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January/February 2014 — LEEDing the Way with Sustainable Packaging

January 29, 2014 11:26 am | Digital Editions | Comments

Nestlé Waters North America is the largest bottled water company by volume in the United States. The company prides itself on its sustainability efforts, including its many LEED-certified facilities and eco-friendly packaging.

LED Wall Pack Light

January 28, 2014 2:51 pm | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

The 240 Watt Explosion Proof LED Wall Pack Light fixture provides operators with an energy efficient alternative to traditional hazardous location luminaires.

Leak Detection Kit

January 28, 2014 2:35 pm | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

The OLK-441 Leak Detection Kit finds leaks quickly and efficiently in petroleum- or synthetic-based fluid systems.


Kentucky Bourbon Tourism Hits Record Highs

January 24, 2014 10:11 am | News | Comments

Bourbon tourism reached new heights last year in Kentucky as people flocked to distilleries. In its first full year, 61,698 people traveled to the Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour. It was created in 1999 by the state's distillers' association.

Calif. Chicken Plant Reopens after Cockroach Infestation

January 23, 2014 10:13 am | News | Comments

A California chicken processing plant resumed operations after shutting down for two weeks to combat a cockroach infestation. Foster Farms in Livingston said it called its employees back to work after taking all necessary measures to clean the plant.

LED Retrofit Lamps

January 22, 2014 1:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

Two- and three-watt LED G9 Retrofit Lamps are versatile, energy efficient alternatives for up to 40-watt halogen T4 G9-based lamps.

Manufacturing Needs More ‘Post-Mortems’

January 20, 2014 12:00 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, | Blogs | Comments

Dig deep enough on the corporate website for many software-based companies and you’ll find documents called “post-mortems,” in which an employee explains in detail the nature of a recent downtime or failure. Manufacturing has no real equivalent, and I wonder if that isn’t a problem, or, at least, an opportunity.

Power Quality Problems Plague Manufacturing’s Push for Productivity

January 17, 2014 12:00 pm | by Ben Grimes, Chief Technology Officer, Innovolt | Articles | Comments

While most manufacturers have comprehensive equipment maintenance and service programs in place to minimize downtime, most manufacturers pay much less attention to a problem that, according to Electric Power and Light Magazine, causes 30 to 40 percent of business downtime: power quality fluctuations.


Workstation Barometer

January 8, 2014 1:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

The Traceable® Workstation Barometer with clock and altitude compensation is designed for recording ambient changes in labs, monitoring conditions that affect sample analysis and assiting in prediction of weather changes.

Before You Automate, Contemplate

January 3, 2014 12:00 pm | by Todd Brun, Senior Validation Engineer, E-Technologies Group | Articles | Comments

Before we can jump into delivering automation solutions, we need to step back and take into account the rapidly changing environment of controls and automation. Case in point, control systems once had a life span of decades, but now the range is between three and 10 years.

Volumetric LED Panels

January 3, 2014 1:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

ArcMAX™ Volumetric LED Panels have been added to the DesignLights Consortium® (DLC) Qualified Products List (QPL), certifying the fixtures for national utility rebates.

Fire Halts Operations at Cargill Beef Plant

December 24, 2013 3:52 pm | News | Comments

A fire has shut down operations at Cargill's beef packing plant in Dodge City. There were no injuries in the fire Monday night at the southwest Kansas facility, but 1,000 employees were evacuated. Flames damaged the roof in one part of the plant.

Food Industry Execs Shouldn’t Have to Swallow Excessive Work-Comp Costs

December 20, 2013 8:00 am | by Paul C. Johnson, CPCU, CWCA | Articles | Comments

For the food industry, risk is a multi-headed beast, often controlled by a virtual alphabet soup of regulatory entities — FDA, USDA, OSHA — all focused on safety. With so many regulatory waters to be navigated, failure to focus on worker safety can be extremely costly, both in terms of worker health and company finances.


LED Flood Light

December 20, 2013 1:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

The Magnalight EPLC2-LED-150W-RT Explosion Proof LED Flood Light provides an energy efficient alternative to traditional hazardous location luminaries.

Sine Pumps Ideal Solution for Pumping Viscous Confectionary Products

December 13, 2013 12:00 pm | by Russell Merritt, Watson-Marlow Pump Group | Articles | Comments

The viscous nature of confectionary products like chocolate, caramel, fondant, thick cream, syrups and liquid sugar make them extremely challenging for pumping operations. Choosing the right pump is essential to avoid the costs associated with pump downtime and repair or replacement.

Energy Risk Management in Food Manufacturing

December 13, 2013 8:00 am | by Michael Overturf, CEO of ZF Energy Development | Articles | Comments

Energy productivity, the ratio between value-added shipments and total energy cost, is an important indicator for managers of food processing companies. Like all operating indices, managers expect this to be at standard, or even continuously improve. How can this be done without increasing risk?

Hazardous Area LED Light Fixture

December 13, 2013 1:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

The HAL-24-3L-LED-BMSW fixture is a 2 foot long, 3 lamp, UL listed Class 1 Division 2 Groups A, B, C and D hazardous area LED light that takes the reliability and efficiency of a fluorescent fixture and adds longer lamp life and efficiency.

Hygienic Cleaning Brushes

December 9, 2013 1:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

These innovative brushes and tools are designed to improve and raise the visibility of users' internal hygiene control, support HACCP compliance and make it easier to maintain hygiene regulations.

Brainstorm: Reducing Energy Costs (Part VI)

December 6, 2013 8:00 am | by Bob Van Antwerp, Senior Project Manager, SSOE Group | Articles | Comments

The Food Manufacturing Brainstorm features industry experts sharing their perspectives on issues critical to the overall food industry marketplace. In this issue, we ask: What steps can food manufacturers take to reduce energy costs in their facilities?

Highly Flexible Thermocouple Cables

December 3, 2013 1:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

Highly Flexible Thermocouple Cables are designed for continuous motion, tight routing, excessive temperatures (-65°C to +260°C) and extremely harsh environments.

Eye on Energy: Harnessing the Latest Energy Tracking Technology

December 2, 2013 8:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Energy usage continues to be a critical issue in the manufacturing sector, due to concerns over energy costs as well as the need to meet corporate sustainability requirements. But with advanced energy management technology, manufacturers more easily can meet their energy goals.

Light Bar

November 27, 2013 1:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

The LEDLB-24E-IR LED Light Bar offers high infrared light output and extreme durability for demanding operating conditions.

Lubrication System

November 25, 2013 1:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

The INTELLILUBE® single-point lubrication system reliably dispenses pre-measured lubricant at a constant rate, avoiding damage from manually over and under filling.

Proposed Poultry Plant on Former Vlasic Pickle Site Draws Opposition in Del.

November 22, 2013 9:40 am | by RANDALL CHASE, Associated Press | News | Comments

Millsboro residents voiced opposition Thursday to a plan supported by Gov. Jack Markell and state economic development officials to convert a former pickle plant in Sussex County into a poultry processing plant. Pollution is a major concern for residents.

Indiana Food Plant Reopening Pushed Back

November 21, 2013 9:55 am | News | Comments

A food-processing company says it has pushed back the date for restarting a closed factory in eastern Indiana. Sugar Creek Packing Co. officials say the delay comes because of changes in construction plans for a sewage treatment plant near Cambridge City.

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