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A sustainability check-list for food & beverage makers

Technology solutions cut chemicals use and blow-down rates; increase brine reclaim and grey water reuse
Water and energy use decisions in food & beverage plants are often taken in the context of larger corporate-sustainability goals.
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What’s the Difference Between a $50 and $500 Ultrasonic Level Sensor?

Ultrasonic level sensors come in a wide variety of sizes and prices. It all depends what your application will be and what your needs are.
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Magnetic flowmeters applied at US petroleum reserve

Divers work at depth of 40 feet below surface to insert flowmeter sensor
Magnetic flowmeters on two rugged Texas brine disposal lines supporting the U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve were recently tested to confirm their accuracy, performance and reliability.
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Consider air seals instead of packing

Dependable, adjustable fix doesn’t need periodic tightening or much maintenance
Packing is likely the oldest means ever devised to seal a rotating shaft. It’s still widely used on pumps, agitators, mixers, conveyors and other equipment.
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Impeller selection depends on non-Newtonian fluids’ mixing intricacies

Unique impellers for viscosities too low for helical ribbon impellers, too high for turbines or hydrofoils
Most viscous fluids processed in industry are non-Newtonian, i.e., their viscosities are dependent on the shear rates exerted on them by agitator impellers or their velocities flowing through pipes.
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Peristaltic pumps for metering apps reduce chemical costs as much as 20%

Lakehaven Utility District avoids many of the woes said to be associated with diaphragm pumps
Technology advocates never fail to tout early-adopter benefits. These can include capturing the attention of collaborating suppliers and partners, being seen as an industry trendsetter and early access to emerging, productivity-enhancing solutions.
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Pump poultry without product damage

Progressive-cavity pump made to exact dimensions needed and with performance guarantee
With global markets for processed-meat expected to grow by nearly 6% annually for the next half-decade, poultry demand will drive process-equipment markets.
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From Finland to the world

Heavy-duty valve, pump maker plans further geographic and product line expansion
The thing we call globalization was early taken advantage of — was in fact first accomplished by —industrial mega-corporations with the means to distribute product worldwide. The next step taken was to position productive capacity in regional configurations.
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Cool white light best illuminates stainless-steel process vessels

Delivers more light and less heat; has significant impact on visibility, study shows
The stainless-steel interiors of process vessels common to food, beverage and pharmaceuticals processing must be subject to regular visual inspection.
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Why use simulators to train operators?

Complexity and an aging workforce addressed with reality-rich models that allow comprehensive approach
In the airlines industry, pilots take responsibility not only for complex and expensive equipment but also hundreds of lives. Flight simulators train pilots for non-typical events like engine failures and water landings, and pilots clock specified amounts of time in simulator training to maintain certifications.
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