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When Culture Stifles Innovation

December 5, 2013 10:48 am | by Girish Malhotra, President & Founder, Epcot International | Blogs | Comments

Who are the technical innovators in the US? The image we often have is that of the young Silicon Valley geek or the surfing California biopharma scientist -- sometimes brash and unafraid to challenge authority and champion new and better ideas.

Planning Plant Sanitation

December 4, 2013 3:07 pm | by Victor Hayes Popovics, Owner, Ultimate Washer | Articles | Comments

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.

Color-Coded Contamination Control

December 4, 2013 1:52 pm | by Daniel Peterson, Product Manager, Industrial Vacuum Division, Nilfisk-Advance, Inc. | Articles | Comments

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. 

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Sanitation By Isolation

December 4, 2013 1:46 pm | by Dr. Elis Owens, Senior Microbiologist & Chemist, Birko | Articles | Comments

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.

4 Die In Coal Plant Chimney

December 4, 2013 12:35 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Firefighters in central Poland say four maintenance workers have plunged to their deaths some 120 meters (400 feet) down a chimney that they were working on at a coal-fired power plant.                                         

Worker Presumed Dead In Silo Collapse

December 4, 2013 12:33 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A worker was missing and presumed dead after a silo collapsed and spilled 50 tons of corn at a facility that was cited this year for six "serious" safety violations, officials said.                             

Small LED Flood Lights

December 4, 2013 10:42 am | Product Releases | Comments

Designed as energy-saving replacements for 100-watt quartz halogen through 175-watt metal halide fixtures, MaxLite introduces its second generation Small LED Flood Lights offered in 15-, 25- and 45-watt styles.      

The Right Tools For The Job: Front-End-Loading

December 3, 2013 5:08 pm | by Jens M. Ebert, PE, PMP; SSOE Group | Articles | Comments

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. 

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Could Plastic Quick Connects Expand Your Design Options?

December 3, 2013 3:19 pm | by Ken Davis, Value Plastics, Inc., a Nordson Company | Articles | Comments

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.

Assistant Sec. Of Labor On Gunpowder Explosion Sentencing

December 3, 2013 1:56 pm | by U.S. Dept. Of Labor | News | Comments

Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Dr. David Michaels issued a statement regarding the sentencing of Craig Sanborn in Coös County Court in New Hampshire for manslaughter in connection with the May 2010 explosion at the Black Mag LLC plant.

Solutions Proposed For Fukushima Water Crisis

December 3, 2013 12:20 pm | by MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press | News | Comments

A government panel proposed additional measures to lessen the radioactive water crisis at Japan's crippled nuclear power plant, saying Tuesday that current plans are not enough to prevent the risk of a disaster.               

NY Nuclear Plant Shut Down

December 3, 2013 12:02 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Nine Mile Point 2 nuclear plant on Lake Ontario has been taken off-line after pumps that circulate water through the reactor shut off while being shifted to a lower speed.                                   

Hazardous Area Lighting

December 3, 2013 11:18 am | Product Releases | Comments

STAHL's new line of light fittings for use in Ex zone 1/21 and 2/22 hazardous areas achieves better energy efficiency and provide approximately 10% more luminous intensity.

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Maker's Row: Connecting The New Manufacturers

December 2, 2013 1:19 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Blogs | Comments

Maker’s Row, a website and free service that helps facilitate connections between designers and the small-batch American manufacturers that can help them turn a sketch into a real product, is on a roll.                                             

NJ Nuclear Plant Shuts Down

December 2, 2013 12:36 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Hope Creek nuclear plant in southern New Jersey is offline after high moisture was found in the steam that spins the plant's turbine.                                                                  

Injured Steel Workers Released From Hospital

December 2, 2013 12:34 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The five workers injured during a fire at a steel plant in northeastern Ohio have been released from hospitals.                                                                                                

PA Solar Mirror Plant Closed Permanently

December 2, 2013 12:30 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The owners of a bankrupt western Pennsylvania plant that manufactured solar power components have abandoned plans to reopen.                                                                    

Calpine Buys TX Power Plant For $625 Million

December 2, 2013 12:19 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Independent power producer Calpine is buying a power plant from MinnTex Power Holdings LLC for $625 million.                                                                                        

Dow Chemical To Sell 40 Plants

December 2, 2013 12:15 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Dow Chemical is looking to spin off or sell about 40 manufacturing plants from its business as it continues to move away from cyclical commodity products.                                                                            

U.S. Manufacturing Grows At Fastest Pace In 2.5 Years

December 2, 2013 12:02 pm | by CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. manufacturing grew in November at the fastest pace in 2½ years as factories ramped up production, stepped up hiring and received orders at a healthy clip.                                                             

LED Light Bar

November 26, 2013 3:10 pm | Larson Electronics, LLC | Product Releases | Comments

The LEDP5W-18R LED Light Bar from Larson Electronics produces over 8,000 lumens of light output and can withstand abusive conditions in construction, marine and industrial environments.

Data Collection Meters

November 26, 2013 2:45 pm | Product Releases | Comments

GrayWolf introduces remote, cloud-based access and control of any of its WiFi enabled AdvancedSense, WolfPack or DirectSense meters for portable and semi-permanent monitoring of gases, particulates, pressure, humidity and temperature.

9 Dead After Factory Roof Collapse

November 26, 2013 11:52 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A roof collapse probably caused by a blizzard has killed nine people at a food processing factory in northeast China, state media and an official said Tuesday.                                       

Economy Holds As Budget Crisis Looms

November 26, 2013 10:55 am | by American Chemistry Council | News | Comments

The U.S. economy is likely to see continued, albeit conservative growth in 2014, according to the American Chemistry Council’s monthly Chemical Activity Barometer (CAB), released today.                                    

Range-Free Multi-Controller

November 26, 2013 10:34 am | Product Releases | Comments

Yokogawa Electric Corporation announces the release a new version of the WideField3 programming tool for the FA-M3V range-free multi-controller.

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