Save the dates for PBE’s 2021 webinars

PBE’s webinar schedule for 2021 has been finalized. Scheduled presentations include: • February 9. Jack Osborn of Airdusco will present “Essentials for selecting the proper air–material separator for your dust collector.” • April 13. Jack D. Hilbert and Colin Barbeau of Hatch will present “Don’t let pneumatic conveying system bottlenecking derail your process.” • June […]

Spiroflow launches custom digital edition in collaboration with Powder and Bulk Engineering

Spiroflow has launched a new custom digital mini-magazine in collaboration with Powder and Bulk Engineering. The digital issue includes content about mechanical process conveying, bulk bag loading and unloading, and other related topics. The specialty magazine features Spiroflow case histories, question & answer articles, new installation articles, and the company’s resource hub that includes the Spiroflow […]

Sandvik announces new business, separation of advanced stainless steel business

Sandvik AB, Sandviken, Sweden, has decided to establish a new business area called Sandvik Rock Processing Solutions (SRP), effective January 1, 2021. The new business will consist of the company’s crushing and screening division, which was part of the Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology business area. SRP will address different parts of the value chain […]

US Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board gains additional member

The US Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) has gained a new member. Bruce Walker will join the board, where he’ll assist Chairwoman Katherine Lemos in policy and outreach. The CSB, Washington, DC, is an independent federal agency that investigates and determines the cause or probable cause of industrial chemical incidents resulting from the […]

Metal powder manufacturers announce collaboration

Alloyed and Taniobis have announced a collaboration to identify, develop, produce, and implement innovative high-quality titanium and refractory alloy metal powders for use in advanced manufacturing applications. The partnership will allow the two companies to develop a full end-to-end solution for the material development process, which includes material analysis and qualication, material production, component design, […]

Rensselaer scholars announce new engineering prize

Two faculty members at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have announced The Constellation Prize, which recognizes the work of engineers who promote social justice, human rights, peace, and environmental protection. Daniel Lander, a lecturer in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Brandon Costelloe-Kuehn, a lecturer in the Department of Science and Technology Studies, are […]

Global Dust Safety Conference will take place virtually in March 2021

The online 2021 Global Dust Safety Conference conducted by Dust Safety Academy will take place March 1-3, 2021. The event is available to either members of the Dust Safety Academy or through pre-registration. Last year’s inaugural event had 50 presentations for 225 attendees from 25 countries. More information and registration is available at www.dustsafetyacademy.com. The […]

ACC supports packaging fees to fund recycling efforts

The American Chemistry Council (ACC) supports fees on packaging and trash disposal to help pay for more recycling. The policy would also encourage the plastics industry to finance recycling more challenging types of plastics, including films, tubes, and pouches. As an industry group that represents companies in the chemistry business, Washington, DC-based ACC has come […]

Cargill expands Belgium chocolate facility

Cargill Inc., headquartered in Wayzata, MN, has invested €3.5 million (about US$4.16 million) in its Kalmthout, Belgium, facility. The investment will increase the company’s capability for producing gourmet chocolate by adding a fifth gourmet production line and new chocolate tanks within the facility. The expansion also adds 12 new jobs. The addition follows Cargill’s purchase […]

Pittcon 2021 adopting virtual plan for annual event

Pittcon 2021, the annual analytical chemistry event organized by the Pittsburgh Conference on Analytical Chemistry and Applied Spectroscopy, has decided to hold a virtual event this year. The event will be held March 8-12, 2021, and is the 72nd annual installment of the exposition. The decision to do a virtual event was made in the […]

Soybean crushing plant planned for Iowa

The Mid-Iowa Cooperative, a farmer-owned cooperative based in east-central Iowa, and Mike Kinley, chief executive officer of Mid-Iowa, are trying to create a new company called Shell Rock Soy Processing (SRSP) LLC. SRSP would build a new soybean crushing plant at the Butler Logistics Park northwest of Shell Rock, IA. The planned plant would be […]

