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The Art Of “Good Enough”

Posted on July 10th, 2017 by in Chemical Manufacturing Excellence

Engineering is all about boundaries, constraints and what we’re able to achieve within them. But one thing I’ve found to be true about engineers is that we’re almost never satisfied. There’s always a little bit more to do. There are always small improvements to make, problems to iron out, designs to hone. Continue reading “The Art Of “Good Enough”” »

Transforming an unprofitable product to a profitable one

Posted on April 28th, 2017 by in Chemical Manufacturing Excellence

An agricultural and herbicide company had a product in their portfolio that was struggling. The solvent had been losing market share and its negative margin had attracted the attention of management. If manufacturing costs could not be reduced, then the company would likely need to stop making the product. They needed a solution quickly. Continue reading “Transforming an unprofitable product to a profitable one” »

Chemical Manufacturing’s Three Main Challenges in Industry 4.0

Posted on April 27th, 2017 by in Chemical Manufacturing Excellence

Chemical manufacturing is being transformed by Industry 4.0. Today’s chemical companies are quickly adapting to the digital world, recognizing the power of “connection” among products, production equipment and personnel. But with transformation also comes challenges. Some are specific to organizations and depend on where they currently stand regarding technology, operations and resources. Continue reading “Chemical Manufacturing’s Three Main Challenges in Industry 4.0” »

Us Natural Soda Ash Industry Seeks To Maintain Global Competitiveness

Posted on March 21st, 2017 by in Chemicals Industry News and Analysis

The natural soda ash market in the US is seeking to maintain its competitiveness relative to the Chinese synthetic soda ash industry, the main global competitor for US soda ash. Downstream, about 50% of soda ash goes into glass-making production, which is utilised in the automotive industry and building trades in the US and exported globally. Continue reading “Us Natural Soda Ash Industry Seeks To Maintain Global Competitiveness” »

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