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Obama Orders Review of Chemical Plant Rules

August 1, 2013 10:36 am | by JULIE PACE, AP White House Correspondent | News | Comments

President Obama, in an executive order announced Thursday, specifically tasks agencies with examining new ways to safely store and secure ammonium nitrate, the explosive chemical investigators say caused the deadly April explosion at a Texas fertilizer plant.

Official: Nothing Criminal in Propane Explosion

August 1, 2013 10:27 am | by MIKE SCHNEIDER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal and state investigators trying to determine what caused a series of explosions at a central Florida propane plant said Wednesday they've uncovered nothing that indicates a crime was committed. Investigators have interviewed some workers who were at the plant when a fireball erupted in a lot outside the plant's two warehouses.

5 Ind. Counties Exceed EPA Pollution Limits

August 1, 2013 10:19 am | by RICK CALLAHAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Parts of five Indiana counties that are home to aging coal-fired power plants are facing limits on new industry now that the federal government has determined those areas don't meet its new, tougher standard for an air pollutant that causes acid rain and aggravates respiratory ailments.

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Smart Motor Controller

August 1, 2013 9:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

MOTORS, DRIVES & BEARINGS: Rockwell Automation, Inc. introduces a smart motor controller that addresses the motor control needs of OEMs and end-users seeking a more economical alternative to drives and more advanced control than across-the-line starters.

White Washdown Duty Motor

August 1, 2013 9:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

MOTORS, DRIVES & BEARINGS: Baldor Electric Company's White Washdown Duty motor is designed for humid and moist environments in industries requiring sanitary motor washdowns on a regular basis.

Deep Groove Ball Bearings

August 1, 2013 9:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

MOTORS, DRIVES & BEARINGS: SKF USA Inc.'s deep groove ball bearings offer corrosion protection for manufacturing operations that demand a resistance to harsh operating conditions.

La. Explosives Company Officials Plead Not Guilty

July 31, 2013 3:29 pm | by HOLBROOK MOHR, Associated Press | News | Comments

Six executives of a Louisiana company that recycles explosives have pleaded not guilty as part of an investigation into the storage of millions of pounds of military propellant, a discovery that lead to the evacuation of a nearby small town.

MRO Data Key to Unlocking Savings & Efficiency

July 31, 2013 12:00 pm | by IHS | Articles | Comments

Maintenance, repair and operations (MRO) groups at many companies are facing a major challenge: toxic MRO master catalogs stuffed with incomplete data on replacement parts, a problem that drives up costs and creates large-scale problems for multiple corporate divisions.

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Chemical Company Increases Routing Efficiency

July 31, 2013 11:53 am | by TankLink | Articles | Comments

When ChemStation, the Ohio-based supplier of environmentally friendly cleaning chemicals, was in its infancy as a company, founder and CEO George Homan recognized an immediate challenge — one that would help determine whether ChemStation would survive those early years so perilous to all new businesses.

Cause of Fla. Gas Plant Explosion Being Investigated

July 31, 2013 10:10 am | by MIKE SCHNEIDER & TAMARA LUSH, Associated Press | News | Comments

Equipment malfunction and human error are among the possible causes of a series of explosions that spawned a 20-by-20 foot fireball at a central Florida propane plant and left eight injured, authorities said. Tavares Fire Chief Richard Keith said sabotage was not suspected.

Explosion Fuels Protests of China Chemical Plants

July 31, 2013 10:02 am | by LOUISE WATT, Associated Press | News | Comments

Tuesday's explosion at a plant that produces the toxic chemical paraxylene in Zhangzhou city in southeastern Fujian has added to the growing opposition to such plants in China, on the same day a state-run newspaper prominently urged the public to accept the industry as safe.

How to Ensure a Motor’s Energy Efficiency

July 30, 2013 5:21 pm | by Baldor Electric Company | Articles | Comments

Since the inception of the first industrial electric motors, manufacturers have been developing technology to produce better motors which use the least amount of energy possible.  The last several decades of technological advancements has vastly improved the efficiency of electric motors.

