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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.

EPA's Abandoned Wyoming Fracking Study One Retreat of Many

July 9, 2013 8:13 am | by ABRAHM LUSTGARTEN, ProPublica | News | Comments

An EPA fracking study drew heated criticism over its methodology and awaited a peer review that promised to settle the dispute. Now the EPA will instead hand the study over to the state of Wyoming, whose research will be funded by EnCana, the very drilling company whose wells may have caused the contamination.

Looking Back at Japan's Nuclear Crisis (Part I)

July 8, 2013 5:29 pm | by Discovery Channel | Videos | Comments

In this gripping four-part series for Discovery Channel, Paula Zahn takes viewers inside the unthinkable natural disaster that triggered the nuclear crisis at Fukushima DaiiChi. In this clip, Zahn narrates the early moments of the disaster as the tsunami begins to overtake the nuclear power plant.

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Baseball Teams Honor West Victims, First Responders

July 8, 2013 10:38 am | by URIEL J. GARCIA, Associated Press | News | Comments

For a few hours Saturday, the beleaguered residents of West could put aside this spring's deadly fertilizer plant explosion and instead focus on which baseball team they liked better — the Texas Rangers or Houston Astros. The explosion killed 15 and injured 200.

Tray Forming System

July 8, 2013 9:00 am | by Chem.Info Staff | Product Releases | Comments

PACKAGING EQUIPMENT: Eagle Packaging Machinery’s tray forming system is an environmentally friendly and automatic tray forming solution designed to erect self-locking corrugated and paperboard trays.

Tablet Counter

July 8, 2013 9:00 am | by Chem.Info Staff | Product Releases | Comments

PACKAGING EQUIPMENT: NJM Packaging’s tablet counter is a versatile servo driven counting and filling system for solid-dose pharmaceuticals.

Polypropylene Storage and Packaging Containers

July 8, 2013 9:00 am | by Chem.Info Staff | Product Releases | Comments

PACKAGING EQUIPMENT: Milliken’s Millad polypropylene is a lightweight, low density and high clarity option for storage and packaging containers.

Western Group Submits Proposal for Nuclear Power

July 3, 2013 10:20 am | by SHANNON DININNY, Associated Press | News | Comments

A consortium of Western utilities and a nuclear reactor designer have submitted a proposal to the U.S. Department of Energy to build a small nuclear reactor to meet future demand for carbon-free power. The proposal seeks millions of dollars in grant money to walk the project through the vigorous licensing and permitting process.

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Ex-FBI Director to Review BP Settlement Program

July 3, 2013 10:17 am | by MICHAEL KUNZELMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Former FBI Director Louis Freeh was appointed Tuesday to investigate alleged misconduct by a lawyer who helped run BP's multibillion-dollar settlement fund. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier issued an order naming Freeh, who now runs a consulting firm, a "special master" for the investigation.

Site of 2 Deadly La. Plant Explosions Still Closed

July 2, 2013 10:13 am | by LITTICE BACON-BLOOD, Associated Press | News | Comments

Plants that were the sites of two chemical explosions a day apart in south Louisiana remained closed, and it could be months before federal investigators determine the causes of the blasts that killed three workers and sent nearly 100 others to hospitals last month.

BP Starts New Unit at NW Indiana Oil Refinery

July 2, 2013 10:03 am | News | Comments

BP says its northwestern Indiana oil refinery is back at full production with major unit back in operation. The oil giant says startup of the new 250,000 barrel-per-day crude distillation unit at the Whiting Refinery marks a major milestone in the ongoing $3.8 billion upgrade and expansion of the facility along Lake Michigan.

Metering Pump

July 2, 2013 9:00 am | by Chem.Info Staff | Product Releases | Comments

PUMPS & VALVES: Moyno®'s metering pump is offered in three configurations bare shaft, close-coupled and motorized.

Dry Screw Pump

July 2, 2013 9:00 am | by Chem.Info Staff | Product Releases | Comments

PUMPS & VALVES: Edwards Group Limited’s dry screw pump features cutting-edge technology, enabling users to optimise their processes with a low cost of ownership and a reduced footprint.

