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Wireless Sensors in Real-Time

April 26, 2010 9:06 am | by Aaron LaJoie, Electrochem Solutions | Comments

Measurement data can be displayed to allow remote monitoring of process status in real time.

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Overcoming Jelly Belly Aches

April 23, 2010 8:43 am | by Karen Langhauser, Editor-In-Chief, Food Manufacturing | Comments

Despite initial obstacles, Jelly Belly Candy Company's international expansion to Thailand proved to be a sweet success.

Packaging Specialists Count on XS1 Checkweigher

April 20, 2010 1:08 pm | Comments

To meet standards on challenging products — dietary supplement multipacks — Quality Packaging Specialists turned to Mettler-Toledo to remove under- and over-weight packages.

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Hardening Reactive & Refractory Metal Valves

April 20, 2010 7:08 am | by BRIAN P. HOOD, Product Manager, Flowserve Flow Control Division | Comments

Zirconium, titanium and other reactive/refractory metals are corrosion-resistant and often used by manufacturers to design valves for applications involving acids.

Curbing Contamination

April 16, 2010 12:35 pm | Comments

Utilizing oil-free air for manufacturing processes will virtually eliminate the risk of oil contamination in food products and packaging materials.

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Hazardous-Chemical Reactions

April 16, 2010 11:07 am | by SWATI UMBRAJKAR, PhD | Comments

It is critical to obtain chemical reactivity data under both desired and undesired process conditions via experimental testing to ensure the process is safe.

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Processing on the Fly: iPhone & Blackberry Apps

April 16, 2010 10:52 am | by Luke Simpson, Associate Editor | Comments

Having information at your fingertips is becoming more of a necessity than a luxury. A number of new mobile applications provide plant operations managers and engineers with tools for quick safety references and process calculations.

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In Search Of Universal Sensors

April 16, 2010 10:17 am | Comments

Ideally, Coriolis sensors would be standard, but the practical solution is often thermal.

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Quality Control's Silver Lining

April 15, 2010 11:05 am | by Judy Martin, Engineering and Technical Services Manager, B.A.G. Corp. | Comments

Liners are a simple, cost-effective of protecting your product against moisture, oxygen, odor, grease, and other contaminates.

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Avoiding Pink Easter Eggs

April 13, 2010 1:30 pm | Comments

Positive displacement pumps can be used to move fragile ingredients—such as chocolate and raspberries—which would otherwise be squashed together by a gear pump.

Managing Energy with Modern Drive Systems

April 9, 2010 1:54 pm | by MICHAEL PERLMAN, Siemens Industry Inc., Motion Control Marketing Manager | Comments

Look at operational sequences and the overall integration scheme when designing, retrofitting or rebuilding for improved energy utilization.

Manufacturers Saving American Jobs

April 8, 2010 8:14 am | by AMANDA EARING, News Editor, Manufacturing.Net | Comments

In an economy where manufacturers are struggling to stay afloat, some are also fighting to find ways to keep their workers employed.

Steam Generator Vs. Boiler

April 6, 2010 1:27 pm | Comments

Steam generators heat up faster, provide rapid response to load changes, are explosion proof, and create less heat and chemical loss.

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Choosing the Right Inspection System, Screener or Separator

April 5, 2010 2:03 pm | Comments

Jeffrey Kaveney from Eriez Magnetics talks about how processors can choose the best inspection/vision systems, screeners or separators for their specific applications, and tricks for making it all fit on the plant floor.

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Ten Steps to Business Process Improvement

April 2, 2010 11:32 am | by AMY RADISHOFSKI, Features Editor, Manufacturing.net | Comments

Companies can go through the business process improvement (BPI) process on their own and get the same benefits that would come with hiring a pricey consultant.                                             

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