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Aim for Operational Excellence

February 14, 2014

Following Chemical Processing’s founding credo of “practical usefulness,” this month’s cover story focuses on how plants can “Aim for Operational Excellence.” Author Bernard McGarvey of Eli Lilly demystifies what the term operational excellence means. He notes plants should pursue operational excellence while realizing it’s never attainable. The quest can lead to higher levels of process performance. However, gaining and maintaining improvements depend upon organizational changes — and these require paying attention to seven elements. Check out Chemical Processing’s February cover story and several other articles in this issue for more steps a plant can take to enhance overall performance. Chemical Processing for more details.

U.S. Chemical Industry Gets Into Better Tune

January 31, 2014

Wishing you had a crystal ball? Chemical Processing’s January 2014 cover story highlights what to expect in the U.S. chemical industry this year. Growth should accelerate across most regions of the world. The U.S. particularly will benefit from an improving economy and abundant natural gas resources, emerging as a global low-cost supplier of many petrochemical and plastic products. To read more about the forecast, visit Chemical Processing for more details.

Chemical Processing China Debuts

January 29, 2014

New publication offers quality content to Chinese engineers

The first issue Chemical Processing China, a Chinese-language magazine featuring content from Chemical Processing, came out in December.

The new magazine results from an agreement Putman Media reached with Industrial Communications Group, an established Hong Kong-based publisher. The six-times-a-year magazine will contain CP content translated into simplified Chinese by professors in the chemical engineering department of one of the country’s most prestigious universities.

A digital version of the inaugural issue is available here.

Chemical Processing was the first magazine published by Putman, and has just celebrated its 75th anniversary. It serves chemical industry professionals who design, operate, maintain and retrofit existing fine, specialty and commodity chemical, petrochemical and pharmaceutical plants.

Industrial Communications Group already publishes two Chinese trade magazines: MWP Advanced Manufacturing China, with content licensed from Centaur Communications in the U.K., and Kunststoff Magazin China, with content licensed from Weka Business Media in Germany. Both were launched in mid-2011.

The Journal Named Best Engineering/Construction Magazine

August 27, 2012

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Publication earns six honors in 2012 for editorial and design excellence.

For the sixth time out of the last seven years, The Journal from Rockwell Automation and Our Partners has been recognized as a top custom magazine in business-to-business publishing. The latest accolade comes from the 2012 Magnum Opus Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Content Marketing, which bestowed its Gold Award for “Best All-Around Publication — Best Engineering/Construction Magazine.”

One of six awards for editorial and graphic excellence bestowed upon the publication, this award recognizes superior achievement for content, design, fulfillment of its mission for readers and overall quality, as selected by a panel of judges from the famed Missouri School of Journalism. In addition to the Magnum Opus Gold Award, The Journal won five other honors in 2012:

  • American Society of Business Press Editors (ASBPE) National Azbee Award for Design, Silver, Front
  • Cover – Photo, “How Virtualization Rocks Your World,” October 2011.
  • ASBPE Midwest Regional Azbee Award for Design, Silver, Opening Page/Spread – Computer
  • Generated, “Unlock the Possibilities,” August 2011, pp. 14-15.
  • APEX Awards of Excellence in Corporate Communications, Award of Excellence for Social Media,
  • Theresa Houck, Executive Editor, for outstanding achievement in social media content strategy and
  • execution.
  • APEX Awards of Excellence in Corporate Communications, Award of Excellence, Technology &
  • Science Writing, “5 Trends in Pneumatics,” June 2011.
  • Business Marketing Association Bell Award of Excellence, Single PR Campaign, Trade Show,
  • Rockwell Automation and The Journal’s Executive Editor Theresa Houck, “Automation Fair Event,” for
  • Strategic Media Relations Campaign.

The Journal From Rockwell Automation and Our Partners (www.rockwellautomation.com/thejournal) is published six times per year by Putman Media, Inc. (Itasca, Ill.) for Rockwell Automation (Milwaukee). It educates engineers about industrial automation news and trends, and the leading-edge automation products and services from Rockwell Automation and complementary technology from its partners. The magazine is the collaboration between Putman Media, Rockwell Automation and Padilla Speer Beardsley (PSB) Public Relations (Minneapolis).

The Journal’s 2012 award-winning team at Putman Media includes Publisher Mike Brenner, Executive Editor Theresa Houck, Managing Editor Amanda Joshi, Vice President of Creative Services Steve Herner, Art Directors Jason Vargas and Angela Labate, Production Manager Rita Fitzgerald and Publication Services Coordinator Carmela Kappel. This team publishes the magazine under the direction of Rebecca Archibald, Executive Publisher and Rockwell Automation Campaign Manager for Commercial Marketing. Senior Vice President Kathy Burnham leads the PSB team.

