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  • UT Dallas Team Uses Minecraft to Teach Materials Science

    A modification of the popular video game Minecraft may offer a powerful tool to teach university students about materials science, according researchers at the University of Texas at Dallas. A recently-published article penned by UT researchers in Nature Chemistry details on efforts to teach...

  • Dust Collector Fire Causes $25K in Damages at IL Plant

    A dust collector fire at the Chicago Manifold Products manufacturing facility in Wheeling, IL Wednesday morning caused an estimated $25,000 to $30,000 in damages,  the Des Plaines, IL Journal & Topics newspaper reported Wednesday. Wheeling Fire Chief Keith MacIsaac told the newspaper that...

  • Anonymous Tip Alleges Valve Caused Explosion at PCA Plant

    As an investigation into the cause of a Feb. 8 explosion at the Packaging Corporation of America (PCA) paper mill in DeRidder, LA that killed three workers and injured seven others continues, an anonymous tipper told the Beauregard Daily News that no signs of fire have been discovered at the plant...

  • Utah Flour Mill Evacuated After 2-Alarm Fire Breaks Out

    13 employees were evacuated from the Gilt Edge Flour Mill in Richmond, UT on Tuesday afternoon after a two-alarm fire broke out sending smoke through the facility’s ventilator system, The Herald Journal of Logan UT reported. Area firefighters responded to the scene at about 2 p.m., finding...

  • Tyson Foods Names New Senior Leadership Team

    Following what Tyson Foods called its “most successful quarter in company history,” the Springdale, AK food company announced that a new 10-member senior leadership team will be put into action to continue the trend of growth, a press release announced Tuesday. “These important...

  • U.S. Manufacturers Spent $181B on New Equipment in 2015

    Manufacturers led U.S. businesses in capital expenditures for structures and equipment in 2015, investing $239.6 billion that year, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2015 Annual Capital Expenditures Study released on Feb. 8. Used equipment investments totaled $5.7 billion that year. In...

  • SOCMA Welcomes Helminiak as Managing Director of Government Relations

    The Society of Chemical Manufacturers & Affiliates (SOCMA) welcomes Robert F. Helminiak as managing director of government relations, where he will lead the association's advocacy efforts on issues impacting the specialty chemical industry. "We are thrilled to welcome Robby to...

  • Honeywell, Seeq Collaborate to Help Customers

    Honeywell and Seeq announced they will collaborate as part of the Honeywell Connected Plant initiative to help process manufacturers leverage data and insights in their operations. This joint development agreement will help customers minimize unplanned shutdowns, maximize output, minimize safety...

  • U.S. Grain Dust Explosions Fell to 10-Year Low in 2016

    The United States saw the lowest number of grain dust explosions in 10 years, though two of the blasts led to the first reported fatalities since 2013, a report by Purdue University’s Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering released Monday said. Five grain dust explosions were...

  • Report Disputes Automation’s Role in U.S. Manufacturing Job Loss

    A new report by a technology policy think tank challenges the notion that automation and productivity increases were the catalyst for manufacturing job losses in the U.S. during the early 2000s, placing blame instead on “unfair” trade policies and America’s lack of competitiveness...