Small Business Scores Big Win with FinalWipe

In the midst of challenges presented by the Covid-19 pandemic, Final, a small female-led company sought a relevant, mission-based solution to declining sales. The team found hope for the future as they launched a new product called FinalWipe—a multipurpose reusable wipe made from soft, highly absorbent, antimicrobial material.

At a time when sanitation and limited resources are a concern, Final was inspired to find a solution for the future. The team decided it was the right moment to pivot and find a way to make a difference.

Final launched FinalWipe on Kickstarter on March 31 and gained immediate traction. The project was fully funded, at ,000, in less than eight hours. It went on to raise an additional ,000, for a total of ,000, by the end of the first day.

“As we watched this global crisis unfold, I turned to my team to find a solution that would resonate with the community and also stay true to our mission as a company, ” said Emma Rose Cohen, CEO and Founder of Final. “FinalWipe is a product that was born in response to current issues and will have a place in the sustainable world for years to come.”

Final has several additional products slated for release in 2020.

About Final:

The Final Co. LLC, DBA Final, launched FinalStraw, the world’s first reusable, collapsible straw, on Kickstarter in 2018. Final is on a mission to create reusable, responsibly made products that reduce the need for single-use products, empower individuals to change their buying habits, and raise awareness about the impacts of our everyday decisions.

©2020 The Final Co. LLC. All rights reserved. Final’s products and all Final logos, trademarks, and images are the property of The Final Co. LLC.

Posted in: Manufacturing & Industry,U.S

New Home Buyers Undeterred In February, According To Meyers Research

Today, the experts at Meyers Research, the housing industry’s foremost advisors, released the New Home Pending Sales Index (PSI) for February 2020. The New Home PSI, backed by data from Zonda and Metrostudy, shows pending sales increased year-over-year and month-over-month across the United States. The index is a leading residential real estate indicator based on the number of new home sales contracts signed across the country.

The New Home PSI came in at 122.7 for February, representing a 16.4% increase from February 2019. On a month-over-month basis, new home sales increased by 3.6% between January and February 2020.

“Consumers were home shopping at cycle-highs in February,” said Ali Wolf, chief economist at Meyers Research. “Low mortgage rates and beating the spring selling season rush were two main contributors to the burst of action.”

Nine of the 10 key markets grew year-over-year. San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Denver experienced the most significant growth compared to last year, up 57.1%, 40.1%, and 31.7%, respectively. Eight of the ten markets grew on a month-over-month basis, led by Atlanta.

Given the easy comp from the slowdown in late-2018 and early-2019, looking at the two-year trend is very telling. The national index is 8.1% higher than February 2018. The spring selling season in 2019 returned to normal levels of volume so the need to review the data on a two-year basis will only apply to new home sales for the next couple of months.

New home pending sales in Phoenix are up a strong 21.0% compared to two years ago, which highlights the strength of the market heading into March, the start of the particularly uncertain period brought on by COVID-19. Houston, a market vulnerable to the recent dramatic drop in oil prices, was experiencing robust housing demand last month, up 12.1% year-over-year and 8.5% compared to February 2018.

The strong annual clip for Los Angeles and San Francisco is less robust when put in context. Both markets are lower compared to two years ago, with Los Angeles sales 11.7% below February 2018 and San Francisco down 22.1%.

“The February data captures housing activity ahead of the increased uncertainty around COVID-19.” said Wolf. “With containment measures increasing by the day, traffic in the new home market is expected to slow in the coming weeks. Even still, the recent trend for housing captures strong demand that will likely rebound quickly when the coronavirus recedes.”

New home data is susceptible to outsized swings in contract activity based on shifts in the number of actively selling communities. As a result, Meyers Research normalizes the data to ensure consistency across the index. The New Home PSI blends the cumulative sales of active or recently sold-out projects with the average sales rate per community, which adjusts for fluctuations in supply. Furthermore, the New Home PSI is seasonally adjusted based on each markets’ specific seasonality and removes outliers. The index is baselined to 100 for June 2016. Today’s national New Home PSI is 22.7% above the base level.

The next Meyers Research New Home PSI press release, featuring March 2020 data, will be issued on Tuesday, April 21, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. ET.


The Meyers Research New Home Pending Sales Index (PSI) is built on proprietary, industry-leading data that covers 60% of the production new home market across the United States. Reported number of new home pending contracts are gathered and analyzed each month. Released on the 15th business day of each month, the New Home PSI is a leading indicator of housing demand compared to closings because it is based on the number of signed contracts at a new home community. Meyers Research monitors 18,000 active communities in the country and the homes tracked can be in any stage of construction.

The new home market represents roughly 10% of all transactions, allowing little movements in supply to cause outsized swings in market activity. As a result, the New Home PSI blends the cumulative sales of activity recently sold out projects with the average sales rate per community, which adjusts for fluctuations in supply. Furthermore, the New Home PSI is seasonally adjusted based on each markets’ specific seasonality, removes outliers, and uses June 2016 as the base month. The foundation of the index is a monthly survey conducted by Meyers Research. It is necessary to monitor both new and existing home sales to establish an accurate picture of the relative health of the residential real estate market.

About Meyers Research

Meyers Research represents the housing industry’s leading provider of rich data, backed by Zonda and Metrostudy, and the industry’s top advisors for residential real estate development and new home construction. With products and services geared for homebuilders, multifamily developers, lenders, and financial institutions, we provide innovative solutions to maximize opportunities in today's real estate development landscape. To learn more, visit meyersresearchllc.com.

Meyers Research, Hanley Wood, Zonda, Metrostudy, and the company logo, are trademarks of Meyers Research, LLC and/or its subsidiaries.

Posted in: Education,Manufacturing & Industry,U.S

The Larson Group Named Peterbilt North American Dealer of the Year

Peterbilt Motor Company's annual dealer meeting took place in California this week, awarding several top dealer groups for their innovative work throughout 2019. The Larson Group (TLG), which operates 19 Peterbilt dealership locations in eight states and is headquartered in Springfield, Mo., was announced as the North American Dealer of the Year. This award is the highest honor a dealer can receive at this event.

Glenn Larson, who cofounded TLG in 1987 and now leads as its president and CEO, said the recognition was humbling.

"We're honored to be recognized for this achievement. It speaks volumes of the experiences we strive to provide for our customers every day and validates our ongoing goal of being the best of the best."

According to Peterbilt Motors Company, a dealer group must meet evolving customer expectations and industry dynamics to receive the North American Dealer of the Year award, including best representing Peterbilt's commitment to excellence and the never-ending pursuit of driving uptime for customers.

In addition to this honor, TLG also received a Service Dealer Group of the Year award, given to Peterbilt dealer groups that have demonstrated outstanding service in all aspects of Peterbilt's First Class Service Performance criteria. Additionally, TLG took home a Best-in-Class honor, which recognizes dealers that rank highest across the United States and Canada, as well as five Platinum Ovals, which commends elite Peterbilt dealership locations that demonstrated outstanding performance during the previous year.

Larson credited his employees for these honors.

"Nothing good like this can happen without good people, and these awards are a direct result of the efforts of everyone within our organization," he said. "This is such a meaningful way to celebrate last year's achievements and set the tone for a new decade. I'm truly proud of my team and all their hard work."

This award is the sixth North American Dealer of the Year win for TLG, adding it to their awards in 2015, 2009, 2006, 2003, and 1998. Notably, TLG also won back-to-back Paccar MX Engine Dealer of the Year awards in 2017 and 2018, along with several more Platinum Oval and Best-in-Class awards.

Also, in attendance at the dealer meeting ceremony to accept these awards on behalf of TLG was Chief Operations Officer Kory Larson, Vice President Kyle Larson, and Chief Financial Officer Mike Headley.

About The Larson Group

The Larson Group has provided award-winning Peterbilt service as well as exceptional quality trucks and parts across the Midwest and Southeast for more than 30 years. TLG has built teams of qualified, highly trained professionals to provide customers the best service for their commercial transportation needs at 21 facilities from the Kansas-Missouri border to the Atlantic Ocean.

For more information about The Larson Group’s growing dealership locations or to experience the company’s exemplary customer service first-hand, call 417.865.5355, visit http://www.TLGtrucks.com, or contact Marketing Manager Stephanie Cowdrey at

Posted in: Manufacturing & Industry,Services

Industrial Caulk and Seal to Showcase Services at NFMT Baltimore

On March 17, 18, and 19th Industrial Caulk and Seal will be attending the NFMT National Facilities Management Conference and Expo. The ICS project management team and key executives will be available to discuss the comprehensive list of services offered by Industrial Caulk and Seal at Booth #2569.

The Industrial Caulk and Seal booth will focus on a full line of comprehensive services offered through ICS, and, more specifically, the ICS services that solve problems facing owners and managers in today’s warehouse, industrial, and retail environment. Those services include comprehensive floor repair and restoration and photoluminescent egress system installation.

“We’re excited to participate in the NFMT show again this year,” states Chip Marshall from the Industrial Caulk and Seal Asset Management Solutions team, “The NFMT show allows the ICS team to openly discuss solutions and provide expert guidance to hundreds of facility managers from around the country.”

As an industry leading contractor in the field of concrete repair and restoration, Industrial Caulk and Seal works with building managers and owners throughout the US in repairing and maintaining hundreds of millions of square feet of concrete, and the entire ICS team is fully dedicated to minimizing the impact of these repairs and maintenance in the fast paced, 24 hour logistics marketplace so prevalent in today’s warehousing world.

In late 2019, Industrial Caulk and Seal added photoluminescent egress system installation to its existing list of services. As a critical change to the International Building and Fire Codes, photoluminescent egress systems have forced a rapid change in both new and restorative construction and have already begun to have a massive effect on building renovations across the country.

About Industrial Caulk & Seal:

ICS is a nationally recognized commercial contractor serving the Mid-Atlantic and North East. Founded in 2001, ICS has worked aggressively to set the industry standard in commercial concrete polishing, commercial caulking and semi-rigid joint fillers, commercial flooring and coatings, and comprehensive floor repair and restoration. Please visit http://www.industrialcaulkandseal.com for additional information.

Posted in: Manufacturing & Industry,U.S

See Live Demos of PI’s Photonics / Fiber Alignment Technology at OFC in San Diego

Key industry players in optical networking will be at gathering in San Diego to share their research, new ideas, and experience the best their field has to offer. PI engineers are on-hand to answer questions and propose precision motion solutions relating to photonics automation.

The Award-Winning SiP Solution: FMPA

The FMPA Fast Multichannel Photonics Alignment Engine is an advanced alignment system based on a highly specialized digital motion controller with embedded advanced alignment and tracking functionality and a hybrid precision scanning and tracking mechanism combining the advantages of piezoelectric on servo-motorized drives. It addresses the market need for fast, parallel, nanoscale-accurate, multi-degree-of-freedom global optical alignment optimization required in key SiP production steps from planar test to packaging.

Time savings on the order of 90% and more are feasible compared to traditional photonics alignment systems. The FMPA systems are available for single and double sided alignments and can also be added to existing wafer probers.

Linear Motor Driven Solutions

A flexible combination of PI´s industrial stages and new alignment-enabled controls from ACS addresses tough throughput and yield challenges for photonics production, as well as in photonics wafer probing, device packaging, chip testing, and even laser and optical equipment manufacturing. The combination of high speed, nanoscale performance, and industrial robustness reduces costs and improves yield while opening new possibilities for hyper-efficient systems architectures in large-format production processes. PI’s unique optimization functionality is firmware-based, offers parallel alignment across multiple inputs, outputs, and degrees-of-freedom, and can improve process throughput by a factor of 100 or more compared to legacy approaches.

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You won’t miss out if you’re not attending OFC, due to the spread of COVID-19!


Standard and Custom

PI has in-house engineered solutions with over 4 decades of experience working with customers to provide products that meet application demands, and can quickly modify existing product designs or provide a fully customized OEM part to fit the exact requirements of the application.

USA / Canada

http://www.pi-usa.us | info@pi-usa.us | (508) 832-3456

About PI

PI is a privately held company that designs and manufactures world-class precision motion and automation systems including air bearings, hexapods and piezo drives at locations in North America, Europe, and Asia. The company was founded 5 decades ago and today employs more than 1300 people worldwide. PI’s customers are leaders in high-tech industries and research institutes in fields such as photonics, life-sciences, semiconductors and aerospace.

Posted in: Electronics & Semiconductors,Manufacturing & Industry,U.S

GTC Announces Major Worldwide Expansion in Power Generation Industry; Offering Control Solutions for Additional Manufacturers While Still Serving GE Legacy Clients

“Our industrial-strength service and unrivaled value have given us the opportunity to expand our market presence,” says GTC President and COO, John SantaCroce. “Our expert engineering and customer support teams are adept and experienced at assessing our client’s needs beyond the ones we currently service.”

Gas Turbine Controls (GTC), soon to be known as GTC Control Solutions, is a pioneer in the industrial controls industry providing a vast inventory of original and remanufactured control boards and spare parts. Field service, testing, repair and asset recovery are also part of the well-known company’s offerings. GTC is built on a foundation of unrivaled customer service and value, allowing the end user to get the most life out of their equipment, even when “end-of-life” notifications have been issued by the original equipment manufacturer.

“Our innovation in this industry has shifted the conversation from ‘must upgrade now’ to ‘can postpone indefinitely or until conditions are favorable.’ “We continue to outlast the competition by being agile, attentive and adaptable,” says SantaCroce.

GTC was founded nearly 20 years ago and is based out of Hawthorne, New York. The company has additional international service and operations in Argentina, Denmark, India, Malaysia and United Arab Emirates.

“GTC is more than industrial controls – we are a proud service and technology company. We are up for any challenge and will never settle for the status quo. If our client needs a part, we have it, and if we don’t, we’ll find it,” says SantaCroce.

For more information about GTC, visit GTC’s website.

Posted in: Manufacturing & Industry,U.S

Nurse Consultant Diana Buck, RN, BSN, CNOR, Joins Medical Consulting Group

Medical Consulting Group (MCG) welcomes Nurse Consultant Diana Buck, RN, BSN, CNOR, to its team of ambulatory surgery center (ASC) experts.

Diana comes to MCG with 10 years of surgical experience, six years within an ASC setting, and an extensive background in nurse management. She will serve MCG clients by guiding clinical directors towards licensure and accreditation and equipping them with the tools they need to successfully manage an ASC.

For more information about Diana and her team at Medical Consulting Group, visit MedCGroup.com or contact their main office at (417) 889-2040.

Medical Consulting Group, LLC

For more than 30 years, Medical Consulting Group has served practices, ASCs, and medical device manufacturers across the U.S. and Canada that are looking for customized business solutions and strategies. MCG’s services include practice and ASC consulting and development, as well as management of operations, revenue cycle, and clinical and regulatory compliance. They also specialize in multi-media marketing, digital and website services, and e-learning programs to help physicians and facilities learn to use and integrate technology. Learn more at MedCGroup.com.

Posted in: Health & Medicine,Hospitality,Manufacturing & Industry,U.S

Northern New England Taproom Tour, Hosted by ACCESS Manufacturing Systems, Showcasing State-of-the-art Markforged 3D Printing in Metals and Composites

ACCESS Manufacturing Systems is pleased to formally announce the Northern New England Taproom Tour, featuring Markforged 3D Printers at popular breweries located in Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire.

The tour will take place in Portland, ME (March 9, 2020); Portsmouth, NH (March 10, 2020); Manchester, NH (March 11, 2020); and Burlington, VT (March 12, 2020). Demonstrations will allow attendees to experience the simplicity of the CAD to final 3D printed part process, while learning how parts can be printed in copper, stainless steel, tool steel, Inconel, titanium, onyx, fiberglass, carbon fiber, Kevlar and more. Complimentary beverages will be provided for attendees twenty-one years and older, as well as a chance to win a 0 gift card to each brewery event location.

The Northern New England Taproom Tour comes after the wildly successful Georgia Taproom Tour, which ACCESS hosted in September 2019. ACCESS experts drew considerable crowds in Georgia, intensifying the hype over groundbreaking advancements in additive manufacturing.

Interest has steadily grown among manufacturers throughout the Eastern United States, since ACCESS first announced the addition of Markforged 3D Printers to their product suite in June 2019.

“Industrial 3D printers are no longer a novelty item in a manufacturing facility. They have become a vital part, and compliment to, the machining operations on the plant floor,” said Joe Lagennusa, national sales manager at ACCESS Manufacturing Systems. “Our goal is to deliver the newest technology, such as copper 3D printing solutions or reinforced continuous Carbon Fiber. Quality and strength of end-use and prototype parts are important needs our customers have expressed. These solutions deliver that and more, so we’re excited to showcase the technology throughout Northern New England to share how local competitors are already leveraging additive manufacturing.”

Stanley Black & Decker replaced their current manufacturing work flow with the Markforged Metal X 3D Printer and now saves between 34% and 48% on manufacturing costs, while reducing part lead-time by 69%.

Saint-Gobain increased productivity and design freedom with the Markforged X7 Composite 3D Printer. “We were able to hit print and have four hundred parts come off our X7 printer ready for the factory line . . . We had a one-hundred percent return on investment within six months of purchasing the printer," said Emmanuel Simadiris, research engineer at Saint-Gobain.

Registration for The Northern New England Taproom Tour is now open. Register today for free to secure your seat (space is limited).


ACCESS Manufacturing Systems, Inc. is the largest CAMWorks® reseller in the world. For more than 30 years, ACCESS has delivered best-in-class manufacturing software and accessories, along with unsurpassed industry expertise, to thousands of companies across the nation. ACCESS also provides customers with alternative, cutting-edge and affordable, end-to-end 3D printing manufacturing solutions. Our extensive industry knowledge has allowed our customers to enhance their machining operations by reducing setup time, doubling machine capacity, and improving overall quality. To gain ACCESS to the most qualified team of CAM experts in the industry, please visit accessmfgsys.com, or connect with us on LinkedInFacebook, and YouTube.

Posted in: Manufacturing & Industry,Professional Services,Technology,U.S

Lightning Labels Expands Trade Show Presence to the White Label World Expo in Las Vegas

Selling private-label products online is one of the new business models that has emerged in recent years, driven by the rapid ascent of e-commerce giants such as Amazon and Alibaba and their thriving online marketplaces. Entrepreneurs running a white-label retail business through online sales need to know the best suppliers and partners to team with as they grow their operations. Industry gatherings such as the White Label World Expo in Las Vegas are ideal places to make these connections.

What is the White Label Expo?

The White Label Expo, with editions held in the U.S., Europe and the U.K., is a convention for all companies and stakeholders involved in reselling goods under private-label branding. On Feb. 26-27, 5,000 attendees will meet at the Las Vegas Convention Center to network with their peers and learn from experts. The two-day event hosts 200 speakers, 50 master classes and booths from 300 suppliers catering to all steps of the white labeling process.

Whether an attendee is hoping to reach a local clientele with private-label products, expand a business to global audiences on Amazon or Alibaba, navigate regulations such as those around CBD labels or create a new brand identity from scratch, the talks and sessions at the White Label Expo will deliver important information. Entrepreneurs whose operations could benefit from connections with new and reliable partner organizations can do essential networking on the expo floor.

"White labeling has never been a more active vertical than it is today," said Lightning Labels Director of Sales and Client Services Gary Paulin. "The White Label Expo is an exciting place for people to learn more about this sector, and how custom labels can help their businesses thrive."

What Can Lightning Labels Do for Customers?

Lightning Labels is one of the suppliers exhibiting at the White Label Expo, with representatives on hand to demonstrate the value of well-designed labels for online resellers. Many companies involved in white label sales can benefit from a partnership with Lightning Labels - resellers can get the custom labels they need for their products, while manufacturers and distributors can become label resellers to offer their goods directly to resellers with custom labels as part of the deal.

Today's customers have an unprecedented amount of choice in the products they buy. To stand out in an online marketplace, private-label sellers should ensure their items are packaged in an eye-catching and consistent fashion. The Lightning Labels booth at the White Label Expo is a place to see what high-quality labels look like up close.

About Lightning Labels:

Lightning Labels uses state-of-the-art printing technology to provide affordable, full-color custom labels and custom stickers of all shapes and sizes. From small orders for individuals to the bulk needs of big businesses, Lightning Labels is equipped to handle and fulfill custom label and sticker projects of all types. Best of all, like the name implies, Lightning Labels provides a quick turnaround for every customer's labeling needs. Uses for Lightning Labels' custom product labels and custom stickers include food packaging and organic food labels, wine and beverage labels, bath and body labels, and nutraceutical products, such as vitamins, essentials oils, and herbal remedies, as well as event stickers, adhesive window stickers and more. Lightning Labels strongly supports the development of environmentally friendly printing materials and carries Biostone, a green label material made from stone paper is water resistant and inherently strong and durable. While operating as a high-tech printer, Lightning Labels prides itself on its personalized customer service. Lightning Labels provides one stop shopping for all of your custom label needs. For more information and to place orders online, visit LightningLabels.com. For the latest in packaging news and labeling promotional offers, find Lightning Labels on Twitter (@LightningLabels), Facebook, Pinterest, and LinkedIn.

Posted in: Manufacturing & Industry,Services,U.S

LifeCare’s MilkShip Program Experiencing Tremendous Growth

The country’s leading work-life provider, LifeCare, has experienced a dramatic increase in the usage of MilkShip – their breast milk shipping service enabling breastfeeding moms to send their milk home while they travel.

“When we launched the MilkShip service, we knew that being able to safely ship valuable breast milk home to children was supremely important to breastfeeding moms traveling on business,” explains Peter Burki, Founder & CEO of LifeCare, “We are pleased that, over the past year, we have seen such a significant increase in utilization by our members.”

Specifically, the number of MilksShip requests fulfilled in January 2020 was equal to the total of requests received in the first half of 2019. In all of these instances, mothers faced with the prospect of business travel were able to maintain their breastfeeding and pumping schedules. MilkShip saved them from needing to stockpile milk in advance of their travel, an option that may not have been available due to timing and other considerations.

With the MilkShip program, moms use specially-refrigerated shipping kits that contain everything needed to safely send their milk home to their children.

Specifically, the MilkShip program provides:

  • 24/7/365 lactation consultant access to arrange milk shipping
  • In-travel support to confirm pickup and delivery
  • A comprehensive kit requiring moms only to pack their breast pump
  • Domestic and International support
  • Travel and TSA guidance
  • Holistic guidance to ensure members needs are fully met


MilkShip is offered both as a standalone service and under LifeCare’s comprehensive workplace lactation program, Mothers at Work – which provides personalized support and tools for new moms. That way, after their pregnancy, they can successfully transition back to work while continuing to breastfeed with 24/7 access to board-certified lactation consultants.

“MilkShip is yet another example of LifeCare identifying the needs of our members and subsequently addressing those needs,” adds Burki, “We look forward to helping even more breastfeeding moms balance the demands of family and work.”

About LifeCare

LifeCare provides employer-sponsored work-life benefits to 61,000 clients, including Fortune 500 companies and large branches of the federal government, representing 100 million members nationwide. In addition to MilkShip, LifeCare also provides a full suite of solutions that save members time with personal life needs such as Backup Care ConnectionSenior Care ManagementHomework ConnectionMothers@WorkLeaveCoach and BenConnect. LifeCare also operates LifeMart, an online discount shopping website that provides real savings on everyday products and needs. LifeCare is headquartered in Shelton, CT and can be followed on Linkedin.

Posted in: Manufacturing & Industry,U.S

Cardinal Scale Explains How Truck Scales Protect Businesses from Unsafe Shipping Conditions

Truck scales are commonly viewed by the general public strictly as an instrument of load measurement and precision, but they also provide benefits that extend far beyond gathering weights for a transaction. Truck scales can provide a valuable extra layer of protection for keeping fleets and their payloads safe and secure while ensuring roads are safe for others that share the highways. Truck weight limit enforcement is becoming increasingly vital on today’s highways and interstates.

Truck safety and compliance plays a huge role in how well a business’s shipping and delivery fleet operates. Not only can issues such as overloading and offset loading lead to potential damage to trucks and equipment, but they can also lead to truck accidents that have devastating effects. Cargo vans, semi-trucks, refrigeration trucks, covered trailers, and flatbed trailers all carry loads that are much larger than a regular passenger vehicle like a minivan, car, or truck. Fully loaded trucks can weigh anywhere from 80,000 lbs. to over 100,000 lbs. or more. Heavier trucks have higher kinetic energy, and when coupled with loaded-truck instability, can lead to strain on trailers. Unstable or overloaded trucks are also much harder to control when climbing steep inclines, braking, or coasting when going downhill. Large trucks take 20-40% farther to stop than cars; when trucks this size wreck, injuries can be more severe, and deaths are more likely to occur than a crash caused by a car or small truck. To highlight this point, IIHS.com states 82% of all deaths involved in large truck crashes were in vehicles—or were pedestrians—that were smaller than a large transportation truck. These numbers should reinforce the serious nature of preventing truck accidents by checking for overweight and/or improperly-loaded cargos.

Overweight and improperly distributed trucks also cause damage to the roads, bridges, and overpasses they travel upon, and they can disintegrate weak spots that are already vulnerable in the roadways. Governing.com estimates that increasing a truck’s weight from 80,000 lbs. to 90,000 lbs. increases road wear by 42%--overweight trucks contribute greatly to this statistic. Costs related to taxes and fines are also increased when weight restrictions are exceeded. Though there are no uniform costs for fines, most states parcel out fines that can reach a few thousand dollars if a truck is roughly 10,000 lbs. overweight. In addition, the costs associated with replacing trucks, trailers, and damaged products can be very costly when accidents are severe enough. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration estimates an average truck accident costs a business almost 0,000!

Whether they are used for trucking companies, delivery fleets, cargo fleets, warehouses, hardware stores, agricultural producers, or livestock transporters, truck scales provide a distinct advantage when considering truck safety and highway regulatory compliance. The following types of products will meet the immediate needs of businesses seeking to bolster their safety and compliance goals for their truck fleets, whether long-haul, over-the-road, or local deliveries.

Non-legal-for-trade type truck scales are a good choice when simply running large trucks on the road, since they can provide you with a quick check of the cargo weight before heading out for delivery. Cardinal Scale’s 760 series and SWIM axle load truck scales are great options when time and space are a consideration. The 760’s portability, small size, and relatively-low weight make them amenable to providing the accuracy needed to prevent DOT fines. The 760 scale can weigh tandem axles and only requires minimal space and effort to transport the dual modules. Cardinal Scale’s SWIM vehicle scale allows weighing-in-motion expediency, while requiring minimal space to install the small-footprint weighbridge, and provides great accuracy when weighing slow-moving trucks. Both the 760 series and SWIM provide a high-frequency solution while preventing heavy truck traffic and congestion. Whether you prefer to weigh scales statically with the 760 or dynamically in-motion with the SWIM, either scale will factor individual axle weights plus the gross vehicle weight before your trucks head out on the road.

Since there are many different types of commercial truck scales, implementing a scale system can be highly individualized. Cardinal Scale’s legal-for-trade ARMOR® and Guardian® truck scales are excellent options for permanent scale installations that can weigh an entire semi-tractor trailer all at once. Most importantly, the ARMOR® and Guardian® truck scales provide good solutions in preventing a potential shipment from overloading, which can cause accidents. Cardinal Scale’s indicators, remote displays, and unattended weighing kiosks can be packaged with WinVRS (Vehicle Recording System)WinDDE (Dynamic Data Exchange), and mobile apps such as RemoteWeigh or Pathway to provide a business owner with real-time information of truck weights so overweight shipments can be recognized and reconfigured.

In order to give drivers a safe, quick, and routine experience, the aforementioned scales have several features that can reduce damage to the truck and the payload inside. Cardinal Scale’s ARMOR® scales feature a low-profile scale design that encourages low-incline approaches for easy access, or they may be installed in a pit so that the truck scale is flush with the ground level surface. To give the truck driver a visual cue regarding the location of the sides of the scale, optional bolt-on pipe guide rails can be installed. Guide rails feature a single-pipe or double-pipe design for added assurance and driver visual recognition. Cardinal Scale’s steel deck weighbridges are checkered for extra traction in adverse conditions, while concrete deck platforms also perform exceptionally well in icy or wet conditions, helping with vehicle traction.

Utilizing the above-mentioned scales and peripheral safety options permit businesses to quickly and responsibly send their trucks to their desired location. Safer roads and safer transportation are beneficial for shipping companies, their customers, and those sharing the roadways with larger trucks that transport these commodities. Cardinal Scale’s truck scales can help businesses shipping products maintain a culture of safety and legal compliance.

Another area where scales are helping to enhance the safety of an industry is with cargo container shipping; recently-enacted SOLAS (Safety Of Life At Sea) regulations require that the declared weight of all shipping containers be verified. This verification needs to happen not only prior to the container being loaded onto a cargo vessel, but actually prior to the crane lifting the shipping container off of the vehicle that brought it to the sea port. These regulations were enacted after multiple high-profile cargo ship incidents occurred, and the findings revealed that the weight of many of the shipping containers were severely over their declared weights.

The best way to do this is to use a vehicle scale to get the gross weight of the truck as it enters the port with the shipping container, then subtract from that the previously-recorded tare weight of the vehicle; the difference between these two weights is the weight of the container. Many ports are using multiple lanes of full-length, static vehicle scales to accomplish this (such as Cardinal’s ARMOR® and Guardian® series vehicle scales), but another way to accomplish this same task with quicker throughput is to use a weigh-in-motion scale such as Cardinal Scale’s SWIM (slow-speed, weigh-in-motion) axle scale. By using a WIM scale, the trucks no longer have to come to a complete stop on a static scale; this increases the amount of trucks that can move through the port per hour, as well as greatly reduces the typical long lines at the scales that many ports have come to accept as normal.

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Posted in: Manufacturing & Industry,U.S

The Larson Group Peterbilt Completes Initial Major Upgrades to Cincinnati, Oh. Facility Ahead of Schedule

The Larson Group Peterbilt (TLG), a Peterbilt dealership company with 21 facilities from the Kansas-Missouri border to the Atlantic Ocean, has completed its first and largest construction phase for extensive updates and additions at its Cincinnati, Oh. location. The expansion began with a formal ribbon-cutting ceremony last September.

Led by Cincinnati Commercial Contracting, the first phase of construction has expanded the TLG Peterbilt of Cincinnati dealership location by 28,000 square feet. The new square footage contains modern office spaces as well as a parts showroom and warehouse.

“TLG is very excited to deliver this new state-of-the-art facility to not only our customers but also to our dedicated team members,” said Brad McDonald, general manager. “Phase I has already given this dealership more opportunities, so all of us are thrilled to see what the second phase will bring.”

The second phase, initially slated to be completed in the fall of 2020, is now expected to be completed in April.

Phase Two to Wrap in the Spring

The second phase of construction, which is primarily dedicated to additional service bays, is already underway. TLG has begun demoing existing office space to make room for a 20,000 square foot building.

“Even under construction, this dealership already looks cutting-edge. This is what a Peterbilt dealership is supposed to look and feel like. The transformation so far has been remarkable,” said Mike Thurston, regional vice president.

Moving into a Best-in-Class Service Building

Technicians and management staff will have access to an all-new tool and parts warehouse, which will ensure the resources drivers need to get back on the road are always just a few steps away. Customers will have access to a newly expanded service section that includes a top-notch driver break room and lounge.

“A new building marks the success of TLG. It’s going to be a nice visual marker and a reminder of how far we’ve come as a dealer network,” said Thurston.

About The Larson Group

The Larson Group has provided award-winning Peterbilt service as well as exceptional quality trucks and parts across the Midwest and Southeast for more than 30 years. TLG has built teams of qualified, highly trained professionals to provide customers the best service for their commercial transportation needs at 21 facilities from the Kansas-Missouri border to the Atlantic Ocean.

For more information about The Larson Group’s growing dealership locations or to experience the company’s exemplary customer service first-hand, call 417.865.5355, visit http://www.TLGtrucks.com, or contact Marketing Manager Stephanie Cowdrey at scowdrey@tlgtrucks.com.

Posted in: Manufacturing & Industry,U.S

NCompassTrac and GSM collaborate to deliver innovation for Automotive and PowerSports Markets

As Automotive and Powersports dealerships strive for ways to improve the quality and accuracy of targeted marketing campaigns, visualizing the trend and disposition of client velocity is critical. This joint offering marries the GSM marketing domain expertise with the NCompassTrac Dashboard® and Marketplace® industry leading technologies to quickly increase dealership revenue traction and customer acquisition.

“We are very excited to bring to market this joint offering and are confident the delivery timing is spot on; the technology is laser focused and the marketing team is second to none. It’s a perfect storm of form and function,” said Phil Valachi, Vice-President, Services & Customer Success, GSM.

