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Posted April 25, 2019

The Metal Powder Industries Federation (MPIF) has released a publication with testing methods for metal powders used in metal additive manufacturing (AM) processes called A Collection of Powder Characterization Standards for Metal Additive Manufacturing. The publication contains the nine existing MPIF standard test methods. The information clarifies the use of powder metallurgy technology in conducting business and relates to the activities of AM-parts designers, manufacturers, and users. The publication is available in digital and printed versions ranging in price from $40 to $70, depending on MPIF membership and the selected edition. The publication also includes QR codes and internet links to view educational videos of the working mechanics of the various testing methods. For more info or to purchase the publication, visit www.mpif.org/pubs.

MPIF, Princeton, NJ, is a North American trade association formed by the powder metallurgy industry to advance its interests.

Posted April 24, 2019

Archer Daniels Midland Milling (ADM Milling) has completed the modernization of its flour mill in Enid, OK. The original mill was built in 1928 and served as a regional hub for during the wheat harvest. ADM replaced the two existing milling units with a single, highly automated, state-of-the-art unit and will add a new high-speed packer in the first quarter of 2019. The new mill will provide additional capacity to serve its customers in the region. ADM Milling, Overland Park, KS, supplies high-quality flours and mixes.

Posted April 23, 2019

Schutte Hammermill has named Bill Castine as director of sales following the retirement of Tom Warne. Castine has 10 years of sales management experience, making him ideally suited to head up the sales team. He has been with the company since 2017 and prior to joining the company studied structural engineering at SUNY Buffalo. Schutte Hammermill, Buffalo, NY, is a Bengal Machine company that manufactures hammermills and replacement wear parts for size reduction applications.

Posted April 22, 2019

The high-purity limestone market size in the Americas is set to reach $1.3 billion by 2025, according to the report Americas High-Purity Limestone Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report By Application (Construction, Metallurgical, Chemical), By Type (Calcined, Crushed, Ground), and Segment Forecasts, 2019-2025 by Grand View Research. The market is expected to progress at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 6.9 percent during the forecast period. One market driver is increasing metallurgical operations in North America. The report cites the World Steel Association, which says that North America witnessed large-scale use of steel for national security and military operations in 2016. Steel manufacturing requires limestone to remove impurities from iron ore during processing. Other steel use includes for petroleum refineries, storage tanks, electricity, electrical power and distribution transformers, power generating plants, utility distribution poles, among others. For example, from 2016 to 2017 the US steel industry increased steel shipments by nearly 2,039 kilotons.

High-purity limestone faces some processing challenges because of exclusive deposits and the processing method used. Processing the materials into its pelletized form can pose challenges because of dust issues, clumping, abrasion, and varying composition.

According to the report’s key market findings, the construction segment is forecast to reach $282.2 million by 2025, increasing at a 6.6 percent CAGR during the forecast period. The increases in this segment are expected to be from increased construction spending on social architecture. In addition, the Central and South America high-purity limestone market is likely to reach 14,450.2 kilotons by 2025. For more info and to purchase a copy of the report for $4,950, visit www.grandviewresearch.com.

Posted April 19, 2019

AZO Controls GmbH and AZO GmbH & Co. KG have officially merged as of January 1, 2019. Both companies are located in Osterburken, Germany. The two companies will operate under the name AZO GmbH & Co. KG. The new company will have a leaner organizational structure to improve the efficiency of work processes across all departments, including those in engineering. According to the company, its mechatronic approach to running the business necessitates closer integration between process engineering and control systems in order to improve the efficiency and productivity of our plants even further. AZO provides material handling, raw material handling, pneumatic conveying systems, mixer feeding, screeners, and bulk containers.

Posted April 18, 2019

Ag Growth International (AGI) Inc., Winnipeg, MB, has acquired Improtech Ltd., which is headquartered in Toronto, ON, and specializes in providing engineering design, project management, and integration of new machinery and processes within the food and beverage industry. Improtech’s expertise will complement those of AGI’s previous acquisition, Danmare, enhancing the overall company’s ability to provide complete engineering solutions to a diverse customer base.

The most recent acquisition of Improtech follows the AGI’s previous acquisitions of Danmare, Sabe, and Mitchell Mill Systems to improve AGI’s food industry capabilities. AGI supplies equipment solutions for agriculture bulk commodities, including seed, fertilizer, grain, and feed systems with manufacturing facilities in Canada, the US, the UK, Brazil, South Africa, and Italy.

Posted April 17, 2019

The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) revised NEMA 250-2018 Enclosures for Electrical Equipment (1000 Volts Maximum), a standard that covers enclosures for electrical equipment rated not more than 1,000 volts and intended to be installed and used for nonhazardous (unclassified) locations and hazardous (classified) locations.

This edition of the standard includes information on the enclosure types 7 and 9 for hazardous locations as permitted by the National Electrical Code, pressure wash ancillary ratings, a high-pressure power wash test, revisions to enclosure types, and revised outdoor corrosion protection requirements. The standard is available in hard copy and as an electronic download for $145 from the NEMA website www.nema.org.
www.nema.org. NEMA, Rosslyn, VA, represents nearly 325 electrical equipment and medical imaging manufacturers that make safe, reliable, and efficient products and systems.