South Carolina plastics manufacturer, Texas parent company suffer massive fires

Carolina Poly, located in Chester, SC, which produces trash bags, sheeting, silage bags, and shrink films, suffered a fire that started with stored plastics, rubber, and wood on August 24, 2020. The fire lasted nearly 25 hours and occurred between a nearby forest and Carolina Poly buildings. No employees were hurt, but five firefighters were […]

Eagle Hemp announces mobile milling operation

Eagle Hemp LLC, Tampa, FL, has announced the launch of its 4-t/h hemp milling operation in Lakeland, FL. The company will use the milling operation to mill hemp that it purchases from farmers for use in hemp extraction. The company will also offer hemp milling for farmers for their own sales to other processors, allowing […]

Trinseo partners with Tyre Recycling Solutions

Trinseo, Berwyn, PA, a global materials solutions provider and manufacturer of plastics, latex binders, and synthetic rubber, has agreed to partner with Tyre Recycling Solutions (TRS) on a commercial collaboration and equity investment in TRS. The collaboration agreement will include research and development, pooling combined technology expertise to help global tire manufacturers develop more sustainable […]

Eriez quick ship program now includes permanent suspended magnets

Eriez has launched a quick ship service for shipping vibratory equipment to customers, which now includes permanent suspended magnets. The program now offers TP-25 suspended magnets in North America, which the company formerly sold exclusively in Europe. According to the company, CP-20 and TP-25 suspended magnets offer the same power and performance to remove ferrous […]

Schenck Process product wins interface design award

Schenck Process LLC recently launched a new weighing control unit with an award-winning interface. The flexible control and automation system, called CONiQ Control that launched in early September, can be used in industrial measuring, weighing, and automation technology. The controller includes a user-guiding, web-based interface that won the Red Dot Award 2019 for its intuitive […]

GEA opens pet food production center

GEA Group AG, a technology supplier for the food processing and other industries that’s based in Düsseldorf, Germany, has opened its new GEA Pet Food Experience Center (PEX) in Galliera Veneta, Italy. The center is expected to drive innovation and function as a resource for sharing the latest information and technology in the pet food […]

MTS completes expansion doubling operating space

Material Transfer & Storage Inc. (MTS) — a custom designer and manufacturer of bulk material filling, conditioning, and discharge systems based in Allegan, MI — has completed an expansion that doubles its assembly space and has enabled the company to bring additional processes in-house. The second expansion in 2 years provides MTS with four times […]

ASM International publishes additive manufacturing processes handbook

ASM International has published a print version of ASM Handbook, Volume 24: Additive Manufacturing Processes, edited by David L. Bourell, William Frazier, Howard Kuhn, and Mohsen Seifi. The work was published digitally in August, which made it available in the ASM Digital Library as part of ASM Handbooks Online. The handbook covers many aspects of […]

GEAPS Exchange 2021 postponed

The Grain Elevator and Processing Society (GEAPS), Golden Valley, MN, an international professional association that supports its members and the grain handling and processing industry, has announced that GEAPS Exchange 2021 has been postponed to August 6-9, 2021. The event organizers cite the ongoing concern over the continuing COVID-19 pandemic combined with the upcoming u […]

SOCMA acquires Specialty & Custom Chemicals Show

The Society of Chemical Manufacturers & Affiliates (SOCMA) now owns a trade show with the acquisition of the Specialty & Custom Chemicals Show, a trade show founded in 2019 and produced by Chemicals America. SOCMA previously owned InformEx, a trade show that was sold in 2005. In order to continue connecting the chemical supply chain, […]

CEMA’s booked orders up for conveying equipment

The Conveyor Equipment Manufacturers Association (CEMA) has released a report showing that total booked orders were up 15.21 percent in June 2020 compared to June 2019. The report reflects data provided by CEMA’s member companies. Comparing June 2020 to May 2020, the total booked orders went up 254.68 percent. June booked orders for bulk handling […]

