s Declaration of Conformity as an alternative to third-party certification of electrical products, a coalition led by NEMA recently voiced its disapproval of the proposed policy switch.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Safety Standards December 1, 2008

Commitment to change

The pursuit of excellence is more than part of the fabric at Square D in Columbia, MO -- it's the culture

By Jack Smith, Managing Editor
Safety Standards December 1, 2008

KellerOnline updates Website navigation tools

Online safety management tool redesigned to be more user friendly

By Plant Engineering Staff
Safety Standards November 20, 2008

An evolutionary process: Rockwell Automation unveils a broad-based solution platform

The new PlantPAx portfolio systems and solutions platform from Rockwell Automation underscores the vendor’s commitment to developing common systems and solutions umbrellas to deliver even greater market innovation and value to process industry customers.

By Sidney Hill, Jr., executive editor
Safety Standards November 18, 2008

Workers ignoring PPE use: Kimberly-Clark study

National Safety Congress attendees say they see workers without proper safety equipment

By Plant Engineering Staff
Safety Standards November 1, 2008

Using photoelectric sensors on the production line

Like humans, automated machinery isn’t perfect – and little mistakes can add up to a whole lot of cost and headache.

By Greg Knutson, Banner Engineering
Safety Standards October 31, 2008

Crane and hoist inspection service

The MAINMAN crane and hoist inspection is a multi-point visual inspection of overhead lifting equipment and enhanced by proprietary software. Hand-delivered in a detailed report or accessible via the Internet, the inspection results alert users of maintenance problems and identifies areas that are in non-compliance with regulatory standards, such as OSHA. The inspections also involve the capturing of data on the condition of hundreds of equipment components in order to avoid equipment downtime.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Safety Standards October 16, 2008

Invensys launches new transmitters at ISA Expo

New devices meet SIL 2 TÜV certification

By Plant Engineering Staff
Safety Standards October 15, 2008

Safety terminals

DST1-XD0808SL-1 safety I/O terminals support six safety inputs, eight safety outputs and are capable of storing simple logic, which allows local inputs to control local outputs and gives users a maximum response time of 18.7 milliseconds. The terminals can act as a DeviceNet slave, allowing safety input and status information to be monitored via a DeviceNet Master.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Safety Standards October 15, 2008

The heat is on: Designing Lean manufacturing processes

Watlow is known for its controller systems from Winona, MN; its heaters from St. Louis, Columbia and Hannibal, MO; and its sensors from Richmond, IL. But a little-known fact is the Watlow facility in Batavia, IL is a foundry operation that casts the company’s heater technologies into useful industrial and commercial products.

By Jack Smith, Managing Editor
Safety Standards October 15, 2008

Emerson expands product line into petroleum, oil and gas

“If you find an opportunity to improve your plant,” noted Mike Sander, “you’ve got to move quickly.” That’s especially true in the petroleum, oil and gas industry, where unscheduled shutdowns have a ripple impact.

By Bob Vavra
Safety Standards September 15, 2008

Electrical troubleshooting: 12-step program reduces downtime

Depending on the complexity of the problem, when performing troubleshooting activities the process may involve various levels of support and knowledge ranging from technicians, crew leaders, engineers and factory-trained experts.

By Ron Widup, Shermco Industries
Safety Standards September 10, 2008

Hammer drill

The SFH 144-A 14-volt CPC hammer drill/driver features cordless power care lithium-ion battery technology.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Safety Standards August 15, 2008

Machine safety pays off

Plant engineers are taking advantage of new machine guarding technologies endorsed by international safety standards. From the most sophisticated manufacturing operation to the simplest relay-based system, machine manufacturers and end users now have economical and effective choices to enhance machine safety.

By J.B. Titus, Siemens Energy & Automation Inc.
Safety Standards July 23, 2008

Manufacturing publications join forces with Siemens safety experts to launch new resource website focuses on industrial automation safety issues, OSHA regulations.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Safety Standards July 22, 2008

exiderdome arrives in Chicago

Weather-delayed exiderdome barges into Navy Pier to kick off U.S. tour.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Safety Standards July 22, 2008

A different approach to a slowdown

Honda to cut back production, but workers will focus on safety, quality

By Plant Engineering Staff
Safety Standards July 17, 2008

Safety contact strips

The SGE-88 and SGE-1510 models of safety contact strips, offered in ethylene propylene rubber, provide safety when exposed to aggressive chemicals.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Safety Standards July 14, 2008

SME links engineering management certification program with EMCI standard

Organization now aligned with other engineering groups to unify credentials

By Plant Engineering Staff
Safety Standards July 1, 2008

Follow common sense summer safety tips to stay cool

Use PPE, stay hydrated and conduct a job site audit to ensure safe working conditions in the heat

By Plant Engineering Staff
Safety Standards June 15, 2008

Create a spark to reduce labor, welding costs

For 70 years, factory-made, wrought butt-welding fittings were the choice for pressure piping systems, in shapes defined by ASME B16.9. However, in recent years, new metal forming processes have enabled the development of wrought socket-welding fittings.

By Ray Stubbs Jr., Bestweld Inc.
Safety Standards June 15, 2008

Truck leveler

The Z-Deck truck leveler allows trailers to be serviced at or above dock height with a Z-shaped deck design that helps minimize the slope of the lifting surface.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Safety Standards June 13, 2008

REACH Roundup: Altrion, SAP and TechniData AG satisfy chemical bureau compliance

During the first several years under REACH—i.e., European Registration, Evaluation and Authorization of Chemicals (REACH) legislation—the average chemical company is estimated to handle 15,000 compliance projects, each involving substance registration, usage and management, supply chain, financial, and legal processes. REACH places the burden of proving the safety of chemical substances, products, and consumer use on the manufacturer and importer.Chemical, consumer product, mill, oil and gas, pharmaceutical and other process manufacturers will be denied the right to trade noncompliant substances within the European Union (EU).To help manufacturers succeed with compliance, several vendors now offer solutions for which benefits have been achieved in testing. For instance, SAP and TechniData AG recently launched SAP REACH Compliance, a comprehensive application for addressing complex tasks required by REACH.

By Manufacturing Business Technology Staff
Safety Standards June 5, 2008

Transformation, continuous improvement make Spirax Sarco a Top Plant

One of the many reasons Spirax Sarco was chosen for a 2007 Plant Engineering Top Plant award was the transformation the plant has made. This eight minute video explains it all.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Safety Standards May 23, 2008

Initi@tive2008 to focus on energy issues

Schneider Electric event comes to Las Vegas Aug. 13-15

By Plant Engineering Staff
Safety Standards May 15, 2008

What is OPC UA and how does it affect your world?

OPC-UA is an important building block that enables users to build the next generation of software automation solutions.

By Simone Massaro, ICONICS Inc.
Safety Standards April 16, 2008

Intranet solution for safety management

UGL-UNICCO white paper discusses strategies to integrate safety management systems

By Plant Engineering Staff
Safety Standards April 10, 2008

Conference Board findings: Indian firms slowly embrace risk management, but most efforts are defensive, not strategic

Intense global competition and rapid growth are forcing Indian firms to examine corporate enterprise risk management (ERM) elsewhere, especially in Europe, Australia, and North America, where the process is more mature, concludes a report by The Conference Board. ERM is an enterprisewide process allowing companies to identify, assess, and respond to the social, political, and economic risks of doing business.

By Manufacturing Business Technology Staff
Safety Standards April 1, 2008

In a down economy, opt for demand-pull strategies that lead to inventory reductions

Inventories—especially for finished goods—are a major concern for everyone in an extended supply chain, especially whenever there's threat of an economic downturn. Such a scenario seems to patently justify the adoption of demand-driven or “pull” fulfillment strategies tied directly to customer orders.

By Frank O Smith, senior contributing editor (
Safety Standards March 30, 2008

Process safety systems: Operational performance, compliance needs driving market growth

The market for industrial process safety systems is projected to more than double between 2006 and 2013, growing at a rate of 10.8 percent, reaching $2.1 billion, according to Cambridge, Mass.-based Frost & Sullivan.

By Manufacturing Business Technology Staff
Safety Standards February 15, 2008

Bentley launches OpenPlant system

At the 2008 daratechPLANT show in Houston, Bentley Systems launched its OpenPlant software products system based on the ISO 15926 data model. Company officials touted the release as a way to share data throughout the plant.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Safety Standards February 15, 2008

New England machine shops make the MOST of training

Like many of their New England counterparts, Kamatics, a Connecticut manufacturer of bearings primarily used in aerospace, was having challenges finding entry-level machinists to work in their facility. “We were adding new machinery, and potential employees needed more mechanical skills on the use of new equipment and needed to learn CNC programming as well,” said Kathleen Finigan.

By Jack Healy, Massachusetts Manufacturing Extension Partnership
Safety Standards January 15, 2008

Security, sustainability a main topic at ASHRAE meeting

Guidance on building security and emergency planning and response, and doing so while practicing good sustainability measures, will be presented in ASHRAE’s free public session held at the 2008 Winter Meeting. The session, HVAC Designs for Security and Sustainability, takes place from 3-5 p.m. Jan. 22.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Safety Standards January 11, 2008

Salary survey

The 2007 Plant Engineering Salary Survey is all about value. It’s about the value management places on the skills and abilities of the plant managers, and it’s about the value those plant managers place on their key employees in manufacturing. Even as more than 1,200 select Plant Engineering readers expressed concern about their ability to find and develop a future workforce, they e...

By Bob Vavra, Editor
Safety Standards December 21, 2007

Red alert: Increase in process automation heightens need for safety-related systems

As process-oriented manufacturers look to boost efficiency by automating more of their operations, they also will be looking for automation solutions that incorporate safety features. That’s the prediction of Frost & Sullivan, the international consulting firm that just completed a study on the market for safety-oriented systems.

By Manufacturing Business Technology Staff
Safety Standards December 18, 2007


* Matching security and sustainability * Sustainability, Lean focus at quality conference * DOE, Wisconsin promote energy efficiency

By Plant Engineering Staff
Safety Standards December 18, 2007

Process control instrumentation: Advanced applications for isolators and signal converters

Isolators can be used for many applications in process control beyond just eliminating ground loops and conditioning signals. In Part 2 of this exclusive two-part series, Greg Feliks of Moore Industries presents a selection of advanced applications for isolators and signal converters.

By Greg Feliks, Moore Industries
Safety Standards December 15, 2007

Safety switch

The Quik-Spec safety switch is designed to maximize user protection with IP-20 finger-safe CUBEFuse integration. The switch features current-limiting Class J performance in both energy and incident levels. The flange-operated handle is operable with electrical gloves and lockable with up to three padlocks to protect maintenance workers.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Safety Standards December 1, 2007

Simon Jacobson: Pending U.S. import safety act drives reconsideration of quality management

The current flurry of product recalls has finally attracted government attention. A cross-agency task force recently presented President Bush with an action plan containing short- and long-term recommendations for improving the safety of imports entering the U.S. The proposal ultimately calls for increased visibility into product-related data and greater deployment of U.

By Simon Jacobson
Safety Standards November 30, 2007

NEMA publishes safety standard

ANSI Z535.2-2007 American National Standard for Environmental and Facility Safety Signs contains requirements for safety signs to be used to alert individuals of the existence of potential hazards to personnel or property in the environment or in facilities, the nature and potential severity of the hazard, and the steps to be taken to avoid the hazard.