The NCompassTrac Dashboard® and MarketPlace® products have been designed using modern web and cloud technologies to ensure ease of use, fast deployment, and speed.

“We have an incredible track record using our onboarding process that has been built for scale,” said Terisha Franco, Chief Relationship Officer, NCompassTrac. Franco added, “with the dynamic nature of the shifts in automotive dealership customers and data demographics, reaction time is the key metric for proactive versus reactive results that increase profitability and retention".

With over 40 CRM and 50 DMS compatible systems, the NCompassTrac Dashboard is also integrated with VERB, 700Credit, MyDealerRewards, Who’s Up?, and many other marketplace point solutions. The NCompassTrac Dashboard® and Marketplace is immediately available for dealership use.

Attending NADA 2020? Stop by Booth #4677C to meet NCompassTrac & GSM and see live demonstrations (and pick up awesome free swag!)

About GSM
GSM is a full-service marketing company specializing in omnichannel solutions for our automotive partners. We have a passion for our client's success. From customer acquisition and retention programs, to lead-generating marketing campaigns, we do whatever it takes to offer the best solutions, the most impactful results, and legendary customer service. GSM is part of The Friedkin Group, which encompasses a consortium of automotive, hospitality, entertainment, golf and adventure companies led by Chairman and CEO, Dan Friedkin. For more information, please visit: gsmarketing.com.

About NCompassTrac LLC

NCompassTrac is an award-winning software company located in Laguna Hills, California that is focused on the Automotive and Powersports industry. The Company is transforming dealerships through its experience, innovation, and easy-to-use products. NCompassTrac’s DMS compatible Dashboard and many Marketplace offerings help identify and market to the customer segments that drive profit. For more information, please visit: ncompasstrac.com. Follow us on social media on TwitterInstagram, and Facebook.

Posted in: Manufacturing & Industry

Cultured Stone Continues to Innovate with New Drystack Ledgestone panels

Cultured Stone, from Boral North America, the company that pioneered the manufactured stone veneer category, continues to innovate by launching a panelized version of its Drystack Ledgestone profile in three color options: Rubicon, Melrose and High Plains. As the darkest palette in the profile, Rubicon presents a strikingly contemporary blend of deep grays and carbon-inspired tones. For those seeking more neutral shades, Melrose incorporates a sophisticated assortment of light-gray hues, and High Plains showcases an earthy grouse color with tan undertones that accentuate the profile’s rustic textures. The new colors provide a variety of options to integrate with any design style, and the panelized system makes installation easier and faster at a time when labor shortages within the building industry are at an all-time high.

“The process of creating a panelized system is a deliberate and purposeful response to the current labor shortage,” said Sarah Lograsso, Director of Marketing. “By creating solutions that alleviate jobsite pressures, we’re hoping to underscore our commitment to providing dependable and versatile products.”

TWEET THIS: New Drystack Ledgestone panels from @Cultured_Stone make installation faster to alleviate jobsite pressures caused by a growing shortage of skilled labor. #stoneveneer http://bit.ly/CS_DrystackLedgestone

There is a growing need to incorporate time-saving solutions for both new construction and remodeling projects as contractors struggle to find qualified laborers and meet high construction demand. A recent survey commissioned by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce found that 91 percent of contractors, construction managers, builders and trade contractors reported having a difficult or moderately difficult time finding skilled workers. Understanding that this shortage includes a decrease in skilled stone masons, Cultured Stone takes a bold lead in innovation through the debut of a panelized system that makes installation faster and easier.

Drystack Ledgestone panels provide the same textural variations present in the non-panelized profile, which is notable for its ability to capture both light and shadow in the interplay of carefully selected and shaped stones that have been tight-fitted for drystack installation. Architects and designers prefer Drystack Ledgestone for its texture and color variation, which blends well with both contemporary and traditional design styles.

For more information on Cultured Stone and its products, visit CulturedStone.com.

About Cultured Stone
Cultured Stone originated the manufactured stone veneer category and continues to lead the industry in innovation, reliability and precision. For more than 55 years, Cultured Stone has produced stone and brick veneers of the highest quality for interior applications, such as fireplace surrounds and kitchen backsplashes, or exterior accents. Backed by a 50-year limited warranty, Cultured Stone products are engineered to meet the strictest requirements in the industry and contain an average of 50 percent pre-consumer recycled content. The company operates two manufacturing facilities in North America: Napa, California, and Chester, South Carolina, and the products are available nationwide from more than 850 dealers and globally in Europe, Asia and Australia. For more information, detailed product specifications and other trade resources, visit CulturedStone.com.

About Boral North America

Boral North America, a division of Boral Limited, brings a diverse array of premium brands under one banner to deliver next generation building materials for this generation’s needs. Boral’s innovative manufacturers and passionate teams provide the highest quality architectural solutions and industry leadership in a variety of categories, including stone, brick, roofing, siding and trim, and windows. For more information visit BoralAmerica.com

About Boral Stone Division

The Boral Stone Division, within Boral North America, provides an extensive collection of sustainably manufactured solutions to match any design style and budget. With six unique brands and a global footprint, Boral Stone Division products enhance the aesthetic and tactile appeal of any project with the natural textures and authentic color palettes of architectural stone veneer. For more information visit BoralAmerica.com/Stone

Posted in: Manufacturing & Industry,Real Estate,U.S

Superior Woodcraft Hosts 2020 Bucks Locavore ~ Buy Local Event

The community is invited to attend Bucks Locavore ~ Buy Local Event which is Bucks County’s Best Foodie Event (2018 & 2019) and Best Networking Event (2017) hosted by Superior Woodcraft. The 11th annual event, celebrates and promotes independent, locally owned businesses in and around Bucks County, PA. Over 35 of the region’s top food and beverage purveyors are showcased.

Superior Woodcraft, Inc., nationally-acclaimed custom cabinetmaker once again hosts this exceptional networking event showcasing locally produced products from in and around Bucks County, Pa. Over five hundred guests are expected to gather at Superior Woodcraft on Thursday, February 20th, from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

Attendance is free however we expanded the scope of the Bucks Locavore ~ Buy Local event to include a community service component. The Bucks County Housing Group’s Community Food Pantry at Doylestown will be on hand to collect donations of canned and dry food goods as well as cash donations. The event is ideal for local businesses and community members to help support our community and expand their business opportunities. It is a perfect example of how local businesses help support our community in so many ways.

Guests attending the Bucks Locavore Event will relish in amazing cuisine inside a historical factory building where custom cabinets are handcrafted. Business owners are invited to come network and strengthen their business partnerships while learning more about the exceptional quality and diversity of locally available goods, products and services.

Over thirty five local producers will be offering scrumptious samples of their products, including Altamonte’s, Anna P’s Catering, Bagel Barrel, Bishop Estate Vineyard, Buckingham Valley Vineyard, Bucks County Cookie Company, Castle Valley Mill, Crooked Eye Brewery, Confection Perfection, Don’t Worry Bee Healthy ,Hewn Spirits, Homestead Coffee Roasters, Jamie Hollander Gourmet Food and Catering, Just Food, Geronimo Brewery, GI Juice and Java, Karamoor Estate Wines, Laurie’s Chocolates, The Market at Del Val College, Mike’s Guac, M & E Edibles & Cake Dezigns, Nina’s Waffles, Noble Sweets, Noord Bread, Nourish by Mama, Nutty Novelties, Olive Oil Etc., One Sweet Baking Company, Simply Fresh by McCaffrey’s, Sole Kombucha, Sweet Victory Gluten and Dairy Free Treats, Wrightstown Farmers Market and Wycombe Vineyards.

Superior Woodcraft is committed to keeping the local economy strong by hosting the Bucks Locavore event each year. Patrick Kennedy of Superior Woodcraft says, “This grassroots event is an amazing display of how members of the local community can support one another, strengthen our local economy and improve our community. It is truly a unique event that you must experience.”

The Bucks Locavore ~ Buy Local event offers awareness to the community of what's available to them in their own backyard. The success of a local commerce is critical for a stronger local economy, which supports schools, local infrastructures and public assets. What makes this three-hour event so unique is that it’s a micro business incubator which proves to be more than a networking event for the attendees. The Bucks Locavore ~ Buy Local event provides a rare opportunity for businesses to connect with each other, form new alliances and even create new businesses.

About Superior Woodcraft, Inc.

Superior Woodcraft, in Doylestown, PA, designs and handcrafts heirloom-quality cabinetry for the whole home with sustainable methods and materials, providing beauty, utility and peace of mind. Family owned and operated since 1967. http://www.superiorwoodcraft.com

For more information or to RSVP, visit us on Facebook- Bucks Locavore

Posted in: Manufacturing & Industry,U.S

Roy J. Meidinger Reveals Some Shocking Facts about the U.S Healthcare Industry In His Book ‘The Truth About the Healthcare Industry’

Roy J. Meidinger’s book ‘The Truth About the Healthcare Industry’ is the outcome of many years of hard work and deep research. The book brings out some shocking truths about how the healthcare companies across the United States have been swindling their customers by indulging in grossly illegal and unfair practices in connivance with insurance providers. 

Meidinger's book outlines how the whole healthcare industry has been scamming the public for years by entering into nefarious deals with the hospitals and the insurance companies.

My security advisor suddenly asked me what is going to happen in the Healthcare Industry?” says Roy J. Meidinger while explaining the core substance of his book. “I guess his concerns arose from listening to the various Democratic debates on the issue of universal coverage.”

According to Meidinger, the answer to this question is simple. The Democrats are not debating how they are going to pay for healthcare and that is why it is going nowhere. They have to think about it in a broader manner says the author.

For the manufacturing industry to stay competitive and profitable, they must first analyze the cost of manufacturing products and find ways of lowering them. 

In the United States, healthcare costs are paid for by the employers and are included in the costs below the break-even point for manufacturing products and hence must be covered. These are upfront costs and include the taxes for Medicare and Medicaid.

The privately insured healthcare costs the United States twice as much as other countries and they provide universal healthcare for everyone. The difference is that every other country also has government healthcare programs that cover the majority of the populace.

In the past thirty years, the healthcare industry in the U.S has grown by 11.2 percent of its gross domestic product. However, a breakdown of GDP reveals that the manufacturing industry has shrunk by the exact same percentage. 

Changing the way people pay for healthcare can help rebuild the manufacturing industry, create manufacturing jobs, make greater profits, pay higher salaries and give employees greater freedom.

Cutting the costs for healthcare will help in better management of the country’s manufacturing industry. 

The Democrats are missing this point. A universal healthcare system will have immediate cost reductions, the first is 29 percent of its costs go to collection efforts by providers, over forty-five million follow up claims to patients are issued each year, with many going to court. These claims have wiped out family wealth and caused over a million personal bankruptcies.” the author explains in his book.

According to the author, the move will also help eliminate 250,000 salesman jobs for insurance companies. The salary of doctors will have to come down, but they will not make much of an impact as they will no longer have to pay for malpractice insurance.

My security advisor came up with the question all Democratic candidates are arguing about that such moves will make the taxes go up,” says the author. “I replied that the tax revenues will go up but not the taxes. If it is done right, $ 12,000 each employer pays for healthcare benefits will be paid to the employees, increasing their income and increasing their taxes.”

Roy J. Meidinger believes that this is not enough. He expects that the companies will most likely freeze employees’ salaries for four years while all the changes take place while our manufacturing industry comes back and the society gets rebalanced.

The book claims that 34 of the 35 countries belonging to the Organization of Economic and Developing Countries collect tax revenues from company profits and personal income taxes. These countries have moved healthcare costs from below the breakeven point of cost of manufacturing, thereby lowering their prices and collecting a percentage of the profits as taxes. 

These countries have also moved all the taxes for their social programs like FICA taxes and moved them in the taxes collected from profits and income. These changes and moves can also be replicated by the United States easily, suggests the author in his book. Roy J. Meidinger is certain that everyone would vote for universal healthcare if they knew it would bring back our manufacturing industry.

He then said "It is so clear and simple, but who is going to tell the candidates about it" then he sighed.

Posted in: Business,Government & Politics,Manufacturing & Industry,News & Current Affairs,U.S

HM White Announces Expanded Service Offerings for Energy Audits

Detroit, Michigan — HM White, a leading supplier of advanced paint finishing systems and metal fabrication, factory HVAC systems and energy conservation solutions, today announced a formal series of Energy Sustainability Services. HM White’s Energy Audits leverage over a decade of experience gained from energy conservation projects at multiple industrial plants nationwide.

“Our energy savings engagements have helped major automotive OEMs achieve ambitious energy and carbon intensity reduction goals”, said Dan Volz, Energy Programs Manager at HM White. “Our successful projects include major upgrades to powerhouses, lighting upgrades to LED, and building renovations to conserve energy. It is now time to make our expertise available to a broader range of industries”.

The Level 1 Energy Profiling Survey consists of an initial review of the facility’s utility bills and a visual inspection of the building, energy systems, and modes of operation. HM White will provide an Energy Savings Roadmap that identifies low-cost savings opportunities, identifies capital projects that merit further consideration, and provides an initial estimate of potential cost savings. Based on HM White’s confidence in identifying major savings opportunities, this service is offered at no charge.

The Level 2 Precision Energy Investment gives substance to targeted items on the Level 1 Roadmap. Deliverables of this phase include a rigorous analytical evaluation to quantify project cost and savings projections, detailed design of engineered solutions, followed up by on-site implementation and project management.  The Precision Energy Investment phase brings energy savings from the realm of the theoretical into the physical reality of your plant’s operations.

Energy audits, project designs, implementation and project management will be conducted by HM White energy specialists with over 20 years of engineering and project management experience in construction and manufacturing. Our specialists have designed and implemented energy conservation projects, ventilation systems and pollution controls for automotive and other industrial manufacturers. They are backed by a team of dedicated project managers and a large pool of fabrication and installation resources. HM White has two modern fabrication facilities with over 50,000 square feet of space and state of the art design and fabrication equipment.

About HM White

Founded in 1936, HM White provides automotive and industrial manufacturers with advanced paint finishing systems and metal fabrication, HVAC / air pollution control and energy saving services and solutions.

In just the last 10 years alone, HM White has completed $ 24 million in energy conservation projects, resulting in customers receiving $ 13 million in energy savings the first 1 to 2 years, and $ 3.6 million in utility incentives.

To learn more about HM White Energy Solutions, visit www.hmwhite.com/energyaudit.  Email us at Energy@HMWhite.com or call 248-567-6819.

Posted in: Energy & Environment,Manufacturing & Industry,Professional Services,Services,Technology

Lifecycle Biotechnologies Introduces Simple Lifecycle Chemicals and Reagents

Lifecycle Biotechnologies announces the new line of chemicals and reagents filled in their 1L and 4L CHEM+POUR Bags, which were designed to provide an evolved experience as compared to bottles and to support aseptic Manufacturing. All specifications have been aligned with what the life science industry is accustomed to purchasing, to provide a simple plug and play solution. The new Simple Lifecycle line of ready to use chemicals and reagents includes:

  • Water, Sterile Filtered – Meets Specifications for USP Sterile Water for Irrigation
  • 0.9% Sodium Chloride – Meets Specifications for USP Sterile Saline for Irrigation
  • 10X Tris Buffered Saline
  • 10X Sodium Phosphate Buffer
  • USP Purified Water
  • 0.1N Hydrochloric Acid
  • USP 71 Sterility Tested, Sodium Azide 5% w/v
  • 10% Dimethyl Sulfoxide (DMSO)
  • 20% Ethanol
  • 0.1M Sodium Hydroxide


“Fact is supply chains are complicated. The demands of running a business doesn‘t allow for a slow process to get what you need. When you have a need you need an immediate solution. This is where our new line of Simple Lifecycle products come in,” said Aaron Schieving, Vice President, Sales and Marketing for Lifecycle Biotechnologies. “It will allow our partners, existing and new, to simply get what they need quickly to best fulfill their needs and meet their timelines.”

With the Simple Lifecycle line of products also comes the benefit of an 84% reduction in waste that the CHEM+POUR bags provide, as compared to bottles. Other than using the CHEM+POUR Bags, there is no other action necessary to gain this reduction in waste. To enhance the sustainability and reduce waste even further, these products would also be eligible for their Sustainable Lifecycle Recycling Program. As a medical grade plastic manufacturer, Lifecycle is committed to making a difference; their commitment starts with a recycling program unlike any other life science supplier for their packaging. The CHEM+POUR Bags are eligible for their Sustainable Lifecycle Recycling Program and as part of this program Lifecycle will collect the packaging waste once empty, to clean, cut, regrind, and repursue into new plastic products. This program ensures this packaging waste is kept out of the landfill or the oceans and will help break the negative impact associated with the industry’s plastic addiction.

“The fact that we can simultaneously simplify your supply chain and build sustainability in your process with these new Simple Lifecycle products is a big deal. We are excited about it as it truly allows us and our partners to make a difference.” said Schieving. “You start by doing something different, even if it feels like it’s really small and really pointless as even small actions like that can have a ripple effect that lead to a much greater impact. Will you help us make a difference?”

Lifecycle also offers septum caps, spike adapters, luer to spike connectors, as well as other supplementary components to support a multitude of applications in addition to pouring for the Simple Lifecycle products.

To learn more about Lifecycle Biotechnologies, the industries it serves, or to get a quick quote on any of these products to use to compile your order so we will get these reagents in your hands ASAP, please contact Lifecycle Biotechnologies at info@lifecyclebio.com, 817.840.7855, or http://www.lifecyclebio.com. You can also find more information in the 2020 Lifecycle Prospectus.

Based in Ft. Worth, TX, Lifecycle Biotechnologies has served the life science industry for over 40 years. Lifecycle’s products are the beginning of the lifecycle of the lifesaving and life-enhancing medical products used globally today. As a leading life sciences tools and service supplier, Lifecycle fully understands the critical role its products play in many of the world’s leading pharmaceuticals, medical devices, biologics, diagnostics, cellular agriculture, cell- and tissue-based products, and many other medical products. While Lifecycle’s products aren’t used to diagnose, treat, or cure patients, without their contribution, none of this would be possible.

Posted in: Business,Manufacturing & Industry

Mantra Softech Launched MFS500 – a High Quality Biometric Fingerprint Scanner

Mantra Softech has launched MFS500 – a high-quality fingerprint scanner with a scratch-free optical sensor for efficient identification of the fingerprint. MFS500 is utilized for the identification and authentication of an individual.

This new MFS500 has the lowest FRR (False Recognition Rate) amongst all other biometric fingerprint scanners in the market. Apart from this, MFS500 has been certified by FBI PVI Certification for FAP10. Its platen prism is made of glass instate of plastic, currently, many players in the industry use a plastic prism to lower their cost. Due to this the glass prism platen does not get yellowish after some point of time and maintains its ruggedness and durability.

MFS500 fingerprint scanner has widest platform selection as it is compatible with Android, Windows, and Linux operating systems. Mantra has also developed MFS500 APIs and SDKs which helps SIs, and developers to work in any environment to develop their own products and solutions.

To manage all the service or maintenance queries, Mantra has developed a dedicated service support center (SERVICO) to handle customer queries in real-time with online and on-site support.

The device form factors makes it easy to use in various applications such as Citizen Identification, eKYC, Verification of any individuals to get the access and authentication.

Posted in: Business,Electronics & Semiconductors,Manufacturing & Industry,Technology

The Louisville Manufactured Housing Show Will Be Held Jan. 15-17, 2020 at the Kentucky Exposition Center

The 2020 Louisville Show, Jan. 15-17, will be bigger, and better than ever, with 53 model homes, a record number of service and supplier exhibitors and more than 20 leading manufactured housing industry professionals moderating and presenting during the show and pre-show seminars.

For the past 61 years, The Louisville Show has presented cutting edge home designs, tech specialists and a top network of suppliers in the manufactured housing industry. In 2019, The Louisville Show attracted a record-breaking number of industry professionals, reaching 3,564 attendees from 1,156 companies.

“The excitement around the 2020 Louisville Show is unprecedented,” Show Chairman Byron Stroud said. “Service and supply exhibitor space sold out earlier than any previous year, by a large margin, and we have a great mix of new homes on display from major manufacturers and new independents. It is certain to be a great year.”

Organizers for the 2020 Louisville Show have decided to add service and supplier exhibit space into the show. Contact Dennis J. Hill at (770) 587-3350 about added space availability and details.

2020 Louisville Show Seminar Topics Announced

The Louisville Show Seminars
Wednesday, Jan. 15
8-9 a.m. — State of the Industry
9-10 a.m. — Leadership vs Management
10-11 a.m. — Internet Marketing

Thursday, Jan. 16
8-8:45 a.m. — Issues Eating Companies Alive
8:45-9:30 a.m. — Manufacturer Panel - 2020 Top Trends
9:30-10:30 a.m. — Growing Your Business

Friday, Jan. 17
8-8:45 a.m. — Chattel Financing in Today’s Market
8:45-9:45 a.m. — Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac & Duty to Serve

The seminars require show registration and will be held at the Crowne Plaza.

Pre-Show Seminars on Jan. 14
The pre-show seminars prior to the kickoff for the 2020 Louisville Show will include a Manufactured Housing Manager Class. Successful completion of the class, attended by hundreds of successful operators, provides professional industry certification from EducateMHC. Topics span from management basics, to selling and leasing, resident relations, maintenance and more.

The Manufactured Housing Manager session is a separate 5 registration fee from registration for The Louisville Show. The class will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 14 at Crowne Plaza Louisville Airport, which is just across the street from the main show venue at The Kentucky Exposition Center.

The other pre-show opportunity for manufactured housing professionals going to Louisville is the 2-5 p.m. class titled Success 2020: 5 Ways to Boost Home Sales. This special three-hour session led by seasoned industry professionals also is a separate registration from The Louisville Show and will help participants learn more about:

  • Homebuyer tendencies
  • Boosting qualified sales leads
  • Creating a memorable and productive open house
  • And industry best practices


Why Attend The Louisville Manufactured Housing Show?

The Louisville Show allows exhibitors to showcase their products and services at the place where qualified industry buyers come for ideas and inspiration. January is the key time to understand customer wants and needs as they prepare for the region’s spring selling season.

Each year, The Louisville Show is organized and presented by The Midwest Manufactured Housing Federation, which represents the states of Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan and Illinois.

As an industry trade event, the 2020 Louisville Show is not open to the public. For more information, visit The Louisville Show website at http://www.thelouisvilleshow.com.

Show Produced and Managed by:
Show Ways Unlimited
Dennis Hill, Show Coordinator
(770) 587-3350

The Midwest Manufactured Housing Federation
The Midwest Manufactured Housing Federation is a trade association dedicated to the promotion and advancement of the manufactured housing industry throughout Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan and Ohio. The Federation holds the Louisville Manufactured Housing Show annually in Louisville, Kentucky.

Posted in: Arts & Entertainment,Home & Garden,Manufacturing & Industry

CTC GmbH, an Airbus company, deploys Plataine’s AI-based solution for Industrial 3D Printing (Additive Manufacturing) Production Optimization

CTC GmbH (Composite Technology Center GmbH, Stade) and Plataine, a leading provider of Industrial IoT and AI-based optimization solutions for advanced manufacturing, partnered for optimizing production processes of 3D printed parts for the Aerospace industry.

CTC GmbH, a pioneer and trailblazer for new manufacturing technologies in the aerospace industry, will manufacture parts for Airbus using Stratasys Fortus 450MC printers. 3D printing (Additive Manufacturing) offers shorter time to market, greater production flexibility, increased quality and cost reduction for certain low-mid volume production series. In order to deliver parts on time at the highest quality, CTC GmbH deployed Plataine’s software to digitize, automate and optimize the manufacturing process while collecting sensor and machine data for analytics and smart predictions. The solution optimizes spool management & consumption, enhances part traceability, and offers complete visibility and process control. Plataine’s IIoT and Digital Assistants offer predictive alerts, actionable insights and real-time recommendations to staff, allowing them to further optimize their operations and proactively deal with production challenges. Meanwhile, all production data is stored forming Digital Threads, recording of the entire production process, from raw material to end-product, creating the basis for the subsequent project phase of applying Plataine’s AI capabilities to further improve the process.

"It is our mission to continuously explore innovative technologies in the fields of Industrial Manufacturing, adopting 3D printing (Additive Manufacturing) for series production. We have decided to expand our partnership with Plataine to meet our goal and help us overcome the inherent complexity of 3D Printing and its related operational challenges,” said Prof. Dr. Axel Herrmann, CEO at CTC GmbH.

"We are excited to further cooperate with CTC GmbH, supporting their work in Additive Manufacturing mass production,” said Avner Ben-Bassat, Plataine's President & CEO. “Plataine’s solution manages & optimizes complex manufacturing processes, by collecting data from sensors and machines in real time, providing AI-based alerts and optimal recommendations.”

Marc Fette, COO at CTC GmbH said: “Despite increased awareness about the potential of connected, industrial-scale 3D printing, in-house 3D printing production processes are often still isolated hubs. Our strategic partnership with Plataine transforms this isolated hub into a productive and integrated facility. Plataine’s holistic solution enable us to improve our operational efficiencies with better response time, optimized storage conditions and material consumption management.”

“Plataine’s solution is an innovative concept that will increase CTC’s productivity significantly and enable them to scale up additive manufacturing. Plataine brings an automated, intelligent, end-to-end solution for Additive Manufacturing operations using applications such as tool tracking, material management and shelf-life management,” said Amir Ben-Assa, Chief Marketing Officer.

About CTC GmbH
The Composite Technology Center GmbH (CTC) in Stade, Germany, is an Airbus company which is driving the development of efficient series production technologies for the manufacturing and assembly of carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) components for aircraft and lightweight construction. Mainly, CTC drives innovation in composite manufacturing to enable Airbus to maintain its top position as a leading aircraft manufacturer. For more information, visit: http://ctc-composites.com/en/

About Plataine
Plataine is the leading provider of Industrial IoT and AI-based optimization solutions for advanced manufacturing. Plataine’s solutions provide intelligent, connected Digital Assistants for production floor management and staff, empowering manufacturers to make optimized decisions in real-time, every time. Plataine’s patent-protected technologies are used by leading manufacturers worldwide, including Airbus, GE, Renault F1® Team, IAI, Triumph, General Atomics, TPI Composites, AAT Composites and MT Aerospace. Plataine partners with Google Cloud, Siemens PLM, McKinsey & Company, TE Wire & Cable, VIRTEK, the AMRC with Boeing, and CTC GmbH (an Airbus Company), to advance the ‘Factory of the Future’ worldwide. For this work, Plataine has received a Leadership Award from Frost & Sullivan and Innovation Awards from the JEC and CompositesUK organizations, as well as the Shanghai Society of Aeronautics (SSA). For more information, visit: http://www.plataine.com

Posted in: Manufacturing & Industry

MabPlex International Announces Appointment of Dr. Yongjian Wu (Ph.D.) as Chief Operating Officer of MabPlex USA

MabPlex International, Ltd. (MabPlex), a leading, fully integrated, Contract Development and Manufacturing Organization (CDMO) serving the global biopharmaceutical and biotechnology industries with sites in China and the United States, today announced the appointment of Yongjian Wu, Ph.D. as Chief Operating Officer (COO) of MabPlex USA.

Dr. Wu’s appointment will add to the overall strength of MabPlex offering a top quality service to global biopharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, while helping to accelerate new drug development projects worldwide.

“MabPlex offers one of the few globally integrated service platforms with high production capacity, something that is unique in our industry,” said Dr. Wu.

“The company employs a world-class professional team with diverse project experience in Asia and abroad. With robust technical and quality systems, large-capacity current Good Manufacturing Practice (cGMP) facilities, and a wealth of experience in successful project execution and Investigational New Drug application (IND) submissions, MabPlex truly provides a one-stop CDMO service for biologics, especially for antibody-drug conjugates (ADCs). I am honored and excited to join MabPlex and hope to contribute to the growth of the company while further enhancing our capabilities to serve the international market,” said Dr. Wu concluded.

Extensive experience
Dr. Wu has more than 18 years of global biopharmaceutical experience. Before joining MabPlex, Dr. Wu worked at Bayer, BioMarin, Genentech and Tanvex, with both internal manufacturing and quality organizations for the production of preclinical/clinical and commercial-ready materials, as well as with external Contract Research Organization (CRO) for preclinical, bioanalytical and clinical development of pipeline projects. He has advanced numerous new drug development projects from early research/preclinical stage to IND and Biologics License Applications (BLA), authoring regulatory filings and interacting with agencies during face to face meetings and inspections.

Dr. Wu obtained his Ph.D. in Immunology at the University of Toronto, Canada, with Professor Nobumichi Hozumi, MD, Ph,D. He did his postdoctoral training in the Department of Neurobiology at Stanford University, Stanford, California with Professor Eric Manvers Shooter MA, Sc.D., D.Sc., FRS.

About MabPlex
MabPlex International Ltd (MabPlex), a leading and fully integrated, global Contract Development and Manufacturing Organization (CDMO), offers an advanced biologics platform and comprehensive and integrated solutions to global (bio-) pharmaceutical developers. Founded in 2013, MabPlex currently has two sites in China (Yantai and Shanghai) and one site in the United States (San Diego, CA) offering high quality services from biologics drug development to commercial manufacturing. MabPlex currently has over 60,000 square meters of R&D and production facilities, a total of 9 monoclonal antibody (mAb) Drug Substance (DS) production lines, 2 Antibody-drug Conjugate (ADC) DS production lines, as well as mAb formulation and ADC formulation lines. The commercial production service is designed to help customers accelerate the progress of clinical trials and support market launch.

MabPlex has established a talented team of more than 400 employees provideding Contract Development and Manufacturing Organization (CDMO) services to more than 40 pharmaceutical companies around the world resulting in more than 12 Investigational New Drug application (IND) approvals with the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) and China's National Medical Products Administration (NMPA). For more information, please visit our website at https://mabplexinc.com/

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VIGO Unveils Latest Innovation: Oxford Kitchen Workstation Sink with Removable Components

Kitchen and Bathroom manufacturer VIGO has always been at the forefront of industry trends. Their commitment to delivering efficiency-driven, sleek-looking products has never been greater than with their latest product, the Oxford Kitchen Workstation Sink. Compact yet all-encompassing, this stainless-steel model goes above and beyond the traditional farmhouse sink. With built-in, removable components, unique apron front designs, single- or double-bowl varieties, and multiple sizing options, the Oxford is an updated interpretation of a classic.

The Oxford Kitchen Sink Workstation combines multiple industry favorites into one set. The sink itself is made from 304-series stainless steel and undercoated in VIGO’s proprietary SoundAbsorbTM Technology, making for an ultra-quiet and condensation-free experience. Resistant to rust, corrosion, and tarnish, the sink can remain in residential homes and commercial spaces for years of use. Inside the sink is a protective bottom grid to eliminate the risk of scratches and a stainless-steel strainer (two in the double-bowl varieties). Offered in flat or slotted apron front varieties, the Oxford’s basin is a stylish addition to any kitchen space.

While the sink is impressive on its own, the uniqueness of the Oxford Workstation is that it brings additional components into its infrastructure. Unlike other models, this sink has a discrete built-in ledge to hold a removable cutting board and roll-up silicone drying rack. The cutting board is a sturdy, antibacterial plastic surface that slides left to right or completely out of the sink to increase the usable space. Its counterpart, the roll-up silicone drying rack, can be used as a surface on which to rinse vegetables, as a rack on which to rest drying drinkware and dishes, or as a heat-resistant protective barrier on countertops for hot pots and pans.

The Oxford is modern efficiency at its finest. Having all accessories within reach reduces unnecessary lag time, increases productivity, and looks just as high-end (if not more) as the original models. It pairs well with any VIGO Single-Handle Kitchen Faucet, making it an excellent addition to contemporary kitchens everywhere. For more information on the VIGO Oxford, please visit the VIGO website.

About VIGO
Since its inception in 2009, VIGO has remained committed to providing The Ideal Everyday for all customers. Based in New York City, VIGO was named one of Inc. 5000’s Fastest Growing Private Companies in America. VIGO produces innovative kitchen, bathroom, and shower designs that are not only visually stunning but also optimally functional. By producing high-tech, ergonomically-friendly products, VIGO continuously exceeds environmental and quality standards. Under the guidance and design of founder/CEO Lenny Valdberg, VIGO’s acute attention to detail consistently results in the production of remarkably designed, high-quality products. With a dedication to providing top-notch customer service, VIGO helps consumers live better every day in every way.

