Save the dates for PBE’s 2021 webinars

PBE’s webinar schedule for 2021 has been finalized. Scheduled presentations include: • August 10. Jack Osborn will present “Dust collection hood design for engineers and non-engineers.” • October 12. Jack Hilbert will present “Troubleshooting pneumatic conveying system problems.” • November 9. Eric Maynard will present “Preventing dust explosions in your dust collector — the basics.” […]

Neighborhood 91 additive manufacturing campus gains tenant

Neighborhood 91 in Pittsburgh’s International Airport Innovation Campus is welcoming Rusal America’s new aluminum additive manufacturing (AM) powders business to the AM production campus being created. Rusal America, Rye Brook, NY, is a subsidiary of Russia’s En+ Group PLC, an energy and metals company. The company will use the Pittsburgh location for powder storage. According […]

Cargill builds up starch business in AsiaPacific region

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 […]

Netherlands-based grain and feed engineering companies to merge

The Triott Group, Moerkapelle, the Netherlands, has announced that it is integrating two of its brands. As of April 1, Ottevanger Milling Engineers BV and Wynveen International will be fully integrated and will operate under Ottevanger Milling Engineers. The merger will allow the Triott Group to offer a comprehensive and versatile range of services and […]

International Paper acquires corrugated packaging plants in Spain

International Paper, Memphis, TN, has purchased two state-of-the-art corrugated box plants in the cities of Madrid and Catalonia in Spain. Effective April 1, the two plants will allow the company to offer its customers high-quality packaging solutions in the industrial, fresh fruit and vegetable, and e-commerce segments. The acquisition is part of the company’s strategic […]

Greenland election results signal stop to rare earth mining in the country

The general election in Greenland that took place in April 2021 resulted in the country’s left-wing environmentalist party Inuit Ataqatigiit winning a victory in its campaign against the development of a contentious rare earths mine project run by Australia-based company, Greenland Minerals, with backing from China. The rare earths mine, called the Kvanefjeld project, wasn’t […]

Aramco, American Concrete Institute partner to develop nonmetallics for building and construction

Aramco and the American Concrete Institute (ACI) are partnering to create NEx: A Center of Excellence for Nonmetallic Building Materials to develop and promote the use of nonmetallic materials in the building and construction sector. The center will be based at ACI headquarters in Farmington Hills, MI. ACI is an authority and resource for the […]

BASF to build superabsorbents pilot plant in Antwerp

BASF SE, Ludwigshafen, Germany, is planning to invest €25 million (about US$30 million) in a state-of-the-art Superabsorbents Excellence Center at its Verbund site in Antwerp, Belgium. The investment is a commitment to the company’s hygiene business as an important part of its acrylics value chain. The pilot plant will include the latest data collection and […]

Seed facility explosion, fire results in worker death

On March 23, 2021, a fire and subsequent explosion in a seed cleaning facility in Silverton, OR, killed one worker and injured another. Firefighters responded to the fire around 9 a.m. at Riches Seeds, which is about 6 miles south of Silverton. Firefighters were told that multiple individuals may be trapped in the building, but […]

The US Department of Labor announces mine safety training grants

The US Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) has announced the availability of $10.5 million for mine safety training grants. The grants are to provide federally mandated training and retraining of miners and mine operators working at surface and underground coal and metal and nonmetal mines. The grants are available to any […]

GEAPS recognizes 2020 Safety Award winners

The Grain Elevator and Processing Society (GEAPS) has announced the 2020 Safety Award winners. Each year GEAPS recognizes facilities engaged in grain operations, manufacturing, and warehousing that have promoted safety. In 2020, 425 facilities were enrolled in the program. Of those enrolled, 353 successfully completed the year without any lost-time injuries or illnesses, and of […]

Equipment leasing and financing investment forecast to grow in 2021

The Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation has released a second quarter update to its 2021 Equipment Leasing & Finance U.S. Economic Outlook forecasting 11.2 percent growth in equipment and software investment, and 5.7 percent growth in gross domestic product this year. The report cites increased vaccination rates as a driver for greater equipment and software […]

