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All you’ve ever wanted to know about hose selection

Materials of construction, media compatibility and end connections are among considerations
Hose selection requires attention to application variables such as temperature, pressure and flow, as well as requirements ranging from chemical compatibility to drainability. Hoses “cost” more than their purchase price. Be sure to consider hose longevity, maintenance and replacement costs and other cost-of-ownership factors.
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Pasta and potatoes cooking line moves 3,000 pounds per hour

With 300% higher throughput, controls flexibility, near-zero downtime and fast clean-ups compared to prior system
Roundy’s Supermarkets is well known throughout Wisconsin, Minnesota and Illinois. The company’s 160 retail grocery stores and 88 pharmacies, known as Pick ’n Save, Rainbow, Copps, Metro Market and Mariano’s, employ more than 18,000 workers, with annual retail sales topping $4.0 billion.
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Going wireless can streamline position monitoring in explosive environments

Switches operate at extremely low voltage and current; feature an electro-dynamic energy generator
Monitoring a control valve’s position in process industries is typically done using conventional cabled position switches meant for normal manufacturing environments. While these devices address the functional requirements for sensing “open/closed” valve positions, inherent design characteristics may limit their life expectancy or make them unsuitable for use in potentially explosive gas/dust environments.
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Japanese metal powder manufacturer relies on U.S. rotary batch mixer

Good blending, short mixing times and complete discharge without segregation, even with the large capacities
Nippon Atomized Metal Powders Corp. uses a patented water-jet atomization process to make high-quality super-fine metal powders that are of consistent composition and particle size from copper, bronze, brass, silver, gold and stainless steel.
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The debate rolls on: stainless steel versus plastic tanks

Stainless may be more glamorous, but when it comes to process suitability and costs, which really is best for your unique application?
Good managers always look for ways to streamline business processes, be more efficient and reduce expenditures. This applies also, of course, to the business of production processing and managing fluids.
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Ready for any coming deluge

Village invests in electromagnetic flowmeter that not long after makes it through floods
When the village of Windsor, N.Y., replaced a mechanical flowmeter with an electromagnetic flowmeter way back in 2003, it was with high hopes that newer technology was less prone to failure and needed less maintenance.
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