By Staff
Safety Standards November 15, 2007

Safety management system

CHAMPS LOTO lockout/tagout system is designed to provide integrated safety management functionality for the spectrum of operations and maintenance organizations involved in locking and tagging equipment. The system delivers safety to the workforce during construction, installation, set up, inspection, modification and maintenance of machines or equipment where employees can be exposed to hazards.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Safety Standards November 15, 2007

Paper manufacturer sustains quality and the environment

Dave Lunati surveyed the overflow crowd at his presentation on sustainable packaging at October’s Pack Expo in Las Vegas and stated the obvious. “It’s clear sustainable packaging is an important topic this year,” he told the audience. Lunati, the marketing director for Monadnock Paper Mills in Bennington, NH, gave a simple explanation for why his paper manufacturing plan...

By Bob Vavra
Safety Standards November 15, 2007

Modular quick-connect system

The BradPower quick-connect system is designed for the food, beverage and pharmaceutical industries; meets FDA-regulated sanitary requirements; and complies with the NFPA-79-2002 standard, which paved the way for conduit-free, soft-wired systems for industrial machinery. The modular wiring system features rugged, factory-applied connector heads molded onto cables in a system that includes trunk...

By Plant Engineering Staff
Safety Standards November 15, 2007

Safety software

Essential Suite 7.0 provides organizations the ability to reduce complexities, risks and costs associated with operating disparate EH&S systems. The software allows the user to monitor and manage their EH&S activities at various levels of the organization and meet compliance requirements under multiple regional, national or international jurisdictions.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Safety Standards November 15, 2007

Nanofiber cartridge filter

Advanced Nanofiber Filtration Technology is designed for dust collection cartridge filters. The technology provides a surface treatment of fine synthetic nanofibers, forming a nanoscopic mesh to trap dust particles on the filter’s surface. The fibers measure 70-150 nanometers or 1,000 times smaller than a human hair, collect submicronic dust particles at MERV 15 efficiency levels and are ...

By Plant Engineering Staff
Safety Standards November 15, 2007

Work light

The 360° high-intensity work light is a cool fluorescent lamp designed to spread high-intensity, wide-area light to enhance visibility in plant environments. The T8 fluorescent lamps are suitable for indoor use and meet OSHA requirements for minimum illumination. It features a multi-functional lamp cap, a clear PVC diffuser guard, a 10-A unswitched convenience receptacle and a NEMA 5-15 pl...

By Plant Engineering Staff
Safety Standards November 15, 2007

As manufacturing changed, so did PLANT ENGINEERING

I started with PLANT ENGINEERING magazine in November 1969 as an associate editor for environmental and safety coverage. My previous “plant engineering” experience was as the engineering officer on a Navy ship. “I don’t know a lot about pollution control,” I told the editor, Vern Kempf.

By Richard L. Dunn, Editor (Retired) PLANT ENGINEERING
Safety Standards November 15, 2007

NEMA standard addresses hookup wire

The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) published the NEMA HP 6-2007 Electrical and Electronic Silicone and Silicone-Braided Insulated Hook-Up Wire Types s (600 V), ZHS (600 V), SS (1000 V), ZHSS (1000 V) and SSB Braided (1000 V). The NEMA High Performance Wire and Cable Section as a non-government standard for replacement of MIL-W-16878 silicone rubber-insulated wire slash she...

By Plant Engineering Staff
Safety Standards November 9, 2007

ISA announces POWID symposium dates and Call for Papers

Technical sessions, tutorials, an exhibit, and social events will be among the attractions available to attendees.

By Staff
Safety Standards October 26, 2007

Push-wire terminals

The Luminaire disconnects series 873, or LUMI-NUTS, is designed for use in linear fluorescent fixtures with ballasts. The series was designed to meet NEC 410.73 (G), CEC 30-308 (4) and CSA/UL Standard 2459 for insulated, multi-pole splicing wire connectors. The terminals facilitate daisy-chaining power from separate ballasts, eliminating additional connectors.

By Staff
Safety Standards October 16, 2007

Designing for safety: An OSHA case study

From the ground up, proper safety processes are part of wastewater treatment plant's design

By Plant Engineering Staff
Safety Standards October 15, 2007

Lead plant-wide safety with commitment, planning

In a plant environment, a company’s greatest asset is its workers, and protecting those workers from illnesses or workplace injuries is critical to success. Operating an injury-free facility is no longer a dream. In many plants and manufacturing facilities, it has become a reality – and not just for a year, but for several years running.

By Randy Kates, Kimberly-Clark Pro
Safety Standards October 5, 2007


Wheelz protective eyewear is part safety glasses and part safety goggles. It has a ventilation system that helps reduce fogging by circulating air through the optical chamber and an elastic head strap that adjusts to the user’s head size. One-piece lenses provide an unobstructed view and the dark green frames have either IR filter shade 3.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Safety Standards September 21, 2007

OSHA announces release of new thermoforming module

The module reviews potential hazards associated with thermoforming, detailing the various stages of the process and its ancillary procedures.

By Staff
Safety Standards August 22, 2007

Rockwell Automation acquires ICS Triplex

Rockwell Automation has acquired ICS Triplex, which will continue to operate under its current brand name as a Rockwell subsidiary.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Safety Standards August 1, 2007

Sidney Hill, Jr.: China PR: a heck of a job

The United States has long had what I consider a strange relationship with China. For decades, American consumers have gorged on goods made in China because the prices are low in comparison to similar items produced in other countries. Many U.S.-based manufacturers also rely on Chinese companies to supply them with parts or raw materials, or even to produce finished goods on their behalf.

By Sidney Hill, Jr., executive editor
Safety Standards July 27, 2007

Case study highlights benefits of comprehensive safety and health program

Ritrama, a multi-national corporation that manufactures pressure-sensitive films and labels for a variety of industries, designed and implemented a program to educate employees, managers and supervisors about safe work practices and procedures in its Minneapolis manufacturing plant.

By Staff
Safety Standards July 27, 2007

NEMA launches electroindustry blog

Among the topics NEMACurrents will focus on are legislation affecting the industry, energy efficiency, anti-counterfeiting and more.

By Staff
Safety Standards June 21, 2007

Safety Vests

The line of ANSI Class 2 is perfect for highway and roadway construction zones, airports, emergency response, law enforcement, utility workers, survey crews, railroad workers and directing traffic.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Safety Standards June 11, 2007

Simplifying machine safety

The safety landscape has changed, and it means changing the way you look at your wiring systems.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Safety Standards May 18, 2007

Cleanroom robot

The KR5 Sixx CR cleanroom robot can be integrated with little space consumption and is designed to satisfy numerous requirements of cleanroom applications.

By Staff
Safety Standards April 15, 2007

SIL 3-rated relays: The new ‘accepted industry practice’

Accepted industry practice for process safety applications has been the use of standard relays in redundant or triplicate configurations to achieve 'safe’ standard relay functionality. This functionality has included: Unfortunately, the use of standard relays has its drawbacks in comparison to the new breed of SIL-rated relays.

By Mike Garrick, Phoenix Contact, Inc.
Safety Standards April 15, 2007

No matter the plant size, quality management systems measure up

By now you have seen the press espousing the millions of dollars contributed by quality efforts such as Lean and Six Sigma to the bottom line of large corporations. If you’re a small company, perhaps less than 2,000 or 3,000 employees, you may have wondered if these same quality techniques might do the same for your company? Well, the answer is yes, but… Smaller companies cannot ope...

By Jerry Mairani, American Society for Quality
Safety Standards March 9, 2007

National Safety Council features CEOs who “get,” implement safety

The National Safety Council , in its February issue of Safety+Health Magazine, published its annual special report titled “CEO’s Who‘Get It.’” The story features commentary from nine CEOs, from companies across industry, on what their individual organizations are doing to implement safety and emphasize its importance in their operations. Click here to read excerpts from the story. Text of the full interviews from five of the CEOs is also available.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Safety Standards March 6, 2007

Avantis white paper

Avantis white paper First Name: Last Name: Company: Address 1: Address 2: City: State: Zip Code: Country: Company Phone: Cell Phone: Company Website: Job Function: Industry: E-mail: What is your company's total annual revenue?: What (if any) is your current CMMS, EAM or ERP system?: How many maintenance and planning staff do you have in total for all of your firm's plants?: Do you plan to pursue a CMMS, EAM or ERP solution in the next:.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Safety Standards March 1, 2007

For managing inventory, technology counts

Controlling inventory can be an agonizing task for a manufacturer. Keeping track of raw materials, works-in-process and finished products is obviously critical to a company’s bottom line; these items have to be well-managed and accounted for. But tracking them may not even be half the battle. None of those materials get processed and out the door as finished products without being brought...

By Kevin Campbell, Senior Editor
Safety Standards February 1, 2007

Report claims global expansion a positive for U.S. growth

A January report from the Manufacturers Alliance/MAPI put forth an argument that for some in the manufacturing sector amounts to calling the sky green and the sun purple. The report contends foreign expansion by U.S. companies is good for the domestic economy. “The most frequently expressed fear of globalization – that multinational corporations will shift production from the relat...

By Staff
Safety Standards February 1, 2007

Electrical training program

Electrical Safe Work Practices, a computer-based presentation, is extracted from the material covered in the full text training module on Electrical Safe Work Practices, also included in this package. It provides the information required by OSHA 29CFR1910 Subpart S, as well as other important safety information not required by OSHA.

By Staff
Safety Standards February 1, 2007

Mist/smoke eliminator

Exceeding international health and safety standards, including OSHA/NIOSH guidelines, ScandMist uses a three-stage filtration system to separate oil fumes, oil mist and emulsion mist, even under extreme operating conditions and during continuous operation. Air from one or more connected machine tools first passes through two high-efficiency, deep-pleated filter beds, which remove oil mist.

By Staff
Safety Standards January 12, 2007

Schick’s Milford plant achieves star status in OSHA’s Voluntary Protection Program

Schick Manufacturing's Milford, CT, plant has earned star status in OSHA’s Voluntary Protection Program. The plant, which employs 470 employees, plus 205 temporary employees supervised by Schick, manufactures shaving products. It is one of 1,600 workplaces in 270 industries nationwide that have earned VPP status.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Safety Standards January 2, 2007

Disconnect fluorescent luminaires safely

The Sta-Kon luminaire disconnect enables disconnection of power to fluorescent lighting fixtures without exposure to live wires. Developed in response to a new NEC requirement that will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2008, the luminaire disconnect is UL listed and CSA certified for this application.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Safety Standards January 1, 2007


The PMB Series is a low-cost, multifunctional brake alternative that is suitable for use in a range of applications. Available in nine standard frame sizes ranging from 30 to 120, they feature a torque range from 45 to 4,250 lb-in; in diameters ranging from 3.30 to 11.89 inches. Operating voltages of 24/90/190 Vdc are standard, with other voltages available upon request.

By Staff
Safety Standards December 8, 2006

Blog! Five Fast Things for December 8, 2006

1. Air conditioning in January? Chicago awoke today to find temperatures in the single digits, wind chills below zero and frost everywhere. (If you are south of Nashville, stop snickering.

By Bob Vavra, Editor, Plant Engineering
Safety Standards December 1, 2006

ISO explores hydrogen fuel cell storage for safer transport

An ISO technical specification defining safety requirements for the transport of long-lasting fuel cells heralds a new era for handheld consumer devices such as laptops and mobile phones. Hydrogen can be stored and transported in solid form and later released and used under specific thermodynamic conditions.

