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LED Blasting Light

July 18, 2013 9:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

GREEN PRODUCTS: Larson Electronics' high performance LED blasting light is designed to provide high output from a small form factor and is easily attached to metallic surfaces.

Range of Energy-Efficient Power Devices

July 18, 2013 9:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

GREEN PRODUCTS: STMicroelectronics’ range of energy-efficient power devices reduces the environmental impact of equipment such as telecom or computing systems, solar inverters, industrial automation and automotive applications.

Environmentally-Friendly Cleaning Product

July 18, 2013 9:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

GREEN PRODUCTS: Earthecco’s environmentally-friendly cleaning product is taking a green approach to cleaning at the industrial level, and is formulated from all-natural plant extracts, reducing the need for harmful and toxic chemicals in various industries and for the home user.


Long Live the Twinkie: The Future of Hostess Brands Sheds Light on Manufacturing Evolution

July 17, 2013 4:39 pm | by Krystal Gabert, Editor | Blogs | Comments

If Twinkies can indeed achieve a fabled longevity, it will have more to do with savvy business practices and innovation than secret, Frankenstein recipe formulations. This reinvigoration includes a number of strategic modifications to Hostess Brands’ business model.

Finally, Uniform & Secure Enterprise Data Storage Ideal for Manufacturing

July 17, 2013 4:31 pm | by Andres Rodriguez, CEO of Nasuni | Articles | Comments

In a world where manufacturing production is king, capital expenses are laser-focused on tools and equipment, leaving IT to strategically minimize capital investment while delivering enterprise-class IT operations. Data is the nucleus of the business.

Cloud Applications, A Challenge for User & Access Control

July 17, 2013 2:44 pm | by Dean Wiech, Managing Director at Tools4ever | Articles | Comments

For an IT department, working with cloud applications and their providers can present a number of new challenges. Where the IT department previously took a facilitating role that is now transitioning to a coordinating role. In addition, it can be significantly more difficult to control user and access privileges in cloud applications.

Q&A: Greased Up

July 17, 2013 2:32 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

Lubrication is one of the most important elements of a solid conveyor maintenance program. IMPO sat down with Tom Dibble, Plant Manager for Mighty Lube Systematic Lubrication, Inc., to discuss some common questions surrounding this critical area.

Valero Refinery Planning for Expansion

July 17, 2013 9:48 am | News | Comments

Construction on a $700 million expansion at Valero Refinery's St. Charles Parish plant is expected to begin sometime in late 2015 or early 2016. The plant occupies roughly 1,000 acres along the Mississippi River in Norco. The expansion will include construction of a large methanol unit.


By the Numbers

July 16, 2013 12:55 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO | Blogs | Comments

Conveying equipment can’t just keep getting faster — it has to get smarter as well. Learn how market conditions, design elements, and maintenance issues work together to create positive trends in the conveyor industry. Investments in conveying systems have been slowly creeping up in manufacturing environments.

Running on Refuse

July 16, 2013 9:16 am | by Melissa Fassbender, Associate Editor, PD&D | Articles | Comments

Excel Energy’s French Island plant is a combination generating plant and resource recovery facility. By working together to turn trash into power, the two facilities generated more than 88,500 MWH of electricity in 2012 -- enough to power nearly 10,000 homes.

Cascade Reclaim Line

July 16, 2013 9:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

GREEN PRODUCTS: Raven Industries, Inc.’s high-efficiency cascade reclaim line recovers polymer from internal processes and pelletizes it under conditions that allow the pellets to be used instantly, resulting in increased productivity.

Nanostructured Material for Suspension Plasma Spray

July 16, 2013 9:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

GREEN PRODUCTS: Innovnano’s 4YSZ nanostructured material is designed for use in suspension and is ideally suited for suspension plasma spray, a powerful new method for the application of coatings that offers an environmentally friendly TBC solution and reduces overall carbon footprints.

Nanoceramic Grease

July 16, 2013 9:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

GREEN PRODUCTS: Dayton Progress’ nanoceramic grease uses particles that act as sub-microscopic ball bearings to provide continuous lubrication to steel surfaces, and the grease has a much lower coefficient of friction at all temperatures than traditional PTFE greases, making it environmentally friendly.


