Archive: Apr 2011

Why Do Hospitals Put People On An IV?

Intravenous therapy is the preferred method for administering a myriad of different treatments, each of which must be prepared to exacting standards. The most common IV fluids used for almost all patients are mainly for replenishing the patient’s fluids and electrolytes—much like the sports drinks that are popular for athletes—so why can’t those just be…

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Tracking And Tracing In Drug Supply Chains

The problem of counterfeit drugs has led in recent years to stricter regulations on drugs, with a keener focus on their origins. One result of this scrutiny is track and trace technology, used to detail the origins of a drug and its movements along the supply chain, and finally to the customer. This once impossible…

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Why Process Validation Is Important

Manufacturing is essentially a synthesis of four distinct inputs: materials, facilities, labor, and time. Any decrease in the quantity needed for any of those inputs without diminishing the quality of the final product results in cost savings for the manufacturer. If those savings are spread out across a large enough run of production, the savings…

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An All-In-One Green Factory

The Ford Motor Company realized a few short years ago that it must incorporate the new greener automobiles into its lineup of traditional gas-powered offerings. Doing so meant retooling many of its existing plants and/or building new ones, and there was a question of which traditional models stay, and which green models get the “green…

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The Aging Cars On America's Roads

A recent report by Polk & Company has attracted some attention in recent weeks. This report shows that the median age of vehicles on the road in the U.S. is at an all-time high, meaning that Americans (consumers and businesses) are still opting to keep their old cars running, rather than buying new vehicles. There…

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Handling Recycling Concerns In Food Packaging

Food packaging has made it into the news for the second time in 2011, with the public backlash over the use of recycled paper in food products. The concern is not the paper, but the oils and inks that were used in the paper’s previous incarnation. Researchers in Zurich, Switzerland’s Food Safety Laboratory analyzed recycled…

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OSHA and Your Business

Your workforce is the most important part of your business, and you work hard to ensure that their work environment is as safe as possible, but even if your own safety measures could be the best in the industry, it’s still important to keep on top of the latest regulations from the U.S. Department of…

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How An Earthquake Can Affect Delivery Of Your Hybrid Car

The Japanese were the first to introduce the lithium ion battery for the hybrid electric car, and this industry staple is still primarily manufactured in East Asia. This was not a problem until March 2011. The earthquake and subsequent tsunami that devastated the Japanese nation also brought concerns of radiation effects and higher gas prices….

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