By Staff
Safety Standards December 1, 2006

Hotwire on Instrumentation: November 2006

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By Plant Engineering Staff
Safety Standards November 15, 2006

SimSci-Esscor, DNV Software collaborate on plant safety design application

The SimSci-Esscor unit of Invensys and DNV Software have developed a link between SimSci-Esscor's VISUAL FLOW safety system design software and DNV Software's PHASTFX flammable effects software module.The link allows engineers in process plants to estimate flammable effects during design work. VISUAL FLOW provides engineers with a tool for designing, documenting and modeling safety systems, pressure relief networks and general plant fluid-flow systems.Applications include relief networks, systems containing any configuration of multiple flares, relief valves, knock-out drums and loops. PHASTFX is a subset of PHAST and contains the major flammable and explosion models, which include jet flame, pool fire and Boiling Liquid Expanding Vapor Explosion (BLEVE). Regulatory agencies are challenging the process industries to verify the safety of plant operations. A standard requirement is often a comprehensive model of flare relief systems of the plant with full documentation of network structure, control systems/strategy and maximum relief rates capacity.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Safety Standards November 1, 2006

Measuring data crucial to operational excellence

A new handbook released by the Manufacturing Enterprise Solutions Association (MESA) shows that manufacturers that leverage technology to measure key performance indicators have an edge in managing their operations, yet very few manufacturers effectively manage their performance. MESA released the results of their “Metrics That Matter” report at their annual conference in Orlando in...

By Staff
Safety Standards November 1, 2006

Safety coating

GlowMax safety coatings provide illumination in power-outage or low-light situations. Designed to mark exit paths, the coatings are available in aerosols, acrylics and anti-slip floor coatings. They come in safety yellow and luminescent green, are ASTM E2072-compliant and do not require maintenance. Easy to apply to uneven surfaces, the coatings are formulated for industrial applications.

By Staff
Safety Standards November 1, 2006

Glassless inline pH electrode

The Type 8201 glassless inline pH electrode measures pH in hygienic process applications. The electrode does not require removal during CIP/SIP cleaning. Under standard inline CIP conditions (30 minutes per day, maximum temperatures of 185 F at pH 12), its estimated lifetime is approximately five years.

By Staff
Safety Standards November 1, 2006

As-I input module

VAA-2E-G4-SE AS-Interface Safety at Work module features two inputs for connection of a non-contact safety device. It powers safety light curtains via the AS-Interface cable, and allows the connection of standard PNP sensors for muting applications. AS-I SaW devices do not require a safety PLC; monitor the state of any safety input and output signal switching device (OSSD); and are approved for...

By Staff
Safety Standards November 1, 2006

Non-metallic enclosure

The FATBOY double-deep, J-series, non-metallic enclosure features a unique 'clam-shell’ appearance and rugged durability necessary to ensure a practical solution for many extra space application requirements without adding height or weight. Suited for both indoor and outdoor environments, the enclosure provides nearly equal space capacity in both its cover and base.

By Staff
Safety Standards November 1, 2006

Ceiling-mounted air conditioner

The CM12 ceiling-mounted air conditioner delivers 10,500 Btu/H of cooling in a compact, self-contained unit. It mounts above a standard drop ceiling and does not require any special electrical connections. It offers an operational range of 60 to 95 degrees F on the evaporator; 60 to 113 degrees F on the condenser.

By Staff
Safety Standards November 1, 2006

ISA committee nears completion of standards

In meetings at ISA EXPO, the ISA-SP99 Industrial Automation and Control Systems Security Committee focused on preparations to issue its first two standards and an updated guideline for committee voting, while launching a new working group to develop another standard in the ISA-99 series. The committee decided to issue its Part 1 draft standard in November for what is expected to be a final roun...

By Staff
Safety Standards October 24, 2006

International Facility Management Association names Thomas executive vice president and COO

The International Facility Management Association has announced the hiring of R. Alan Thomas, CAE, as executive vice president and COO. In the newly created role, Thomas will oversee professional development, allied services, event management, research, corporate development and member resources functional areas within the organization. Thomas will oversee the senior management team of the association and serve as a member of the senior strategy team.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Safety Standards October 24, 2006

ISA committee launches major effort, nears completion of standards

In meetings at ISA EXPO this week, the ISA-SP99 Industrial Automation and Control Systems Security Committee focused on preparations to issue its first two standards and an updated guideline for committee voting, while launching a new working group to develop another standard in the ISA-99 series. The committee decided to issue its Part 1 draft standard in November for what is expected to be a final round of committee voting. This standard, "Security for Industrial Automation and Control Systems: Concepts, Terminology and Models," will define the concepts, terminology, and models of industrial automation and control systems security, establishing the basis for the remaining standards in the ISA-99 series. "Previous reviews and voting on the Part 1 draft generated over 250 comments from control system security experts across industry," stated Eric Cosman, of Dow Chemical Company and ISA-SP99 principal editor. "This input has considerably strengthened the draft and we are very confident our upcoming ballot will lead to publication of Part 1 as an American National Standard in early 2007," he added. Prior reviews and voting on the Part 2 draft standard, "Establishing an Industrial Automation and Control Systems Security Program," resulted in a similar influx of comments that are being factored into a revised draft planned for committee balloting in early 2007.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Safety Standards October 20, 2006

Register for Plant Engineering’s: Safety- Right to the Bottom Line Webcast

Plant Engineering’s October Webcast, “Safety — Right to the Bottom Line,” will take a look at how a strong safety program pays dividends at a time when cost containment is a manufacturing imperative. The Webcast will be presented Thursday, Oct. 26 at 1 p.m.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Safety Standards October 13, 2006

Web Exclusive: An interview with OSHA Administrator Edwin Foulke

Safety is a crucial issue on the manufacturing floor. It enhances the quality of work and the quality of life for employees while driving increased productivity , which enhances a manufacturer’s bottom line. The role of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is to make sure all employers provide a safe work environment.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Safety Standards October 13, 2006

OSHA makes business case for safety and health

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently launched a new topics page on its Website aimed at demonstrating that investment in workplace safety and health makes good business sense. The “Making the Business Case for Safety and Health” page is a product of several alliances with OSHA. Information on the page focuses on how a comprehensive safety program can help an employer save money and improve business. It contains direct links to resources showing the costs of workplace injuries and illnesses, economic benefits of workplace safety and health and how accounting for employee safety in the design stage of a project can result in fewer injuries and illnesses and increased productivity.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Safety Standards October 1, 2006

Helping small manufacturers understand the rules of safety

Recently, OSHA has been offering a series of seminars to national office employees called “The Business of Small Business.” These seminars offer a chance to learn what OSHA is doing to help small businesses, and provides opportunities for small businesses to present case studies of how they implemented safety and health programs, along with the results.

By Sherman Williamson, OSHA Department of Enforcement
Safety Standards October 1, 2006

Security, safety and irreverence among ISA EXPO 2006 highlights

If you have a few choice words about your automation or instrumentation vendors, their products or services, you won’t want to miss the Birds of a Feather Roundtables on Tues., Oct. 17 from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. at ISA EXPO 2006 in Houston, TX. New at ISA, these forums are designed to bring together users of industrial automation solutions to discuss their experiences – good and b...

By Staff
Safety Standards September 29, 2006

National Safety Council’s 2006 Congress and Expo hits San Diego Nov. 3-10

National Safety Council's 2006 Congress & Expo includessonedprofessionals and newcomers to the safety and health arena. Both technical sessions and professional development seminars are offered as part of the educational program. The Expo, which runs beginning Monday, Nov.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Safety Standards September 26, 2006

Automation catalog

Specifying and ordering Telemecanique brand automation and control products is now easier with the new Essentials catalog from Schneider Electric North America. This catalog is a comprehensive resource for more than 4,000 items: everything from ac drives to stack lights. The 328-page catalog is available to view online at Online visitors have a choice to download all or a portion of the catalog.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Safety Standards September 1, 2006

Focus of October Webcasts is wireless, safety issues

Wireless applications and plant floor safety are two topics all plant managers deal with, and PLANT ENGINEERING editors will bring together industry experts to talk about both subjects in a pair of Webcasts scheduled for October. “Advancements in Wireless Ethernet,” sponsored by Phoenix Contact will air on Thursday, Oct.

By Staff
Safety Standards August 4, 2006

Winter products

The company’s line of winter liners can be worn under hard hats and features a built-in back reflective strip and suspension straps, which allow users to attach the liner to hard hats. The medium-length standard Thinsulate and the shoulder-length deluxe winter liners comprise three layers: a cotton outer layer, a Thinsulate middle layer and a fleece inner lining. Liners remain flame retardant until washed.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Safety Standards August 1, 2006

Terminal enclosure catalog

The 90-page catalog detailing more than 500 increased safety terminal enclosures and systems is free upon request. It includes primers on increased safety, covering its design principles, areas of use, applicable standards, testing, hazardous location marking for NEC Article 505, CENELEC and ATEX approvals.

By Staff
Safety Standards August 1, 2006

Conduit connectors

The connector’s body and gland nut are constructed of stainless steel, offering the corrosion resistance of non-metallic fittings and the strength, durability and ultraviolet resistance of conventional metallic fittings. Designed to connect metallic-cored, liquidtight conduit to a box or enclosure, T&B Fittings stainless steel liquidtight conduit connectors are available in straight, ...

By Staff
Safety Standards August 1, 2006

Taking a FIRM approach to understanding inspections

The last two columns have described the procedures and rules by which OSHA is bound when writing regulations. In this column, we’ll look at the policies and procedures for inspections. Though not as lengthy and time-consuming as writing regulations, there is an important process for conducting fair and comprehensive inspections.

By Sherman Williamson, OSHA Department of Enforcement
Safety Standards July 1, 2006

NAM sees nuclear power as a renaissance in the works

As U.S. manufacturers respond to the immediate challenges posed by the current high price of natural gas and transportation fuels, another, longer-term energy crisis looms. America’s demand for electricity is projected to rise by more than 40% over the next 25 years as the country’s population and economy grow.

By John Engler, President, National Association of Manufacturers
Safety Standards July 1, 2006

Effective use of CO2 in ASHRAE book

Because of its good environmental properties and relative safety, there is renewed interest in carbon dioxide as a refrigerant. Carbon dioxide was used in the early stages of refrigeration but fell out of favor with the development of halocarbon refrigerants. Guidance on the use of CO2 has been added to the ASHRAE 2006 Handbook, Refrigeration.

By Staff
Safety Standards June 2, 2006

Flowserve launches new Learning Resource Center training labs

Flowserve Corporation, a global provider of fluid motion and control products and services, recently launched new instructional labs for its Learning Resource Center, which offers hands-on training in a simulated plant environment. The labs offer hands-on technical facilities for pump, valve and seal system optimization and maintenance training. Three of the center's training labs enable participants to analyze equipment failures and determine their causes, learning first-hand how to prevent pump, seal and control valve failure. The inclusion of equipment from various manufacturers ensures that learning takes place in a real-world environment. Four power labs feature 26 operational pumping systems, many with transparent piping and housings so participants have a real-time view of fluid motion and typical pumping system failures.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Safety Standards June 1, 2006

OSHA notifies 14,000 sites about high injury rates

Approximately 14,000 employers were notified by OSHA in April that injury and illness rates at their worksites are higher than average and that assistance is available to help them fix safety and health hazards. In a letter to those employers, OSHA explained that the notification was a proactive step to encourage employers to take steps now to reduce those rates and improve the safety and healt...

By Staff
Safety Standards June 1, 2006

Long OSHA rulemaking process gives everyone a voice

Last time, I wrote about the standards-writing process in OSHA. This article will pick up the discussion where I left off, with the proposed rule published and OSHA staff ready for comments on their work. Concurrent with sending the proposed rule to the Federal Register for printing, OSHA must also send copies to the Small Business Administration, OSHA Regional Offices and State Plan states.

By Sherman Williamson, OSHA Department of Enforcement
Safety Standards June 1, 2006

Omron acquires STI, enters safety device market

OMRON Corp. has acquired Scientific Technologies Inc. for $94 million plus net cash and working-capital adjustments. The deal, which does not include the purchase of STI’s Automation Products Group, was approved by both companies’ boards of directors. Officials at OMRON said the company’s Industrial Automation Business expects to growing 15% per year in the $940 million global...

