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Agency Urges Drastic Steps At Fukushima

October 28, 2013 11:53 am | by Mari Yamaguchi, AP | News | Comments

Human mistakes are mostly to blame for the recent mishaps, as workers deal with a string of crises. A top Japanese regulator feels these "silly mistakes" are a sign of declining morale. TEPCO acknowledged a systemic problem in a recent report, saying workers under tight deadlines tend to cut corners, and others don't fully understand their assignments or procedures.

A Look At Fukushima Errors

October 25, 2013 10:28 am | by MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press | News | Comments

Ten mishaps in just eight months at the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant are raising doubts about the operator's ability to tackle the crisis and prompting concern that another disaster could be in the making. Even more troubling, a typhoon is forcasted to hit the area this weekend.                                

Sanitary Round Airlock

October 24, 2013 5:01 pm | Schenck AccuRate | Product Releases | Comments

The cleanable round airlock (CRA), from Mac Process, was designed specifically for food, pet food and chemical industry applications, where equipment must meet challenging sanitary requirements.

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Anti-Explosive Bulk Bag Unloader

October 24, 2013 3:38 pm | National Bulk Equipment Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

This bulk bag unloader system from National Bulk Equipment is designed for use in highly contaminant-sensitive process areas handling bulk materials known to generate combustible dusts.

WV Judge Sets Hearing in EQT Lawsuit

October 24, 2013 9:48 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

EQT Corp. will soon ask a judge to order six West Virginia property owners to plug and abandon a water well they dug to subvert the company's plans for five natural gas wells. Under state law, gas companies can't drill within 250 feet of an existing water well or spring used for human consumption.

Monsanto Responds: Agrichemicals Safe

October 23, 2013 10:46 am | by Michael Warren, AP | News | Comments

Monsanto is calling for more controls on agrochemicals, including its Roundup line of glyphosate-based weed-killers, in response to an Associated Press report about concerns that illegal pesticide applications are harming human health in Argentina. The company criticized the AP report as lacking in specifics about health impacts.

Voltage Sag Corrector

October 22, 2013 3:36 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The DySC dynamic sag corrector from Rockwell Automation uses patented, double-conversion inverter technology to protect against brief voltage sags and momentary outages.

Power Monitoring Solutions

October 22, 2013 3:21 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Rockwell Automation has expanded its power-quality portfolio to include monitoring solutions to help OEMs and end users identify and mitigate power issues to improve uptime and productivity. 

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U.S. Carbon Dioxide Pollution Down 3.8 Percent

October 22, 2013 10:23 am | by Seth Borenstein, AP | News | Comments

The United States cut its energy-related carbon dioxide pollution by 3.8 percent last year, the second biggest drop since 1990. The only recent year with a bigger percentage drop was in 2009, when America was in a large recession. American cars and factories released their lowest levels of CO2 since 1994.

Cooling Tower Monitoring

October 22, 2013 10:04 am | Emerson Process Management | Product Releases | Comments

Emerson has developed a new essential asset monitoring module that analyzes process and equipment data to determine overall cooling tower health.

Clean-Up Delays, New Contamination Overflows Plague Fukushima

October 21, 2013 12:25 pm | by Mari Yamaguchi, AP | News | Comments

Rainwater has overflowed concrete barriers surrounding 12 clusters of tanks storing radiation-contaminated water at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. TEPCO said it cannot rule out the possibility that contaminated water has reached the Pacific Ocean as a result. Additionally, due to stalled clean-up efforts, some residents of nearby towns will have to wait years before returning.

Oil Mist Collection System

October 21, 2013 9:34 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Airflow Systems Model MPH10 mist collection and filtration system is designed specifically for oil mist, smoke and fume collection and provides MERV 14 filtration efficiency.

Compact Metal Separator

October 18, 2013 11:12 am | Product Releases | Comments

Eriez announces the new Model CFP Metal Separator for applications in the plastics and rubber industry.