Posted April 16, 2019

OSHA has opened up an investigation into the death of a worker at the ICCO Cheese Co. factory in Orangeburg, NJ. The worker, Edwin Nunez, was found inside a mixing machine on January 15, 2019. He was 41 years old and had been working at the plant for about 18 months, according to the Orangeburg Police, who are investigating the incident as an accidental death. OSHA’s inspection, which can take up to 6 months, will seek to determine whether the company violated any workplace safety standards. The company manufactures cheese products and bread crumbs.

Posted April 15, 2019

Connell Bros. Co. LLC, a company of Wilber-Ellis, has announced it will rebrand as Connell. The company is a marketer and distributor of specialty chemicals and ingredients in the Asia-Pacific region. The company’s new name honors the two Connell brothers who founded the company in 1898 while celebrating the company’s 1,200 employees in the Asia-Pacific region and the US. The company also has named Azita Owlia as the president and new CEO. As part of Owlia’s leadership, she has pushed a company-wide, multiyear effort to build an exceptional customer experience. Owlia joined the company in 2011 as vice president of North Asia.

Posted April 12, 2019

Camfil APC, Jonesboro, AR, has released a white paper called “10 Ways to Keep Your Dust Collector Operating Safely.” The white paper addresses the importance of a dust collector for maintaining plant safety, maximizing production uptime, and meeting regulatory compliance. Various dust collector elements, including deflagration protection, venting, and filter efficiencies can mean the difference between high-efficiency performance or a production shutdown. The white paper covers these issues and is available at www.camfilapc.com. The company manufactures industrial dust, mist, and fume collectors, along with high-performance filters and accessories.

Posted April 12, 2019

Ingredient Masters, a supplier of bulk material handling equipment for batching and other applications and bulk material conveyor systems, has announced a new address, which is: 377 East Main St., Batavia, OH 45103. The company’s phone and fax numbers will remain the same.

Posted April 11, 2019

Schenck Process, Darmstadt, Germany, has founded a new company e-nizing GmbH. The new subsidiary launched the e-nizing app as a platform to visualize the status of all machines, no matter if they are made by Schenck Process or others. The app works with all IoT machines (non-IoT machines can be retrofitted), analytics, and sensors. The app visualizes the status of the machine, providing data analysis with various add-ons that use either the app itself or third-party services. The app permits the user to define limits for every data point, so any event can trigger a phone call, email, or API call. For example, this can be used to trigger a notification if there is a problem in the plant or to order spare parts or maintenance automatically.

According to Schenck Process, the e-nizing platform is quick to set up, easy to use, and secure. The application is the result of the Schenck Process’s future lab and customer feedback during development of the now publicly offered application. The company provided the first public demonstration of the technology at the Mobile World Congress held in Barcelona, Spain, in February. More info is available at www.e-nizing.com. Schenck Process provides industrial solutions for weighing, feeding, screening, conveying, pulverization, classification, thermal processing, automation, and dust collection.

Posted April 10, 2019

The recycled construction aggregates market is expected to show a 6 percent compound annual growth rate (CAGR) in volume between 2019 and 2027. The report Recycled Construction Aggregates Market Forecast, Trend Analysis & Competition Tracking — Global Market Insights 2018-2027 by Fact.MR, an independent market intelligence firm, asserts that the market will be influenced by various factors from resurgent construction activities to infrastructure development efforts by governments worldwide, particularly in developing economies. The report predicts that in 2019 the market will grow with a projected 5 percent year-over-year increase in sales after 2018 sales of more than 3.7 million tons estimated.

Recycled aggregates for construction and other purposes are preferred because of their relative cost-efficiency. High transportation and handling costs of crushed stones have led governments to carry out relevant production and recycling activities locally, thereby making them a feasible option.

The report expects that the Asia-Pacific region (excluding Japan) will remain a lucrative region in the recycled aggregates market. The sales in the region are expected to exceed 2.3 million tons in 2018. Contributing to this number is that construction and demolition waste in the region is becoming a major issue, leading to the implementation of demolition waste management programs, where demolition waste is converted into aggregates. These programs are also popular as a sustainability measure. For example, in India, both construction and demolition waste are increasing owing to the growth in construction in the country. In response, government policies and laws are being created to funnel waste into recycling programs. China is expected to emerge as the largest consumer of recycled aggregates in the near term as increases in building and nonbuilding construction should stimulate recycled construction aggregates sales.

The European Commission is focusing on introducing new guidelines and protocols on construction and demolition waste management. North America is also witnessing increasing use of recycled construction aggregate in road construction and states are adopting regulations to increase the percentage of recycled asphalt pavement in road construction. For more info and to purchase a copy of the report for $4,500, visit www.factmr.com.

Posted April 9, 2019

Scientists at Northwestern University have created a material they’ve named “GO dough” that’s made from graphene oxide and water. The material can be readily shaped and reshaped by cutting, pinching, molding, and carving. The team at the university, led by Jiaxing Huang, a professor of materials science and engineering at Northwestern’s McCormick School of Engineering, have turned graphene into a malleable material that can be formed into free-standing, three-dimensional structures.

The scientists created the GO dough to solve problems in the graphene manufacturing industry. According to Huang, “Currently graphene oxide is stored as dry solids or powders, which are prone to combustion and explosion. Or they have to be turned into dilute dispersions, which multiply the material’s mass by hundreds or thousands.” That means that shipping the volatile material is much more difficult in liquid and requires, for example, a truck to transport 5 kilograms of the material dispersed in 500 liters of liquid. According to Huang, “The same amount of graphene oxide in dough form would weigh about 10 kilograms, and I could carry it myself.”

