Engineering, architecture and construction firm Gray has acquired 100% of SPEC Engineering, a specialty process engineering and equipment fabrication company located in Plainfield, IL, the company announced in a release Thursday. SPEC became affiliated with the Gray, Inc. family of companies, working closely with Gray Construction, through an initial equity investment from Gray in November of 2018.
Micromeritics Instrument Corporation today announced it has sold its PoroTechnology Reservoir Evaluation Laboratory subsidiary to CoreSpec Alliance LLC. Terms of the sale were not disclosed.
In a sanitary application, a rotary valve’s design and construction materials must meet hygienic standards to ensure that the product reaches the customer without contamination. This article explains how you can select a rotary valve that matches your application’s hygiene requirements.
Thermal process engineering and technology firm Bühler Aeroglide announced Wednesday that Andreas Kratzer was appointed as the firm’s president and chief executive officer. The role becomes effective on April 1.
The Readco Process Control System (RCS) integrates mixing, heating, cooling, and feeding into a single, touch-screen HMI.
American agribusiness Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) plans to halt production at two of its flour mills in the U.S. as the company prepares to open its new flour mill in Mendota, IL later this year, the firm announced in a release Thursday.
German chemicals and materials firm BASF plans to make a “mid-range double-digit euro million” investment to upgrade its Düsseldorf-Holthausen silica processing plant in Germany, the company announced in a release Thursday.
What is worse than wasted effort? Economical losses and decreased productivity. Moisture measurement is a crucial aspect in manufacturing from the initial process to the end-product stage. Product quality and consistency are forefront with MoistTech in the development of the IR3000 sensor to accurately provide moisture and coating measurements throughout the process, yielding a consistent product quality from lab to line that immediately reduces down-time, wasted energy and product loss.
The American Chemistry Council (ACC) reported that U.S. specialty chemicals market volumes eased 0.2 percent in March after flat activity in February and a 0.3 percent gain in January. All changes in the data are reported on a three-month moving average (3MMA) basis. Of the 28 specialty chemical segments ACC monitors, only eight expanded in March, down from 12 in February and 14 in January. Nineteen markets experienced decline in March and one was flat.
New draft guidance was released by The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday aims to assist manufacturers of food, medical, and consumer products in preparing for possible recall situations and to quickly carry out voluntary recalls with the agency.
Eden Prairie, MN-based Zinpro Corporation, a producer of trace minerals for animal nutrition, recently announced that Jason Wibbels was named as the firm’s global director of operations. When he steps into the new role, Wibbels will serve in Zinpro’s executive team and manage all manufacturing, warehouse, sourcing, and safety operations across the firm’s footprint.
An explosion and fire at a chemical plant in northern China Wednesday morning left four people dead and 35 others with injuries, Chinese state media reported. People living near the plant were ordered to evacuate.
Canadian pork processor and exporter HyLife will sell 50.1% of its shares to Thailand-based Charoen Pokphand Foods Public Company Limited (CPF) under a recently signed Share Prchase Agreement, a press release announced Monday. Under the terms of the deal, HyLife will retain 49.9% of the remaining shares.
American agribusiness Cargill plans to invest $112 million to boost production at its corn processing plant in Songyuan, China as part of the company’s joint initiative with the Songyuan government to open the Sino-US Cargill Biotech Industrial Park, according to a company announcement Tuesday.
Snacks and chocolate maker The Hershey Company recently named four new members of the firm’s executive team that will report to the its president and chief executive officer Michelle Buck when the roles become effective.
Ingredient Masters introduces the Buzz Screw feeder, a compact, lightweight, and portable dispenser designed to bridge the gap between expensive automated screw feeders and laborious hand scooping of dry materials.
Using a simple cordless drill, the feeder dispenses most dry bulk materials quickly, precisely, and easily. The system is ideal for applications including lab adds, minor ingredient adds, and smaller scale batching operations and features an easy-to-clean design.
Industrial gases firm Air Products revealed plans Monday to build a second air separation unit (ASU) at Big River Steel LLC’s steel mill in Osceola, AR. The new facility will support Big River Steel as it expands the steel mill by supplying oxygen, nitrogen, and argon. In addition to the announcement of the ASU, Air Products also said it extended a long-term industrial gas supply contract with the steel producer.
The leader of American agribusiness Archer Daniels Midland’s (ADM) transportation group, Christopher L. Boerm, will take on a new role as president of the firm’s grain group as its current leader Wesley Uhlmeyer prepares to step down, several trade publications reported Monday.
Bulk bags, or FIBCs, are thought to be low-technology packaging. Users ignore many handling issues with bulk bags, wrongly thinking there are no alternatives. In most cases, the problems with bulk bags are solvable.
One current trend is a desire to have bags without “overhang.” That is, bags that are no wider than the pallet. Users fear that overhang will create damage to the packaging and therefore the product in the packaging.
Flow properties testing provides the data necessary to design silos and equipment for the storage and handling of bulk solids. First pioneered by Dr. Andrew Jenike over 50 years ago, this testing has become ubiquitous in good engineering practice when handling bulk solids. The validity of flow testing is coupled to an important parenthetical principle, namely that testing be performed on representative samples.
A 35-year-old woman was killed after entering an industrial meat grinder Monday at the Economy Locker Storage Company meat processing facility in Muncy Township, PA, officials told local news organizations.
“We don’t know if she fell in or was pulled in as she was perhaps reaching for something in the grinder, which was about 6 feet off the ground,” Lycoming County Coroner Charles E. Kiessling Jr. told the Williamsport Sun-Gazette.
Two companies affiliated with a portland cement production plant in Martinsburg, WV will pay a combined penalty of over $1.5 million after settling allegations of Clean Air Act violations with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the regulator announced in a recent release.
Cheese and ingredients manufacturer Hilmar Cheese Company Inc. entered into an agreement to shed its milk powder production facility in Turlock, CA to California Dairies Inc. (CDI), the firm announced in a recent press release. The divestment of the plant is part of the firm’s Strategic Plan 2021.
Food products manufacturer The Kraft Heinz Company announced Monday that its board selected former Miguel Patricio to serve as the firm’s chief executive officer as the company’s current top executive, Bernardo Hees, prepares to step down from the role. Patricio is slated to take on the new role on July 1.