Protecting pet food ingredients with durable, accurate ingredient handling systems | 2020-03-10

To maximize efficiency, processors may choose to automate some micro ingredients and not others. Source: ADM This article was published in the December 2019 issue of Pet Food Processing. Read it and other articles from this issue in our December digital edition. Many processing applications in the pet food and treat industry can be particularly harsh with high rates of very abrasive products, so equipment must be designed with tougher standards in mind from the ground up. In addition to being durable, equipment must be accurate, easy to clean and efficient to operate, and support food safety. Dave Carney, area sales manager at Bühler Aeroglide, Cary, NC, notes the increased sanitation requirements of today’s equipment have driven changes in how they are designed. “This requires more modularity and ease-of-access to enable customers to adhere to these demands,” he said. Jessica Stank, marketing manager for Lake Odessa, Mich.-based Automated Process Equipment Corporation (APEC), said the biggest trends she is seeing in material handling equipment are related to improvements in the level of efficiency they can provide. “[End users] are looking at ways to automate their process and...

China Is Prepared to Reap the Strategic Rewards of Its Relationship With Russia

Moscow has transferred more than five hundred aircraft—large military transports, early warning aircraft, refueling aircraft, attack jets, and fighter interceptors—to Beijing since 1990. Chinese air power these days is something to behold. In the course of just about thirty years, Beijing’s aerial inventory has gone from quite obsolete to cutting edge. It’s worth noting, moreover, that Chinese airpower is but one tool that Beijing can wield in the skies. If its massive missile forces perform as expected, destroying adversary runways, then there will be few enemy aircraft getting into the air to contest the supremacy of China’s fighters and bombers—or at least very few of them will be able to gain access to much of the western Pacific. The Russia-China military cooperation has already fundamentally altered the balance in the Asia-Pacific region more than once. Moscow sold to Beijing four rather advanced destroyers and twelve extremely capable diesel submarines with all the related armament during the 1990s. This arms sale was facilitated by a relationship that existed between the two countries in the 1950s, which is when hundreds of vessels (and designs) were transferred from Rus...

You Can Rip Out Your SoCal Lawn For Money Again — Now Without Landscaping Abominations: LAist

ACROSS THE PLANET, HUNDREDS OF NEWS ORGANIZATIONS — INCLUDING THIS ONE — ARE SPENDING A WEEK FOCUSING ON ALL THINGS CLIMATE CHANGE. THE GLOBAL COLLABORATION IS CALLED COVERING CLIMATE NOW, AND THIS STORY IS PART OF IT. YOU ARE ALSO PART OF IT. USE THE FORM BELOW TO TELL US WHAT’S ON YOUR MIND, OR IF THERE’S SOMETHING YOU’D LIKE TO KNOW. The water-saving rebate program that led thousands of Angelenos to rip out their lawns was wildly popular. But it left behind front yard landscaping abominations like white gravel, bare dirt and artificial neon green turf. As the drought ended, so did the program. Now, though, with lessons learned, the program is back, and it’s different. The Metropolitan Water District’s new rebate program is still about removing grass, but it has a tighter focus on improving the looks and sustainability of our collective front yards. And it pays $2 for every square foot of lawn you remove, even more in some areas where local water agencies supplement the rebate. I missed out on the Metropolitan Water District’s old turf removal program during the drought years of 2014-15, mostly because I didn’t have much of a lawn to ...