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Getting More from Accounting

August 19, 2010 8:25 am | by JIM MANDT, Vice President of Technical Services, Metafile Information Systems Inc. | Comments

Migrating from a paper-based to a computerized process is only part of the accounting solution; true automation results when accounting systems deliver built-in intelligence.

Tuning the Forgotten Loop

August 18, 2010 8:57 am | by Stephen E. Rubin, President & CEO, Longwatch, Inc. | Comments

We can tune PID controllers, but what about tuning the operator?

Ethanol is Becoming a Bad Word

August 18, 2010 6:49 am | Comments

After BP famously branded itself as “beyond petroleum,” BlueFire Ethanol Fuels is moving “beyond ethanol,” starting with a new brand name: BlueFire Renewables.


Why 'Big Mouth' Bulk Containers are Shrinking

August 16, 2010 12:08 pm | by Del Williams | Comments

Reducing the size and plastic content of wide-mouth, bulk containers pays off for food manufacturers, club stores, grocery chains, consumers and the environment.


Amsterdam Gets Hooked Up to Real Time

August 13, 2010 5:31 am | Comments

When Alliander required to not only regulate, but also monitor alarms and flow measurement in real-time usage, Westermo pulled through.

Getting Everyone on the Same Project Page

August 12, 2010 8:05 am | Comments

To achieve its project management goals, ASML recognized that it would need ESI Intl. to help develop a methodology, then design and deliver the learning program.

Cheese Producer Puts Metal Detection to the Test

August 10, 2010 12:25 pm | Comments

Loma’s IQ3 metal detector provided Anthony Rowcliffe with a machine that can learn metal RFID tag signals and then eliminate them to focus on finding contaminants.

Dipping into the Future of Food Safety

August 10, 2010 6:28 am | by KRYSTAL GABERT, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Comments

Country Maid has always been devoted to food safety and quality, but its recently installed track-and-trace system puts the facility on the cutting edge of traceability.


Autocatalysis and organocatalysis with synthetic structures.

August 7, 2010 11:38 am | by Proc Natl Acad Sci | Comments

The discovery of ribozymes led to the proposal of an RNA world, where a single type of molecule was supposedly capable of self-replication and chemical catalysis. We show here that both autocatalysis and organocatalysis can be engineered into a synthetic structure. The compound...

Restore Your Refrigerator

August 6, 2010 12:04 pm | by Lynn Burge, Master-Bilt Products | Comments

Through a retrofit program, food manufacturers no longer have to buy a brand new walk-in cooler when the door is worn out.

All the Right Pieces

August 6, 2010 6:20 am | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | Comments

Modular production systems have gone past just Lego-like pieces of equipment or construction plans, and into the very fabric of many processing plant’s design for growth.


A chemical genetic screen for modulators of exocytic transport identifies inhibitors of a transport mechanism linked to GTR2 function.

August 4, 2010 8:38 pm | by Eukaryot Cell | Comments

Membrane and protein traffic to the cell surface is mediated by partially redundant pathways that are difficult to perturb in ways that yield a strong phenotype. Such robustness is expected in a fine-tuned process, regulated by environmental cues, that is required for...

Wireless—It’s Under Control

August 4, 2010 2:06 pm | by Carrie Ellis, Editor | Comments

Using wireless data and automating PID loop closure can help better control operations.


The Criminal Mind

August 4, 2010 6:42 am | by Mike Auerbach, Editor-in-Chief, Pharmaceutical Processing | Comments

I don’t think I have a criminal mind, which is probably why I can’t seem to wrap my head around the idea of pharmaceutical counterfeiting.


Dynamics of the rapsyn scaffolding protein at the neuromuscular junction of live mice.

August 4, 2010 4:38 am | by J Neurosci | Comments

The efficacy of synaptic transmission depends on the maintenance of a high density of neurotransmitter receptors and their associated scaffold proteins in the postsynaptic membrane. While the dynamics of receptors has been extensively studied, the dynamics of the intracellular...


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