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Controlling Fugitive Emissions From Ball Valves

June 14, 2010 5:48 am | by Michael Adkins and Pete Ehlers, Swagelok Company

More and more attention is being focused on fugitive emissions, which are defined as equipment leaks as opposed to point-source emissions from reactor vents or boiler exhaust stacks. United States regulations are honing in on fugitive emissions in regions, such as the Gulf Coast of the United States.

Berries Benefit From Project Management Solution

June 14, 2010 5:47 am

Driscoll’s is a fourth-generation family-owned company that is the world’s leading supplier of fresh berries. The company works with a network of independent farmers throughout the world and needed a project management solution that would enable it to efficiently oversee and execute global projects throughout the organization.

Shrinking Ingredient Shrinkage

June 11, 2010 5:33 am

Seeing 250,000 pounds of product go to waste each year can bring a tear to any company’s eye. For powdered food processor Allied Blending & Ingredients, Inc., (Keokuk, IA) there was little comfort in knowing that product shrinkage on this order — one percent — is actually the industry norm when handling 25 million pounds of ingredients each year.

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When Component Price is Right

June 11, 2010 5:30 am | by Bill Moore, Sr. Vice President, Channel Management, SKF Service Division

Authorized distributors are the classic connection between food manufacturers and producers of rotating equipment technology, such as bearings, seals, lubricants and shafts, and the engineering expertise that stands behind them. Often, distributors who have developed mature relationships with their food industry customers offer services that only time and a deep understanding of the food producer’s needs can bring into play.

Safe Chemicals Act Is A 'No-Brainer'

June 9, 2010 4:46 am | by James A. Kosch, Tort Defense Team

Legislation recently introduced to overhaul the nation’s outdated chemical law is a “no-brainer”—so much so that the industry itself largely supports the move. Given the complexities of the global marketplace, however, the Safe Chemicals Act of 2010 easily could lead to unintended consequences that harm the U.

The Brainstorm: Total Cost Of Ownership

June 7, 2010 4:10 am

To get the most value out of your automated assembly machine, looking at total cost of ownership (TCO) is a must. This importance is multiplied in more challenging economic times. Start easy by looking at the durability and reliability of the equipment.

A Sea Change For Biofuels

June 7, 2010 3:37 am | by Will Thurmond, CEO Emerging Markets Online and Biofuels Digest columnist

June 8, 2010 Peak oil, fresh water shortages, and food challenges are driving innovations in aquatic feedstocks. As we enter a new decade in 2010, leagues of prescient scientists , businessmen, politicians, commodity traders, defense hawks, activists, NGOs and social entrepreneurs are taking on future challenges by invoking ancient wisdom.

The (Almost) Perfect Game

June 7, 2010 3:26 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO

As many of you loyal IMPO readers know, I am quite a serious baseball fan. In fact, I am pretty sure Milwaukee Brewers owner Mark Attanasio owes me a drink at some point; I swear I’ve paid a league minimum salary or two after years of dumping money into this organization. Sometimes I couldn’t be happier to be at a baseball game… like last Friday’s perfect 80-degree evening where Yovanni Gallardo threw a complete game shut out against the Mets and then Corey Hart hammered out a walk-off home run.

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Ensuring Food Safety In China

June 4, 2010 11:50 am

Food safety is taking centre stage in China as consumers and businesses around the globe increase demands for quality. Quality is a top priority for consumers and confidence in food brands is greatly influencing purchasing decisions. Additionally, since the 1st of June 2009, the new Food Safety Law, approved by the Standing Committee of the Eleventh National People’s Congress [1], is in effect in China.

Not Your Ordinary Labels

June 4, 2010 11:49 am | by Del Williams

In the chemical industry, simple adhesive labels are anything but simple. To protect the public from danger and the manufacturer from liability, chemical industry labels not only identify ingredients, proper use and handling, but also warnings, first aid, emergency procedures and such, typically on the product, packaging, and transport container.