8 Injured in Massive Explosions at Central Fla. Gas Plant

July 30, 2013 10:08 am | by MIKE SCHNEIDER & TAMARA LUSH, Associated Press | News | Comments

A series of explosions rocked a central Florida propane gas plant and sent "boom after boom after boom" through the neighborhood around it. Eight people were injured, with at least three in critical condition. There were no fatalities despite massive blasts that ripped through the Blue Rhino propane plant late Monday night.

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China Explosion Fuels Environmental Concerns

July 30, 2013 9:50 am | by LOUISE WATT, Associated Press | News | Comments

An explosion Tuesday at a Chinese plant that produces the toxic chemical paraxylene has added fuel to a growing movement opposing such plants, on the same day that a state-run newspaper prominently urged the public to accept the industry as safe.

Integrated Steppers

July 30, 2013 9:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

MOTORS, DRIVES & BEARINGS: Applied Motion Products' integrated steppers are specifically designed for wet environments and are ideal for outdoor use.

Inline Helical Gear Drives and Gear Motors

July 30, 2013 9:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

MOTORS, DRIVES & BEARINGS: Boston Gear and Bauer Gear Motor inline helical gear drives and gear motors are low-maintenance, dimensional drop-in replacements for major competetive products.

General Purpose Medium Voltage Drive

July 30, 2013 9:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

MOTORS, DRIVES & BEARINGS: ABB Inc. expands the power range of their 4kV general purpose medium voltage drive, acheiving ultra-low harmonic performance in a compact package for quick installation at higher power ranges.

Drives: What You Get by Staying Ahead of the Regulations

July 29, 2013 4:55 pm | by Beijer Electronics | Articles | Comments

Demanding environmental targets within the EU and the rest of the world mean that the regulations concerning motor drives are being tightened up. You can benefit, both financially and environmentally, if you know your technical options and stay one step ahead.

Never Bypass Lockout/Tagout During Repairs

July 29, 2013 9:44 am | by Judie Smithers, Editor — Workplace Safety, J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc. | Articles | Comments

Lockout/tagout procedures assure authorized employees that the equipment is safe to work on. Locking out process equipment can become very complicated very quickly. Paying close attention to the following a few key concerns will decrease the risks.

Optimizing Machines Using Programmable Drives

July 29, 2013 9:31 am | by Kollmorgen | Articles | Comments

By leveraging intelligence in a servo drive, automation designers are able to downsize or eliminate PLCs in many applications. Architected correctly, machines that utilize these smarter drives deliver higher throughput are more cost effective and are simpler to troubleshoot.

Vibration Detection for a Safe, Reliable Plant Floor

July 26, 2013 9:36 am | by Rachel Leisemann Immel, Associate Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

There is no such thing as a vibration free machine,” says Steve Matthews, business manager of VibrAlign’s service company, PdM Solutions, Inc. Rotor unbalance, sheave misalignment, worn bearings, loose bolts, and bearing lubrication issues can affect every machine on the plant floor.

Automation Spotlight: Robotic Industrial Trucks

July 25, 2013 9:51 am | by ANNA WELLS, Executive Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

Despite the modern feel of today’s robotic trucks, AGVs (automated guided vehicles) actually go all the way back to the 1950s. According to John Hayes, National Account Manager for Seegrid, a leading provider of driverless Robotic Industrial Trucks, the basic intention behind this technology was as a labor savings device.

Temperature Monitor

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

MEASUREMENT & DETECTION: ThermoWorks, Inc.'s temperature monitor allows users to track and record two temperature probes remotely on an iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch or Android device as part of an industrial, scientific, or food service process.

Mobile Ductless Fume Hood

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

Air Science USA’s mobile ductless fume hood is totally self-contained and provides all-around visibility. The unit is easily moved from laboratory to laboratory, and allows for easy installation.

Wireless Remote Monitoring Systems

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

VRTX Technologies’ wireless remote monitoring systems for their cooling water treatment solutions automatically and instantly provide operational feedback and alerts.

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