LabX Articles


Simple Methods for Sampling Process Tank Residues

by Mary Stellmack, McCrone Associates

Processing tanks may display residues on the tank surfaces after routine cleaning, typically appearing as faint whitish or dark stains that cannot be easily wiped off.

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LabX Enters Our 20th Year

As we enter 2015, we are humbled to have played a unique part in helping advance scientific research over the past 20 years, and we are even more excited for the future of LabX and the developments which are forthcoming.

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Grant Funds Development of Improved Nanoscale Additive Manufacturing

by John Toon

A new Department of Energy grant will fund research to advance an additive manufacturing technique for fabricating three-dimensional (3D) nanoscale structures from a variety of materials. Using high-speed, thermally-energized jets to deliver both precursor materials and inert gas, the research...

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Nanosensors could aid drug manufacturing

Chemical engineers find that arrays of carbon nanotubes can detect flaws in drugs and help improve production.

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ORNL makes low-cost carbon fiber available to American manufacturers

The Department of Energy's Carbon Fiber Technology Facility operated by Oak Ridge National Laboratory is accepting proposals from companies that want to test low-cost carbon fibers manufactured at the pilot scale plant.

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Celebrate 21 years of quality manufacturing for the dust extraction industry

by Steve Platts

Manufacturing modular clipped ductwork started in 1992 in a workshop spanning 3000ft² with all the usual standard sheet metal working machinery. The family owned business, Adams Sheet Metal (ASM), is run by managing director, Adam Watson, who has successfully grown the business to be the only...

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Auto industry steel project to boost efficiency, safety

by Nancy Ambrosiano

Higher-strength, lighter-weight steels could be coming to a car near you in the near future as part of a U.S. Department of Energy advanced manufacturing initiative.

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New Manufacturing Capabilities for Precision Hexapod Positioners added by PI

Auburn, MA – Parallel precision positioning specialist PI (Physik Instrumente) recently added a new building with more production floors, metrology labs and R&D office space to its factory in Karlsruhe, Germany.

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Renewable Energy Power Generation

Three giants in the power generation industry have joined forces to promote renewable energy and the development of mega solar power plants.

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Water Infrastructure: Meeting the Challenges Ahead

by Katie Henderson

Last week, EPA released the fifth drinking water infrastructure needs survey and assessment. This survey indicates that $384 billion is needed to invest in things like pipes, treatment plants and storage tanks to meet the needs of 73,400 water systems across the country over the next 20 years.

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Sheffield researchers discover engineering revolution

A new University of Sheffield spin-out company has developed microscopic bubble technology which looks set to revolutionise chemical engineering.

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H2O Offshore Becomes Leading Unique Water Treatment Co with Acquisition

H2O Offshore, Inc., a leading water treatment equipment provider, has acquired Lafayette-based Owens Manufacturing & Specialty Company, Inc., announced H2O President Jess Fike.

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New SCADA system installed for major SC utility

Survalent Technology, the most trusted provider of smart grid solutions for the control room, announced that it has commissioned a new Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system for Easley Combined Utilities, South Carolina.

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Membrane Technology Market For Water Treatment Boosted By Australia and NZ

by Justin McGar

According to news analysis from Frost & Sullivan, government and regulatory body support in Australia and New Zealand has led to significant growth in the membrane technology market for water and wastewater treatment.

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Pining for bioenergy: will it work?

by Brian Fallow

All in all, a daunting concatenation of commercial risks faces any potential investor in a biorefinery reliant on the harvest from the existing plantation forest estate. Can we look upon New Zealand's pine forests as inexhaustible potential sources of carbon-neutral transport fuels?

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Global demand for food processing machinery to exceed $53 billion in 2016

by Shaun Weston

Global sales of food processing machinery are expected to climb 7.3% per year to $53.3bn in 2016, according to a new study by The Freedonia Group called 'World Food Processing Machinery'.

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SCFI Strengthens Offering with Air Products Partnership

Irish firm SCFI has announced an alliance with Air Products to streamline its customer offering whilst further developing commercial opportunities for AquaCritox®, its environmentally sustainable sludge and wet industrial waste destruction technology.

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Quaker to Highlight Metalworking Fluids and Customized Coatings at FABTECH 2012

The Tube and Pipe industry is more demanding now than ever before, from newly emerging markets for premium pipes and connections to increasing demand for improved quality control, safety, and better corrosion protection. Quaker Chemical Corporation (NYSE: KWR) is the only chemical specialty supplier

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The Brave New World in U.S. Manufacturing

by Thomas A. Hemphill

After losing 6 million manufacturing jobs between 2001 and 2009, the American manufacturing sector has reemerged as a beacon in an otherwise lackluster economic recovery. While many Americans believe that U.S. manufacturing is dying, unbeknownst to most of them, U.S. factories today produce about...

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Stanford scientists build the first all-carbon solar cell

by Mark Shartz

Stanford University scientists have built the first solar cell made entirely of carbon, a promising alternative to the expensive materials used in photovoltaic devices today. The results are published in today's online edition of the journal ACS Nano.

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New West Virginia processing facility operating

by Bob Downing

MarkWest Energy Partners (MarkWest) and Antero Resources (Antero) announced today that MarkWest recently commenced operation of its Sherwood I processing facility and the initial phase of its high pressure gas gathering system located in Harrison and Do

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Getting the Most From a Plant Sale

Too many companies rush to sell off equipment, cannibalizing the value of the real estate. Manufacturing food profitably has rarely been so challenging. The effects of fuel and ingredient inflation, a consolidated retail sector and dynamic consumer preferences all collide on the plant floor...

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Big Pharma Tests Big-Data

by Matthew Brodsky

The pharmaceutical technology community lit up recently with news that Covance and GNS Healthcare were teaming up. The contract research organization and the healthcare analytics firm, respectively, aim to create computer models able to predict a drug's potential to pass muster through the trials...

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Bosch Packaging Technology Closes Acquisition Of Ampack Ammann

Stuttgart / Königsbrunn — Bosch Packaging Technology has closed its acquisition of Ampack Ammann, a filling and packaging machine specialist. The antitrust authorities have approved the appropriate documents. The contract governing the purchase by Bosch of the company based in Königsbrunn...

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Endress+Hauser turns over keys for leading-edge measurement training lab to SAIT

A new partnership between Endress+Hauser Canada and SAIT Polytechnic will be providing a new state-of-the-art learning facility for education in measurement technologies and process automation to roughly 600 students a year.

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