EU chemicals market facing downturn as exports falter to emerging economies

The European Union’s (EU’s) chemicals market has contracted in 2020. According to Independent Commodity Intelligence Services (ICIS), this contraction has been caused by the coronavirus pandemic, lockdowns restricting industrial activity, and reduced consumer goods demand. The market was examined by Nigel Davis, an insights editor with ICIS. The EU chemicals trade relies on globalization and […]

K-State Bulk Solids Innovation Center announces online academy

The Kansas State University Bulk Solids Innovation Center (BSIC), Salina, has launched a new online Powder and Bulk Solids Academy, which will provide the same mix of lecture and laboratory demonstrations the BSIC is known for in a fully virtual environment. Courses offered include “Basics of Pneumatic Conveying,” “Material Properties Testing and Results Application,” and […]

Dryer fire reported at Pinnacle pellet plant in British Columbia

A Pinnacle Renewable Energy-owned pellet plant in Lavington, BC, experienced a dryer fire in the morning on September 29, 2020. Firefighters responded to the fire in one of the facility’s dryers and the pellet plant’s firefighting staff were actioning the blaze, according to a local protective services coordinator. The fire triggered a deluge system inside […]

Mount Franklin Foods opens confectionery manufacturing facility

Mount Franklin Foods LLC, a manufacturer of branded, contract, and private-label confectionery, nuts, snacks, foodservice products, and dry blended ingredients, has opened a 220,000-square-foot state-of-the-art candy manufacturing facility in San Jeronimo, Mexico. The facility is located at a port of entry in the Mexican state of Chihuahua across the US border from Santa Teresa, NM, […]

Solukon uses depowdering technology to create complex aerospace parts

Solukon Maschinenbau GmbH, Augsburg, Germany, has announced that it’s working with Lortek in Ordizia, Spain, to depowder complex additively manufactured titanium parts that have been developed in the FLOWCAASH European project. The FLOWCAASH project aims to solve a problem in the aircraft industry by developing a flow control actuator part to reduce carbon dioxide emissions […]

Groups propose fee on chemicals to aid waste management globally

Environmental and health groups have proposed that global chemical companies be subject to a 0.5 percent fee to fund the creation and improvement of chemical and waste management systems in developing countries. The proposal was created by the nonpro t Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL) and the International Pollutants Elimination Network (IPEN), a global […]

Kidde launches remote monitoring for gaseous fire suppression systems

Kidde Fire Systems has launched its new IntelliSite remote monitoring system. The system is the first-of-its-kind remote monitoring solution for gaseous fire suppression systems, allowing users to monitor the status of a portfolio of fire control units in real time across multiple locations. Compatible with Kidde Fire Systems and legacy Chemetron and Fenwal control units […]

ASTM International cancels all in-person meetings through February 2021

ASTM International has announced that all in-person meetings through February 2021 have been cancelled. Following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO) guidance, the organization said committee work will continue virtually to keep staff and members safe during the pandemic. ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, is an international standards organization […]

StonePoint Materials acquires River Aggregates

StonePoint Materials LLC, Philadelphia, PA, has announced the acquisition of River Aggregates LLC, which has two sand and gravel facilities serving Houston and Beaumont in Texas. The acquisition will complement StonePoint’s subsidiary Southern Aggregates, the largest sand and gravel producer in Louisiana. River’s leadership will join StonePoint’s team as part of the deal. StonePoint is […]

Agilis Chemicals partners with UL to simplify chemical, ingredient purchasing

Agilis Chemicals Inc., a provider of a commerce platform for the chemical industry, has announced a collaboration with UL, a safety science company. The collaboration extends its commerce platform to more than 4,500 suppliers and hundreds of thousands of chemical end users on the UL Prospector platform. The Prospector platform supplies chemical buyers with an […]

California governor signs state ban to eliminate toxic chemicals in cosmetics

California Governor Gavin Newsom has signed legislation that bans 24 toxic chemicals in cosmetics, making the state the first in the US to stop the use of these hazardous ingredients. In addition, he signed legislation requiring companies to disclose any harmful ingredients in beauty and personal care products. The legislation AB 2762 was proposed by […]