US infrastructure spending would jumpstart chemicals demand

The proposed $2 trillion infrastructure plan for the US would boost spending to build and upgrade the country’s transportation, housing, automotive, and communications systems according to a recent article by Joseph Chang from Independent Commodity Intelligence Services (ICIS). The plan would require chemicals and polymers on a large scale not seen since World War II. […]

ISPE publishes equipment reliability guidance

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 begins work on new facility expansion

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 appoints new head of sales for conveying and loading systems

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 […]

BSIC expands material property measurement capabilities

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 expands powder range with metal powders

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, MLT Minet Lacing Technology form strategic partnership in North America

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 to acquire chickpea product company Hinrichs Trading Co.

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, Red Hat collaborate on IIoT service solution to better harness data

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 […]

Novum plans cellulose-based electrical insulation component development

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 to expand Nevada lithium production facility

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 sells pulp and paper mill in Poland

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 […]

Sand resource governance in flux as sand usage soars globally

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 finalizing integrated rice mills with AI, machine-learning technology

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

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 […]

Industrial IoT proponents gather for IIoT World’s Manufacturing Day

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 […]

AZO partners with AddUp to offer automated powder management

AZO Inc., a powder handling solutions company based in Germany, has teamed up with AddUp, a supplier of laser beam powder bed fusion equipment based in France, to launch an autonomous powder module system. The system is compatible with all metal powder types, including cohesive or reactive, and handles small to medium particle sizes. The […]

GEA receives patent for food spray dryers

GEA, a technology supplier for the food processing industry based in Düsseldorf, Germany, has received a patent for its GEA Clean Purge system for food and dairy spray dryers. The patent covers the process of purging feed nozzles while swapping feed systems to ensure a continuous ow of feed material to a spray dryer, which […]

MTS plays role in COVID-19 vaccination distribution supply chain

Material Transfer & Storage Inc. (MTS), a custom designer and manufacturer of bulk material filling, conditioning, and discharging systems based in Allegan, MI, is using its expertise to provide customized discharging systems for the COVID-19 vaccine rollout. The company’s discharging system for dry ice applications offers vaccine distributors the ability to maintain the vaccines at […]

Volkmann pneumatic conveying line earns ATEX certification

Volkmann USA, an equipment supplier based in Bristol, PA, has announced that its entire pneumatic conveying system line has earned ATEX certification. To earn certification, the company was required to document compliance with ATEX health and safety requirements under third-party testing. The ATEX-certified pneumatic vacuum conveying systems have been certified as safe for plants that […]

Eriez completes plant expansion

Eriez, a supplier of magnetic, vibratory, and inspection equipment, has announced the completion of a major expansion at its facility in Erie, PA. The expansion to the Wager Road facility, located about 15 miles from the company’s headquarters, will support the company’s strategic growth initiatives for global research and development (R&D), aftermarket repair and testing, […]

Large dehydrator fire destroys potato plant

A large fire at the Washington Potato Co. plant in Warden, WA, resulted in nearly a third of the town being evacuated for several hours as officials feared that an ammonia tank might explode. The fire occurred on January 21, 2021, and crews worked overnight to put out the flames. Officials went door-to-door to alert […]

US focusing on domestic rare earth mining, separation with new partnerships

The US government has entered into an agreement with Lynas Rare Earths Ltd. to construct a light rare earth elements separation facility in Texas, according to a report from Reuters. The plant would produce 5,000 metric tons per year of rare earth products, including 1,250 metric tons per year of neodymium-praseodymium as oxides and other […]

ASHRAE announces move to net-zero energy headquarters in Georgia

ASHRAE has announced that it will move its global headquarters to 180 Technology Parkway, Peachtree Corners, GA. The organization is dedicated to advancing the arts and sciences of heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration to serve humanity and promote sustainability. The new headquarters in the Atlanta metro area is 66,700 square feet and sits on […]

