The battle between Sriracha-maker Huy Fong Foods and the city of Irwindale, Calif., has fired up in recent weeks, highlighting the importance of food companies maintaining a positive relationship with their surrounding community. Read on for an expert's views on what considerations manufacturers should make when choosing a new plant site and how a facility’s location plays an important role in its ability to do business.
Measures for ensuring food safety and the provision of wholesome food require reliable data obtained by chemical analysis. Reliable analytical results are also essential to facilitate international food trade. In an attempt to provide a safer food supply, the FDA recently unveiled new, more stringent rules on imported foods.
Seeking a better corrosion solution at their petrochemical facility, Mobley Industrial Services recently used a newly approved corrosion coating called EonCoat to enhance workplace safety and return a large floating roof tank to service in about half the time required by typical coatings. This coating is part of a new category of tough, Chemically Bonded Phosphate Ceramics that can stop corrosion and extend equipment life.
Time is technically running out for manufacturers to write off sizable sums for equipment purchased in 2013 as a tax rule hangs between its Dec. 31 expiration date and congressional action on the matter.
To remain competitive in the world’s busiest pharmaceutical market, U.S. manufacturers must increase their speed, running lines constantly while continuing to adhere to stringent FDA regulations at the research and development, preclinical and clinical work phases. Advancements in equipment for material handling, process flow, automation, product inspection and form-fill-seal have enabled manufacturers to speed production like never before.
Energy productivity, the ratio between value-added shipments and total energy cost, is an important indicator for managers of 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?
According to a report from the American Chemistry Council (ACC), abundant supplies of natural gas from shale have created significant economic opportunities for the U.S. chemical industry that could result in $71.7 billion in new investments and more than 530,000 permanent new jobs.
Food processors know that keeping work areas clean is of paramount importance and eliminating hygiene issues is critical to the survival of their businesses. We’ve found the most effective cleaning technique is actually a process and can be broken down into three components.
Food safety hinges on identifying and reducing contamination risks at critical exchange points. Many food processors have found color-coded accessories practical and effective because color is easily communicated to crew members regardless of native language, and color schemes are more easily memorized than other systems.
Most processors are well aware of the need to thoroughly clean and sanitize their production spaces between each day’s production. However, it’s easy to overlook procedures that can be implemented to limit the entry of pathogens into the processing area during the production day.
Project success is not limited to an effective end product, it also requires that the project stays on schedule and budget throughout. Good planning is crucial to achieving a successful project. Front-End-Loading refers to a project management process that involves developing sufficient project definition so that owners can make investment decisions, minimize risk and maximize the potential for success.
Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in November for the sixth consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 54th consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business.
No longer just for medical equipment, plastic quick connectors have been integrated into laboratory instrumentation and industrial equipment, where the need for reliable, critical connections is paramount and ease of servicing vital to maintain production uptime and throughput.
Lately, a wave of optimism about the growth of American manufacturing has pervaded the media, and projection data says the same. The question is, does this bright spot point to the cure, or just a bandage? A true assessment of American manufacturing requires a closer examination of manufacturing vital signs.
For chemical processing facilities LED's can be a solution to concerns about energy efficiency, cost efficiency and overall lighting performance when building new and retrofitting old plants. In an effort to investigate their potential further, Chem.Info sat down with Andrew Struhs and Devin Sikorski from Dialight, to talk about LED's benefits for processors.