We Can Learn a Lot from Dow Chemical
Mark thinks we can learn a lot from Dow Chemical. In fact, in early October, Dow Chemical received the 2010 Robert W. Campbell Award from the National Safety Council (NSC), Itasca, Ill.
Don't Slight the Simple Stuff
Mark notes that mundane assets can pose significant risks. Many plants now boast markedly better performance and reliability than they were able to achieve in the past. A major reason for such gains has been increasing reliance on sophisticated equipment and software that have become available thanks to the continuing evolution of technology.
Rosenzweig's Ramblings July 2010: Marshalltown Really Builds Upon a Legacy
World travel isn't as appealing to Mark as it used to be. Having been posted abroad for a number of years and traveled extensively over his career has jaded him a bit. Nevertheless, he does frequently get out of the office. In this video he talks about a state-of-the-art valve testing facility that occupies the site of historic factory.
Rosenzweig's Ramblings September 2010: We Need More Engineers in Congress
Mark asks: Where is America's equivalent of Ashok Kumar? A chemical engineer who worked extensively in industry, he was the first and only chemical engineer in the U.K.'s House of Commons. In 1997 he was elected as a Member of Parliament for an area that's a major chemical production center.
Vendor Focus: Enterprise Resource Planning
Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) is considered to be the technology backbone to manage myriad transactions. And with an increasingly competitive global economy, being able to easily manage logistics, distribution, inventory, shipping, invoicing and accounting and even HR functions could prove to be the key to boosting the bottom line.
Traci Purdum, senior digital editor, talks to Russell Smith, Senior Vice President of Edgewater Fullscope to learn how chemical manufacturers can leverage technology to meet operational and financial goals.
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Rosenzweig's Ramblings January 2010: Trade Shows Require Rethinking
Chemical Processing's Editor-in-Chief points out that chemical companies continue to face financial pressures. With funds tight for capital expenditures, there's less motivation to send engineers to the show, especially when firms also are curtailing non-essential travel to save money.
Rosenzweig's Ramblings April 2010: Sustainability Proves Its Worth
Chemical Processing's Editor-in-Chief discusses a study that points to considerable cash flow benefits from better performance.
Effectiveness in using resources differs markedly among some major chemical companies and that difference has a significant financial dimension, according to a recent report "Sustainable Value Creation by Chemical Companies."
Rosenzweig's Ramblings May 2010: Obama Tackles Safety Board Vacancies
Chemical Processing's Editor-in-Chief notes that President Barack Obama announced his first nominees for the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB): Rafael Moure-Eraso, Ph.D., to be chair and Mark A. Griffon to be a member. If confirmed, these appointments would bring the board back to a full complement of five members.