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Metal Detector Rapid Availability Program

May 11, 2012 3:26 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Company has launched YES!, a new global rapid availability program for its line of APEX metal detectors. The program addresses a variety of time-critical issues ranging from crisis response for recalls to production disruptions due to equipment failure.

Dust Management Solution

May 9, 2012 4:04 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The DustBoss® DB-M is well suited to operating conditions involving very fine dust particles, including slag dust or fly ash.  The unit generates an umbrella-shaped cloud of atomized droplets averaging 50-200 microns in size, projecting the mist about 30 feet (9.14 meters) under calm conditions.

Mushroom Farm Workers 'Didn't Have To Die'

May 8, 2012 12:15 pm | News | Comments

Three men who died at a Fraser Valley mushroom farm after being overcome in a shed by a mix of toxic gases, despite repeated warnings from workplace safety authorities, didn't have to die, a coroner's inquest has been told.


Zero-Configuration App For Control Systems

May 7, 2012 3:50 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Company has released Opto aPAC, an application for monitoring and managing the SNAP PAC System using mobile devices running the Android operating system. The app provides real-time control system access and information to authorized automation professionals equipped with wireless, Android-based smart phones or tablets.

Modular pH Sensor

May 7, 2012 3:42 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The S8000 Modular pH Sensor Platform is available as a submersion mounted sensor system, reducing measurement costs for open tanks and vessels as part of water and wastewater treatment applications.

Sprayable Food-Grade Lubricants

May 7, 2012 3:33 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Twelve new lubricants have been specifically developed to answer the needs of demanding environments. Consisting of food-grade base-stocks including synthetics, renewable oils and silicones, these lubricants are also treated with the most effective antioxidants and additives to specifically address the performance and application needs of today's food processor.

Knobs & Handles For Harsh Environments

May 7, 2012 3:22 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The new chrome-plated lobe knobs and chrome-plated adjustable handles are well-suited for outdoor and harsh conditions. They work well in general applications on equipment with parts that need frequent cleaning and those using water sprays or steam.

Q&A With Paul Humphreys, Atlas Copco

May 4, 2012 9:50 am | by Industrial Maintenance and Plant Operation | Articles | Comments

Atlas Copco's Paul Humphreys talks with IMPO about the worrying maintenance trends we've seen since the downturn — and how we can fix them.


Food Processing Lubricants

May 3, 2012 4:13 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Company's SHC Cibus Series is a family of synthetic lubricants that deliver wear protection and long-term oxidation stability for equipment that is commonly used in the food and beverage processing and packaging and animal feed manufacturing.

Nano-Ceramic Grease

May 3, 2012 3:24 pm | Product Releases | Comments

NSF-H1 Food Grade Certified DayLube high performance grease provides long lasting lubrication for all types of equipment used in food and beverage processing facilities. Nanoceramic particles act as sub-microscopic ball bearings to yield a lower coefficient of friction at all temperatures than traditional PTFE greases.

Keeping Chemical Washdowns Safe

April 26, 2012 9:14 am | by Martin Carter, Graphic Products, Inc. | Articles | Comments

We all know that compliance with regulations from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and other food sector governing bodies drive the need for signs and labels at chemical washdown sites. But there are more to signs and labels than meets the eye.

Blast Kills 1 At Norway Dairy Plant

April 23, 2012 12:57 pm | News | Comments

An explosion ripped through a Norwegian dairy plant building in the country's southeast on Monday, killing at least one person and wounding three others, a Norwegian broadcaster reported. Rescuers also sought five people believed to be missing.

Channel Grinder

April 20, 2012 3:52 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The redesigned Moyno® Series 3 C3A channel grinder produces on average 30% more flow when compared to the original. Optimized high flow side rails are one of the main contributing factors for the increase in flow along with a lower profile bottom housing.


Judge Asked To Approve BP Oil Spill Settlement

April 18, 2012 12:59 pm | by CAIN BURDEAU and MICHAEL KUNZELMAN,Associated Press | News | Comments

BP and a team of plaintiffs' attorneys on Wednesday presented a federal judge with the formal terms of a proposed class-action settlement designed to resolve billions of dollars in economic damage claims spawned by the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

The Cost Of The Untrained

April 16, 2012 9:36 am | by Rachel Leisemann Immel, Associate Editor, IMPO | Blogs | Comments

I’ve heard time and time again how critical a successful training program is in the industry—and the cost of an untrained worker might just be a bit higher than a masticated remote.

High-Speed Roll Door

April 13, 2012 12:23 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The Clean-Roll door is the only high-speed roll door designed specifically to meet USDA, FDA, NSF and ISO standards. All components are fabricated of stainless steel or USDA-compliant materials.

Let Bygones Be Bygones? Not So Fast

April 13, 2012 8:15 am | by Editor | Blogs | Comments

Are factories safer today than they were in 1911? Most definitely — but that doesn’t mean that we can let our guards down.

Three Places To Look For Energy Losses

April 4, 2012 1:14 pm | News | Comments

Extensive work with a variety of customers and suppliers has shown that a significant amount of energy loss is actually temperature related.

Workers Sickened By Carbon Dioxide Leak At Food Plant

April 2, 2012 12:49 pm | News | Comments

One worker was in serious condition Friday while 90 others exposed to a carbon dioxide leak at a Northern California food processing plant have recovered, hospital officials said. Workers at Ghiringhelli Specialty Foods in Vallejo began having difficulty breathing and some started vomiting due to what firefighters described as a gas leak in a kitchen fed by an external carbon dioxide tank.

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.

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.

Rapid Deploy Video System

March 29, 2012 3:44 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The RD-MZ-3630-01, a rapid deploy wireless video solution, consists of a high definition color camera as well as an internal wireless radio. The camera is capable of transmitting over 30 frames per second of video in 1280 x 1024 resolution.

Wall Mount Enclosures

March 29, 2012 3:19 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Designed for use in harsh industrial environments where electronic or electrical equipment, electrical switchgear, hydraulics or pneumatic controllers must be isolated from oil, water and dust, the Eclipse Series of wall mount enclosures is fabricated from type 304 stainless steel.

Talk Is Cheap

March 28, 2012 10:00 am | by Mike Schmidt, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

While many businesses recognize the value of protecting themselves from potentially disastrous security incidents, they fall short in their attempts to do so.

Slow Motion Sandwich

March 28, 2012 9:30 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

Whether it’s on an automotive production line or over bins of lettuce and banana peppers, there is always an opportunity to succeed just as much as there is one to fail. Do you know which members of your team are choosing which outcome for your business?

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