Clean-In-Place Systems: An Overview

Posted by Steve Guskey on Jan 20, 2021 3:00:00 PM

If your business can’t afford to compromise on cleanliness, you’ve likely heard about CIP, otherwise known as Clean-In-Place. Clean-In-Place is a specialized method of sanitizing a manufacturing system’s interior contact surfaces—its valves, pipes, fittings, and tanks—without disassembling equipment.

CIP methods are employed in a variety of industries, from pharmaceuticals to food and beverage to paint and chemicals to personal care products—or in any production environment that demands sanitary conditions.

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Chlor-alkali Industry Transportation Challenges

Posted by Dan Fisher on Jan 6, 2021 10:30:00 AM

The chlor-alkali industry is broken down into three distinct business types. Each has its own set of data, including incident reports and market tracking.

  1. Producers are facilities that produce, ship, sell, or use chlorine internally when creating other products.
  2. Sodium hypochlorite manufacturers produce sodium hypochlorite by using chlorine that was produced outside of the facility.
  3. Packagers receive chlorine in bulk. Their task is to package the product into smaller containers for sale.
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In a Year of Unprecedented Challenges, We Haven’t Taken Our Foot Off the Gas

Posted by Bob Grace on Dec 23, 2020 9:00:00 AM

It’s not an overstatement to say that 2020 has been a year like no other. The Covid-19 pandemic brought challenges like we’ve never seen before and could not have imagined. The pandemic disrupted our businesses, our schools, and affected nearly every aspect of our lives.

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Petrochemicals and the Chlor-Alkali Process

Posted by Dan Fisher on Dec 9, 2020 4:00:00 PM

Performance plastics are made from petrochemicals, which is a broad term for chemicals made from petroleum, fossil fuels, or sometimes renewable sources like corn or sugarcane. PVC plastic—or polyvinyl, number four on our list of chlor-alkali chemicals—is a petrochemical performance plastic.

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Chlor-Alkali Industry: 5 Major Chemicals

Posted by Dan Fisher on Nov 25, 2020 9:00:00 AM

The chlor-alkali industry is responsible for producing five major chemicals:

  1. Chlorine
  2. Sodium hydroxide and potassium hydroxide
  3. Sodium hypochlorite
  4. Vinyl chloride monomer
  5. Hydrogen chloride

Each of these products is included in the chloralkali market, with all five chemicals used in various applications across the country.

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Dairy Industry Trends to Watch

Posted by Amy Huckaba on Nov 11, 2020 9:00:00 AM

Americans are consuming less and less dairy, swapping in sodas, juices, and milk substitutes for the traditional cream the milkman used to deliver every morning, and it’s having an effect on the dairy industry. Borden Dairy, a milk-producing giant filed for bankruptcy in January of 2020 and is currently undergoing reorganization, only a few months after Dean Foods declared bankruptcy in 2019.

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A Primer on Big Oil

Posted by Amy Huckaba on Oct 28, 2020 4:45:00 PM

Petroleum, jet fuel, gasoline, diesel, kerosene—we’re hooked on oil. It powers our cars, delivers our Amazon packages, heats our homes, and gives us the freedom to travel the globe. In just over century, we’ve transformed plodding horse-drawn carriages into superfast Ferraris: Fossil fuels have revolutionized our lives.

And yet, the average American knows relatively little about that black gold we call oil.

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The Future of Rail: 4 Trends to Watch

Posted by Amy Huckaba on Oct 14, 2020 4:30:00 PM

The year: 1869. The place: Promontory Summit, an elevated area in the great territory of Utah, which wouldn’t become a state for another 27 years. The event? Track-laying crews from Union Pacific and Central Pacific Railroads hammering in the last iron spike, marking the official completion of the first U.S. transcontinental railroad. Just like that, travelers could cross from one ocean to the other in just seven days—a voyage that previously took four months.

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Proud U.S. Manufacturer Since 1916

Posted by Taylor Goodall on Sep 30, 2020 4:45:00 PM

There are over 1,500 National Days, National Weeks and National Months according to the National Day calendar...National Pizza Day (February 9th), National Oatmeal Nut Waffle Day (March 11th), and National Cheeseburger Day (September 18th) just to name a few. We also annually celebrate National Manufacturing Day observed on October 2nd this year. This may sound like any other commemorative day but there is much more to Manufacturing Day than most people think. There are over 12 million people employed in manufacturing roles throughout the U.S. This day celebrates how these jobs keep our economy running while also encouraging the next generation to take a look at a career in manufacturing.

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4 Trends to Watch in Air Cargo

Posted by Amy Huckaba on Sep 16, 2020 3:30:00 PM

Travel ain’t cheap-ask anyone with a bad case of wanderlust. So, when it comes to shipping consumer goods, rail and truck are by far the most cost-efficient options. But in an ever-shrinking world where consumers ask for mangos in Alaska or expect their heirlooms to be overnighted, the demand for air freight services is on the rise.

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