ASBPE Honors Putman Media with 15 Awards

August 27, 2012

Itasca, Ill, September 1, 2012 — Continuing its award-winning legacy spanning more than 15 years, Putman Media, Inc., has been feted with 15 Azbee Awards for graphic and editorial excellence from the American Society of Business Press Editors (ASBPE). Putman Media is a privately held multimedia publishing company that specializes in business-to-business and custom content. Of this year’s 15 awards, 10 recognize Putman Media publications for graphic distinction and five celebrate outstanding editorial content. The winners are:

Pharmaceutical Manufacturing, devoted to helping drug industry professionals
(www.pharmamanufacturing.com):

  • National Bronze Azbee Award for Graphic Excellence, Opening Page/Spread – Computer
  • Generated, “QbD: Redefining Time to Market,” May 2011, Derek Chamberlain.
  • Regional Silver Azbee Award for Graphic Excellence, Front Cover – Computer
  • Generated, “Biomanufacturing Morphs,” January 2011, Jennifer Dakas.
  • Regional Silver Azbee Award for Editorial Excellence, Regular Column, Staff Written “Pharma
  • View,” Paul Thomas.

Chemical Processing, covering U.S. chemical manufacturing and processing operations
(www.chemicalprocessing.com):

  • National Bronze Azbee Award for Graphic Excellence, Open Page/Spread – Computer
  • Generated, “Kiss Off Safety System Myths,” November 2011, Brian Hertel.
  • Regional Silver Azbee Award for Graphic Excellence, Front Cover – Photo, “Disposable Sensors
  • Pass Litmus Test,” August 2011, Brian Hertel.
  • Regional Bronze Azbee Award for Editorial Excellence, Regular Column, Contributed, “Field
  • Notes,” Dirk Willard, Mark Rosenberg, and Amanda Joshi.

Plant Services, dedicated to helping professionals responsible for industrial maintenance, reliability,
asset utilization and plant optimization (www.plantservices.com):

  • Regional Silver Azbee Award for Graphic Excellence, Opening Page/Spread – Photo, “Knock
  • Out Steam Inefficiency,” December 2011, Angela Labate.
  • Regional Silver Azbee Award for Graphic Excellence, Computer Generated, “Symptom
  • Administrator,” October 2011, Derek Chamberlain.
  • Regional Silver Azbee Award for Editorial Excellence, Regular Column, Staff Written, “From the
  • Editor,” Mike Bacidore.

The Journal from Rockwell Automation and Our Partners, a custom publication for Rockwell
Automation that educates industrial firms about automation and control technology and techniques
(www.rockwellautomation.com/thejournal):

  • National Silver Azbee Award for Graphic Excellence, Front Cover – Photo, “Virtualization Rocks
  • Your World,” October 2011, Steve Herner.
  • National Silver Azbee Award for Graphic Excellence, Opening Page/Spread – Computer
  • Generated, “Unlock the Possibilities,” August 2011.

Control, serving professionals in process manufacturing (www.controlglobal.com):

  • Regional Bronze Azbee Award for Graphic Excellence, Front Cover – Computer
  • Generated, “Tribal Knowledge,” July 2011, Brian Hertel.

Control Design, serving professionals in process manufacturing (www.controlglobal.com):

  • Regional Bronze Azbee Award for Editorial Excellence, Regular Column, Staff Written, “Live Wire,” Aaron Hand.

Food Processing, covering the food and beverage manufacturing industry (www.foodprocessing.com):

  • National Silver Azbee Award for Editorial Excellence, Organizational Profile, “The Most Global U.S. Food Company,” Dave Fusaro.

Industrial Networking, dedicated to educating manufacturing professionals about how to apply digital communication technology in industrial environments (www.industrialnetworking.net):

  • National Silver Azbee Award for Graphic Excellence, Front Cover – Computer Generated, “Heart of the Network,” Quarter Four, Derek Chamberlain.

Putman Media, Inc. (www.putmanmedia.com) strives to be an exceptional media company as judged by the communities it serves. Putman consistently delivers unique, relevant and integrated media services and solutions that enable its customers to compete in an aggressive, high-speed environment. Its titles include Plant Services, Chemical Processing, Control, Control Design, Industrial Networking, Food Processing, Wellness Foods, Pharmaceutical Manufacturing and The Journal from Rockwell Automation and Our Partners. The ASBPE (www.asbpe.org) is the professional association for editors and writers employed in the business, trade and specialty press.