Congratulations to PBE’s VP of audience development

We send special congratulations to Aileen Hough, PBE’s vice president of audience development, who earlier this year received a prestigious “Top Women in Media, Change-Maker Award for 2020” from nationally recognized Folio magazine. The award is presented annually to women who have “successfully altered the course of their brands or the industry for the better.” […]

Vattenfall announces plan to offer up unprofitable coal-fired power plant for closure

Vattenfall AB, a producer and retailer of electricity and heat, has announced that it plans to close the company’s largest German coal-fired power plant. The closure is in response to a plan by Germany to provide coal plant operators with money to offset financial losses, effectively incentivizing the path for more sustainable power sources. The […]

Purdue develops suspended dust detection system

Purdue researchers have created a technology to help prevent dust explosions. The technology uses an image- and video-based application using OpenCV algorithms that detect explosible suspended dust concentration. The app requires a camera or video recording device to image and determine the suspended dust level, and the app can accurately distinguish the dust from normal […]

Martin Engineering adds mid-Atlantic region maintenance service for conveyors

Martin Engineering, Neponset, IL, has established a new Mr. Blade service territory in the mid-Atlantic region of the US, covering Pennsylvania, New York, Maryland, New Jersey, and Delaware. The service will use factory-trained, OSHA- and MSHA-certified experts to maintain bulk handling systems. The service network was launched in 2015 and delivers replacement conveyor belt cleaner […]

South Korea plans to close more than half of its coal-fired power plants

South Korea’s president Moon Jae-in has announced that the country will close more than 30 coal- red power plants by 2034. To replace the power supplied by the plants to be closed, the South Korean government will bring additional solar and wind power resources online in the coming years to meet emissions reduction goals. The […]

Plastics consortium makes pact to reach 50 percent recycling rate in US

A consortium of more than 60 companies, plastics trade groups, and governments in the US have launched a target to achieve a 50 percent rate for packaging recycling and composting. The pact would also increase recycled content. The pact joins seven other agreements made globally to express the growing desire to improve recycling rates, though […]

General Mills investing in upgrades, line addition at US plants

General Mills, Minneapolis, MN, announced that it will upgrade its plant in Cedar Rapids, IA. The plant is primarily for producing cereal, fruit snacks, and frosting. As part of the updates, the company will modernize an existing production line, acquire new machinery, and upgrade the line’s current production equipment to boost capacity. The Iowa Economic […]

CST announces service division growth

CST Industries has announced an increased investment into the company’s North American service department. Over the past year, the company has significantly increased its investment in its service portfolio, parts inventory, customer-focused educational training, and expanded the CST team of experts. The company has installed more than 350,000 storage tanks for dry bulk materials as […]

AZO releases complimentary guide on pneumatic conveying process material handling

AZO has released a no-cost guide for engineers and executives to help them determine the best pneumatic conveying method for their material handling process. The guide, Choosing the Right Pneumatic Conveying Method for Process Material Handling, covers pneumatic conveying types, hidden costs of a conveying system, how to avoid breakage, testing, material handling, and more. AZO, […]

S. Howes launches new website

S. Howes has announced that it has launched a new updated website with a clean modern design. The upgraded website includes information on the company’s various process equipment offerings, which include mixing, conveying, screening, size reduction, filtration, and thermal processing equipment. The site offers streamlined replacement parts and rental equipment ordering to help customers avoid […]

K-State Bulk Solids Innovation Center celebrates 5 years

The Kansas State University (K-State) Bulk Solids Innovation Center (BSIC) is celebrating a milestone anniversary having been open for 5 years. Opening in June 2015, the center houses six laboratories for university and industry-sponsored research, a testing bay, and conference and lecture rooms. The center has partnered with several companies to provide research and consulting […]

SOCMA launches chemical manufacturers platform

The Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates (SOCMA) has launched a chemical manufacturers platform to facilitate the chemical procurement process by supporting the industry’s need to connect digitally with new business partners during the global pandemic. The digital platform, called “SOCMA’s Manufacturer Capabilities Platform,” features the chemistry expertise and available equipment of the organization’s member […]