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Shop LC Celebrating 15 Million Meal Milestone with Shop LC One for One Program

Today, Shop LC proudly announces their 15 million meal milestone for the Shop LC One for One Program. Since October 2017, each item sold results in one nutritious meal for a hungry child in need.

The Shop LC One for One Program partners with national and international partners to provide healthy meals to children in need. The Program also helps fund access to breakfast, after school, and summer meal programs and educational resources for families on nutrition. The Program, which began in October 2017, has provided 15 million meals as of November 2019.

“The Purpose of Shop LC is Delivering Joy, and part of that means giving back to the communities in which we operate,” explains Amit Agarwal, Shop LC President. “New programming initiatives like our One for One Meal Challenge connects Shop LC customers with low-cost opportunities to buy exciting jewelry, home, and lifestyle products with every purchase contributing to the Shop LC One for One Program.”

“1 in 7 American children faces hunger,” continues Mr. Agarwal. “By providing access to meals and family resources, we can actively change lives. During the holiday season, especially, it is important to highlight what we can do to help. With our Program, it is like giving two gifts during this important time of year.

Learn more about the Shop LC One for One Program at https://www.shoplc.com/oneforone.

About Shop LC
Headquartered in Austin, Texas, Shop LC, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Vaibhav Global Ltd. (VGL), a vertically integrated company with global sourcing and manufacturing capabilities. Shop LC is a value-conscious, interactive retailer focused on the fine jewelry, beauty, fashion, home decor and lifestyle product categories. Established in 2007, Shop LC reaches approximately 73 million U.S. households via high-definition programming offered live 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. For more information visit shoplc.com and download the interactive app on iTunes, Google Play or many other streaming devices or televisions.

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DTG Recycle Continues Rapid Expansion with Acquisition of the Anderson Rock and Demolition Pit

DTG Recycle, the largest recycler of C&D, industrial and manufacturing waste in the Northwest, is proud to announce the acquisition of Anderson Rock and Demolition Pit, a limited purposes landfill for construction and demolition materials located in Eastern Washington at 41 Rocky Top Road, Yakima, WA 98908.

“In a first of its kind application in the Pacific Northwest, we will be installing a Material Recovery Facility at the landfill. All material that is received by the landfill will be sent across a sort line to recover wood, plastic, metal, and other recyclable materials,” said Tom Vaughn, CEO of DTG Recycle.

The acquisition opportunity was a result of a long-term relationship between Dan Guimont, President and Founder of DTG Recycle, and Ron Anderson, founder of Anderson Rock and Demolition Pit. Dan Guimont commented, “We are honored and grateful to Ron Anderson for entrusting us to continue to expand on the well-deserved reputation the quarry and landfill has established. We look forward to joining the Central Washington community and bringing additional jobs and economic activity to the region.”

The Anderson Rock and Demolition Pit acquisition marks yet another milestone in DTG’s rapid expansion. In 2019, DTG has opened two new material recovery facilities, acquired Recovery 1’s material recycling facility in Tacoma, WA, and now acquired the Anderson Rock and Demolition Pit. Additionally, in 2019, DTG has significantly increased its recycling collection fleet to almost 1,500 roll off and recycling containers. DTG this year also added significant new transportation capabilities with the addition of a fleet of end dump trailers, side dump trailers, and numerous walking floor trailers. “Our widespread geographic presence, multiple means of debris collection, innovative sorting techniques and groundbreaking end market developments allows us to fulfill DTG’s planet obsession and our customers sustainability goals,” said Tom Vaughn.

The Anderson Rock and Demolition Pit accepts the following materials: concrete, wood, asphalt, lumber, crushed rock, dirt, brick, metals, glass, rock, roofing material, sheet rock, spent lime, steel, stumps, trees, brush and certain types of contaminated soil.

The Anderson Rock and Demolition Pit accepts drop-offs from 7:30AM to 5PM, Monday through Friday. For questions and additional information, customers can contact DTG at (425) 549-3000.

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Vancouver Startup Disrupts Laundry Industry with Revolutionary New Zero Waste Laundry Strips

Tru Earth launched their laundry detergent strips April 2nd, 2019 to rave reviews.

In fact, it was so popular that thousands of people subscribed in the first month after launching..

Due to manufacturing challenges, Tru Earth had no choice but to launch with a recyclable soft plastic package.

While customers were excited about the massive reduction in plastic, the team at Tru Earth still wanted to eliminate plastic from their laundry detergent.

"On average only 1 in 5 plastic laundry jugs get recycled. This results in hundreds of millions of jugs polluting landfills in North America every year. These jugs will take thousands of years to break down. Our goal is to stop this needless waste." said Ryan McKenzie, CMO of Tru Earth.

"We created a zero waste package that would protect our laundry strips, while also cutting back on other resources. After a lot of experimenting we came up with an amazing new zero waste package that also eliminates shipping envelopes. It was a huge win.”

As of October 30th, 2019, all Tru Earth Eco-Strips laundry detergent strips are now shipping in a zero-waste compostable cardboard sleeve.

To further reduce waste, the package also doubles as a mailing envelope. Eliminating the mailing envelope further reduces shipping waste.

“We are so excited to see our new cardboard package showing up on social media and it is thrilling to see the impact we can have on taking care of our planet.” Said Mckenna Liski, Tru Earth’s Community manager.

“Our goal is to help raise awareness that small changes, when multiplied by millions of people can make a huge impact. We are always looking for new ways, and new products that promote sustainable living. When people become a customer of Tru Earth, they are more than a customer, they are part of the Tru Earth Movement”.

Tru Earth Eco-Strips Laundry Detergent can be found online at https://www.tru.earth or in fine retailers in many Countries around the world.

About Tru Earth Eco-Strips

Tru Earth eco-strips are the smartest, most eco-friendly way to do laundry. Each strip is pre-measured and completely dissolves with your laundry in both cold and hot water. Tru Earth completely eliminates heavy laundry jugs and frees up cupboard space. Weighing just 3 grams per strip, Tru Earth’s ultra-concentrated formula has 94% less transportation pollution when compared to traditional detergents. Tru Earth Eco-strips are manufactured in Canada.

About Tru Earth

Tru Earth is a Vancouver based company providing consumers with an eco-friendly zero waste laundry detergent upgrade. Tru Earth is also the founder of The Tru Earth Movement #TruEarthMovement. The Tru Earth Movement’s goal is to help reduce the impact we have on our planet, one small change at a time.

For additional information visit: https://www.tru.earth

Or contact via email:

Andrew Mundy


Posted in: Business,Manufacturing & Industry

RSIP Vision and BioView Collaborate, Using Artificial Intelligence to Classify Chromosomes for Highly Accurate Genetic Testing Results

RSIP Vision, a global leader in artificial intelligence (AI), computer vision, and image processing technology, has announced that they have collaborated with BioView (TASE:BIOV), a leading developer of cell imaging and analysis solutions, using artificial intelligence to classify chromosomes for highly accurate genetic testing results. Previously, cytologists performed manual chromosome classification that was timely and costly. The new AI solution drastically reduces time and the expense of genetic testing with a drastic improvement in results.

“Machine learning provides the unique capability to both segment and straighten out chromosomes so that the results that the patient receives are as accurate as possible,” says Ron Soferman, CEO of RSIP Vision. “When patients are undergoing genetic testing, it is often a sensitive time for them – they are testing for various conditions that could potentially affect their lives forever. Reducing the time for patients to receive the results of genetic testing is a step in making this process easier and smoother, providing patients with the correct answers, faster.”

This type of genetic testing, called karyotype classification is a common form of genetic testing that classifies and pairs the chromosomes to find any irregularities. Cytologists evaluate the size, shape, and number of chromosomes in the body’s cells as well abnormal locations and chromosome pieces, which can indicate irregular growth development or body functioning. The process of genetic testing has been greatly improved by machine learning since many data sets can easily be collected for the training phase. RSIP Vision, together with BioView’s team of algorithm and clinical experts, utilized a deep learning technique that is trained on very large datasets so that it could easily and accurately make precise data correlations and detect any abnormalities quickly.

"This is another breakthrough demonstrating our advanced capabilities in the field of pharma and biomedical imaging. With the use of AI, our team in conjunction with the BioView engineers, has been able to greatly improve the performance of classical tasks as well as deliver solutions for new and innovative projects,” said Alan Jerusalmi, PhD and VP of Pharma at RSIP Vision.

RSIP Vision recently announced other advanced solutions based on AI segmentation and machine learning including lung segmentation for precise interventional lung procedures and an AI module for knee replacement surgery.
Yuval Harari, Executive VP of BioView, says that he chose to work with RSIP Vision for several reasons: RSIP Vision’s expertise in AI, experience in medical devices, and the short time to market requirements. BioView has implemented this solution in its Duet Image and Analysis systems at several leading hospitals in the USA and Europe. “The feedback from the clinical operators has been very positive. The customers noted the increased throughput of the testing and the very accurate results they received as compared to other available solutions. We look forward to continue to work with RISP Vision on additional projects to help us provide the most efficient and accurate solutions on our cell imaging systems.”

About RSIP Vision
RSIP Vision is a global leader in artificial intelligence, computer vision, and image processing technology. The company draws on a depth of knowledge and experience to provide customized services, sophisticated algorithms, and deep learning technology to businesses of all kinds, most notably medical devices, pharmaceuticals, and autonomous driving.

RSIP Vision develops practical AI modules that ensure precision, reduce time to market, cut costs, and free the core R&D team staff for other endeavors, saving significant time and money and giving businesses a real edge over the competition. RSIP Vision partners with customers on scientific research and development projects using customized algorithms in fields including physics, computer science, mathematics, biomedicine, and neuroscience.
RSIP Vision is headquartered in Jerusalem, with U.S. offices in San Jose, CA, and Boston, MA. More information is available on the company website: https://www.rsipvision.com/.

About BioView Ltd
Established in 2000, and led by an expert team of biologists, software engineers, and physicists, BioView develops, manufactures, and supplies cell imaging equipment, and analysis software to medical institutes and universities. BioView is a publicly traded company on the Tel Aviv Stock exchange, and currently has strategic collaborations underway with international scientific leaders and institutions. For more information about the BioView technology, and press related issues, please contact alan@bioview.co.il or visit our website at http://www.bioview.com.

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Effective Immediately, Solvay Licenses MediTECH® to Supply Zeniva® PEEK Shapes

Stock shapes produced from Zeniva® PEEK, high-performance biocompatible polymers, are used primarily for orthopedic, cardiac and neurological implantable devices . Performance benefits of Zeniva® PEEK shapes include biostability, high strength and stiffness, fatigue resistance and exceptional dimensional stability. These shapes are ideal for the close tolerance machining of finished components, and for prototypes used in injection molding applications. Additionally, Zeniva® PEEK stock shapes have numerous advantages over metals, such as a reduction in stress shielding, no heavy metal allergy or ion erosion, and radiolucent properties which allow x-ray and CT scanning procedures to occur without interference.

“We are very excited to further our implantable shapes strategy with the addition of Zeniva® PEEK, which complements our existing portfolio of UHMW implantable products. In conjunction with MediTECH’S unique “Near Net” manufacturing technology, we can provide customers with productivity improvements and a simplified supply chain” says Eric Tech, Global Market Manager for the Medical industry at Mitsubishi Chemical Advanced Materials. Matt Donahey, MediTECH’S® Global Director, states that “As a global leader whose manufacturing facilities are certified under ISO 13485, MediTECH® can also provide customers with deep expertise in regulatory, compliance, and supply chain management. For more than 30 years, Mitsubishi Chemical Advanced Materials' MediTECH® Division has supplied leading orthopedic implantable device manufacturers with premium implantable-grade UHMW-PE under the Chirulen® and Extrulen® brand names.”

Jeff Hrivnak, Global Business Manager for Healthcare at Solvay’s Specialty Polymers global business unit adds, “This licensing agreement underscores our commitment to make it easier for customers to do business with Solvay and our partners. By reassigning fulfillment activities to MediTECH®, our customers will also benefit from their deep expertise in regulatory requirements, as well as polymer shape technologies.”

Both companies- MediTECH® and Solvay- are excited to enter into this new agreement that stems from a long history and partnership. Mitsubishi Chemical Advanced Materials has manufactured Solvay’s Zeniva® PEEK shapes since the material’s inception 12 years ago. Zeniva® PEEK resin and stock shapes comply with ISO 13485 manufacturing standards and meet current Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP). Based on rigorous biocompatibility testing, these products demonstrate no evidence of cytotoxicity, sensitization, irritation, or acute systemic toxicity as defined by ISO 10993. These products can be sterilized using all conventional methods, including gamma radiation, ethylene oxide, and steam.

About Mitsubishi Chemical Advanced Materials

With more than 80 years of experience, 30 branch offices in 20 countries, and a team of technical service experts, engineers, and application development managers, Mitsubishi Chemical Advanced Materials** is the global leader for researching, developing, and manufacturing high-performance engineered polymer materials. Our products make the world a safer place by providing solutions across all industries- food processing and packaging, aerospace and defense, semiconductor, oil and gas, medical and life sciences, renewable energy, construction and heavy equipment, and electronics.

Registered trademarks of Mitsubishi Chemical Advanced Materials include: Acetron®, CleanStat®, Duratron®, Ertalyte®, Ertalene®, Ertalon®, Fluorosint®, Ketron®, Nylatron®, Proteus®, Sanalite®, Semitron®, Techtron®, and TIVAR®. Learn more at http://www.mcam.com and on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/company/mcamconnect/

**Mitsubishi Chemical Advanced Materials, formerly Quadrant EPP, was officially named on April 1st, 2019. The Quadrant Group was established in 2001 and acquired by Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation in 2013.

About MediTECH®

For more than 30 years, Mitsubishi Chemical Advanced Materials' MediTECH® Division has supplied leading orthopedic implant manufacturers with premium implantable grade UHMW-PE under the Chirulen® and Extrulen® brand names. Due to their superior physical and mechanical properties, cleanliness and consistency, Chirulen® and Extrulen® have become the materials of choice for helping restore a higher quality of life to millions of patients worldwide.

About Solvay

Solvay is an advanced materials and specialty chemicals company, committed to developing chemistry that addresses key societal challenges. Solvay innovates and partners with customers worldwide in many diverse end markets. Its products are used in planes, cars, batteries, smart and medical devices, as well as in mineral and oil and gas extraction, enhancing efficiency and sustainability. Its light weighting materials promote cleaner mobility, its formulations optimize the use of resources and its performance chemicals improve air and water quality. Solvay is headquartered in Brussels with around 24,500 employees in 61 countries. Net sales were €10.3 billion in 2018, with 90% from activities where Solvay ranks among the world's top 3 leaders, resulting in an EBITDA margin of 22%. Solvay SA (SOLB.BE) is listed on Euronext Brussels and Paris Bloomberg: SOLB.BB - Reuters: SOLB.BR), and in the United States its shares (SOLVY) are traded through a level-1 ADR program. Financial figures take into account the planned divestment of Polyamides.

Solvay Specialty Polymers manufactures over 1500 products across 35 brands of high-performance polymers – fluoropolymers, fluoroelastomers, fluorinated fluids, semi-aromatic polyamides, sulfone polymers, ultra-high performance aromatic polymers, and high barrier polymers – for use in Aerospace, Alternative Energy, Automotive, Healthcare, Membranes, Oil and Gas, Packaging, Plumbing, Semiconductors, Wire & Cable, and other industries. Learn more at http://www.solvayspecialtypolymers.com.

For additional questions and media inquiries, please contact Kathena Siegel at Mitsubishi Chemical Advanced Materials.

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Bay Cities Gears up for PRINTING United with Mako-Board | Mako-Board awarded SGIA Product of the Year

Joining Mako-Board™, winner of the 2019 SGIA Product of the Year award Bay Cities will participate at PRINTING United, a supersized offshoot of the SGIA Expo that offers over 720,000-square feet of exhibit space showcasing print technologies. Organizers are touting the inaugural PRINTING United event to be held in Dallas, TX from October 23-25, 2019 as the biggest print-focused event in the United States.

Mako-Board™will present a beach-themed exhibit at Booth 12435, located at Exhibit Hall – Commercial & Packing to house all North American Mako-Board™distributors.
Bay Cities designed and produced the Mako-Board™exhibit that includes signage – the primary use of Mako-Board™ -- as well as a Tiki bar and palm trees.

On Thursday, October 24th from 1-5PM Mako-Board™ will host an open bar reception at its in-booth Tiki Bar where Mako-Board™ bar mats and drink coasters will demonstrate the product’s durability, strength and water resistance and attendees will have an opportunity to win a Visa gift card.

Mako-Board™ is the only 100% recyclable outdoor-rated paper board that is a sustainable replacement for temporary signage, which has been dominated until now by plastic substrates due to weather durability issues.

Building on the popularity of SGIA Expo, PRINTING United is a new trade show concept specifically focused on convergence opportunities. The expanded exhibition venue will allow vendors to showcase comprehensive displays of printing technologies, supplies, education, programming and services. More than 600 exhibitors will display new equipment and share innovative ideas and opportunities – a window to the future of the printing industry.

“Mako-Board™ is a groundbreaking development and delivers on sustainability and performance. We are excited that SGIA recognizes the possibilities of this substrate and look forward to showcase this to many,” said Nanneke Dinklo, Sr. Director, Marketing & Branding. She continued, “We’re always on the lookout to provide our customers with latest technologies as soon as they become available such as the fantastic Mako-Board™ substrate.”

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About Bay Cities

Bay Cities is North America’s most innovative packaging and design company, providing integrated, end-to-end packaging and logistics solutions that are proven to drive sales, both on-shelf and online. Powered by technology and the best people, Bay Cities works seamlessly with brands and retailers to design and deliver product packaging and in-store display programs with ease and accuracy.

Posted in: Manufacturing & Industry

Spacesuits of the Future, Today: ILC Dover Continues its Leadership in This Market

ILC Dover, the company that outfitted the Apollo astronauts and all subsequent NASA manned missions including current flights to the International Space Station – has launched a line of spacesuits for the nascent commercial space industry.

“Fifty years after Neil Armstrong walked on the moon – wearing one of our spacesuits – commercial space travel is poised to open the universe to a generation of astronauts,” said Patty Stoll, director of space systems. “ILC Dover’s Astrospace division has the proven spacesuit technology to protect future explorers who will venture beyond the bounds of Earth.”

The two new spacesuits are for Extravehicular Activity (EVA) and Launch Entry and Abort (LEA). Named Astro™ EVA and Sol™ LEA, the spacesuits are ready for customers to order now. “ILC Dover Astrospace is not waiting for the future of space flight to come to us. We look ahead to 2020 as if it were 2030.”

Astro™ EVA spacesuit made its debut to lawmakers on Capitol Hill during a United Technologies event on July 25. The event showcased the innovation brought to life in collaboration with Collins Aerospace.

“We can’t afford not to advance space travel”

Stoll believes continued space exploration is imperative, and that ILC Dover and other commercial companies will play an increasingly important role. “From our very beginning, humans have wondered what’s beyond the horizon and traveled in search of resources. We are a growing population living on a finite planet in an infinite universe. We have so much yet to learn about our place in the universe and how to survive into the future.

“For the sake of future generations, we can’t afford not to advance space travel,” she said. “It’s exciting to think about the possibilities with NASA, private industry and entrepreneurs all working toward that future.”

Increasing Access to Space…

Commercial space ventures are already speeding up innovation and reducing costs, promising to increase access to space. “Just look at SpaceX’s reusable boosters and Virgin Galactic’s air launches,” said Fran DiNuzzo, CEO of ILC Dover. “Patty and her ILC Dover space systems team are leading the same kind of innovation in spacesuit technology, building upon ILC Dover’s decades of experience with NASA.”

ILC Dover’s commercial suits bring a new level of comfort, ease of use and functionality. To meet the needs of commercial customers, the suits are simple to maintain and stow and make efficient use of existing hardware and technology.

Decades ago, ILC Dover custom-tailored each spacesuit for individual Apollo astronauts. The new line of commercial suits has a modular design that brings off-the-rack simplicity to some of the most technologically complex “outfits” ever designed. It makes the suits easily adaptable to different size wearers, reducing costs for future spacesuit customers.

… And Keeping Space Travelers Safe and Comfortable

Commercial space flight promises to make space for accessible, but no less challenging for humans who leave the comforting embrace of Earth’s atmosphere. Launch and re-entry are the most dangerous segments of any flight, and when it comes “time to leave the capsule” – to walk in space or on an alien world – there is no margin for error.

ILC Dover’s spacesuit designs are proven by more than 250 space flights, six moon landings and over 3,000 hours of spacewalks. “As far we know, that’s a safety record unmatched by any other company in the universe,” quipped Stoll.

“A garment failure on Earth can be an embarrassing ‘wardrobe malfunction;’ in space it would be disastrous,” said Stoll.

What to Wear Aboard

LEA(Launch, Entry and Abort) suits protect wearers in case of an emergency during launch and when entering Earth’s – or another planet’s – atmosphere. “Our Sol™ LEA model is engineered for ease of cabin entry and exit, quick hook-up to cabin connections and maximum maneuverability to operate vehicle controls,” said Stoll. “Sol™ comforts the wearer during the forces of launch and reentry, protects in case of cabin depressurization or fire and helps ensure safety and ease of rescue in the event of a launch abort or water landing.”

What to Wear When Stepping Out (into space)

An EVA (Extravehicular Activity) suit, by comparison, is its own miniature spaceship. “It has to function as a little Earth, providing oxygen, comfortable temperature and protection from radiation and space dust and debris – everything our atmosphere does to make life on planet possible,” said Stoll. “Plus, it has to provide mobility, especially for walking on extraterrestrial surfaces.”

The Astro™ model incorporates such innovations as step-in rear entry to simplify the process of getting dressed to go outside. “You don’t travel millions of miles to stay indoors,” said Stoll.

“Building for What is Ahead, Not What is Now”

ILC Dover Astrospace also builds inflatable space habitats for orbital and extraterrestrial use, along with decelerators already used to land NASA craft on Mars and demonstrated to work with larger payloads. “Some may say my ILC Dover Astrospace team is living in the future,” said Stoll. “And that’s the point. Preparing for the Apollo moon landings taught us that space exploration is about building for what is ahead, not what is now.”

About ILC Dover
Recognized globally for our flexible containment solutions, ILC Dover serves customers in a diverse range of industries, including pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical manufacturing, personal care, food and beverage, chemical, aerospace, healthcare and government agencies. At ILC Dover, quality is a culture, not a measurement. Our customers will tell you that we cater to their every need and that we’re highly innovative, responsive, dedicated and competitive. We have been innovating since 1947. ILC Dover’s visionary solutions improve efficiency, safeguard workers and product, and prevent disasters – proof that we are on the front line of business excellence.

Engineering evolution Beyond Boundaries™.

Posted in: Food & Beverage,Health & Medicine,Manufacturing & Industry

Erchonia Hosts Business Meeting in Orlando & 18th Annual Golf Tournament

Erchonia, the global leader in the manufacturing and development of low-level laser therapy technology, today announces its upcoming Business Meeting in Orlando & 18th Annual Golf Tournament. The invite-only, four-day event starts Thursday, October 24 at the Ritz Carlton in Orlando, near Erchonia’s headquarters in Melbourne.

The first day will kick off with training and roundtable discussions scheduled with Erchonia’s management, researchers, international partners, college representatives and suppliers from around the world, and concludes with a cocktail party at 7:00 p.m. The second day will be filled with golfing activities at the Ritz Carlton, which has one of the most beautiful, championship-level golf courses in the world. Erchonia’s putting contest will be held from 8:15 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and the golf tournament will begin at 9:30 a.m. This year’s theme is “College Football Teams,” and golfers are encouraged to wear their college colors proudly.

“Erchonia has established many important relationships over the last two decades,” says Steven Shanks, president of Erchonia Corporation. “With this event, we’re giving our industry leaders, doctors, partners, laser supporters and suppliers the opportunities for these business relationships to grow as we review goals and objectives for 2020 and beyond.”

On Saturday and Sunday, Dr. Dan Murphy, DC, DABCO will teach a special, two-day seminar, and attendees will be able to choose from a variety of breakout sessions. Other diverse health professionals will present on a wide range of topics including the science behind low level lasers, sports medicine, how the Erchonia laser and nutrition work together, strategic marketing for physicians, and much more.

For more information, please visit https://www.erchonia.com/product/erchonias-18th-annual-golf-tournament-orlando-fl/.

About Erchonia Corporation
Based in Melbourne, Florida, family-owned Erchonia is the global leader in the manufacturing and development of low-level laser therapy technology (“3LT®”). From humble beginnings in a garage in 1996, Erchonia today develops and sells the most advanced, non-invasive 3LT medical equipment on the market in over 50 countries. With 17 clearances from the FDA with different indications, Erchonia remains passionately committed to effective, research-based 3LT solutions for a wide variety of conditions — from managing chronic pain to promoting fat loss. For more information, please visit http://www.erchonia.com.

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X-Rite’s New Spectrophotometer Improves Color Evaluation Accuracy on Metallic and Effect Finishes

X-Rite Incorporated and Pantone LLC, global leaders in color science and technology, today launched the MA-5 QC, a compact and easy-to-operate multi-angle spectrophotometer for the measurement of metallic paint colors and effect finishes commonly used in the automotive, appliance, plastics, and electronics industries. This cost-effective five-angle color measurement instrument is the fastest on the market, allowing quality controllers to quickly verify and prove product compliance with quantifiable color measurement data. The MA-5 QC can identify a paint defect early in the manufacturing process, avoid unnecessary repair costs, and ultimately improve time to market.

“Part suppliers and assembly operators take hundreds of color measurements a day and cumbersome or heavy measurement devices result in incorrect color measurements, increased waste, and slower time to market,” said Matthew Adby, Automotive Product Portfolio Manager, X-Rite. “Designed with the quality control operator in mind, the MA-5 QC streamlines the measurement process by incorporating indicator lights for proper positioning, automated workflows, and on-screen pass/fail reporting. At 1.3 pounds (.60 kilograms), the MA-5 QC is 50 percent lighter and 45 percent more compact than other five-angle device on the market, and is easier to handle and operate on the production floor, in the lab, and in the field.”

The new MA-5 QC aims to improve user confidence in accurately measuring special effect paints and finishes. New optics and LED indicator lights on the MA 5 QC ensure the device is correctly positioned on flexible or curved surfaces and in tight intersections. This reduces the potential for measurement errors. A touch screen interface, straightforward navigation, data analysis, and one-click reporting, make the MA-5 QC simple to use so quality control operators can quickly compare sample readings against digital specifications.

The MA-5 QC is the first instrument on the market to include an on-screen temperature preview to help users identify how the temperature of the sample might affect color data. Unlike other multi-angle devices which require daily calibration, the MA-5 QC has a 21-day calibration interval for improved efficiency and reduced device downtime. The MA-5 QC also digitally communicates tolerances and measurement procedures with X-Rite EFX QC software for real-time monitoring of color harmony across the supply chain.

“Companies adopting Industry 4.0 and smart manufacturing strategies can use the MA-5 QC along with EFX QC software for a comprehensive quality control solution for greater efficiency, reduced waste, and faster color evaluation on product parts. Advanced tracking of measurement data and analysis allows operators to identify trends for continued process improvements,” stated Adby.

The MA-5 QC is now available. For more information visit https://www.xrite.com/categories/portable-spectrophotometers/ma-family/ma-5_qc

About X-Rite
Founded in 1958, X-Rite Incorporated is a global leader in the science and technology of color and appearance. With Pantone, X-Rite employs more than 800 people in 11 countries. The company’s corporate headquarters are located in Grand Rapids, Mich., with regional headquarters in Europe and Asia and service centers across Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and the Americas. X-Rite offers a full range of solutions used by manufacturers, retailers, printers, photographers and graphic design houses to achieve precise management and communication of color and appearance throughout their processes. X-Rite products and services are recognized standards in the printing, packaging, photography, graphic design, video, automotive, paints, plastics, textiles and medical industries. For further information, please visit http://www.xrite.com.

About Pantone
Pantone provides the universal language of color that enables color-critical decisions through every stage of the workflow for brands and manufacturers. More than 10 million designers and producers around the world rely on Pantone products and services to help define, communicate and control color from inspiration to realization – leveraging advanced X-Rite technology to achieve color consistency across various materials and finishes for graphics, fashion and product design. Pantone Standards feature digital and physical color specification and workflow tools. The Pantone Color Institute™ provides customized color standards, brand identity and product color consulting as well as trend forecasting inclusive of Pantone Color of the Year, Fashion Runway Color Trend Reports, color psychology and more. Pantone B2B Licensing incorporates the Pantone Color System into different products and services, enabling licensees to communicate and reproduce certified Pantone values and improve efficiencies for their users. Pantone Lifestyle brings color and design together across apparel, home, and accessories. Learn more at http://www.pantone.com

©2019 X-Rite, Inc. All rights reserved. X-Rite is a registered trademark of X-Rite, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. PANTONE® and other Pantone trademarks are the property of Pantone LLC.

Posted in: Manufacturing & Industry,Services

ISPE Announces Two Senior Executives and Patient as Keynote Presenters for 2019 ISPE Annual Meeting & Expo

The International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE) announced the addition of three new keynote presenters for the 2019 ISPE Annual Meeting & Expo. Taking place 27–30 October 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada, this signature event brings together top pharmaceutical industry and regulatory leaders offering compelling and enlightening presentations and interactive discussions on industry-critical technical developments.

The 2019 ISPE Annual Meeting & Expo features a dynamic line-up of thought-provoking keynote presentations led by some of the most prominent names in the pharmaceutical industry. These senior-level presentations are rounded out by a compelling patient keynote speaker.

Newly Confirmed Keynote Presenters:

Lou Kennedy, CEO and Owner, Nephron Pharmaceuticals
Training Tomorrow’s Workforce

Lou Kennedy joined Nephron Pharmaceuticals in 2001 and accepted the position of President and Chief Executive Officer in September 2007. Along with her husband Bill, Kennedy helped establish the Kennedy Pharmacy Innovation Center in conjunction with the USC School of Pharmacy. As CEO of a woman-owned business, Kennedy values female leadership in the workforce.

Alberto Santagostino, Senior Vice President, Head of Cell & Gene Technologies, Lonza AG
How to Achieve Industrialization and Bring Curative Therapies to the Masses

Alberto Santagostino has a deep knowledge of the manufacturing challenges faced by companies in the biopharma space. Together with his team at Lonza Pharma & Biotech, the leading global CDMO with a prominent presence in new modalities, Alberto’s objective is to serve customers by taking their products through the technical CMC journey to commercialization and industrial scale manufacturing.

Jessica H., Patient Presenter
Thriving in My New Normal

Jessica was diagnosed with relapsing MS and after multiple doctors and tests, she discovered ocrelizumab which changed her life by allowing her to treat her body and adjust to her new lifestyle. She has a positive attitude and through sharing of her story encourages others to be their own advocates.

Additional Keynote Presenters Include:

John Crowley, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, and Co-Founder Amicus Therapeutics
When Drug Research is Personal: A Lifetime Journey to Discover, Create and Manufacture Medicines for Rare Diseases

William Anderson, Chief Executive Officer, Roche Pharmaceuticals
Every Patient Matters — Transforming to Deliver Breakthroughs Faster

Pierre-Alain Ruffieux, PhD, Head of Global Pharma Technical Operations, Roche Pharmaceuticals
Transforming Big Pharma Manufacturing: Dream or Reality?

To learn more about this event and to register, visit http://www.ISPE.org/AM19.

About ISPE
The International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE) is the world’s largest not-for-profit association serving its members through leading scientific, technical, and regulatory advancement across the entire pharmaceutical lifecycle. The 18,500 members of ISPE are building solutions in the development and manufacture of safe, effective pharmaceutical and biologic medicines, and medical delivery devices in more than 90 countries around the world. Founded in 1980, ISPE has its worldwide headquarters in North Bethesda, Maryland USA, and its operations center in Tampa, Florida USA. Visit http://www.ISPE.org for more information.

For more information, contact:
Amy Henry
International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE)
Tel: +1- 813-960-2105
Email: ask@ispe.org

Posted in: Health & Medicine,Manufacturing & Industry

AAON Chooses SOSPES Environmental, Health & Safety Software

AAON, Inc. (NASDAQ: AAON), a leading manufacturer of heating and cooling products, has selected Sospes’ EHS management software as its environmental, health and safety platform partner for its operations in Oklahoma, Texas and Missouri. AAON products are regularly recognized as industry-leading, most recently winning awards in July 2019 for excellence in product design in the 16th annual Dealer Design Awards Program.

Sospes’ EHS software improves communication between workers and their companies, creating a collaborative environment for improving safety and productivity.

