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UV Disinfection: A Bright Idea For Food Safety

June 18, 2010 6:35 am | by Jon McClean, President, Engineered Treatment Systems LLC

In a market that is driven by cost and  the need to produce product that is free from infection, whilst using fewer chemicals, ultra violet (UV) disinfection  is adopted  increasingly by poultry and meat processors for a variety of applications. Infection from organisms such as Salmonella Typhimurium and Listeria will contaminate brine chillers, wash water, feed water, spray and drench water and will also infect poultry and meat marinades.

Machines that 'Tweet'

June 16, 2010 5:30 am | by Wade Patterson, Synapse Wireless Founder, President and CEO

Let's start with SNAP, which is a software application that can run on any computing platform, from tiny embedded controllers, to notebook and desktop computers (running the Windows, MAC, or Linux operating systems), all the way up to massive Internet and Cloud servers. One of the key features of SNAP is that it performs full mesh routing using any and all available communications interfaces.

New Software Brews Savings for Honest Tea

June 16, 2010 5:28 am

Honest Tea launched in 1998 and has never looked back. The maker of a variety of ready-to-drink bottled organic teas, thirst quenchers and drink pouches sold in tens of thousands of stores now employs 98, and has revenues approaching $50 million for the current fiscal year. Headquartered in Bethesda, MD, the company had been using Excel and QuickBooks.

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Purchasing Poison for my Daughter

June 15, 2010 5:30 am | by Meaghan Ziemba, Associate Editor, PD&D

For those of you who are not familiar with my Zhu Zhu dilemma from last Christmas, my most recent poisonous purchase for my daughter would make number two. I’m not trying to off my six-year-old. I’m just one of those consumers that assume big corporations test their products for safety issues before selling them to the public.

The State Of U.S. Manufacturing

June 15, 2010 5:28 am | by Craig Hodges, general manager, U.S. Manufacturing and Resources Sector, Microsoft

In a 2008 research paper titled, “Revised Forecast Advances Date of China Becoming the Preeminent Global Manufacturer,” Global Insights predicted that by the year 2016-17, the United States could lose its status as the world’s top manufacturer for the first time in more than 100 years, providing a clear call to action for U.

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.

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.

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