2019 combustible dust incident report released

Dust Safety Science has released its 2019 Combustible Dust Incident Report that details the materials, industries, and equipment involved in 205 fires, 75 explosions, 118 injuries, and 8 fatalities recorded in the combustible dust incident database. The 54-page report includes access to the incident database and offers the option to listen to the Dust Safety Science podcast. […]

ASTM International develops new additive manufacturing standard

ASTM International’s Additive Manufacturing Technologies Committee (F42) is developing a standard that could help assess the quality of additively manufactured parts and the performance of laser powder bed fusion (L-PBF) equipment. All standards that the committee — encompassing 725 members and eight technical subcommittees — develops are published in the Annual Book of ASTM Standards. The […]

Ferrero opens distribution center in Arizona

Ferrero USA, a division of the global confectionary company Ferrero Group, has opened a new distribution center in Goodyear, AZ. The facility is 643,798 square feet and began operations in mid-March. In recent months, Ferrero has expanded its New Jersey headquarters, opened a new distribution center in Pennsylvania, and assumed management of two manufacturing plants […]

Element upgrades lab with dedicated AM powders characterization facility

Element, a global material and product certification company, has upgraded its laboratory based in Huntington Beach, CA, with a dedicated characterization facility for additive manufacturing (AM) powders. The new testing equipment will allow for various analyses, including chemical composition, powder sieve, particle size distribution, flowrate, apparent density, tap density, and gas pycnometry, which is a […]

Rembe plans to relocate US operations

Rembe has announced plans to relocate its US operations from Charlotte, NC, to Lancaster County in South Carolina and plans to construct a facility at the Bailes Ridge Corporate Park located in Indian Land, SC. The investment is expected to create 22 new jobs, and the new facility will become the company’s home office, housing […]

GEA offers remote support options during COVID-19 outbreak

In an effort to overcome travel limitations during the COVID-19 pandemic, GEA has announced that it will offer “GEA Remote Support,” a service designed to provide real-time streaming with the company’s experts. Customers can contact GEA using a mobile device to stream a video conversation with support. Sharing images and video of the problem allows […]

PGF to build oat mill in Winnipeg

Paterson GlobalFoods (PGF) plans to build a new oat mill in Winnipeg, MB. The company operates 36 terminals, elevators, and ag centers across the Canadian Prairies in western Canada. The new oat mill will help the company diversify its commodity business. The mill will be known as O Foods and will annually process up to […]

Ametek closing Ohio compounding plant

Ametek Westchester Plastics is closing its toll compounding plant in Wapakoneta, OH. The plant’s closure will eliminate 78 jobs with most cuts expected by mid-April, according to the company’s filings with the state of Ohio. In 2012, the 250,000-square-foot plant operated five twin-screw extrusion lines and three continuous mixers. The plant opened in 1959 and […]

Manufacturer survey shows plans to bring production, sourcing back to US post-coronavirus

The Thomas survey Coronovirus’ Impact on North American Manufacturers, shows how the pandemic is impacting US manufacturing. The survey is a second phase to the company’s February 2020 survey that examined more than 1,000 North American manufacturing and industrial suppliers to determine the global pandemic’s current impact and solutions that companies are using to meet demand. […]

Camfil APC releases video on dust collector that reduces compressed air consumption

Camfil APC has released a video that details how pulse-cleaning filter media can reduce compressed air consumption. The video features a dust collector that maintains a steady pressure drop and pulse-cleans less often, saving nearly 70 percent in compressed air consumption. Located in Jonesboro, AR, the company’s North American division specializes in industrial dust collection […]

Researchers develop carbon capture method that drives metal purification

Chemists at the University of Lyon, Lyon, France, have developed a method to capture carbon dioxide emitted by fossil fuel power stations or industrial plants that’s less costly by simultaneously purifying valuable metals. According to Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN), the researchers developed a method of coupling the two processes together. The new carbon capture method […]