“As a leading manufacturer of HVAC equipment, safety is a priority for AAON. Our company has continued to experience rapid growth over the last several years, and we recognized that our safety programs need to keep up with the rest of our growth,” said Scott Asbjornson, AAON Chief Financial Officer. “This software will allow us to be more efficient, and we are excited to be working with Sospes and their innovative approach to safety management.”

“AAON is a remarkable manufacturing success story, and like any manufacturing operation, their employees are faced with workplace hazards,” said Tom Carson, President of Sospes. “We are proud to have been selected as their partner in safety management and look forward to supporting their commitment to worker safety and continuous process improvement.”

About AAON
AAON is engaged in the engineering, manufacturing, marketing and sale of air conditioning and heating equipment consisting of standard, semi-custom and custom rooftop units, chillers, packaged outdoor mechanical rooms, air handling units, condensing units, makeup air units, energy recovery units, geothermal/water-source heat pumps, coils, and controls. Since the founding of AAON in 1988, AAON has maintained a commitment to design, develop, manufacture and deliver heating and cooling products to perform beyond all expectations and demonstrate the value of AAON to our customers. For more information, please visit http://www.AAON.com .

About Sospes
Sospes’ award-winning EHS management software makes organizations better by engaging employees with easy incident reporting, accountable task management and powerful data analytics, all within a single integrated mobile application. The product is easy to learn, simple to use and can be implemented in far less time than typical enterprise systems. The application is hosted in Microsoft’s Azure Cloud, which allows the company to deliver a secure, robust user experience nearly anywhere in the world. For more information, please visit http://www.sospes.com.

Media contacts:
Jonathan Monnette                
(541) 868-5474

Eric Taylor
(918 583-2266

Posted in: Electronics & Semiconductors,Manufacturing & Industry

Paul Mueller Company Introduces New On-Farm Milk Storage Option at World Dairy Expo

Paul Mueller Company introduces its new milk tower at the World Dairy Expo held October 1-5, 2019, in Madison, Wisconsin. Visitors are invited to view a 7,000-gallon Mueller® milk tower on display.

“Many dairymen are very excited about the milk tower’s small footprint, which dramatically reduces construction costs when compared to the milk house square footage required for conventional milk coolers. The Mueller milk tower sits outside on a concrete slabbed footing, and the only component penetrating the milk house wall is the stainless steel alcove,” said Mike Kelley, Dairy Farm Equipment Regional Sales Manager for Canada.

The new milk tower, available in six sizes ranging from 7,000-40,000 gallons, provides dairy farmers enhanced flexibility with on-site storage. Benefits include increased storage capacity, elimination of downtime and interruption of milking, improved flexibility in pickup times, and reduced transportation costs.

"With direct load costs and frustrations multiplying on producers, this milk tower has come at just the right time for the market. We are helping many dairy producers solve these problems by shipping their milk when most advantageous for everyone, rather than a constant stream of trucks in their dooryard," said Rick McClenning, National Sales Manager of Dairy Farm Equipment at Paul Mueller Company.

The milk tower’s outer shell is an embossed aluminum, making it corrosive resistant with increased insulation and R-value to help hold the optimum storage temperature longer. Its inner shell and base ring are constructed of stainless steel, also reducing the chance of corrosion. To remove more heat from milk faster than other silos, the milk tower’s inner tank incorporates Mueller Temp-Plate® heat transfer surface with a new horizontal orientation.

Dairy producers are encouraged to come by Mueller’s booth,1807-1909, in the Exhibition Hall at World Dairy Expo to experience this new milk tower up close.

Paul Mueller Company is headquartered in Springfield, Missouri with manufacturing and sales operations in Iowa, The Netherlands, and Vietnam. Paul Mueller Company employees build innovative processing equipment for dairy farms and a wide variety of other applications in food, beverage, pharmaceutical, and chemical facilities worldwide. For more information about Paul Mueller Company products, visit paulmueller.com.

Posted in: Manufacturing & Industry,Marketing & Sales

MedShift and Apyx Medical Announce Strategic Partnership

MedShift today announced a new strategic partnership with Apyx Medical, a recognized manufacturer in surgical devices. The firms will work collaboratively to increase distribution volume and elevate brand awareness of Renvuion® Cosmetic Technology. Distribution of the manufacturer’s devices across MedShift’s extensive provider network will rapidly optimize business operations while diversifying MedShift’s device portfolio.

“MedShift is thrilled to lend support advancing Renuvion® in market in the upcoming year,” says MedShift CEO Brian Phillips. “As two innovation driven companies, providing game changing energy-based solutions for our clients is top of mind for both of us. We have every reason to anticipate successful assimilation of Renvuion® into our web of practices across the US.”

Renvuion® touts vast applicability in minimally-invasive procedures. The device can be used to treat tissue on a variety of sites with a dual thermal effect facilitated by helium plasma. Thus it is uniquely able to provide controlled heat with a high level of precision to achieve desired results. Numerous surgical and cosmetic procedures have demonstrated its efficacy and safety.

Apyx Medical is an advanced cosmetic and surgical technology company founded in 1982. The company leverages decades of expertise in unique waveforms to manufacture original medical equipment. “Given Apyx and MedShift’s shared commitment to delivering superior devices with unparalleled results to practitioners, I think this is a perfect time to join forces,” adds Apyx Medical Executive Vice President Todd Hornsby. “This partnership supports our strategy to go above and beyond for providers and their patients.”

Renvuion® will be integrated into MedShift’s Tightening for Everything (T4E) brand, MedShift’s fastest growing business sector which highlights medical aesthetic solutions. The medical technology company successfully added Emsculpt, Ultherapy® and Cellfina® devices to its T4E offerings earlier this year.

T4E’s market acceptance and exceptional performance since its launch matches favorable economic conditions in the medical device industry. The US remains the world’s largest medical device market, estimated at over 0 Billion as of 2019 and the global medical technology market is forecasted to continue expanding at a healthy 4.5% per year.

Posted in: Health & Medicine,Manufacturing & Industry

StatLab Medical Products Granted Patent for Tissue Microarray Controls

StatLab Medical Products is pleased to announce the receipt of patent No. 10,329,623, a novel method for development of an improved tissue-like control created by Dr. S. Ashraf Imam, Director of Advanced Diagnostics Research and Development at StatLab, and Dr. Mark Rees, SVP of Innovation and Research and Development at StatLab.

Dr. Mark Rees commented, “Standardization is critically important in pathology laboratories where improved monitoring of assay consistency can lead to more accurate diagnosis and prognosis for cancer patients. Until now, only patient archival tissue and cell lines have been available for use as controls for IHC, FISH, and CISH, but both have flaws with consistency and morphological appearance, respectively.

“Our research and development team, led by Dr. Ashraf Imam, identified the need for consistency, and developed the world’s first true control technology that results in a product resembling the morphology of actual cancer tissue while providing true standardization. We’re excited about the impact this will have in the industry.”

“The granting of this patent reflects StatLab’s commitment to providing access to quality products through focused research and development,” said StatLab CEO, Dan Eckert. “We’re building on our proven reputation of partnering with our customers to meet their needs.”

The patented methods are used by TruQ Controls™, launched by StatLab Medical Products. TruQ Controls are the industry’s first 3D reference standard tissue controls that resemble human tissue and offer complete consistency. The product is in use by CIQC (Canadian Immunohistochemistry Quality Control) as part of their EQA (external quality assurance) testing protocols for laboratory proficiency, and in leading cancer centers. TruQ Controls have a wide range of potential applications, including monitoring of intra-assay variation, optimization and validation of antibodies, and interlaboratory standardization utilized in proficiency testing.

About StatLab Medical Products
Founded in 1976, StatLab Medical Products is ambitiously leading the way in development and manufacturing of high-quality histology, cytology and immunohistochemistry diagnostic products. We partner with anatomic pathology laboratories to provide easy access to over 3,500 high-quality diagnostic products and equipment at excellent prices, delivered with expert support. When you work with StatLab, we’re on your team, and you’re part of our family. Learn more at StatLab.com.

Posted in: Health & Medicine,Manufacturing & Industry

APPA Announces Pet Inclusive Products Ahead of the Holiday Season

Pets have been part of the family for decades but this holiday season they get to play an extra role in the holiday festivities. According to the 2019-2020 American Pet Products Association (APPA) National Pet Owners Survey, almost half of dog owners and a quarter of cat owners purchase holiday gifts for their pets. Pet owners want to make sure their pet is included in all holiday activities and traditions. APPA is excited to share products manufactured by their members that will allow pets to partake in the fun during the holidays, even if they’re on the naughty list.

Pet Stockings by Hearth Hounds give pets the representation on the mantle or fireplace they deserve. Pet owners can now get a stocking that looks like their dog. There are over 20 breeds available so owners have a variety to choose from, and dogs can join in on the fun of stocking stuffers.
Price: .99 – .99

Good hygiene around the holidays is a must. Christmas Cookie Cologne by Christies Direct gives pets a sweet festive scent of cookies, vanilla and rich cream that smells good enough to eat. Simply spray onto a dry coat between baths or after grooming.
Price: Starts at .95

This season pet owners can wrap their pet into a Stretch Fleece Onesie by Gold Paw Series. Imagine pets matching their owner’s cozy jammies, sitting by the fire watching holiday movies. Made in the USA, the Onesie contains recycled polyester and spandex for a 4-way stretch. Available in several color and print options, including Red Tartan for some festive flare.
Price: Starts at .00

Cats can enjoy the turkey from the holiday dinner in a healthier way with PureBites® Turkey Breast. Cat parents choose PureBites® because their treats are 100 percent pure and rich in nutrients for a happy and healthy life. Plus, they are sourced and made in the USA with Human Grade Turkey and are only two calories per treat.
Price: Start at .99

Cookie decorating is a favorite tradition amongst families during the holidays and now dogs can participate with Holiday Cookie Mix by PuppyCake. It’s an all natural cake mix made with healthy, dog safe wheat-free and gluten-free ingredients. A bone-shaped cookie cutter is included in the bag.
Price: .99

Gingerbread, YUM! Oh wait, it’s just Gingy by American Dog. This gingerbread-inspired toy will last longer than the cookie, which dogs will appreciate. It has a soft, fleece-like backing and is stuffing free, which is a win for both dogs and owners. Plus, it floats so dogs can enjoy it throughout the year.
Price: .95

For more information, product samples, images or interview opportunities, please contact Liz Freeman at 775-322-4022 or liz@theimpetusagency.com.


The American Pet Products Association (APPA) is the leading trade association serving the interests of the pet products industry since 1958. APPA membership includes more than 1,200 pet product manufacturers, their representatives, importers and livestock suppliers representing both large corporations and growing business enterprises. APPA's mission is to promote, develop and advance pet ownership and the pet product industry and to provide the services necessary to help its members prosper. APPA is also proud to grow and support the industry through the following initiatives: Pets Add Life (PAL), the Human Animal Bond Research Institute (HABRI), The Pet Leadership Council (PLC), the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (PIJAC), Bird Enjoyment and Advantage Koalition (BEAK), and the Pet Care Trust. Visit http://www.americanpetproducts.org for more information.

Posted in: Business,Manufacturing & Industry

Licensed Motocross Graphics, Accessories and Apparel Maker, Factory Effex, Rides with OptiProERP

OptiProERP Software, Inc., a leading global provider of end-to-end ERP solutions for the manufacturing and distribution industries, announced today that Factory Effex has selected OptiProERP for its cloud-based manufacturing ERP solution.

Factory Effex is the leader in motorcycle and ATV graphic kits, licensed apparel and accessories for motocross and sports bikes. Founded in 1996, the company produces make-to-stock and customized products, including graphics kits, stickers, and labels for motocross and sports bikes and ATVs. It also makes officially licensed parts, accessories, apparel and fan gear for motocross enthusiasts. Factory Effex is an officially licensed supplier for Yamaha, Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki, Rockstar and others. With Infor’s waning interest in the Infor Commerce at Work product, management at Factory Effex knew they needed a new and updated solution.

Factory Effex was looking for a more intuitive and improved reporting system to provide visibility into its processes, an automated way to track commissions and license fees paid to bike manufacturers, automated work orders for make-to-stock and custom products and a more efficient inventory system to track and report on raw materials and replenishment needs. In other words, the company was looking for an easy-to-use and end-to-end solution that streamlines manufacturing and inventory tracking.

“We knew we needed to upgrade our current ERP system to a more robust system to track inventory (raw & finished) in real-time, including work in progress, and to report on production status with a streamlined warehouse management system,” said Factory Effex Owner and President, Bryar Holcomb. “OptiProERP will better automate our systems and give us the visibility we absolutely need to support our customers and streamline our business.”

“Many small and midsized manufacturing companies have legacy ERP systems that aren’t meeting business requirements. Factory Effex needed a modernized, cloud-based solution with full-service support to meet today’s market challenges and business concerns. We’re delighted to work with Factory Effex to achieve their goals of visibility, better inventory tracking and improved reporting,” stated Sahib Dudani, Founder of OptiProERP.

During its selection process, Factory Effex interviewed multiple ERP vendors, and decided on a short-list of NetSuite, Sage 100 and OptiProERP. Management selected OptiProERP because of its industry-focused solution and expertise in manufacturing and business processes. Factory Effex selected a cloud deployment of OptiProERP’s solution with additional inventory barcoding features and integration with eCommerce software, 3dcart.

About Factory Effex
For over 20 years, Factory Effex has specialized in graphics, seat covers and accessories in the motocross market. Over the years, the company has expanded that passion to sport-bike custom graphics, hard parts, engine hoses and a full range of officially licensed apparel.

Located in Valencia, California, Factory Effex creates quality products with industry leading designs. Everyone at Factory Effex puts passion and pride into every product it sells – they don’t make anything they wouldn’t wear themselves or put on their own rides. For more information, visit factoryeffex.com.

About OptiProERP
OptiProERP is an innovative, industry leading software company focused on ERP manufacturing and distribution solutions. In addition to the deep industry functionality found within the OptiProERP solution, it also embeds the SAP Business One platform, the market leading platform for small and midsize enterprises. Customers gain an end-to-end ERP solution, including financials, accounting, sales and CRM and manufacturing functionality that fully leverages deep industry knowledge and expertise.

OptiProERP is the first OEM partner of SAP’s Partner Edge Program and the only one exclusively focused on the manufacturing and distribution industries. OptiProERP and sister company, BatchMaster, are eWorkplace Manufacturing companies and leading global providers of mission-critical, industry-focused Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) solutions. Together, they have more than 3,000 customers globally and more than 400 employees. OptiProERP is a U.S.-based company located in Laguna Hills, California. For more information, visit optiproerp.com.

Posted in: Business,Manufacturing & Industry

Largest Manufacturing Summit in Georgia Bringing Together 1,000 Industry Leaders from Across the Southeast

On October 9th, more than 1,000 industry professionals are expected to gather and discuss the issues most important to Georgia manufacturers at the 5th Annual Georgia Manufacturing Summit at the Cobb Galleria. Top industry leaders will network with their peers, learn best business practices and share insights on the Manufacturing Trends to Track for 2020. To learn more, watch this video about the Summit: http://www.bit.ly/ga-mfg-summit

“The theme this year showcases ‘Manufacturing Success in Georgia,’” said Jason Moss, CEO of the Georgia Manufacturing Alliance (GMA). “Attendees at the Summit will gain the confidence of having a community that is working together to bolster our state’s economy. This day of collaboration will spotlight solutions that can be implemented in new ways to build on the foundation for continued success.”

Werhner Washington, Plant Manager at Procter & Gamble, and Stuart Countess, Chief Operating Officer of Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia (KMMG), will be this year’s keynote speakers. The event is designed for all sectors of the manufacturing industry and allows attendees to make face-to-face connections with other manufacturers, see innovative products and learn the latest trends in manufacturing.

In addition to the keynote presentations, the Summit will have over 30 of the top industry leaders from KIA, Nisshinbo, Southwire, Mitsubishi Electric Trane HVAC, RR Donnelley, Consulate General of Mexico and more. They will provide educational workshops for all levels of management that focus on Manufacturing Success in Georgia.

Manufacturing a Better Bottom Line – Discover how to power profitability at every level of your business through technology threats and opportunities.

Trends to Track in the Supply Chain – Georgia business leaders and manufacturers will share the challenges and successes of maintaining a successful supply chain.

International Manufacturing – Leaders will focus on global market trends and building domestic and international growth through exports.

Sales & Marketing Secrets – Learn the latest tips in the ever-evolving world of digital marketing from Georgia’s top marketing leaders.

Developing a Winning Workforce – Learn how to bridge the generational gap through internships and what programs are working in regions across the state.

REGISTRATION CLOSES AT MIDNIGHT ON SEPTEMBER 24th: http://www.GeorgiaManufacturingSummit.com

Media contacts that that are interested in covering this event may call Heather Berry at 770-338-0051 or email support@georgiamanufacturing.com to request a complimentary PRESS PASS.

About the Georgia Manufacturing Alliance:
The Georgia Manufacturing Summit is produced by The Georgia Manufacturing Alliance (GMA). GMA is a membership-based industry organization founded in 2008 to support Georgia’s manufacturing community. GMA provides monthly plant tours, educational sessions, tradeshows and unique networking opportunities designed to help make profitable business connections for its members. The Georgia Manufacturing Directory, Georgia Manufacturing Summit and Georgia Manufacturing Calendar are additional resources produced by GMA. To learn more about the organization, membership and upcoming events, please call 770-338-0051 or visit http://www.GeorgiaManufacturingAlliance.com .

Posted in: Manufacturing & Industry

The Outdoor GreatRoom Company Debuts Axel Square Gas Fire Pit Table

As the leader in the outdoor living industry, The Outdoor GreatRoom Company is excited to debut the Axel Gas Fire Pit Table.

The Axel Gas Fire Pit Table features an all-over charcoal powder-coated steel construction. This unique design encompasses the favorite elements of rustic, industrial design with a simplistic, modern approach. The heavy-duty construction pairs with the flames’ warm glow for a welcoming look and feel in the backyard.

The 16” Round Crystal Fire® Burner is UL Listed for safety and quality. The fire pit table includes clear glass gems – lava rock and other fire media sold separately. A burner cover is included for a functional coffee table when burner is not in use.

Access door conceals standard 20-pound liquid propane tank. The Axel fire pit table is set up for liquid propane but can be converted to natural gas using the included conversion kit. Glass wind guard, protective cover, and other accessories sold separately.

The Axel Gas Fire Pit Table will be available soon. See this innovation and other new products at the International Casual Furnishings Association Casual Market in Chicago on Sept. 10-13, booth 7-3030.

The Outdoor GreatRoom Company™ manufactures innovative, upscale products with design appeal for indoor and outdoor living spaces. Products include gas fire pits and gas fire tables, pergolas, outdoor kitchen islands, outdoor gas fireplaces, indoor electric fireplaces, outdoor patio furniture, custom, and commercial-grade products. Visit http://www.outdoorrooms.com for more information.

Posted in: Manufacturing & Industry

Starfrost designs state-of-the art cooling system for Pladis

The new upgrade was installed at the company's Cake Bakery in Halifax, where household favourites such as McVitie's Jamaica Ginger cake and McVitie's Hobnob Chocolate Flapjacks are baked, enabling the site to further enhance the quality of its cakes through precise temperature reduction.

The custom-built Helix spiral cooler for Pladis was specifically designed and moulded into existing processes of the factory, whereby the baked cakes are conveyed directly from the oven to the automated spiral cooling system for optimum temperature reduction, then transferred to the wrapping line to be packaged and distributed.

David Frayling, Area Engineering Manager at Pladis’s site in Halifax: 
“With the new compact Starfrost cooling system we were able to upgrade previous system and create space to implement a complete new line within our bakery, without compromising our output capacity.”

“The number one benefit we have gained from the Helix spiral cooler is repeatable, improved product quality - a result of the consistent temperature airflow. The spiral cooler also removes excess moisture from the loaves, to help improve shelf life.”

Samuel Welch, Sales Manager at Starfrost: 
“We’re proud to be working in partnership with one of the leading snacking companies and we couldn’t be more satisfied with the results. The Helix spiral features horizontal airflow and variable velocity to suit each product within the McVitie’s cake range, controlled by a recipe selector using our simple touch screen HMI, this ensures optimal cooling performance and minimal energy consumption.” 

Posted in: Manufacturing & Industry,Services

ISPE Puts a Spotlight on the Trending Industry Initiative Pharma 4.0™

The International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE) announced their 2019 ISPE Europe Pharma 4.0™ Conference, taking place 20–21 November in Manchester, United Kingdom.

Pharma 4.0™ is a trending industry initiative that highlights the impact and benefit of digitalisation in pharma operations and production. Digitalisation of pharma manufacturing can propel the industry forward and facilitate technological, economical, and logistical advancement. ISPE has created a Pharma 4.0™ operating model to anticipate the industry’s future by incorporating Pharma 4.0™’s strategies for business and technology.

The 2019 ISPE Europe Pharma 4.0™ Conference features top business leaders and technical experts that will elaborate on new strategies and best practises for production operations of crucial systems with an information technology point of view. The educational agenda and conversations will focus on industry business becoming more affordable and efficient with Pharma 4.0™.

Featured Speakers: 

  • Lawrence Yu, PhD, Deputy Director, Office of Pharmaceutical Quality, FDA/CDER/OPQ
  • Kevin Bailey, GMP Inspector, MHRA
  • Christian Woelbeling, Senior Director Global Accounts, Werum IT Solutions
  • Teresa Minero, Founder & CEO, Life Bee Srl
  • Gareth Alford, Lead Engineer, GSK


To explore the agenda and to register, please visit http://www.ISPE.org/2019-EU-Pharma-40.

About ISPE 
The International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE) is the world’s largest not-for-profit association serving its members through leading scientific, technical, and regulatory advancement across the entire pharmaceutical lifecycle. The 18,500 members of ISPE are building solutions in the development and manufacture of safe, effective pharmaceutical and biologic medicines, and medical devices in more than 90 countries around the world. Founded in 1980, ISPE has its worldwide headquarters and training center in North Bethesda, Maryland USA, and its operations center in Tampa, Florida USA. Visit http://www.ISPE.org for more information.

For more information, contact: 
Amy Henry 
International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE) 
Tel: +1-813-960-2105 
Email: ahenry(at)ispe(dot)org 

Posted in: Business,Manufacturing & Industry

Will the Cannabis Industry Surpass Tech with Employment Perks?

The U.S. cannabis industry employs more than 200,000 people in states that have legalized sale and use of the substance, and the figure is growing at an astonishing rate. Analysts expect the industry’s employment numbers to surpass sectors including manufacturing, utilities, and even government jobs within five years. Although the Bureau of Labor Statistics fails to recognize the industry’s contribution to the country’s low unemployment figures, major U.S. universities including Vanderbilt Law School, Cornell University, and the University of California at Davis now offer cannabis-focused undergraduate and graduate programs.

So, where does one begin when considering working in the industry? mg Magazine's annual report about leading cannabis employers is an excellent place to start.

For the past five years, the preeminent cannabis industry trade journal has been at the forefront of recognizing business leaders and companies leading the powerful economic engine. Every December, mg releases a list of the employers most valued by workers, and the bar is high. mg's process includes multiple interviews with both employees and human resources departments, evaluating key factors such as work environment, benefits, perks, work-life balance, health-and-wellness programs, social and environmental efforts, and several other business traits.

The results of 2019’s workplace satisfaction review will be released in the December issue of mg Magazine. The 2018 report is available online.

The 2019 effort is well underway. Nominations will be accepted through September 2.

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About mg Magazine 
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Ushio America Introduces New LED Architectural Lighting Fixtures in Popular 4000K

Ushio America, Inc. is proud to introduce new 4000K outdoor architectural LED lighting fixtures including traditional and slim wall packs, slim area lights, canopy mount fixtures, and wall mount security lights.

Ushio has been supplying lamps and light sources to the U.S. lighting market for over 50 years. As a manufacturer of specialty lighting fixtures and systems, these new LED fixtures expand our portfolio in the exciting architectural lighting market.

These new outdoor LED fixtures are DLC® qualified making them eligible for most utility rebates nationwide. These LED fixtures are available in popular wattages, color temperatures, and come with Ushio’s premium 5-year warranty.

For more information on the Ushio LED lighting fixtures, or any of the other architectural lighting products from Ushio America, visit http://www.ushio.com/AL or call 800-838-7446.

About Ushio America, Inc.

Ushio America, Inc. is a leading manufacturer of LED and Traditional Architectural Illumination lamps such as PARs, BRs, CFLs, MR16s, HID, Linear Tubes, A19s, as well as LED fixtures. Ushio also manufactures specialty lamps that are used for AV, photographic, stage & studio, cinema, UV curing, germicidal, medical, dental, infra-red heating, and many other applications. Established in 1967 as a subsidiary of Ushio Inc., in Tokyo, Japan, Ushio America offers a full spectrum of over 2,500 products and services to its customers. For more information, visit http://www.ushio.com.

Posted in: Electronics & Semiconductors,Manufacturing & Industry

ERPVAR.com Announces Strategic Partnership with OptiProERP, Developer of ERP Software for Discrete Manufacturing

ERPVAR.com, an ERP consultant and integrated software vendor network, announced today the formation of a strategic partnership with OptiProERP Software, Inc., a leading global provider of mission-critical Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) solutions focused on manufacturing and distribution. OptiProERP develops, implements and supports ERP software for discrete manufacturing including ERP software for electronics manufacturing, ERP software for medical device manufacturing, ERP software for industrial machinery and components manufacturing and more.

“We look forward to working with ERP VAR, who is a leader in the ERP ecosystem. Together, we can increase the adoption of comprehensive, innovative, and affordable industry-focused ERP solutions that small and midsize discrete manufacturers previously did not have access to. Our partnership will further our goal of enabling discrete manufacturers to run simple and compete in the digital world.” – Sudi Gummi, Director of Marketing at OptiProERP Software, Inc.

OptiProERP is an end-to-end manufacturing ERP built on the market-leading SAP Business One platform. It is a single manufacturing system that fully integrates financials, accounting, sales, CRM, manufacturing functionality and more. Built for simplicity and scalability, OptiProERP gives small and midsize manufacturers the foundation to grow and compete, without the complexity and cost. Containing integrated processes, OptiProERP enables manufacturers to optimize their business processes from sales order to shipping. By connecting these workflows in a single solution, manufacturers benefit from streamlined and automated processes, greater visibility and control, increased productivity, reduced manufacturing costs and a more efficient shop floor.

OptiProERP is featured in the main ERPVAR.com navigation menu under the Manufacturing menu title.

About OptiProERP Software, Inc. 
OptiProERP Software, Inc. is an innovative, industry-leading software company focused on ERP for manufacturing and distribution. In addition to the deep industry functionality found within the OptiProERP solution, it also embeds the SAP Business One platform, the market-leading platform for small and midsize enterprises. Customers gain an end-to-end ERP solution, including financials, accounting, sales, CRM and manufacturing functionality that fully leverages deep industry knowledge and expertise.

OptiProERP is the first OEM partner of SAP’s Partner Edge Program and the only one exclusively focused on the manufacturing and distribution industries. OptiProERP and sister company, BatchMaster, are eWorkplace Manufacturing companies and leading global providers of mission-critical, industry-focused Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) solutions. Together, they have more than 3,000 customers globally and more than 400 employees. OptiProERP is a U.S.-based company located in Laguna Hills, California. For more information, visit http://www.optiproerp.com.

About ERP VAR 
Established in 2012 and headquartered in Orange County, CA, ERP VAR represents the collective expertise of Sage 100cloud, Sage 300cloud, Sage Intacct, Microsoft Dynamics GP, NetSuite, Acumatica and QuickBooks Enterprise third-party developers combined with the expertise of local implementation ERP consultants. These local ERP consultants provide end-users with a thorough needs analysis to determine which ERP software functionality is required to address their unique needs. If a business process assessment is required, the local channel partner is enlisted to provide a comprehensive examination with end-user company departments to ensure the correct ERP software is selected, implemented and the staff is properly trained. For more information, please visit https://www.erpvar.com.

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Merritt Aluminum Products Named a Colorado Company to Watch for 2019

Merritt Aluminum Products Company today announced that it has been named a 2019 Colorado Companies to Watch (CCTW) award recipient, being acknowledged for its drive, excellence and for the influence of the company as a growing business in the state. CCTW honors second-stage companies that develop valuable products and services, create quality jobs, enrich communities and contribute to emerging industries throughout Colorado.

The CCTW program selected 50 winners from over 1,000 nominations. This year’s award winners were honored and celebrated at a gala on Friday, June 21st in Denver, Colorado. Elated by the news of this great honor, the team at Merritt Aluminum Products attended the event with impressive attendance making sure the company was well represented for such a prestigious award. Though the gala was masquerade, no mask could hide the pride emanating from the Merritt team.

Merritt Aluminum Products spun off from sister company, Merritt Trailers in 2016. Facing many difficulties during the transition, the company was able to see impressive growth through the development of Core Values, a focus on superior customer service and continued innovation resulting in a revenue increase of 27% in 2018. Merritt Aluminum Products also has a commitment to company culture with the development of a wellness program, quarterly bonus opportunities, strong benefits and improved communications. These strides have been recognized by ColoradoBiz Magazine with an Award of Excellence in Culture Momentum in November of 2018.

“I am honored to be recognized for this coveted award and to be listed among some of Colorado’s most innovative and successful companies. Without great people, none of it is possible. We’ve got a great team that has made Merritt Aluminum Products a leading manufacturer of aftermarket accessories for the heavy duty truck market.” said Taylor Merritt, Chairman and CEO of Merritt Aluminum Products.

About Merritt Aluminum Products: 
Merritt Aluminum Products Company is North America’s leading manufacturer of aluminum accessory products for the heavy duty trucking industry. With over 65 years of experience in the manufacturing business with a reputation for the highest quality products in the industry. We are passionate about the products we produce and the customers we serve. We believe that having strong moral principles in everything we do supports our mission to provide total customer satisfaction by producing high quality, high performance products, with exceptional customer service.

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L-com Debuts Cat6a Continuous Flex, ZHFR-PUR, Double Shielded Cable Assemblies

L-com, an Infinite Electronics brand and a preferred manufacturer of wired and wireless connectivity products, announced today that it has introduced a new series of premium, continuous flex, Cat6a cables designed for use in industrial environments.

L-com’s new TRD695AZHF-series cables utilize an industrial-rated Zero-Halogen Flame-Retardant Polyurethane (ZHFR-PUR) jacket that is resistant to industrial oils, chemicals and water while maintaining a CMX & VW-1 flame rating. Double cable shielding along with L-com's shielded RJ45 connectors greatly reduce EMI/RFI interference and these cables feature a flex rating of 1 million cycles at 2.69" (10X cable O.D. min. radius) and 10 Million cycles at 5.38" (20X cable O.D. min. radius).

“These new cables are perfect for use in continuous and repetitive motion applications often found in industrial settings, including use with robots and other machines found in factory and automation environments. The unique combination of ZHFR-PUR jackets, double shielding and extreme high-flex rating make these cable some of the toughest we have designed. Additionally, these cables are all in-stock and available for same-day shipping,” said Dustin Guttadauro, Product Manager.

These new zero-halogen flame-retardant, industrial-rated cables are available off-the-shelf in 12 standard lengths and custom lengths can be ordered with no minimum order quantities.

L-com’s new Cat6a continuous flex ZHFR-PUR cables assemblies are in-stock and available for immediate shipment.

About L-com:

L-com, a leading manufacturer of wired and wireless connectivity products, offers a wide range of solutions and unrivaled customer service for the electronics and data communications industries. The company's product portfolio includes cable assemblies, connectors, adapters, antennas, enclosures, surge protectors and more. L-com is headquartered in North Andover, Mass., is ISO 9001: 2015 certified and many of its products are UL® recognized. L-com is an Infinite Electronics brand.

About Infinite Electronics:

Based in Irvine, Calif., Infinite Electronics offers a broad range of components, assemblies and wired/wireless connectivity solutions, serving the aerospace/defense, industrial, government, consumer electronics, instrumentation, medical and telecommunications markets. Infinite’s brands include Pasternack, Fairview Microwave, L-com, MilesTek, Aiconics, KP Performance Antennas, PolyPhaser, Transtector, RadioWaves, Kaelus, ShowMe Cables and Integra Optics. Infinite Electronics serves a global engineering customer base with deep technical expertise and support, with one of the broadest inventories of products available for immediate shipment. 

