Cargill is partnering with Starpro, a food-grade tapioca starch producer in Thailand, to expand its specialty tapioca starch offerings in the Asia-Pacific region. The partnership will support the product processing requirements of food manufacturers in the region, particularly for convenience and foodservice categories. The agreement covers a full range of locally manufactured tapioca starches, which […]

The International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE) announced that it has released the ISPE Good Practice Guide: Equipment Reliability. The guide offers best practices with respect to equipment reliability and addresses opportunities within the pharmaceutical industry beyond equipment reliability. Concepts covered in the guide include physical assets; production-related facilities, utilities, and equipment; materials management; packaging […]

IFS Coatings has broken ground on a new facility located next to its current headquarters and manufacturing plant in Gainesville, TX. The first phase of the project will be a 40,000-square-foot facility, which is part of the 70,000-square-foot expansion plan and is set to open later this year. The expansion will support the company’s increased […]

Beumer Group GmbH & Co. KG, Beckum, Germany, has made Alexander Tigges its new director global sales conveying & loading systems at the company’s Center of Competence (CoC) for Conveying & Loading Systems as of the beginning of 2021. Tigges has many years of experience in international plant design and was previously the product manager […]

The Kansas State University (K-State) Bulk Solids Innovation Center (BSIC) has expanded its material property measurement capability with a new device to test fluidization, aeration, and deaeration. The center has also added a scanning electron microscope, which allows fine powder observation under high magnification for an improved understanding of the powder’s flow characteristics based on […]

Matexcel, Bohemia, NY, a provider of polymers, metals, ceramics, and natural materials and professional consultation services in manufacturing and characterization, has expanded its range of powder materials to include a selection of metal powders for research requirements. The company offers hybrid water-gas atomization and plasma atomization technology and also a modern testing laboratory to ensure […]

Flexco, a company that specializes in providing belt conveyor users with efficient, safe products, services, and solutions for splicing, belt cleaning, belt tracking, spillage, and slippage, has announced that it will establish a strategic partnership with MLT Minet Lacing Technology. The partnership makes Flexco the exclusive source for MLT products in the US, Canada, and […]

Ardent Mills, Denver, CO, a flour-milling and ingredient company, announced that it plans to purchase Hinrichs Trading Co., a North American chickpea sourcing, cleaning, and packing company. The move aligns with Ardent Mills’ strategic plan to invest in specialty ingredients and diversify its portfolio of solutions. The two parties expect the deal to be completed […]

Siemens, IBM, and Red Hat have announced a collaboration that will use a hybrid cloud to gather real-time value from operational data to improve how manufacturers use the industrial internet of things (IIoT). According to a report from IBM, a single manufacturing site may produce as much as 2,200 terabytes of data but most of […]

A consortium of 10 European partners have formed Novum, Espoo, Finland, to develop a cellulose-based material for producing electrical insulation components for oil-cooled power and distribution transformers. Bio-based cellulose is a biopolymer that comes from the cell walls of plants and is naturally abundant. Insulation components must traditionally be manufactured using custom-made metal molds, but […]

Albemarle Corp., Charlotte, NC, has announced it will expand capacity at its Silver Peak, NV, lithium production facility. The global specialty chemical company will begin a program to evaluate clays and other available resources in Nevada for commercial lithium production. Lithium carbonate is a key component in advancing green mobility and sustainability, as the material […]

International Paper, Memphis, TN, has agreed to sell its Kwidzyn, Poland, pulp and paper mill and supporting operations to Mayr-Melnhof Karton AG for €670 million (about US$812 million). The mill employs about 2,300 people and produces 740,000 metric tons (about 816,000 tons) of folding boxboard, uncoated freesheet, specialty kraft papers, and market pulp on four […]

According to reports from CNBC, the BBC, and other organizations, including the United Nations Global Sand Observatory (GSO), which is a program led by the United Nations Environment Programme’s (UNEP’s) GRID Geneva, the global use of sand resources is one of the greatest sustainability issues facing the world. Following water, sand, gravel, and aggregate constitute […]

Bühler AG, Uzwil, Switzerland, has been working to build a digitally connected rice mill. The integrated rice mill setup has a connected sorter, whitener, and sensors. The rice mill also will include artificial intelligence (AI) and machine-learning technology to help reduce waste, save energy, and consistently provide quality products. The first company to use the […]

CSB releases details on Optima Belle explosion event, remains behind on investigations The US Chemical Safety Board (CSB) has released an incident summary on the explosion that occurred December 8, 2020, at Optima Belle LLC in Belle, WV. The explosion occurred in an industrial drying unit that was removing water from chlorinated dry bleach. One […]

The event IIoT World’s Manufacturing Day was held virtually on March 18, 2021. The event brought together leading subject matter experts with knowledge of the industrial internet of things (IIoT). Hosted by digital media outlet IIoT World, which shares content via newsletters, LinkedIn, Twitter, and YouTube, the organizers expected more than 5,000 attendees at the […]