This feature originally ran in the April 2011 issue of Food Manufacturing . The Food Manufacturing Brainstorm features industry experts sharing their perspectives on issues critical to the overall food industry marketplace. In this issue, we ask: What is the biggest contributor to pest control issues in manufacturing facilities, and what can processors do to avoid such problems? Ron Harrison, Ph.
Spartan Scientific (Boardman, OH) is offering a miniature solenoid operator pilot assembly — Series 38KRE and 38KRI — which are designed to control inert gases and liquids. The 2-way and 3-way solenoids can be easily mounted to a flat manifold surface, and feature fully molded coil assemblies, plus either spaded or flying lead configurations.
A full line of carbide burs in a variety of styles and shapes are available from Rex-Cut Products, Inc. (Fall River, MA). According to the company, the burs are offered in standard-, double-, and non-ferrous cuts in oval ball, ball nosed tree, and tapered shapes — all of which makes them ideal for weld preparation and removal applications.
Hammond Manufacturing Company Inc. (Cheektowaga, NY) is now offering its Eclipse Junior (EJ Series) enclosure in 316 grade stainless steel, which offers increased corrosion resistance, making the units suitable for installation in areas with aggressive chemicals. They are designed for use as instrument enclosures, electrical, hydraulic, or pneumatic control housings, electrical junction boxes, or terminal wiring enclosures.
Omega Engineering, Inc. (Stamford, CT) has released a new wireless process transmitter — the UWPC-2-NEMA — to convert process signal to wireless up to 400 feet. The product accepts 0 to 1V, 0 to 5V, 0 to 10V, and 4-20mA signals. Free software for monitoring, recording, and data logging is included, in addition to a low-power operation/sleep mode for longer battery life.
U.S.-based manufacturers are finding themselves reacting to shifts in the global supply chain that are increasing prices and delivery lead times. Rather than rolling over and crying uncle, vertically integrated companies are playing on their strengths, which include faster times to market for new, updated, or custom-built products.
GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — An electric bus manufacturer has publicly unveiled its first Greenville-made bus, sending the unit to Pennsylvania for further testing. Proterra LLC on Thursday sent its first bus to the Altoona Bus Research and Testing Center at Penn State University to complete testing required to unlock federal subsidies for bus purchases.
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — An Illinois man pleaded not guilty Thursday to taking restricted military data from his former job at a New Jersey technology company and presenting it at two conferences in China last fall. Sixing Liu, wearing a green prison jumpsuit, did not speak during the brief hearing before U.
The following recalls have been announced: ___ MONKEEZ & FRIENDS WRIST RATTLES AND BABY BOOTIES DETAILS: The knitted-yarn products were manufactured in China and imported by Midwest-CBK Inc. of Union City, Tenn. WHY: The pom-poms attached to the wrist rattles and booties can detach, posing a choking hazard.
TOKYO (AP) — Toyota Motor Corp. said Friday it will maintain output at half capacity in Japan from May 10 to June 3 amid a supply crunch following the March tsunami disaster. The world's No. 1 automaker said it still remained unclear when the company would return to full production in Japan.
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. factories likely produced more goods in March for the ninth straight month, as businesses and consumers spent more money. Economists expect that the output of the nation's factories, mines and utilities increased 0.6 percent last month. That would be the biggest increase since December, when severe winter weather caused a spike in output by utilities.
DETROIT (AP) — Ford bowed to pressure from regulators on Thursday and widened a recall of America's top-selling vehicle, the F-150 pickup, because its air bags can deploy at the wrong time. The recall now covers nearly 1.2 million F-150s built for the 2004 and 2005 model years and some built for 2006.
Graphite Metallizing Corporation (Yonkers, NY) is announcing a family of tin-based babbit GRAPHALLOY materials for high-temperature bearing applications. The materials are available in NSF-certified grades for drinking water, and are FDA-accepted. They are environmentally-safe through the elimination of the need for grease or oil.
Magnalight (Kemp, TX), a Larson Electronics company, has added the RL-8510W-1-UV365 handheld LED ultraviolet spotlight to their line of specialty LED lights. The light produces UV light in the 365 Nm range and has a pistol grip shape to provide comfortable handling, plus a machined aluminum body for extreme durability.
Atlas Sales & Rentals, Inc. (Torrance, CA) is now offering a portable dehumidifier that offers high water removal capacity in a portable unit, for both low and high humidity settings. The DA 3500i dehumidifier removes 170 pints at AHAM* (80°F / 60% RH) while drawing only 10.5 amps, making it ideal for challenging drying applications.
Thomas & Betts (Memphis, TN) has developed the Star Teck Extreme Director Cable Fitting, which is an adjustable, range-taking fitting, used to terminate metal-clad and Teck cable. The tool easily adjusts from 90 to 180 degrees, allowing for faster, more cost-efficient installation. A full circular bore provides for easy cable insertion, and alignment guides serve as reference points for ensuring that fittings are installed at the same angle.
The original system at Chenango Valley Pet Foods (CVPF) consisted of a stainless steel tank on legs with a dual hose peristaltic pump with an inverter drive. The pump discharged through a 2-inch sanitary tube line and passed through a 1-inch coriolis style flow meter on its way to the mill/extruder.
Information is a powerful dimension that these companies should fully employ to gain a distinct advantage by coupling the necessary inventory and operational processes with customer service, order entry, and financial management processes. In the past decade, volumes have been written about the value of supply chain visibility and execution systems.
Sebastain Thrun helped build Google’s driverless car, which can navigate through almost any real-life driving scenario, all without any human interaction. At the end of the day, the project isn’t about the technology itself, but rather what it can do for everyone on the road. As Thrun explains, the benefits for machine-controlled motoring are numerous, if done correctly.