By Staff
Safety Standards May 3, 2006

NEMA releases connector standard

NEMA has published ANSI C119.6-2006, American National Standard for Electric Connectors — Non-Sealed, Multiport Connector Systems Rated 600 Volts or Less for Aluminum and Copper Conductors. This standard covers non-sealed multiport connector systems rated at 600 V for making electrical connections between conductors, and establishes electrical, mechanical and sealing requirements for non-sealed multiport connector systems. NEMA intends for this standard to give reasonable assurance to the user that non-sealed, multiport connector systems meeting the requirements of this standard will perform in a satisfactory manner, provided they have been properly selected for the intended application and are installed in accordance with the manufacturer’s recommendation. ANSI C119.6-2006 replaces ANSI C119.4, which is primarily for uninsulated single-conductor or tap-type connectors. This is now the utility industry standard for secondary, non-sealed multiport distribution connectors.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Safety Standards May 3, 2006

News from PLANT ENGINEERING: Week of June 12th

Web exclusive: New standards for industrial control panels ASE Webcast looks at energy cost control The Alliance to Save Energy will sponsor a Webcast, “What Your Management Needs to Know about Energy Cost Control” on June 29 at 2 p.m. EST. The Webcast will explore strategies for controlling energy costs and ways to secure top-level management support for energy management initiatives.

Safety Standards May 1, 2006

Ohio, India export leaders to import manufacturing jobs

Ohio Gov. Bob Taft and Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh came around the world to find new economic development for their regions, and to tout their own successes to date. They came to Hannover Messe, the annual European manufacturing trade fair in Hannover, Germany. The week-long event from April 24 through April 28 focused on innovation throughout the manufacturing process and the pot...

By Bob Vavra
Safety Standards May 1, 2006

Specifying, installing and maintaining emergency fixtures

No one wants to be involved in a situation where a drench shower or eyewash is required. When accidents do happen, it is important to have an emergency plan in place for these situations. The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) sets guidelines for the operation and use of drench shower and eyewash products, along with their testing and maintenance.

By Rebecca Geissler, Bradley Corporation
Safety Standards April 1, 2006

OSHA, warehouse group alliance highlight forklift safety

OSHA and the International Warehouse Logistics Association have renewed their alliance for another two years to further improve worker safety and health in the areas of forklift operations, materials handling, and hazard communication and chemical safety. The Alliance was first initiated in February 2004.

By Staff
Safety Standards April 1, 2006

Off-the-job injuries outpace gain in workplace safety

Contrary to popular belief, today's workers are safer on the job than they are at home or in their communities. According to the National Safety Council, recent gains in lowering workplace death rates - down 17% since 1992 - have been undone by the rate of fatalities occurring off the job, up 14% in that same period.

By Staff
Safety Standards March 2, 2006

ISA releases Foundation Fieldbus book

ISA recently announced the release of the second edition of "Foundation Fieldbus" by Ian Verhappen and Augusto Pereira. This newly revised book is written by two control systems engineers with extensive FOUNDATION Fieldbus installation experience. The book provides quick reference information on the FOUNDATION Fieldbus H1 protocol and installation tips. The resource also provides other useful information that design engineers, control system engineers, and instrumentation technicians need to know about FOUNDATION Fieldbus. "Foundation Fieldbus" covers essential information on power distribution and network power supply requirements.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Safety Standards February 24, 2006

March designated as workplace eye safety month

Prevent Blindness America has designated March as “Workplace Eye Health and Safety Month” in an effort to raise awareness about the necessity of eye safety on the job. The report also showed that manufacturing or production jobs had the highest eye injury rates, followed by installation, maintenance and repair, and construction. Many of these injuries occurred after being struck by an object or after rubbing the eye once debris had entered it. “It is vital for employers and employees to make eye safety a number one priority every single day,” said Daniel D. Garrett, senior vice president of Prevent Blindness America. As of 2003, the U.S.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Safety Standards February 16, 2006

Free FLIR open houses set around the country

FLIR Systems has increased its offering of free open houses around the country to look at the newest innovations in infrared thermography. The sessions will provide tips on selecting IR cameras and ways IR thermography can improve worker safety and productivity. The seminars will be held in 40 states and the District of Columbia this year. For information about a free event near you, go to or call Martha Wouralis at (800) 254-0633.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Safety Standards February 10, 2006

ASHRAE offers development seminars

Six online professional development seminars will be offered this spring by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers. ASHRAE Learning Institute’s professional development seminars provide in-depth information that is timely, practical and advanced beyond a fundamental level. Seminar participants will earn professional development hours, continuing education units, or American Institute of Architects learning units for each seminar completed. Seminars are: Complying with ASHRAE Standard 90.1-2004, Energy Standard for Buildings Except for Low-Rise Residential Buildings, HVAC/Mechanical Code, 1-4 p.m. EST, March 15. Complying with Requirements of ASHRAE Standard 62.1-2004, Ventilation for Acceptable Indoor Air Quality, 1-4 p.m.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Safety Standards February 7, 2006

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Safety Standards February 1, 2006

ARC forum to discuss operational performance

The ARC Advisory Group's 10th annual forum, "Next Generation Manufacturing: Driving Operational Performance through Innovation and Collaboration" will be Feb. 20-24, 2006 at the Rosen Center Hotel in Orlando. PLANT ENGINEERING is a media sponsor of this event. Because manufacturers today face a daunting world of unpredictable market conditions and competition, evaluating best practices from a v...

By Staff
Safety Standards February 1, 2006

OSHA, Georgetown to study safety issues

OSHA and the Center for Business and Public Policy at Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business have formed an alliance to focus on issues important to general industry and small business, such as the economic value of safety and health programs. "Education is one of the cornerstones of safety and health," said Jonathan L.

By Staff
Safety Standards January 13, 2006

ISA standards okayed for hazardous chemical mitigation

OSHA has officially notified ISA that a three-part ISA series of standards may be used in achieving compliance with OSHA regulations pertaining to the prevention and mitigation of accidents involving hazardous chemicals. The three-part series is ANSI/ISA-84.00.01-2004 Parts 1-3 (IEC 61511 Modified), "Functional Safety: Safety Instrumented Systems for the Process Industry Sector." The standards resulted from the adoption and modification of the three-part international standard IEC 61511 by ISA's SP84 standards development committee. Leaders of ISA-SP84 played key roles in the development of IEC 61511. The OSHA regulation for which the standards may be applied is 29 CFR 1910.119, "Process Safety Management of Highly Hazardous Chemicals." OSHA's endorsement of ANSI/ISA-84.00.01-2004 Parts 1-3 is vital in enabling companies to use the standards to help meet OSHA requirements for employee safety. "OSHA considers ANSI/ISA-84.00.01-2004 Parts 1-3 (IEC 61511 Mod) to be recognized and generally accepted good engineering practice for SIS (safety instrumented systems)," said Richard E. Fairfax, director of OSHA's Directorate of Enforcement Programs, in a letter to ISA.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Safety Standards January 1, 2006

Gate protection

The Protect-O-Gate eliminates the potential for falls and other accidents associated with mezzanine staging areas. Ergonomically designed, pivoting operation prevents worker access to the mezzanine ledge when material is being loaded or unloaded. The Protect-O-Gate cannot be bypassed by the operator.

By Staff
Safety Standards December 12, 2005

Patrick Gouhin to join ISA as Executive Director

Don Zee, President of ISA, announced that Patrick Gouhin has been hired as Executive Director. At a special meeting of ISA's Executive Board, the Board accepted Gouhin's nomination from its Search Committee and appointed him to the position. Gouhin will join ISA on Jan.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Safety Standards December 1, 2005

OSHA provides hurricane recovery materials, tips

Informational materials produced by the Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration are helping employers and workers better address safety and health hazards associated with hurricane clean-up and recovery. "Our goal is safe and healthy workers," said Acting OSHA administrator Jonathan L.

By Staff
Safety Standards December 1, 2005

System upgrades

MSE-Tetragenics has upgraded its Plant Control System, including hardware and software updates. It provides monitoring and control capabilities for a wide variety of industrial applications. Controls include all facets of generation and switchyard operation, including voltage control, VAR control, breaker control, generator start/stop, synchronization, pump control, and multi-generator load con...

By Staff
Safety Standards November 7, 2005

EPRI technology receives R&D 100 award

The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), three member companies: AmerenUE, Exelon Corp., and South Texas Project Nuclear Operating Co.; and Dominion Engineering, Inc. (DEI) have earned a prestigious 2005 R&D 100 Award for ultrasonic cleaning of nuclear fuel, a promising new technology that safely removes deposits from irradiated fuel assemblies in nuclear power plants. The annual awards are given by R&D Magazine for the most outstanding technology developments with commercial potential. "The future of the energy industry relies on pursuing innovative technologies that advance efficient, reliable and environmentally sensitive power generation and transmission," said EPRI CEO Steven R.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Safety Standards November 3, 2005

Hydrogenics completes fuel cell powered forklift pilot

Hydrogenics Corp. announced the successful completion of forklift field trials at GM of Canada's car assembly plant in Oshawa and FedEx Canada's “mission critical” logistics hub at Toronto International Airport. Hydrogenics designed, built and integrated fuel cell hybrid power packs to replace the lead-acid batteries in two Class 1 Hyster 5,500-pound sit-rider forklifts provided by NACCO Materials Handling Group. The forklifts were placed into service at two indoor multi-shift operations to showcase the technical readiness of Hydrogenics' fuel cell hybrid power pack and to verify the benefits and value propositions that can be offered to this market.

By staff
Safety Standards November 1, 2005

Proper operator training crucial in infrared condition monitoring

Building Science Thermography is the use of infrared cameras as a non-invasive means to inspect, diagnose and monitor building conditions. Through thermal imaging, structural anomalies may be revealed and addressed more easily than by conventional inspection methods, saving time and costs and providing a safer building environment.

By Gary Orlove, PE, ASNT, NDT/PdM
Safety Standards November 1, 2005

Neck support system

The UpGuard 3000 ergonomic neck support system reduces potential pain and injury to workers who must look up when working. The system allows the user to remain engaged in the task at hand, improving safety, comfort, efficiency and productivity. The lightweight device doesn't compromise maneuverability yet supports the head when the neck is extended.

By Staff
Safety Standards October 11, 2005

Magsoft, Schneider join forces

Magsoft Corp. has entered into a partnership agreement with Schneider Electric. Both companies have worked together closely for more than 15 years. Magsoft's flagship product is Flux, which is general purpose Computer-Aided Engineering [CAE] simulation software that allows users to virtually prototype electromagnetic or electro-mechanical devices.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Safety Standards October 11, 2005

NEMA lauds anti-counterfeiting legislation

The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) announced its support for legislation sponsored by Senator Arlen Specter (R-PA), Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and ten other co-sponsors that would amend U.S. criminal code provisions imposing sanctions on traffickers in counterfeit products, as well as those who traffic in counterfeit labels and packaging. “The Stop Counterfeiting in Manufactured Goods Act” (S.1699) was introduced on September 14, 2005 and mirrors legislation passed by the House of Representatives in May. The legislation would amend the law prohibiting trafficking in products bearing counterfeit trademarks in two important ways: 1.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Safety Standards October 1, 2005

Identify barriers to effective maintenance programs

With the O&M spotlight occupying center stage, it is instructive to look at some industry-wide maintenance history of the past three decades, especially with respect to some of the more classic maintenance problems that we need to address. It is recognized that the list of problems discussed here is not all-inclusive, nor are these problems necessarily common to everyone.

