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How to Avoid & Respond to FDA Warning Letters

April 27, 2010 1:20 pm | Comments

Excerpts from real warning letters—common and avoidable FDA citations—are accompanied by suggested best practices for responses and a 10-point response checklist.

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Half Empty or Half Full?

April 27, 2010 7:52 am | Comments

KROHNE helps Back River accurately measure flow by implementing a flowmeter that is ideal for partially filled pipes.

Wake Up and Smell the SCADA System

April 26, 2010 12:54 pm | Comments

Modern automation technology is helping a Lavazza coffee roasting plant to maintain constant product quality, high outputs and competitive prices.

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Farming Fuel, Powering the Grid

April 26, 2010 9:48 am | by Carrie Ellis | Comments

An experiment in bioenergy and downdraft gasification could bring biofuel and energy production to the local farm scale.

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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.

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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.

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.

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