ICIS launches Recycling Supply Tracker for sourcing recycled plastic feedstock

Independent Commodity Intelligence Services (ICIS), a commodity intelligence source for the energy, chemical, and fertilizer industry based in London, England, has developed and launched the Recycling Supply Tracker (RST) that provides companies looking to source recycled plastic a global database with information on production capacities, output volumes, feedstock source(s), and site status for plastic recycling […]

NASA selects university teams to address lunar dust challenges

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has requested that university students in the US help the agency find solutions to the issue of dealing with moon (lunar) dust during planned sustainable exploration of the moon. The students submitted ideas through the 2021 competitive Breakthrough, Innovative, and Game-changing (BIG) Idea Challenge and the Space Grant […]

Hormel Foods acquires Planters nut company

Hormel Foods Corp., Austin, MN, has agreed to acquire the Planters snack nut business from Kraft Heinz Co. for $3.35 billion. The new acquisition means that Hormel would own Planters, Skippy, and Justin’s nut-related brands. In addition, the acquisition includes the Cheez Balls, Corn Nuts, and NUT-Trition brands. According to Hormel, the Planters acquisition and […]

3R Initiative encourages plastics stewardship globally through new comprehensive framework

Verra, a global nonprofit devoted to tackling the world’s most intractable environmental and social challenges, has contributed to the 3R Initiative, a coalition of companies dedicated to reducing plastic waste. The coalition has launched a new plastics stewardship initiative to establish the first comprehensive framework for companies to verifiably manage and reduce plastic waste. The […]

LBB Specialties acquires majority interest in Custom Chemical Services

LBB Specialties LLC, Norwalk, CT, has acquired a majority interest in Custom Chemical Services Inc. (CCS), a strong regional specialty chemical and ingredients distributor based in Medley, FL. CCS will still be managed by its current president. LBB is a North American specialty chemical and ingredients distributor. LBB owns other subsidiaries, including American International Chemical, […]

OSHA to update hazard communication standard

OSHA has proposed updates to its hazard communication standard (HCS), the main federal requirement that governs labels and safety data sheets (SDSs) for hazardous chemicals used in US workplaces. The final rule would have multiple updates and likely would require almost all labels and SDSs to be revised. In 2012, OSHA revised the HCS to […]

Lonza to divest Specialty Ingredients business to private investment firms

Lonza Group Ltd., Basel, Switzerland, has agreed to divest its Specialty Ingredients business to Bain Capital and Cinven for CHF 4.2 billion (about US $4.68 billion). Lonza states that the divestment will allow it to refocus its business as a pure-play partner in the health care industry. Bain Capital, Boston, MA, and Cinven, London, England, […]

Rembe hosting Safety Days — Digital Home Edition

Rembe GmbH Safety + Control is hosting Safety Days — Digital Home Edition beginning March 31-April 28. Four sessions offered include Engineering of Explosion Venting on March 31, Clean Pressure Relief on April 14, Sustainable Safety on April 21, and Anything but a Dry Topic — Explosion Safety of Dryers on April 28. Rembe, Brilon, […]

Gericke Group launches new website

Gericke Group, a global process equipment manufacturer based in Regensdorf, Switzerland, has launched a new website to feature its line of mixers, feeders, sifters, rotary valves, pneumatic conveying systems, bulk bag stations, and other powder and bulk solids handling and processing equipment. The multilingual website is tailored to assist process engineers with specifying the proper […]

Camfil APC to build 254,000-square-foot facility in Arkansas

Camfil Air Pollution Control (APC), a manufacturer of industrial dust, fume, and mist collection systems based in Jonesboro, AR, announced construction of a new manufacturing facility to replace its previous building that was destroyed by a tornado in March 2020. The new 254,000-square-foot facility, including a factory and office space, will be located in Jonesboro, […]

