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Achieving Wastewater Treatment Compliance with Efficient System for Metal Industry

Automated wastewater treatment systems help metal fabrication and finishing remain in compliance with EPA and local standards, while significantly reducing the cost of treatment, labor and disposal The machining, metal fabrication and finishing industry must meet EPA and local wastewater requirements for effluent, including those under the Clean Water Act.  Under the Clean Water Act, the EPA has identified 65 pollutants and classes of pollutants as “toxic pollutants”, of which 126 specific substances have been designated “priority” toxic pollutants.  Failing...

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Increased CAM Programming Capability Contributes to 4.5X Revenue Gain

Pictured here, is the main entrance to the C & S Machine’s three-acre property, with over 60,000 square feet of building space. C&S Machine and Manufacturing Corporation was founded in 1969 by Robert Steele and Ronnie Cook in a 180 square foot shed on Cook’s property in Louisville, Kentucky. The company started out primarily as a job shop building repair parts for local manufacturing and processing companies. In 1980, C&S purchased its first CNC machine, an Enshu vertical machining center....

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Labor Relations in the Wake of COVID-19: What Can Manufacturers Expect?

By Paul Goatley, Fisher Phillips, LLP If you think you can ignore this article because your employees are not represented by a union, you should continue reading.  Companies that survived the COVID-19 pandemic must prepare for a new wave of labor relations challenges in its wake.  The pandemic and widespread economic shutdown intended to contain it, created economic uncertainty and increased concern for workplace safety, and unions are not letting this crisis “go to waste.”  Both unionized and union-free employers...

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Superior Cooling Tower Water Filtration is Key to Protecting Industrial Processes

Multi-element, automatic self-cleaning strainers optimize cooling and process efficiency, while minimizing maintenance and downtime In industrial facilities such as manufacturing/processing plants, mills/forges, and refineries, cooling towers are often used to remove heat from machinery, heated process material/fluids, buildings and other sources by exchanging the heat using water or chemical solutions as a coolant. However, when cooling towers are not closed circuit, air and water-borne particulate can accumulate, fouling/clogging important downstream machinery and processing equipment such as chillers, heat exchangers, spray nozzles,...

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Using an Accurate Food Composition Analyzer to Stay on Top of Consumer Trends

One quick, nondestructive test can provide simultaneous analyses for compliant nutritional labeling, enhanced quality, and reduced cost KB30 Online moisture meter - non-contact, non-destructive, instant With consumers more focused on health and nutrition today, and empowered by the Internet to follow the latest trends, food companies that cater to their needs will be rewarded and those who lag behind punished by a growing segment of the market. While food companies adapt to changing consumer preferences, they must also comply with FDA requirements...

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March 2020 Update from KY Agriculture Commissioner Dr. Ryan Quarles

By Dr. Ryan Quarles, Commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Agriculture It’s budget season in Frankfort, and we are working hard to advocate for reasonable, commonsense solutions for all of Kentucky’s families and businesses. At the time of this writing, we have passed numerous bills this session dealing with everything from E-15 to hemp, and are working with the legislature on our budget. While we are not yet exactly sure how the budget will shape up in its final form,...

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Hiring Tax Incentives

Companies can receive tax credits for hiring employees that either live in a certain location or are part of a target group of individuals. Hiring Tax Credits can dramatically impact a company’s federal tax liability. Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) This federal tax credit reduces the federal tax liability of employers. Eligibility for this credit is based on the employer’s hiring from specific target groups facing barriers to employment. Targeted Groups: Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Recipients Ex-Felons SNAP (Food Stamp)...

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Cybersecurity Threats to Manufacturers

By Elliot Forsyth, Vice President of Business Operations at the Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center (The Center) Manufacturers are increasingly under threat from cyberattacks. This is a real concern not just because of the typical business vulnerabilities (e.g., stolen intellectual property, ransomware) but because in today’s increasingly connected world, a successful infiltration from a cybercriminal could shut down a plant's operations or start making equipment produce faulty products without the knowledge of managers, among other things. Additionally, most manufacturers are small businesses...

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You May Not Be Thinking About ISO 45001, But Your Customers and Competitors May Be

By Robert Smith, Fisher Phillips Safety Solutions LLC and George D. Adams, Fisher Phillips LLP The International Organization for Standardization (ISO), with the help of Safety and Health experts from more than 70 countries, developed ISO 45001. It is intended to help companies significantly reduce workplace injuries and illness, dramatically improve employee productivity and quality, and increase profitability. The ISO 45001 standard represents the new international consensus and certification standard for occupational safety and health and is being called the...

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