Technical Articles

Flexicon Corporation has published these technical articles:

(Solids and Powder Processing Equipment)
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A packager contracted to blend and package expanded perlite, delivered in bulk bags too large to be emptied into the packaging equipment. A Flexicon flexible screw conveyor proved the best way to move...
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Casa Cuervo, which produces tequila, eggnog, sangria wine and margarita mix, improved efficiency, safety and quality by installing a Flexicon material-conveying system in its Guadalajara distillery....
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A pencil manufacturer's main raw material is china clay, a powder that tends to produce airborne dust. A sealed, automated handling system designed and manufactured by Flexicon transfers the clay with...
(Solids and Powder Processing Equipment)
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To meet increasing demand, J.O. Spice Company reorganized its production operations including adding a Flexicon bulk bag discharger. The redesigned system is both more efficient and easier to operate....
(Solids and Powder Processing Equipment)
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Surging sales of powdered flavors exceeded the capacity of a plant's manual dumping and packaging equipment. The company boosted production with two bulk transfer systems manufactured by Flexicon....
(Material Handling Equipment)
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A producer of concrete blocks found that aluminum powder tends to pack, cake, smear, rat hole and even solidify. An automated weigh batching system from Flexicon improved handling and worker safety....
(Solids and Powder Processing Equipment)
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A producer of dried malt streamlined their process by replacing a tote bin handling operation with an in-line conveying designed and installed by Flexicon (Europe) Ltd....
(Solids and Powder Processing Equipment)
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Many plants that batch-blend bulk products could benefit from installation of an automated weigh batching system. Here are some factors to consider in selecting a system....
(Material Handling Equipment)
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A contract packager of dry lawn and garden products and specialty animal feeds added a flexible screw conveyor that feeds the blender. The conveyor paid for itself in the first year through increased...
(Material Handling Equipment)
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Danisco A/S, a UK food production company, installed a Flexicon bulk bag discharging system that conserves floor space; reduces costs, waste and dust; and improves plant hygiene and worker safety....
(Material Handling Equipment)
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Remediation at the Tampa Bay Seawater Desalination Plant included a diatomaceous earth (DE) filtration system. DE bulk handling equipment includes bulk bag unloaders with batching controls and...
(Material Handling Equipment)
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A manufacturer of PVC products found it difficult to contain titanium dioxide dust in the plant. A Flexicon system including a bag dump station with integral flexible screw conveyor solved the...
(Solids and Powder Processing Equipment)
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A plastics compounder increased capacity by upgrading to twin-screw compounding lines, and found bulk bag discharging and conveying equipment to fit the low ceilings of the building....
(Material Handling Equipment)
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A frozen foods producer cut manual labor and boosted process efficiencies while improving operator comfort and safety, minimizing product loss due to spillage, and cutting dust emissions with a...
(Material Handling Equipment)
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Multisorb Technologies increased production of silica gel granule adsorption packets with an automated multi-line bulk solids handling system that simultaneously feeds four form/fill/seal machines....
(Solids and Powder Processing Equipment)
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When replacing coal with an alternative fuel comprised of recycled waste materials, a cement producer chose flexible screw conveyors to convey and weigh pulverized fuel ash to the fuel preparation...
(Material Handling Equipment)
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A chemicals producer upgraded the packaging of surfactants by adding a purpose-built room with a rotating drum and bulk bag filler that automates the process and yields greater product output and...
(Material Handling Equipment)
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A fertilizer manufacturer upgraded its materials-handling process with screw-fed conveyor systems and a bulk bag unloading system that improved worker safety, gained process efficiencies and complied...
(Material Handling Equipment)
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A pharmaceutical company needed to fit a bulk solids mixer, conveyor and filling machine in a confined area, leaving enough space for boxing, taping and labeling. A flexible screw conveyor fits the...
(Material Handling Equipment)
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By optimizing its product flow, weigh batching, and mix handling systems, a large food producer decreased the time and labor needed to handle food mixes while containing dust....
(Material Handling Equipment)
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A large peanut processor installed bulk bag unloading systems and flexible screw conveyors to transport peanuts and peanut fines. The equipment improved efficiency, reduced manual handling and...
(Solids and Powder Processing Equipment)
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By blending ingredients in house, a cosmetics manufacturer saved on purchasing the blends and shipping them to the plant. The company also gained flexibility to modify formulations to satisfy customer...
(Material Handling Equipment)
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Two cities solved problems caused by manual addition of powdered activated carbon to their municipal water treatment systems by installing bulk bag unloading systems from Flexicon Corp....