Posted in: Electronics & Semiconductors,Manufacturing & Industry

Star Refrigeration Install New Greener Plant for Primula Cheese

Star Refrigeration has helped a world class cheese spread manufacturer upgrade its refrigeration plant to comply with F-gas regulations. The company has overseen the replacement of two refrigeration plants serving Primula’s principal cheese store facility in Team Valley in Gateshead, near Newcastle.

As the UK and Europe continue to phase down harmful refrigerants in an attempt to slow global warming, plants across the UK require upgrading to remain compliant. Star successfully transitioned the plant from R422D – which will soon become untenable under new F-Gas Regulations – to the more future- proofed R513A. The two businesses have been in a successful partnership for over 15 years, and in 2008 Star had already converted the original R22 plants to enable operation with R422D refrigerant which extended the life of the plants by over 10 years.

From January 1st 2020, the EU will introduce a service ban on all refrigerants with a Global Warming Potential (GWP) of over 2,500. Since R422D has a GWP of 2,729, it would have become problematic to Primula to continue running their cheese store. This, in conjunction with the age of the plant, prompted Primula to opt for a complete replacement of the two plants to achieve regulatory compliance, optimise efficiency and ensure its viability going forward.

Star replaced the plants with new equipment utilising a refrigerant with a far lower GWP. In this instance Star determined that R513A a has a comparatively low GWP of just 631, which is well below the 2,500 threshold and should ensure the plant remains viable in its current state for the foreseeable future.

The solution involved the supply and installation of two independent plants each comprising a single bespoke manufactured air-cooled condensing unit and four draw-through evaporators. The condensing units incorporate a single semi-hermetic reciprocating compressor mounted within a weatherproof housing and an air-cooled condenser with extended legs designed for vertical air throw.

Matt Cumming, Facilities Manager at Primula said, “Star’s commitment to ensuring our business is fully compliant with F-gas regulations and their willingness to share their expertise helped us install a commercially viable refrigeration solution which will have considerable benefits both in terms of environmental impact and efficiency. The brand new installation means we are well-placed to continue to serve the needs of our customers across the UK for years to come”.

One of the key challenges of the project was that all work had to be carried out within normal business hours, but had to focus on one plant at a time to ensure continuity of operation with no downtime was maintained. Star scheduled the projects to take place in the first quarter of 2019 to take advantage of low ambient temperatures and reduce the workload on the one operational plant while the other was being replaced.

Additionally, Star made every effort to provide a solution that increased Primula’s competitive advantage with the use of components that qualified for Enhanced Capital Allowance and could afford the customer tax breaks for its use of energy-efficient technology. The plant was designed with efficiency in mind and comprised energy saving technology such as electronic expansion valves, condenser EC fans and evaporator controllers equipped with skip-defrost functionality to avoid defrosting operation when unnecessary. It’s estimated that this functionality could help the company achieve savings of up to £6,000 per annum.

The successful supply and installation of the new plant has provided Primula with a reliable, energy-efficient solution which will save them money in the short-term and comply with international legislation in the medium to long term. Star’s Newcastle branch proximity to Primula’s site, at less than 10 miles away, allowed the project to run smoothly, on time and on budget. The branch’s seven qualified industrial refrigeration service engineers and two apprentices will ensure the plant is properly maintained for years to come whilst on hand to respond to any queries or concerns.

To find out more about Star Refrigeration, go to http://www.star-ref.co.uk

Posted in: Electronics & Semiconductors,Manufacturing & Industry

APG and Partners to Display General Application Cash Drawer Solutions at RetailNOW 2019

APG Cash Drawer a global manufacturer of cash management solutions will partner with top point-of-sale software vendors to display its extensive portfolio of general application cash drawer solutions at the RSPA’s 2019 RetailNOW Show in San Antonio, Texas. Attendees can expect to see partners that recommend APG’s solutions to create seamless transactions for a variety of retail environments. Partner solutions will focus on POS applications for the retail, hospitality, grocery and convenience stores verticals. Partnering with leading point-of-sale systems providers, allows show attendees to see how the functionality and performance of these solutions vary.

“With over 40 years of industry experience, we aim to provide superior value through manufacturing reliable and innovative cash management solutions,” stated Bob Stone, Global V.P. of Product at APG. “As the retail POS market matures, the demands being placed on the POS peripherals have changed. At RetailNOW we are pleased to showcase an expanded suite of General Application products to address this market.”

“APG’s Partner Showcase is a further commitment to the indirect sales channel” stated Nigel Ball, V.P. of Sales in North America. “We are excited to display these solutions with our partners for all attendees to see, demo and discuss at RetailNOW 2019.”

As consumer expectations change, so do the needs of retailers and the POS market. APG’s V.P. of Global Marketing and SMARTtill Business Development, Stephen Bergeron, will be one of many guest speakers during RetailNOW’s educational sessions. In these sessions, Stephen will highlight the challenges faced by retailers, explain how the latest POS solutions can curb future revenue losses, as well as how to leverage marketing tools and insights to thrive in the digital era.

For information about our cash drawer solutions schedule a meeting and visit us in booth 407 to demo the products on display.

About APG Cash Drawer – APG Cash Drawer, with over 40 years of experience, manufactures a wide range of highly durable and reliable cash drawers that are delivered quickly to the marketplace. APG has built a reputation as the supplier of choice for cash management solutions for retail, grocery, hospitality, and quick-serve for thousands of customers throughout the world. Whether it’s our general application cash drawercustom-designed solutions, or the SMARTtill® Cash Management Solution, our products and brand are differentiated by our ability to deliver innovative technologies that globally enhance efficiency and security at the point of sale. To learn more about our products, visit http://www.cashdrawer.com/ or call at 763-571-5000. Follow us on Twitter at @apgcashdrawer and on Facebook.

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X-Rite Releases LED Lamp Kits for Its Industry-Leading Light Booths

X-Rite Incorporated and Pantone LLC, global leaders in color science and technology, today announced LED Lamp Kits for its popular light booths, the SpectraLight QC and Judge QC. As more retailers, homes, offices, and commercial environments adopt LED lighting for improved efficiency and reduced energy costs, the new kits allow brands, manufacturers and suppliers to easily update their visual evaluation and color assessment process to accommodate today’s lighting trends.

“Brands and manufacturers who want to ensure the highest level of product quality and color consistency in today’s retail environment are increasingly adopting LED lighting as part of their color control program,” said Marcus Jones, Product Management Director, X-Rite and Pantone. “X-Rite developed easy-to-install LED lamp kits that allow customers to retrofit existing X-Rite light booths by replacing the fluorescent store lighting with an LED source. Within a matter of minutes, our customers can add a 4000K LED source as an option for evaluating incoming materials, samples, and final products for color consistency and physical defects under controlled lighting conditions.”

Lighting plays a critical role in how a person perceives the color and appearance of an object. It is essential that brands and manufacturers consider all lighting sources under which a final product may appear, including daylight, factory, store, and home lighting environments. With the LED lamp kit, X-Rite light booths can simulate a wider range of lighting conditions, including dual daylight options (D50 lighting for print and D65 for industrial applications), incandescent, fluorescent, and LED illumination.

The new LED Lamp Kits work with: 

  • SpectraLight QC light booth, which features seven different light sources, is ideal for color-critical visual assessment of large and small items under multiple lighting conditions.
  • Judge QC an affordable, durable light booth with five light sources for accurate evaluation of color under controlled lighting conditions for print, packaging and industrial applications.


X-Rite LED Lamp kits and installation videos are now available.

LED Lamp Kit for SpectraLight QC: https://www.xrite.com/categories/parts-accessories/led-lamp-kit-3-ft

LED Lamp Kit for Judge QC: https://www.xrite.com/categories/parts-accessories/led-lamp-kit-2-ft

About X-Rite 
Founded in 1958, X-Rite Incorporated is a global leader in the science and technology of color and appearance. With Pantone, X-Rite employs more than 800 people in 11 countries. The company’s corporate headquarters are located in Grand Rapids, Mich., with regional headquarters in Europe and Asia and service centers across Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and the Americas. X-Rite offers a full range of solutions used by manufacturers, retailers, printers, photographers and graphic design houses to achieve precise management and communication of color and appearance throughout their processes. X-Rite products and services are recognized standards in the printing, packaging, photography, graphic design, video, automotive, paints, plastics, textiles and medical industries. For further information, please visit http://www.xrite.com.

About Pantone 
Pantone provides the universal language of color that enables color-critical decisions through every stage of the workflow for brands and manufacturers. More than 10 million designers and producers around the world rely on Pantone products and services to help define, communicate and control color from inspiration to realization – leveraging advanced X-Rite technology to achieve color consistency across various materials and finishes for graphics, fashion and product design. Pantone Standards feature digital and physical color specification and workflow tools. The Pantone Color Institute™ provides customized color standards, brand identity and product color consulting as well as trend forecasting inclusive of Pantone Color of the Year, Fashion Runway Color Trend Reports, color psychology and more. Pantone B2B Licensing incorporates the Pantone Color System into different products and services, enabling licensees to communicate and reproduce certified Pantone values and improve efficiencies for their users. Pantone Lifestyle brings color and design together across apparel, home, and accessories. Learn more at http://www.pantone.com

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©2019 X-Rite, Inc. All rights reserved. X-Rite is a registered trademark of X-Rite, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. PANTONE® and other Pantone trademarks are the property of Pantone LLC.

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Kivanç Tekstil ties up with Reliance to make eco-friendly fabrics

Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL), India’s largest private sector company and the world’s biggest integrated polyester producer, has joined hands with Turkey’s textile behemoth, Kivanç Tekstil, to manufacture and market R|Elan™ GreenGold, a sustainable and innovative fabric 2.0, to leading apparel brands and consumers across the world. Apart from manufacturing and marketing R|Elan™ GreenGold fabrics, Kivanç will be the exclusive distributor of Recron® GreenGold fibres to spinners, yarn manufactures and knitters across Turkey and it will offer the best quality eco-friendly textile solutions to brands and retailers to meet the ever growing demand of environment friendly apparels.


Kivanç Tekstil is renowned worldwide to cater for major European and American fashion brands and retailers. Vertically integrated across spinning, weaving, dyeing, printing and finishing, Kivanç produces 18 million meters of blended fabrics per annum. Its yield comprises a wide range of blends straddling polyester, cotton, viscose, linen, tencel, modal and wool, and is lapped up by leading global brands engaged in making formal and casual wear apparels.


Speaking about the partnership, Mr Ziya Kivanc, CEO, Kivanç Textil opined: “The partnership with Reliance Industries is a significant initiative in accomplishing our mission. The exclusive distributorship of Recron® GreenGold fibres and yarns and being a manufacturer of R|Elan™ GreenGold fabrics will provide us immense growth opportunities. We are really thankful to Reliance, which has taken a stride forward in actualising our mission. Henceforth, most of the polyester blended fabrics will be made out of sustainable fibres at Kivanç!”


Innovative fabrics by recycling PET bottles!

RIL, the owner of brand R|Elan, is one of the largest recycler of PET bottles in India, recycling 2.2 billion PET bottles a year. R|Elan GreenGold, made from recycled PET, substantially reduces emission of greenhouse gases. The fabric being made from pre-dyed fibres and whatever little water is used, 90% of it is recycled. It uses bio-fuels and is one of the few recycled brands that provides end-to-end traceability throughout the supply chain, right from PET bottles to fibres.


Speaking on the newest member of the rapidly growing HEP, Mr Gunjan Sharma, CMO – Polyester Division, RIL, said: “It gives us immense pleasure to partner with the globally renowned Kivanç Tekstil. With RIL’s technological edge in sustainable offerings merging with Kivanç’s manufacturing prowess, we are certain to come up with stunning innovative fabrics to meet the growing demand for high-quality eco-friendly apparels”.


Further information:



About Kivanç Tekstil
Kivanç is one of the main woven fabric supplier to European and American apparel markets, and it caters to renowned local and global fashion brands. Kivanç has capacity to manufacture 18 million meters per annum of a wide mix of fabric blends weighing in the range of 100gr/m2 to 500gr/m2. The Company’s innovative approach and know-how in the industry has strengthened it’s long-term collaborations with leading fashion retail brands by producing best quality fabrics with professional work ethics. Kivanç Tekstil ranked 335th among the Turkish exporters, and 13th within the textile sector companies in 2018.


About Reliance Industries Limited (RIL)

RIL is India’s largest private sector company with a consolidated turnover of INR 622,809 crore ($ 90.1 billion), cash profit of INR 64,478 crore ($ 9.3 billion), and net profit of INR 39,588 crore ($ 5.7 billion) for the year ended March 31, 2019. RIL is the first private sector company from India to feature in Fortune’s Global 500 list of ‘World’s Largest Corporations’ – currently ranking 148th in terms of revenues and 99th in terms of profits. The company stands 71st in the ‘Forbes Global 2000’ rankings for 2019 – top-most among Indian companies. It ranks 10th among LinkedIn’s ‘The Best Companies to Work for in India’ (2019). RIL’s activities span hydrocarbon exploration and production, petroleum refining and marketing, petrochemicals, retail, and digital services.


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Celebrate 100 Years of Quality with Puritan Medical Products at IAFP’s Annual Meeting

Puritan Medical Products, LLC, will be joining industry experts at the 2019 IAFP Annual Meeting in Lexington, KY at booth #628. For more than 100 years, Puritan has been recognized as the global leader in the creation and manufacture of innovative swabs and related single-use products. At IAFP they will feature the following products: 

  • High-performance, specimen collection devices for environmental testing
  • An expanded array of Puritan’s patented flocked swabs for reliable identification of pathogens – available in dry transport tubes for field work
  • Media transport systems for microbiological specimens. The ESK® line includes commonly requested neutralizing buffer, letheen broth, Butterfield’s solution, and buffered peptone water - all with user-friendly 3” polyester tip swab
  • The large foam tipped EnviroMax® and EnviromaxPlus® applicators, intended for sampling broad surfaces are available both dry and pre-moistened
  • Puritan’s swab designed specifically for testing the norovirus – now with a new blue cap

You’ll see many other Puritan items of interest to food safety specialists, from basic wood items like sterile tongue depressors for product sampling to a broad array of familiar sterile fiber and foam-tipped swabs for many applications in your operation and lab.

Puritan will also be celebrating its 100th anniversary at IAFP. Over the many years of its rich history, Puritan evolved from manufacturing a single mint-flavored toothpick to serving more than a dozen market sectors, with a strong focus on the specimen collection industry. They offer, a varied product line that includes basic spun fiber-and foam-tipped applicators, media transport systems, and our patented HydraFlock® and PurFlock Ultra® polyester flock swabs.

Be sure to spend some time at the booth to discuss these products and learn how they may address your special situation.

“Like the world of diagnostics, environmental sampling protocols continue to evolve,” stated Timothy Templet, executive vice president of sales. "Puritan responds by continuing to provide products that meet the needs of our customers. Our R&D staff is constantly evaluating market changes and developing innovative new products that are both user-friendly and well aligned with current sampling and processing methods.”

IAFP 2019 will be held from July 21 – July 24th in Lexington, KY. Come visit Puritan in booth #628 to learn more about plans for the next 100 years.

About Puritan 
Puritan Medical Products Co., LLC, is a family-owned American company known worldwide as the trusted manufacturer of single-use products for controlled environments, diagnostics, and specimen collection, environmental, forensics, and genetics, medical, and microbiology media industries. Puritan is FDA-registered and ISO 13485:2016 certified. Their products enhance the ability of its customers to collect, analyze, and transport specimens with the utmost confidence in the products’ integrity. Puritan manufactures all of its patented flock swabs and related products in its Guilford, Maine, USA facility.

Posted in: Manufacturing & Industry,Services

Northeast Prestressed Products Features Bridge Project That’s First of Its Kind in the U.S.

Northeast Prestressed Products (NPP), a PCI Mid-Atlantic Producer Member and manufacturer of prestressed/precast products for the Mid-Atlantic, New England and surrounding areas, has a key role in a prominent Lehigh Valley bridge replacement project that is currently underway.

Lehigh and Northampton Counties are replacing their 1930’s era bridge over the Lehigh River with a durable precast prestressed concrete structure. The Coplay-Northampton Bridge replacement has a .5 million price tag and will connect the two boroughs for motorists and pedestrians.

This project is the first in Pennsylvania to utilize pre-stressed and post-tensioned bulb tee beam construction including spliced girders, and the first in the U.S. to use Electrically Isolated Tendons (EIT).

The replacement structure will be a three-span continuous bridge using pre-stressed bulb tee girders, with four splices along the span. The five girder lines will be post-tensioned and grouted with four tendons per line. A composite cast-in-place concrete deck will complete the structure.

The bridge is one of the most heavily traveled in the Lehigh Valley, and so many people walk the bridge every day that the county is providing a shuttle bus six days a week for the duration of the project.

AECOM is the architect and structural engineer for the bridge project. Jason Beecher, PE, AECOM Project Manager, recalls that the company has been working on this project for more than a decade.

Their memorandum of agreement with Lehigh County included architectural features on the replacement structure like ornamental lighting and reconstruction of the tow path to service the old canal.

All interested parties were eventually satisfied, and the project moved forward.

“AECOM was selected back in 2004 as the A and E for this design/bid/build project. We worked with the community to develop a durable structure for Lehigh County,” explained Beecher.

AECOM had to overcome community sentiment for the older structure by performing public outreach. The resulting concrete structure accommodates the addition of a turn lane as well as improving the durability and under-clearance.

“The AECOM team was able to keep the existing pier locations in the river and through substructure evaluation determined they were adequate to support the new loading. We didn’t have to put in coffer dams, and we minimized disruption to the fish migration seasons,” recalls Beecher.

The use of the pre-stressed post-tensioned spliced girders was selected back in the TSL stage, but it wasn’t until the design development stage that the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) showed interest in the project to test a new method of corrosion protection.

The bridge replacement project is the first in Pennsylvania to utilize pre-stressed and post-tensioned bulb tee beam construction including the spliced girders. And it’s the first project in the United States to use Electrically Isolated Tendons (EIT), a technology that is readily available and has been successfully used in Europe.

The EITs allow for verification that the post-tensioned cables have been encapsulated, as per the plans and specs, while they provide enhanced durability and non-destructive condition assessment over time. It requires minimal changes to current construction practices and provides an incentive to improve workmanship.

“The use of the demo EIT technology did not have an adverse effect on the project schedule or budget,” explains Larry Franko, Project Manager with Pennoni Associates.

“I predict in the future this technology should be considered for every pre-stressed and post-tensioned project,” adds Franko.

The EIT process uses a tight polymer duct that encapsulates the high-strength steel along with grouting that creates a protective alkaline environment for the steel strands and an anchor head that is isolated from the ground and the normal reinforcement of the structure.

The use of electrically isolated anchorages allows the team to check the integrity of the plastic duct during and after construction and to monitor the corrosion protection of the high-strength steel during the whole service life with electrical impedance measurements.

The FHWA had been searching for a project that fit the criteria to demonstrate the EIT system. In conjunction with Lehigh County and PennDOT, the Coplay bridge project was selected after vetting concerns about schedule, time and cost.

Lehigh University and Dywidag Systems International (DSI) also played a part in this groundbreaking project.

The engineering and transportation divisions of NPP worked with Trumbull, project contractor, to overcome challenges in the development and delivery of the beams. Beam delivery met several snags as the travel route had to be adjusted so the prestressed concrete beams – the longest at 139’4” – could be backed down a narrow street to access the crane.

According to Franko, only one route was deemed acceptable for the delivery of the prestressed beams. Unbeknownst to the team, a local township construction project impacted that route.

“There was no other way to reach the staging area and we were looking at a possible 6-week delay,” says Franko. The team devised a way to use a local street within the detour in conjunction with a public parking lot. That creative solution avoided major delays.

Mother Nature poured buckets of rain on Pennsylvania in 2018. It was one of the wettest years on record, with the Lehigh Valley receiving more than 20” of rain above normal, putting a damper on the construction schedule.

“The causeways were frequently submerged due to the rain,” says Beecher. “Since they were needed to erect the pre-stressed beams, we had to increase the elevation to make sure they weren’t washed out.”

The temporary causeway was designed based on the driest month of August, but the causeway was flooded because of the extremely rainy summer, so a concrete foundation was installed to support the temporary towers.

Another challenge for the team was performing a full-scale mockup of the post-tensioning operation. Franko recalls it wasn’t easy finding a level space 600 feet in length where they could mimic the exact bridge profile. Trumbull found space that allowed the interested parties to walk through the process and satisfy PennDOT and FHWA.

As with any spliced girder project, there were some challenges.

“There was some difficulty with alignment and movement with the drop in sections between the 2 haunched girders on opposing piers that were held in place only by the use of strong backs. The section between the piers was the farthest reach and that piece was difficult to maneuver. In order to avoid the PT ducts, we had to drop it down alongside and move it laterally into place,” says Franko.

There was a slight misalignment of the PT ducts due to the temporary forces on each end of the beams. They came up with a scheme to jack the beams which allowed everything to be moved within allowable tolerances.

Lehigh University and DSI will continue to monitor the bridge project and publish the results of their research. The results will confirm how well confined the post-tensioned tendons were during construction. The initial readings were above baseline and from that standpoint the grouting operation was successful.

This non-destructive evaluation method monitors for breeches in the corrosion protection system indicative of the onset of corrosion. In this demonstration project, the emphasis was for the EIT to measure quality control at the time of construction as well as long-term.

As for the project schedule, concrete deck work is scheduled for completion in 2019 with a bridge opening date set for 2020.


  •     Bridge Description: 3-span continuous bridge, 5 girder lines
  •     Bridge Length: 1,124 ft.
  •     Precast Elements: 27 PS Bulb Tee Beams and 25 PS/PT Bulb Tee Segments (spans 4-6) (various sizes)



  •     Location: Chestnut Street Bridge - Coplay, PA
  •     Precast: Northeast Prestressed Products, LLC
  •     Owner: County of Lehigh
  •     Architect: AECOM
  •     Structural Engineer: AECOM
  •     Contractor: Trumbull Corporation
  •     Construction Manager: Pennoni Associates
  •     Construction Inspection: Pennoni Associates

PCI Mid-Atlantic, a chapter of the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI), is a professional marketing organization committed to the growth and greater profitability of the Precast Industry in the Mid-Atlantic region. It is comprised of prestressed/precast producer member firms located throughout the Mid-Atlantic States, including New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland and Virginia. PCI Mid-Atlantic also has over 50 associate member companies that produce a variety of concrete industry related products. For more information, visit http://www.pci-ma.org

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NDS Launches “Downspout Defender” Attachment for Catch Basins that Deflects Debris and Prevents Clogs Downstream

NDS, Inc., a leading provider of drainage and stormwater management solutions for both residential and commercial applications, today launched Downspout Defender™, an innovative attachment to NDS catch basins that deflects debris and prevents clogs downstream, making downspout drainage systems more effective. With a self-cleaning grate and patent-pending design that captures more water than standard grates, Downspout Defender™ fits 12”x12” NDS catch basins.

“Installing catch basins under downspouts is a best practice for managing stormwater and protecting property. The new NDS Downspout Defender™ makes a drainage system even more effective by deflecting large debris to keep the system running clean,” said Sharon Vessels, Vice President of Marketing and E-commerce at NDS. “With Downspout Defender™, we’re excited to offer an innovative tool that enhances the performance of critical drainage solutions and protects homes from damage related to stormwater runoff.”

A catch basin traps sediment, debris, contaminants and pollutants so that they cannot enter and clog drainage pipes. Installed beneath downspouts, catch basins connect to underground drainage pipes where the water can drain away from a home to a safe location. The NDS Downspout Defender™, which attaches to a catch basin, sheds leaves, needles, twigs, nuts, seeds and other debris while preventing water from splashing back onto building walls and capturing water that overshoots traditional flat grates. Made with high-density polyethylene (HDPE) and manufactured in the U.S., the NDS Downspout Defender™, combined with a catch basin, protects property and structures by eliminating standing water.

The financial costs of poor drainage can be substantial: repairing damage to a home’s foundation as a result of poor drainage can range from ,500 to ,000, according to the National Association of Realtors. The human health costs of poor drainage on a property can be significant: poorly drained runoff from roofs can enter basements or flow inside homes through foundational cracks or leaks where it can warp floorboards and turn finished rooms into disastrous, mildewy and moldy messes that can attract insects and rodents; outside, inadequate or non-existent drainage from gutter downspouts can create standing water that can harbor breeding spots for mosquitoes that carry West Nile virus, Zika virus and heartworms.

The NDS Downspout Defender™ is sold at major retailers and wholesalers throughout the U.S., and online at http://www.ndspro.com.

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About NDS, Inc. 
NDS, Inc. is a leading manufacturer of products and solutions for drainage and stormwater management, landscape irrigation and flow management for both residential and commercial applications. Headquartered in Woodland Hills, California, NDS is a member of the NORMA Group, a global market leader in engineered joining technology. For more information, visit http://www.ndspro.com and http://www.normagroup.com.

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New USHIO LED T8 Universal Lamps with Dual Purpose Design

Ushio America, Inc. introduces new LED T8 Universal lamps to its Ubiquity™ series. The Ubiquity LED T8 Universal lamps offer an instant energy-saving solution for F32T8 fluorescent lamps. These USHIO LED T8 lamps have a hybrid design capable of ballast compatible or direct-wire operation. The lamps utilize an existing instant-start or programmed-start ballast to reduce labor and maintenance costs. If the ballast is not compatible or has reached the end of its useful life, simply bypass the ballast. It’s easy and energy efficient!

Ubiquity LED T8 Universal lamps are available in 12.5W and in 4000K and 5000K color temperatures with thermal fuse protection to help prevent overheating. Ushio America is proud to stand behind these 50,000 hour rated life LED lamps with a 5-year limited warranty. These efficient LED T8 lamps are perfect for fluorescent troffers, office lighting, warehouse facilities, and retail lighting. Use these dual purpose lamps to reduce the number of SKUs in your inventory today.

For more information on these LED T8 Universal lamps, visit http://www.ushio.com or call our customer service representatives at 800.838.7446.

About Ushio America, Inc.

Ushio America, Inc. is a leading manufacturer of specialty and architectural illumination lighting solutions based in Cypress, California. Ushio offers commercial LED lighting products with DLC listed tubes, California Title 20 specifications as well as PAR, MR16, BR, A19, S14, CFL, HID, linear fluorescent tubes, and LED fixtures. Established in 1967 as a subsidiary of Ushio Inc. in Tokyo, Japan, Ushio America offers over 2,500 products including specialty lamps that are used for AV, photographic, stage & studio, cinema, UV curing, germicidal, medical, dental, infra-red heating, and many other applications. Visit http://www.ushio.com/AL/ for more information.

Posted in: Electronics & Semiconductors,Manufacturing & Industry

Birk Manufacturing will Exhibit at SEMICON WEST 2019

Birk Manufacturing has announced that the company will be exhibiting its innovative custom flexible heaters and heating elements at SEMICON WEST 2019, the largest exhibition for the global microelectronics industry in North America. The event will be held at Moscone Convention Center, San Francisco, California, from July 9 to 11, 2019. Birk Manufacturing will be showcasing at booth #152.

At the booth, Birk Manufacturing will be showcasing its best-selling products, including Kapton® (polyimide), silicone rubber, mica-insulated, and butyl rubber heating elements. These heating elements are largely used in semiconductor equipment, instrumentation, medical devices, and several types of critical diagnostic equipment. The company offers these products in custom designs and specifications to meet diverse industry requirements. Attendees who stop at the company’s booth can also see its other product offerings, comprising several thermal solutions, including surface mount sensors, temperature probes, and several bare elements such as thermocouple sensors and RTDs.

The semiconductor industry uses several well-designed thermal systems and heater elements for various applications and processes. Birk Manufacturing has developed customized thermal systems that ensure low outgassing, even heat distribution, and excellent heat transfer to the heat sink as well as feature flexible circuits and integrated sensors. These heating solutions are widely used in applications such as the burn-in testing of integrated circuits and managing process temperature during the manufacturing of wafers for semiconductor applications.

Birk Manufacturing is one of the leading manufacturers of Kapton® (polyimide) heaters in the world. These heaters are thinner than most other industrial heating elements available in the market and are considered perfect solutions for compact/2D applications. These heaters can be integrated with temperature sensors to ensure thermal stability and uniform heat distribution in an application. In addition to these products, Birk Manufacturing also provides application engineering services that are certified to the ISO: 9001, ISO: 13485 and AS: 9100 standards.

“Birk Manufacturing is proud to be part of one of the largest semiconductor events in the world – SEMICON West 2019. We have been serving the semiconductor industry for years, and our flexible heating solutions have been part of several critical semiconductor applications. We believe this event will bring us several opportunities to interact with manufacturers, technicians, and engineers who might be looking for the highest-quality thermal solutions for their semiconductor applications,” said Michael Mattox, Birk’s Chief Executive Office.

SEMICON West is a premier event that addresses the trends, requirements, and market needs of semiconductor devices. The event will comprise 80+ hours of business and technical programming, as well as several innovative exhibitions, where exhibitors will provide insights on innovations in the semiconductor industry. Attendees will get a glimpse into smart solutions such as flexible hybrid electronics, sensors, MEMS, and so on. Every year, the event attracts technology and business leaders, industry analysts, researchers, and business managers of microelectronics industries. At the event, you will see Birk Manufacturing exhibiting at the SEMICON West 2019 show at booth #152 at Moscone Center South Hall.

About Birk Manufacturing 
Founded in 1989, Birk Manufacturing is a market leader of innovative thermal heating solutions. The company is located in East Lyme, CT, and operates from its 36,000 sq. ft. manufacturing facility, where it designs flexible heating solutions, temperature sensors, custom turnkey assemblies, wire harnesses, standard heaters, and RAPT°R-heated tubes. The company regularly designs and manufactures customized thermal solutions for its clients across various industries. Its commitment to quality throughout the design and manufacturing phases can be easily verified by the various certifications that it owns. Birk is an ISO 13485/9001-, AS9100-, and ITAR-accredited company. For more information, please visit the official website at https://www.birkmfg.com.

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Boston Industrial Solutions introduces Natron ST Series soft touch pad printing ink

Boston Industrial Solutions, Inc. annoucnes the arrival of the Natron™ ST Series inks for pad printing onto soft touch,  rubber, nylon, textiles and synthetic products. Examples of applications include soft touch pens, neck labels, rubber, nylon and synthetics.

What is soft touch? Soft touch is a coating applied to plastics and rubber substrates to give the coated products a smooth, soft feel. The soft touch coating makes it hard for printing inks to adhere on products. To solve this challenge, Boston Industrial Solutions, Inc. formulated the ST series soft touch ink line.

This new pad printing inks for soft touch and synthetics features fast drying time, high opacity and excellent print-ability. Cured prints are also able to resist rubbing, machine washing, and scratch tests. The Natron™ ST series ink line is also easy to work with just like the Natron™ SE silicone inks.

The ST Series inks for soft touch comes in 20 high opacity standard colors and is available in 1kg containers. Custom colors are also available within eight business hours upon request.

Generally, the Natron ST series will air dry at 68°F in 20-30 seconds and will achieve full crosslinking within 24 - 48 hours. With catalyst added, full cross-link is achieved in 24 – 36 hours.  Accelerated drying and curing can be achieved introducing heat at 150 - 225°F for approximately 60 seconds to two minutes. (Safety caution! Wait for the hot product to cool down before touching).

Natron ST Series pad printing inks not only solves the challenge of printing onto nylons, rubber, and soft touch substrates but it also offer economic value, durability, and vibrant prints.

For more information on the ST Series inks, please visit: https://www.bostonindustrialsolutions.com/product-category/natron-pad-printing-inks/

Posted in: Fashion & Beauty,India,Manufacturing & Industry,U.S

Pharm Origins Research and Development Team Successfully Extracts Phtyo Testosterone

After extensive research and development, Pharm Origins has announced the successful extraction of natural testosterone originating from raw pine pollen.

Testosterone supplementation, a key male hormone, is often used as a potent but controversial regimen against male aging. Biologically, plant-based testosterone provides the same human benefit, with limited side effects.

Pharm Origins recently filed patents on a nutrient extraction system that can extract active ingredients from the world's rarest, most fragile natural sources.

This cutting-edge process was used in the extraction of this plant-based testosterone.

“We were really excited to finally achieve this massive research and development goal. Men all over the world are resorting to synthetic testosterone therapy and this breakthrough can lead to a safer alternative in the near future,” said Clint Winters, Pharm Origins spokesperson and natural health researcher.

It was recently discovered that pine pollen, which is essentially the male seed of the flower, contains human adapted androgens including pure testosterone.

