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  • OSHA Fines Paper Plant for Combustible Dust Hazards
    The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited von Drehle Corp. for a number of workplace safety hazards at the firm’s Natchez, MS paper products manufacturing plant, the agency announced in a release Wednesday. 
  • Grain Dust Explosions Increased in U.S. During 2018
    A new report released this week by Purdue University’s Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering shows that the number of grain dust explosions in the U.S. rose during 2018, while injuries and fatalities linked to grain dust explosions declined. 12 grain dust explosions occurred in 2018, climbing from seven incidents documented by the researchers in […]
  • PPG to Upgrade Coatings Services Site in South Carolina
    Paints, materials, and coatings producer PPG Industries is investing $10 million to carry out a number of upgrades at its coating services site in Greenville, SC, including the addition of a class A paint line and a new 82,000-sq-ft structure, the company announced in release Tuesday. PPG’s expansion plan is linked to an uptick in […]
  • Nestle Purina Plans $115M Expansion of Missouri Plant
    Pet food and pet care products maker Nestle Purina revealed plans Thursday to inject $115 million into its Bloomfield, MO cat litter manufacturing plant by 2020 to expand the site’s production and packaging capabilities, the company announced in a press release posted by the Missouri Department of Economic Development.
  • Ross Introduces More Versatile Mixer/Reactor
    Ross introduces a more versatile mixer/reactor that is especially suited for temperature-critical formulations of medium to high viscosity under stringent vacuum/pressure constraints. 
  • “Quality Issues” Halt Production at Nutella Plant
    Production has been temporarily paused at the world’s biggest production plant for Nutella after “quality issues” were uncovered in products produced at the facility, the brand’s owner, Ferrero, announced in a press release Wednesday. 
  • Halliburton Begins Work on Specialty Chemicals Plant
    Oilfield services firm Halliburton held an event on February 18 to mark the beginning of construction on a new oilfield chemical manufacturing reaction plant at the PlasChem Park in Jubail, Saudi Arabia, a company press release announced Wednesday. 
  • Crews Battle Grain Silo Fire at Iowa Ethanol Plant
    Firefighters from several municipalities responded to a fire in a silo at the Flint Hill Resources ethanol plant in Fairbank, IA on Wednesday afternoon and remained on scene into the evening.  Reports by local news organizations said crews remained on scene past 9 p.m. to monitor the smoldering fire. Coverage by television news station KWWL saidthat […]
  • New Belt Speed Sensor
    The Model BSD (belt speed detector) is a "traction action" motion control that indicates when a conveyor belt has slowed or quit moving altogether. The unit can be adjusted as an overspeed, underspeed, or zero speed control. The output of the Model BSD can be wired into a PLC or DCS, or to the optional […]
  • SMART Becomes Standard in Vacuum Generator
    piCOMPACT23 SMART is an IO-Link-ready vacuum generator platform available from Piab. Offering operation with either standard 24V IO or IO-Link, the new SMART compact all-in-one ejector is ready to meet the future. Previously offered as an optional added feature, IO-Link is now included as a standard option. A generic input/output (IO) communication technology, IO-Link provides […]