SPX Flow acquires UTG Mixing Group

SPX Flow Inc., a provider of process solutions for the food, beverage, and industrial markets, announced it has completed the acquisition of UTG Mixing Group, the maker of Stelzer, Uutechnic, and Jamix mixing equipment and systems for the chemical, food, metallurgical, fertilizer, environmental technology, water treatment, and pharmaceutical markets. The addition of UTG’s operations based […]

Donaldson baghouse collector receives 2020 product of the year award

Donaldson Company Inc., a manufacturer of filtration equipment and products based in Minneapolis, MN, has received the 2020 Product of the Year award by the Waterloo Filtration Institute (WFI) for its Donaldson Torit Rugged Pleat (RP) baghouse industrial collector. “Within the competitive filter element and device category, Donaldson’s RP baghouse stood out for its unique […]

Plastics Industry Association, LyondellBasell announce collaboration on recycled plastic paving project

The Plastics Industry Association (also called Plastics) and LyondellBasell NV have announced a collaboration that used the equivalent of 71,000 plastic retail bags to pave 2,885 square yards of the LyondellBasell Cincinnati Technology Center parking lot in Ohio using recycled polyethylene (rPE). The installation is the first of the New End Market Opportunities for Film […]

AFIA updates Feed Manufacturing Technology book

The American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) has updated its Feed Manufacturing Technology publication. The book is now available in an online subscription format, with the option of a printed copy. The book is targeted to those involved in the production and manufacturing of food for livestock, poultry, aquaculture, horses, and pets. The book covers topics […]

Campbell to close Georgia snacks plant by early 2022

Campbell Soup Co., Camden, NJ, has announced plans to close its manufacturing facility in Columbus, GA, by spring 2022. The plant employs 326 individuals and pro-duces candy, crackers, cookies, nuts, and bars. The company reviewed the snack division’s manufacturing operations before making the decision to close the plant, citing its age as a factor that […]

Nouveau Monde Graphite continues plans for graphite plant for EVs, renewable energy sectors

Nouveau Monde Graphite Inc., Saint-Michel-des-Saints, QC, has secured a site at Bécancour, QC, where the company is building out a purification operation at Olin Corp.’s facility. The move-in-ready space is expected to allow Nouveau Monde Graphite to begin production of high-purity spheronized and flake graphite, which will be used for lithium-ion batteries by mid-2021. The […]

Nouryon chemical company rebrands subsidiary Nobian

Nouryon, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, has renamed its wholly owned industrial chemicals business Nobian. The change is part of Nobian’s plan to develop its integrated European value chain for essential base chemicals while Nouryon continues to focus on specialty chemicals. Nobian produces salt, chloralkali, and chloromethanes, which are essential for manufacturing disinfectants, lightweight plastics, aluminum, pharmaceuticals, […]

K-State BSIC launches new website

The K-State Bulk Solids Innovation Center (BSIC) has launched a new website with expanded technical information for visitors. The website has been rewritten to feature technical information, explaining technology and terminology critical in dry bulk solids handling. The site also includes reference information to support the industry in planning and problem-solving. The site will continue […]

ChemSec creates new sustainability ranking system, ChemScore

ChemSec, the International Chemical Secretariat, is an independent nonprofit organization that advocates for replacing toxic chemicals with safer alternatives. The organization was founded in 2002 and engages the work of chemists, political scientists, business experts, and communicators, among others with the support of the Swedish Government, foundations, private individuals, and other nonprofit organizations. In 2021, […]

Tantech offers new bamboo-based activated carbon product

Tantech Holdings Ltd., a clean energy company based in Lishui, China, has announced that it will offer a new activated carbon (AC) product called Variety Combination Honeycomb Activated Carbon. The product is suitable for exhaust gas purification, which helps in reducing odors and pollutants, including adsorbing formaldehyde and benzene. The AC product is for the […]

Rusal America expands aluminum additive manufacturing powder offerings

Rusal America Corp., Rye Brook, NY, has announced that it has expanded its line of aluminum additive manufacturing (AM) powders. The new portfolio has four traditional aluminum-silicon-based casting alloys and five specialty alloys designed for use in the aerospace and automotive industries and more broadly in general industry. The powders are 100 percent pre-alloyed and […]