This type of testosterone passes directly into the males’ “free testosterone” stores, without “binding,” making it very viable for supplementation. Pharm Origins will be the first to extract and suspend this plant-based hormone for potential human use. Lab trials are now underway.

“We are really excited to give men around the world a safe alternative to synthetic testosterone shots. The benefits of testosterone are powerful, but they can come with many risks. This natural application will diminish those risks without diminishing performance,” said Travis Shoaf, Director of Product Development and Manufacturing.

Pharm Origins determined from rigorous research that each gram of pine pollen contains 80 nanograms of pure “free testosterone”. 300 nanograms is considered a healthy level for an average male. Most aging men are well below this number. Based on this analysis, phyto testosterone use would normalize male testosterone levels in less than a week while keeping them high for the future.

The initial application would be sublingual, with testosterone entering the blood stream within fifteen minutes.

Clinical trials are ongoing and a full release is expected during the 2019 calendar year.

Pharm Origins was founded in 2011 and is an FDA registered dietary supplement formulator and manufacturer located in Atlanta, GA.

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Museum of Outside Arts Representative Says Videotel Digital VP70XD is Reliable and Easy to Use Even in the Great Outdoors

Receiving a nod from the Museum of Outside Arts (MOA), it appears Videotel Digital’s VP70XD Industrial Media Player is now in rather high-brow spaces. Assisting the Englewood, Colorado museum in their mission to “make art a part of everyday life,” the digital media player is now supporting art installations both indoors and outdoors. How so? The resourceful VP70XD lends its acumen to art that interprets specific spaces as their own museums without walls. Thus, venues from commercial office parks to botanical gardens, city parks, and traditional sculpture gardens sing the praises of a product that can seamlessly get its point across just as if it wasn’t even there.

Thanks to the forward-thinking museum, the VP70XD is used in immersive art experiences throughout the Denver metropolitan area. Tim Vacca, the Director of Programs for MOA, said, “The Museum of Outdoor Arts has used the VP70XD Industrial Digital Signage Media Player consistently in both indoor and outdoor exhibition applications. The hardware and software are very reliable, easy to use, and have served our needs well. We highly recommend Videotel!”

The VP70XD auto loops video, audio, image, and photo content directly from a USB or SD card. Traveling lightly, it eliminates the need for an auto extractor as it provides background sound by incorporating audio files from a mix of file types. The digital signage media player can also relay slideshow transitions for engaging effects.

“It’s phenomenal to partner with the Museum of Outside Arts to quite literally bring something to life that we’re surrounded by daily. The multiple applications of this product never cease to amaze us. Needless to say, our stimulating partnerships with museums like MOA inspires us to continue to make great products like the VP70XD,” said Lisa Schneider, the VP of Marketing & Sales for Videotel Digital.

For more information about the VP70XD, visit https://www.videoteldigital.com/vp70xd-industrial-digital-signage-media-player.

For more information about Videotel Digital, visit http://www.videoteldigital.com.

About Videotel Digital: 
Videotel Digital is a leading manufacturer of Industrial Digital Signage Media Players, Industrial DVD Players, and Interactive Digital Signage Solutions. The industry leader services numerous industries from retail to healthcare, educational concerns, hospitality, events, and museums, among others.

About MOA: 
MOA is a forerunner in the placement of site-specific sculpture in Colorado. Their art collection is located within various public locations.

Videotel Digital 
681 Anita Street Suite #104 
Chula Vista, CA 91911

Lisa Schneider 
VP of Marketing & Sales 
(619) 670-4412


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SDP/SI Expands Timing Belt Inventory

Stock Drive Products/Sterling Instrument (SDP/SI), a leader in providing mechanical based design, engineering, and precision manufacturing services for critical motion control and small power transmission applications is proud to announce an expansion of their timing belt inventories resulting in shorter lead times.

SDP/SI develops and manufactures timing belt and pulley drive systems, offering not only the components but complete assemblies designed for optimal performance. “Customers face challenges every day, from a line going down to building a prototype. By expanding our timing belt inventory we have dramatically lowered lead times, cutting and shipping timing belts in less than a week.” said V.P. Sales/Marketing, Doug Kerester. “Increasing our inventory levels in timing belt materials will better position us to meet our customers’ needs for quick turnaround,”

SDP/SI is one of the top 3 belt sleeving consumers in the USA offering synchronous timing belts in a wide range of profiles, including MXL, XL, L, HTD®, GT®2 and GT®3. Stocking timing belt material from leading manufacturers, such as Gates, SDP/SI has the capacity to cut over 6,000 belts per day. Both standard widths and special widths cut to customer requirements are available. Detailed product specifications are available on the website.

About Stock Drive Products/Sterling Instrument (SDP/SI) a Designatronics company
SDP/SI, ISO 9001:2015 + AS9100D certified, provides mechanical based design, engineering and manufacturing services for critical motion control and small power transmission applications, including aerospace, defense, medical, robotics, and industrial automation. Over 87,000 standard inch and metric small mechanical components are available for fast turnaround. SDP/SI specializes in high-quality machined parts, molded components, synchronous belt drives, precision gears and subassemblies, offering customized design. For more information go to: http://www.sdp-si.com

Posted in: Manufacturing & Industry,Services,U.S

ARCO Design/Build Houston’s Continued Market Growth Drives Expansion into New Office

ARCO Design/Build (ARCO) Houston’s continued growth in the light industrial construction industry has necessitated the move to a new office location. The Houston office was established in 2015 as an extension of the award-winning national design-build firm ARCO.

“Back in 2015, we saw an opportunity to move to Houston due to the lack of design-build contractors and the opportunities that presented themselves here,” adds John Atcheson, Vice President, Principal of ARCO Houston. “Focusing on our design-build delivery has grown our business from a traditional industrial box builder to our delivery of pharmaceuticals, life sciences and manufacturing facilities. Today, we are the design-build contractor in Houston.”

ARCO’s specialty in light industrial and commercial design-build construction projects supports a variety of industries including speculative development, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, distribution centers, cold and dry storage facilities. Since their start in 2015, ARCO’s Houston office has seen steady growth due to the value of their design-build delivery method.

“Our growth has been reflective of us sticking to our philosophy on the design-build approach and the value we want to give our customers,” said Eric Safko, Vice President, Principal of ARCO Houston. “It’s been a product of our slow, but steady growth. If we wanted to be a plan-spec-build contractor like others in the city, we could do larger volume, but at that point, we’d just be another general contractor and not a strategic member of the team that adds value to the process and brings a new perspective to projects with new solutions.”

The growth of the Houston office is the successful extension of ARCO’s national network of design-build offices named #15 on ENR’s 2018 list of design-build contractors.

“Being a national design-build contractor with 19 offices, Houston being one of them, we are able to bring in a tremendous amount of knowledge from around the U.S. I think that’s a huge advantage to our clients and end-users. No other contractor in Houston has quite the reach we do, and we leverage that for our clients,” said Atcheson.    

In 2018, the ARCO Houston was awarded and named one of Houston’s Best Places to Work. The new office location features contemporary design with architecture for the office completed by the Houston based architectural firm Method Architecture.

“It’s nice to have a new place to call home for our associates. It has our ARCO work hard/play hard feel and will allow us to cohesively work as a team while giving us room to grow,” said Safko. With this new space, we could easily double our staff to support the size business that we see ARCO Houston being in the next 5-10 years.”

About ARCO Design/Build

ARCO Design/Build, Inc. is a national design/build firm widely recognized as an industry leader for various industrial project types, including but not limited to cold storage warehouse, light industrial distribution, and manufacturing. ARCO's turn-key approach allows customers to have a direct relationship with one company, ensuring a single point of contact that will allow for clear lines of communication resulting in savings of time and cost. Capabilities include project feasibility studies, site selection, complete design, logistical design, budgeting, up-front competitive lump sum pricing, value engineering, code consulting and full general contracting.

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Coravin, Inc. Signs on to Use Enhanced Retail Solutions' Retail Analytic Software

Coravin, Inc., a Burlington, MA company focused on changing the way wine is served, sold and enjoyed through its revolutionary wine preservation system, announced today it has chosen Enhanced Retail Solutions (ERS) retail analytic software to help better study the business with retail partners. Coravin designs and markets the Coravin Wine Preservation System, which uses proprietary patented technology to access and pour wine from a bottle without pulling the cork. The partnership with ERS enables efficient management of Coravin’s rapidly growing distribution.

ERS is a top provider of Retail Analytic and Demand Planning to retailers, licensors and their vendor partners. ERS clients use their consulting and software to analyze product sales and trends as well as to better forecast their inventory needs. ERS tools transform vast quantities of data into meaningful, actionable opportunities. Their experience in retail management, along with their extensive software development background combine to offer consulting and software aid in managing and studying the performance of inventoried items.

“We wanted a more efficient, automated way to capture and consolidate Retail Sell-Out data”, said Scott Montgomery, Senior Vice President of Sales, The Americas at Coravin. “I witnessed firsthand how Enhanced Retail Solutions’ software benefited a top CPG company and thought Coravin could benefit similarly.”

About Enhanced Retail Solutions LLC: 
Enhanced Retail Solutions is a New York based software and consulting firm specializing in Retail Analysis and Demand Planning for the manufacturer and their retail partners. ERS' state of the art software tools and consulting deliver critical data quickly, easily and cost effectively, adding over one hundred million dollars to their clients' bottom line. ERS' broad customer base includes industry leaders in consumer products, toy, apparel, footwear, home textile, electronics, home décor, home improvement, housewares, jewelry and food industries. For more information, visit https://www.EnhancedRetailSolutions.com.

About Coravin: 
Coravin, Inc. is a privately held company located in Burlington, Massachusetts focused on changing the way wine is served, sold and enjoyed. Coravin designs and markets the Coravin Wine Preservation System for wine enthusiasts, restaurants, wine stores and wineries. Unparalleled in craftsmanship and design, Coravin uses proprietary patented technology to access and pour wine from a bottle without pulling the cork. Wine enthusiasts can now enjoy wine sealed with corks without feeling the need to commit to the whole bottle, allowing them to enjoy any wine, any time- whether they want a sip, a glass, or more. After enjoying a glass of wine, the remaining wine in the bottle will be perfectly preserved for weeks, months, or even years. For more information, please visit http://www.coravin.com.

Posted in: Manufacturing & Industry,Retail,U.S

DUNAPOL® C Pour-In-Place Polyurethane Insulation Implemented at Major LNG Projects

DUNA-USA, a manufacturer of polyurethane and polyisocyanurate foams and chemicals for the aerospace, automotive, insulation, marine, and construction industries, has partnered with Insulations Inc. an oil and gas industry insulation contractor, to provide DUNAPOL® C foam-in-place polyurethane system for valve insulation at both Cameron LNG and Freeport LNG export plant projects.

After a testing process conducted in collaboration with multiple engineering firms, the DUNAPOL® C system was approved, and production initiated by Insulations Inc. in January 2019.

“With the DUNAPOL® C system, we documented noticeable efficiency improvements over traditional valve and flange insulating techniques. DUNAPOL® C enabled us to perform the valve insulation scope in faster, safer, more cost-effective manner, while still maintaining the high-quality level of work we take pride in,” states David Branton, President of Insulations Inc. “Insulations Inc. has made the capital and resource commitments to be the industry leader for LNG & Ethylene Foam-in-Place (FIP) applications, and we’ve seen great success in both the Freeport and Cameron LNG plant projects” adds Branton.

Historical valve and flange insulation protocol involves using fabricated rigid sheets, requiring a high amount of labor with lots of waste material and bond joints. Pour-in-place systems eliminate waste entirely and drastically reduce labor hours, providing a cost and time-effective improvement on existing technology.

The dimensional stability of the pour-in-place system, and the excellent cell structure are just a few of the features in a long list of outstanding mechanical, physical and thermal insulation properties of DUNAPOL® C. “Our collaboration with Insulations Inc., along with the quality of the DUNAPOL® C polyurethane systems, confirms the efficiency of foam-in-place insulation technology in the US market,” says Andrea Benedetti, CEO of DUNA-USA.

The foam-in-place technology is relatively new to the North American market but has a successful track record in LNG applications throughout the globe and is widely accepted as the most efficient insulation process for valve and flange applications. “We foresee a continued growth and use of the foam-in-place technology in LNG and ethylene projects throughout North America over the next few years, with a product made entirely in the US,” adds Benedetti.

Insulations Inc. is headquartered in New Orleans, LA, and has been in business for over 40 years. They specialize in providing high-quality construction services such as tank insulation, fireproofing, heat tracing, fabrication, refractory, painting/coating, abatement, and scaffolding. They operate in multiple industries such as refining, gas processing, chemical, power, pulp and paper, LNG, industrial, and marine. Additional information may be seen at: http://www.insulationsinc.com.

DUNA-USA’s Polyiso foam and PU systems are primarily targeted towards oil and gas, cryogenic, and LNG insulation applications and is the core business of the DUNA Group. The DUNA Group, comprised of DUNA-USA, DUNA-CORRADINI, and DUNA-EMIRATES, has been manufacturing foams, chemicals and adhesives since 1957, and specializes in the research and development of high-quality polyurethane foams and chemicals. DUNA has locations in the USA Italy, and United Arab Emirates. Additional information may be seen at: http://www.dunagroup.com/usa

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The NPD Group Names François Klipfel as Europe Toys Division President

he NPD Group has named François Klipfel president of the company’s Europe Toys business. NPD, the global leader in industry expertise, prescriptive analytics and point-of-sale tracking for toys, offers services for the toys industry in 13 countries around the world.

François started his career in sales at Procter & Gamble before he moved to the point-of-sale business within GfK France in 1993. Over the past 25 years, he had different roles in the commercial team of GfK, including Deputy Managing Director and member of the Management Board of the South West Europe region. In his latest role, he was leading a team of more than 70 managers and senior executives while handling sales and negotiations for a range of global clients.

In his new role at NPD, François will be responsible for continuing the successful development of the company’s Toys practice in Europe, and starting new initiatives in adjacent industries such as Entertainment. He will report into Gerhard Hausruckinger, NPD Group President for Europe and APAC.

“François has a proven track record as a successful leader, bringing with him a strong reputation for personnel development and team building. His experience and proven ability to deliver results will be a valuable asset as The NPD Group executes on its strategic priorities and plans for sustainable growth,” said Hausruckinger.

“I am honored and thrilled to take on this role and look forward to working with NPD’s talented team to undertake the myriad opportunities and challenges facing the toy industry in today’s increasingly competitive and ever-changing entertainment landscape,” said Klipfel.

About The NPD Group 
NPD offers data, industry expertise, and prescriptive analytics to help our clients grow their businesses in a changing world. Over 2000 companies worldwide rely on us to help them measure, predict, and improve performance across all channels, including brick-and-mortar and e-commerce. We have offices in 27 cities worldwide, with operations spanning the Americas, Europe, and APAC. Practice areas include apparel, appliances, automotive, beauty, books, B2B technology, consumer technology, e-commerce, fashion accessories, food consumption, foodservice, footwear, home, juvenile products, media entertainment, mobile, office supplies, retail, sports, toys, travel retail, video games, and watches / jewelry. For more information, visit http://www.npd.com. Follow us on Twitter: @npdgroup, @npd_entertain

Posted in: Manufacturing & Industry,Retail,U.S

American Elite Molding Continues Double Digit Growth; Is on Pace to Match 2018's Rate of 30% Growth in 2019

American Elite Molding, America’s leading manufacturer of cable ties, experienced 30% growth in 2018 and is on pace to match that rate in 2019. This marks 15 straight years of double digit growth for the American manufacturer based in Crestview, Florida.

“We are proud to continue our trend of double digit growth, year after year,” said American Elite Molding Founder and CEO Robert Sires. “In 2018, our 20th year in business, we had more than million in sales. We have grown from 3 employees to nearly 200, and our production facility in Florida has expanded from 4,000 square feet to 75,000 square feet—and we’re almost busting at the seams. We’ve managed this growth through our dedication to producing superior quality, American-made cable ties and to delivering exceptional customer service. We are constantly improving our processes and expanding production capacity; we have invested over million in new machinery over the past three years and now have 17 machines running 24/7/365. We also now supply cable ties to one of the largest consumer home improvement chains in the U.S. We expect to reach over million in sales within the next three years.”

Celebrating its 20th anniversary, American Elite Molding is America’s leading manufacturer of nylon cable ties. Located in Crestview, Florida, its state-of-the-art ISO 9001-certified facility operates 24/7/365 and boasts the most advanced production processes in the U.S. AEM offers an extensive line of cable ties in a variety of lengths, tensile strengths, and colors, plus accessories such as mounting pads and cable clamps. American Elite Molding’s specialty products include EZ-Off™ ties, releasable ties, custom-printed ties, and HVAC duct straps. All cable ties use virgin nylon 6/6 to guarantee superior quality and are UL Listed and Mil-Spec approved, including UL 62275 Type 21S. AEM maintains a full inventory of all cable ties for Just-in-Time delivery from regional stocking locations to its national distributor network. American Elite Molding is committed to continuous improvement in quality and service in all areas. The company focuses on customer success as well as satisfaction, and all American Elite Molding products are backed by a 100% satisfaction guarantee. For more information, call 1-888-463-3454, visit http://www.AmericanEliteMolding.com, or find AEM on Facebook.

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Okuma and Hartwig Announce the Grand Opening of the Okuma Tech Center at Hartwig Houston

Okuma America Corporation, a world leader in CNC machine tool manufacturing, and Okuma distributor Hartwig, announce the grand opening of the new Okuma Tech Center at Hartwig Houston on Wednesday, April 24 and Thursday, April 25, 2019 from 9a.m.-7p.m., 10321 Regal Row, Houston, Texas.

The grand opening event showcases the 23,000 square foot, world-class showroom which features more than 20 machine tools - including larger machines specifically built for the oil and gas industry. Attendees will also see cutting demos, learn about the latest in CNC technology and meet with industry partners.

“We’re looking forward to opening the doors of the new Tech Center to our customers. Okuma and Hartwig’s long-standing partnership combines decades of machine tool knowledge and industry experience to provide exceptional sales and service to CNC customers,” said Wade Anderson, Okuma Product Specialists Sales Manager and Tech Centers Manager. “The new space allows us to show the larger machines that are significant to the oil and gas industry, and our customers can see live-cutting applications demonstrated on these Okuma machine tools. It’s the perfect place for customers to come and meet with Okuma and Hartwig experts to learn how we can help solve their manufacturing challenges.”

“We are very excited to open the doors to this world-class facility and welcome our customers located in the southern Texas and Louisiana regions,” said Hartwig Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Greg Hartwig. “Without their support, this Tech Center wouldn’t be possible. We look forward to seeing our customers at the grand opening event.”

Lunch will be provided daily. For detailed information about the grand opening event and to register visit https://okuma.com/houston2019. For more information on Okuma America Corporation visit https://www.okuma.com/ and for more information on Hartwig visit https://www.hartwiginc.com/.

About Okuma America Corporation 
Okuma America Corporation is the U.S.-based sales and service affiliate of Okuma Corporation, a world leader in CNC (computer numeric control) machine tools, founded in 1898 in Nagoya, Japan. The company is the industry’s only single-source provider, with the CNC machine, drive, motors, encoders, and spindle all manufactured by Okuma. The company also designs their own CNC controls to integrate seamlessly with each machine tool’s functionality. In 2014 Okuma launched the Okuma App Store, the industry’s only centralized online marketplace for machine tool apps and related content. Along with its extensive distribution network (largest in the Americas), and Partners in THINC, Okuma is committed to helping users gain competitive advantage through the open possibilities of machine tools, today and into the future. For more information, visit http://www.okuma.com/americas or follow us on Facebook or Twitter @OkumaAmerica.

About Hartwig 
Founded in 1960, Hartwig has become the largest distributor of machine tool solutions and inspection equipment in the Midwest and Mountain regions. Built on a foundation of fairness, after-sales support and hard work, the company has grown to more than 200 employees covering eight office locations in 14 states including: Colorado, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah, and Wyoming. Hartwig partners with its customers to optimize machining performance, decrease downtime and improve overall efficiency of equipment and applications. The company prides itself on not just being a machine tool distributor, but a true solutions provider intent on assisting customers in controlling their destiny and keeping manufacturing within the U.S. The company delivers applications expertise to numerous industries, including: aerospace, computer, construction, farming, fluid power, industrial machining, medical, oil, gas and energy. Hartwig’s name is synonymous with quality, service, support, and engineering.

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Leak Detection Associated Announces Expansion of a New State of the Art Manufacturing Facility

Leak Detection Associates, the world’s premier manufacturer of custom built, helium-based leak testing instruments for the Pharmaceutical, Biotechnology, Medical Device and Food Packaging Industries’ is pleased to announce the completion of its new, state of art manufacturing facility in Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey. The new facility was custom designed to meet enhanced manufacturing capabilities that will enable multiple custom units to be built simultaneously. This is a key component of the new management team’s plan designed to drastically improve client lead times on new instrument orders. The Egg Harbor Township location will also serve as the company’s headquarters and will be home to all of the administration functions of the company.

“With a new ownership and management team in place, Leak Detection Associates has implemented a global process and quality improvement program that will allow us to improve on all phases of the operation,” commented CEO Brian Mulhall. “We are committed to improving our products, service offering and customer interaction profile so that we can meet the strict demands of the regulatory environment in which our clients operate. The completion of this facility also represents the first step in the global expansion program that has been implemented.”

With the introduction of new USP General Chapter 1207 and the continual need for the use of testing per ASTM F-2391, the use of helium leak testing systems has proven to be a first-line and effective option on a wide variety of package testing programs. From package development to in-process quality control testing, the SIMS 1284+ instrument offers clients the opportunity to test at levels not achievable with other leak testing technologies and instruments. The new facility will allow Leak Detection Associates to serve clients with improved turn-around times on orders and provide a platform for more advance preliminary work on client specific testing requirements.

About Leak Detection Associates, LLC 
For over 20 years, Leak Detection Associates has been the premier manufacturer of custom helium leak detection instruments for the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device and food packaging industries. LDA's well-established technology has been incorporated into ASTM and compendia guidance documents. This robust industry experience, combined with the advanced capabilities of the flagship SIMS 1284+ helium leak detection unit, provides companies with tools to quantitatively evaluate leakage, improve the package development cycle, establish manufacturing controls, and ultimately reduce risk to the product and consumer throughout the lifecycle.

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LCR-Reader-MPA Digital Multimeter to Make Debut at Nepcon 2019 in Seoul, Korea

Since the early 2000’s Canadian Siborg Systems Inc. has been manufacturing multimeters. The first model, which combined a set of tweezers with a powerful multimeter in a compact design, was introduced on international markets in 2005. From then on, Siborg has refined their devices and released multiple models, including the budget-friendly line LCR-Reader in 2014 and the robust LCR-Reader-MP in 2017.

The newest model, the LCR-Reader-MPA is the most advance device with a record high basic accuracy of 0.1%, unmatched amount of test functions and widest available test ranges.

“This is our first presentation of the newly completed LCR-Reader-MPA,” says Michael Obrecht, the director of Siborg, “We have shown devices in the past to welcoming audiences. Our multimeters are well received by consumers for their ease-of-use and high accuracy. We are excited to see what people have to say about the MPA at Nepcon Korea.”

Electronics Manufacturing Korea (EMK) has become an globally renowned exhibition for domestic and foreign buyers and is Korea’s largest electronics manufacturing exhibition. Since 2017, EMK has been co-hosted with ‘Autotronics Manufacturing Korea (AMK). an provides various seminars and events for visitors and exhibitors. Siborg is certain that LCR-Reader-MPA will be well received at this showing among the many other industry leaders.

Based on the tried-and-true combination of tweezers and multimeter, the LCR-Reader-MPA features gold-plated tweezer probes that are able to hold components, either mounted or loose, to a 0201 size. When the device is holding a component, it will automatically determine the type (L, C, R) and best test parameters before measuring with 0.1% basic accuracy. Designed for any task at hand, including on the field, LCR-Reader-MPA’s design is compact and lightweight enough to fit into any bag or pocket. The LCD is easily readable with large graphics and is back-lit for easy reading in even the worst lighting conditions. A 4-way joystick-like navigation allows users to easily access features, including the ability to change basic test modes and frequencies right from the default screen.

To features and functions really set the MPA apart from any other tweezer-based multimeter. In addition to automatic and manual LCR and ESR measurements, the device features LED/diode tests, short/continuity test, frequency measurements, oscilloscope mode, signal generator, AC/DC voltage measurements and more. A main feature on the device is the ability to test at 100 kHz test frequency allowing for a 0.001 pF resolution for capacitance and 0.1 for nH for inductance measurements.

Features on LCR-Reader-MPA include: 

  • Fully automatic and manual LCR, ESR, LED/Diode measurements
  • 0.1% basic accuracy
  • AC/DC voltage/current measurements up to 15 V
  • Test frequency from 100 Hz to 100 kHz
  • Oscilloscope mode up to 100 kHz
  • Test signal of 0.1, 0.5 and 1.0 Vrms
  • 3.2 Volt LED test voltage
  • Open/short calibration for offset removal
  • Automatic test signal reduction to 0.1 V for in-circuit measurements
  • Sine wave generator up to 100 kHz
  • 29 grams weight, backlit LCD display, gold-plated test leads
  • NIST traceable calibration certificate


Siborg offers a selection of test equipment and accessories including the aforementioned LCR-Reader; Smart Tweezers LCR-meter, including a model with Bluetooth communication; Smart LED Test Tweezers; Kelvin Probe Connector kit with shielded two-wire connection that turns any LCR-Reader or Smart Tweezers model into a low frequency probe station. Siborg’s online store also sells accessories and spare parts. 

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Excelera Promotes Troy Polan to Chief Technology Officer

ExceleraRx Corp® is pleased to announce the promotion of Troy Polan to Chief Technology Officer. Previously, Polan served as Vice President of Information Technology. In his new role, Polan will continue to set the strategy and direction for Excelera’s proprietary technology platform and solutions. including working with Excelera Network members to design and implement strategies surrounding the collection, validation and standardization of health data.

“Excelera uses its robust data platform to provide key insights demonstrating the value of coordinated care for complex patients,” said Polan. “It will be increasingly important to delve even deeper into data sources to more fully characterize all the aspects of care for patients across the health system. I am excited to continue innovating with our members on advanced data solutions that align with their quest to provide outstanding care to complex patients.”

Polan has been a member of the ExceleraRx team since 2015. During that time, he has helped to establish and grow the Excelera Specialty Pharmacy Network, which is comprised of integrated delivery networks, health systems and large academic medical centers with a deep commitment to caring for complex patients. Prior to joining ExceleraRx, Polan was the Vice President of Technology and Infrastructure at Phreesia™, a leader in healthcare point-of-service. He has over two decades of experience leading information technology departments and projects, and brings extensive expertise in information management, information security and solving issues of scale in high growth businesses.

“Troy is an invaluable member of the Excelera team and we congratulate him on his well-deserved promotion to CTO,” said Lorrie Carr, CEO of ExceleraRx Corp. “Troy has been an integral part of Excelera’s evolution, helping to develop the sophisticated data reporting and analytics tools our members rely on to measure and improve health and financial outcomes. We’re honored to have Troy on the team and look forward to the strategic direction his expertise will bring as the Excelera Network enters its next stage of growth.”

To learn more about the Excelera Network and to meet with the Excelera team, please contact us here.

About The Excelera® Specialty Pharmacy Network 
The Excelera® Specialty Pharmacy Network is comprised of integrated delivery networks, health systems, and large academic medical centers with a deep commitment to caring for complex pharmacy patients.

ExceleraRx Corp. is a healthcare company that empowers integrated delivery networks, health systems and large academic medical centers to provide integrated care for complex pharmacy patients, leading to improved health outcomes and decreased healthcare costs. To learn more, visit http://www.excelerarx.com or follow us on LinkedIn.

For ExceleraRx Corp. 
Amy Swanson, Director of Marketing & Member Relations 

Posted in: Health & Medicine,Manufacturing & Industry,U.S

3DSignals Achieves ‘A Round’ Million Investment Led by State of Mind Ventures for Innovation Driving the Realization of Industry 4.0

3DSignals, startup and pioneer in acoustic-based analytics for industrial machines, today announced completing an “A Round” of million, bringing the total investment in the company to million, to aid in the acceleration of manufacturing industry digitalization. This round was led by early-stage venture capital fund State of Mind Ventures, known for backing technology-driven, game-changing companies. Other investors included Grove Ventures, based in Israel, Mr. Enrique M. Aboitiz Jr. from the Philippines, and German Dive Digital.

The funding is testament to the early success of 3DSignals’ innovative Asset Performance Monitoring solution, and further strengthens the startup’s position and mission to bridge the gap to manufacturing digitalization, otherwise known as ‘Industry 4.0’.

Though digitalization promises to transform the manufacturing landscape, in reality, its fruition is reliant upon the surmounting of significant obstacles. Cisco* states, “By some estimates there are 60 million machines in factories throughout the world and 90% are not connected. Meanwhile, 70% of the machines are more than 15 years old.” According to European Parliament Think Tank**, “Large investments are needed if enterprises are to make the move to Industry 4.0…perhaps as much as €140 billion annually in Europe.” In addition, SMEs could be daunted by the size of such investments, “who fear the transition to digital because they cannot access how it will affect their value chains.”

3DSignals’ acoustic-based technology, coupled with AI and machine learning, powerfully bridges this shortfall by extracting operational performance parameters such as availability, speed, and health of industrial machines, and generates insights that improve utilization and increase machines’ productivity. The 3Dsignals solution can be installed in less than an hour, works with a variety of machines from different vendors, both old and new, and shows immediate value.

Founded in 2015, 3DSignals’ groundbreaking solution has already achieved worldwide recognition for its ability to monitor and maintain industrial equipment and processes. The startup achieved the accolade of “Cool Vendor 2018” from Gartner for its innovative cloud-based predictive monitoring solution that collects sounds from industrial machines and equipment.

German manufacturer, SAMSON AG achieved a considerable increase in its overall equipment effectiveness (OEE), with 3DSignals’ Asset Performance Monitoring solution, which was successfully installed and up and running in under an hour. “Each installation of 3DSignals’ system improves asset productivity 15%+,” said Dr. Andreas Widl, CEO, SAMSON AG. “Looking across the entire value proposition, one can systematically avoid bottlenecks and predict unanticipated downtime. This provides significant value for any production company. We are privileged to be part of 3DSignals’ journey.”

Since the deployment of the 3DSignals solution in its factories, the company reports a substantial improvement in daily operations, including workflow optimization, increased production efficiency and machinery optimisation, accomplishing a remarkable advancement towards full factories digitalization.

3DSignals management team includes Ariel Rosenfeld, CEO, Offer Affias, co-founder and CTO, Amit Ashkenazi, co-founder and VP R&D, and David Koren, VP Operations. Rosenfeld was the general manager of the USB Flash Drive division at M-Systems, the Israeli company behind the first flash drive, which later was sold to SanDisk in 2006 for .6B. Ariel worked at M-Systems under Dov Moran, Managing Partner of Grove Ventures and the inventor of the USB Flash Drive. Rosenfeld led the division to a leadership position and to sales growth from M to over 0M within only three years.

“This is an exciting time for 3DSignals,” said Ariel Rosenfeld, CEO. “There is a growing need for our solution as it has already shown remarkable results within existing customers. Enterprises are realizing they can significantly improve operational efficiencies and cut costs through digitalization, and this trend has only just started.”

“Our plans are to focus on growth by increasing 3DSignals’ install base significantly over the next few months across Europe,” concludes Rosenfeld.

“We, at State of Mind Ventures, are excited to become an investor in 3D Signals and to join its team on this adventure and help them realize their vision and mission. Industrial companies in Europe and North-America are experiencing tremendous economical pressure driven by competition from the east, as well as increasing economical and geo-political market fragmentation and taxation. Their best route, I believe, to remain competitive, is to adopt, as soon as possible, IoT technologies and used them to upgrade their existing infrastructure, without replacing it.” said Yuval Baharav, General Partner at State of Mind Ventures. “3D Signals’ talented team, led by Ariel Rosenfeld, whom we believe is a unique and proven leader, is delivering a transformative technology to its customers, showing great promise to it users and shareholders.”

“Digitalizing the factory floor is one of the biggest challenges and opportunities in Industry 4.0 innovation vertical.” Said Lotan Levkowitz, a partner in Grove Ventures, an Israeli VC that specializes in early stage deep tech investments with focus on the Industry 4.0 sector. Lotan added that “3DSignals’ unique acoustic based solution enables a frictionless integration to industrial environments and brings the right offering with a quick ROI for the industry. We are proud to back the company from the first day and to experience first-hand the market acceptance to their technology.”

