December 30, 2005
New Market Research on Argentina Small and Medium Business
Latin American Markets (www.latinamerican-markets.com)launched a new market research on Argentina Small and Medium Business. This research analyzes the main cualitative and cuantitative of the small and medium business productive structure in Argentina. The report describes the composition of such productive structure by sector and sub-sector into the different economic activities, location information, employment and sales and revenues by sector.
(PRWEB) December 30, 2005 -- Latin American Markets (www.latinamerican-markets.com) launched a new market research on Argentina Small and Medium Business.
This research analyzes the main qualitative and quantitative of the small and medium business productive structure in Argentina. The report describes the composition of such productive structure by sector and sub-sector into the different economic activities, location information, employment and sales and revenues by sector.
The report includes a chapter on small and medium companies characteristics, definitions and segmentation. Other parts of the report shows the productive structures by economic activity sector and SME´s exports participation.
The information provided includes the SME´s structure, split into the agribusiness and industrial sectors, industry specialization by regions and territories, and the 50 main industrial sector clusters located in Argentina.
The report latest edition is September 2005, with 115 pages and 92 charts, tables and graphics, and is offered in text (hard cover) with digital version as optional. An excel database spreadsheet with related data is included with the report, covering 1.100 economic activities. Language is spanish.
The report is a highly valuable tool for those interested to deal with Argentina, and is intended to be used for those companies actually doing business with Argentina or planning to invest, export, subcontract, license and/or franchise in Argentina. Also, the report is highly useful for commercial and investment banks trying to develop new banking services or adjust actual strategies with the SME´s sector into such market.
Order report at www.latinamerican-markets.com/argentina---small-and-medium-business---market-research
Dynalab NX Wire Harness Testers Are Now Networkable
Dynalab announces the availability of the NX Server Standard Edition.
Reynoldsburg, OH (PRWEB) December 30, 2005 -- Dynalab announces the availability of the NX Server Standard Edition. This software allows Dynalab customers to harness the power of their networks for managing NX Wire Harness Testers and test programs. With the NX Server Standard Edition software, all wire harness test programs can now be stored in a central location on a network server. Test programs can be pulled from any NX Wire Harness Tester connected to the network, or they can be pushed to any NX Tester. This capability ensures that NX Testers have access to the latest version of each test program from a single location. Additionally, detailed status information for each NX Wire Harness Tester can be monitored from any client on the network simply by using a web browser.
More information about the NX System is available at Dynalab’s website: www.dynalabtesters.com or by calling +1-614-729-6550
About Dynalab Test Systems
Dynalab Test Systems, located in Reynoldsburg, Ohio, is a leading manufacturer of wire harness test equipment for the automotive and appliance industries. Dynalab supplies test equipment to many of the largest wire harness manufacturers in the world. With over 17 years of experience and over 18,000 testers sold, Dynalab offers products that reflect an extensive level of industry knowledge. The company’s systems, software, and services are designed to help customers develop solutions for their wire harness testing needs quickly, reliably, and economically. For more information about Dynalab Test Systems, visit its web site at www.dynalabtesters.com or by calling +1-614-729-6550.
December 29, 2005
Superfund at 25 Faces Funding Challenge: Enviro.BLR.com Poll Says Citizens Shouldn’t Pay
Enviro.BLR.com reports that a majority of environmental professionals don’t think it should be citizens’ responsibility to pay for Superfund cleanups.
Old Saybrook, CT (PRWEB) December 29, 2005 -- As EPA marks the 25th anniversary of Superfund, Enviro.BLR.com, the website that makes environmental compliance easier, reports that a majority of environmental professionals don’t think it should be citizens’ responsibility to pay for the program.
When asked the question “Should taxpayers’ money contribute to Superfund?” 72 percent of respondents said that it was not the responsibility of the average citizen. By way of comparison, 22 percent responded affirmatively, saying “the money has to come from somewhere,” and 6 percent were unsure. There were 173 respondents to the survey.
“The biggest challenge Superfund faces is funding,” said Steve Quilliam, managing editor of Enviro.BLR.com.
In 1995, Congress allowed the Superfund tax authority law to expire, meaning that fees and taxes on companies responsible for chemical releases were no longer collected to fund the cleanup program. In 2003, the Superfund Trust Fund finally ran out of money.
For the past 2 years, Congress has authorized $1.2 billion each year to pay for cleanups where the polluter was bankrupt, refused to pay, or could not be found.
“Based on the fact that environmental professionals themselves don’t believe the current structure is fair, and considering where funding is at this point, I think industry can count on an eventual return of some type of Superfund tax,” Quilliam said. “Time will tell what form that tax takes.”
