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  • Study Predicts Industrial Robot Sales Boom in 2019

    An industrial robot boom is expected to occur in 2019, with a projected 1.4 million new industrial robots installed that year, according to a recent report by the International Federation of Robotics (IFR). In total, 2.6 million industrial robots will be deployed by 2019, with China leading demand...

  • OSHA Fines NJ Aluminum Company $89K After Amputations

    The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a Pennsauken, NJ aluminum company with three citations and a $89,390 fine on Sept. 23 stemming from two separate fingertip amputations and a thumb injury this Spring. OSHA initiated an inspection of...

  • Cargill Gains Non-GMO Project Verification for Ingredients

    Pivoting to meet increased demand for non-GMO food products, Cargill announced Thursday that it obtained Non-GMO Project verification for three of its food ingredients. The company’s erythritol, cane sugar, and high oleic sunflower oil were recently verified as GMO-free by the nonprofit...

  • Specialty Plastics Maker Pexco Opens Extrusion Center

    North American specialty plastics developer and manufacturer Pexco LLC celebrated Manufacturing Day with the opening of the Extrusion and Engineering Center of Excellence (ECOC) at a company facility near Philadelphia, the Alpharetta, GA-based company announced Thursday. “Too often it is...

  • US Natural and Organic Food, Drink Sales Expected to Hit $69B

    Retail sales of natural and organic foods and beverages in the U.S. are expected to reach $63 billion in 2016, an 11% rise from sales figures in 2015, a new study by Rockville, MD-based market research firm Packaged Facts posits. “From freshness to health ingredients to transparency of...

  • Industry Explores Big Data's Big Process Safety Benefits

    Two and a half billion gigabytes. That’s the amount of data generated daily by the process industry, according to a recent estimate. Is your organization prepared to harness Big Data's potential to improve process safety? Powder & Bulk Solids spoke with...

  • Vibra Screw Expands Feeder, Conveyor Lines through Agreement

    Vibra Screw Inc. has expanded its vibratory feeder and conveyor lines through an exclusive license agreement with Mavi Maquinas Vibratorias Ltda, Brazil.   The agreement, covering North America, gives Vibra Screw access to Mavi's 50 years of experience, which has made them the largest...

  • Sturtevant Acquires FCM Mill Systems

    Sturtevant Inc. has acquired the assets of FCM Mill Systems LLC, a privately held powder processing systems company based in Lombard, IL. FCM Mill Systems specializes in manufacturing air classifier mills for the milling of pharmaceuticals, nutritional additives, food ingredients, dairy...

  • New Center Aims to Lower Energy Used in Industrial Drying

    A new National Science Foundation (NSF) funded research center directed by the Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) is investigating methods to reduce energy use in industrial drying, one of the most energy-intensive manufacturing processes, the Massachusetts university announced Tuesday. “...

  • Nestle Purina Petcare Faces Lawsuit from Dust Explosion

    Nestle Purina Petcare Faces Lawsuit from Dust Explosion   Nestle Purina Petcare is facing a personal injury lawsuit from a welder that suffered third-degree burns and other injuries after a dust explosion at a Purina’s Flaggstaff, AZ pet food manufacturing plant in Sept. 2014,...