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Intelligent Servo Drive

April 2, 2012 12:22 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The iPOS3604 VX is an intelligent servo drive which offers a high power density of up to 360 W of peak power on a compact board featuring only 21 x 54 mm of PCB space. Specifically developed to be PCB embedded, the unit can be mounted vertically or horizontally onto a motherboard.

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Moisture Analyzer Verification

April 2, 2012 12:13 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The SmartCal reference substance is designed to verify and document moisture analyzer performance with a simple 10-minute test. The product fulfills the quality management system requirements of the food sector (BRC, IFS), the pharmaceutical industry (GMP, USP <1058>) and also meets ISO 9001.

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Go Forth and Simplify

April 2, 2012 12:11 pm | by Alan Nicol, Executive Member, AlanNicolSolutions | Articles | Comments

As our businesses grow and develop, by nature, things become more complex. One of the most effective ways to improve business performance is to simplify everything we do.

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Chocolate Milk War

April 2, 2012 10:37 am | Videos | Comments

USDA and healt officials are concerned about the health risks associated with chocolate milk, but some students say "chocolate milk or no milk at all."

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Workers: Ban Shop Towels that Retain Toxic Metals

April 2, 2012 10:09 am | Articles | Comments

Nearly four in five manufacturing workers agreed that shop towels should be banned if they are not 100-percent free of hazardous materials after laundering.

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S.D. Residents Worried About Proposed Hog Facility

April 2, 2012 10:07 am | News | Comments

Some residents of southwest Davison County are worried about a large hog production facility that has been proposed in the area.

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Wendy's Runs Anti-'Pink Slime' Ads

April 2, 2012 10:04 am | News | Comments

The Wendy's Co. ran full-page advertisements in eight major newspapers across the country Friday, reassuring customers that it has never used the beef filler known as "pink slime" and never will.

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Spinach Could Be Weapon Against Citrus Disease

April 2, 2012 10:02 am | by CHRISTOPHER SHERMAN,Associated Press | News | Comments

In a lab not far from the Mexican border, the fight against a disease ravaging the worldwide citrus industry has found an unexpected weapon: spinach.

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Corn Supplies Fall, Prices To Remain High

April 2, 2012 9:59 am | News | Comments

New government data released Friday showed a drop in the amount of corn in storage and raised concerns that supplies will remain tight and prices high in the near term. Corn futures surged about 6.6 percent. The report — and the possible impact on food prices — overshadowed a projection by the government that corn growers will plant the largest crop in 75 years.

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FDA Rejects Call To Ban BPA

April 2, 2012 9:56 am | by MATTHEW PERRONE,AP Health Writer | News | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration has rejected a petition from environmentalists that would have banned the plastic-hardening chemical bisphenol-A from all food and drink packaging, including plastic bottles and canned food.

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Photo Of The Day: Spinach Genes May Save Citrus Trees

April 2, 2012 9:53 am | News | Comments

Plant pathologist Erik Mirkov holds an early citrus rootstock called C22 that is enhanced with the genes from spinach. Testing has shown the genetically enhanced citrus trees are immune to citrus greening, a disease that has ravaged the industry.

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From Investment Banking To Mushroom Growing

April 1, 2012 8:00 am | Videos | Comments

Two college students are have launched a new business after figuring out how to grow mushrooms in coffee grounds.

Lubricant Website Tool

March 30, 2012 4:24 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Company has expanded its Lubricant Advisor, a tool allowing customers to identify the ideal lubricant solution for any application.

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Silicone Cables

March 30, 2012 4:16 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Highly Flexible Silicone Cables are designed for continuous motion and harsh weather conditions. Ideal in Windmill Turbine applications, these UV resistant components are an alternative to PVC and Thermoplastic Rubber jacketed cables that are unreliable in severe environment conditions.

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Gulf Seafood Trace Program

March 30, 2012 4:08 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Gulf Seafood Trace is a full supply chain traceability and marketing program that confirms and communicates the validity of seafood products and increases confidence in their source throughout the market.

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Recalled Salsa May Be Tainted With Salmonella

March 30, 2012 1:11 pm | News | Comments

State agricultural officials are warning consumers about a salsa recall in West Virginia and 10 other states due to possible salmonella contamination.

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Farmers Check For Damage From Cold Snap

March 30, 2012 1:09 pm | by GEORGE M. WALSH,Associated Press | News | Comments

Fruit plants budding and blooming weeks earlier than usual were damaged by frigid temperatures this week, but farmers in the Great Lakes and Northeast say they're still assessing the toll and some crop loss won't be apparent until mid-summer.

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Idaho Lawmakers Pass Felony Animal Cruelty Law

March 30, 2012 1:05 pm | by ALEX MORRELL,Associated Press | News | Comments

The bill comes partly in response to instances where some animal owners facing financial difficulties failed to feed or properly care for livestock, including a high-profile case in 2011 involving dozens of starved and neglected sheep, goats, pigs, llamas and horses.

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New Wine Fermenters Have Vintners Thinking Sunny Side Up

March 30, 2012 1:02 pm | by MICHELLE LOCKE,For The Associated Press | News | Comments

Do you like eggs with wine? How about wine IN eggs? Sounds a bit dicey, but it's been happening more lately as winemakers embrace concrete egg-shaped fermenters as a way to add unique flavors to their wines.

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Whole Foods To Drop Unsustainable Seafood

March 30, 2012 12:53 pm | by MICHAEL HILL,Associated Press | News | Comments

Whole Foods Market said Friday that it will stop selling fish caught from depleted waters or through ecologically damaging methods, a move that comes as supermarkets nationwide try to make their seafood selections more sustainable.

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