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PG&E Starts Court-Ordered Pipeline Shutdown

October 7, 2013 12:09 pm | News | Comments

Pacific Gas & Electric says it will comply with a judge's order and shut down a natural gas pipeline after safety issues were raised. PG&E said it believes the pipeline is safe despite an engineer's email questioning the safety of the 83-year-old line's welds.

Appeals Court Sides With BP

October 3, 2013 12:01 pm | by Kevin McGill & Michael Kunzelman, AP | News | Comments

A federal appeals court has revived BP's claims that a judge's interpretation of a settlement over its 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico could force the company to pay billions of dollars for bogus or inflated claims by businesses. A ruling by a divided three-judge panel threw out U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier's rulings on the dispute between BP and attorneys who brokered the multibillion-dollar settlement in 2012.

Preparing for Change: How Technology Equips Chemical Manufacturers for the CSIA

October 3, 2013 11:40 am | by Mike Edgett, Director, Industry Marketing, Process Manufacturing, Infor | Articles | Comments

The proposed Chemical Safety Improvement Act is potentially a great step forward for improving safety in chemical production. However, if manufacturers are unable to comply with the bill’s new regulations and standards, they will neither reap any of these benefits, nor will the act live up to its objective.

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Free Guide to Functional Safety for Process Applications

October 1, 2013 4:57 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Rockwell Automation has published the Process Safebook – a free guide to functional safety for process applications.

Greed Led to Deadly NH Plant Explosion

September 30, 2013 1:36 pm | by LYNNE TUOHY, Associated Press | News | Comments

The trial has begun addressing the death of two workers killed in an explosion at a New Hampshire gunpowder plant in May 2010. The prosecutor argued the owner of the plant, charged with manslaughter and reckless homicide, was motivated by profit and greed.

Shale Drillers Must Report Chemicals Used

September 30, 2013 12:11 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Under a new state directive a list of toxic chemicals used by Ohio shale drillers must be made available locally to governments, first responders and residents. The state gave companies until Sept. 21 to begin complying with the federal law.

Five Tips for Improving Sight Glass Maintenance

September 30, 2013 11:44 am | by David G. Star | Articles | Comments

Improperly maintained sight glasses can easily become the weakest link in a processing system, becoming difficult to illuminate and providing less than optimal visibility to process observers. In the most severe cases they can actually fail endangering workers, leading to extensive destruction of property and forcing unplanned downtime.

Reviewing NFPA 56 Three Years Later

September 27, 2013 1:12 pm | by Jack Rubinger, Graphic Products & John Puskar, Prescient Technical Services | Articles | Comments

NFPA 56 prohibits the use of flammable gas as a cleaning agent for interior pipes. The standard is a response to the 2010 explosion at Kleen Energy Power and another at a food processing site that happened within less than a year of each other. This article offers a look at the regulation three years later, with tips on how to properly meet its expectations.

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Portable Videoscope Inspection System

September 26, 2013 3:34 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Lenox Instrument Company announces its new Advanced Portable Videoscope System for the inspection of bridges, drill pipe, turbines, airframes, power generation equipment, process tanks and vessels, tubing and pipes, heat exchangers and hydraulic cylinders and other difficult to reach videoscope inspections.

Preventing Glass Contamination in Food Processing

September 25, 2013 4:45 pm | by Erin Noonan, Marketing Communications Manager, Shat-R-Shield, Inc. | Articles | Comments

Entities such as OSHA and the FDA have strict mandates requiring facilities to provide protective coverings for exposed glass within food processing areas. Unfortunately, proper precautionary protection is not always executed. Inevitably, another story of glass contamination in food products will hit the wire. Production lines will be halted and the cleanup process executed.

Extended, Heated Air Curtains

September 25, 2013 4:28 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Berner International Corp., has added lengths of up to 16 feet long to go with their new high-efficiency VTH Venturi heater coil and VS Series air curtains.