Company’s product, mission target grain bin accident prevention

Cindy and Dale Ekdahl of Minnkota Ag Products, Breckenridge, MN, have devised a system to assist in rescuing anyone who accidentally gets trapped in a grain bin. The couple worked with firefighters to create an improved rescue system compared to what existed in the market, according to Minnesota Public Radio (MPR). The Ekdahls also have […]

AZO publishes screening equipment guide

AZO has released its Selecting the Right Screener for Your Business guide to help bulk solids professionals specify, justify, and maintain screening equipment. The complementary 13-page guide is available for download at the company’s website. Additionally, the company has released the AZO Componenter for Total Ingredient Automation e-guide that highlights the features and options offered by the supplier’s automated […]

Wamgroup offers new reserved area on website

Wamgroup has launched a new “reserved area” on its website where authorized customers can download quality papers, photos, and shipping documents related to their purchase orders as well as manuals related to the company’s screw conveyors. This website section is designed to allow customers the ability to view their purchase history and pre-emptively check details […]

Bengal Machine acquires CSE Bliss Manufacturing

Bengal Machine, Buffalo, NY — the parent company of Schutte Hammermill, CM Shredder, and Schutte Motion — has acquired CSE Bliss Manufacturing, a hammermill manufacturer in Ponca City, OK. The acquisition aligns with Bengal’s strategy to become a fully integrated size reduction equipment manufacturer, and the Bliss family will retain a significant ownership position in […]

CSB releases an update on Illinois-based silicone plant explosion, fire

The US Chemical Safety Board (CSB), a federal regulatory agency that investigates chemical accidents, has released a factual update to the May 2019 explosion and fire that took place at AB Specialty Silicones facility in Waukegan, IL. The 22-page factual update provides a comprehensive incident timeline that details the events leading to the massive explosion […]

ASTM International cancels all in-person meetings through February 2021

ASTM International has announced that all in-person meetings through February 2021 have been cancelled. Following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO) guidance, the organization said committee work will continue virtually to keep staff and members safe during the pandemic. ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, is an international standards organization […]

Mount Franklin Foods opens confectionery manufacturing facility

Mount Franklin Foods, a manufacturer of branded, contract, and private-label confectionery, nuts, snacks, foodservice products, and dry blended ingredients, has opened a 220,000-square-foot candy manufacturing facility in San Jeronimo, Mexico. The facility is located at a port of entry in the Mexican state of Chihuahua across the US border from Santa Teresa, NM, and the […]

GEAPS Exchange 2020 canceled, 2021 date announced

The Grain Elevator and Processing Society (GEAPS) has announced that it has canceled GEAPS Exchange 2020 in light of the continued uncertainty related to the COVID-19 situation. GEAPS Exchange 2021 is scheduled for February 20-23, 2021, at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, OH. Exhibitors can now secure booths for next year and event […]

AFIA, K-State launch online feed education modules

The American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) and Kansas State University (K-State) have launched an online and on-demand extension of the AFIA/KSU-500 “Fundamentals of Feed Manufacturing” course. The modular course is suitable for employees who need to understand the animal food industry or their specific role in the operation, and the course can be taken at […]

Marion Process Solutions releases mixing guides

Marion Process Solutions has released three no-cost, downloadable guides: the Industrial Food Mixing Application Guide; Industrial Mixers: Processing with Precision for Every Application; and the Thermal Processing Handbook. The Industrial Food Mixing Application Guide provides guidance for selecting the best mixer to obtain a homogenous blend and save on operational and maintenance costs. Download the food mixing application guide here.        The Industrial […]

Calgon Carbon invests 185 million USD to increase production capacity

Activated carbon manufacturer Calgon Carbon is investing 185 million USD at Port Bienville Industrial Park located in Bay St. Louis, MS. The project is expected to create 38 jobs, and the Mississippi Development Authority is providing financial assistance for building construction and workforce training. The expansion is expected to be complete in 2022. In addition […]