Huang’s team made GO dough by adding an ultrahigh concentration of graphene oxide to water. Manufacturers or researchers can convert the resulting material, once formed into a structure, into dense solids that are electrically conductive, chemically stable, and mechanically hard.

The Office of Naval Research supported the research, which was published in Nature Communications journal.

Posted April 8, 2019

Eriez has promoted Dan Zimmerman to the position of operations director of Eriez-USA, where he’ll be responsible for providing strategic leadership to the operations teams. His duties will include developing and implementing manufacturing, quality, and productivity improvements to reduce costs and achieve growth objectives. He’s been with the company since 2004 and most recently served as director of business development. He earned his bachelor’s degree in finance from Gannon University and a Master’s in business administration from the University of Pittsburgh. The company, Erie, PA, supplies magnetic lift and separation, metal detection, materials feeding screening, conveying, controlling, fluid recycling, and flotation equipment for various industries.

Posted April 5, 2019

Spee-Dee Packaging Machinery Inc. has named Robert Trabbold as its regional sales manager, northeast. In the newly created role, he’ll manage existing accounts and grow sales in the region, which includes Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Vermont. He brings more than 13 years of experience in the packaging machinery industry for augers, dry filling equipment, feeders, and checkweighers, and has led sales at several filling equipment suppliers. He received his degree in health science and communications from Easter College, St. David’s, PA. The company, Sturtevant, WI, supplies filling solutions and checkweighers for the food, pharmaceutical, and nutraceutical industries.

Posted April 5, 2019

Bühler AG has appointed Mark Macus as its chief financial officer (CFO), effective September 1, 2019. He’ll succeed Andreas Herzog, who will retire this year after 17 years with the company.

Macus has previously been employed at Bühler for 5 years but is currently serving as CFO of Vitra Group. He holds a PhD degree from the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland and is a certified auditor.

Herzog plans to devote his time to working on various board mandates and to supporting the company in its efforts to develop new business models and commitment to start-ups.

The company, Uzwil, Switzerland, provides process technologies for various industries, including food and grain processing.

Posted April 4, 2019

FLSmidth, Copenhagen, Denmark, has sold its bulk material handling business to Rainbow Heavy Machineries (RBH), Nantong, China. As a result, FLSmidth will exit the non-mining bulk material handling business, which has been for sale since 2015 and is based out of Wadgassen GmbH in Germany. FLSmidth will transfer employees, the brand, and intellectual property rights to RBH. FLSmidth will retain all ongoing projects, but they will be delivered through an operational agreement with RBH. The remaining projects are expected to be finalized during 2019-2020. FLSmidth is a supplier of engineering, equipment, and service solutions for the global mining and cement industries.

Posted April 3, 2019

Brunk LLC, a toll pulverizing and bulk plastic transportation company based in Goshen, IN, has changed its name to Brunk Plastic Services (BPS) to better reflect the resources it provides to customers. Additionally, Brunk’s wholly owned, bulk transportation subsidiary has changed its name to Brunk Transport. BPS also supplies bulk railcar storage with an up to 200-railcar capacity at its two facilities.

BPS has also added toll compounding and reprocessing services to its business offerings. According to the company, they are near capacity for toll compounding and plan to add more extruders. The company currently pulverizes more that 100 million pounds per year at its facilities in Goshen and Bloomington, MN. The company also provides warehousing services such as bulk pack-outs to gaylord boxes and bulk bags, de-boxing, and other packaging services.

BPS has also updated its logo to one in the shape of a pulverizing mill and has a new website, available at www.brunkus.com.

Posted April 3, 2019

SecuraTrac, Hermosa Beach, CA, a provider of mobile health and safety solutions, has introduced the MobileDefender model S. The mobile emergency pendant is based on the company’s product for the health care industry, but the new model is suitable for mobile workers, including engineers and others working alone. The device has a 30-day battery life and detects horizontal and vertical movement. If an employee falls on the job or is knocked over, he or she doesn’t have to initiate a call for help because the device does that for them, which can be helpful in emergency situations. The device remains off until its SOS button is activated, preserving the battery life while allowing the device to turn on, locate, transmit its location, and make the emergency phone call after activation of the SOS button.

Posted April 2, 2019

GEA, Düsseldorf, Germany, has announced that it has received an order from Shijiazhuang Junlebao Dairy Co. Ltd in China to supply the country largest spray dryer for the manufacture of infant milk formula. The plant has a planned capacity of 6 tons per hour and commercial production should begin in the second quarter of 2020. The company has previously worked with GEA at the Junlebao factory in Junyuan for infant formula. GEA supplied a turnkey plant with wet mixing, evaporation, drying, and downstream powder handling. GEA also is responsible for the plant design, project execution, installation and commissioning, and automation. GEA supplies equipment and plants for the food processing industry.

Posted April 2, 2019

Compass Minerals International Inc., based in Overland Park, Kansas, will close its Kenosha salt packaging facility by April 11. The closure will eliminate 38 jobs, according to filings made to Wisconsin state officials. The facility processed different grades of salt with other raw materials to produce a consumer-grade deicing product. According to the company, a third-party partner will perform customer blending and packaging in the region. The company will still operate the Eaton warehouse for continuity in customer product pickup. The company produces salt, plant nutrients, and magnesium chloride for distribution primarily in North America.

