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China's Factory Owners Hunt for Energy Savings

Kevin Chang, general manager of Concord Ceramics, is a member of a younger generation of factory bosses in China trying to survive leaner times. That quest led him to examine the power use at his factories. The work at Concord requires constant air conditioning, and in the summer electricity has accounted for as much as 15 percent of operating costs.

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2011 Manufacturing Growth Forecasted

According to the Institute for Supply Management (ISM) semi-annual forecast, expect to see a 5.6% increase in manufacturing revenue, as well as an increase in business investment in the manufacturing sector. While 2010 has been a year of recovery in manufacturing, expect improvements in both investment and employment in 2011.

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OSHA Plans to Update Fall Protection Regulations

OSHA released proposed changes to the 29 CFR 1910 general industry fall protection regulations in May 2010, to become more relevant for today's industry practices. This would be the first update since they were originally released in 1971. Fall protection is a key area for OSHA because it is regularly a violation.

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Are You Ready for Air Ride?

Air-Ride Trailers are gaining popularity for: Better cargo protection Longer trailer life Driver retention The increasing presence of air suspensions poses special challenges for dock design and equipment selection.

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New Standards for ICC bars

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has published new standards requiring rear impact guards (ICC bars) on new trailers to meet size location and performance criteria,and to be certified at the time of manufacture.

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