CEP: October 2012 This month's cover story looks at smart manufacturing and how the U.S. can keep it's competitive edge by moving to the next generation. Other topics include: OSHA's new chemical NEP, using process flowsheets as communication tools, and the chemical industry in Mexico. Also, read about new developments in biotechnology, materials, and energy. Editorial When I wrote last month’s editorial about my trip down the path to sustainability, I intended it to be the third article of three (“On the Path to Sustainability” in July, “AIChE’s Path to Sustainability” in August, and “A ChE’s Path to Sustainability” in September). My journey began while I was on vacation in Arizona at the beginning of the summer. Unexpectedly, I experienced sustainability from a different angle during my annual end-of-summer staycation.Thus, this fourth article on sustainability — in sports. Read More Share Smart Manufacturing: The Next Revolution October2012News FeatureMichelle BrynerMoving to the next generation of production can help the U.S. keep its competitive edge. OSHA's New Chemical NEP: How to Make the Grade and Earn Extra Credit October2012SafetyHeather Forgione, Henry OzogThe Occupational Safety and Health Administration evaluates chemical facilities’ process safety management systems through a new national emphasis program. Follow these tips to reduce your risk of receiving citations, streamline the inspection process, and pave the way for future excellence. Using Process Flowsheets as Communication Tools October2012Back To BasicsGraham NasbyPiping and instrumentation diagrams (P&IDs), process flow diagrams (PFDs), and block flow diagrams (BFDs) are essential tools for documenting processes and promoting interdisciplinary understanding and communication. México's Chemical Industry: Evolution, Challenges, and Perspectives October2012Global OutlookEnrico N. MartinezNew investments in industry and raw materials, as well as the modernization of infrastructures and industry practices, can help to reverse México's growing trade deficit and restore the health of its chemical industry. Copyright Permissions: Would you like to reuse content from CEP Magazine or purchase an article reprint? Learn more about Reprints and Permissions.