“Digitalization in under an hour is a phenomenal achievement. This is a highly exciting area of investment right now”, said Mr. Enrique M. Aboitiz Jr. “3DSignals is creating next generation technology that will drive advancement and change for a connected future and a better world”. 

  • IHS 2014 Machines Report for Cisco, PWC Internet of Things in Manufacturing 2015, McKinsey Disruptive Technologies 2013 Report

** http://www.europarl.europa.eu/thinktank/en/document.html?reference=EPRS_BRI%282015%29568337

About 3DSignals: 
Named “Cool vendor 2018” by Gartner and awarded “Entrepreneurial Company of the Year 2017” by Frost & Sullivan, 3DSignals pioneers acoustics-AI for industrial machines. Our patented, award-winning APM solution, collects and transforms high-resolution acoustic data into invaluable operational insights, resulting in increased Overall Equipment Effectiveness. For more information, visit http://www.3dsig.com.

Gartner Disclaimer: 
Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in our research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings or other designation. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner’s research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

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Marlboro Development Team, Inc. to Develop 125,000 Square Foot Industrial Build-To-Suit in Greenville, South Carolina

Marlboro Development Team, Inc. (MDT) is pleased to announce the development of a new 125,000 square foot build-to-suit for Multi-Pack Solutions (Multi-Pack). Multi-Pack, a leading contract manufacturer and corporate citizen in Greenville County for over two decades, will consolidate existing production and distribution operations into the new facility. The Greenville operation, which will also serve as the company’s headquarters, will be FDA and EPA compliant, and manufacture products for the personal care, OTC, and medical device markets.

Scheduled for delivery in Q4 2019 and located on a 21-acre site within the South Carolina Technology and Aviation Center (SCTAC), the new facility will house production, testing, assembly, distribution, and corporate offices. The building will feature 32’ clear height, fully conditioned production and warehouse space, ample dock positions and employee parking, as well as significant expansion capabilities.

“We are very pleased and excited about the opportunity to partner with MDT in the expansion of our operations,” said Multi-Pack President, Steve Crass. “We have been part of the Greenville community for more than 25 years and believe this investment will be beneficial for us, demonstrating our commitment to the community. We are excited to be making this new investment in the Greenville area and look forward to building on our past successes, walking into a bright future together.”

Design team members include THS Constructors, GPN Architecture, and Thomas & Hutton. Both Multi-Pack and MDT received tremendous support from the South Carolina Department of Commerce, Greenville Area Development Corporation (GADC), and SCTAC.    

“We are pleased to partner with Multi-Pack on the development of their new headquarters in Greenville, SC,” said Brian Nash, Senior Vice President of MDT. “As with all economic development projects, there are numerous allies who have assisted us in bringing this project to fruition and we are grateful for all of them.”

About Marlboro Development Team, Inc. 
Marlboro Development Team is a South Carolina based real estate developer focused on single tenant build-to-suits, value-add acquisitions, and strategic investments throughout the United States. The senior management of MDT has a proven track record of 100+ years of development experience with successful delivery of over 10 million square feet across a broad spectrum of development projects including industrial, retail, and commercial.

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TEKLYNX International’s Robert Lenski Named to the 2019 Food Logistics Champions: Rock Stars of the Supply Chain

TEKLYNX International, the world’s leading barcode and RFID labeling software developer and solutions provider, today announced Solutions Engineer Robert Lenski has been named a 2019 Food Logistics Champions: Rock Star of the Supply Chain by Food Logistics. The esteemed list, featured in the March 2019 issue of Food Logistics magazine, recognizes influential individuals in the food and beverage industry whose achievements, hard work, and vision have shaped and attained milestones in safety, efficiency, productivity and innovation through the global food supply chain.

“I’m proud to be named a 2019 Food Logistics Champion: Rock Star of the Supply Chain because it’s testament to TEKLYNX’ keen ability to think outside the box, push boundaries, and forge strong relationships to ensure the continued advancement of barcode and RFID labeling within the global food supply chain,” states Lenski. “Our commitment to doing things the right way, eliminating re-work and ensuring accuracy result in vast improvements for companies throughout the food and beverage industry.”

A TEKLYNX team member for nearly a decade, Lenski has helped world-leading food and beverage companies successfully implement enterprise-level barcode labeling software solutions that improve labeling speed and efficiency. From labeling design to print, Lenski continuously leverages his expertise to transform disjointed labeling environments and systems into high-performing supply chain solutions that leverage a single, unified global platform – positioning food and beverage companies to better serve their customers.

TEKLYNX is the only barcode labeling solutions provider to offer subscription licensing – allowing food and beverage manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers to start using TEKLYNX for a low cost of entry – while offering a portfolio of tiered solutions that are designed to grow with companies over time. To view the 2019 Food Logistics Champions: Rock Stars of the Supply Chain list visit foodlogistics.com and to learn more about TEKLYNX barcode labeling software solutions visit teklynx.com.

About TEKLYNX International 
TEKLYNX International is the world’s leading barcode and RFID labeling software developer and solutions provider. An industry innovator for over 30 years, TEKLYNX helps companies operate smoothly and efficiently by implementing labeling solutions that streamline operations while staying ahead of industry-specific compliance and emerging regulations. TEKLYNX is world-renowned for its customer service; offering flexible purchase options, unparalleled service and support, and a comprehensive product offering that grows with companies over time. With operations in the United States, Europe, Japan, Latin America, China and Singapore, more than 750,000 companies in over 170 countries look to TEKLYNX integrated software solutions for their standard of success. Learn more by visiting teklynx.com, LinkedIn, Twitter @Teklynx, and Facebook.com/TEKLYNXInternational or call 888-629-4444. 

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Canada’s Second Largest Natural Gas Producer Partners With Archeio Technologies To Standardize Unstructured Business Data

Archeio Technologies (Archeio), the leading provider of oil & gas content management and smart search technology, announces that it has signed a license agreement with Tourmaline Oil Corp. (Tourmaline, TSX: TOU) to deploy Archeio’s SkyWell® software company-wide. Following a two-month selection process that compared SkyWell to multiple enterprise content management solutions, the Canadian-based oil & gas company selected Archeio’s cloud software for its superior speed and energy data classification accuracy. Tourmaline over time plans to deploy SkyWell across its three business units to search large volumes of unstructured oil & gas data, which includes surface land files, engineering reports, and geological surveys. The producer has seen rapid results in its surface land team where the software has reduced key workflows from days to minutes. Tourmaline joins a large number of North American oil & gas producers who have adopted SkyWell and is Archeio’s first client in Canada.

Headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, Tourmaline is Canada’s second largest natural gas producer and the largest producer in the Alberta Deep Basin. With approximately 3,000 wells and an aggressive drilling program, the producer had amassed tens of thousands of print and digital files related to its operations. Inconsistent file naming, sprawling network folders, and physical filing rooms created barriers to information driven consumers. Tourmaline wanted to standardize its unstructured data sets and apply best-in-class technology to classify its asset documentation and allow staff to quickly locate the information needed to drive workflows across its diverse operations, including surface land, joint venture, accounting, and production operations.

“The Archeio team continue to be a pleasure to work with and we envision additional departments adopting SkyWell in the coming months for streamlining their records management. We continue to be impressed with the willingness of the Archeio team to listen to our various use cases and enhance their system in order to accommodate us,” said Rich Hodgkinson, Tourmaline’s ITS Project Lead on the SkyWell implementation.

Tourmaline evaluated Archeio’s SkyWell software in a head-to-head comparison with four other enterprise content management solution providers and large software vendors. The oil & gas producer selected SkyWell because it outperformed the alternatives on every level, including ease-of-use, ability to quickly find reliable information, expertise in classifying a wide variety of complex energy data types, and lower cost. Additional factors influencing Tourmaline’s selection include highly personalized service from Archeio staff and flexibility in modifying SkyWell functionality based on the needs of their end users.

“We are extremely proud to be a part of Tourmaline’s unstructured data management strategy and look forward to bringing the benefits of SkyWell to the Canadian market for the first time,” said Rex Womble, CEO and co-founder of Archeio. “It’s a true honor to be recognized as the best-in-class oil & gas content management technology, which is exactly what Archeio set out to do and something we continuously strive to live up to,” he said. Womble continued, “We would not be here without amazing customers like Tourmaline who have taught us so much along the way, and for that the Archeio team is especially grateful.”

SkyWell is being deployed throughout Tourmaline in phases, starting with the company’s surface land team. Utilizing SkyWell’s high-speed document processing technology, land and legal records have been classified according to a standard document taxonomy defined by the producer. Users are now able to perform powerful keyword searches on document metadata and file contents or locate information in real-time using a map-based interface from their PC or mobile device. Rapid results include accelerating delivery of the lease details needed by accounting staff for regulatory reporting, a process that now takes just a few minutes instead of days. SkyWell has also enabled Tourmaline’s three business units to adopt consistent surface land data management best practices and enforce data standards, such as lease and well naming.

About Archeio Technologies 
Archeio Technologies is a provider of intelligent software and services to the upstream oil and gas industry. The company helps organizations manage the large volume of information generated throughout the well life-cycle, including engineering, geology, land, regulatory, and production data. Archeio’s unique approach uses innovative cloud computing, machine learning, and intelligent search technology to give energy professionals access to reliable well & land information on their desktop or mobile device. Companies benefit from improved operational efficiency and reduced IT overhead. The Dallas-based startup has already attracted a portfolio of clients, from large, publicly traded companies to independent operators, and currently manages information for over thirty thousand wells across North America.

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Michelman Introduces Unyte™ Brand of Surface Modifiers for Technical Textiles at JEC World 2019

Michelman is excited to introduce its new family of Unyte surface modifiers formulated specifically for manufacturers of technical textiles and pre-preg fabrics. Designed to help technical textiles and pre-preg fabrics achieve advanced form and function in both woven and nonwoven materials, this brand of water-based emulsions act as binders for carbon, glass, aramid, basalt, UHMWPE, natural, and other polymeric fibers.

“We are known in the fibers and composites industry as the interface adhesion experts,” explains Mr. Steve Bassetti, Global Marketing Director for the Industrial Manufacturing Group at Michelman. “Our expertise in formulating surface treatments such as sizings, binders, and film formers, strengthened by our understanding of end-use applications, provides technical textile manufacturers an unequaled set of solutions offering various functionalities that can be applied at the fiber level or as an oversizing. Specifically, we help the construction, ballistic, medical & hygiene, automotive, filtration media, pre-preg, and consumer products industries improve the performance and functional behavior of textile applications.”

The performance and production of technical textiles are enhanced through six distinct pillars of functionality: binding, adhesion, processability, heat resistance, print receptivity, and anti-blocking.

Unyte Bind offers multiple solutions that improve fiber-to-fiber adhesion. This improved binding of fibers creates a better structure for applications such as laid or woven scrim and pre-pregs.

Unyte Grip promotes the adhesion between fibers and polymeric matrices helping to improve mechanical properties. Increased fiber-to-matrix adhesion is beneficial to pre-preg fabric for composites and multilayer systems, such as roofing underlayment, that combine woven and nonwoven materials.

Unyte Glide is for manufacturers of pre-preg fabric and multilayer systems combining woven and nonwoven materials, who can use these grades to increase lubricity and slip and facilitate tow spreading of fibers in technical textile production. They are also used as over-sizing to improve release, drape, and fabric processability.

Unyte Heat operates at elevated temperatures without degradation and can withstand more thermal recycling operations. It provides heat resistance during primary and secondary processing, as well as in the end-use product, making it an ideal solution on braided three-dimensional structures where thermal insulation is required.

Unyte Print boosts ink adhesion for improved print receptivity and minimal color bleed. Fabrics that are over-printed for decoration and branding, or with identification codes where legibility is essential, can benefit from these solutions.

Unyte Slip produces outstanding anti-block properties making it perfect for fabrics, nonwovens, and pre-pregs which need to be stacked or rolled. It helps prevent finished goods from sticking together, and improve interlayer release and stack-ability.

Michelman is introducing its exciting new Unyte family in Hall 5, Booth C34 at JEC World 2019. The show is being held March 12-14 in Paris.

About Michelman 
Michelman is a global developer and manufacturer of environmentally friendly advanced materials for industry, offering solutions for the coatings, printing & packaging and industrial manufacturing markets. The company’s surface additives and polymeric binders are used by leading manufacturers around the world to enhance performance attributes and add value in applications including wood and floor care products, metal and industrial coatings, paints, varnishes, inks, fibers and composites. Michelman is also well-known as an innovator in the development of barrier and functional coatings, as well as digital printing press primers that are used in the production of consumer and industrial packaging and paper products, labels, and commercially printed materials. Michelman serves its customers with production facilities in North America, Europe and Asia, product development and technical service centers in several major global markets, and a worldwide team of highly trained business development personnel.

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Investment Casting Made Easy With Desktop 3D Printing

Aleph Objects, Inc., manufacturers of award-winning LulzBot 3D Printers, announced two new 3D printer bundles for metal casting. These bundles combine best-in-class printer reliability with Polymaker’s PolyCast™ filament, designed specifically to replace wax patterns for investment casting.

Both bundles include everything required to create parts in days, not weeks, at a fraction of the cost of traditional methods. For professionals, from engineers to artisans, 3D printing for investment casting greatly improves efficiency and expands design capabilities.

The Investment Casting Process with 3D Printed Patterns 
The printed pattern process reduces time required with traditional injection molded wax patterns to days versus weeks, and reduces costs from thousands to tens of dollars. The 3D printed patterns enable more complex object designs that were not possible with the lost wax method. The investment casting process enables designs to be finished in a wide range of product materials such as steel, stainless steel, aluminum alloy, platinum, gold, silver, and bronze.

PolyCast 3D printing filament enables clean burnout (ash residue of 0.003%) in comparison to other materials, easy smoothing with isopropyl alcohol, and effective sanding results. “PolyCast has been designed specifically for a very clean burn out, allowing 3D printed patterns to completely vaporize from investment molds,” said Jeff Walters, Vice President of PolyMaker. “Users can replace injection molded wax patterns, eliminating the tooling process [while] saving time and money, allowing for quicker iteration of design without committing to large minimum order quantities.”

LulzBot Metal Cast 3D Printer Bundles 
The Large Metal Cast Bundle includes the LulzBot TAZ 6 3D Printer with standard 0.5 mm nozzle tool head, the HS Tool Head with an 0.8 mm nozzle for large volume prints, and four reels of 750g PolyCast filament. This bundle is ideal for creating 3D printed patterns for large metal castings up to a 12” cube, or 280 x 280 x 250 mm in size, and is perfect for prototypes, low volume manufacturing, and custom solutions. The standard 0.5 mm tool head offers a balance between speed and precision for prints with higher tolerance requirements.

The Precision Metal Cast Bundle includes the LulzBot Mini 2 3D Printer (build volume of a 6” cube , or 160 x 160 x 180 mm), the standard-equipped 0.5 mm SE Tool Head, the SL Tool Head with a 0.25 mm nozzle, and two 750g reels of PolyCast filament. Users can create highly-detailed 3D printed patterns with smooth surface finish for metal casting of jewelry and small parts with minimal post processing. The LulzBot SL Tool Head produces near-SLA (50 microns) quality positives, exceeding the 75 -125 microns that can be achieved with wax.

“The combination offered by LulzBot and Polymaker enable end users speed, accuracy, and ease-of-use not previously available in the investment casting industry,” said Grant Flaharty, Aleph Objects’ CEO and President.

Both the Large Metal Cast Bundle and the Precision Metal Cast Bundle are available for immediate shipment. Visit https://www.lulzbot.com/business-solutions for more information.

About Aleph Objects, Inc. 
Aleph Objects, Inc. is the Colorado-based designer and manufacturer of the award-winning line of LulzBot® 3D Printers for rapid prototyping, additive manufacturing, educators, and professional hobbyists. Aleph Object’s core company values of Free Software, Libre Innovation, and Open Source Hardware enable users to uniquely modify both software and hardware to bring their imagination into reality. For more information, visit LulzBot.com, or for a press kit, visit http://www.lulzbot.com/press/ or email press@lulzbot.com. LulzBot is a registered trademark of Aleph Objects, Inc.

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L-com Introduces New RJ45 Termination Block for Field Termination and Repair Applications

L-com, a preferred manufacturer of wired and wireless connectivity products, announced today that it has launched a new RJ45 termination board.

The RJ45FTJ is a slim, low profile breakout board that features an RJ45 (8x8) jack and screw terminals. The breakout board brings out all eight signal pins and the shield to screw down terminal blocks for easy termination or field wiring. This allows for quick and easy connections for prototypes, field wiring or even permanent installations.

Angled brackets provide an easy way to panel mount the block if desired, and holes drilled into the PCB provide a convenient way to anchor the unit and/or tie-wrap wires to the edge of the PCB. The block's compact design takes up minimal space, allowing for multiple connections in a small area.

“Our new RJ45 termination block is a very versatile solution to address many different connectivity applications. It can be used for field repair, prototyping new designs, or it can be used as a standard component in new product designs,“ said Dustin Guttadauro, Product Manager.

L-com’s new RJ45 termination block is in stock and available for immediate shipment.

About L-com:

L-com, a leading manufacturer of wired and wireless connectivity products, offers a wide range of solutions and unrivaled customer service for the electronics and data communications industries. The company's product portfolio includes cable assemblies, connectors, adapters, antennas, enclosures, surge protectors and more. L-com is headquartered in North Andover, Mass., is ISO 9001: 2008 certified and many of its products are UL® recognized. L-com is an Infinite Electronics brand.

About Infinite Electronics:

Infinite Electronics is a leading global supplier of electronic components serving the urgent needs of engineers through a family of highly recognized and trusted brands. Our portfolio brands are specialists within their respective product set, offering broad inventories of engineering-grade product, paired with expert technical support and same day shipping. Over 100,000 customers across a diverse set of markets rely upon Infinite Electronics to stock and reliably ship urgently needed products every day. 

Posted in: Electronics & Semiconductors,Manufacturing & Industry,Technology

Lindberg/MPH Ships Treet-All Box Furnace to the Technology Industry

Lindberg/MPH announced the shipment of one (1) Treet-All™ Box Furnace to the technology industry. The Treet-All™ Light Industrial Box Furnace is suited for multiple applications, including annealing, ashing, austempering, brazing, preheating, and solution treating.

The maximum temperature rating of this light industrial box furnace is 2050°F and has work chamber dimensions of 12” wide x 24” deep x 12” high. The Treet-All™ box furnace is a part of Lindberg’s modular, stackable, and space-saving line of box furnaces. The furnace meets and exceeds industry standards for heat-up rates and outer shell temperatures. The ideal use for the Treet-All™ box furnace is for tool room, plant maintenance, and production applications that require maximum heat-treating, hardening, and tempering capabilities in a minimum amount of space.

“Lindberg/MPH’s light industrial box furnaces are designed to minimize heat loss and save space, making them the ideal for any workspace.” - Kelley Shreve, Applications Engineer

The Treet-All™ box furnace also offers quick, consistent heat up rates, full access to the work chamber, minimum heating of the outer skin, product load protection, and precise control with a long life and reliability.

More unique features of this Treet-All™ box furnace include: 

  • Lightweight Moldatherm insulation
  • Side-mounted controls
  • Alloy retort
  • Manually adjustable nitrogen flowmeter
  • Double shell
  • Side-mounted double-hinged plug door
  • Digital temperature controller
  • Separate excess temperature control system
  • Power circuit breakers
  • SSR power module

About Lindberg/MPH 
Lindberg/MPH is a leading manufacturer of standard and custom industrial heat treat furnaces, including pit, box, IQ, and belt type for the ferrous and non-ferrous markets. Lindberg/MPH customers cover a wide range of industries including aerospace/military, automotive, commercial heat treating, energy/oil, electronics and the forging markets. Founded in 1912, the company has more than 75,000 industrial furnace installations worldwide and their equipment is backed by a full range of customer support services and the most extensive replacement parts inventory in the industry. Lindberg/MPH is a proven leader in the thermal processing industry, with a long track record of proven policies and management practices.

Lindberg/MPH is owned by Thermal Product Solutions (“TPS”), a leading American manufacturer of custom industrial ovens used for heat treating, finishing, drying, curing, manufacturing automation and process control. TPS is a global leader in thermal processing products and test solutions with brands including Baker Furnace, Blue M, Gruenberg, Lindberg, Lunaire, MPH, Tenney, and Wisconsin Oven. For more information on equipment solutions from TPS visit the website at http://www.thermalproductsolutions.com.

Posted in: Manufacturing & Industry,Technology

Upgradeable Design Allows Capacity to Grow with User Demands - Tripp Lite Expands Line of Modular, Scalable 3-Phase UPS Systems

"The existing SV Series configurations with internal batteries are perfect for edge computing applications that require a minimal footprint and optimized runtimes. The new models without internal batteries give IT managers more options for extended runtimes," said Jose L. Medina, Tripp Lite's 3-Phase UPS Product Line Manager. "All the cabinet sizes and capacities are now available without internal batteries for extended-runtime applications, and the expanded SV Series UPS line offers maximum configuration and pricing flexibility for a full range of applications."

The SV Series is available with capacities from 20 kVA to 140 kVA. User-installable, hot-swappable 20 kVA power modules can increase capacity or provide N+1 redundancy for fault tolerance. All models provide true on-line, double-conversion power protection to deliver clean and reliable backup power. They are ideal for small and medium businesses, data centers, financial operations, healthcare facilities and government agencies with mission-critical equipment that requires high availability.

"A UPS system with this level of scalability and redundancy helps reduce the total cost of ownership," Medina said. "The IT manager needs only to focus on right-sizing for today's needs. As capacity and availability requirements increase, the UPS expands easily. This means a lower capital expenditure up front, with only incremental power module purchases required as capacity needs grow."

Key Features of Tripp Lite's SV Series: 

  • Modular, scalable design with hot-swappable power modules
  • Available without internal batteries for applications requiring extended runtimes
  • Available with internal batteries for applications requiring shorter runtimes and minimal footprint
  • N+1 redundancy for fault tolerance
  • Pre-installed WEBCARDLX network management card

Get more information about Tripp Lite's complete SV Series of 3-phase UPS systems at tripplite.com.

Posted in: Electronics & Semiconductors,Manufacturing & Industry

American Fiberglass Tank Repair Announces New Fiberglass Tanker Trailer Lining Facility in Franklin, NH

American Fiberglass Tank Repair (AFTR) has announced that it has equipped and commissioned an additional trailer lining facility at Mercantile Place in Franklin, NH. The new facility will immediately double AFTR’s dedicated trailer lining capacity. The new facility also offers additional inside space for future expansion. AFTR’s existing fiberglass reinforced plastic (FRP) tank trailer lining facility is located in Ashland, NH.

“We are pleased to add this new facility, which will double our current capacity and provide additional opportunities for expansion,” said Jim Turcotte of AFTR’s Senior Management Team. He continued, “It is the ideal location to provide efficient service for our growing customer base of FRP tank trailer haulers operating in the Eastern U.S. and Canada.”

“I am excited that American Fiberglass Tank Repair has decided to expand its operations and facilities within our historic city,” commented Tony Giunta, Mayor of Franklin. “American Fiberglass Tank’s newest facility will boost the local economy by providing additional jobs and increasing our tax base. Our city prides itself on our simplified permitting process, and we’re currently working hard to provide an even more streamlined permitting process for outstanding development projects like Mercantile Place. This great development is a perfect example of why I like to say ‘Franklin is the city that works.’”

“We are pleased that American Fiberglass Tank Repair has signed on to become a cornerstone tenant in our Mercantile Place light industrial project,” said General Properties LLC representative Jeff Colner. “Strong support from the Mayor, City Council, City Manager, Town Planner, and Planning Board encouraged AFTR to partner with us in our renovation and expansion plans for Mercantile Place. We have enjoyed collaborating with AFTR to create their new state-of-the-art fiberglass tanker lining facility so close to their headquarters. We look forward to announcing more agreements as we work with our partners and advance our plans for the other buildings at Mercantile Place.”

When finished, the Mercantile Place business complex will be home to a mix of additional businesses, including FBG Tank Services, a branch of First Business Group; Sustainable Refining, a formulator of “Green” vehicle undercoating products; Poly Lining Systems; Online Motor Deals, LLC; and a vehicle service maintenance center. The complex will be managed by GP Property Management, a division of General Properties, LLC.

About American Fiberglass Tank Repair 
In addition to its NH based FRP tanker trailer lining business, American Fiberglass Tank Repair, LLC, also provides strategized services using regional technicians for its field service teams. Serving all of North America and focusing on the needs of the potable and wastewater industries as well as chemical processing operations, these fiberglass field service teams consist of specialists in the repair of fiberglass nozzles, tank leaks, shell cracks, as well as internal corrosion coat restoration, on all fiberglass vessels. Engineer-driven, the AFTR field service teams are seasoned technicians trained by the composites engineers who head up the AFTR operation. AFTR field crews are equipped to supply repairs and services to fiberglass vessels in all 50 U.S. States, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean.

More information is available at: https://www.americanfiberglasstank.com

Posted in: Business,Manufacturing & Industry

L-com Releases Aerial and Outdoor Bulk Cable for use in Demanding OSP Networks

L-com Global Connectivity, a preferred manufacturer of wired and wireless connectivity products, announced today that it has unveiled a new series of outdoor-rated direct burial and aerial messenger bulk cable designed for use in outside plant (OSP) applications.

L-com’s new Cat5e direct burial cable features outdoor-rated jackets which protect against moisture and UV (sunlight) damage. Additionally, the cable is EIA568 color-coded for compatibility with standard installations and features solid conductors for termination into standard IDC connectors and for use with PoE applications.

The new outdoor aerial messenger bulk cable is offered in Cat5e and Cat6 ratings and features a figure 8 design to ensure maximum stability even under high wind load. Both UTP and F/UTP shielded and unshielded cable types are offered in 1,000 foot lengths.

“Our new direct burial and aerial messenger cable addresses our customers’ needs for OSP applications that require high performance, rugged cable runs that will stand up to environmental extremes. This new bulk cable line can be used in a wide variety of applications across myriad industries,“ said Dustin Guttadauro, Product Manager.

L-com’s new direct burial and aerial messenger bulk cable is in stock and available for immediate shipment.

About L-com Global Connectivity:

L-com Global Connectivity, a leading manufacturer of wired and wireless connectivity products, offers a wide range of solutions and unrivaled customer service for the electronics and data communications industries. The company's product portfolio includes cable assemblies, connectors, adapters, antennas, enclosures, surge protectors and more. L-com is headquartered in North Andover, Mass., is ISO 9001: 2008 certified and many of its products are UL® recognized. L-com is an Infinite Electronics brand.

About Infinite Electronics:

Infinite Electronics is a leading global supplier of electronic components serving the urgent needs of engineers through a family of highly recognized and trusted brands. Our portfolio brands are specialists within their respective product set, offering broad inventories of engineering-grade product, paired with expert technical support and same day shipping. Over 100,000 customers across a diverse set of markets rely upon Infinite Electronics to stock and reliably ship urgently needed products every day.

Posted in: Electronics & Semiconductors,Manufacturing & Industry,Technology

Centurion Brands Wins Golden Shovel Award For Outstanding Gardening Product

Centurion Brands is proud to announce that their Link Force Double-Gear Drive Lopper was awarded the Golden Shovel Award for outstanding garden product from The Gardening Products Review, an independent publication that provides honest, objective and detailed reviews of items using a stringent set of criteria.

Products selected were reviewed by the Gardening Products Review panel of editors and product reviewers who evaluated quality, ease of use, performance, innovation, usefulness, and assembly. They chose Centurion Link Force Double-Gear Drive Lopper for its unique guillotine-style blade, which sets it apart from other loppers in its class, easily cutting through tough wood up to two inches thick.

“Our tools provide lasting value for all levels of gardeners,” says Centurion senior vice president of sales and marketing, Bill Freimuth. “From superior design to top-quality materials, we never stop innovating to ensure consumers get the best tools at the best price. We want everyone to work smarter, not harder.”

Innovative product features include: 

  • Powerful, Link-Force® Double Gear Drive makes cutting 50 percent easier
  • Sharp, fully hardened steel head stays sharp longer
  • Non-stick low friction coating helps keep blade from gumming up
  • Rust-resistant - strong, steel clad guillotine style cutting jaw
  • Lightweight, Aluminum alloy handles
  • Cushioned non-slip grips enhance comfort and control
  • Cuts up to 2” branches

“Gardening is a wonderful hobby but can be expensive and frustrating if you choose products that don’t last or can’t get the job done,” said Jack Hemingway, product director for the Gardening Products Review. “These awards provide a simple way for consumers to find the best items for their yard and garden.”

The Gardening Products Review is an independent publication that provides honest, objective and detailed reviews of items used in the garden. Based in Tucson, Arizona, the company has reviewers across the country who evaluate gardening products against a stringent set of criteria. Product categories include hand and power tools, pots and containers, watering and irrigation products, gloves and clothing, and other yard care products. With over 650,000 readers annually, the Gardening Products Review informs the buying decisions of gardeners across North America.

Centurion is one of the fastest growing garden companies in the U.S. today with broad distribution in all traditional and non-traditional channels. Using only the highest quality materials and the latest ergonomic research, Centurion product engineers design tools for efficiency, reliability, and ease of use that stand the test of time. Perfect for any home-owner or landscaper to effortlessly keep your lawns and gardens trimmed and beautiful. Visit http://www.centurionbrands.com for more information.

Posted in: Manufacturing & Industry

Solarmeter 6.5 UV Index Meter Named #1 UV Tester by Ezvid Wiki

"We are thrilled that Ezvid Wiki has selected not one, but two of our Solarmeter Handheld UV meters for its Top 10 Best UV Testers Wiki," commented Jeffrey W. Hall, EVP Commercial Operations at Solar Light Company, Inc. Ranked in the #1 position, Solarmeter's Model 6.5 UV Index Meter provides instantaneous UV index measurements for outdoor activities or monitoring UV lamp intensity and aging. "With a NIST-traceable calibration certificate, you can rest assured its accuracy is unquestionable," says Ezvid Wiki. Coming in at #7, the Solarmeter Model 8.0 UVC Meter is a “must have” according to Ezvid Wiki for monitoring germicidal lamps or testing eyewear. Learn more about the Solarmeter® family of compact, handheld light meters and how their simple pushbutton operation can help you measure human and animal health-related light levels at http://www.solarmeter.com

Compiled with twenty-three hours of research, this newly published 10 Best UV Testers Wiki in Ezvid Wiki’s electronics category is a broad-ranging, impartial assessment of UV tester options available to consumers in the United States. 

About Solar Light Company, Inc. 
Solar Light Company, Inc., has been providing specialized light-measurement solutions to advance global health protection and environmental monitoring sciences for over 50 years. From our research-grade, laboratory and field-based systems to our handheld sensors we strive to contribute to the improvement of global health and the environment by providing high-quality solutions, supported through a premier global infrastructure.

Posted in: Electronics & Semiconductors,Home & Garden,Lifestyle,Living,Manufacturing & Industry

Ambrose Solar Is Selling and Installing Sun Power Panels in Solano County

The overarching objective at Ambrose Solar is to help generate clean and consistent power hassle-freely and cost-effectively. The Vacaville based solar company sells, designs, and installs solar systems for residential and commercial setups across Solano County and environs. The client's unique needs and budget are factored in and solar systems are accordingly tailored for amps, volts, weights, frame sizes, and wattage. Ambrose Solar maintains a vast inventory of solar panels sourced from the top brands, including Sun Power for maximum efficiency, long term value, and project suitability. The installation part is well catered to through trained workforce. 

The spokesperson at Ambrose Solar recently stated, "With depleting ecology and escalating power costs, it makes perfect sense to go solar. At Ambrose Solar, we have the resources to make the transition seamless and rewarding for Solano County, Dixon, Fairfield, Napa, and beyond. To this end, we provide end-to-end solutions, free estimates upfront, competitive prices across the board, and convenient finance options. Each project is handled by professionals from start to finish, allowing the client to breathe easy. Our professional team custom designs the system for maximum power generation and does all the paperwork entailed." 

Ambrose Solar's end to end solutions entail main processes, such as Computer Aided Design (CAD) Plans, and local building, electrical & zoning permits, along with utility interconnection. The solar company is there to handle HOA review and approval, and state and local rebate applications for a trouble-free transition. No part of the job is outsourced, as is the norm, to ensure the highest quality standards throughout. Ambrose Solar is known to bring timeliness into the solar installation with each project completed within 2 to 3 days depending on the system size. 