(Material Handling Equipment)
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An elastomer manufacturer slashed inventories of carbon black and improved plant cleanliness by replacing a large silo storage system with a bulk bag discharging system from Flexicon Corp....
(Material Handling Equipment)
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A supplier of fluoridation systems designed an automated process in which toxic sodium silicofluoride powder is contained in a sealed system including a bulk bag discharger, dust containment system...
(Solids and Powder Processing Equipment)
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Personal products manufacturer Fillcare Ltd. was unable to discharge a waxy, non-flowing material from bulk bags, a problem it solved by installing a Flexicon Block-Buster® bulk bag conditioner....
(Material Handling Equipment)
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A chemical company produces a soap using solid resin. A low-cost retrofit with a Flexicon bulk bag unloader enabled the company to purchase most of its resin in 1,000 kg bulk bags, reducing manual...
(Material Handling Equipment)
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Flexible screw conveyor systems can be engineered to transport bulk materials that tend to pack, cake, smear, break apart or fluidize, and can prevent the separation of blended products....
(Material Handling Equipment)
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A chemical manufacturer contained hazardous airborne chemical dust by installing a sealed system from Flexicon Corporation for unloading bulk bags of chemical powder and transferring it to canisters....
(Material Handling Equipment)
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A manufacturer of high pressure flat-bed, liquid-solid filtration systems uses a Flexicon flexible screw conveyor for consistent and safe delivery of a variety of large quantities of dry chemicals....
(Material Handling Equipment)
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A food manufacturer uses a flexible screw conveyor from Flexicon Corporation for undamaged conveying of bulk materials having dissimilar particle sizes, bulk densities and flow characteristics....
(Material Handling and Packaging Services)
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A manufacturer of household and personal care products installed three Flexicon bulk bag unloading systems to eliminate health, safety and productivity concerns associated with its previous method of...
(Material Handling Equipment)
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Even in tight economic times, strategic upgrades in bulk handling components can pay off in the short term. In particular, bulk bag dischargers and flexible screw conveyors stand out as short term...
(Material Handling Equipment)
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Isotopic chemical characteristics require integration of mechanical and pneumatic conveyors for batching accuracy...
(Material Handling Equipment)
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To determine the most efficient method to move your material, match material flow characteristics, process parameters and space limitations to the performance windows and dimensional restrictions of...
(Material Handling Equipment)
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Aquarium Systems, a manufacturer of synthetic sea salts for hobbyists who keep salt water fish in home aquariums, had a unique problem: Several of the bulk ingredients used in making the salt caused...
(Material Handling Equipment)
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Atchison Topeka improved the efficiency of its UK operations by consolidating multiple food distribution centers into a single facility that transfers powdered food ingredients from bulk bags into...
(Industrial Automation Services)
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Qube Bulk, a division of Australia's largest provider of import and export logistics services, manages more than 22 million tons (20 million mt) of bulk product shipments per year, which now includes...
(Material Handling Equipment)
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Manual operations give way to automated milk preparation for margarine blending in a new sanitary process room at Canbra Foods, Inc. Automated controls improve quality as supervisors monitor and...
(Material Handling Equipment)
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Snyder of Berlin improved yield by 4.5%, along with sanitation, safety, product quality, and accuracy in introducing cornmeal into the packaging line when it replaced manual dumping of 100-lb bags and...
(Material Handling Equipment)
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Anchor Products' new, automated packing line for filling bulk bags with sodium caseinate eliminates aeration experienced with a rotary sack filler, and cuts dust and packaging waste by 90%, while...
(Material Handling Equipment)
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In producing epoxy mastic, Polymeric Systems, Inc. cut batching time from 3.0 to 1.5 hours by switching from manual dumping of 50-lb (28 kg) bags of dry inorganic powder to automated weigh batching...
(Material Handling Equipment)
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The need for a flexible adhesives manufacturing plant in a confined area led Welland Medical to select Flexicon (Europe) Ltd. as the main contractor for equipping its new Technical Centre at Crawley,...
(Material Handling Equipment)
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Improved production efficiency combined with intrinsically safe standards of operation for powder handling within a hazardous area are among the benefits gained by installing a fully automated bulk...
(Material Handling Equipment)
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To move brittle pasta from Gaylord containers to three packaging lines at high rates without product breakage or dust, Quality Pasta Company installed two Open-Chute Box Dumpers and three...
(Material Handling Equipment)
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Seven bulk bag dischargers have doubled productivity, from 35 tonnes to 70 tonnes (38.5 to 77 tons) per day, in an expansion project that increased Prosur's factory space from 3,000 m2 (32,000 ft2) to...
