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New Zealand Company To Open Biomass Resin Plant In U.S.

December 10, 2013 9:49 am | News | Comments

A New Zealand company plans to move its headquarters to Kearney and set up a production plant for its biomass resin product. The plant will use distillers grains to produce a functional filler for the plastics industry, the Kearney Hub reported. 

Jobs vs. Environment In Pinelands Pipe Plan Fracas

December 10, 2013 9:31 am | News | Comments

The age-old jobs-versus-the-environment clash is playing out again, this time in the New Jersey Pinelands, a million-acre spread of protected woods and wetlands that happens to be in the way of a proposed pipeline.         

Oil Plant Fire Injures One

December 9, 2013 5:10 pm | by the Associated Press | News | Comments

A fire Monday at an oil plant in northern Nevada critically injured a 24-year-old refinery worker. In a statement, Bango Refining said one of its tanks ruptured around 9:15 a.m., sending up a thick plume of black smoke. The company recycles used lubricating oil.

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American Bridge Begins W. PA Shutdown

December 9, 2013 10:26 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

American Bridge Co. has begun shutting down a western Pennsylvania fabricating plant, and will eventually lay off 77 workers in the process.                             

Turning Wasted Activity Into Productivity

December 6, 2013 1:39 pm | by TedxTalks | Videos | Comments

Bill Peterson, who has more than 30 years of experience in the aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) businesses, discusses his theories on turning wasted activity - time - into productive time. Are you making the most of your time?

U.S. Nuclear Regulators Offer Japan Storage Solutions

December 6, 2013 10:15 am | by MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press | News | Comments

The United States' top nuclear regulator said Friday that atomic energy users, including Japan, must figure out how to ultimately store radioactive waste.                                                 

Explosion Sparks Fire At Michigan Plant

December 6, 2013 9:28 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Authorities say an explosion sparked a fire at a western Michigan manufacturing facility and prompted an evacuation at the plant.                                                                                         

West, TX Explosion Investigation Continues

December 5, 2013 5:06 pm | by NOMAAN MERCHANT, Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal investigators in charge of investigating the deadly fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas say they still consider the case open, eight months after the blast killed 15 people and sent debris flying miles away.                                   

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Body Recovered After Silo Collapse

December 5, 2013 11:57 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Emergency crews have recovered the body of a feed mill worker who was buried Monday under tons of spilled corn at a collapsed grain silo, a fire chief said late Wednesday night.                        

GM Uses Landfill Gas To Power Assembly Plant

December 5, 2013 11:54 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors Corp. is spending $11 million at its Fort Wayne truck assembly plant to create a small power plant that would use landfill gas to supply 40 percent of the factory's electricity.                       

When Culture Stifles Innovation

December 5, 2013 10:48 am | by Girish Malhotra, President & Founder, Epcot International | Blogs | Comments

Who are the technical innovators in the US? The image we often have is that of the young Silicon Valley geek or the surfing California biopharma scientist -- sometimes brash and unafraid to challenge authority and champion new and better ideas.

Planning Plant Sanitation

December 4, 2013 3:07 pm | by Victor Hayes Popovics, Owner, Ultimate Washer | Articles | Comments

Food processors know that keeping work areas clean is of paramount importance and eliminating hygiene issues is critical to the survival of their businesses. We’ve found the most effective cleaning technique is actually a process and can be broken down into three components.

Color-Coded Contamination Control

December 4, 2013 1:52 pm | by Daniel Peterson, Product Manager, Industrial Vacuum Division, Nilfisk-Advance, Inc. | Articles | Comments

Food safety hinges on identifying and reducing contamination risks at critical exchange points. Many food processors have found color-coded accessories practical and effective because color is easily communicated to crew members regardless of native language, and color schemes are more easily memorized than other systems. 

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Sanitation By Isolation

December 4, 2013 1:46 pm | by Dr. Elis Owens, Senior Microbiologist & Chemist, Birko | Articles | Comments

Most processors are well aware of the need to thoroughly clean and sanitize their production spaces between each day’s production. However, it’s easy to overlook procedures that can be implemented to limit the entry of pathogens into the processing area during the production day.

4 Die In Coal Plant Chimney

December 4, 2013 12:35 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Firefighters in central Poland say four maintenance workers have plunged to their deaths some 120 meters (400 feet) down a chimney that they were working on at a coal-fired power plant.                                         

Worker Presumed Dead In Silo Collapse

December 4, 2013 12:33 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A worker was missing and presumed dead after a silo collapsed and spilled 50 tons of corn at a facility that was cited this year for six "serious" safety violations, officials said.                             

Small LED Flood Lights

December 4, 2013 10:42 am | Product Releases | Comments

Designed as energy-saving replacements for 100-watt quartz halogen through 175-watt metal halide fixtures, MaxLite introduces its second generation Small LED Flood Lights offered in 15-, 25- and 45-watt styles.      

The Right Tools For The Job: Front-End-Loading

December 3, 2013 5:08 pm | by Jens M. Ebert, PE, PMP; SSOE Group | Articles | Comments

Project success is not limited to an effective end product, it also requires that the project stays on schedule and budget throughout. Good planning is crucial to achieving a successful project. Front-End-Loading refers to a project management process that involves developing sufficient project definition so that owners can make investment decisions, minimize risk and maximize the potential for success. 

Could Plastic Quick Connects Expand Your Design Options?

December 3, 2013 3:19 pm | by Ken Davis, Value Plastics, Inc., a Nordson Company | Articles | Comments

No longer just for medical equipment, plastic quick connectors have been integrated into laboratory instrumentation and industrial equipment, where the need for reliable, critical connections is paramount and ease of servicing vital to maintain production uptime and throughput.

Assistant Sec. Of Labor On Gunpowder Explosion Sentencing

December 3, 2013 1:56 pm | by U.S. Dept. Of Labor | News | Comments

Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Dr. David Michaels issued a statement regarding the sentencing of Craig Sanborn in Coös County Court in New Hampshire for manslaughter in connection with the May 2010 explosion at the Black Mag LLC plant.

Solutions Proposed For Fukushima Water Crisis

December 3, 2013 12:20 pm | by MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press | News | Comments

A government panel proposed additional measures to lessen the radioactive water crisis at Japan's crippled nuclear power plant, saying Tuesday that current plans are not enough to prevent the risk of a disaster.               

NY Nuclear Plant Shut Down

December 3, 2013 12:02 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Nine Mile Point 2 nuclear plant on Lake Ontario has been taken off-line after pumps that circulate water through the reactor shut off while being shifted to a lower speed.                                   

Hazardous Area Lighting

December 3, 2013 11:18 am | Product Releases | Comments

STAHL's new line of light fittings for use in Ex zone 1/21 and 2/22 hazardous areas achieves better energy efficiency and provide approximately 10% more luminous intensity.

Maker's Row: Connecting The New Manufacturers

December 2, 2013 1:19 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Blogs | Comments

Maker’s Row, a website and free service that helps facilitate connections between designers and the small-batch American manufacturers that can help them turn a sketch into a real product, is on a roll.                                             

NJ Nuclear Plant Shuts Down

December 2, 2013 12:36 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Hope Creek nuclear plant in southern New Jersey is offline after high moisture was found in the steam that spins the plant's turbine.                                                                  

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