Why “Big Mouth” Bulk Containers are Shrinking

June 4, 2010 4:42 am | by Del Williams

New design techniques are enabling the manufacture of 15 to 20 percent lighter jars, with less plactic, lower cost and greater environmental sustainability. Reducing the size and plastic content of wide-mouth, bulk containers pays off for food manufacturers, club stores, grocery chains, consumers and the environment “Big mouth” bulk plastic containers are shrinking, and everyone from food manufacturers to club stores, grocery chains, consumers and the environment are going to benefit.

Farming Fuel, Powering the Grid

June 4, 2010 4:40 am | by Carrie Ellis, Editor, Chem.Info

At one time, Farm Power stored its feedstock in this large tank, but upon discovering that the hay doesn’t degrade much when exposed to the elements, the not-for-profit chose to store it more naturally, on the ground. The antiquated view of the family farm may already be long gone in the minds of many, but Farm Power has managed to plow itself straight from the stigmatized old-fashioned farm into a farm of the future.

Q&A With Mike Pulick & Deb Oler, Grainger U.S.

June 2, 2010 5:30 am | by Michael A. Pulick, President, Grainger U.S.; Deb Oler, Grainger Industrial Supply Brand Team

IMPO sat down with Michael A. Pulick and Deb Oler from Grainger U.S. to ask a few questions about supplies and inventory control.

Good News Is Not News

June 2, 2010 5:29 am | by Krystal Gabert, Editor

The most recent massive E. coli-related recall — Freshway Foods’ lettuce contamination — has food safety once again in the news. Whenever a major (or minor) food safety disaster occurs, the industry grumbling begins: “How come you don’t hear about the facilities that are doing things right? Or the millions of pounds of safe food that arrived in stores this week?” Well, because, “Hey, guys, this system functioned as designed, thus nothing newsworthy happened,” is not news.

Getting the Most Out of Liftgate Conveyor Systems

June 1, 2010 5:11 am | by Luke Metzinger, Customer Application Engineer, Dorner

In my two and a half years working as a customer application engineer here at Dorner, I’ve never designed two identical liftgate conveyor systems. And I guess that’s not surprising considering conveyor applications are rarely alike. As implied by its name, a liftgate conveyor allows an operator to raise a section of the frame, much like a drawbridge, to let people pass through.

Just What is Innovation?

June 1, 2010 5:10 am | by Mike Collins, Author of Saving American Manufacturing

If your company decides to find new customers in new markets, you will inadvertently commit yourself to new products and services. This is an opportunity. That said, new processes may be just as important as new products. Ron Davis, CEO of Davis Tool, saw the writing on the wall as commodity job shop parts were sourced more and more from Asia.

PLM Product Data Record Is Key To Unlocking Traceability

May 28, 2010 4:45 am | by George Young, Founding Partner, Kalypso

In my last column, we looked at why having a system of traceability is so important for enabling Food and Beverage (F&B) companies to mitigate the risks of contamination and recalls. It didn’t take long to find more examples that reinforce this need.

I’ll Take The Science Channel Over MTV Any Day

May 27, 2010 11:18 am | by Amanda Earing, News Editor, Manufacturing.Net

I’m not a fan of reality TV. The catty behaviors, the backstabbing, the constant whining — I don’t need it in my life, nor do I care to watch it played out on TV. But I do like watching informative TV Shows, and this past weekend, I caught up on a few episodes of the show, How Do They Do It on the Science Channel.

Ensuring Brand Protection And Consumer Safety

May 27, 2010 7:59 am | by Markus Lipp, Ph.D.

Food fraud. It is a subject that many of us in the food industry have been aware of for quite a while. But only recently has this threat reached the mainstream of public discourse. Food fraud is the intentional adulteration of food with less-expensive ingredients for economic gain—and it has been observed in the marketplace for at least the last century—and other times in history.

Speeding Up Spuds

May 26, 2010 5:58 am

Before a potato hits the dinner plate, it may have taken six to eight years of development to get there. Among the thousands of varieties of potatoes, characteristics like size, color, solid-matter content and starch type can all vary, and they are appealing to producers and consumers for their respective characteristics.

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