(Material Handling Equipment)
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Two bulk bag dischargers and five flexible screw conveyors have doubled peanut butter production capacity at Once Again Nut Butter's new 37,000 sq ft (3440 sq m) dedicated peanut butter facility. The...
(Solids and Powder Processing Equipment)
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Previously, operators manually dumped 25 kg sacks of the mineral powder (particle size of 10 ┬Ám) into a hopper from which the material gravity fed into an extruder along with the recycled material....
(Material Handling Equipment)
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Thomas Fawcett & Sons Ltd required a more efficient system to pack pale ale malt into 350 kg (772 lb) to 1,000 kg (2,205 lb) bulk bags, sold across the UK and internationally....
(Material Handling Equipment)
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According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the total 2012 U.S. rice harvest is estimated at 196.3 million hundredweight (8.9 million metric tons). The vast majority of this crop comes...
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One of the world's major producers of hydrated alumina (AL[OH]3) is TOR Processing & Trade B.V., a branch of TOR Minerals International (www.torminerals.com). From its specialty mineral processing...
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To scale up production and sales, Bradford Soap redesigned its material handling system from manual bag dumping to automated bulk bag unloading to deliver large quantities of raw material. The company...
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To operate under HACCP and other international certifications, the Orthomol Company shifted to clean room production and needed to upgrade from manual packaging to automated filling of granulated...
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Nutec Ltd., a contract manufacturer and packager of animal feed and medicinal products, converted from manual dumping of 44 lb (20 kg) bags of raw material to automated, dust-free discharging of 1.1...
(Material Handling Equipment)
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Food and Spice Product Manufacturing Ltd. increased production of vegetable puree products from 5 tons/week to 15-20 tons/week after installing a new bulk solids handling system consisting of flexible...
(Material Handling Equipment)
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The manufacture of corrugated board used in promotional and point-of-sale packaging solutions can be messy and wasteful without an integrated bulk handling and dust collection solution such as that...
(Material Handling Equipment)
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When Simmers of Edinburgh Ltd., a specialty cookie maker, set out to modernize its process plant, the company looked for ways to improve the handling of bulk oatmeal bags used in preparing several...
(Material Handling Equipment)
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Minnesota Explosives Company manufactures bulk explosives that are used to blast taconite rock into small pieces, the first step in recovering iron ore. To produce the explosive compounds, sodium...
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An automated product transfer system consisting of a bulk bag unloader and flexible screw conveyors tripled output of Drywite Ltd.'s dry ingredient for treating cut potatoes for mass consumption of...
(Material Handling Equipment)
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DSM Coating Resins Spain S.L. is the world's largest producer of polyester resins and one of the largest producers of specialty emulsions. To produce saturated polyester resin powders used in...
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The future of lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries found in laptops, phones, hybrid cars and other applications may be taking shape at a UK startup. Nexeon Ltd. has built a plant at its headquarters in...
(Material Handling Equipment)
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World Flavors Co., Inc. blends and packages a variety of seasonings, powdered coffee and drink mixes, requiring process equipment that can prevent segregation of blended products and be sanitized...
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In manufacturing hairspray, Statestrong Ltd. improved product stability, increased throughput, and eliminated dusting by installing an enclosed system consisting of a drum dumper, hopper and flexible...
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An automated drum transfer system enabled Metrode Products Ltd to blend separate batches of dry and wet batches simultaneously, improving worker hygiene and boosting production of welding-electrodes...
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Vale Canada Limited operates one of the largest integrated mining facilities in the world here, mining and processing ores containing nickel, copper and other metals....
(Material Handling Equipment)
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Synthetic amorphous silicon dioxide, otherwise known as "fumed silica," is one of the lightest substances known. Bulk density is 3 lb per cu ft (38 kg/cu m) with average particle sizes from 0.2 to 0.3...
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An investment in bulk bag dischargers and flexible screw conveyors by compounder Styron Netherlands BV is increasing productivity, worker safety and plant cleanliness....
(Material Handling Equipment)
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Cat litter is usually made from sodium bentonite clay, a material that is relatively inexpensive and highly absorbent, but obtained by environmentally harmful strip mining....
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To move powdered products containing whey and other ingredients from a blender to a packaging machine, the plant continues to rely on a Flexicon flexible screw conveyor it purchased more than 22 years...
(Material Handling Equipment)
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Transylvania Vocational Services (TVS, Inc.) needed to unload 55-lb bags of dry powdered milk having various densities, convey it, and package it in 2-lb bags at a rate of 90 lb/min....
(Material Handling Equipment)
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When sales of a product line decrease, expand. That approach paid dividends for Dairy Industries Jamaica with the help of flexible screw conveyors, which allowed the company to expand its product line...