Scientific Dust Collectors completes ANSI/ASHRAE 199-2016 testing

Scientific Dust Collectors (SDC) has completed its ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 199-2016 test lab and recently completed testing on the company’s reverse pulse-jet baghouse collector. ANSI/ASHRAE 199-2016 is a six-stage testing method to objectively determine the performance of an industrial pulse-cleaned dust collector. The testing provides a performance matrix by which an industrial dust collector can be […]

Purdue develops suspended dust detection system

Purdue researchers have created a technology to help prevent dust explosions. The technology uses an image- and video-based application using OpenCV algorithms that detect explosible suspended dust concentration. The app requires a camera or video recording device to image and determine the suspended dust level, and the app can accurately distinguish the dust from normal […]

Lorenz names Prairie States Industrial new representative

Lorenz Conveying Products has added Prairie States Industrial Supply, Overland Park, KS, as one of its US representatives. The manufacturers’ representative firm specializes in bulk material handling and process equipment and will represent Lorenz in Kansas, Nebraska, and part of Missouri.      Lorenz, Cobourg, ON, manufactures couplings, tubes and pipe bends, fittings, diverter valves, slide gates, cyclones, […]

University of Illinois Feed Technology Center to feature Vortex equipment

Vortex Global has announced the donation of a total of 32 slide gates and diverter valves to the new Feed Technology Center at the University of Illinois and the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences. In addition to slide gates and diverters, the company donated related accessories, controls, and switches to increase valve performance […]

PEMA partners with K-State Bulk Solids Innovation Center

The Process Equipment Manufacturers’ Association (PEMA) and Kansas State University’s Bulk Solids Innovation Center (BSIC) in Salina, KS, have announced a strategic partnership. Under the partnership, PEMA members will have access to BSIC’s education, consulting, and testing services, and PEMA will be a first-line resource for advice, help, or equipment for the BSIC. The BSIC […]

Airdusco adds senior combustible dust consultant

Airdusco has announced that Jason Reason has joined the company as a senior combustible dust consultant. As an expert on safety and health with a special emphasis on combustible dust and industrial hygiene, he’s an active member of the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP) and of five NFPA technical committees, including acting as chair […]

AFIA welcomes new protocol allowing greater pet food market access in Chinese markets

The American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) welcomes a new protocol from the US Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS). The protocol would allow pet food manufacturers to expand access for selling their products in the Chinese marketplace. APHIS created the protocol specifically for exporting US pet food products to the Asian […]

AFIA announces USDA appointments

The American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) has announced that Constance Cullman, AFIA’s president and CEO, and Mallory Gaines, AFIA’s manager of market access and trade policy, have been appointed to serve on the US Department of Agriculture-Foreign Agricultural Service’s Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee (APAC) and Agricultural Technical Advisory Committee (ATAC) for Trade in Animals and […]

IFS Coatings offers new coatings for nonmetal substrates

IFS Coatings introduced a low-cure powder coating line called Pure-Clad for nonmetal substrates. The new line of powders offers a coating option for alternative substrates like wood, MDF, and fiberglass. The coating dries in three minutes at 265°F and can have antimicrobial processes, outdoor durability, and smooth and textured effects. The coatings are also VOC-free […]

Mitsubishi Chemical Advanced Materials acquires carbon fiber recycling, reselling companies

Mitsubishi Chemical Advanced Materials (MCAM) acquired CFK Valley Stade Recycling GmbH & Co. KG and carboNXT GmbH on July 30, 2020. CFK, based in Wischhafen, Germany, offers a network to collect carbon fiber waste products. CFK has advanced proprietary technology that breaks down carbon fiber waste and converts this material into usable forms of carbon […]

Haver & Boecker launches eShop

Haver & Boecker OHG, a supplier of woven wire mesh products and equipment for packaging and processing technology based in Oelde, Germany, has opened an improved shopping page on its website to serve customers. The eShop Particle Analysis page provides direct access to information on the company’s particle analysis products, including test sieves, sieve shakers, […]