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Liquid Carbon Dioxide Pump

July 2, 2013 9:00 am | by Chem.Info Staff | Product Releases | Comments

PUMPS & VALVES: Supercritical Fluid Technologies’ self-contained liquid carbon dioxide pump makes it possible to achieve high pressure without the need for an external cooling bath.

Dodging Disaster: Tyson Foods Inc.

July 1, 2013 12:58 pm | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Blogs | 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 explore the recent ammonia leak at a Tyson Foods plant in Arkansas.

Refurbish Machines for Increased Food Safety

July 1, 2013 12:48 pm | by Bob Shapiro, CEO, GSC Packaging | Articles | Comments

Food processing and packaging equipment is complex and multi-faceted, often with difficult-to-reach areas that can house biofilms and food soils that may result in microbiological hazards. Hidden surfaces lead to inadequate sanitation if not properly addressed, but those are not the only danger zones.

Paper Lantern Starts Fire at UK Recycling Plant

July 1, 2013 10:46 am | News | Comments

A very large fire started by a paper lantern has consumed more than 100,000 tons of plastic materials at a recycling facility in central England. Fire services said Monday more than 200 firefighters fought the blaze near the city of Birmingham.

Shell Again Delays Decision on Western Pa. Plant

July 1, 2013 10:43 am | News | Comments

Shell Oil Co. has again delayed a decision on buying land in western Pennsylvania for a proposed multimillion-dollar petrochemical plant in Beaver County. Officials announced Friday that Shell and Horsehead Corp. had signed another six-month extension on an option on the Potter Township site about 35 miles north of Pittsburgh.

‘Internet Of Things’ — An Opportunity for Intelligent Device Manufacturers

July 1, 2013 9:37 am | by Steve Schmidt, Vice President of Corporate Development & Strategy, Flexera Software | Articles | Comments

Opportunity beckons intelligent device manufacturers. They must evolve their products from fixed function and disconnected systems to flexible and seamlessly connected devices. Making products smarter will provide a wide array of benefits.

Judge: Determining Size of BP Spill No 'Easy Task'

June 28, 2013 10:24 am | by MICHAEL KUNZELMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

The federal judge presiding over a trial arising from the nation's worst offshore oil spill said Thursday that it could be difficult to determine how much crude spewed into the Gulf of Mexico from BP's blown-out well in 2010. "That is not an easy task," U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier noted during a hearing.

American Boss Hostage Arrives Back in U.S.

June 28, 2013 10:22 am | News | Comments

An American executive held hostage for nearly a week by his company's Chinese workers in a pay dispute said Friday from his Florida home that he was held for ransom and paid nearly half a million dollars for his freedom. Starnes left the Beijing factory Thursday after he and a union representative reached an agreement to pay the workers.

U.S. Boss Held In Chinese Factory: A Case For Reshoring

June 28, 2013 10:10 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

A hostile act by workers at Specialty Medical Supplies in China shows the growing unease the Chinese manufacturing labor force has about jobs during a time of slowing economic growth in the country. Part of this evolving economy is a U.S. push toward reshoring foreign jobs.

Pest Birds & Corrosive Droppings

June 27, 2013 1:35 pm | by Chrissy Hansen, Bird-X Media Correspondent | Articles | Comments

Pest birds cost individuals and businesses millions of dollars each year in clean-up expenses, repairs and damaged equipment. Some large industrial facilities spend as much as six figures to combat pest bird problems. Implementing a preventative bird control program is means of reducing these costs. 

Five Reasons for Small to Mid-Size Manufacturers to Adopt PLM

June 27, 2013 1:07 pm | by Chuck Cimalore, CTO and Co-founder, Omnify Software | Articles | Comments

By implementing a Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) system, companies both large and small, benefit by simplifying and shortening each phase of the product development process. However, deciding whether or not to adopt PLM software has been a challenge for smaller organizations due to a reputation of PLM being difficult to implement.

Fertilizer Plant Explosion Investigators Report Lax Regulation of Chemicals

June 27, 2013 10:40 am | by RAMIT PLUSHNICK-MASTI, Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal agency investigating a deadly explosion at a Texas fertilizer plant will tell a Senate committee Thursday that regulation of the dangerous chemicals used in the industry fall under a "patchwork" of standards that are decades old and are far weaker than rules used by other countries.

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