OPAF partners with ISA for component cybersecurity standards

The Open Group Open Process Automation Forum (OPAF) and ISA, a global professional society of automation engineers and technicians based in Research Triangle Park, NC, have agreed that ISA will facilitate cybersecurity testing of prototype O-PAS-compliant components. The agreement allows OPAF to use ISASecure certification specifications as the basis for conducting assessments and issuing reports […]

U.S. Vanadium acquires Evraz Stratcor

U.S. Vanadium LLC announced that it will acquire Evraz Stratcor Inc., which owns and operates a facility in Hot Springs, AR, that produces high-purity vanadium oxides and downstream vanadium chemicals for customers in the catalyst, chemical, petrochemical, titanium, and energy storage industries. In operation since the 1960s, the Hot Springs facility has the capacity to […]

Mississippi Lime completes Southern Lime acquisition

Mississippi Lime Co., a global supplier of high-calcium lime product that is based in St. Louis, MO, has announced that it has completed its acquisition of the Calera, AL, lime business of Covia, operated historically as Southern Lime. Covia has been in operation for 60 years and has served as a supplier of high-calcium quicklime […]

Rembe to host Explosion Safety Days 2019 in Germany

Rembe GmbH Safety + Control will be hosting Explosion Safety Days November 19-20 at its headquarters in Brilon, Germany. The event is aims to help operators and OEMs understand the daily challenges in food, sweets, grain, and convenience product plants as well as soft drink factories and breweries. Johannes Lottermann, director of explosion safety at […]

Proppants market in North America shifts toward ceramic proppants

The North American proppants market is expected to grow at a 7.67 percent compound annual growth rate (CAGR) from 2019 to 2024. The report North America Proppants Market — Growth, Trends, and Forecast (2019-2024) by Research and Markets also cites improvements in fracking technology and the increasing number of shale gas production activities as market […]

Volkmann names new additive-manufacturing focused sales manager

Volkmann Inc. has named Rafael Navarro as sales manager. The supplier created the position to help with the addition of its systems for additive manufacturing and the need to further improve customer support. Navarro has considerable experience in systems for pharmaceutical processing and packaging. He most recently served in sales management at Schubert Packaging and […]

Two fatalities from grain entrapment in Ohio

Two workers died in July after being trapped inside a grain storage tank. According to news reports, the two men along with a third were inside the storage tank breaking up compacted grain. At the time, the silo was estimated to be holding 180,000 bushels of grain. Authorities are investigating the incident that happened at […]

Italian packaging machinery growth is 9 times faster than country’s GDP

According to UCIMA, the Italian Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Association, revenue generated by the country’s packaging machinery manufacturers saw 9.4 percent growth during 2018, with a total of €7.85 billion in revenue. The country also ranked first in terms of shares of total capital goods exports at 24.4 percent. The Italian packaging industry consists of about […]