Plastic Harvest Bins or Wood Bins: Which Should Farmers Choose?

By Solus Group Marketing Team February 11, 2019
Wood harvest bins have been the industry standard for decades, if not longer, but plastic harvest bins have been turning up in more and more fields as the seasons pass. Each material has advantages and disadvantages, but in the end, plastic is the clear winner — provided it’s the right sort of plastic.
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Industrial Ergonomics for Material Handling Applications

By Solus Group Marketing Team February 7, 2019

Industrial ergonomics can boost safety in any workplace, but for jobs that involve a lot of material handling, it is an absolute necessity. Without a well-developed ergonomics program, material-handling workers face an increased risk of developing musculoskeletal disorders.

Texas Onions: Handling the Harvest for Greater Productivity

By Solus Group Marketing Team February 4, 2019
This year’s Texas onion harvest could create huge opportunities in the export market, but only if growers move quickly. Chinese onion buyers source their products from New Zealand beginning in the early spring, and soon, Texans will be left with nothing but the domestic market.

Forklift Attachments for Vineyards and Wineries

By Solus Marketing Team January 28, 2019

Wineries have significant material-handling challenges at every step of the production process. Worse, the specific material-handling tasks vary throughout. In the field, users need rugged-terrain lift trucks that can lift and transport full harvest bins. Then, at the plant, staff needs some way to empty full bins — sometimes loaded with 1,000 pounds of fruit, or more — onto sorting tables.

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Organic Wine Certification Through the USDA National Organic Program

By Solus Marketing Team January 21, 2019

It isn’t easy to obtain organic wine certification from the USDA. Just to illustrate the challenge, let’s look at a few statistics, courtesy of Wines&Vines magazine: While U.S.-made organic wine only made up 1 percent of sales by volume and 2 percent by value in 2017, European organic wine sales grew by between 10 and 20 percent from 2013 to 2016. Why this disparity?

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Human Resource Planning for Commercial Compost Providers

By Solus Marketing Team January 14, 2019

There’s plenty of work to go around at a commercial composting facility. At a time when skilled work is hard to find, that creates staffing challenges for every compost producer. Besides, workers with skill and expertise in the day-to-day tasks of an industrial composting operation are rare in any labor market.

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Wineries and the Food Safety Modernization Act FSMA

By Solus Marketing Group January 10, 2019 No comments

The Food Safety Modernization Act became law in 2011. This food-safety legislation expanded existing FDA powers in an effort to shore up safety for the entire U.S. food supply — including wines and wine-derived products.

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Commercial Composting: Limiting Costs with Material Handling Equipment

By Solus Marketing Team January 7, 2019

The success of a commercial composting operation rests on the ability to efficiently handle bulk materials. We know from studies of more conventional manufacturing facilities that material handling can contribute between 15 and 70 percent of operating costs — and it seems likely that composters will find themselves closer to the higher limit than the lower.

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Holiday Household Waste: Educating Citizens on Proper Disposal

By Solus Group Marketing Team December 24, 2018

Between the holidays of Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, households produce an average of 25 percent more waste than at any other time of the year. Every week during the holiday season, we add 1 million tons of waste to the nation’s landfills. Clearly, municipalities and environmental agencies haven’t yet educated individuals in their communities on how to reduce waste, whether through diversion to recycling or composting operations or, better yet, reducing the volume of generated garbage in the first place.


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Complying with State Odor Regulations at Solid Waste Management Facilities

By Solus Group Marketing Team December 20, 2018
Solid waste management facilities in the United States come in a variety of forms: Composting operations, materials recovery facilities (MRFs), construction and demolition (C&D) debris processors, sanitary landfills. But for all the diversity within the waste facility universe, they all have one thing in common: They must comply with odor and nuisance regulations set by the state.
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