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Sticking Your Hand In The Large Hadron Collider

October 15, 2010 5:34 am | Videos | Comments

Sixty Symbols asks the world's best physicists a relatively simple question: What would happen to your hand if you stuck it inside the Large Hadron Collider? A small sampling of possible answers: "Not a good idea." "I don't think you'd feel very much." "These protons have an energy .

Get Your Ducks In A Row

October 15, 2010 5:28 am | Articles | Comments

Migrating the combined entities onto the same enterprise application is considered a best practice for bringing together merged entities into a single business unit. After a merger or acquisition, migrating the combined entities onto a common enterprise application is considered a best practice for uniting merged entities into a single business unit.

American Companies Don't Innovate

October 14, 2010 10:14 am | Videos | Comments

A lack of innovation on the part of American companies is one of the biggest reasons behind the economy's struggles, or so argues Michael Mandel, the former chief economist at Business Week. And according to a National Science Foundation study, a mere 9 percent of American companies are committed to "innovating.


The Price Was Right

October 14, 2010 7:49 am | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | Articles | Comments

Food Manufacturing 's inaugural Smart Sourcing Award winners showcase overwhelming returns on their equipment investments.  Regardless of their background or area of expertise, every Food Manufacturing reader struggles with how to stretch limited purchasing budgets in keeping their operations moving as efficiently and profitably as possible.

Is It Time To Upgrade?

October 13, 2010 7:48 am | Articles | Comments

When manufacturers see their operations grow in size and complexity, they should consider system solutions or upgrades that offer more adequate and extensive capabilities. Cedarlane Natural Foods offers an easy solution for home-cooked wholesome meals with a wide variety of all-natural frozen foods.

eLEGS Give Paralyzed New Hope

October 13, 2010 6:58 am | Videos | Comments

Just last week, Berkely Bionics unveiled eLEGS, which they describe as "an exoskeleton for wheel-chair users who are committed to living life to its fullest." The bionic legs will hopefully allow paraplegics to be mobile even after their accident. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.

Will Kit Kat Take A Break After 75 Years?

October 13, 2010 6:56 am | Videos | Comments

Kit Kat turns 75 this year, so CNN 's Ayesha Durgahee visited a factory in York, England to learn about their secret to success even after three-fourths of a century. The bars you buy today are the same Rowntree recipe that was used decades ago, so no flavor has been lost over the years. As an added bonus, chocolate appears to be relatively recession-proof — despite increases in the price of cocoa, consumers are almost always willing to maintain their chocolate habit even as pursestrings tighten.

Crews Work To Remove Toxic Sludge

October 13, 2010 6:55 am | Videos | Comments

Workers are trying to turn the chemical tide to stanch the flow of toxic sludge in the rivers flowing toward the Danube River. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department. Have any comments or questions about our Thursday video editions of IMPO Insider? Or do you have a video you'd like to see featured in one of our deployments? Email me at Joel.


The Ship That Flips

October 13, 2010 6:55 am | Videos | Comments

The FLIP (FLoating Instrument Platform) is a one-of-a-kind vessel: by filling ballasts in its long, horizontal construction, it can actually rotate itself into a vertical position. By bobbing in the water, the craft is much less susceptible to waves, which aids in properly utilizing the detailed instrumentation onboard.

Minisplit Installation Accessory Checklist

October 12, 2010 6:00 am | by Lou Laroche, National Sales Manager, Airtec Products | Articles | Comments

Minisplit air conditioners are similar to central air conditioning or commercial split systems in that they all have an evaporator and condenser.  However, minisplits require far different support accessories for efficient, aesthetic and code-compliant installations. Therefore, a contractor should refer to a minisplit checklist of accessories before leaving the wholesaler.

Spuds With All The Right Moves

October 11, 2010 6:29 am | by Hapman Engineering | Articles | Comments

Known as the pioneer that perfected potato dehydration, Basic American Foods is the foodservice source for unique, convenient potato and bean products. From the restaurant operator to the household consumer, Basic American Foods provides a variety of innovative products.  In the mid-fifties, Basic American Foods established a potato processing plant in Blackfoot, Idaho, where the first instant potato product that could be rehydrated with boiling water was developed.

Flavor Feeders Achieve Higher Throughput

October 8, 2010 7:33 am | Articles | Comments

Spiroflow Systems, Inc. and its sister company Spiroflow Ltd. report that over 200 Flexible Screw Conveyor (FSC) systems with integrated Bag Tip Stations known to the industry as ‘flavor feeders’ have been installed and are in operation at plants of leading snack food producers worldwide.

The Best Thing Since Sliced... Mouse?

October 6, 2010 9:07 am | Videos | Comments

A British bread maker recently came under fire for a certain disturbing find in a loaf of bread: a cooked, chopped-up mouse. The company was fined about $27,000 for the mistake, which they claim must have happened before the dough was even mixed together. The worst part of the whole story? The tail is missing, and no one's quite sure who might have washed it down with some turkey and cheese.


