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Omaha Company Proposes Vegetable Oil Plant

December 18, 2014 12:31 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

An Omaha, Nebraska soybean processing company plans to build a $90 million vegetable oil refinery in western Iowa. The Sioux City Journal reports that Ag Processing Inc. plans to build the refinery at its complex near Sergeant Bluff, creating at least 20 new jobs.

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The Next Great Breakthrough For Chemical Manufacturing?

December 18, 2014 11:06 am | by The Scripps Research Institute | Articles | Comments

Chemists at The Scripps Research Institute have invented a powerful method for joining complex organic molecules that is extraordinarily robust and can be used to make pharmaceuticals, fabrics, dyes, plastics and other materials previously inaccessible to chemists.

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3-D Printer Dishes up Expertly Crafted Eats

December 18, 2014 10:35 am | by Reuters Plus | Videos | Comments

A Spanish company has combined technology with cuisine to develop the Foodini, a 3-D printer designed to print the perfect cookie for Santa. Could this printer threaten demand for packaged foods such as cookies and other treats? Ben Gruber reports.

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Reliability Engineers: Effectiveness Depends on Leadership

December 18, 2014 9:36 am | by Michael W. Blanchard, CRE, PE, Life Cycle Engineering | Blogs | Comments

Beyond acquiring the knowledge, one of the most difficult aspects of a Reliability Engineer's job is building and cultivating a reliability-centered culture. This article explores opportunities for REs to develop leadership abilities by immersing themselves into the effort to transform an organization’s culture.

Extreme Temperatures And Other Hazards Found at Birds Eye Foods Plant

December 18, 2014 9:20 am | by OSHA | News | Comments

One would expect subzero temperatures in the Arctic Circle and understand the need for a coat, but employees working in a 40-degree-below-zero Fahrenheit freezer at Birds Eye Foods Inc. in Darien were left in the cold. OSHA also discovered slip, trip and fall hazards on unclean freezer floors.

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70' Long Accumulation, Decline Noser, Shuttle Conveyor

December 17, 2014 4:49 pm | by Multi-Conveyor | Product Releases | Comments

This stainless steel constructred plastic belt conveyor is designed for accumulating flat or low in height product. When the downstream process pauses, the accumulation system is activated and receives product from the upstream transport conveyor to allow the upstream machines to empty, or to continue their process for a limited time.

Insertion Electromagnetic Flowmeter

December 17, 2014 4:37 pm | by Omega | Product Releases | Comments

FMG980 Series insertion electromagnetic flowmeters are designed for use with conductive liquids in 25 to 305 mm (1 to 12") pipe. A choice of materials (stainless steel, brass, and PVC) allows the meter to adapt to a range of temperature, pressure and corrosive environments.

CO2 Emissions Reach All-Time High, But Growth is Slowing

December 17, 2014 4:28 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.info | Articles | Comments

First, the bad news: Global CO2 emissions from fossil fuels and industrial processes (cement and metal production) reached an all-time high in 2013. The upside? The rate of emission growth is slowing down for the second year in a row. The top offenders remain China, the U.S. and the EU.

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ND Fines Company $687,000 For Waste Water Violations

December 17, 2014 4:19 pm | by JAMES MacPHERSON, Associated Press | News | Comments

North Dakota regulators assessed a $687,000 fine Wednesday against a Utah company for violating saltwater waste disposal rules. The North Dakota Industrial Commission approved the sanction against Springville, Utah-based Redemption Energy LLC.

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Hemlock Permanently Closing $1.2B Plant in Tenn.

December 17, 2014 4:11 pm | by The Leaf-Chronicle, Clarksville, Tenn. | News | Comments

Hemlock Semiconductor Group is permanently closing its idled polysilicon plant in Clarksville, citing global trade disputes that have led to an oversupply of the compound used in solar energy panels. The company's president, Denise Beachy, announced the decision to the The Leaf-Chronicle on Wednesday.

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Cheap, Clean Fusion One Step Closer to Reality

December 17, 2014 2:27 pm | by Reuters Plus | Videos | Comments

Fusion power is the holy grail of any energy sources currently being developed. Researchers at the University of Washington are developing a new type of fusion reactor that could generate eco-friendly power for less money than fossil fuels. Will it be a reality in our lifetime?

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Am I Being Poisoned by Eating the Fish On My Plate?

December 17, 2014 12:57 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Blogs | Comments

If you have ever heard the saying “you are what you eat” than you probably remember your mother scolding at you as a child for eating too many cookies because “if you eat too many, you’ll turn in to one!”  But if you are what you eat, then you are also what you eat eats.

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Russia's Sinking Economy Becoming a Global Threat

December 17, 2014 12:35 pm | by JOSH BOAK, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Russia's suddenly escalating financial crisis risks spilling beyond its borders and endangering parts of the global economy. "Oil hasn't found a bottom yet, so the pain is only going to get worse as the price of oil continues to fall," said a chief market strategist.

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Four Indicted in West Virginia Chemical Spill Case

December 17, 2014 12:29 pm | by JOHN RABY, Associated Press | News | Comments

A grand jury has indicted four former executives of a chemical company on pollution charges in a spill that prompted a drinking water ban for 300,000 West Virginia residents. The indictment charges ex-Freedom Industries presidents with failing to ensure that Freedom operated the terminal that leaked in a reasonable and environmentally sound manner.

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Telescoping Mini Light Mast With a 400 Watt LED Light

December 17, 2014 10:01 am | by Larson Electronics | Product Releases | Comments

The LM-15-5-4S-400W-LED is a four stage light mast that provides a safe and effective way for operators to quickly deploy the mounted LED light head. It features a rotating boom that allows for 360° of rotation and a removable mast head.

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