Posted April 1, 2019

A federal judge has ruled that the Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) must disclose chemical emissions releases from accidents. The ruling from a federal judge in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, was in response to a lawsuit that the watchdog group Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility and other environmental organizations brought against the CSB in 2017. The plaintiffs filed a suit after a chemical release that happened after Hurricane Harvey’s flooding. The Arkema Inc. facility in Crosby, TX, lost power after the flooding and employees evacuated. A few days later, organic peroxide products began to decompose after losing refrigeration, triggering combustion and a fire. Emergency response officials didn’t close a highway adjacent to the chemical release, and, as a result, 21 people were exposed to hazardous chemical fumes and had to seek medical treatment.

The 1990 amendments to the Clean Air Act mandated the CSB to “promulgate certain reporting requirements concerning chemical releases” that are caused by chemical fires, explosions, leaks, and other incidents. However, the CSB claimed during the trial that it did not have the staff to enact such reporting as required by the law and instead prioritized investigations over rulemaking. The judge has directed the CSB to release details about chemical emissions resulting from industrial incidents and to produce a reporting regulation within 12 months of the February 2019 ruling.

The CSB, Washington, DC, is an independent agency tasked with investigating chemical industry accidents and making safety recommendations based on its findings.

Posted March 29, 2019

General Mills Inc., Minneapolis, MN, has announced that it will invest $8.5 million to build a new distribution facility in McDonough, GA. The 480,000-square-foot facility will distribute the Blue Buffalo brand of pet food. The expansion should create more than 50 jobs and the facility will serve as a distribution center for the southeastern US. General Mills acquired Blue Buffalo Pet Products Inc. in 2018. General Mills is a global food company and hopes to expand its presence in the wholesome natural pet food category, a fast-growing segment of the US pet food market.

Posted March 28, 2019

Bühler Inc. appointed Andy Sharpe as president and CEO, effective January 1, 2019. Sharpe succeeds René Steiner, who will be retiring after a 50-year career with the company. Steiner will remain with the company throughout the official transition to ensure continuity of operations and continue to develop important customer relationships.

Sharpe has more than 20 years of experience with the company and most recently served as president and CEO of Bühler Aeroglide in Cary, NC. In his new role, he’ll apply his leadership to building a culture of trust, respect, and open communication to promote entrepreneurship, accountability, and innovation. Bühler, Plymouth, MN, provides process engineering and technology for food, feed, and advanced industrial materials. Bühler Aeroglide, a business unit of Bühler, supplies thermal processing equipment, including dryers, roasters, toasters, ovens, and coolers.

Posted March 27, 2019

The Plastics Industry Association announced the passing of Bill Carteaux, the association’s CEO. He was 59 years old and died December 10, 2018, from acute myeloid leukemia after a 3-year battle with the illness.

Carteaux had led the association since 2005, moving to Washington, DC, to assume leadership of the group after a long career in the plastics machinery industry. He was also involved in other industry organization in Washington, serving as chair of the Council of Manufacturing Associations in 2017, which is part of the National Association of Manufacturers. Before joining the trade association, he was co-managing director of the injection press machinery maker Demag Plastics Group based in Schwaig, Germany.

During the association’s search for a new leader, it named Patty Long, chief operating officer, as its interim president and CEO. The association supports the entire plastics supply chain and was founded in 1937.

Posted March 26, 2019

Kemutec Group, part of the Schenck Process Group, has appointed Oscar Rodriguez as sales manager of Kemutec Latin America. He’ll lead the company’s new office in Monterey, Mexico. He has more than 15 years of experience in engineering, sales, and automation equipment in Latin America. In his new role he’ll establish and guide an external independent sales network in the region. The company, Bristol, PA, specializes in both systems and components for sieving, crushing, milling, and mixing applications in various powder processing industries.

Posted March 25, 2019

Evonik Industries AG., a specialty chemical company based in Essen, Germany, announced that it will expand its technology and business capabilities in Trexlertown, Lehigh County, PA. The company plans to invest at least $50 million, create 50 high-paying jobs, and maintain the existing 277 jobs at the Lehigh Valley site and across Pennsylvania. The company will purchase its leased manufacturing facility and construct a new business and technology center with specialized laboratories for new product development and testing.

Posted March 22, 2019

Eriez has promoted Jaisen Kohmuench to senior director of Asia-Pacific Operations and Strategy. In the newly created role, he’ll serve as part of the company’s corporate executive team. He has been with the company for nearly two decades and has held numerous titles throughout the company, including managing director of Eriez-Australia. In his new position, he’ll hold an operational and strategic leadership role for all the company’s Asia-Pacific subsidiaries, in Australia, China, and Japan. He attended Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, where he earned a BS and a Master’s in Science and a PhD in mining and minerals engineering. He also holds a Professional Engineers Certification and has received numerous awards, written scores of technical papers, and made dozens of professional presentations at various domestic and international conferences.

In addition, the company has promoted Tim Gland to vice president and general manager of Eriez USA. He’ll continue to serve as a member of the company’s corporate executive team while overseeing all operation in the US. He’s been with the company since 2014 and most recently held the position of director of Erie operations (Erie, PA, is the company’s global headquarters). He graduated from Purdue University and has a master’s in business administration from Pennsylvania State University.

Eriez manufactures and supplies magnetic, vibratory, and inspection equipment.