Site Sign and Label Master Planning Webinar

July 15, 2013 12:14 pm | Events

Graphic Products, Inc. will host Site Sign and Label Master-planning, a free webinar for facility managers, safety managers, operations managers, safety supervisors and other safety professionals on Wednesday, July 17, 2013 at 10 a.m. Pacific time/1 p.m. Eastern Time.

Cosmetics Plant Worker Settles Suit Over Workplace Sex Assault

July 15, 2013 10:25 am | News | Comments

A woman has settled a lawsuit against Cosmetic Essence Inc. stemming from a sexual assault at the company's plant in Roanoke. According to the federal lawsuit, both the woman and her assailant worked at the plant. The lawsuit alleged that Cosmetic Essence didn't check the assailant's criminal background, which would have shown he was a sex offender.

5 Quick Questions: Bobby Harris, CEO of BlueGrace Logistics

July 12, 2013 5:17 pm | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | Articles | Comments

Bobby Harris believes that social media and the platforms it rests on are not just a fad, but the future of his industry. He recently sat down with to discuss social media and the potential impact it can have for manufacturers.

Judge Approves Sale of Ethanol Plant in Oshkosh

July 12, 2013 10:32 am | News | Comments

A judge in Winnebago County has approved the sale of an ethanol plant in Oshkosh to a company in western Wisconsin. Ace Ethanol of Stanley wants to buy the Utica Energy plant for $16½ million. The deal must be approved by shareholders at a meeting later this month.

NY Sets Hearings on Plan to Reduce Carbon Cap

July 11, 2013 10:31 am | News | Comments

New York regulators have scheduled a series of hearing on a proposal to reduce the volume of carbon dioxide emissions allowed in a nine-state region. The state is part of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, which announced in February plans to cap emissions at 91 million tons each year starting in 2014.

Direct-to-Sheet Process

July 11, 2013 9:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

PACKAGING EQUIPMENT: OCTAL’s direct-to-sheet process streamlines manufacturing for DPET™ sheet making traceability documentation straightforward for thermoformers by eliminating five stages of the conventional sheet production process and reducing exposure to the atmosphere.

Case Sealers

July 11, 2013 9:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

PACKAGING EQUIPMENT: Eagle Packaging Machinery’s case sealers reduce time that is wasted when manually sealing cases and are available in automatic and semi-automatic models. Ideal for small and growing companies, the sealers provide an accurate and consistent sealing process.

Grease-Resistant Additive

July 11, 2013 9:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

PACKAGING EQUIPMENT: Clariant’s grease-resistant additive is an eco-friendly solution for protective food papers and board that functions without releasing impurities into the packaging like similar fluorine technologies.

Private Company Plans Ohio Electric Plant

July 10, 2013 9:30 am | News | Comments

A private company says a planned $800 million electric power plant in eastern Ohio will be powered by natural gas from shale drilling. The Akron Beacon Journal reports that Carroll County Energy plans to build the 700-megawatt plant on 77 acres near Carrollton, southeast of Canton.

Dodging Disaster: VPP Group

July 9, 2013 2:59 pm | by Krystal Gabert, Editor | Articles | Comments

Chem.Info's recurring Dodging Disasters feature details the missteps and safety oversights that led to a recent plant disaster and provides actionable information to help processors avoid the same mistakes. Today we take a look at a recent incident at VPP Group.

Tube Filling Platform

July 9, 2013 9:00 am | by Chem.Info Staff | Product Releases | Comments

PACKAGING EQUIPMENT: Oystar Group’s tube filling platform is highly productive and ergonomically designed for maximum process reliability through servo technology and excellent accessibility from all sides.

Temporary Bonding Solution for Semiconductor Packaging

July 9, 2013 9:00 am | by Chem.Info Staff | Product Releases | Comments

PACKAGING EQUIPMENT: Dow Corning’s temporary bonding solution for 3D Through-Silicone-Via (TSV) semiconductor packaging is a bi-layer spin-on temporary bonding solutions that eliminates the need for specialized equipment for wafer pretreatment to enable bonding or wafer post-treatment for debonding.

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