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  • Conveyor Industry Shipments Rebound in 2010

    The Conveyor Equipment Manufacturers Association (CEMA) reports that 2010 shipments in North America were up 9.6%. CEMA estimates that shipments totaled $6.642 billion for 2010, an increase of $584 million from 2009 shipments of $6.058 billion. CEMA estimates that new orders totaled $6.85 billion...

  • George Huber III Elected CEMA President

    George Huber III, vice president, Industrial Kinetics Inc., Downers Grove, IL, was elected president of the Conveyor Equipment Manufacturers Association (CEMA) at the organization's recent 78th Annual Meeting in La Quinta, CA.    Huber becomes head of the North American industry trade...

  • Online Spray Drying Course Offered

    On March 16, 2011, from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., The Center for Professional Advancement (CfPA) is offering Spray Drying: Practical Design and Operation, an online course for plant process and design engineers and scientists who are employed by the chemical, petrochemical, biochemical, food, pulp and...

  • Dry and Wet Micronization Webinar Announced

    Hard minerals such as quartz feldspar and zircon sand are widely used in the glass, ceramic, and porcelain industry. It is always a challenge not to increase the Fe2O3 content during processing. Highly wear-protected machines, in order to avoid any increase of the Fe2O3 content, must be employed...

  • SOCMA's BPTF and CEFIC's EFCG Work with FDA to Protect Public Safety

    In a move to better protect public safety, SOCMA's Bulk Pharmaceutical Task Force (BPTF) and European Chemical Industry Council's Fine Chemicals Group (EFCG) are calling on the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to mandate inspections of foreign Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient (API) manufacturing...

  • Fike Achieves UTC Gold Supplier Status

    Fike has achieved UTC Supplier Gold status, a program established by United Technologies Corp. (UTC) to facilitate and accelerate superior performance and to recognize suppliers for exceptional performance. The program features four achievement levels, with Gold being the highest achievable level...

  • Greater Hazmat Enforcement, Inspections, and Delays Likely Under New DOT "Package Opening Rule"

    Hazmat shippers face rising enforcement and potential shipping delays under the new U.S. DOT Enhanced Enforcement Authority Procedures rule. The March 3, 2011 rulemaking gives U.S. DOT inspectors broader authority to stop, open, and, detain non-compliant hazmat shipments during transit. All hazmat...

  • February Freight Rail Traffic Continues to Make Gains

    The Association of American Railroads (AAR) reports that monthly carloads in February 2011 increased 4.2 percent compared with the same month last year, for a total of 1,135,396 carloads. According to AAR’s monthly Rail Time Indicators report, intermodal traffic in February increased 10.3...

  • SOCMA Welcomes Additional Legislation Extending CFATS

    The Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates (SOCMA) announced its support for legislation (H.R. 901) introduced in the House of Representatives to extend the current chemical site security rules though 2018, ensuring that chemical plants nationwide continue to develop and deploy meaningful...

  • Siemens to Supply Automation Technology to North America's Largest Sugar Refinery

    Siemens has announced that it has been awarded a contract to equip the biggest sugar refinery operating in North America with electrical and control technology. The plant, which is currently under construction in Gramercy, LA, will be owned and operated by Louisiana Sugar Refining (LSR), a joint...