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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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?

Floor It

March 27, 2012 9:30 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO | Blogs | Comments

The typical problem with plant flooring is that it’s nearly impossible to replace without a major shutdown, meaning most plants elect to address the problems of an existing floor with patch work, seals, chemicals or coverings. There’s a lot out there to choose from, so what’s the best solution for you?

Multi-Point Lubrication System

March 26, 2012 3:53 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The MEMOLUB® MPS (Multi-Point System) is a precise, reliable, and easy to install system that can lubricate from two to 12 lube points with one lubricator. The system consists of a lubricator, a distribution block which  meters the lubricant to all lube points, a mounting bracket and all the push-in tube fittings for the bearings.

Q&A: Energizing Wastewater Treatment

March 21, 2012 1:08 pm | by Henry Charrabé, president and CEO of RWL Water | Articles | Comments

Food Manufacturing spoke with Henry Charrabé of RWL Water about the newest technologies available for water and wastewater treatement in the food and beverage industries.

Food-Grade Fluids

March 21, 2012 11:06 am | Product Releases | Comments

These fluids are USP white mineral oil-based partial synthetic lubricants that utilize a proprietary additive system and synthetic polymer technology to provide exceptional wear and corrosion protection.

Seafood Processing Involves Unique Challenges

March 21, 2012 10:05 am | Articles | Comments

While there are some similarities between process seafood and other animal protein procedures, the seafood processing environment carries with it some unique challenges driven by the nature of the organisms involved and their generally higher degree of handling.

Chobani Plant Fined $178K For Safety Violations

March 19, 2012 12:55 pm | News | Comments

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration says the problems at Agro Farma Inc.'s Chobani Greek Yogurt plant in Chenango County included unguarded moving parts on machines, electrical hazards, lack of training and protective gear, wet floors and other dangerous conditions.

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