Robots Perform Grape Surgery

October 6, 2010 9:03 am | Videos | Comments

While most manufacturing processes do not take this level of precision, this "surgery" on a grape proves just how advanced robotic technology has come in recent years. The drive of competition has pushed even the most heavy-duty of industrial robots to become increasingly accurate as well.

Buffet: It's Time To Tax The Ultra-Rich

October 6, 2010 9:02 am | Videos | Comments

Warren Buffet, investor extraordinaire and current CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, recently sat down with CNN 's Poppy Harlow to talk the state of the U.S. economy. With deficits growing, Buffet offers a simple solution: raise taxes on the super-rich, even himself. With more money in the coffers from the greatest capitalist success stories, the country could better afford a tax break for the middle class.

Inventing A Better (Less Sticky) Bubble Gum

October 6, 2010 9:01 am | Videos | Comments

Thanks in part to extensive university research, an American company is pushing to solve a timeless problem: chewing gum that's stuck to just about every surface imaginable. The solution is a chewing gum that retains much more moisture, making it easier to remove for a longer period of time. Even if the gum has hardened out, simply rewetting it can be enough to break the bond.

5 Ways To Lose Points On Your Pest Control Audit

October 5, 2010 6:04 am | by Zia Siddiqi, Ph.D., B.C.E., Director of Quality Systems, Orkin, LLC & Jim Bail, Director of Technical Services, Food Processors Program, NSF | Articles | Comments

With the ever increasing demands of our daily jobs, sometimes it’s easy to lose sight of pest management details that can make a big difference during a third-party audit, especially with the current focus on the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI). That’s why Orkin Commercial Services and NSF International teamed up on myauditprep.

Wireless Sensor Network Progress

October 4, 2010 5:49 am | by Dr. Peter Harrop, Chairman, IDTechEx Ltd | Articles | Comments

Meeting in the middle: Wireless sensor networks must reduce power requirements, while energy harvesting technology continues to improve. . Approximately 100 years after Michael Faraday came Nikola Tesla, another European electrical theory giant who parted his hair down the middle. Faraday brought us the DC motor and much more; Tesla brought us the AC motor and likewise.

The Evolution Of Clean Pumping

October 1, 2010 10:42 am | by Wallace Wittkoff, Hygienic Director, Dover's Pump Solutions Group (PSG) | Articles | Comments

Not surprisingly, safety has always been a top concern for food and beverage companies. So, it goes without saying that this is a precise industry, one that requires the highest standards in hygienic and sanitary production processes. Despite this emphasis on food safety, there still have been a number of scandals that have combined to give the consuming public reduced trust in the safety that the industry can provide.

Mezannines Lift Operational Efficiency, Safety

October 1, 2010 5:23 am | Articles | Comments

Alliance Packaging is a well-known, independent corrugated box manufacturer with several facilities located throughout northwest United States. The company provides a full range of packaging solutions from custom shipping containers to retail packaging, from stock boxes to in-store displays, from creative design to same day delivery service.

Safety Noncompliance Is A Major Problem 

September 27, 2010 12:20 pm | Articles | Comments

Approximately 98 percent of safety professionals surveyed in a study by Kimblerly-Clark Professional reported that workers in their organizations had at some point neglected to wear the necessary safety equipment while on the job. Nearly  all  of the safety professionals in a recently-released survey said that workers in their organizations had at some point failed to wear the necessary safety equipment while on the job.

Can RFID Tags Survive A Flamethrower?

September 27, 2010 11:53 am | Videos | Comments

In the latest edition of the RFID Network , durable RFID tags are put to the test in a number of extreme environments, including sledge hammer hits from an awfully strong-looking man. If that isn't enough, other tags get welded to metal plate, and a select few suffer the fate of a flamethrower. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.

Raytheon's Real-Life 'Iron Man' Suit

September 27, 2010 8:07 am | Videos | Comments

Raytheon — which has been in the news lately for a variety of military technologies, including a "death ray" — has not announced is XOS 2 exoskeleton, which has been developed to provide users additional strength and support when lifting or carrying heavy objects. This new model uses 50 percent less power than its predecessor, which brings the "Iron Man"-esque technology one step closer to seeing international deployment.

The 'Very Light' Future Of Automobiles

September 27, 2010 8:03 am | Videos | Comments

The Very Light Car, built by the fledgling company Edison2, has recently been announced as the winner of the mainstream class in the Progressive Automotive X Prize, a $10 million competition to build production-ready cars that get more than 100 mpg. The car's construction is based on a simple principle: being as light weight as possible.

If At First You Don’t Succeed, Dry Again

September 27, 2010 7:58 am | Articles | Comments

When it comes to fenestration, the components of today’s energy efficient doors and windows should be made with the same attention to resource management. Recently the Amesbury Group’s Textile Facility, part of its Sealing Solutions Division, completed a compressed air reduction project which will yield a $41,000 annual electricity cost savings in their extrusion department.

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