Metal Analysis and its Importance in the Scrap Metal Industry

Now that Veganuary is over, and people have restored their carnivorous ways, it becomes timely to revisit the issue of climate crisis and sustainability. We all have to do our part in order to create a better future for us, our children and the planet. This means that we are looking at new ways of contributing to a sustainable and renewable way of living. We can all do our bit in simple steps, with recycling now becoming the modern-day trend. Most people are aware that they can recycle paper and glass bottles, however, may not be aware that they can also recycle metal. There’s no need to throw it straight in a landfill.Perhaps you’re more familiar with the term scrap. Well, scrap is totally recycled and unlike most other recyclable materials it actually has monetary...

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Methods of Analytical Testing in the Pharmaceutical Industry

According to recent reports, there has been a growing tendency for pharmaceutical companies to outsource analytical testing. Perhaps this is due to the complex nature of bringing new drugs to market and growing regulatory concerns in this area. Whatever the reason, it is reported that the market industry revenue in the context of outsourcing analytical testing is estimated to grow to $9.71 billion by 2025.Despite claims that the population could potentially flatten out in future decades or even stop growing altogether, we do have a number of years before we get to that stage. As the population continues to increase until then, we are likely to see a natural rising demand for pharmaceuticals, biopharmaceuticals and biosimilars. In order to meet this rising demand, pharmaceutical companies will be expected to bring products to market quickly and...

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Maintaining Compliance in the Pharmaceutical Industry

If you work in the pharmaceutical industry then you likely accept that health and safety rules and regulations exist for consumer safety. They also ensure that all drugs that are brought to market are effective and do exactly what they are intended to do. Needless to say, there is often much scrutiny around compliance from investors, regulators and even the public. It is therefore crucial that compliance in the pharmaceutical industry is up to standard or there can be serious repercussions. After all, this is an industry where there is no slap on the wrist - fines are heavy and your business cannot afford to risk them. So, how can you ensure your firm remains compliant in such a highly regulated industry? Make sure you have written guidelines for compliance procedures. A 2019 study of the most...

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6 Tips For Food Safety In The Workplace

The Food Safety Authority Ireland (FSA) undertook a major audit of food business operators (FBOs) in 2019 which focused on sushi producers and their operation. Raw fish is a breeding ground for many different types of dangerous bacteria, and it is therefore highly important that sushi producers abide by certain guidelines. The producers included 3 sushi manufacturers and 8 sushi restaurants. Of these 11 providers, there was found to be a total of 76 breaches of food safety rules - which the FSA has deemed as unacceptable.A summary of some of the general reasons for the food safety breaches found that;Freezers used for storing the fish were not operating at the correct temperature There were no temperature checks being conducted on incoming fresh and frozen fish The records being maintained and the food safety...

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Metal recycling

Metal Recycling : Can Digitalisation Solve Key Industry Challenges?

Metal recycling is becoming more and more widely adopted across the world. The pressure on key industries such as the construction and the automotive industry to work more sustainably has put increased demand on this rapidly expanding sector. Various factors have helped the metal recycling industry to grow rapidly on a global level. The spread of industrialisation and urbanisation has certainly contributed somewhat, as have recent laws & regulations associated with metal production and environmental sustainability concerns. However, there are a number of challenges facing the sector, which has prompted the need for reviewing new ways to achieve success. Challenges Faced in the Global Metal Recycling Industry Different countries follow different rules when it comes to scrap metal. Traditional scrap flow to certain countries has been turned on its head in recent years due to legislation. This...

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Quality Control

How Technology Is Improving Quality Control Processes

Good Manufacturing Practice, or GMP for short, is a legal requirement for the pharmaceutical industry. It exists to ensure that drugs, vaccines and other pharmaceuticals are safe for use and are being produced to a high quality. This is extremely important when considering some of the high profile cases of drugs causing more harm than good, such as the Thalidomide tragedy in the 1960s. As the pharmaceutical industry is constantly researching and developing new remedies and cures, the GMP regulations help to safeguard against future similar incidents. Although GMP regulations can sometimes cause headaches for pharmaceutical companies, their application has been made easier thanks to advances in technology. One area where technology has been improving quality control processes is in temperature monitoring.  Quality  through temperature monitoring A key part of quality control is temperature management. WiFi enabled...

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The Trouble With Metal Recycling

If you work in metal recycling then you are helping to reduce greenhouse gases. But is your business using appropriate PMI measures?If the media is correct, then we are in the grasp of one of the most dangerous threats to our planet that mankind has ever encountered. The Guardian newspaper has even resolved to stop referring to this threat as “climate change”, and instead will only be referring to it as a “climate crisis” or “climate emergency”. Just last week, Ireland’s own broadcaster, RTE, dedicated an entire week to coverage on the topic. A big factor in the climate crisis is that of greenhouse gas emissions, particularly from carbon dioxide (CO2). Metal production is one of the biggest culprits in this area. We are all using metal more and more in our everyday lives thanks to...

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3 Reasons Why Progeny is Different to Other Handheld Raman Spectrometers

The Raman effect, also known as Raman scattering, was discovered back in 1928 by CV Raman. The Indian physicist observed that when light traverses an object, a small part of that light changes frequency.  By small, we really mean tiny - only about 1 part in 100,000 is affected by this. However, this tiny amount of scattered light can reveal a great deal. When the light changes frequency, it creates a specific pattern depending on the molecular makeup of the substance it hits. CV Raman went on to win a Nobel prize for his observations.Because only a tiny fraction of the light changes frequency, the more intense the initial light source the better the analysis. For this reason, the power of the Raman effect was not properly adopted on a widespread basis until after the...

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Best Black Friday Buys For the HVAC Industry!

As if you didn't know it, Black Friday is upon us. Black Friday of course follows the American holiday of Thanksgiving. Did you know, though, that the phrase 'Black Friday' originally referred to the financial market crash back in 1869?Two investors, Fisk and the aptly named Gould, decided to purchase a large quantity of gold with a view to selling it later for a much higher price. Their idea was that if they could buy up as much gold as they could get their hands on, they would effectively increase demand and encircle the gold market. The government at the time didn't think much of this however. President Grant stepped in and released millions of dollars worth of treasury gold onto the market, which drove the metal's price right down. Unfortunately, it also had devastating...

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Which Thermometer Is Best Suited For Your Needs? An Overview

Many people associate thermometers with needing to check for a fever when they are sick. However their application in certain industries has made workflows smoother, quicker, and more efficient. The heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) sector relies heavily on temperature management to maintain quality control and ensure health and safety best practices are followed. The pharmaceutical industry offers another fine example, as medicines often need to be maintained at a certain temperature. But what is the difference between an infrared thermometer and a surface thermometer? Is there one? Read on to find out more! #1 - The Surface Thermometer Surface thermometers offer a broad range of uses, such as within the engineering sector, the sanitation sector, or the HVAC sector. They are designed to accurately measure the temperature of any given surface they attach to, with...

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