Posted March 21, 2019

Sandvik AB, Stockholm, Sweden, and Renishaw Plc., Wotton-under-Edge, UK, plan to collaborate and develop new materials for metal additive manufacturing (AM), new technologies and approaches to processing and post-processing at Sandvik’s Sandviken, Sweden, facility. Renishaw manufactures advanced metal AM systems and measurement technologies while Sandvik is a technology and materials firm that’s well established in the AM value chain. Sandvik is an expert in fine metal powder AM and post-processing methods like machining, heat treatment, and sintering. The collaboration will strengthen Sandvik’s position in the AM industry during this growth period. Renishaw supplied Sandvik with multilaser RenAM 500Q printing systems, enabling Sandvik to increase its productivity. The collaboration announcement in November 2018 follows Sandvik’s announcement that it will open a 200 million SEK (about US$22.25 million) manufacturing plant for titanium and nickel fine metal powders in Sandviken, Sweden.

Posted March 20, 2019

The global fumed silica market volume is expected to surpass 335,000 metric tons in 2018, an increase from 323,733 metric tons in 2017, according to the report Fumed Silica Market Forecast, Trend Analysis & Competition Tracking — Global Market Insights 2018-2028 by Fact.MR, a market research company. The report also states that the market is predicted to reach a 4.9 percent compound annual growth rate (CAGR). Sustained demand for fumed silica in end-use industries — printing inks, paints, coatings, and adhesives — is expected to drive market gains. The markets for water-based coatings and paints for industrial and architectural applications have shown increasing demand for fumed silica, which is used on a large scale within those markets to prevent corrosion and rust.

One segment of the market, hydrophobic fumed silica, is used for coatings, adhesive, sealant, greases, toners, and skin and personal care applications. According to a research analyst, this segment is expected to exceed a value of $500 million by the end of 2018 and should show the highest sales growth in the industry in the coming years. To answer this predicted demand, Evonik Industries is adding to its hydrophobic fumed silica production capacity in Rheinfelden, Germany, by 20 percent.

Geographically, North America is projected to dominate the fumed silica market and has many major manufacturers of the material along with plans to open new production facilities in the region. One company, Cabot Corp. plans to build a new plant in Carrollton, TX, to supply fumed silica for various industries. For more info and to purchase a copy of the report for $4,500, visit www.factmr.com.

Posted March 19, 2019

OSHA issued a staff memo in 2018 that formalized the use of drones for inspection activities, ordering each of the agency’s 10 regions to designate a staff member as an unmanned aircraft program manager to oversee training requirements and evaluate reports submitted by drone teams. According to the memo, the employer being inspected must also agree to the drones’ use during inspection.

According to EHS Today magazine, “During 2018, OSHA reportedly used drones with cameras to conduct at least nine inspections of employer facilities after obtaining permission from the companies’ management. The drones were most frequently deployed following accidents at worksites that were considered too dangerous for OSHA inspectors to enter, including an oil drilling rig fire, a building collapse, a combustible dust blast, an accident on a television tower, and a chemical plant explosion.”

Drones could be a potential problem for employers and employees. Attorneys have pointed out that although OSHA requires employer permission to use the drones, if employers refuse, they may become a target for safety inspectors. In addition, the use of drones expands the scope of an inspection, meaning that OSHA could potentially see more violations with a drone than in a different type of inspection. The use of drones also draws other concerns, such as: What can the drones inspect? What rights do employees have in being filmed? How long will OSHA store the video derived during the inspection, and who has access to it? Companies are considering these valid questions and others as the use of drones will most likely increase in the coming years.

Posted March 19, 2019

RiceBran Technologies, a producer and marketer of value-added products derived from rice bran with headquarters in The Woodlands, TX, has acquired the assets and operations of Golden Ridge Rice Mills’ rice milling and rice bran stabilization facility in Wynne, AR (Golden Ridge). The company expects Golden Ridge to be part of a strategic plan to grow the business and build long-term value. The Wynne facility’s operations encompass nearly 32 acres with approximately 75 percent of its land available for expansion.

Arkansas produces and processes the most rice of any state in the US, and Golden Ridge’s location there offers easy access to sources of stabilized rice bran (SRB), while being close to customers in the Midwest and Eastern US. The company’s plan is to initially supply rice, brown rice, brewer’s rice, and brokens. In the future, the company plans to increase SRB production capacity and house additional product development capacity to broaden its product portfolio at the location.

Posted March 18, 2019

Hatch Consultants Associates Inc. (Hatch) has announced that Jack Hilbert will join the company’s Bulk Material Handling group. He is a pneumatic conveying expert [Editor’s note: Jack Hilbert is a member of the Powder and Bulk Engineering’s editorial advisory board]. He brings extensive experience in bulk material handling and dust collection in the power, plastics, petrochemical, mineral, chemical, food, cement, and tire and technical rubber industries. Before joining Hatch, he was the principal consultant at Pneumatic Conveying Consultants, which provided a full range of services for pneumatic conveying system design and equipment operations. The company’s Bulk Material Handling group has capabilities in the areas of comminution, conveying systems, stockpiling and storage systems, loading and unloading, dust control, and discrete element modeling for bulk solid materials.

Posted March 15, 2019

The market for wood pellets is predicted to reach $15.47 billion by 2025, expanding at a 9.2 percent compound annual growth rate (CAGR), according to the report Wood Pellets Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report By Application (Power Plants, Residential Heating, Commercial Heating, CHP Heating), By Region (APAC, Europe, MEA), and Segment Forecasts, 2019-2025 by Grand View Research. Wood pellets are created by recycling timber and forest residues into clean, renewable biomass fuel. Because of increased government spending on renewable energy and the instability of fossil fuel prices, it’s expected that the market for wood pellets will experience increased demand.

