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Money-Saving Ball Screw Repairs

January 10, 2013 11:42 am | by Mike Fitzpatrick, General Manager, PSI Repair Services Inc. | Articles | Comments

When it comes to high-precision positioning for rotary-to-linear motion, the ball screw provides unequaled reliability and performance. These highly efficient components are commonly found on machine tools, robots and precision assembly equipment.

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Thought of the Day: Fire Halts Corn Processing Operations

January 10, 2013 11:28 am | News | Comments

An explosion sparked a fire at an Archer Daniels Midland corn processing facility in Illinois Wednesday. No one was hurt in the blaze, but the company has temporarily suspended operations at the location while the cause of the fire is being investigated.

Food Prices Continue to Fall

January 10, 2013 9:41 am | News | Comments

A U.N. agency plays down fears of a looming world food crisis as international coordination and flagging demand have led to a drop in food prices for the third consecutive month in December. The food price index of the Rome-based Food and Agriculture Organization edged down 1.1 percent with drops in the international prices of major cereals, oils and fats.

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Explosion Damages ADM Facility in Illinois

January 10, 2013 9:39 am | News | Comments

Archer Daniels Midland shut down operations Wednesday at its corn processing plant in central Illinois after an early morning explosion damaged the facility. A fire broke out after the explosion in the maintenance area of the Peoria plant at about 3 a.m. Wednesday, ADM spokeswoman Jackie Anderson said. Nobody was hurt, but fire officials say one person was taken to the hospital as a precaution.

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Sweet Stock Activity for Krispy Kreme

January 10, 2013 9:38 am | Videos | Comments

Doughnut maker and unofficial symbol of American gluttony, Krispy Kreme, is seeing a surge in stock activity after the first of the year. Though few have answers for the sudden spike, the stock jumped about 15 percent in only a few days.

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Texas Rice Farming Towns Struggle Without Water

January 10, 2013 9:36 am | by RAMIT PLUSHNICK-MASTI,Associated Press | News | Comments

Tom Kallina has no fields to till, plant or flood. But his business depends on Texas' rice industry and the likelihood that farmers won't get irrigation water for a second consecutive year threatens to destroy it, along with hundreds of others in his area.

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Brazilian Company Buys XL Foods Plant

January 10, 2013 9:34 am | News | Comments

The XL Foods meat packing plant that was at the center of the largest meat recall in Canadian history has been acquired by the subsidiary of a Brazilian company. JBS South America says its Canadian division, JBS Food Canada, expects to complete the purchase of the XL operations in Brooks, Alta., on Monday.

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Photo of the Day: Firefighters Attack Blaze at ADM

January 10, 2013 9:31 am | News | Comments

Archer Daniels Midland shut down operations Wednesday at its corn processing plant in central Illinois after an early morning explosion damaged the facility. A fire broke out after the explosion in the maintenance area of the Peoria plant at about 3 a.m. Wednesday, ADM spokeswoman Jackie Anderson said.

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Perdue Seeks up to $2.5M in Pollution Case

January 10, 2013 9:20 am | by ALEX DOMINGUEZ,Associated Press | News | Comments

Perdue Farms is seeking up to $2.5 million in attorney fees following its victory in a poultry pollution case that had been closely watched by environmentalist and agriculture interests for its potential impact on the industry, a company spokeswoman said Wednesday.

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Margin Meltdown: When Costs Drop, Should Prices Follow?

January 10, 2013 9:18 am | by Eric Hills, Chief Evangelist & Senior Vice President, Zilliant | Articles | Comments

It never fails, does it? You finally pushed those price increases through — to reflect the fact that your input costs have been going up dramatically — and the market takes another turn. Input costs are now speeding in the opposite direction and your customers are expecting — or rather, demanding — price decreases.

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IPPE Coverage: Coextruder for Turkey Sausage, Booth #6059

January 10, 2013 1:00 am | by Food Manufacturing Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Two Vemags Stuffers can be used together with a Reiser-engineered coextrusion attachment to produce a collagen-coated turkey sausage.

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Ball Guide Screw Linear Rail

January 10, 2013 1:00 am | by Food Manufacturing Staff | Product Releases | Comments

The BGS06 Ball Guide Screw linear rail is a versatile system utilizing the popular size 17 single stack or double stack stepper motor linear actuator.

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Industrial Duty Rotary Encoder

January 10, 2013 1:00 am | by Food Manufacturing Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Company introduces its new series of shaft encoders. The ZB series of shaft encoders includes general duty industrial rotary pulse generators with up to 1,000 PPR for high-resolution precision counting or speed measurement.

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Pick Sanitary Heater Disassembly

January 9, 2013 3:57 pm | by Pick Heaters | Videos | Comments

The Pick Sanitary Heater is a 3-A authorized design and meets USDA & FDA requirements. The Pick heater body can be easily disassembled for periodic cleaning as may be called for by COP, or clean-out-of-place requirements. With its sanitary clamp design, the Pick mixing chamber can quickly be pulled from system piping at one steam and two liquid connections.

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Process Heating Solutions - Salsa Application

January 9, 2013 3:48 pm | by Pick Heaters | Videos | Comments

Salsa applications, as well as any application requiring non-shear cooking of bite-size pieces, are excellent for the Pick sanitary heater. The salsa contains onions, peppers, tomatoes, salts, spices and starch binders. The Pick heater improves salsa processing by eliminating kettles and time-consuming batch cooking.

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Advances in Material Handling & Compaction Technologies for Dry Powders

January 9, 2013 2:30 pm | Events

In collaboration with Hosokawa Micron Powder Systems and Virto/Elcan, K-Tron is presenting a complimentary technical seminar, "Advances in Material Handling & Compaction Technologies for Dry Powders," offering processors detailed information on the advances in material handling and compaction technologies for the food industry.

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Advances in Material Handling & Compaction Technologies for Dry Powders

January 9, 2013 2:28 pm | Events

In collaboration with Hosokawa Micron Powder Systems and Virto/Elcan, K-Tron is presenting a complimentary technical seminar, "Advances in Material Handling & Compaction Technologies for Dry Powders," offering processors detailed information on the advances in material handling and compaction technologies for the food industry.

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Thought of the Day: Winter Drought

January 9, 2013 1:02 pm | News | Comments

Today, 597 counties in 14 states have been declared primary disaster areas by the USDA. Due to ongoing drought conditions in these regions, farmers located in these counties are now qualified for low-interest emergency loans.   

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Lean Manufacturing: The Skinny on the Facts

January 9, 2013 12:56 pm | by Frank Hill, Stratus Technologies | Articles | Comments

2012 has come and gone. With a new year staring us down, it’s time for new resolutions. Resolutions involve change, which can be tough for manufacturers. Many manufacturers are conservative in their approach to changing IT solutions — solutions they have become extremely reliant upon and familiar with.

Snack Company Recalls Cinnamon Crunch Products

January 9, 2013 12:41 pm | News | Comments

Somersault Snack Co., LLC, in cooperation with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is voluntarily recalling all packages of Somersaults Cinnamon Crunch products with Sell By Dates of 8/30/2013 or earlier. The packaging of these products inadvertently fails to declare the allergen milk which is contained in a flavoring ingredient of these products.

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