By Anthony M. Smith and Glenn R. Hinchcliffe
Safety Standards October 1, 2005

OSHA fines BP Products $21 million for plant blast

BP Products North America Inc. has agreed to pay more than $21 million in penalties for safety and health violations following an investigation of a fatal explosion at its Texas City, TX plant March 23 in which 15 workers were killed and more than 170 were injured. The penalties are part of a settlement agreement with OSHA.

By Staff
Safety Standards September 1, 2005

Team approach to Ergo Dolly cuts injuries and saves money

International Truck and Engine Corporation's Springfield Assembly Plant experienced a high rate of injuries in the cab trim department. Prior to this project, the workers were reluctant to get involved because of the union-management relationship. Analysis of the injury data indicated employees entering and exiting the cab were slipping, tripping and falling due to the high step-in.

By Staff
Safety Standards August 1, 2005


Process training simulation UniSim Design Suite R350 offers steady-state and dynamic simulation, design, performance monitoring, optimization and business planning for the oil and gas production, gas processing, petroleum refining and chemical industries. The software suite allows process manufacturers to design, test and train employees on new processes offline before they are implemented. The suite can also reduce engineering costs by eliminating the need for many error-prone manual processes, such as data-re-entry and data transfer, which account for up to 30% of engineering labor hours. Honeywell Write 318 on PE card Pluggable I/O connectors The 753 series pluggable wiring connectors for the company's modular I/O system feature an integrated pull-tab re-lease for a simple and quick toolless operation; mini-WSB marker tags on the connector and I/O module for easy identification; built in test points for convenient troubleshooting; matched plug-and-socket coding system that ensures coded connectors can only fit in the corresponding coded I/O module base; and an integrated strain relief for securing wiring directly to the connector. WAGO Corp.

By Staff
Safety Standards August 1, 2005


Air heaters Direct gas-fired air heaters (certified to the new ANSI Standard Z83.4) that are capable of achieving 160 degrees F maximum temperature rise with a discharge temperature of 160 degrees F at 0 degrees F outdoor air temperature. The technology improvements mean a higher BTU/CFM ratio, smaller units, lower hp motors and the ability to heat a building using less outside air. This results in lower energy costs to heat warehouses, manufacturing plants and other large commercial/industrial buildings. Cambridge Engineering Co.

By Staff
Safety Standards June 3, 2005

Zener mystery revealed

The zener barrier is a simple circuit, but when tossed into a control loop, the unexplainable can happen. An automotive manufacturing plant in Kentucky recently experienced a 'zener phenomenon' on good control loops that had been in service for years.

By Staff
Safety Standards June 1, 2005

Solutions – 2005-06-01 – 2005-06-01

Removing barbed fittings Problem : Several air lines with barbed fittings are connected to a piece of equipment and are in the way for maintenance. How can I easily remove them? Solution : Leave the fitting in the hose. Unscrew the fitting, much like a union, from the machine, rather than straining to pull the hose off.

By Staff
Safety Standards June 1, 2005

Human side – 2005-06-01

Incentive bonuses also affect overtime pay Global Products' unexpectedly large rush order, specifying a July 15th delivery date, created a hectic work situation plant wide. As the shipping date drew alarmingly close, a management meeting was held to deal with the situation. Production Manager John Tower pulled no punches when he declared, "Like it or not, some of those guys are going to have to postpone their vacations." Plant Engineer Charley Kosten agreed. "Global is one of our biggest customers. We have no choice but to get that shipment out on time. "One thing I can guarantee," Personnel Manager Lou Koslowski added.

By Raymond Dreyfack, Contributing Editor
Safety Standards May 1, 2005

Finding the power to change

Energy has never been a problem for James Knott Sr. He built Riverdale Mills Corporation, a Massachusetts manufacturer of steel-welded wire mesh for everything from security fences to lobster traps, by devoting his energy to finding better ways to use energy in the manufacturing process. When Knott bought an abandoned mill on the Blackstone River, he restored an equally abandoned 1901 hydropow...

By Bob Vavra, Chief Editor
Safety Standards April 13, 2005

Airing their differences: two approaches to the environment

Preserving the environment and conserving energy are goals on parallel tracks. Discussions at the recent National Manufacturing Week offered further proof that these multifaceted issues can also be economic drivers for the plant as well — even if it is addition by subtraction in one case.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Safety Standards April 1, 2005

OSHA puts 14,000 employers on notice for high injury rates

The easiest way to reduce workers comp costs is not to have injuries in the first place, which is the point OSHA hopes to make with approximately 14,000 letters sent during March to employers, letting them know their injury and illness rates at their worksites are higher than average. OSHA is also offering assistance to help businesses fix safety and health hazards, which is also less expensiv...

By Staff
Safety Standards April 1, 2005

Safety – 2005-04-01

EH&S Safety Catalog The 2005 Cole-Parmer Environmental Health & Safety Catalog has 96 pages with a broad selection of new safety instrumentation, plus facility safety and personal protection products. Expanded product lines include air sampling, air quality, gas detection, sound, and personal safety. Cole-Parmer Instrument Company Write 300 on PE card Automated Test System The Galaxy Automated Test System for MSA portable gas detection instruments has the latest features expected in an automated recordkeeping and calibration test system. The one-button system allows users to place an instrument in a test stand and the system will automatically perform the test.

By Staff
Safety Standards March 10, 2005

Find the right method for stainless steel welding

Stainless steels are becoming the material of choice in applications where corrosion resistance is a necessity. Unlike typical lower alloy or carbon steels, stainless does not rust in ordinary atmospheric exposure, making it less prone to contamination and extending its usefulness. Industrial uses include equipment for chemical plants, food processing, pharmaceutical manufacturing, and petroleu...

By The Lincoln Electric Co.
Safety Standards October 10, 2004

Reader Feedback – 2004-10-10

Bus duct misunderstanding The "Dangerous Solution" letter by Charles R. Lee Jr., P.E. in the August 2004 issue of PLANT ENGINEERING is great advice. One should never modify bus duct. I would, however, like to point out that no modifications whatsoever were made to the bus duct on page 80 of the June 2004 issue of PLANT ENGINEERING.

By Staff
Safety Standards July 8, 2004

Intrinsic safety in hazardous locations

Since the dawn of the industrial age, using electricity in potentially explosive areas has been problematic. Electrical equipment may generate arcs, sparks, or hot surfaces, which could cause an explosion. Hazardous materials such as gases, vapors, dusts, liquids, and fibers are present in many industrial plants.

By Jack Smith, Senior Editor, Plant Engineering magazine
Safety Standards April 8, 2004

Stopping uncertainties from wreaking havoc on maintenance projects

In many ways, the traditional CMMS or EAM system works somewhat like a computerized PERT chart. It is based on traditional methodology, which asks you to identify the tasks that need to be done and determine how long the tasks should take to do. You then attempt to finish each task within the allotted time and hope all projects finish on time so that you don't have to rearrange the chart.

By Sanjeev Gupta
Safety Standards April 8, 2004

Human Side – 2004-04-08

Supervisory instinct and experience Are they enough to shorten a trial period? The company's lab and production departments used several complex and unusual instruments for measurement and other purposes. When an opening for Instrument Specialist Trainee occurred, Maintenance Manager Jack Kaufeld searched the roster long and hard for a viable candidate. His search assured him of only one thing: Selecting the right person would be a difficult choice to make. Should he go outside to fill the vacancy, or give one of his own people a chance? Since management encouraged promotion from within, Kaufeld decided to give Mechanic Grade I Bill Axelrod, the most promising candidate, a shot at the job.

By Raymond Dreyfack, Contributing Editor
Safety Standards April 8, 2004

Using ultrasonics in predictive maintenance

Manufacturers face many challenges, such as extending the life and improving the performance of equipment to ensure high quality products and operational efficiency. It is sometimes necessary to do these things with very limited resources.

By Audra Hoover, CTRL Systems, Westminster, MD.
Safety Standards March 10, 2004

Paints and coatings

No-odor enamel Beyond Multipurpose Enamel is a no- odor, zero VOC and HAP, industrial-grade coating that allows users to paint in confined, occupied spaces without the risks associated with solvent odors and flammability. Enamel can be used on metal, concrete, masonry, wood, drywall, and tile using brush, roller, or spray gun. Coating can be used indoors or outdoors and is available in standard colors and tint bases in satin or gloss finishes. Rust-Oleum , , Write 317 on PE card High-temperature epoxy Corr-Paint CP2070 2-part high-temperature, corrosion-protective, epoxy-novolac paint is gray pigmented with 100% solids, and protects metal parts and structures in industrial applications at temperatures up to 300 F.

By Staff
Safety Standards March 10, 2004

Advances in lift trucks

The past few years have seen some remarkable changes in lift trucks, the venerable workhorses of material handling. In what might be compared to the evolution from yesterday's muscle cars to today's high-performance vehicles, lift trucks have emerged from brawny weightlifters to strong and nimble athletes.

By Richard L. Dunn, Editor, Plant Engineering
Safety Standards March 10, 2004

Screw compressor glossary

While many of us have been around screw compressors for a long time, there may be some terminology whose meaning we are not sure of. This glossary attempts to describe the most common terms associated with screw compressors and compressed air systems. — A — Absolute micron rating. All (not just 98%) particles larger than the stated micron size that will be removed from the fluid be...

By Joseph L. Foszcz, Senior Editor, Plant Engineering magazine
Safety Standards February 10, 2004

2004 National Plant Engineering and Facilities Management Show

The 2004 National Plant Engineering & Facilities Management Show is one of six events taking place during National Manufacturing Week.

By Staff
Safety Standards January 14, 2004

Return on steam efficiency investment

Putting it all together: impacts on ROI

By Plant Engineering Staff
Safety Standards January 10, 2004

Software & Computers – 2004-01-10

Serial device microserver IServer, an addition to the EIS-W Series is a simple, economical way to connect serial devices to an Ethernet network and the internet. Web pages allow quick and easy device configuration for your specific application without special software. Getting started with the server is simplified because it takes a dynamically assigned IP address from a DHCP server on your network. Omega Engineering, Inc.

By Staff
Safety Standards January 10, 2004

Human Side – 2004-01-10 – 2004-01-10

Applicant turndown Is hearing impairment valid reason? When Administrative Assistant Jenny Rudin opted for early retirement at age 57, it left Maintenance Supervisor Harold Griffin in a bind. Rudin was a quick study and a lady of diversified skills. She had been employed at a host of clerical tasks most of her life.

By Raymond Dreyfack, Contributing Editor
Safety Standards January 10, 2004

Solutions – 2004-01-10

Key keeper Problem : Many small drill presses and small milling machines don't have a convenient tool holder. How can chuck keys and small bits be kept handy? Solution : Place a large bar magnet inside a plastic bag and place it on a metal part of the machine tool. This will keep chuck keys and several bits close by and free of chips. Contributor : Bob Courtwright, ShowShine MotorSports, Evans, GA. Rolling snake Problem : Pushing a wire snake through conduit can be difficult; the snake can get hung up.

By Staff
Safety Standards December 10, 2003


OSHA compliance course Detailed information on how the provisions of the Occupational Safety and Health Act may be implemented in your workplace will be presented February 18-19 in Raleigh, NC. Learn how to assure the health and safety of your employees while complying with OSHA regulations. Instruction will be provided on a variety of general industry safety and health standards, including walking and working surfaces, means of egress and fire protection, hazardous materials, hazard communication, and machine guarding. Environmental Resource Center , , Write 310 on PE card Dust collector FilterMax DF is equipped with a wide range of filter cartridges and handles a variety of applications, from metal to nonexplosive dry dust.

By Staff
Safety Standards December 10, 2003

Limiting noise from conveyor rollers

A primary source of plant noise stems from conveyor rollers. If one roller makes a mild rattle or squeal, it's not hard to imagine the effect of hundreds or thousands of rollers running simultaneously. A noisy conveyor system running through a facility can emit high decibel levels all along its route, creating a major noise problem for a large portion of the plant.