Grain Craft closing Cleveland our mill

Grain Craft announced in April that it will close its flour mill in Cleveland, OH. The company committed to providing financial assistance and outplacement services for employees affected by the closure, citing “challenging market dynamics and long-term supply chain obstacles,” as the reason for shuttering the mill. Additionally, the company’s president noted that access to […]

Flexicon opens Germany-based office

Flexicon (Europe) GmbH, Kent, England — a fully owned subsidiary of Flexicon Corp., Bethlehem, PA, that supplies bulk handling equipment such as flexible screw conveyors, tubular cable conveyors, pneumatic conveying systems, bulk bag fillers, and other related equipment — has opened an office in Cologne, Germany, to provide factory-direct engineering services and technical sales support. […]

Rio Tinto develops novel scandium extraction process from TiO2 by-product

Mining and metals company Rio Tinto has developed a new method to recover high-purity scandium oxide, a rare earth, using waste from the production of titanium dioxide (TiO2) at its production facility in Canada. The company is exploring ways to commercialize the process and have moved the scandium extraction processing from a lab to a […]

Bühler launches Minnesota-based food application center

Bühler Minneapolis has announced the opening of its new Food Application Center (FAC) based in Plymouth, MN. The unveiling occurred in June during the company’s virtual event, Bühler Go!2020. With the new food center, the company aims to support and drive innovation for its customers, industry partners, and academia. According to Bühler North America’s CEO […]

Delicious accident dusts town with chocolate after cooling vent malfunction

The Swiss town of Olten was unexpectedly dusted with chocolate or “nibs” from a local factory owned by Lindt & Spruengli AG. According to the company’s statement to the Associated Press, a chocolate factory had a slight malfunction in a cooling vent for their chocolate. The issue caused chocolate nibs to y through the air […]

Cabot investing $90 million in Louisiana plant

Cabot Corp., a carbon black producer, will invest $90 million in its Ville Platte, LA, plant. The expansion is expected to generate 15 new jobs and will begin operating in 2021. The company accepted an incentive package from the State of Louisiana, including a $1 million performance-based grant to offset infrastructure costs and a $500,000 […]

Texas plans tightening on pellet pollution regulations

State regulators in Texas are considering new rules that could require about 155 plastic resin plants and processing factories in the state to eliminate pellet leakage into the environment. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) is considering the new rules after a $50 million settlement in 2019 against Formosa Plastics Corp. for its pellet […]

Evonik opens 3D printing technology center in Austin, TX

Evonik Industries AG, a specialty chemical company headquartered in Essen, Germany, has opened a new technology center for 3D printing in Austin, TX. The new US site for additive manufacturing (AM) will play a key role in the global innovation network that will seek to develop new, ready-to-use materials for powder-bed fusion. The center is […]

Grain Craft closing Cleveland flour mill

Grain Craft announced in April that it will close its flour mill in Cleveland, OH. The company committed to providing financial assistance and outplacement services for employees affected by the closure, citing “challenging market dynamics and long-term supply chain obstacles,” as the reason for shuttering the mill. Additionally, the company’s president noted that access to […]

AFIA welcomes new protocol allowing greater pet food market access in Chinese markets

The American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) welcomes a new protocol from the US Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS). The protocol would allow pet food manufacturers to expand access for selling their products in the Chinese marketplace. APHIS created the protocol specically for exporting US pet food products to the Asian […]

Spice company Olde Thompson acquires family-owned company

Olde Thompson, a provider of private label and branded spices and seasonings in Oxnard, CA, announced that it has acquired Gel Spice. Gel Spice is a family owned importer and manufacturer of spices, seasonings, and bakery ingredients in Bayonne, NJ. The acquisition will allow Olde Thompson to have a bicoastal manufacturing footprint. The partnership will […]

GEAPS and K-State offer hour-long trainings for grain industry topics

The Grain Elevator and Processing Society (GEAPS) and Kansas State University (K-State) announced a new online training program called Crash Courses. The hour-long courses are available on-demand with the aim to supplement grain companies’ existing training programs. Currently, the program includes three courses: Introduction to the Industry, Grain Quality Management, and Pest Control. According to […]