Business & Industry

Fuel Cells Slim Down

Fuel cells have shrunk in size, posing serious competition for batteries. Following a recent breakthrough at NASA, fuel cells are now closer to supplanting rechargeable batteries in laptop computers, power tools, household appliances and other compact devices. A research team at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), in Pasadena, CA, has developed a portable, flat fuel cell—much smaller...

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Making an Old Factory State-of-the-Art

What does a company do when it outgrows its facility--renovate or build an entirely new building? Here's why upgrading an old factory may be the answer. Many companies have to make this decision at some point in their growth—whether to upgrade their old facility or build an entirely new one. In other words, renovate or start anew? For Magid Glove & Safety Co., the answer soon became evident....

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Facilities Management: The Big Picture

Having to manage your facility on a smaller budget? You are not alone. Find out how to deal with this current trend and other recent developments in the industry. It's a tough time to be a facility manager. Budgets are tightening, and it's becoming increasingly urgent to do more with less. "Cost reduction pressures and eliminating non-core competencies are the current trend in almost every...

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Printing in 3-D

Need a prototype of your product design in less than an hour? Print it out in 3-D with a new type of printer that produces models quickly and cheaply. Imagine being able to produce an accurate physical model of your product design in less than an hour. With today's 3-D printers, prototype production is as easy as printing out a document. These 3-D machines take CAD and other digital data and...

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Interoperability: Why You Should Make the Switch

Considering a move to interoperability? Learn how this fully integrated building automation system is transforming facilities management and what it can do for your building. Interoperable building automation systems (BAS) bring many benefits to facilities. These systems, which are able to communicate with each other, are more expensive and difficult to install than stand-alone proprietary...

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OSHA Update

Will OSHA try to implement another ergonomics rule? Find out the latest news--from the push for a new and improved standard to the agency's decision to withdraw a fast-track proposal. Ergonomics Standard—Will the Second Time be the Charm? There remains strong support for OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) to reissue an ergonomics standard. Big independent data sources, such...

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Managing Your Building: Basic How-To's

Need to ensure that your building's fire safety system works? Want to know how to choose the best doors, windows and coatings for your facility? Find out what to do and what to avoid. Managing a facility involves paying attention to the details—from the building's fire safety system to its doors and windows. Facility professionals have to make sure they cover the basics—finding durable...

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Transforming Small Parts Handling

Longstanding technologies, pick-to-light and miniloads, are better than ever and bringing even more ease, speed and accuracy to small parts handling. Small parts handling has gotten faster, more accurate and less expensive because of developments in two established technologies: pick-to-light and miniload systems. Pick-to-light systems utilize a light that identifies the location and quantity of...

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OSHA Mandate or No, Ergonomics Pays

Even though OSHA's ergonomic regulations are now voluntary, ergonomics is still a must for plant managers. Beyond preventing musculo-skeletal injuries, it makes economic sense. The fact that OSHA's mandatory ergonomic regulations have been repealed does not diminish the vital role of ergonomics in the plant or warehouse. Every plant manager must still make sure that working conditions are safe...

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Lift Truck Industry to Get a Lift

After a major downturn, the lift truck industry is finally on the road to recovery. Manufacturers are expecting a return of demand while buyers may see lengthier leadtimes. After enjoying record growth, the lift truck industry suffered a major decline last year that has continued into this year. The worst may be over though as signs of growth are raising hopes among manufacturers. "We are seeing...

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