Other market factors that will impact the wood pellet market include that power plants accounted for 34.1 percent of the total market revenue share in 2017. In power plants wood pellets are used to provide heat for electricity generation by direct firing or co-firing with coal. In the Asia-Pacific region, the wood pellet market is expected to register high growth as demand increases for power plants as a result of increased awareness for electricity generation through renewable resources.

In addition, wood pellets usage in electricity generation in residential heating is predicted to increase during the forecast period at a 9.5 percent CAGR, in part due to the heating method’s simplicity and minimal operation and maintenance requirements. For more info and to purchase a copy of the report for $4,950, visit www.grandviewresearch.com.

Posted March 14, 2019

Donaldson Company Inc. introduced a web-connected technology that monitors industrial dust, fume, and mist collectors, and notifies owners to take early, cost-saving maintenance actions. Donaldson unveiled the technology and an early adopter program at Fabtech in November 2018. The company plans to formally launch the product in 2019.

The technology uses sensors and a controller to gather real-time data from a collector, apply analytics in the cloud, and relay insights back to the operator through a web-based dashboard and email or text alerts. The technology focuses on proper maintenance to help prevent larger problems, optimize performance, and reduce total dust and fume management costs over time. According to the company, the technology can be installed on existing or new industrial dust and fume equipment. The company, Minneapolis, MN, supplies dust, fume, and mist collectors and replacement parts and filters.

Posted March 13, 2019

Bengal Machine, the parent company of Schutte-Buffalo Hammermill LLC (Schutte-Buffalo), has acquired CM Recycling Equipment Solutions (CM Shredder), which manufactures shredding equipment and provides industrial shredding solutions, particularly for the recycling industry. The acquisition will help Bengal Machine in its strategy to combine brands in the size reduction industry into a fully integrated manufacturer offering complete turnkey solutions across a wide range of industries and size reduction applications. As part of Bengal Machine, CM Shredder, Sarasota, FL, will provide services under two new brands, CM Tire Shredders and CM Industrial Shredders. Schutte-Buffalo will be renamed Schutte Hammermill and will focus on its hammermill, crusher, and lump breaker product lines with its company headquarters remaining in Buffalo, NY.

Posted March 12, 2019

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) reports that 27 mining fatalities occurred in 2018, which makes it the second-lowest year on record for mining deaths. Surface operations accounted for 18 fatalities and underground mining had 9 fatalities. Approximately 250,000 miners work at 12,000 metal and nonmetal mines in the US. Coal mines account for 83,000 of those workers at 1,200 coal mines. The leading cause for mining-related fatalities was haulage, which accounted for 13 out of the 27 fatalities or 48 percent.

In response to the data, MSHA has acted to counter powered haulage fatalities, including publishing a request for information seeking stakeholder input on technologies and practices that can improve safety conditions related to mobile equipment and belt conveyors. MSHA also launched a campaign to educate miners and mine operators on the hazards associated with this equipment.

Posted March 11, 2019

According to the American Chemistry Council (ACC), the US will benefit from strong job growth, moderate inflation, and a good investment climate in 2019. Concerns for the chemical industry, including rising interest rates and the impact of tariffs, will still be tempered by a higher predicted 3.6 percent chemical output this year after a 3.1 percent increase in 2018.

Kevin Swift, ACC chief economist, says that in 2019 US industrial activity will expand but that the economic slowdown in overseas markets could possibly cause economic disruption. Domestically, the US benefits from the availability of raw materials from natural gas. Chemical producers have benefitted from this and have invested in 333 new chemical plants, 40 percent of which are still being planned. In contrast, the European chemical industry is anticipating 0.5 percent production growth in 2019 after a 0.5 percent decline in 2018, according to the European Chemical Industry Council (ECIC). The ECIC cites trade tension among the US, China, and Europe and concerns about Brexit as potential factors that could hamper the chemical market in the coming year. ACC, Washington, DC, represents companies in the chemistry business.

Posted March 11, 2019

Materials Solutions Ltd., Worcester, UK, has opened a state-of-the-art additive manufacturing (AM) facility to help promote the industrialization of AM. The facility received €30 million investment and will double the company’s capacity of AM machines to 50, while also increasing the company’s post-processing capabilities. Siemens AG acquired Materials Solutions was acquired in 2016. Siemens made the decision to invest in AM in 2009 and has made the transition from creating parts that could be created by other means, such as casting, to creating parts that only AM can produce. Materials Solutions makes parts for the aerospace, power generation, automotive, and motorsport sectors, as well as tooling and processing.

The AM facility is 4,500 square meters (approximately 48,400 square feet), housing multiple metal AM machines. The factory incorporates Siemens’ latest digital factory and AM technologies, including end-to-end product lifecycle management chain, proprietary software, and a cloud-based internet of things operating system that connects products, factories, systems, and machines through data analytics. Materials Solutions will now offer various AM design services at the facility.

Posted March 8, 2019

Founded in 1844, Rotex is celebrating 175 years in business this year and has introduced a special logo to recognize the milestone. The company located in Cincinnati, OH, operates as part of the Process Equipment Group owned by Hillenbrand Inc. and manufactures industrial screeners and sifters, automated particle size analyzers, feeders, and conveyors with locations around the world to serve customers. The company patented the concept of gyratory reciprocating motion and has perfected the concept through years of lab testing, custom installations, and field experience. The company’s screening equipment uses this technology to provide low-angle, long-stroke, and low-frequency screening in a single machine.