Chemical industry launches scholarship program for historically black colleges and universities

Chemical industry organizations have launched a new scholarship program in coordination with the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Week Foundation to create the Future of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) Scholars Initiative (FOSSI). FOSSI is planned as the first of several efforts to address the needs of underrepresented groups with a goal to […]

Bühler expands service center locations through acquisition of Design Corrugating

Bühler North America, Minneapolis, MN, has acquired Design Corrugating Companies, a roller mill and other equipment service company based in Taylorville, IL. Design Corrugating has additional locations in Oakdale, CA; Wichita, KS; and Chattanooga, TN. All of the Design Corrugating locations will become new customer service center sites for Bühler, and the entire staff will […]

Duravant launches new operating company

In January, Duravant, a global engineered equipment and automation supplier in the food processing, packaging, and material handling industries, announced the formation of nVenia, a new operating company within Duravant’s packaging solutions segment. The new operation will combine Arpac, Hamer-Fischbein, and Ohlson brands into a single operating unit. Arpac equipment includes shrink wrappers, tray and […]

Patent pending on Marion’s terpene extract technology system

Marion Process Solutions, an industrial mixing and blending equipment manufacturer and supplier based in Marion, IA, and ABM Equipment, Vancouver, WA, have created a patent-pending processing system using microwave drying and agitation techniques to process terpene extract from cannabis. The new system called the Terp Xtract Master (TXM) Series produces clear extract in a solvent-free […]

FLSmidth Hamburg acquired by REEL

FLSmidth Hamburg GmbH, a former division of FLSmidth A/S Denmark Group based in Hamburg, Germany, has been acquired by REEL International, Lyon, France. FLSmidth Hamburg was primarily marketed under the Möller brand, and the company focuses on the design, supply, installation, and maintenance of material handling equipment for the power, cement, and aluminum industries. As […]

Kason releases food and beverage solutions sourcebook

Kason Corp., a screening, sifting, and processing equipment supplier based in Millburn, NJ, has launched the company’s Food & Beverage Solutions Sourcebook, a collection of case studies that illustrate improved processes in the food and beverage industry. The 27-page sourcebook details case studies of companies that installed Kason equipment to improve their processes. Some of […]

NSBE connects with corporate leaders to support the Black community

The National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), Alexandria, VA, created the NSBE All In Summit, which was held on November 18, 2020, as a webinar to encourage and support Black engineers through partnerships with corporations. At the summit, several corporate leaders testified about the effectiveness and value of investing in programs to foster interest in […]

AFIA receives government funding for promoting US animal food products

The American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) has been awarded federal funding from the US Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) to increase access to markets abroad for US animal food products. The $200,000 funding will be used through the Market Access Program (MAP) and grants AFIA “cooperator” status for the first time, which allows […]

Orbis pallet selected finalist for Plant Engineering’s annual Product of the Year award

Orbis Corp., Oconomowoc, WI, a reusable packaging manufacturer, has had its Odyssey rackable pallet selected as a finalist for Plant Engineering magazine’s Product of the Year award. The pallet is reusable, supports heavy loads, and offers stability with features that include optional steel reinforcements and molded-in frictional elements. The pallet is suitable for various applications […]

Huntsman plans to acquire US-based additives manufacturer

Huntsman Corp. plans to acquire Gabriel Performance Products, an additives manufacturer based in Akron, OH. Gabriel makes specialty additives and epoxy curing agents for coatings, adhesives, sealants, and composites. Huntsman will purchase Gabriel for $250 million from Audax Private Equity of Boston and San Francisco. Gabriel has manufacturing plants in Ashtabula, OH; Harrison City, PA; […]

ACC reports gains in US specialty chemicals market in 2020 fourth quarter

The US specialty chemicals market volume grew in November 2020, following a revised 1.5 percent gain in October, according to the American Chemistry Council (ACC). Specialty chemicals differ from commodity chemicals because they typically have only one or two uses and can be individual molecules or mixtures of molecules called formulations. The ACC monitors 28 […]