Dept of Defense Diagnostic Lab Implements New Safety Testing

September 25, 2013 12:18 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Roka Bioscience announced today the adoption of the Atlas System at the Department of Defense Food Analysis and Diagnostic Laboratory at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio for high-volume sample testing for Listeria and Salmonella in foods that are provided to all U.S. armed forces around the world.

Hydrogen Sulfide Gas Detector

September 24, 2013 3:19 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The Model 4501-05 2-wire Hydrogen Sulfide Gas Detector from Sierra Monitor Corporation is a loop powered gas detector that provides the user with lower cost and easier installation and maintenance.

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Multi-Module LED Flood Lights

September 24, 2013 10:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

MaxLite® launches the versatile StaxMAX LED Flood Lights for diverse general area, architectural and security illumination in public and commercial spaces.

Worker Rescued After Falling Into Tar Pit

September 23, 2013 10:15 am | News | Comments

A worker at a Florida asphalt plant has been rescued after getting stuck in a tank of tar. The 45-year-old man was using a steel cutter inside the tank Friday afternoon at Atlantic Coast Asphalt in Jacksonville. The man was fine inside the tank as long as he was moving around.

Food Safety Update: Employee Training

September 23, 2013 10:00 am | Articles | Comments

The Food Safety Update section of Food Manufacturing is designed to offer insight into the state of food safety concerns across the industry. Hundreds of responses were received for a survey on employee training, here are the results.

Magnetic Separators for Food, Chemical and Pharmaceutical Applications

September 23, 2013 10:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

Eriez announces the addition of an array of Ferrous Traps to the ProGrade® line of standard magnetic separators.

Organic Farmer Concerned About 'Fracking'

September 20, 2013 9:12 am | by USA Today | Videos | Comments

Stephen Cleghorn owner, of a 50 acre certified organic farm and goat dairy in Reynoldsville, PA, is concerned about hydraulic fracturing gas drilling activity nearby and how it might affect his animals and the farm he and his wife started in 2005.

Engineering American Energy Independence

September 20, 2013 9:07 am | by Bill Kerney, Contributor | Articles | Comments

Fracking is dramatically increasing the recoverable reserves of America carbon-based energy supplies. but yesterday I just paid $4.15 to fill up my car at the USA gas station in Cardiff, Calif. There is a huge disconnect between supply and the price at the pump.

Judge To Review Halliburton's Gulf Deal

September 19, 2013 10:31 am | by Micheal Kunzelman, AP | News | Comments

A federal judge is set to decide whether to approve a plea agreement that calls for Halliburton Energy Services to pay a $200,000 fine for destroying evidence after BP's 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The U.S. District Judge can either accept or reject the company's deal with the Justice Department.

Light Curtains and Light Grids

September 19, 2013 10:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

ABB JOKAB SAFETY has introduced Focus II Light Curtains and Light Grids.

Ductless Chemical Fume Hood

September 19, 2013 10:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

Mystaire is pleased to announce the release of Aura ductless chemical fume hoods.

Source: Japan Nuke Situation 'Not Under Control'

September 19, 2013 9:11 am | by Euronews | Videos | Comments

A senior official from Tokyo Electric Power Company, which runs Japan's troubled nuclear power plant in Fukushima, recently told reporters that the safety situation at the facility was "not under control," though the company quickly released a statement saying otherwise.

What We Don't Know About Chemical Accidents

September 19, 2013 9:05 am | by Karl Stephan, Consulting Engineer, Texas State University, San Marcos | Articles | Comments

The fertilizer-plant explosion last April 17 in West, Texas that killed 15 and demolished a good part of the town was only the most recent of a number of accidents involving hazardous chemicals that have happened in Texas over the years.

Budget Cuts Could Impact BP Settlement

September 18, 2013 12:18 pm | by Michael Kunzelman, Associated Press | News | Comments

The administrator of BP's settlement with Gulf Coast residents and businesses has asked a federal judge to reject BP's bid to slash his office's budget by at least $25.5 million. BP attorneys complained in a court filing last week that the agency's operating expense request is excessive and shouldn't be approved.

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