Posted March 8, 2019

The International Society of Automation (ISA) announced that Paul Gruhn is its 2019 society president. He’ll lead the ISA board of directors, which is responsible for governing, setting policy, and establishing the organization’s strategic direction. He’s a globally recognized expert in process safety and safety instrumented systems and has helped develop ISA safety standards, training courses, and publications. He holds a BS in mechanical engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology and is a licensed Professional Engineer in Texas. ISA, Triangle Park, NC, is a nonprofit professional association that provides technical resources and programs for those who apply engineering and technology to improve the management, safety, and cybersecurity of modern automation and control systems used across industry and critical infrastructure.

Posted March 7, 2019

Kadant Inc. has acquired Syntron Material Handling Group LLC, a designer and manufacturer of highly engineered vibratory and conveying equipment used to convey, load, and feed bulk materials in various industries. Syntron was previously acquired in 2014 by Levine Leichtman Capital Partners, a private equity firm in Los Angeles, CA. Kadant, Westford, MA, is a global supplier of high-value, critical components and engineered systems used in process industries and has 2,500 employees in 20 countries. According to Jonathan Painter, Kadant’s president and CEO, “Our acquisitiion of Syntron provides Kadant with premier products and services that extend our footprint into new process industries.”

Posted March 7, 2019

Marion Process Solutions, an industrial mixer, blender, and microwave vacuum drying systems manufacturer based in Marion, IA, has been acquired by May River Capital, a private equity firm based in Chicago, IL. Marion’s owners held the business for 20 years and decided to sell to position the company for enhanced growth. May River Capital hopes to form a new global platform for materials processing solutions and services.

Posted March 6, 2019

A pellet mill owned by Great Northern Pellets exploded in December in Upper Musquodoboit, NS. Seven fire crews from several nearby towns responded to two structure fires at the facility. At the time of the fire, five or six employees were working onsite, but no one was injured. The cause of the blaze was unknown at the time of the incident, but it impacted the buildings housing about the half the total amount of wood pellets on the property, including some pellet piles near the buildings, which also caught fire. The company’s CEO Thor Olesen said of the incident, “There were no injuries to our staff and we are pleased to report that our safety equipment and procedures worked as intended and contained the situation.” He also indicated that the company would conduct a full review and that the mill would be operational in a few days. The company, Halifax, NS, supplies hardwood and softwood chips for various applications and its pellet mill produces residential and industrial quality pellets using residual fiber from local mills.

Posted March 5, 2019

Kemutec Group, part of the Schenck Process Group, announced its expansion into Latin America, alongside its long-established manufacturing brands, Kek, Gardner, Mucon, and PPS. The company also opened a new office in Monterey, Mexico, as part of its strategy to increase profitability and revenue by selectively expanding into new territories, while also generating localized employment opportunities. The company’s new office will be closer to its growing customer base in South and Central America, where it will focus on food, confectionery, starches, spices, and flavors, as well as pet food and the fine chemicals sector. The company will primarily serve customers in Mexico, Columbia, Chile, and Peru. The company, headquartered in Bristol, PA, specializes in both systems and components for sieving, crushing, milling, and mixing applications in various powder processing industries.

Posted March 4, 2019

The synthetic zeolites market is projected to grow from $5.2 billion in 2018 to $5.9 billion by 2023 at a compound annual growth rate of 2.6 percent. The market will see steady growth as a result of growing demand from the petrochemical refining, gas separation, and wastewater filtration end-use industries, according to the report Synthetic Zeolites Market By Type of Zeolite (Zeolite A, Type X, Type Y, USY, ZSM-5), Application (Detergent Builder, Drying, Separation & Adsorption, Catalytic Cracking, & Specialties) Function (Ion-Exchange, Molecular Sieve, & Catalyst) & Region — Global Forecast to 2023 by MarketsandMarkets, a market research company.

Based on type, zeolite A is expected to have the largest market share during the forecast period in terms of volume. This zeolite type is the one most commonly used in separation and purification applications. The market analysis notes that the detergent industry uses zeolite A largely to replace sodium tripolyphosphate (STPP), which is banned in the US and Europe.

In terms of application, the detergent builder segment of the zeolite market is expected to dominate the synthetic zeolites market in terms of volume during the forecast period. Synthetic zeolites are used to manufacture compact and super compact detergents and the market saw substantial increases in demand on the synthetic side as a substitute for STPP. Several commercial detergents also contain synthetic zeolites as a way to increase washing efficiency because zeolites have a high adsorption capacity for liquid components, particularly surfactants. For more info and to purchase a copy of the report for $5,650, visit www.marketsandmarkets.com.

Posted March 1, 2019

Parrish & Heimbecker Ltd. (P&H) intends to build and operate the Fraser Grain Terminal, a new export facility in Surrey, BC. The project will add 4 million metric tons of terminal capacity each year in support of Canadian farmers and overseas customer’s demands, particularly in China and Southeast Asia. The facility will address problems related to limited western Canada rail capacity and shortages of port industrial land for grain handling. P&H have secured a long-term lease with the port authority for the site.