Startup Ziccum creates novel powdered vaccine process that requires no refrigeration

Ziccum, a startup based in Lund, Sweden, has a plan to make powdered vaccines from liquid vaccine doses via a spray-drying process to overcome the logistical issues with keeping vaccines in cold storage. Thus far, the Pfizer, Moderna, and other COVID-19 vaccines require cold storage at down to -94°F after production and before being administered. […]

GE, University of Sydney announce 5-year collaboration in 3D printing

GE has announced a 5-year agreement with the University of Sydney to provide training and machines for 3D printing to the university’s Darlington campus. Darlington is part of the Sydney Manufacturing Hub, which can now train people in additive manufacturing skills and serve as a business incubator. The agreement follows a memorandum of understanding between […]

Bühler, swisca agree and settle intellectual property dispute out of court

Bühler AG, a company with experience in the weighing and dosing technology arena, and swisca AG, a new company in the weighing and dosing industry, have agreed to settle an intellectual property dispute out of court without disclosing the settlement. Some Bühler employees terminated their contracts in early 2018 and in the fall of that […]

Lonza invests $10 million in Oregon operational expansion

Lonza Group AG, an integrated product and service provider to the biotechnology industry, is expanding its operations in Bend, OR, with a $10 million investment. The expansion includes new suites for developing and manufacturing products. The first suite became operational in December 2020 and the remaining suites will be finished by 2022. Each suite is […]

Mettler-Toledo announces CEO transition plan

Mettler-Toledo International Inc., Columbus, OH, has announced that CEO Olivier Filliol has chosen to step down and the board of directors has agreed on a CEO transition. The new CEO will be Patrick Kaltenbach, who currently is president of the life sciences segment at Becton Dickinson. He’ll assume the role on April 1, 2021. Filliol […]

3D printing company Materialise develops sustainable process method for using recycled powder

Materialise NV, Leuven, Belgium, has announced that its Bluesint PA12 material along with a new process technique allows for 3D printing with up to 100 percent reused powder. The company specializes in industrial and medical markets and has been beta testing the Bluesint material before it plans to offer the material commercially. 3D printing is […]

Powtech to take place August 2022

The next edition of Powtech will be held August 30-September 1, 2022, in the Exhibition Center Nuremberg in Nuremberg, Germany. Organizer NürnbergMesse, with sponsors Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Pharmazeutische Verfahrenstecknik (APV) and VDI-Gesellschaft Verfahrenstechnik und Chemieingenieurwesen (VDI-GvC), came up with the new date in late summer to accommodate exhibitors. The trade show covers the entire range of […]

Spice company experiences three fires in 2020

An Olam Spices and Vegetables plant in Las Cruces, NM, experienced three fires in 2020. In September, the plant had two fires within days of one another. None of the incidents resulted in injuries. The most recent fire on December 7 had heavy smoke and appeared to have originated from a conveying system. The fire […]

HARIBO begins construction on North American manufacturing plant

Gummi manufacturer HARIBO has begun construction of its first North American manufacturing facility in Pleasant Prairie, WI. The German company has planned a 500,000-square-foot plant to expand its global manufacturing network. The plant’s first construction phase is set to be completed in late 2022, and the facility will initially produce Goldbears candies followed by other […]

Martin Engineering offers conveyor equipment-related training online

Martin Engineering, Neponset, IL, a bulk material handling company that supplies conveyor belt cleaners, railcar unloading systems, and dust management and containment solutions, has developed educational tools to help educate those who maintain, manage, and design conveyors for industrial operations. In response to the limited in-person training that can be done during the COVID-19 pandemic, […]

Concrete Show India rebranded World of Concrete India

The trade expo Concrete Show India will now operate as World of Concrete India. The show is dedicated to the construction and infrastructure sector. The show is a global Informa Markets property and with the new rebranding will better reflect the show’s changes over the years as the organizers have expanded into new markets like […]

