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Consistency Is Key

May 15, 2012 1:08 pm | by JONATHAN SABO, Vice President of Marketing, Cardinal Scale Manufacturing Co. | Articles | Comments

Consistency is key in the food industry. A food product’s recipe must continually be accurate and repeatable, not only to maintain high quality, but also to ensure safety.

The Public’s 'Right to Know'

May 15, 2012 11:41 am | Blogs | Comments

New “Right to Know” bills raise the possibility for the labeling of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) in food.

Abnormal Weather May Increase Pest Activity

May 14, 2012 1:24 pm | by ZIA SIDDIQI, Ph.D., B.C.E., Director of Quality Systems, Orkin LLC | Articles | Comments

Before flies and rodents invade your facility, make sure that you take the necessary precautions to keep them from affecting your products and your bottom line.


Flour Power

May 14, 2012 1:05 pm | by ANNA WELLS, Editor, Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operation (IMPO) | Blogs | Comments

Being a mill worker was harder then, before ergonomics and air conditioning, when 140-pound sacks of flour went on your back, and sweat and dust combined to leave plaster down your arms.

Connectors that Handle Hazardous Voltages

May 14, 2012 11:11 am | Product Releases | Comments

Anderson Power Products recently launched its Saf-D-Grid connector system for use in the direct connection of DC electronic devices to a DC micro grid.

Keeping Chemical Washdowns Safe

May 14, 2012 6:47 am | by Martin Carter, Graphic Products, Inc. | Articles | Comments

Regulations from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) drive the need for signs and labels at chemical washdown sites. But there are more to signs and labels than meets the eye.

A State-of-the-Art Aura

May 10, 2012 5:54 am | Product Releases | Comments

Mystaire® Misonix® recently released its Aura® ductless chemical fume hoods not only with state-of-the-art construction and safety features, but also with advanced safety monitoring and controls.

The Brightest Hazardous-Area Warning

May 4, 2012 9:10 am | Product Releases | Comments

E2S Warning Signals has added the high-output, 21-joule xenon beacon to its BEx beacon range with a choice of seven lens colors.


'Well, It's Scary ...'

May 2, 2012 12:50 pm | Videos | Comments

Residents of the California town where a dairy cow tested positive for "mad cow" share their reactions to the discovery.

Contract Manufacturing & Recalls

May 2, 2012 7:42 am | by MIKE ROZEMBAJGIER, Vice President of Recalls, StericycleExpertRECALL™ | Articles | Comments

A typical manufacturing company relies on more than 35 different contract manufacturers, which adds significant business risk to everyone. And it presents a double whammy if a recall occurs.

The Power of Perception

April 27, 2012 6:25 am | by LINDSEY COBLENTZ, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Blogs | Comments

The BPA debate demonstrates a common issue facing the food industry: Despite evidence of a product’s safety, a negative perception will lead consumers to avoid that product.

Explosion-Proof Vacuum for Dry Powders

April 23, 2012 12:23 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Ruwac's FRV1400 portable explosion-proof vacuum is compliant to OSHA's combustible dust initiative CPL-03-00-008 and NFPA standards.

Protecting 'Pink Slime' Whistleblowers

April 23, 2012 6:46 am | by KRYSTAL GABERT, Editor, Food Manufacturing | Blogs | Comments

The Food Safety Modernization Act offers whistleblowers enhanced protections and could lead to quicker resolutions of food safety issues and, in the end, a safer food supply.


Making the Most of Your Rodent Control Program

April 20, 2012 12:34 pm | by Making the Most of Your Rodent Control Program | Articles | Comments

The Environmental Protection Agency recently revised its 50-foot Rodenticide Risk Mitigation Decision, which prohibited rodenticide bait placements further than 50 feet from a building.

On the Cutting Edge

April 20, 2012 11:08 am | by LINDSEY COBLENTZ, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Articles | Comments

Columbus Foods has maintained its dedication to making authentic Italian salami throughout its 95-year history, while also implementing the latest automation and food safety technology.  

Tablet Inspection 101

April 19, 2012 12:48 pm | by JON DONOVAN, Product Manager at Symetix | Articles | Comments

Virtually all potato chips are inspected by an optical system prior to packaging. Due to the higher value of pharmaceutical products, they should be given the same level of quality assurance.

Portable Vacuum Removes Bulk-Powder Materials

April 18, 2012 1:11 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Ruwac's FRV110 portable explosion-proof vacuum is compliant to OSHA’s combustible dust initiative CPL-03-00-008, NFPA 654 and is 8 ft3 certified for indoor use.

Scientists: Fish Sick where BP's Oil Spill Hit

April 18, 2012 12:53 pm | by USA Today | Videos | Comments

Two years after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, scientists are finding trouble in the oiled Gulf of Mexico: fish with lesions and evidence of contamination. 

Is Fracking Regulation Effective?

April 18, 2012 12:50 pm | by CNN | Videos | Comments

At Fortune's Brainstorm Green conference, a panel debates whether fracking can be regulated without hurting the economy.  

The War on Counterfeiting

April 17, 2012 1:19 pm | by GREG MILLER, Vice President and General Manager of Authentication Solutions at JDSU | Articles | Comments

Technology has enabled the counterfeiter to become more and more skilled and successful, but technology can also empower brand owners, manufacturers and consumers alike to protect themselves against this fraud.

Evaluating Actuators for Washdown in Food Applications, Part 1

April 16, 2012 12:41 pm | by Aaron Dietrich, Electric Products Manager, Tolomatic, Inc. | Articles | Comments

Machines used to process food must keep food safe by not harboring or introducing bacteria, lubricating fluids or other contaminants.

The Cost of the Untrained

April 12, 2012 1:12 pm | by RACHEL LEISEMANN IMMEL, Associate Editor, Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operation (IMPO) | Blogs | Comments

I know how critical a successful training program is in the industry, and the cost of an untrained worker might just be a bit higher than an untrained dog and masticated remote.

The FDA Takes on BPA

April 12, 2012 12:08 pm | by Anthony Hopp & Leonard Kurfirst, Partners, Litigation Department, Edwards Wildman | Articles | Comments

Although some studies have suggested that BPA might be related to obesity and cardiovascular disease, the quality of these studies has been questioned.

Compact Safety Interface Controller

April 12, 2012 11:35 am | Product Releases | Comments

Tapeswitch Corp. has launched the PSSR-2, a new compact safety interface controller that offers integrity monitoring of any presence sensing safety switch, mat and edge product with a 6.8K ? or 8.2 K ? end of-the-line resistor.

Inspection-Grade 3D Scanning System

April 11, 2012 1:26 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Laser Design Inc. has announced the unveiling of its newest and most automated inspection-grade 3D scanning system, the SURVEYOR Auto Gage 3D.

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