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ERP Considerations for Process Manufacturers

October 23, 2013 2:41 pm | by Jeff Mengel, Audit Partner & Craig Zampa, Consulting Manager of Information Technology Consulting, Plante Moran | Articles | Comments

Stop us when this sounds familiar: your company faces challenges with its current software, comprised of a mix of accounting systems with some inventory control and many spreadsheets. C-suite executives can’t get adequate reporting on financial performance, procurement is buying on “gut feel,” sales representatives fight over product allocated to other customers and production management spends their day reacting to emergency jobs...

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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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.

Cross-Stack Storage Tubs

October 21, 2013 5:07 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Akro-Mils announces the expansion of its line of Akro-Tubs with the addition of a cross-stack model.

Saving The Environment Without Killing Jobs

October 21, 2013 12:36 pm | by Kevin Begos, AP | News | Comments

A conference in Pittsburgh focuses on putting a stop to coal mining, fracking for oil and gas and nuclear power, but organizers also want workers to join the battle against climate change. Union leaders say that workers need new jobs to make a transition to clean energy, noting that shutting down industries such as coal can turn entire communities into a ghost town.

Shutdown Impacted Food Safety, Stalled Salmonella Recall

October 18, 2013 10:33 am | by Don Babwin, AP | News | Comments

The federal government shutdown may have seemed like a frustrating squabble in Washington, but it crept into our lives in a number of ways — from missed vegetable inspections, to recall procedures. The FDA alone sent home 976 of its 1,602 inspectors.

Eastman Expands Plasticizer Capabilities

October 17, 2013 11:27 am | News | Comments

The expansion will increase the overall capacity of Eastman 168 by approximately 15 percent and is expected to be operational by mid-2014. Company officials state that the demand for non-phthalate plasticizers continues to strengthen across a variety of markets.

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Duke Energy Customers Could Continue To Pay For Closed Nuclear Plant

October 17, 2013 10:56 am | by Gary Fineout, AP | News | Comments

The Florida Power Service Commission could approve a settlement which calls for Duke Energy Florida utility customers to keep paying for shuttered nuclear plants for the next several years. The decision follows nearly a day's worth of testimony from Duke Energy officials as well as some members of the public and lawyers representing utility customers. Duke has nearly two million customers in the Sunshine State.

Beam Sells Maine Bottling Plant

October 17, 2013 10:44 am | News | Comments

Spirits maker Beam, Inc. is announcing the sale of its Maine bottling plant to a subsidiary of Sazerac Company. Louisiana-based Sazerac says it will continue operating the plant as an alcohol bottling facility and retain its 120 employees. 

Worker Admits To Faking Test To Cover Up Contamination

October 17, 2013 10:36 am | News | Comments

was working as a chemistry manager at the Indian Point plant in February 2011 when diesel fuel for emergency generators was found to contain excessive particulate matter. The complaint said he faked a test to show the problem had been solved, then lied about it.

Ascend Expands Compounding Operations

October 16, 2013 11:13 am | News | Comments

Ascend Performance Materials Inc., is announcing the start of a new compounding line in Pensacola, Florida. Since 2005, the company has more than doubled its resin capacity. The new line adds state-of-the-art capabilities for producing unique, high-performance compounds. 

Food Grade Lubricant

October 15, 2013 4:56 pm | Product Releases | Comments

PURITY FG2 with MICROL TM † MAX not only protects equipment under severe operating conditions, it also protects itself. 

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Optimizing Pallet Flow and Storage at General Mills

October 15, 2013 2:33 pm | by Del Williams | Articles | Comments

General Mills’ Cedar Rapids, Iowa plant had successfully used pallet flow and pushback rack systems, but ongoing growth, product changes and long use required a storage system update that would safely add capacity to their existing facility.  

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.

Hankook To Build $800 Million Plant In Tennessee

October 15, 2013 12:24 pm | by Erik Schelzig, AP | News | Comments

The state offered $72 million in incentives to improve infrastructure, training and a cultural program to help Korean families integrate into the community. Local governments approved another package worth $50 million. Those figures don't include statutory tax credits that depend on investment and hiring thresholds, or the value of land where the plant will be built.

Never Used $600 Million Polysilicon Plant To Be Sold At Auction

October 14, 2013 11:30 am | News | Comments

The Hoku Materials Plant is described as a complete, world-class production facility that is virtually brand new, and never saw real production. The site is approximately 67 acres and comprised of over 35,400 cubic yards of concrete, 9,488 tons of steel, 246,894 lineal feet of process and utility piping. This sale features an inventory of brand new and never-used equipment.

Chemical Resistant Fume Hood

October 14, 2013 11:24 am | Hemco Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

The Aire-Stream Fume Hood is constructed entirely of chemical resistant, flame retardant, non-metallic composite resin materials to maximize user protection.

Offshore LED Light Fixture

October 14, 2013 10:58 am | Larson Electronics, LLC | Product Releases | Comments

Larson Electronics has announced the release of a new LED fixture designed to withstand the rigors of offshore operation.

Anaerobic Retaining Compounds

October 14, 2013 10:49 am | Product Releases | Comments

Henkel Corporation has enhanced three Loctite anaerobic retaining compounds to allow primerless performance on oily or contaminated surfaces, even at operating temperatures as high as 180°C.

Dow Chemical Closes $500 Million Deal

October 11, 2013 10:55 am | News | Comments

Dow Chemical is selling its global polypropylene licensing and catalysts business to W.R. Grace & Co. for $500 million. The sale includes Dow Chemical's polypropylene catalysts manufacturing plant in Norco, Louisiana, and customer contracts, licenses, intellectual property and inventory. About 90 workers are expected to move over to W.R. Grace.

Extended Range PhotoElectric Sensors

October 10, 2013 5:09 pm | Product Releases | Comments

AutomationDirect’s photoelectric sensor offering now includes models with extended sensing ranges.

On Demand Color Labeling Technology

October 10, 2013 10:55 am | Product Releases | Comments

Epson America Inc., introduces new ColorWorks Label Printer technology to enhance brand image, support product safety, comply with regulations and manage supply chain logistics.

Vapor Tight Fixtures

October 8, 2013 12:17 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Shat-R-Shield introduces the Ironclad™ 66 Series, a new line of industrial grade vapor tight fixtures.

Conveyor Belt Cleaner

October 8, 2013 11:22 am | Product Releases | Comments

Martin Engineering has announced a conveyor belt cleaner engineered specifically for the aggregate industry.

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