Integrated enterprise resource planning (ERP) software is the backbone of your business, as it handles everything from lab management to invoicing. So selecting and implementing an ERP system is a big decision and significant investment for any specialty chemical manufacturing company.
As we emerge from unprecedented economic decline, past experience and common sense suggest that growth in these better times will not come without hardship. Many companies were forced to take quick measures to reduce costs, and this approach often has negative consequences in terms of operating risks down the road.
Before I decided to study literature in college, I took the typical freshman approach: I changed my major again and again, based on the whims of my current fascinations, causes and favorite professors. It’s scary looking back, considering I could have based my life’s career goals around an affinity for a class that happenstance scheduled following my afternoon latte boost.
The B-Series Belt Skimmer line from Zebra Skimmers Corp. (Cleveland, OH) has been expanded to include a wider belt for heavier oil load applications for customers with large surface area sumps or central tank applications. Additional features include: A rugged, heavy-duty steel construction.
Athena Controls, Inc. (Plymouth Meeting, PA) has announced the availability of their new line of Foundation series of customizable modular control products. The Foundation series offers virtually limitless heat and/or cool control possibilities in a small package. The basic control board can handle everything from simple multi-loop PID control to more complex custom “state machine” control using a large flash code and RAM memory.
Master Bond (Hackensack, NJ) has developed the EP46HT-1, which extends the limits of epoxy adhesive/sealant formulations, according to the company. It can operate in temperatures from -100°F to 550°F and intermittent exposures up to 600°F. In addition, the epoxy has been designed to withstand repeated thermal cycling.
The Newton line of precision balances from Gardco (Pompano Beach, FL) feature ten different capacities over a broad range of applications: 120g, 210g, 310g, 410g, 610g, 1500g, 2100g, 3100g, 4100g, and 6100g, all with 0.1g resolution. The 16mm LCD display has an amber backlight for easy viewing.
NEW YORK (AP) — Onyx Pharmaceuticals Inc. said Monday it will buy cancer drug developer Proteolix Inc. in a deal that could be worth as much as $851 million. Onyx shares advanced $2.20, or 8.2 percent, to $29.10 in premarket trading. Onyx will pay $276 million upfront for the privately held South San Francisco company, and in the process it gains Proteolix's cancer drug candidate carfilzomib, which is being tested as a treatment for multiple myeloma, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, and solid tumors.
BENNINGTON, Vt. (AP) — A Bennington manufacturer has purchased a second industrial site in town as it prepares to fill a Pentagon contract to make armor for vehicles going to Afghanistan. Plasan North America, a subsidiary of an Israeli firm, is joining with a Wisconsin-based company, Oshkosh Corp.
BRUSSELS (AP) -- World steel makers said Monday that "exceptionally strong growth" in Chinese demand and a better-than-expected global economic recovery would keep steel consumption from falling as sharply as previously expected. The World Steel Association said steel use was likely to fall by 8.
NEWPORT, Del. (AP) — Three automakers reportedly have toured the shuttered Boxwood Road auto plant near Newport as Delaware officials work to find another tenant for the former General Motors plant. The Wilmington News Journal reported Sunday that the three include a start-up developing a plug-in hybrid and an Indian automaker.
GENEVA (AP) — China said Monday that it will ask the World Trade Organization to examine whether European Union charges on imports of Chinese steel fasteners comply with international commerce rules. Beijing argues that the EU is illegally taxing the screws needed for products from furniture to cars.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Good help is hard to find, unless that help is doing hard time. Two manufacturers are taking advantage of a program in which they develop factories in Arkansas prisons and put convicts to work at market wages. The workers use their earnings to fund the program, pay child support, fines, restitution and build a nest egg.
A Philly cheesesteak sandwich is a culinary indulgence to some and a dietary staple to others. Thin slices of beef, chicken or pork piled high on an Amoroso-style roll with lots of melted cheese is a palate-pleasing treat that originated in Philadelphia, but can now be found in sandwich shops all over the world.
Rollprint Packaging Products Inc. (Addison, IL) announces the launch of a high-performance, 100 percent polyester lidding alternative for medical, pharmaceutical, and food processing applications. The SteamOne uses are much as 50 percent less material and helps companies meet recycling objectives.
The Instapak TempGuard Cold Chain Packaging system from Sealed Air (Danbury, CT) has been designed to keep temperature-sensitive products safe during shipment. The Instapak polyurethane foam performs better than expanded polystyrene, according to the company, allowing customers to choose more cost-effective solutions than overnight priority shipping.
Label-Aire (Fullerton, CA) has launched the Inline Series 5100 Vacuum Wrap Front/Back label system, which was designed to accurately apply both front and back labels to round bottles without the need for a second applicator. The 5100 labeler features a vacuumized wrap transport belt using a single Label-Aire 3015-ND Wipe-ON label applicator.
The new SVI Vertical Bagger from Bosch Packaging Technology (Waiblingen, Germany) is ideal for a wide range of food and non-food application due to its versatile operation. The SVI machines can produce bags with a corner seal and doy style bags with optional zippers, with simple additions and changes.
DETROIT (AP) — Hummer, the off-road vehicle that once was a symbol of America's love for hulking trucks, is now in the hands of a Chinese heavy equipment maker. General Motors Co. and Sichuan Tengzhong Heavy Industrial Machinery Corp. finally signed the much-anticipated deal to sell the brand on Friday, according to a joint statement issued by both companies.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Hartford police are at a recycling plant investigating the death of a man whose body was found near cardboard boxes. Police are trying to determine who the man was and how he died. They say he was not an employee of the plant. Authorities were called to All Waste Inc.