U.S. Manufacturing Index Reaches 13-year High

Economic activity in U.S. factories surged to a 13 -year high in September, and the overall economy grew for the 100th consecutive month say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM® Report On Business®. Despite the impact of Hurricanes Irma and Harvey, gains in new orders and raw material prices indicated strength in [...]

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Global Chemical Production Starts Third Quarter on Strong Note

The American Chemistry Council’s Global Chemical Production Regional Index (Global CPRI) shows that global chemicals production rose 0.6 percent in July, a quicker pace than June and May, as measured on a three-month moving average (3MMA) basis. During July, production increased in North America, Western Europe, Central & Eastern Europe, and the Asia-Pacific region but [...]

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Manufacturing Reaches Six-Year High

According to a recent report from the Institute for Supply Management (ISM), manufacturing activity reached a six-year high. The ISM said its manufacturing index in August climbed to 58.8% from 56.3%. That is the highest reading since April 2011. Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in August, and the overall economy grew for the [...]

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Ensuring Project Success for Food Projects

Scope Definition and Project Initiation: Make sure all team members understand the process issues, operational goals and regulatory constraints that the design must address. Training, training, and more training in food specific issues The Project Manager must be conversant in the manufacturing process. The PM must lead interdisciplinary coordination and ensure that the design respond [...]

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Design and Build in Overdrive

It has been a long while since any of us has had time for design-bid-build. Two years from board approval to startup is now considered a walk in the park. So if you need to ship product in less than a year, here are some of the key techniques. Do not wait A week lost [...]

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