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Nestlé enjoys decade of trouble-free cartridge dust-collector performance

Supplier determination and innovative approach enhances employee health and safety
When the Nestlé Prepared Foods Co. came to Jonesboro, Ark., a little more than a decade ago, Lee Morgan, the president of Jonesboro-based Camfil Air Pollution Control (APC), said, “We must have that business.”
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Maintain level instrument safety; understand the associated costs

Validating level-instrument safety function requires regular proof-testing. Testing confirms integrity of the level-measurement loop portion and maintains average probability of failure on demand (PFD average) within acceptable limits. Without testing, this value will increase to a point where the instrument no longer meets SIL requirements.
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The case for vendor-managed MRO inventory

Cost savings, productivity gains and greater availability among benefits
In lean economies, processors look for ways to streamline operations, improve productivity and gain a competitive edge. Typically, they might look first at the price of goods, materials and supplies.
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Measure orthophosphate throughout the wastewater process

YSI, a Xylem brand, introduced this orthophosphate analyzer for use in wastewater treatment plants as a stand-alone analyzer or in conjunction with other sensors in the supplier’s continuous monitoring and control system.
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A better way to optimize air consumption in AODD pumps

In the world of air-operated double-diaphragm (AODD) pumps, Grand Terrace, Calif.-based Wilden Pump and Engineering Co. says, this AODD pump represents a significant breakthrough in energy efficiency and overall cost of operation, primarily through incorporation of a “revolutionary” air distribution system.
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Ease of use with skidded chemical-dosing system pays off

These pre-engineered skid systems are for use in a wide variety of liquid-chemical dosing applications, primarily in water and wastewater disinfection treatment.
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In the doctor’s own words

The significance of Tucson, Ariz.-based Otek’s product is best explained in the words of its founder, Dr. Otto Fest.
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A new twist in butterfly valve technology

This butterfly valve’s all thermoplastic design and construction overcomes many of the challenges these type valves face in processing systems.
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Orifice gate parts reduced, for better sealing and easier maintenance

The orifice gate from Salina, Kan.-based Vortex Valves handles dry-bulk ingredients when frequent or daily equipment sanitation is required in the food, dairy, pharmaceutical, chemical and other industries.
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Rapid sanitation highlights bulk bag discharging system

This bulk-bag discharging system, engineered for purposes of rapid sanitation, includes features that make it valuable to the material-handling equipment industry, says Allegan, Mich.-based Material Transfer & Storage, including tool-free removal and sanitation of product contact zones.
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