When most people think about sustainability in manufacturing, they think “green”—as in using less energy per unit of output, using materials that are more environmentally friendly, generating less waste, etc. These are all worthy components of sustainable manufacturing, aimed at reducing the consumption of limited resources so that our businesses can continue to grow today and prosper tomorrow.
Product development is a process that has applications beyond just the production of goods. While we traditionally think of product development in association with something tangible, the process can equally be applied to software, service industries, and even to government.
In the U.S., the main body developing the design standards of kilns, furnaces and ovens is the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), through NFPA 86 Standard for Ovens and Furnaces. But the ceramic industry has misconceptions about NFPA 86, and no wonder.
Cybersecurity continues to be a critical concern for industries ranging from manufacturing and retail to banking. It is imperative that all manufacturing organizations develop strategies to manage cybersecurity risks. As Peter J. Beshar pointed out in a recent Fortune article, cybersecurity is a challenge every business should prepare for: “Everything is connected now. Robots perform critical tasks, and artificial intelligence mimics human cognition.
Ceramic manufacturers should take steps to ensure their facilities meet safety guidelines for industrial control panels.
August 1, 2016
“Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace” (NFPA70E) was recently updated by the National Fire Protection Association (NPFA). It primarily addresses fire and explosion hazards caused by arc flash in electrical equipment. The ultimate goal of this initiative is to eliminate these events, thereby mitigating risk to facilities and—most importantly—injury to humans.