- An oxygen tank exploded at the Intertek USA chemical plant in Essingtona, PA early Thursday morning, causing a fire in a nearby building, according to a news report.The explosion caused a fire to break out, which eventually spread to a building nearby.According to reports, there were no injuries fire crews were able to quickly extinguish the fire.
The Bettersizer ST laser particle size analyzer incorporates 88 high-speed detectors, which provides high-resolution data from 0.1 to 1000 microns. This high-speed system delivers fast results, often in as little as 10 seconds. The Bettersizer ST includes the patented dual lens optical system that allows the ST to measure front, side, and back scattering light. The Bettersize software offers an intuitive user interface. With a single mouse click, the auto test feature fully automates the entire test sequence.
Readco Kurimoto LLC is offering its continuous processor in abrasive-resistant designs. Developed to allow batch processors using abrasive materials to operate 24/7 in a continuous process, these continuous processors feature optional, wear-resistant, replaceable liners and hardened screws and paddles to meet performance targets while guarding against product contamination and minimizing maintenance needs.
As consumer demand is continually changing, manufacturers must have flexible and efficient production processes to stay ahead of their competition. Until now, if a powder blend required liquid addition, it was necessary to use a Fixed Mixer, which can be difficult and time consuming to clean between recipe changeovers.
In its ongoing efforts to add the most advanced analytical equipment, Particle Testing Authority (PTA), a division of Micromeritics Instrument Corp., has acquired Formulaction’s Turbiscan Tower to help solve dispersion stability issues.
Customers of Mondi Industrial Bags can now enjoy the convenience of 24/7 customer service through the new myMondi web-based platform, an all-in-one digital customer platform.
“I am a true fan of the new myMondi system,” said Rudy Nouws, plant manager, Natural Granen NV/Group Arvesta. “I can check my stock and order history any time. Sending call-offs works really easily, and you get a confirmation immediately, so you know your order is confirmed.”
A jury in California Wednesday ordered Johnson & Johnson and Colgate-Palmolive Co. to pay almost $10 million to Patricia Schmitz, who claims she got cancer from their products.
Schmitz, who testified that she used J&J's Baby Powder and Colgate's Cashmere Bouquet for most of her life, was awarded $4.8 million in damages from each company. Although the jury awarded Schmitz compensatory damages, it declined to award punitive damages, a decision her attorney said he would challenge in post-trial motions.
Spee-Dee Packaging Machinery has strengthened its engineering and customer service teams. Rebecca Fowler joined as Director of Mechanical Engineering and Ian Toro was promoted to Customer Service Manager. Both will report to Dave Navin, President and CEO.
Independent safety science company UL opened its expanded hazardous locations (HazLoc) laboratory in Northbrook, IL on Tuesday, offering manufacturers with a streamlined process to test and certify equipment used in potentially explosive settings.
A dust explosion rocked a Minnesota grain elevator on Tuesday evening as firefighters were combatting a fire that started Monday morning in a concrete grain bin, according to local news organizations. Reports said at least one person was injured during the incident.
Heat transfer, separation, and fluid handling technology firm Alfa Laval recently opened a new manufacturing unit in Richmond, VA for brazed heat exchangers (BHE), a company press release announced. With the new asset, the firm will manufacture about 90% of its BHE products in the United States.
Chemicals manufacturer and oil and gas firm Ineos recently submitted documents to officials in Texas, outlining its potential plan to invest $803 million in an expansion of its La Porte petrochemical complex, the Houston Chronicle reported Tuesday.
An application for a state tax incentive submitted by Ineos to the Texas Comptroller’s Office examined by the newspaper said the company intends to build an ethylbenzene and styrene monomers plant at the site.
Private label and co-packing food manufacturer Riverbend Foods plans to lay off about 400 workers when it closes its production plant in Pittsburgh, PA this summer, several local news organizations reported.
A letter written by Riverbend Foods that was hand delivered to employees on Monday said the plant will halt production within the next 60 days, reports said. The closure is slated to occur on July 31. Workers will be permanently separated.
Brazilian-owned food processing firm JBS USA is investing $95 million to expand its beef production facility in Grand Island, NE, adding a range of new capabilities and positioning the firm to meet future consumer and customer demands, according to a recent company press release.
The 107,000-sq-ft addition will include new animal handling facilities, a temperature controlled harvest floor, and a facility reconfiguration that aims to improve food safety and product quality.
EchoPro non-contact pulse radar solids level sensors work with powders, grains, pellets, and aggregates in dusty environments with limited space and varying angles of material repose.
They are offered in three intrinsically safe models for silo, bin, stockpile, or transfer station applications, with mounting bracket or gimbal-flange installation and push-button display or software configuration with HART communication.
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Bühler has launched the PolyOne multifunctional single-screw extruder for the pet food and aqua feed industry.
“PolyOne enables our customers to maximize their productivity, and helps to prevent product recalls,” says Christoph Naef, head of business unit nutrition at Bühler Group.
PolyOne meets the highest food and feed safety standards thanks to its hygienic design. It is a modular system, so it can be adapted to customers’ specific needs, such as higher capacities.
Honeywell unveiled Experion PKS Highly Integrated Virtual Environment (HIVE) on Tuesday, a fundamentally new approach to engineering and maintaining industrial control systems. This is an evolution of the company’s flagship Experion Process Knowledge System (PKS).
German chemical firm Wacker Chemie AG recently inaugurated a new production line for silicone elastomers at its plant in Zhangjiagang, China that will increase the availability of high-consistency silicone rubber (HCR) in the Asia-Pacific region, a company press release announced Monday.
Chemical blending and packaging services firm Seatex Corporation recently completed a project to expand its production capabilities in Rosenberg, TX, the Houston Chronicle reported Tuesday.
Built next to Seatex’s 320,000-sq-ft plant on Highway 36 North, the newly-erected 40,000-sq-ft structure will be used to manufacture fertilizers, according to the newspaper. The building was designed and constructed by KDW.
A malfunction in a conveyor belt sparked a multi-alarm grain silo fire last Sunday night at a Cargill facility in Channelview, TX, local news organizations reported. Several firefighters were injured during the response.
Dutch firm Royal DSM recently debuted a new production line for Arnitel brand high-performance specialty polymers at its plant in Emmen, the Netherlands that expands the firm’s capacity for the material by 20%, a recent company press release announced.
The company said the added capacity helps DSM meet increased demand for the thermoplastic copolyesters (TPCs), as well as improves DSM’s supply flexibility and security.
Heritage Cooperative serves more than 3500 farmer members and 4000 rural and urban customers. Among its 30 locations is its expansive Kenton, OH-based Agronomy Center, which includes a 30,000-tn dry fertilizer storage facility for products including potash, ammonium sulfate, and urea. Material is delivered to the operation via rail and loaded out via truckloads for field application.
The model CMS (compact motion switch) is a rugged loss of motion device for use on most rotating equipment, including overland conveyors, rotary valves, fans, crushers, delumpers, blenders, packaging equipment, and other machinery.
The new Scaletron VMF-90E volumetric feeder enables rapid installation of a treatment process dosing system wherever and whenever it is needed.
Ensign Equipment Inc., based in Holland, MI has been acquired by Excalibur Group. The group owns two other west Michigan manufacturers.
Ensign Equipment designs and manufactures a complete line of bulk material handling systems and processing equipment. It’s engineered solutions are built for filling, unloading, weighing, conveying and storing of several types of materials. With equipment designs for a diverse range of environments it services the plastics, recycling, chemical, food, and pharmaceutical industries.