By Kim Hagan, Interroll Corp., Wilmington, NC
Safety Standards September 10, 2003

Solutions – 2003-09-10

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By Staff
Safety Standards July 14, 2003

Human Side – 2003-07-14 – 2003-07-14

Summoned by OSHA to testify Must they be paid for time lost? When Jonas Quinn, a painter in the maintenance department, sustained serious injuries following a fall from a scaffolding, Harold Falk, an inspector from the Occupation Safety and Health Administration, was brought in to investigate. During the course of his probe a question arose about the proper condition and maintenance of the scaffolding. After interviewing two employees, Falk cited the company for being in violation of safety standards. Management contested the citation and two workers, Adam Rifkin and Donald Henderson, were subpoenaed to appear at the hearing. Maintenance Supervisor Chuck Nettle had been notified in advance that the men would be absent from work that day to attend. When payday rolled around the following Tuesday, Rifkin and Henderson appeared at Nettle's desk. "What's the problem?" Henderson acted as spokesman.

By Raymond Dreyfack, Contributing Editor
Safety Standards June 12, 2003

Safety – 2003-06-12

Safety and instrumentation Moore Industries has launched a dedicated section of its web site ( to provide an overview of product certification and safety-related instrumentation issues for process control instrumentation. The site includes a link to the company's E-HELP EXPRESS support service, white papers, and technical articles concerning important product certification and safety instrumentation issues, and fact sheets on emerging topics. Lockout procedures Brady Identification Services Group provides professional graphical lockout procedures development and installation to quickly implement an OSHA-compliant program. Engineers assess and analyze equipment lockout needs, develop graphical lockout procedures, install the procedures, and create and install energy source tags at each lockout point.

By Staff
Safety Standards April 28, 2003

Software & Computers – 2003-04-28

Conceptual modeler PLS-Router is a simple-to-use conceptual modeler, designed for use in front-end engineering design (FEED), built on Bentley's MicroStation platform. It is the combination of a process plant layout system and an automatic 3D pipe routing system. The system delivers practical, cost-optimized piping routes.

By Staff
Safety Standards March 15, 2003

Picky, picky

My wife says I'm a picky eater. She's probably right. I'll grant you I have limited tastes in food. But mainly I just like to eat what I like and not experiment much with food — especially when I'm paying for it in an expensive restaurant. Some people like to experiment, especially when they eat out.

By Richard L. Dunn Editor
Safety Standards March 15, 2003

Basics of IR thermography

All matter above absolute zero continuously emits energy in the form of infrared (IR) radiation. This emitted energy is detectable and quantified as an object's temperature through the technique of infrared thermography. The human eye can see in a very narrow range of the electromagnetic spectrum, in wavelengths from 0.

By Joseph L. Foszcz, Senior Editor, Plant Engineering magazine
Safety Standards February 15, 2003

Building a secure Ethernet environment

The trend toward using Ethernet as the sole communications network for business and industry has raised concerns about security. While proprietary networks for building or factory automation have major drawbacks in terms of limiting information flow and higher cost, the separation of these networks from other systems provides a measure of protection against unauthorized access.

By Frank Prendergast, Schneider Electric, North Andover, MA
Safety Standards January 15, 2003

Certification programs for plant engineering professionals

Certification has become a popular concept for recognizing professional competency. Virtually all certification programs seek to enhance both the individual's career and the profession's visibility and importance. It is well documented that individuals who have attained some form of certification are generally higher paid and have better career prospects.

By Richard L. Dunn, Editor, Plant Engineering
Safety Standards January 15, 2003

Beyond the quick fix: True problem solving involves analysis, not shortcuts

Good problem solvers are among the most highly sought after individuals in existence today. In most cases companies and organizations have already identified their skilled problem solvers and consider these individuals to be among their most valuable assets. Their expertise is recognized and their time is allocated for solving the most important outstanding problems.

By Ronald L. Hughes, Senior Training Reliability Consultant, Reliability Center Inc., Hopewell, VA
Safety Standards December 15, 2002

Human Side – 2002-12-15

When Jeff Dugan, a former warehouseman, walked into the plant one sunny afternoon, he took Maintenance Foreman Harry Cooper by surprise. "What are you doing here?" Cooper asked. "I thought you were in the Army." Dugan had volunteered for service the week following the September 11th attack, and had been sent to the Middle East where he served in Afghanistan.

By Raymond Dreyfack Contributing Editor
Safety Standards November 15, 2002

Tactical or strategic

Whether plant engineering and maintenance are considered tactical or strategic in your plant or company can make a world of difference in how you fit into the big picture. Tactical goals and decisions are based on carrying out strategic goals and decisions. Thus, your participation at the strategic level determines much of what you can do at the tactical level.

By Richard L. Dunn Editor
Safety Standards November 11, 2002

Career Network

Job Center Manufacturing.Net users have easy access to over 13,000 up-to-date job listings in the United States alone. Our search is powered by the Monster Board, one of the largest and most comprehensive job search engines on the Web. You can search for a job, post a resume on-line, or post a job listing. Support questions are best directed towards the Monster Board, as we do not host the job board on our servers. We also offer access to the latest job-related news from the manufacturing industry, links to salary surveys from partner web sites, and more. Training Center Manufacturing.Net's training marketplace enables users to find and buy courses and products from 1,200 providers of skills training and professional education.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Safety Standards October 15, 2002

Ensuring plant security without compromising open technology

Use of Ethernet from top-to-shop floor and demand for global access to real-time production data has created the need to implement a security methodology and new security policies. A mere minute of production downtime can translate to the loss of thousands of dollars. But what if your manufacturing systems were hacked and shut down for an entire day? The focus on system security has also been g...

By Andreas Somogyi, Rockwell Automation, Mayfield Heights, OH
Safety Standards October 15, 2002

Systematic approach for eliminating failures

Eliminating equipment failures may be every plant engineer's dream, but relatively few have a clear roadmap for accomplishing it. This system, or a close derivative of it, has enabled numerous manufacturing plants to achieve significant continuous improvements in plant availability, run rates, safety, and production quality.

By James B. Humphries, Vice President, Performance Technology & Site Support Operations & Maintenance, Fluor Corp., Greenville, SC
Safety Standards October 15, 2002

Compressed air quality

Contaminants can be introduced into the compressed air stream by the inlet air, compressor, receiver tank, piping, and other installed components. Contaminants include solids such as dirt, dust, pipe scale, and compressor wear particles; liquids/aerosols such as oil and water; and gases/vapors including water, oil (hydrocarbons), carbon monoxide, and chemical pollutants.

By Harold Wagner, Kaeser Compressors, Inc., Fredericksburg, VA
Safety Standards September 15, 2002

Eight ways to improve detection of unseen atmospheric hazards

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standard 29 CFR 1910.146 defines a permit-required confined space as having at least one of the following characteristics: "contains or has a potential to contain a hazardous atmosphere; contains a material that has the potential for engulfing an entrant; or contains any other recognized serious safety or health hazard.

By David D. Wagner, Manager, Customer and Product Services, Industrial Scientific Corporation
Safety Standards September 15, 2002

Online ‘university’ offers short ‘courses’

Recognizing the challenge manufacturing professionals face in learning new technologies and how technology impacts their bottom line, Emerson Process Management has introduced an innovative new learning system. Based on a leading education industry online platform, Emerson's PlantWeb University delivers objective, indepth information for process industries in a convenient online environment at...

By Staff
Safety Standards August 8, 2002

In the event of a threat

Back in the 1970s, our offices received several telephoned bomb threats. The first was especially unnerving and resulted in the offices being closed for the rest of the day. Police conducted a thorough search of our building. The second threat was taken seriously, too, and the building was closed again.

By Richard L. Dunn Editor
Safety Standards July 15, 2002

Human Side of Engineering – 2002-07-15

Can you force a blood-alcohol test? Maintenance Utility Worker Joe Breen was a loud-spoken, heavy-drinking employee. Was he classifiable as an alcoholic? Maintenance Foreman Peter Goodkin didn't know, but he didn't want to take any chances. One of Breen's jobs was to monitor the operation and performance of two separate boilers. Slipping up could have dangerous consequences. Breen returned from lunch on a particular occasion and looked somewhat bleary-eyed. Goodkin asked him, "Hey Joe, how many drinks did you have at lunch?" Breen grinned.

By Raymond Dreyfack Contributing Editor
Safety Standards July 15, 2002

Rooftop exhaust fans: environmental considerations

The subject of indoor air quality (IAQ) in the plant has received widespread publicity over the past few years. There is increased public awareness of pollution issues partly due to news media coverage of multimillion dollar lawsuits concerning IAQ. These lawsuits resulted from claims that dangerous process exhaust either remained in the work area or roof exhaust gases were being re-entrained i...

By Paul A. Tetley, Vice President and General Manager, Strobic Air Corp., A Subsidiary of Met-Pro Corp., Harleysville, PA
Safety Standards July 15, 2002

Reader Forum – 2002-07-15

Education fosters logical compliance In the "Insist on safety compliance to the letter" article in the May Human Side of Engineering, nowhere was there a mention of "read the MSDS" made. I realize your magazine is mainly on mechanical subjects by nature, but all first use of chemicals should start with the MSDS.

By Staff
Safety Standards May 13, 2002

To tolerate harassment is to condone it

I believe harassment is in the eye of the beholder, and those folks who, even good naturedly, joke with a colleague need to know when to back off and cease and desist. It is management's responsibility to set a standard— Ed Mayer There may be gray areas that still get debated, but the example cited is a slam dunk.

By Staff
Safety Standards April 15, 2002

How Encryption Works

Encryption is the process of encoding information in such a way that only the computer with the key can decode it. Most computer encryption systems are either symmetric-key encryption or public-key encryption Symmetric-key encryption is a secret code that each of the two computers must know in order to decode the information.

By Marshall Brain
Safety Standards November 1, 2001

Material Handling – 2001-11-01

Click the above link to see Product of the Year finalists in this category.

By Staff
Safety Standards October 1, 2001

Adding storage space without leasing or buying

Star Trek and Star Wars aren't the only places to find space wars. They're being fought every day in industrial plants.Sooner or later, every growing company runs out of space - if only temporarily. It does not usually happen overnight, but it creeps up, revealing itself in a series of conflicts between groups competing for the same space.

By Les Wood, Les Wood Associates, Andover, MA
Safety Standards October 1, 2001

How Bluetooth Short-range Radio Systems Work

Bluetooth is a new standard developed by a group of electronics manufacturers that will allow certain electronic equipment to make its own connections, without wires, cables, or any direct action from a user. Bluetooth is intended to be a standard that works at two levels:Bluetooth is intended to get around the problems that come with both infrared and cable synchronizing systems.

By Marshall Brain
Safety Standards September 1, 2001

Recirculating air from dust collectors

Whether dust collectors are used in a plant to control indoor air quality (IAQ), keep equipment clean, and/or recover high-value process dusts, many plants are considering recirculating the air back into the plant downstream of collectors instead of exhausting it outdoors. When using recirculating dust collection systems, special safety and performance concerns must be addressed.