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Vapor Pressure Tester

October 18, 2013 10:34 am | Product Releases | Comments

AMETEK Petrolab Company is proud to announce that Grabner Instruments has extended its vapor pressure tester product portfolio with the launch of a new, user-friendly, automatic tester for low-volatility measurements. 

Measuring Bioprocess Kinetics in Real Time

October 17, 2013 1:44 pm | by Bill Campbell, CEO Stratophase Ltd. | Articles | Comments

The FDA/EMEA has introduced initiatives to advocate real-time, in-line monitoring of critical parameters in the manufacturing process, rather than testing the end product. This article discusses the application of a new sensor technology which provides real-time insight into nutrient consumption and product expression enabling manufacturers to automate and optimize closed loop control of the feeding regime of their media.

Wireless Remote Monitoring

October 16, 2013 5:07 pm | Emerson Process Management | Product Releases | Comments

Emerson’s Smart Wireless Gateway 1410 eliminates manual readings in remote locations and delivers real-time information to help operators make better production and maintenance decisions.  

Some Businesses Reimbursed After Honolulu Spill

October 16, 2013 11:04 am | News | Comments

The shipping company that spilled molasses into Honolulu Harbor last month is reimbursing some businesses affected by the incident. Matson's pipe leaked more than 230,000 gallons of molasses into the harbor, or enough to fill about seven rail cars. The spill killed more than 20,000 fish and other marine life.

Size Of North Dakota Oil Spill Being Questioned

October 16, 2013 10:53 am | by James MacPherson, AP | News | Comments

Scientists are questioning the methodology used in estimating the amount of crude oil that recently leaked from a ruptured pipeline. Tesoro Corporation says it came up with its more than 20,000-barrel spill estimate on ground analysis, but oil spill experts say a more accurate assessment would likely come from analyzing pipeline flow data.

Large Electric Contactors

October 15, 2013 4:46 pm | Product Releases | Comments

AutomationDirect’s GH15 series of electric contactors now includes larger frame sizes.

Gas Density Meter

October 15, 2013 3:55 pm | Emerson Process Management | Product Releases | Comments

Emerson Process Management has released the Micro Motion Gas Density Meter, the next generation of the Micro Motion 7812 gas density meter designed for natural gas custody transfer, refinery/fuel gas measurement, hydrogen purity monitoring and many other process gas applications. 

Supreme Court To Determine If EPA Went Too Far

October 15, 2013 12:28 pm | News | Comments

The Supreme Court has agreed to consider whether the EPA overstepped its authority in developing rules aimed at cutting emissions of six heat-trapping gases from factories and power plants. The question is whether the agency's authority to regulate automobile emissions also applies to power plants and factories.

Property Owners Sue Over Groundwater Pollution

October 15, 2013 12:18 pm | by Vicki Smith, AP | News | Comments

More than 50 West Virginia and Pennsylvania property owners are suing FirstEnergy Corporation over groundwater pollution, soggy yards and foundation damage they blame on a leaking coal ash impoundment and the seven-mile waste pipeline that feeds it.

Flexible, Modular AC Variable Speed Drive

October 15, 2013 9:46 am | Product Releases | Comments

The new AC30V series from Parker Hannifin combines ease-of-use with high levels of control for a wide range of applications where reliable and accurate motor speed control are key requirements. 

Fracking Water Recycling Plant Opens Amongst Debate

October 14, 2013 12:04 pm | by Casey Junkins, The Intelligencer/Wheeling News-Register | News | Comments

City Councilwoman Gloria Delbrugge usually welcomes new businesses to Warwood, West Virginia, but she doesn't plan to be on hand when GreenHunter Water opens its natural gas frack water recycling plant. Following months of planning and public debate, GreenHunter has all the permits required to begin work on the new facility.

Farmer Finds Oil While Harvesting Wheat

October 11, 2013 11:04 am | by James MacPherson, AP | News | Comments

A North Dakota farmer who discovered an oil spill the size of seven football fields while harvesting wheat says crude was bubbling up from the ground. He said he smelled the crude for days before the tires on his combines became coated in it.

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