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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.

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.

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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.

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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.

Dead Cows, Violations Found At Calif. Dairy

March 19, 2012 12:50 pm | News | Comments

California water authorities are ordering a Merced County dairy to clean up its property after more than 50 decomposing cow carcasses were found partially buried in manure.

Dust Explosions In The Food Industry

March 19, 2012 9:41 am | by Vahid Ebadat, Ph.D., CEO, Chilworth North America | Articles | Comments

A food processor's guide to understanding how dust explosions happen and what can be done to prevent them.

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Authorities ID Worker Killed At Tyson Plant

March 16, 2012 12:11 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Authorities have released the name of a worker who died in an accident at the Tyson Foods plant in Dakota City in northeast Nebraska.

Industrial Noise Control

March 14, 2012 10:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

Sound Curtains are custom-made noise control curtains and screens designed to dramatically reduce harmful industrial-strength noises. The ability to fan-fold and collapse out of the way allows the user the flexibility to enclose an area during loud noise processes and open the space back up after the task is complete.

Avoiding Incidents By Prevention & Protection

March 12, 2012 8:56 am | by Duane Smith, Senior Support Engineer, Digital Multimeter Group, Fluke Corp. | Articles | Comments

Understanding arc flash risks requires knowing the data. The pressure wave from the blast can reach 200 pounds per square inch. Workers can be knocked down or thrown several feet, resulting in broken bones, brain and internal injuries and hearing loss.

Harnessing the Risk Factors of Facility Project Planning

March 9, 2012 12:48 pm | by Dan Vining, PMP, SSOE Group | Articles | Comments

A project team who tackles risk planning and management with collective intensity wins [at least] most of the time.

$10M Tyson Verdict Overturned

March 7, 2012 12:47 pm | by CHUCK BARTELS,AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The Oklahoma Supreme Court on Tuesday tossed a $10 million jury verdict against Tyson Foods Inc., granting the company's request for a new trial based on allegations of juror misconduct and a mistake on interpreting the law.

Addressing The Skilled Trades Shortage

March 5, 2012 1:36 pm | by Karin Lindner, founder of Karico Performance Solutions | Articles | Comments

Have you ever wondered how we can give manufacturing the recognition and attention it deserves? Have you ever wondered if we're doing everything we can to attract the next generation of skilled workers to the manufacturing industry?

Washing Scale Parts

March 5, 2012 11:53 am | Product Releases | Comments

Developed in cooperation with manufacturers of multihead weighers, Douglas Scale Parts Washers are designed to quickly and efficiently wash, rinse and sanitize weigh buckets; chutes; and feeder pans in as little as 6 minutes.

Handle Grips

March 5, 2012 11:43 am | Product Releases | Comments

Handle Grips use strong, durable elastic material to provide mechanical and evnrionmental protection while enhancing user comfort. It is ergonomic and reduces muscle fatique while having non-slip properties for better control and safety.

Tyson Nebraska Plant Improvements May Doom Iowa Plant

March 1, 2012 11:52 am | News | Comments

Tyson Foods Inc. says major improvements at its Dakota City beef plant in northeast Nebraska could lead to the closure of a smaller beef plant in Denison, Iowa.

Earth Friendly Lubricant

February 28, 2012 3:06 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Formulated with USA-grown, renewable natural vegetable oils and selective additives, made without chlorine or regulated toxins, B-404 all-purpose lubricant clings to surfaces and does not evaporate, providing lubrication longer than convenitonal, petroleum-based lubricants.

Q&A: Food Packaging Innovations

February 28, 2012 11:00 am | by Terry Woolford, General Manager, Eagle Product Inspection | Articles | Comments

Food Manufacturing spoke with Terry Woolford of Eagle Product Inspection about the latest food packaging developments from last year, as well as what innovations to expect throughout the rest of 2012. 

RTD Temperature Sensing Module

February 27, 2012 12:05 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The SNAP-AIRTD-1K is a two-channel, isolated analog input module for use with 1000 ohm platinum resistance temperature detectors (RTDs). The module provides two channels of analog temperature input, with a nominal input temperature range of -200 to 850° C (-328 to 1,562° F) and an input range of 0 to 4,000 ohms.

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