(Material Handling Equipment)
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Lenox China is well known as a maker of fine china which is sold through company stores and other retail outlets. The company has been in business for more than a century....
(Material Handling Equipment)
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KB Ingredients has sourced, mixed, packaged, and distributed ingredients to the baking and food processing industry since 2003, and currently operates a production facility in New Jersey and an...
(Material Handling Equipment)
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Established in 1974, this large manufacturer of machinery began cutting its carbon steel, stainless steel and polycarbonate sheet on a waterjet in 2001....
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GloryBee Foods, founded in 1975 as a one-man operation selling honey, is a leading manufacturer and distributor of organic food products. The family-run business still sells honey and other liquid...
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Tronox Western Australia operates the world's largest fully integrated titanium ore and titanium dioxide (TiO2) project, covering the spectrum from mining of mineral sands through extraction and...
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Floralife Inc. makes flower foods, pretreatments, and other chemicals used on cut flowers. The chemicals are packaged in bags ranging from 6 to 50 pounds as well as in 100-pound fiber drums, and are...
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O'Fallon Casting is a major manufacturer of thin-walled, nonferrous investment castings. O'Fallon's investments in automation have helped it grow. The company began using robots to move the patterns...
(Industrial Automation Services)
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JOHNEX manufactures the explosive using a custom designed 30 ft (9 m) high carousel in which 12 tubes are filled with one of two grades of Buttbuster explosive. Delivering each grade of powder from a...
(Material Handling Equipment)
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The Lange Twins, Randall and Brad, trace their family history back five generations to their great-grandparents, Johann and Maria Lange, who emigrated from Germany to Lodi, California and rented a...
(Food and Beverage)
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After investigating various ways to upgrade the existing equipment, all of which proved unsatisfactory, Smulders decided to build an entirely new facility with an integrated bulk handling system...
(Material Handling Equipment)
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M & I Materials Ltd. posted increases of up to 194% in throughput of a lubricant it manufactures for electrical transformers, due primarily to the addition of a bulk bag unloader and a flexible screw...
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Burton's Biscuit Co., a leading U.K. producer of biscuits and snack products, is best known for their "Jammie Dodger" sandwich made of two shortbread biscuits with jam in the centre. To build on the...
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When a water treatment works in northern England faced a spike in pesticide concentration exceeding the allowable concentration limit for the incoming water, the site was forced to shut down. The...
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A flexible conveyor and hopper on wheels slashed mixing time by 30% to speed throughput in manufacturing Transtar Autobody Technologies, Inc.'s automotive paints and primers. Compared to the previous...
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a problem-free way of transporting ground coffee," Di Ruocco notes. "Any other conveying option would entail higher cost with no additional benefit. When a machine works as well as this one does,...
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Nidar AS, Norway's leading supplier of candy/confectionery, manufactures 150 products under 35 brands on 10 production lines. The company's plant was built in 1950 and has been updated regularly with...
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From its humble beginnings in 1971, with a rented press and a borrowed binder in an abandoned millwork factory in Pewaukee, Wisconsin, Quad Graphics (www.qg.com) has grown to become a $4.8 billion...
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As is typical of peanut butter manufacturers, Sanitarium Health Foods blends several peanut varieties to give their brand a distinct flavor and aroma. The company purchases shelled and cooked peanut...
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Kaneka North America LLC needed an efficient, dust-free method of re-packaging PVC modifiers to replace manual methods in place since 2003....
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Welcome Food Ingredients Ltd required a more efficient system to re-bag granular sugar used to manufacture their sauces, pastes, dressings and dips for food industry customers....
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According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, approximately 290 million scrap tires are generated in the United States each year. As recently as 1990, most of these scrap tires took up space...
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In producing blue in-tank toilet bowl deodorants, Willert Home Products decreased batching time by 20%, improved accuracy of batches to 0.01%, and eliminated dust from the work area by using an...
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South Pacific Seeds (SPS, www.southpacificseeds.com.au) ranks as one of the world's largest vegetable seed companies. In the 2011-2012 crop year the company produced 3,230 tons (2,930 kg) of seeds...
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Morgan Advanced Materials & Technology Ltd needed a better way to loosen solidified pitch received in bulk bags. The solution came in the form of a BLOCK-BUSTER® Bulk Bag Conditioner, which...
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Equipment specifiers should evaluate stand-alone equipment and integrated systems against both current and anticipated needs. Here are six parameters to consider for top efficiency and cost...
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A fire here gutted a 9000 sq ft (837 sq m) building on the property of the Canadian head office and manufacturing and distribution center of the Henry Company, a manufacturer of commercial and...