Agilyx, Braskem work to find advanced plastics recycling processes for polypropylene

Agilyx Corp., Tigard, OR, a wholly owned subsidiary of Agilyx AS, and Braskem, Philadephia, PA, are planning a feasibility study to explore the development and construction of an advanced plastics recycling project in North America. The project would combine Agilyx’s expertise in advanced recycling of post-use plastics and Braskem’s knowledge as a polyolefins and biopolymers […]

Metso Outotec divests its aluminum business to Reel International

Metso Outotec Corp., Helsinki, Finland, has divested its aluminum business to Reel International. The aluminum business is based in Germany, Canada, and the United Arab Emirates with presences in China, India, and Australia. Headquartered in Saint-Cyr-au-Mont-d’Or, France, Reel will purchase green anode plants, anode rodshops, and cast houses used in aluminum smelters and related equipment […]

Bora Pharmaceuticals selects Ontario for North American headquarters

Bora Pharmaceuticals, an international contract development and manufacturing organization, has selected Mississauga, ON, to be its first manufacturing facility and corporate headquarters in North America. The company marked the opening of the facility with a virtual ceremony in December. Mississauga’s Mayor, Bonnie Crombie, noted that the region was a suitable location for the facility because […]

PCA forecasts dip in cement consumption into 2021

The Portland Cement Association (PCA) has released its annual Fall Forecast, which predicts that a decrease in cement consumption will continue into 2021. PCA, Skokie, IL, is a policy research, education, and market intelligence organization serving America’s cement manufacturers. PCA’s market intelligence based the near-term cement consumption prediction on a weighted average of three likely […]

Minnesota-based coalition forms to solve global food and agricultural challenges

Food and agricultural leaders from Minnesota have launched MBOLD, a coalition that brings together Minnesota’s global leaders to address challenges in the food and agricultural sectors. MBOLD members currently reach consumers in more than 125 countries and have combined annual revenues greater than $250 billion. The state of Minnesota also has the University of Minnesota […]

Nestlé Purina building new pet food factory in Ohio

Nestlé Purina PetCare, St. Louis, MO, has announced that it will build its first new American factory in 45 years. The plant will be the company’s 23rd US plant and employ 300 workers in Williamsburg Township, OH. The company already has other Ohio locations in Solon, Marysville, Cleveland, Brecksville, and Zanesville. Construction is expected to […]

Wacker Chemical plans new innovation center, headquarters in Michigan

Wacker Chemical has plans to locate its new North American Innovation Center and Regional Headquarters in Pittsfield Charter Township, MI. The $50 million, 140,000-square-foot building will have more than 300 employees, including those who will relocate from the company’s current regional headquarters in Adrian, MI. Groundbreaking took place in October 2020, and the company expects […]

Fire damages dryer, dog food at Kansas pet food manufacturer

A fire at Hill’s Pet Nutrition in Emporia, KS, caused damage to a dryer and the dog food being produced. According to authorities, fire fighters were dispatched to the plant around 9:15 pm on Friday, October 9. The fire and smoke weren’t visible on arrival but were contained to a food dryer. The re was […]

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 senior advisor

The US Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) has gained a senior advisor. Bruce Walker will 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 accidental release of a regulated […]

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 qualification, 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 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, KS, 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,” […]

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 nonprofit Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL) and the International Pollutants Elimination Network (IPEN), a global coalition […]

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 canceled. 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 and 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-fired 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 country […]

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 Minn-kota 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 […]

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’ 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 and life […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 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 […]

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 specifically 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 […]

AZO’s Pecha to serve SNAC

In late March, AZO Inc., Memphis, TN, announced that Kevin Pecha, food sales manager, is one of two directors-at-large set to serve the SNAC International Associate Executive Council (AEC). SNAC International is an association with more than 400 members that represent snack food manufacturers and suppliers to the industry. Pecha brings 25 years of experience […]