Rachelle Blair-Frasier
Managing Editor

Rachelle Blair-Frasier is the Managing Editor of IMPO. Rachelle joined ABM after working through the ranks of the weekly newspaper industry from reporter, to editor, to managing editor at the Lodi Enterprise and Poynette Press in southern Wisconsin. Rachelle received a Bachelor of Science journalism degree from Central Michigan University before relocating to Wisconsin to pursue a career. Rachelle’s interests lie in the outdoors, cooking and self-sufficiency. When she’s not researching the latest manufacturing news, she’s tending to her 1,200-square-foot vegetable garden, trying out a new recipe or training her and her husband’s two versatile hunting dogs — Rupert, a Wirehaired Pointing Griffon, and Kate, a Spinone Italiano.

IMPO managing editor Rachelle Blair-Frasier gives readers an inside look at Grainger’s newest distribution center in New Jersey.
9.20.2018
11:17am
In the latest issue of Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operation, we get an inside look at Grainger's newest distribution center in New Jersey. Plant...
9.17.2018
10:03am
Researchers at Penn State have developed a unique self-healing filter that could be straight out of science fiction. Unlike conventional filters that allow...
9.5.2018
6:10am
A faulty exhaust header pipe is to blame for a recent recall of several utility vehicles that pose fire and burn hazards.
8.22.2018
11:08am
Researchers at the Wyss Institute, Harvard SEAS and Boston University have developed a soft material microfabrication process for soft robotics. The process...
8.14.2018
4:30pm
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IMPO recently spoke with Luis Ramierz, Chief Operations Officer at Dialight, to discuss how industrial LED lighting can improve workplace safety.
8.1.2018
11:17am
Rolls-Royce showed off a handful of small robots that could help inspect and repair airplane engines in the future.
7.26.2018
9:49am
As part of the company’s IntelligentEngine project, Rolls-Royce showed off a handful of small robots that could help inspect and repair airplane engines in the...
7.25.2018
3:34pm
The closure of a Massachusetts Necco factory came as a shock to the facility’s nearly 230 workers who were told their final paychecks would be available Friday.
7.25.2018
10:34am
IMPO managing editor Rachelle Blair-Frasier attended an April press trip for the grand opening of Combilift’s new manufacturing facility and global...
7.24.2018
9:00am
Esben Østergaard, co-founder and chief technology officer of Universal Robots, discusses receiving the Engelberger Robotics Award and the future of industrial...
7.19.2018
6:47am
Residents and businesses in an area of Bellville, Texas are being ordered to evacuate after explosions were reported near a local gas plant.
7.17.2018
2:21pm
In IMPO's July/August Digital Edition, we attend the grand opening of Combilift's new manufacturing facility and global headquarters in Ireland, and...
7.17.2018
10:50am
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Material handling equipment manufacturer Gorbel Inc. has announced plans to open a crane manufacturing plant in Arizona. The move is part of Gorbel’s efforts...
7.17.2018
10:40am
Researchers from Queensland University of Technology have developed a faster and more accurate method for robots to grasp objects even in changing or cluttered...
7.5.2018
11:12am
Using a newly developed artificial neural network and a depth-mapping camera, a two-fingered picking robot was able to determine the best grasp for picking up...
7.5.2018
10:37am
Researchers from Queensland University of Technology have developed a faster and more accurate method for robots to grasp objects even in changing or cluttered...
7.5.2018
6:45am
A California man was killed last week while working on a mixing machine at a soap and dietary supplement manufacturer.
6.22.2018
6:35am
A Washington utility worker was killed last week while working at a hydroelectric dam.
6.20.2018
3:33pm
A 62-year-old man was killed in an industrial accident at an Idaho lumber mill.
6.20.2018
3:26pm
A collaboration between MIT’s Self-Assembly Laboratory and BMW Design Department has resulted in adaptable, inflatable structures that one day could allow for...
6.20.2018
10:46am
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A collaboration between MIT’s Self-Assembly Laboratory and BMW Design Department has resulted in adaptable, inflatable structures that one day could allow for...
6.20.2018
8:25am
When a machine has stopped working on the production line, the first question is always “why?” And while the first answer might fix the issue temporarily, not...
6.8.2018
6:35am
The employee allegedly placed a piece of cigarette paper into one sausage link and inserted a wire connector into another at the company’s production facility...
6.5.2018
2:10pm
A Wisconsin factory worker has been arrested after adding a few extra ingredients to Johnsonville sausages that weren’t in the recipe.
6.5.2018
10:53am
Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University have created a material that can spontaneously heal itself after extreme mechanical damage while maintaining an...
5.30.2018
9:21am
Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University have created a material that can spontaneously heal itself after extreme mechanical damage while maintaining an...
5.30.2018
5:19am
In an iconic scene in Terminator 2, the T-1000 is peppered with holes from shotgun blasts only to quickly heal himself, much to the dismay of our heroes.
5.29.2018
3:01pm
A worker at a Tennessee sawmill was killed earlier this month after reportedly falling on a saw.
5.24.2018
11:05am
A worker at a Wisconsin Caterpillar plant has died after suffering crushing injuries in an accident at the facility earlier this month.
5.23.2018
11:14am
A research group from the University of Turku in Finland, has found a new approach to produce carbon neutral biofuel using green algae.
5.11.2018
10:43am
A tire factory maintenance worker was killed earlier this week after his clothing became entangled in machinery.
5.10.2018
4:42pm
A Utah man was killed earlier this month while trying to restart a palletizing machine at a pet food manufacturing facility.
5.10.2018
4:10pm
Tesla faces more than $110,000 in fines after federal safety regulators investigated an industrial accident that left an employee hospitalized with electrical...
5.10.2018
10:56am
It’s no secret that scientists are constantly on the hunt for new ways to reduce carbon emissions. Now, a research group from the University of Turku in...
5.10.2018
10:37am
It’s no secret that scientists are constantly on the hunt for new ways to reduce carbon emissions.
5.10.2018
10:11am
A Utah man was killed earlier this month while trying to restart a palletizing machine at a pet food manufacturing facility.
5.9.2018
3:39pm
An employee was killed early Saturday morning after a fall at a chemical plant in North Carolina.
5.8.2018
4:24pm
In IMPO's May/June Digital Edition, editor Mike Hockett attends a press trip to Thailand showing what the country has to offer in maintenance and...
5.8.2018
1:34pm