The terminal site will include modern storage facilities, three state-of-the-art shiploaders equipped with dust-reducing technology, and a fully enclosed above ground conveying system with built-in dust suppression. P&H, Winnipeg, MB, is a family-owned agri-business with more than 60 locations with operations that include grain trading, handling, and merchandising; as well as crop inputs, flour milling, and feed mills.

Posted February 28, 2019

Cargill Inc., Minneapolis, MN, has outlined a plan to eliminate deforestation from its cocoa supply chain in its Cargill Cocoa and Chocolate business. The company’s Protect Our Planet plan provides concrete actions the company is taking to achieve 100 percent cocoa bean traceability. The company also states that it’s committed to not converting forest land in Ghana and Ivory Coast for cocoa production in the future. The plan will also expand the company’s forest efforts to five origin countries (Brazil, Indonesia, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, and Ghana) and to the indirect cocoa supply chain, while securing the future livelihood and resilience of smallholder cocoa farmers.

The cocoa deforestation elimination plan follows Cargill’s 2017 commitment to five sustainability goals for contributing to a sustainable cocoa sector to be achieved by 2030. The goals align with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. Cargill provides new technologies and insight as a partner for food, agriculture, financial, and industrial customers in more than 125 countries.

Posted February 28, 2019

A Conagra Brands Inc. facility in Centralia, IL, that produces Duncan Hines cake mixes and frostings caught fire in December after malfunctioning utilities ignited cocoa residue. According to reports, the fire started after an electric fan in the building shorted out and shot sparks downward onto cocoa-residue-covered rafters and other surfaces. The incident caused various small fires and produced copious amounts of smoke, according to Centralia’s Fire Captain, Michael Calabrese. He added that fires from cocoa beans, powder, and residue can ignite quickly.

The fire didn’t cause any serious damage to the building and operations should be able to resume after some cleanup. No one was hurt in the incident. Conagra Brands, is an American branded-foods producer with more than 17,000 employees and approximately 50 locations, including its Centralia location, which was formerly owned by Pinnacle Foods.

Posted February 27, 2019

In December, the US EPA announced a settlement with Georgia-Pacific Chemicals and Georgia-Pacific Consumer Operations of alleged Clean Air Act (CAA) violations set forth in a complaint filed with the US District Court for the Wester District of Arkansas. The complaint alleges that the violations occurred at the companies’ paper and chemical products facilities in Crossett, AR. The complaint and settlement are the result of a 2015 EPA inspection of the facilities.

Under the settlement, Georgia Pacific is required to take steps to correct the violations, implement a mitigation project to reduce hydrogen sulfide emissions, and implement three supplemental environmental projects to further control hydrogen sulfide. The companies will also pay $600,000 in civil penalties, half to the US and half to the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality.

The inspection revealed, among other concerns, a lack of air pollution controls required, under the CAA’s New Source Performance Standards and the National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants, at two wood pulp washers of the facilities. The settlement requires Georgia-Pacific, among other things, to install the appropriate pollution controls on its washers, update leak control and compliance monitoring procedures, and conduct emissions and performance testing on other control systems. The measures required by the settlement are designed to achieve reduction of hazardous air pollutants released from the facilities.

The proposed settlement is subject to a 30-day public comment period and final court review and approval. For more information, go to www.epa.gov.

Posted February 26, 2019

US demand for industrial clays is forecast to increase less than 1 percent annually in volume terms through 2022, according to the report Industrial Clays United States by The Freedonia Group, a market research company. The report cites rising construction activity and building products manufacturing as advancement drivers in the market, particularly for common clay. The expanding output of paints and coatings will stimulate sales of kaolin and other clays used as fillers, extenders, and binders. However, continued adoption of alternative materials for filler and extender applications, such as calcium carbonate, will limit market gains. For more info and to purchase a copy of the report for $750, visit www.freedoniagroup.com.

Posted February 25, 2019

The global rotary air compressor market segment is set to reach $15 billion by 2024 and hold a majority market share in the technology-based air compressor industry because of rising applications in various industries, such as metallurgy and mining, papermaking and printing, and medicine and health. According to the report Air Compressor Market Size By Product (Portable, Stationary), By Technology (Rotary [Screw, Scroll], Reciprocating, Centrifugal), By Lubrication (Oil Free, Oil Filled), By Application (Home Appliances, Food & Beverage, Oil & Gas, Energy, Semiconductors & Electronics, Manufacturing, Healthcare [Medical, Dental]), Industry Analysis Report, Regional Outlook, Application Potential, Price Trends, Competitive Market Share & Forecast, 2018-2024 by Global Market Insights Inc., the global air compressor market share will likely surpass $40 billion by 2024. The market is expected to respond to rising industrial development in emerging nations, which uses air compressors in numerous end-user sectors such as the oil and gas, food and beverage, manufacturing, and electronics sectors. Specifically, the report indicates the Asia-Pacific Region should provide a boost to the market in the near future because of the region’s reputation as a manufacturing hub and its global industrial output from major automotive and machinery manufacturing companies, which have their production units there.

According to the report, rising demand for highly efficient and superior quality products in the industrial sector is driving the global air compressor market growth. Some factors that should impact market demand in this sector are requirements for oil-free air compressors to meet stringent environmental regulations in most industries and to respond to food contamination concerns in the food and beverage processing industry. One trend that may hold the market back is increasing demand for rental air compressors, which could result in lower product sales in the market. For more info and to purchase a copy of the report for $4,500, visit www.gminsights.com.