By Lee Morgan, Camfil Farr, Jonesboro, AR
Safety Standards July 12, 2001

Software improves workplace chemical inventory management

With 10,000 to 40,000 potentially hazardous chemical substances on site at any given workplace, Dolphin Software's new Web-based application improves the critical tasks of tracking chemical acquisition, storage and disposal.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Safety Standards July 6, 2001

Comparing unit load storage racks

You should consider these factors to determine the unit load storage rack system best suited to an application from both an economic and efficiency standpoint: characteristics of loads stored; accessibility, or selectivity, requirements; volume, throughput and rotation factors; material handling equipment and plant configuration. This article discusses these and other considerations.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Safety Standards July 6, 2001

Trends in process calibration

The desire for better process control and increased quality fuels the drive toward improved process instrument accuracy. Process calibrators must be significantly more accurate than the instruments they calibrate. And instruments that have the greatest impact on product quality or plant safety should be calibrated most frequently. This article details these concepts and more.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Safety Standards July 1, 2001

How Mass and ForceWork

Terms such as mass, force, torque, work, power, and energy are frequently encountered around the industrial plant. This month's column, along with the next two, will take a look at what these terms mean and "how they work." What is mass? Generally, mass is defined as the measure of how much matter an object or body contains — in other words, the total number of subatomic particles (elect...

By Marshall Brain
Safety Standards June 1, 2001

Internet searches made simple

There are hundreds of millions of web pages accessible via the internet. Some pages may be easy to find; others may not. Unless you are provided with a specific universal resource locator (URL), or are extremely lucky, you must search through the masses for the specific pages that contain the information required.

By Jack Smith, Senior Editor, Plant Engineering Magazine
Safety Standards June 1, 2001

Suggestions and Solutions – 2001-06-01

One meter, several readings THM-250 meter takes complete temperature, humidity, wet bulb, and dew point measurements in one instrument. It's easy to use, compact, and designed to provide accurate solutions to many in-plant and HVAC service applications. It has a micro- processor-based design that provides a fast response.

By Staff
Safety Standards June 1, 2001

Finding training, employment, and education on the internet

The internet can be used as a tool, entertainment, resource, time saver, and many other life-enriching ways. For the plant engineer, the internet can also be a tool for professional development in the forms of training, education, and career growth. Training and the internet Training is important to maintaining the health of any organization.

By Jack Smith, Senior Editor, Plant Engineering Magazine
Safety Standards March 1, 2001

Plant Engineering Software – 2001-03-01

Free software computes tank venting requirements Staff Pro-Flow II Windows-based software enables users to size and select vapor control equipment.

By Staff
Safety Standards March 1, 2001

Vehicle restraint systems help create safer dock areas

Safety gains results from choosing a vehicle restraint system that best suits your operation, sound maintenance and training dock area employees to use the equipment properly.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Safety Standards March 1, 2001

Suggestions & Solutions – 2001-03-01

It's the humidity Staff A free design manual describes microprocessor controlled steam humidifiers that feature LCD digital displays and LEDs for diagnostics.

By Staff
Safety Standards December 1, 2000

Higher callings

I have a note in one of my files that reads: "Always remember, you have a higher calling than simply making a buck for the company." That higher calling can take many forms depending on the people and the situation.

By Richard L. Dunn Editor
Safety Standards November 1, 2000

How to select a CMMS/EAM

I get a lot of e-mails from readers seeking suggestions on which CMMS/EAM package they should select. Since I really don't know their requirements, I have no problem responding with generalities.

By Tom Singer Contributing Editor,
Safety Standards October 1, 2000

Creating a safe environment for pedestrians and lift truck operators

Key concepts Lift trucks are involved in nearly 95,000 workplace accidents a year, with injuries resulting about one-third the time.

By Michael E. Kelly, Sales and Product Training Manager, Toyota Industrial Equipment, Torrance, CA
Safety Standards September 1, 2000

Human Side of Engineering – 2000-09-01 – 2000-09-01

In the April 2000 issue of Plant Engineering, Human Side of Engineering presented "Uncommon side: The daytime surfer-Part I.

By Raymond Dreyfack, Contributing Editor
Safety Standards August 1, 2000

Human Side of Engineering – 2000-08-01 – 2000-08-01

Vacations: August approved for Joe, but not for Bill Carpenter Grade A Bill Forest was up in arms. Utility Worker Joe Falk's request for an August vacation date had been okayed; his had been turned down.

By Raymond Dreyfack, Contributing Editor
Safety Standards June 1, 2000

Examining adjustable speed drives

Adjustable speed drives (ASDs) are known by several other names: variable speed, variable frequency, or adjustable frequency. Variable infers a change that may or may not be under the control of the user.

By Joseph L. Foszcz, Senior Editor, Plant Engineering Magazine
Safety Standards June 1, 2000

Improving plant processes with dehumidification

Key concepts Maintaining optimum humidity levels reduces defects and increases efficiency in many processes.

By Katharine Speltz, Cargocaire Div., Munters Corp., Amesbury, MA
Safety Standards June 1, 2000

New Products – 2000-06-01

The recent IFPE 2000 show in Chicago, IL, served as an introduction for a number of new fluid, mechanical, and electrical power transmission products. Here is a sampling of some of the products making their debut at the show.

By Staff
Safety Standards June 1, 2000

The internet and the plant engineer

Let's go surfin' now, everybody's learnin' how..." The well-known line from the Beach Boys song of nearly 40 yr ago may never be truer than it is today. This time around, however, it is the internet not the ocean on which everyone is surfing.

By Jeanine Katzel, Senior Editor, Plant Engineering magazine
Safety Standards May 1, 2000

Power reliability: plan ahead to close gap between continuity and chaos

Electricity is never more precious or scarce than after a disaster. Lights don't work, telephones are disabled, businesses are shut down.

By Michael J. Wuebben , Manager, EPG Market Support, Caterpillar North American Dealer Sales, Mossville, IL
Safety Standards April 1, 2000

New Literature – 2000-04-01

Heavy-duty lighting A 6-p brochure describes the Endurance series of positionable, linear fluorescent luminaires for dirty, dusty, and corrosive environments.

By Staff
Safety Standards April 1, 2000

Suggestions & Solutions – 2000-04-01

How much to fix it? The 1300-p Vendor Consolidation Guide is the first resource of its kind designed to assist maintenance procurement professionals and plant engineers determine fair market value pricing for repair, calibration, and remanufactured items. The guide lists over 16,000 manufacturers whose products can be serviced or supplied new at wholesale prices. Speck Industrial Controls, Inc. Circle 251 Solving power quality problems The Written-Pole machine offers helpful solutions to motor and generator users who suffer from power quality problems. Standard motors feature an internal rotor that spins inside a stator.

By Staff
Safety Standards March 1, 2000

Machine guarding

Light curtains, safety mats, electromechanical switches, and control safety products are designed to help users achieve compliance with OSHA and ANSI regulations. The products are designed for durability under tough conditions.

By Staff
Safety Standards March 1, 2000

Uncommon side: The hoodwinked employee — Part II

Most readers responding to Part I of this case feel that Russo has a good chance of winning if he follows through on his threat to sue for breach of promise. As Plant Engineer G.

By Raymond Dreyfack
Safety Standards March 1, 2000

Ergonomic desk reference

Ergonomics Desk Reference is a 600-p manual containing recent court cases, sample forms, case studies, and NIOSH guidelines, including elements of OSHA's proposed standard.

By Staff
Safety Standards March 1, 2000

What determines coverage under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act?

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 covers any company with "15 or more employees for each working day in each of 20 or more calendar weeks in the current or preceding calendar year." Sounds simple.

By Raymond Dreyfack
Safety Standards March 1, 2000

Custom signs

Safety sign making software allows the user to create professional, custom signs using a PC and ink jet or laser printer. ANSI graphics and other simple graphics are included with the program. MaxiSoft/K-Sun

By Staff
Safety Standards February 1, 2000

Millennium safety catalog

The 2000 Catalog has 208 pp with hundreds of products to help companies establish safety programs and comply with OSHA, EPA, and DOT regulations.

By Staff
Safety Standards February 1, 2000

Light curtains improve machine safety and productivity

Safety light curtains use infrared light to detect the presence of an object or person. Used properly, safety light curtains improve a machine operator's work environment.

By Russ Wood
Safety Standards February 1, 2000

Process safety on a poster

A four-color poster provides reference information regarding the design of a safety instrumented system that monitors a process for potentially dangerous conditions and initiates an action to move it to a safer state.

By Staff
Safety Standards February 1, 2000

Identification products

SourceBook 2000 is filled with labeling and identification products for compliance with OSHA, DOT, and ADA. The catalog also features thousands of new products for inplant machinery identification, production area labeling, and equipment marking.

By Staff
Safety Standards February 1, 2000

Environmental regulatory software helps firm cut noncompliance findings

A significant drop in the number of noncompliance findings is among the benefits reaped by a Fortune 500 energy conglomerate thanks to an innovative approach to environmental, health, and safety auditing. Dynegy, Inc.

By Staff
Safety Standards February 1, 2000

Ins and outs of lockout

Group Lockout Training Video kit assists in communicating the importance of a structured lockout procedure.

By Staff
Safety Standards January 1, 2000

Ergonomics by the numbers

1-- Number of work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) that must occur before OSHA's ergonomics standard is triggered to protect workers in a job.

By Staff
Safety Standards January 1, 2000

Managing your power: How to get started

So you want to begin a power management program. The goal is reduced energy expenditures. First of all, it's critical to recognize that the cost of using electrical energy has three main components.

By John Eggink
Safety Standards January 1, 2000

Situation “normal”

If you're reading this column, it's likely that nothing catastrophic occurred to you or your plant at 12:01 a.m. on January 1 of this new year.

By Len O'Neal
Safety Standards December 1, 1999

Safety program from scratch

Workplace Safety Program Developer is a software program that guides users step-by-step, using text and full-motion digital video, through the process of developing an effective OSHA-compliant safety and health program under OSHA's proposed rule 29 CFE 1900.1. The program provides the training elements for OSHA-required training topics plus sample policies, state-level safety program requirements, Forms 200/101 and tracking, how-to-comply explanations, and checklists. J. J.

By Staff
Safety Standards November 1, 1999

Add these favorites to your list

It's time again for another installment of Web Update in which we highlight sites that should be a must in your list of bookmarks or favorites.

By Len O'Neal
Safety Standards October 1, 1999

Growth anticipated for plant design software market

Worldwide software revenue for 3D plant design and visualization software is forecast to grow 10.5% to $168 million this year, according to a study from Daratech, Inc., Cambridge, MA.

By Staff
Safety Standards October 1, 1999

Be an attendee

October 5-8, 1999 -- Behavioral Safety Now, Las Vegas, NV. Behavioral safety conference offers three pre and two post-conference half-day educational workshops, in addition to an extensive conference program.

By Staff
Safety Standards October 1, 1999

Nonmetallic gaskets: Avoiding leaks and blow outs

The compressive stress on a gasket plays a larger role in its ability to maintain pressure than its tensile strength.

By Dave Burgess
Safety Standards October 1, 1999

Learn the latest on asbestos

Free asbestos compliance newsletter covers timely regulatory and compliance information. EPA, OSHA, and state regulatory updates are discussed in each issue.

By Staff
Safety Standards October 1, 1999

Safety labeling program

Visually Instructive Plant (VIP) program helps in creating an organized and consistent program to make a plant safer.

By Staff
Safety Standards October 1, 1999

Managing engineering risks

A plant electrical engineer designed the power wiring for the HVAC system in an addition at his facility. After the new area was occupied, several undersized wires leading to a fan-powered box in a ceiling cavity overheated.

By Jeanine Katzel
Safety Standards September 1, 1999

Making loads “palletable”

Uniform Standard for Wood Pallets that offers users and suppliers a common language to discuss quality has been adopted by ANSI. It can be used as a baseline to define what constitutes a safe, reliable pallet.

By Staff
Safety Standards September 1, 1999

Another look at door costs and safety

A recent article on "Exposing the hidden costs at door openings" (PE, July 1999, p 66, File 5040) highlighted several points regarding the safety features of high-speed roll-up doors.