On Sun Power panels, the spokesperson further stated, "Sun Power is the leading solar panel brand currently on the market revered for its efficient, reliable and durable products. The products can endure rain, hail, snow, and heat, and feature a state-of-the-art monitoring system to track the system's performance. The brand is particular about its dealerships, choosing each dealer only after detailed trials and testing. At Ambrose Solar, we take pride in being an Elite Sun Power dealer with a pedigree and adequate skills. Being a dealer helps us back each Sun Power panel purchase with genuine prices and comprehensive product warranties." 

As the leading name in the solar power business, Ambrose Solar can build photovoltaic systems through CAD at considerably low Sunpower panel cost. The solar company keeps ex-stock a variety of popular Sun Power models for swift supplies. It also has installations down to a science, handling everything from small rooftop installation to huge ground mounts with efficiency and commitment. The crews have commendable experience in roofing and electric, which serves as a guarantee for the best solar installation possible. 

About Ambrose Solar 
Ambrose Solar is a top-rated solar company serving Solano County and surrounding environs since the year 2013. The solar company makes the most of its resources to provide customized standalone systems, partial installation, on-grid solutions, and off-the-grid systems at low costs to homes and offices. Recently, Ambrose Solar has emerged as the leading Solar Napa company. 

Posted in: Electronics & Semiconductors,Manufacturing & Industry,Technology

MicaSense Closes Profitable 2018, Eyes Global Expansion in 2019

Founded in 2014, MicaSense is an American sensor company made up of engineering, optics, and agricultural experts who are passionate about precision farming and eager to contribute to its worldwide adoption. Today, the company reports its third consecutive year of 70% RedEdge sales growth and announces plans to increase its presence overseas and continue high levels of investment in research and development.

Successful Products, Strong Partnerships

Designed to be highly adaptable for integration with a variety of drones, MicaSense sensors are used by researchers, drone service providers and growers in the agriculture industry. As a member of the Parrot Group, a leading European drone group comprised of industry leaders (Pix4D, senseFly, etc.), MicaSense is positioned well as a major player in the agricultural drone sensor market. RedEdge, the company’s leading sensor, is in its fourth iteration (RedEdge-MX) with thousands of units sold. In addition to providing growers and service providers with valuable insights into their crops, data from RedEdge cameras has also been featured in over 100 research publications, establishing RedEdge as a trusted name in the industry.

MicaSense has also seen success with its newest sensor, Altumreleased this past October. Benefiting from four years of ongoing development, Altum is the first of its kind in the industry. Among other patented technology, it features revolutionary synchronized capture of thermal and high-resolution multispectral imagery. This enables analytics that seamlessly combine multispectral and thermal data, enabling customers to monitor chlorophyll content and crop health while simultaneously providing insights into irrigation and water stress. In November and December, Altum sales accounted for over 35% of MicaSense sales revenue, pointing towards a strong adoption of this next-generation sensor.

“Altum was created specifically to solve pain points for our customers and to empower them to push the envelope of what already exists in agriculture. Whether it is a researcher devising a new way to monitor drought or a grower spotting pests before they’ve spread to an entire field, our vision is to build tools that offer unlimited opportunities for innovation.” 

  • Justin McAllister, CTO and Co-Founder

Since its founding, MicaSense has committed to ensuring its products stand up to use in the field, allocating increased budget to research and development each year. All MicaSense’s products are manufactured in Seattle, Washington, allowing for high levels of quality control. This commitment to quality has helped MicaSense forge partnerships with leading drone integrators and manufacturers, such as Wingtra, Delair-Tech, PrecisionHawk, and BirdsEyeView Aerobotics, providing growers and drone service providers a wide variety of compatible drone platform options. Recently, the company announced its participation in the DJI Payload SDK program, a program allowing for seamless integration between DJI aircraft and sensors. Both RedEdge-MX and Altum are now fully integrated with the DJI M200, DJI’s leading professional drone, completing a fleet of professional multi-rotor and fixed wing drones for precision farming.

Increased International Distribution and Investment in R&D

Building on another year of strong growth, the company plans to expand international sales channels and dedicate additional sales and marketing resources to Asia and Europe in an effort to better serve a rapidly expanding customer base.

“Growth in Asia-Pacific and Europe exceeded our expectations last year and we anticipate even higher demand in 2019. Customers there appreciate the usability and accuracy of RedEdge and have responded incredibly well to our new sensor designs. We’ve placed a high priority on getting more of our sensors to these areas this upcoming year.

  • Eric Waters, General Manager

MicaSense also plans on continuing high levels of investment in research and development. Making use of partnerships with prominent agricultural research institutions, the company intends to focus on data driven tools that support growers and bring the future of analytics to agriculture. For example, vineyard producers with access to analytics from thermal and multispectral imagery could identify not only which vines need water, but at what time during the day they need it the most. For growers in drought prone areas, this information may become vital as water becomes more scarce.

“Our research and development does not begin or end with sensor hardware. We are constantly looking at ways to streamline the data collection, processing and analytics workflow so better operational decisions can be made at the field’s edge, by growers themselves.”

  • Justin McAllister, CTO and Co-Founder

About MicaSense

MicaSense is at the forefront of drone sensor development for precision agriculture. Passionate about producing the right tools for their customers, MicaSense solutions enable growers, agronomists and researchers to make the right calls at the right time. All MicaSense products are designed and manufactured in the USA.

Posted in: Manufacturing & Industry,Technology

VivoAquatics Receives Growth Investment, Led by Level Equity

VivoAquatics, the leading water management and real-time monitoring platform for hotels, resorts, fitness clubs and other commercial facilities announced it has secured Series A financing led by Level Equity, a growth equity firm focused on software and automation companies. The funding represents another milestone for the company as leading brands and properties continue to adopt the VivoPoint software and IoT platform to proactively manage the risks and costs of water within a facility while improving the guest experience. Funds will be used to expand the suite of integrations across a commercial facility, expand sales and marketing, and drive strategic opportunities.

“We are thrilled to partner with Level Equity and our investor group to help facility and engineering leaders better manage water across commercial properties to protect their brand and assets,” says Willan Johnson, CEO of VivoAquatics. “This is a dynamic and growing industry and we look forward to providing the applications and tools to assist facility owners and managers create baselines and benchmarks, establish standards and provide real-time monitoring and support to help them manage water more cost effectively and safely.” 
VivoPoint is a platform of controllers, sensors, communication gateways and software to provide facilities with real-time control and monitoring of water quality and usage (both water and energy). VivoPoint is currently used by hundreds of commercial facilities including many of the world’s leading resorts, waterparks and hospitality organizations to manage their recreational water (i.e., swimming pools, spas, lakes, streams, fountains). The company is now piloting VivoPoint across other functions (i.e., irrigation, cooling towers, etc.) within a facility.

“We recognize that commercial facility owners and managers face a daunting task in managing water as compliance and safety requirements increase, sustainability objectives are set, and costs increase,” said George McCulloch, Founder and Co-CEO of Level Equity. “VivoAquatics’ strong industry experience, exceptional and capital efficient growth and their amazing client orientation sets them apart as a market leader. We share their vision for continuing to build a world class software and IoT solution.”

About VivoAquatics: 
Founded in 2015, VivoAquatics is an innovative water management company providing automation solutions to hospitality destinations, water parks, fitness clubs, multi-family REITs and municipalities through its VivoPoint application. The brand's services and and VivoPoint software solution is specially designed to give clients greater control over their systems, equipment and staff for improved operational efficiency and ongoing cost-savings. For more information on VivoAquatics, please visit http://vivoaquatics.com/

About Level Equity: 
Based in New York, NY, Level Equity is a growth equity firm focused on providing capital to rapidly growing software and internet companies. The firm manages over .65 billion across a series of long term committed investment partnerships. For more information about Level Equity, visit http://www.levelequity.com.

Posted in: Business,Computers & Software,Manufacturing & Industry

Oboz Footwear named official footwear to the home of World’s Worst Weather

Oboz Footwear, the True to the Trail® outdoor footwear company headquartered in Bozeman, MT, has entered into a one-year sponsorship agreement with the Mount Washington Observatory (MWO) as its Official Footwear Provider.

Along with category exclusivity, the agreement includes special access for Oboz to the Observatory’s summit facility and presenting sponsor status of the Nation’s Premier Hiking Event, Seek the Peak, MWO’s largest fundraising event of the year.

“Mount Washington is one of the most frequented hiking destinations in the country and paired with its extreme weather, it’s the perfect testing ground for us,” said Judd Salvas, Oboz Marketing Manager.

MWO staff will exclusively wear and test Oboz footwear while they track and study the weather on and around New England’s highest peak. They will also provide the brand with product feedback throughout the year.

“Oboz is an ideal partner for the Observatory as their shoes and boots not only provide superior comfort and fit but can also handle the rigors of the weather we experience throughout the year,” said Sharon Schilling, President of the Mount Washington Observatory. “And as a brand their commitment to acting locally while thinking globally aligns with our organization’s mission to advance understanding of the natural systems that create Earths’ weather and climate.”

For every pair of Oboz Footwear sold the brand plants a tree as part of its One More Tree program. Since its founding in 2007 Oboz has planted more than 2 million trees. Additionally, the brand hosts several One More Tree events each year, where they partner with one of its retailers and a local organization to plant trees. As part of the MWO sponsorship, Oboz will host a One More Tree event with Oboz retailer and MWO official outfitter Eastern Mountain Sports.

To learn more about the Mount Washington Observatory and their programs visit www.mountwashington.com.

To learn more about Oboz award winning line of footwear visit www.obozfootwear.com.

About Oboz Footwear

Founded in 2007, Oboz Footwear builds ‘True to the Trail®’ outdoor footwear inspired by the vast 18 million acre Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem surrounding the company’s Bozeman, Montana home. This rugged wilderness inspires Oboz to build shoes and boots that deliver unmatched fit, unrivaled feel and exceptional performance on any trail, anywhere. Oboz plants a tree for every pair of shoes sold. For more information, visit http://www.obozfootwear.com.

About the Mount Washington Observatory

Mount Washington Observatory is a private, nonprofit, member-supported institution with a mission to advance understanding of the natural systems that create Earth’s weather and climate. It serves this mission by maintaining a weather station on the summit of Mount Washington, performing weather and climate research, conducting innovative science education programs, and interpreting the heritage of the Mount Washington region.  Learn more at www.mountwashington.org.

Posted in: Manufacturing & Industry,Shopping & Deal

Metrofuser Adds HP M607, M608 M609 Printer Fusers and Maintenance Kits to Lineup

Laser printer parts manufacturer Metrofuser (http://www.metrofuser.com) has introduced printer fusers and maintenance kits for HP LaserJet Enterprise M607, M608 M609 printers. The availability of these fusers will help reduce costs and increase profitability for the company’s nationwide customer base.

Metrofuser provides two options to acquire these printer fusers - by economical repair and return or by convenient advance exchange service. Metrofuser stocks the M607 series printer fusers, part number RM1-1256, L0H24A L0H24-67901. They are ready for same day shipping.

Metrofuser's fusers and maintenance kits for HP Printers offer brilliant crisp black and white output and guaranteed against all image defects.

“Reliable parts solutions are in high demand with the advent of more feature-rich printers in the marketplace," stated Eric Katz, Co-President, "Our customers require the most precise imaging technology in this demanding market and our R&D team has devised a solution for the M607 series fuser,” adding that, "Our printer fusers hold up to the most demanding conditions offering unequaled durability - these fusers work flawlessly with OEM and compatible toners."

The introduction of these HP fusers to Metrofuser’s product line represents a continued commitment to invest in R&D. Katz reiterates "Metrofuser's priority is to develop best-in-class repair and remanufacturing procedures along with rigid performance testing that enables us to deliver replacement parts that are unequaled in reliability and quality."

Metrofuser is a leading global innovator, manufacturer of printer parts, equipment, diagnostics, repair information and systems solutions for professional users performing critical tasks. Products and services include HP printer parts, printers and printer repair training. Parts include HP printer parts such as printer fusers, printer maintenance kits and other printer replacement parts. The company's, customers include office equipment dealerships, online retailers, repair centers and MPS service providers nationwide. Metrofuser has been named to Inc. Magazine’s fastest growing companies five consecutive years.

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Mister Chimney & Nova Fireplaces Brings in Quality Fireplace Inserts in Fremont and Hayward

For those looking to convert their traditional wood burning fireplace into something more efficient and economical, a gas fireplace insert may be the perfect solution. Upgrading the old fireplaces with fireplace inserts in Fremont and Hayward can give one a new living place with comfortable warmth. 

Made up of cast iron or steel, these inserts give you a sense of warmth and comfort with an efficient burning. Available according to the type of fuels such as coal, and EPA certified wood, these inserts utilize latest technologies to save on the utility bills while enjoying the warm atmosphere of the room. 

With boastful features such as fans, blowers, thermostats, and blowers, these fireplace inserts can be an excellent option for the household. Those who have an older home with wood burning inserts can benefit from a new insert. The wood fireplaces were designed with open combustion for effectiveness in low heating. 

Usually, wood fireplaces acquire more air and result in quick burning and also wasting the energy quickly. However, using the fireplace inserts, the closed insulated glass doors slow down the burning and increase the temperature that results in stable combustion without wasting much energy. 

This will bring an agreeable change in the energy bills when it comes to heating the room. Apart from providing one with protection and peace of mind, professional gas fireplace installation is essential to ensuring the unit's efficient function and performance, as well as making sure that installation mistakes don't compromise the gas fireplace warranty. 

At Mister Chimney & Nova Fireplaces, the professional installers bring their extensive knowledge and experience into installing gas inserts, while providing beautiful conversions. They will work diligently to accomplish the right fit for a seamless aesthetic. The professional technicians will perform an inspection of the entire system to ensure the safe and comfortable operation of the gas insert fireplace.

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About Mister Chimney 
Mister Chimney brings an unparalleled level of service and expertise to residential and commercial customers throughout the Peninsula, San Francisco and the Greater Bay Area.

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LifeSaver Water Filtration Technology Achieves Elite Testing Benchmark

 LifeSaver®, a UK-based manufacturer of portable and reusable water filtration systems, proudly announces it has passed compliance testing for NSF Protocol P248 Military Operations – Microbiological Water Purifiers. This certification means LifeSaver’s filter technology meets the high standards of the U.S. Military, and places the brand among an elite few to have achieved this benchmark.

NSF Protocol P248 was developed with the U.S. Army Public Health Command (USAPHC) based on the EPA Guide Standard, with the goal of providing deployed military personnel the capability to produce sustainable quantities of safe drinking water in any environment. Compliance is required before a manufacturer can market to the U.S. Military. LifeSaver achieved compliance after rigorous testing of its Jerrycan product, which was tested to more than 5,000 liters of sustained usage. P248 testing uses two strains of virus to ensure effective removal by the filtration system and pushes the filter to the point of clogging to make sure it continues to protect the user after that occurs, effectively measuring the filter’s failsafe technology. 

“This certification gives us the green light to sell directly into the U.S. Department of Defense without any further performance evaluation required,” says Joe Lovegrove, Technical Manager for LifeSaver. “This is a landmark result for us as a commercial business and production facility and moves us into a different league than almost all our retail competitors. It should also be noted that although we tested Jerrycans, all of our filters are made to exactly the same standards using the same materials as those with which we passed this test.”

LifeSaver was created in 2007 following back-to-back natural disasters in southeast Asia (Indian Ocean Tsunami) and the United States (Hurricane Katrina). Since then, the company has expanded from working solely in the humanitarian realm to offering a variety of consumer-friendly products ideal for backpacking, adventure travel and emergency preparedness. LifeSaver products previously achieved NSF Protocol 231, or “highly protective tier,” standards for drinking water, and effectively remove cysts, bacteria and viruses with no chemicals or electrical power required. 

To learn more about LifeSaver products, visit iconlifesaver.com. To request a copy of the certification letter, contact Suzanne Hermann at suzanne@darbycommunications.com. 

About LifeSaver
Founded in the UK in 2007, LifeSaver came to life following back-to-back natural disasters: the Indian Ocean Tsunami and Hurricane Katrina. Inventor Michael Pritchard felt compelled to address the resulting need for access to clean drinking water. The first LifeSaver prototype was developed in Pritchard’s garage, and became the world’s first portable water filter capable of removing the smallest known waterborne viruses. Since that time, LifeSaver has established itself as an effective and long-lasting solution to drinking water issues in the humanitarian and military sectors, as well as for outdoor enthusiasts. www.iconlifesaver.com 

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China Hydraulic Hammer Market to Expand at Robust CAGR of 8% During 2017-2023- QY Research

According to this report, in 2017 China Hydraulic Hammer market was valued at US$ 500 Mn and by the end of the assessment year, and is estimated to grow at a healthy CAGR of 8% during the projected year. 

China Hydraulic Hammer Market by Type

The hydraulic hammer, also known as rock breaker, a hydraulic breaker and hydraulic chisel, is a type of hydraulic tool or attachment that is used in demolition jobs which involve breaking up of large blocks and slabs of concrete and in excavation and quarrying of rocks and minerals.

Hydraulic hammers are the modern descendants of pile drivers. Pile drivers are mechanical devices used to stake piles into the ground to lay the foundation for buildings. Diesel, hydraulics, and pneumatics helped in delivering the force needed to drive piles into the ground and accomplish larger construction projects.

The Types of Hydraulic Hammers 

Light Duty Hydraulic Hammer: This hammer can be fitted to an excavator whose carrier weight is less than 18 MT

Medium Duty Hydraulic Hammer: This hammer can be fitted to an excavator whose carrier weight is between 20 MT and 28 MT

Heavy Duty Hydraulic Hammer: This hammer can be fitted to an excavator whose carrier weight is heavier than 30 MT

China Hydraulic Hammer Market: Drivers

Hydraulic Hammer is mainly used in industries such as construction, municipal engineering, mining industry, and metallurgical industry.  In the construction industry, the hydraulic hammer can be applied in the demolition of old building and crushing of RC, while it is also used on a large basis in the construction and maintenance of roads and railways. In metallurgical industry, hydraulic hammers are used to demolish furnace disintegration. All these factors are boosting the growth of China hydraulic hammer market. Currently, the manufacturing technology of Hydraulic Hammer is getting mature and is promising in the developing countries. Consequently, the demand for hydraulic hammers is escalating since the past few years which is likely to create a positive impact on the China hydraulic hammer market.

China Hydraulic Hammer Market: Forecast by Region

South China, East China, Southwest China, Northeast China, North China, Central China, and Northwest China are the regions that are included in this report. East China is the dominant market in the China Hydraulic Hammer market in terms of value. Southwest China is the second largest market. Southwest China market is also expected to expand at a fast rate in terms of revenue over the forecast period due to steadily increasing demand for Hydraulic Hammer.

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China Hydraulic Hammer Market: Key Players

The hydraulic hammer industry is not concentrated. The manufacturers in China hydraulic hammer market range from large multinational corporations to small privately owned companies which are competing for each other to sustain in the market. The main players are Eddie, Soosan, Nuosen, Giant, Furukawa, Toku, Rammer, Atlas-copco, Liboshi, GB, EVERDIGM, Montabert, Daemo, NPK, KONAN, Sunward, Beilite and Others.

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ALL-TAG Opens a New Subsidiary Location in Mexico City, Mexico

ALL-TAG, a manufacturer of U.S. made RF EAS Labels, supplier of AM and RF Anti-theft Security Tags, Security Labels, and other loss prevention products recently launched a new subsidiary in Mexico City, Mexico.

“We’re thrilled about this expansion,” commented ALL-TAG’s CEO, Stuart Seidel. “This is yet another strategically located facility that allows all retailers in Mexico to receive orders in a timely and cost-efficient manner.”

The office is filled with the personnel necessary to provide the exceptional support and customer service ALL-TAG customers around the world have come to expect. The warehouse is fully stocked with everything from AM and RF Labels, to hard tags and other loss prevention solutions that are ready for immediate shipment.

For any vendors, product packaging companies, and consumer goods manufacturers in Mexico that source tag for major retail chains in the United States, all source tagging solutions can be supplied by our Mexico office.

For additional information about products mentioned in this release, or to learn more about ALL-TAG, please visit https://all-tag.com.

About ALL-TAG 
ALL-TAG is a manufacturer of U.S. made 8.2 MHz Radio-Frequency (RF) EAS Labels, and supplier of Acousto Magnetic (AM) EAS labels that are used to source tag retail merchandise. ALL-TAG also supplies RF and AM Hard Tags, Ink Tags, and other Electronic Article Surveillance (EAS) solutions that are fully compatible with Checkpoint® and Sensormatic® brand products. ALL-TAG has been manufacturing its RF Labels for source-taggers and retailers throughout the world since 1992. Our manufacturing facility is located in Boca Raton, Florida. The company also has subsidiaries in the United Kingdom, Mexico City, and Hong Kong, to service our customers throughout the world.

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George Swies Promoted at Custom Air Products & Services

Taylor Norris, CEO of Custom Air Products & Services, Inc. (CAPS), today announces the promotion of George Swies as Commercial Maintenance Supervisor.

“We are so excited about George and the value that he brings to this company and more importantly to the customers that we serve,” CAPS CEO Taylor Norris explained. “As Commercial Maintenance Supervisor, George is now in a position to provide support for all aspects of commercial maintenance with an emphasis on commercial maintenance contracts.”

CAPS General Manager of Service Division, Carl Brauer pointed out, “With George looking at the processes from a higher level, he is poised to have a greater impact on customer service, contract pricing, scheduling, and material control.”

George brings with him ten years of global industry experience as a certified HVAC technician. He spent ten years in the U.S. Navy as Petty Officer Swies, Machinist Mate 1st Class (MM1). He holds many certifications through the U.S. Navy, Penn Foster Career School, and Coastline Community College. George will be reporting to the division General Manager of service.

As CAPS President John Boger explained, “If you don’t have excellent people in the correct roles, it’s nearly impossible to develop a great offering and serve your customers well. That’s why, CAPS gives top performers, like George, the opportunity to be the leader he was meant to be.”

About Custom Air Products & Services

Custom Air Products & Services, Inc. is a full-service HVAC company that specializes in the design, construction, installation, modification, and servicing of industrial and commercial air conditioning equipment. CAPS employees are committed to providing exceptional custom design and quality workmanship at competitive prices.

Custom Air Products & Services currently occupies five (6) modern facilities, totaling 350,000 square feet in size. These buildings include administrative and engineering offices, training facilities, a filter warehouse, and service shops for fabrication, manufacturing, and modifications. CAPS services are provided to customers throughout the United States and Mexico while their manufactured products have been delivered to sites around the world. Currently, CAPS has equipment operating on six (6) continents and in 52 countries.

For more information, contact Custom Air Products at 713.460.9009 or visit them on the web at http://www.customairproducts.com.

If you’d like more information about this topic, please call Susan Archer at 713.460.9009 or email her at susan.archer@customairproducts.com.

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Hydro Engineering Inc. Containerized Equipment Rooms Include All Systems Required for a Complete Vehicle or Equipment Wash Rack

Hydro Engineering Inc containerized equipment rooms start with either 20’ or 40’ custom built containers. Equipment needed to complete customer wash racks will determine the container size required for equipment installation.

Once equipment and vehicle wash rack requirements are determined, 3D modeling of containerized equipment room is next. Electrical, plumbing, HVAC are laid out and installed. Pressure washers (up to 4 each), wash water filtration and recycling equipment, chemical mixing, foam spraying systems are installed, tested and all equipment is certified to UL, CE and CSA standards. We now have a complete containerized equipment room that is ready to connect on location to water and electric power. With a fluid connection between Hydrosite containerized equipment room and existing wash bay, the fully operational wash rack is ready to go.

Factors that determine if a containerized equipment room should be considered.

1. Is there space available for equipment installation within exiting facility? 
2. Is there a requirement for possible wash rack relocation?

Available space is an issue solved with a Hydrosite containerized equipment room. They are weather resistant, freeze protected containers that can be placed wherever space is available. If relocation of wash rack equipment is required, simply disconnect power and water and move. This provides a big advantage over permanently installed equipment within existing buildings.

Hydrosite containerized equipment rooms are easily connected to existing concrete wash bays but become even more flexible when vehicle and equipment wash racks connected to them are also portable. Hydropad portable wash racks, configured to any size required for equipment or vehicle wash racks.

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Global Food Processing Equipment Market to Surpass USD 74 Billion in Next Five Years, Says Meticulous Research

The global food processing equipment market will grow at a CAGR of 6.1% from 2017 to 2022 to reach USD 74.019 billion by 2022, according to the latest publication from Meticulous Research®. The global food processing equipment market is driven by the increasing consumer demand for processed food, focus on food safety and safety of workers, growing need to increase productivity, increasing focus of food manufacturers to reduce production cost, and government support to promote food processing sector. In addition, emerging economies such as Latin America, South East Asia, and Africa provides significant opportunity for the manufacturers in the global food processing equipment market. However, high cost of equipment and increasing inclination towards consumption of minimal processed food restrict the growth of this market to some extent.

Key Market Segments to Watch

The global food processing equipment market is mainly segmented by type into meat, poultry, and seafood processing equipment (cutters and grinders; smokers, massagers, and tumblers; mixers; tenderizers; killing and defeathering equipment; slicers; evisceration equipment; cookers, roasters, and grillers; deheading and gutting equipment; filleting equipment; and others), bakery processing equipment (ovens and proofers; dough mixers; moulders and sheeters; dividers and rounders; depositors; and others), beverage processing equipment (brewery equipment; filtration equipment; carbonation equipment; blenders and mixers; and others), dairy processing equipment (pasteurizers; homogenizers; separators; evaporators and drying equipment; membrane filtration equipment; and others), chocolate and confectionary processing equipment (depositors; formers; coating and spraying systems; mixers; coolers; and others), fruit and vegetable processing equipment (juice extractors; peelers, cutters, and pulpers; dryers; evaporators; and others), and other food processing equipment (cereal & grains processing equipment, fat & oil processing equipment, snacks food processing equipment, and others).

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Meat, poultry, and seafood processing equipment to dominate the food processing equipment in 2018

The large share of meat, poultry, and seafood processing equipment is mainly attributed to increasing demand of processed meat products due to growing global population, urbanization, and consumer preference for protein-rich food products. However, chocolate and confectionary processing equipment market is expected to witness fastest growth during the forecast period. The rapid growth of this market is attributed to increasing focus of manufacturers on quality products manufacturing, integration of innovative processes, product innovation, building & maintaining strong brand of products, and optimization of traditional processes in this field. Also, once considered luxury products in some developing nations, chocolate and other sweets have become more attainable and attractive as living standards in these countries increase, ultimately driving demand for chocolate and confectionery processing equipment.

Regional Market Growth Trends

Geographically, the global food processing equipment market is segmented into North America (U.S. and Canada), Europe (Germany, France, Italy, U.K., Spain, The Netherlands, and RoE), Asia Pacific (China, India, Japan, Australia, and RoAPAC), Latin America (Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, and RoLATAM), and Middle East & Africa.

Food Processing Equipment Market

Asia-Pacific region is expected to hold the largest share in the global food processing equipment market in 2018, followed by Europe, and North America. The major share of this region is mainly attributed to increasing demand of processed food products in emerging and developing countries including India, China, Indonesia, and Thailand; and increasing investments from major food processors. This region is witnessing tremendous growth for food and beverages industry, primarily due to the increasing urbanization, health awareness, and disposable income; as a result, numerous food and beverage firms in this region are transitioning from manual to mechanical food processing in order to increase output and develop new products, which ultimately drives the food processing equipment market.

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Top Companies in the Food Processing Equipment Market

The key players operating in the global food processing equipment market are Bühler AG (Switzerland), Marel HF (Iceland), GEA Group Aktiengesellschaft (Germany), Bucher Industries AG (Switzerland), John Bean Technologies Corporation (U.S.), The Middleby Corp (U.S.), Heat and Control Inc. (U.S.), SPX Flow Inc. (U.S.), Alfa Laval AB (Sweden), Nichimo International Inc. (Japan), Krones AG (Germany), Paul Mueller Company (U.S.), Key Technology Inc. (U.S.), and Tetra Pak International S.A. (Switzerland).

These vendors employed various strategies to expand their product and application offerings, global footprint, and augment their market share. The key strategies followed by most companies in the global food processing equipment market were acquisitions and expansions.

Key questions answered in the report-

  • Which are the high growth market segments in terms of equipment type and regions/countries?
  • What is the historical market for food processing equipment across the globe?
  • What are the market forecasts and estimates from the period 2015-2022?
  • What are the major drivers, restrains, and opportunities in the global food processing equipment market?
  • Who are the major players in the global food processing equipment market and what share of the market do they hold?
  • Who are the major players in various countries and what share of the market do they hold?
  • What are the competitive landscapes and who are the market leaders by sub-region in the global food processing equipment market?
  • What are the recent developments in the global food processing equipment market?
  • What are the different strategies adopted by the major players in the global food processing equipment market?
  • What are the geographical trends and high growth regions/ countries?
  • What are the local emerging players in the global food processing equipment market and how do they compete with the global players?

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Cummins Selects Agility Warehouse Park in Ghana for Regional DC

Cummins Selects Agility Warehouse Park in Ghana for Regional DC Agility facility to stock parts for Cummins regional operations in West Africa ACCRA, Ghana – May 22, 2018 – Agility, a leading global logistics provider, has leased warehouse space in the Agility Warehouse Park in Ghana to Cummins for a new West African Distribution Center.

Cummins, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of diesel engines, generators, filtration and associated engine components, will use the facility to stock and distribute a range of over 10,000 spare parts for Cummins operations across West Africa.

Cummins joins other multinationals and small and medium-sized Ghanaian companies that have chosen the Agility Warehouse Park at Tema because its secure, convenient location provides international standard warehousing and services for their West African operations.

Location was a significant factor in Cummins’ selection. The Agility park is eight kilometers from Ghana’s main seaport and is adjacent to the Aflao highway connecting Ghana to Ivory Coast, Togo, Benin, and Nigeria.

Felix Bani, Cummins Operations Manager – Central Supply Chain Operations (CSCO), said: “Product distribution can be fast-tracked, either by road, sea or air. By choosing the Agility Warehouse Park, Cummins has addressed one of the biggest constraints to companies doing business in West Africa – the lack of quality infrastructure.”

Bani said Cummins was also attracted to the facility because it meets international environmental standards and features eco-friendly construction materials. Agility used energy efficient roof and side insulated panels; wind-driven roof fans; skylights for natural lighting; LED and energy-saving bulbs; and solar-powered streetlights. The site will recycle paper, plastic, metal, and carton waste. It provides eco-friendly waste management services and carbon footprint reporting.

The Agility Warehouse Park in Ghana is part of a network of international standard warehouse parks that Agility is funding and developing across key markets in Africa to support the development of domestic and regional trade.

Geoffrey White, CEO Agility Africa, said, “We believe that the provision of international standard warehouses in Africa for storage, distribution and light manufacturing is one of the fundamental building blocks necessary for economic growth. The Agility Warehouse Parks enable companies, whether multinationals such as Cummins, or small and medium enterprises, to access quality infrastructure easily, quickly and cost effectively.”

About Agility

Agility is one of the world’s leading providers of integrated logistics. It is a publicly traded company with more than .6 billion in revenue and more than 22,000 employees in over 500 offices across 100 countries. Agility Global Integrated Logistics (GIL) provides supply chain solutions to meet traditional and complex customer needs. GIL offers air, ocean and road freight forwarding, warehousing, distribution, and specialized services in project logistics, fairs and events, and chemicals. Agility’s Infrastructure group of companies manages industrial real estate and offers logistics-related services, including customs digitization, waste management and recycling, aviation and ground-handling services, support to governments and ministries of defense, remote infrastructure and life support.

For more information about Agility, visit us @ www.agility.com

Twitter: twitter.com/agility & twitter.com/agilityafrica
LinkedIn: linkedin.com/company/agility & linkedin.com/company/agilityafrica
YouTube: youtube.com/user/agilitycorp

About Cummins Inc.

Cummins Inc., a global power leader, is a corporation of complementary business segments that design, manufacture, distribute and service a broad portfolio of power solutions. The company’s products range from diesel and natural gas engines to hybrid and electric platforms, as well as related technologies, including battery systems, fuel systems, controls, air handling, filtration, emission solutions and electrical power generation systems. Headquartered in Columbus, Indiana (U.S.A.), since its founding in 1919, Cummins currently employs approximately 58,600 people committed to powering a more prosperous world. Cummins serves customers in about 190 countries and territories through a network of some 500 company-owned and independent distributor locations and approximately 7,500 dealer locations. Cummins earned billion on sales of .4 billion in 2017. Press releases can be found on the Web at www.cummins.com.

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