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600 San Onofre Workers to Get Pink Slips

June 27, 2013 10:29 am | News | Comments

Southern California Edison, operators of the San Onofre nuclear power plant, are laying off 600 employees as the troubled facility begins to shut down for good. The Orange County Register says nonunion employees will begin receiving pink slips in about two months.

U.S. Boss Held in China Leaves Plant After Payout

June 27, 2013 10:24 am | by LOUISE WATT, Associated Press | News | Comments

A pay dispute was resolved Thursday at a medical supply factory, ending a labor standoff in which the Chinese workers detained their American boss for nearly a week inside the plant until they reached agreement on a compensation package.

Bremen Castings: Making Heavy Industry a Safer Place

June 27, 2013 9:50 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Blogs | Comments

Bremen Castings Inc. (BCI), has been around long enough, having been established in 1939, to gain a reputation of being one of the area’s best employers. But back in 2010, BCI’s executives and upper management decided its plant floor safety initiatives needed an overhaul.

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Gearbox Aftermarket Program

June 27, 2013 9:00 am | by Chem.Info Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Chemineer® Express™ Gearbox Aftermarket Program maximizes process uptime and reduces maintenance costs, especially in critical process applications.

Explosion-Proof High Bay LED Light

June 27, 2013 9:00 am | by Chem.Info Staff | Product Releases | Comments

COMBUSTIBLE DUST & EXPLOSION PROTECTION: Larson Electronics’ powerful high bay LED light provides a source of explosion-proof rated illumination that is easily mounted and adjusted.

DC/AC Particulate Monitors

June 27, 2013 9:00 am | by Chem.Info Staff | Product Releases | Comments

COMBUSTIBLE DUST & EXPLOSION PROTECTION: Auburn Systems’ TRIBO particulate monitors and detectors illustrate the advantage of DC/AC technology for detecting baghouse emissions.

Indiana Grain Elevator on Fire Day After Blast

June 26, 2013 11:07 am | News | Comments

A fire broke out and thick black smoke billowed from a northwestern Indiana grain elevator a day after an explosion at the plant killed a worker. Facility owner Co-Alliance LLP says crews dismantling grain bins Tuesday at the Union Mills Co-op in Union Mills likely exposed smoldering grain to the wind.

Japan Utility Behind Nuke Crisis Faces Investors

June 26, 2013 11:00 am | by YURI KAGEYAMA, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Shareholders angry at the utility company behind Japan's nuclear catastrophe peppered executives with questions Wednesday about leaking radioactive water and demanded a phase-out of atomic power. Fifteen such motions from shareholders were defeated at an annual shareholders' meeting.

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Report: Plant Explosion Released Toxic Chemicals

June 26, 2013 10:30 am | News | Comments

The deadly June 13 explosion and fire at the Williams Olefins chemical plant in Geismar released more than 62,000 pounds of toxic chemicals during the accident that killed two workers and injured 114 others, according to a report filed with state environmental regulators.

Power Plant Limits at Center of Obama Climate Plan

June 25, 2013 10:11 am | by JOSH LEDERMAN & MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama is proposing sweeping steps to limit heat-trapping pollution from coal-fired power plants and to boost renewable energy production on federal property, issuing a presidential memorandum to launch the first-ever federal regulations on carbon dioxide emitted by existing power plants.

Chinese Workers Hold U.S. Boss Hostage, Say Wages Unpaid

June 25, 2013 10:04 am | by LOUISE WATT, Associated Press | News | Comments

Chinese workers keeping an American executive, Chip Starnes of Specialty Medical Supplies, confined to his Beijing medical supply factory said Tuesday that they had not been paid in two months in a compensation dispute that highlights tensions in China's labor market.

Hanford Tank May Be Leaking Nuclear Waste Into Soil

June 25, 2013 9:40 am | by SHANNON DININNY, Associated Press | News | Comments

An underground tank holding some of the worst radioactive waste at the nation's most contaminated nuclear site might be leaking into the soil. The U.S. Energy Department said workers at Washington state's Hanford Nuclear Reservation detected higher radioactivity levels under tank AY-102 during a routine inspection.