By Staff
Safety Standards August 1, 1999

Next generation work management: Moving closer to the plant global village

What is next generation work-management technology and how does it relate to plant engineering? The short answers are "nothing" and "everything".

By Dr. Jay Ramanathan
Safety Standards July 1, 1999

When can you subcontract a project?

Plant Engineer Ralph English wrinkled his nose when Project Engineer Sam Sharpe presented the lab refurbishing cost estimate to him. "This is much higher than I expected." Sharpe shrugged.

By Raymond Dreyfack
Safety Standards July 1, 1999

Zero incidents: Achieving a new safety culture

Zero incidents aims to completely eliminate all events that result in an injury, property damage, or lost workday case. If safety goals are not set at zero, an employer sends a message to employees that severe and disabling incidents are acceptable.

By James E. Roughton and David Crowley
Safety Standards July 1, 1999

Are you ready for OSHA’s powered industrial truck training standard?

OSHA issued its final rule for powered industrial truck operator training [29 CFR 1910. 178(1)] on December 1, 1998. The new requirements are intended to reduce the number of injuries and fatalities that occur as a result of inadequate operator training.

By Crystal A. Awadalla and James Roughton
Safety Standards June 1, 1999

Maintenance paints and coatings

Since ancient times, paint has been used to protect, decorate, and identify surfaces. It is also the number-one method of combating corrosion. The term coating is often used interchangeably with the word paint.

By Gary Weidner
Safety Standards June 1, 1999

Gauge experts make plant calls

Improve plant safety and lower costs with an onsite instrument review, which is like a house call for process plants. Specially trained experts offer a full check-up by diagnosing misapplied gauges and thermometers.

By Staff
Safety Standards June 1, 1999

Machine safety

A specifier's guide focuses on a line of machine safety products. The 24-p guide features a quick-read selection table for safety light curtains, safety modules, and safety switches.

By Staff
Safety Standards June 1, 1999

Getting steel to the job safely

Handling Structural Steel video explains the OSHA standard on steel erection. The video illustrates the correct techniques for ensuring maximum load stability during transport to the job.

By Staff
Safety Standards May 1, 1999

Safety videos

Catalog features more than 1200 safety training videos on a wide variety of topics, including fork lift safety, back injury prevention, and ergonomics.

By Staff
Safety Standards May 1, 1999

Meet OSHA safeguarding requirements

Visual OSHA Interactive Machine Safeguarding course on CD-ROM is available for use in a network environment. This fully narrated software contains hours of live action scenes.

By Staff
Safety Standards May 1, 1999

Cut and weld safely

Safety in Welding, Cutting, and Allied Processes (Z49.1: 1999) is an ANSI-approved document that covers all aspects of safety and health in the welding environment, with an emphasis on oxygen gas and arc types. American Welding Society www.

By Staff
Safety Standards April 1, 1999

Communicating your environmental risk management program helps make your plant a welcome neighbor

Industry faces many challenges these days, from domestic and foreign competition to the myriad complex regulations that affect the workplace One of industry's biggest challenges comes from right in its own backyard.

By Anthony J Sadar
Safety Standards April 1, 1999

Safety wins a prize

All the information needed to start and run a safety campaign is presented in a 48-p catalog.

By Staff
Safety Standards April 1, 1999

Mark pipes your way

MaxiSoft PipeMarker software produces standard or custom industrial pipe markers and tags on demand. A user-friendly, Window-based program creates hundreds of predefined pipe, valve, and tag markers that meet current OSHA regulations and ANSI standards.

By Staff
Safety Standards April 1, 1999

-- Recent acceptance of AS-Interface technology as an international standard (EN 50 295) has boosted growth of the trade organization representing the standard in North America.

By Staff
Safety Standards April 1, 1999

Asleep on the job: Is dismissal too harsh?

Maintenance Utility Worker George Maris was assigned the disagreeable task of removing the sludge from two tanks in the lab. An hour later, Maintenance Supervisor Carl Hoffman found him asleep on a steel shelf nearby. Hoffman nudged him awake.

By Raymond Dreyfack
Safety Standards March 1, 1999

Ballast includes remote testing feature

B50RCT fluorescent emergency ballast features remote control testing that allows the product to satisfy applicable NEC and Life Safety Code requirements.

By Staff
Safety Standards March 1, 1999

Physically ineligible: Is he entitled to recall?

When six recalled employees showed up for work Monday morning, Maintenance Foreman Joe Mullen was shocked to see that one, Carpenter Grade I Harry Berne, had lost his left hand in an automobile accident sometime during the layoff.

By Raymond Dreyfack
Safety Standards February 1, 1999

National Plant Engineering Show and Conference Preview

The 1999 National Plant Engineering Show and Conference, one of four events comprising National Manufacturing Week (NMW), will be celebrating 50 yr of providing solutions to the plant and facilities engineering community.

By Staff
Safety Standards February 1, 1999

Safety training

Prepackaged, turnkey safety training programs are the subject of a 32-p catalog. Areas of training offered include equipment and chemical safety, physical hazards, personal protective equipment, ergonomics, and supervisor training.

By Staff
Safety Standards February 1, 1999

Respirators offer widest field of vision

WillsonMax 8000 Series, full facepiece, air-purifying respirators come in three sizes. They feature the industry's widest field of vision and maximize safety, comfort, and wearer acceptance.

By Staff
Safety Standards January 1, 1999

Glossary of terms

Representative best practice. A typical value reported by outstanding plants. Not necessarily the "best of the best" or an absolute target. Representative range. Range of values typically reported by plants.

By Richard L. Dunn
Safety Standards January 1, 1999

Wash out of your eyes

Universal Cart offers a cost effective and portable solution to ANSI Z358.1-1998 Standard, Section 5.4.4, that states "Eyewash units shall be in accessible locations not more than 10-sec away and on the same level as the hazard with no obstructions.

By Staff
Safety Standards January 1, 1999

Benchmarking code of conduct

- Principle of legality If there is any potential question on the legality of an activity, consult with your corporate counsel.

By Richard L. Dunn
Safety Standards January 1, 1999

Reaching toward six sigma performance: Screen-saver tool keeps employees informed and connected

While looking for ways to enhance internal and external work performance, members of the communications team at GE Plastics Crystalline plant identified a need to get important information in front of employees more effectively.

By Scott S. Haraburda
Safety Standards December 1, 1998

Training the driver

Forklift Operator Safety Training program is based on proposed guidelines issued by OSHA, and covers operating fundamentals for counterbalanced, sitdown, and rider lift truck drivers.

By Staff
Safety Standards December 1, 1998

Slip me, slip me not

SlipNot far exceeds all OSHA requirements and is double UL's standards for slip resistance. It's hard (62 R(subc)) surface and high-bond strength of 4400 psi ensures long life and durability.

By Staff
Safety Standards December 1, 1998

Machinery mounts reduce noise and increase productivity

Today's sophisticated equipment and machine tools have performance, repeatability, and precision designed in. These features cannot be realized without a proper installation specifically suited to that equipment's requirements.

By Joseph L. Foszcz
Safety Standards November 1, 1998

Modular approach builds motor control package

Sirius 3R family of electromechanical and standard and solid state motor controls are easy to install and service, and offer significant savings in space and time.

By Staff
Safety Standards November 1, 1998

Safety speaks in many languages

The Safety Ease line of software and accessories lets the user create English, Spanish, or bilingual electrical and pipe markers, tags, and safety signs using a PC. Software includes over 500 predefined ANSI, IIAR, and medical pipe marker legends.

By Staff
Safety Standards November 1, 1998

Safety training made easy

Worker Safety Resources CD-ROM provides managers with training handouts quickly produced on a desktop printer. Version 2.0 covers nearly 300 training topics ranging from OSHA-related hazards to worker wellness issues.

By Staff
Safety Standards November 1, 1998

Train for safe cranes

CD-ROM training program "Overhead Hoist and Crane Safety Training for Operators" uses a multimedia format to show proper and improper conditions and techniques of operation and daily inspection.

By Staff
Safety Standards October 1, 1998

Uncommon side: The slow learner — part II

This case touched off a firestorm of controversy among engineering professionals. Some feel passionately that promoting Joe Chernoff, a candidate with Attention Deficit Disorder, could, in Stephen Nichols' words, "set a dangerous precedent.

By Raymond Dreyfack
Safety Standards September 1, 1998

Switch prevents startup after power interruption

Sensing-Saf-Start prevents machinery from restarting after a power interruption and won't reset until the machine switch has been turned off.

By Staff
Safety Standards August 1, 1998

Learn by doing

Visual OSHA is an interactive software program for machine safeguard training.

By Staff
Safety Standards July 1, 1998

Better safe than sorry

A free Machine Safety Products catalog explains the use of various types of products and details them, including complete specifications.

By Staff
Safety Standards July 1, 1998

Bad back: Can he refuse a lifting chore?

Maintenance Foreman Foster Perkins wasn't entirely displeased when Utility Worker Vince Borelli refused an order to stack several 40-lb electrical units on a 5-ft-high shelf. "My back's been acting up," Borelli explained.

By Raymond Dreyfack
Safety Standards July 1, 1998

Slingalong to safety

A free 19 X 25-in. sling safety poster illustrates that if the rules are followed, no one gets hurt. The OSHA and manufacturer requirements apply to web, wire rope, chain, and all types of slings.

By Staff
Safety Standards July 1, 1998

Lift your forks safely

Forklift Safety videotape program has been updated to include all of the points covered in the proposed OSHA regulation, such as The Stability Triangle, The Three-Point Mount, Safe Operating Procedures, and Pre-Operation Inspection.

By Staff
Safety Standards June 1, 1998

Prepare for the unexpected

Businesses can be confident of a favorable outcome when OSHA makes a surprise visit, if they have taken the time to prepare.

By Staff
Safety Standards May 1, 1998

Commander takes charge

Companies should have a trained incident commander in the event of a hazardous materials spill. HAZWOPER Incident Command provides indepth coverage for training of the commanders under OSHA's standard.

By Staff
Safety Standards March 1, 1998

Portable staircase

Staircase fits anywhere a standard ladder does, and is safe and easy to use. Safety features include handrails and a central stringer that eliminates the possibility of hitting the nosing of the tread in the event of a fall. Lapeyre Stair, Inc. www.

By Staff
Safety Standards March 1, 1998

Value-driven buyers

The annual National Plant Engineering & Management Show conjures up all kinds of images of plant engineers checking out products and making buying decisions. What kinds of factors are considered in those de- cisions?

By Richard L. Dunn
Safety Standards March 1, 1998

Get a good gasket

A custom software package features a data base of standard ANSI and DIN flanges, together with nonstandard dimensional capabilities. The software provides minimum and maximum sealing stresses, projected leakage rates, and bolt load capabilities.

By Staff
Safety Standards February 1, 1998

When to clamp down on too much “socializing”

Veteran Engineer Charley Hoffskin liked his liquor. When he appeared flushed and unsteady in the hospitality room at an industry trade show one evening, Hoffskin's supervisor, Project Leader Bill Fallon, also present, was keeping an eye on him.

By Raymond Dreyfack
Safety Standards January 1, 1998

Using An Ergonomic Approach To Moving Material Safely

Over 1 million lower back injuries occur in the workplace each year, costing industry billions of dollars in workers' compensation claims, legal fees, lost time and production, and medical costs.

By Ron Holzhauer
Safety Standards January 1, 1998

It’s Greek to me

Have you ever tried to read an OSHA regulation, only to find that it's completely undecipherable? That's the conclusion James Stanley, former deputy assistant secretary of OSHA, has reached.

By Staff
Safety Standards January 1, 1998

New year’s resolutions

Just as many people make resolutions at the start of a new year, OSHA has created a strategic plan to carry the organization into the year 2000. Some of their goals include: 1.

By Staff