Tech Flash Volume 4, No. 2
Don't send in the clones...yet!
“We applaud Acting Secretary of Agriculture Chuck Connor for his common sense decision to continue the moratorium on milk from cloned animals while USDA and other government agencies review the implications that the approval of this niche technology would have on trade and public health,” says Tipton. Numerous surveys have shown that the majority of American consumers are not comfortable buying milk from cloned cows. More time is needed for the American public to gain a better understanding of this technology.
Exports are also problematic. Just as many European countries ban genetically modified food, many countries are not yet comfortable importing food products from cloned animals. Therefore, delaying production until major foreign trading partners have reviewed and approved the technology makes sense.According to Tipton, “We are reassured that the Food and Drug Administration has confirmed that there are no health or safety issues with food from cloned animals. During the moratorium, we encourage the biotechnology industry to work with consumers to help them gain a full understanding of the technology.”
Hacking no longer child's play
Byres says that all too often, the commercial tools to protect networks are good enough, and at the enterprise level, most IT engineers understand how to set up firewalls, VPNs, routers and intelligent switches. However, control engineers have enough to do to get their process set up, for example making beer and bottling it. Configuring a firewall on the plant floor can be a time-consuming task for engineers who understand how to do it, but not configuring the firewall (because the process is abstruse) can be a potentially dangerous mistake. In many cases, where firewalls are needed-connected to a
Because standard hacker tools and popular
What’s needed for the plant floor, says Byres, are hardware devices containing firewalls capable of adapting to their environments-to minimize or eliminate the configuring that non-IT people have to do. Byres has been successful at creating just such a device. His product, which may be the first of its kind, is able to detect its environment and create its firewall rule sets knowing the needs of the attached
FDA issues Listeria draft guidance
In addition, FDA will convene a 28 March public meeting to discuss and share information with stakeholders about the new guidance.
The draft Compliance Policy Guide (CPG) is intended to provide clear policy and regulatory guidance for FDA staff regarding Listeria in certain foods. The draft CPG describes the characteristics of RTE foods that do and do not support the growth of L. monocytogenes and identifies examples of foods that fall into each category.The new guidance is expected to provide a public-health benefit by enabling FDA to focus inspection resources on food products that pose the highest risk of Listeriosis to public health.
Ethernet on the plant floor
Standardization of layers 1 and 2 of the Ethernet stack in IEEE 802.3 makes commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) physical layer products readily available and familiar to OEMs and end-users. But as always seems to be the case in the industrial automation segment, each major supplier wants to support its own higher-level protocols. Unfortunately, this creates several competing protocols at the automation layer-not making it plug-and-play as in commercial computing environments.However, the availability of a single network technology that enables vertical integration throughout the enterprise is a compelling value proposition for manufacturers. For more information on the study, Ethernet Value Proposition at the Device Level Shifting from Openness to Commonality, visit www.arcweb.com.
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People, Plant and Industry News
Sweco, a business unit of M-I LLC, acquired Ecutec Barcelona S.L., a company that specializes in classifying, coating and grinding fine and ultra-fine powders.
Graham Packaging Company, L.P., launched an online database that enables customers and potential customers to search the company’s catalog of stock containers and save the downloaded information and drawings in a password account.
Heat and Control has set up demonstration centers in
The Austin Company, which provides consulting, design, engineering and construction services, is opening a new office in
Lawson Software signed a contract with Sweden-based dairy, Milko, to implement its M3 7.1 Application Suite and M3 technology. The solutions will allow the dairy to replace a number of disparate systems and better manage its finance, procurement, planning and SCM processes.
Stellar appointed Greg Camp as its new director of development, food and beverage facility services.
KEW appointed Jeff Leak as sales manager for the
FIPA GmbH, supplier of material flow systems, has opened a new sales facility in
Bison Gear & Engineering Corp. has promoted Martin Swarbrick to CEO. Previously he served as president of Bison Gear, but will now serve as president and CEO.
With an existing office in
Heraeus Noblelight, a subsidiary of the Heraeus Organisation in
Wonderware, a business unit of Invensys, signed a distributor agreement with InSource Solutions, an independent Wonderware software distribution partner, whereby the distributor will conduct business as Wonderware Southeast.