Explosion Vent

June 25, 2013 9:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

COMBUSTIBLE DUST & EXPLOSION PROTECTION: Oseco’s high-performance explosion vent is designed for high-cycling applications.

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Combustible Gas Detector

June 25, 2013 9:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

COMBUSTIBLE DUST & EXPLOSION PROTECTION: General Monitors’ Point IR Combustible Gas Detector features a three-second response time to the presence of combustible hydrocarbon-based gases.

Flexible Film Isolator

June 25, 2013 9:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

Air Science’s new Purair Flex is a portable, cost-effective flexible film isolator. The isolator provides containment solutions to meet any analytical need.

Understanding Combustible Dust Standards For Food Manufacturing

June 24, 2013 4:27 pm | by Tony Supine, Plant Manager & Mike Walters, Senior Engineer, Camfil Farr APC | Articles | Comments

COMBUSTIBLE DUST & EXPLOSION PROTECTION: Preventing combustible dust explosions in food processing plants is a topic of widespread concern, and dust collectors are often at risk. This article provides general guidelines on applying the right standards to protect against combustible dust explosions.

Investigators to Examine Heat Exchanger in La. Plant Explosion

June 24, 2013 11:06 am | News | Comments

State and federal officials investigating the cause of the deadly blast June 13 at the Williams Companies Inc. plant near Gonzales plan to inspect a key element of the facility this week that one federal investigator said "failed catastrophically."

Plastics Firm Plans $500M Expansion at La. Plants

June 24, 2013 10:56 am | News | Comments

A Japanese plastics maker will spend $500 million to expand its plants in Plaquemine and Addis, part of an ongoing investment boom by refiners and chemical producers in Louisiana. Shintech will expand its production capacity by more than 10 percent, Japanese parent company Shin-Etsu Chemical Co. Ltd. said in a news release last week.

Assess Your Technology Ladder When Addressing Burn Risk

June 24, 2013 10:16 am | by Scott Brooksby, Olson Brooksby PC | Articles | Comments

There are few more sophisticated and complex high-heat metallurgy manufacturing processes — and few with less tolerance for error — than the processes involved in manufacturing components of the hot-section of an aviation gas turbine engine. This precision minimizes the risk of catastrophic aviation disasters such as uncontrolled engine failure.

The Dirty Dozen: Finding & Fixing Company Culture

June 21, 2013 9:36 am | by Steven Shaffer, President, Shaffer Consulting | Articles | Comments

As we grow up, we often get wonderful gifts from mom and dad. Gifts such as intelligence, passion, communication and leadership skills. We also get gifts from different mentors, which can complement the ones from our parents. As adults, business leaders bring these childhood gifts — or lack thereof — to the companies they lead.

Guided Radar Device for Level Measurement

June 20, 2013 10:10 am | by KROHNE | Videos | Comments

LEVEL MEASUREMENT: KROHNE has released the OPTIFLEX 2200. The device is a Guided Radar TDR Level Meter for measuring distance, level, volume and mass. Its modular design can make the device an economical and reliable solution for common applications.

Inductive Sensors

June 20, 2013 10:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

ATEX- IECEx Certified Inductive Sensors are designed for use in extreme environments.

Scan Before You Replace

June 20, 2013 9:53 am | by Brian Lambert, The Garland Company, Inc. | Articles | Comments

You are feeling a little under the weather and finally make an appointment to go see your family doctor. He does a cursory examination, and decides you need surgery immediately. Wouldn’t you want a more thorough exam? What about a CAT scan, an MRI, an EKG, or some other tests?

6 Arrested in La. Explosives Investigation

June 20, 2013 9:17 am | by JEFF AMY, Associated Press | News | Comments

The president and at least two other executives of a Louisiana explosives recycling company were among six people arrested Tuesday in the investigation of how the material was stored. The Explo Systems employees were indicted June 10 and allowed to turn themselves in. Each is free on $50,000 bond.

Magnetic Mount LED Flood Light

June 20, 2013 8:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

Larson Electronic's WAL-M-LED60-120 LED Magnetic Mount LED Flood Light with Pedestal Base is a pedestal light that has been built to provide maximum versatility in a compact yet powerful work light design.

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