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OSHA’s Top 10 Violations of 2013 and How to Prevent Them

March 17, 2014 9:00 am | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO, @TalesFromTia | Articles | Comments

Each year, the Occupational Safety & Health Administration releases its list of the top 10 most frequently cited standards violations. The list for 2013 is nearly identical to the previous year, highlighting the need for greater attention to safety on the plant floor.

Molded-Case Circuit Breakers

March 12, 2014 2:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

Company's new line of molded-case circuit breakers, as well as control-circuit and load-protection devices, meets global certifications, including CE, CSA and CCC.

March/April 2014 — Sharing a Century of Seafood

March 10, 2014 10:52 am | Digital Editions | Comments

Northern Fish Products, Inc., in Tacoma, Wash., has supplied fresh seafood throughout the United States and abroad throughout its 102-year history. Now ozone technology and transparent sourcing are helping build on a long-standing reputation of quality.

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March/April 2014 — Sharing a Century of Seafood

March 10, 2014 10:36 am | News | Comments

Northern Fish Products, Inc., in Tacoma, Wash., has supplied fresh seafood throughout the United States and abroad throughout its 102-year history. Now ozone technology and transparent sourcing are helping build on a long-standing reputation of quality.

Explosion Proof LED Light

March 4, 2014 1:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

The EPL-PM-150LED-X24I-100 Explosion Proof LED Light with encapsulated inline transformer is Class 1 Division 1 & 2 and Class 2 Division 1 & 2 rated.

Hydrostatic Precipitator

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

The Type LVN RotoClone Hydrostatic Precipitator is a completely self-contained device that cleans the air by centrifugal force and intermixing of water and dust laden air.

Drain Cover

February 28, 2014 1:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

The PIG® Rapid Response Drainblocker® Drain Cover is designed to provide facilities with affordable emergency spill response protection in spill-prone areas near drains.

How to Identify the Right Forklift for Your Operation

February 26, 2014 8:00 am | by Tom Reddon | Articles | Comments

Manufacturing technology and processes have advanced — even for forklifts. Today, there are plenty of lift-truck designs out there for all types of businesses, and with the right knowledge, you’re sure to find the right machine for your needs.

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LED Aluminum Drop Light

February 26, 2014 1:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

The EPL-FL1524-LED-120X12-C1D2-100 Explosion Proof LED Aluminum Drop Light is equipped with a 15 watt LED bulb that runs off 120 volts with an inline step down transformer to 12 volts.

Acoustic Cleaner for Dry Particulate

February 24, 2014 1:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

The Sonic Horn is an acoustic cleaner that produces a low-frequency, high-pressure sound wave that is magnified as it is emitted through the cleaner’s bell.

Contaminant Collection and Filtration

February 12, 2014 1:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

TH-280 Series of Industrial air filtration systems provides high-efficiency, ambient filtration in manufacturing and processing environments.

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.

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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, Manufacturing.net | 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.

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