In 1980, the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) was signed into law. Commonly known as Superfund, CERCLA directed EPA to address abandoned, accidentally spilled, or illegally dumped hazardous waste that posed current or future threats to human health or the environment. Since its inception, construction work has been completed on 966 private and federal Superfund sites.
The compliance experts at Enviro.BLR.com are offering a download that gives practical advice on developing a management strategy when your company is designated as a responsible party in environmental remediations. Download the white paper here: http://www.blr.com/80502500/PRS712
Old Saybrook, Conn.-based BLR produces plain-English compliance and training resources for HR, compensation, safety, and environmental managers. For more information, call 800-727-5257 or visit www.BLR.com.
Contact: Enviro.BLR.com Managing Editor Steve Quilliam
Royal Aromatics Announces Expansion into China; Organizational Changes in the U.S.
Royal Aromatics has established a partnership with KINDWIN International to manufacture Royal Aromatic Fragrances in Guangzhou, China.
Neptune, NJ (PRWEB) December 29, 2005 -- As part of its ongoing restructuring and expansion plans, Royal Aromatics is proud to announce a Joint partnership with KINDWIN International in Guangzhou China to manufacture Royal Aromatic Fragrances for the greater China market.
“Mr. Dennis Chan, Chief Executive Officer of Kindwin International, and former General Manager for both IFF and BBA's Flavor and Fragrance activities in China, and Operations Director for PepsiCo Inc. China, brings 30 years of Flavor and Fragrance experience to the Royal Aromatics team and will oversee all Manufacturing, Sales and Marketing efforts for Royal Aromatics China”, according to a statement released by Royal Aromatics C.E.O., Anthony Caputo.
Of the Global expansion and partnership with KINDWIN, Jack Corley, President of Royal Aromatics said, “We view Asia Pacific, and particularly China, as a key component in achieving Royal’s global sales growth goals during the next 5 years. We have over 3000 fragrances in our fragrance library and are adding new ones daily. Our Chinese customers particularly like our high quality and low prices. We do not have the overhead costs that often plague the larger Fragrance Manufacturers. With Dennis Chan we have a partner who is a seasoned professional and brings to Royal, a unique combination of 30 years of Sales, Manufacturing, Financial and Managerial expertise in the Fragrance and Flavor Industry.”
U.S. Organizational changes – Sales and Creative Development
Royal Aromatics has named Mary Carroll as Account Executive for the U.S. Northeast region. Mary was formerly an Account Executive for Aroma Tech, Inc.
Also, Cara McDonald has been named Junior Perfumer and a member of the Royal Aromatics creative development team. Cara was formerly with Libenn Aroma.
Finally, Tom McKelvey, Account Executive, U.S. Southeast Region, has won Royal Aromatics Salesman of the year award. Tom joined Royal in April 2005 and was formerly a Sales Agent with Aromatic International LLC.
Royal Aromatics Inc. is a creator, manufacturer and distributor of Fragrances used by personal care, soap, aromatherapy, candle, incense, and industrial companies to improve fragrance in a wide variety consumer products. Dedicated to creating Fragrances of Distinction, Royal Aromatics now specializes in Natural and Certified Organic Fragrance development in accordance with the USDA, NOP Regulations, 7 C.F.R. part 205.300.
Royal Aromatics Inc. is based in Neptune, N.J. and Guangzhou, China.
Website:www.royalaromatics.com T: (732) 922-2520 F: (732) 922-2519
American Carbide Teams Up With OEM
American Carbide Tool, based in Canton, Ohio, has recently partnered with an OEM to help resolve an issue that occurred during the run-off of two machines for a large end-user. The OEM and ACT staff sat down to discuss the problem and how ACT might be able to solve the tough issue – the original tooling incorporated into the machine design proved incapable of meeting the specific requirements of the end user.
Canton, OH (PRWEB) December 29, 2005 -- American Carbide Tool (ACT), based in Canton, Ohio, has recently partnered with an OEM to help resolve an issue that occurred during the run-off of two machines for a large end-user. The OEM and ACT staff sat down to discuss the problem and how ACT might be able to solve the tough issue – the original tooling incorporated into the machine design proved incapable of meeting the specific requirements of the end user.
Since ACT combines both in-house engineering and design capabilities, along with application and troubleshooting assistance in the field, the company was poised to tackle the problem. Beyond this, ACT has the ability to manufacture tooling to cut-off and bevel seamless steel tubes such as API/BTC couplings, line pipe, oil country tubular goods (OCTG) and structurals, which are primarily used in the oil and gas industry. The company has been extremely effective in developing grades and chipbreaker geometries to cut off high pressure, heat-treated grades of pipe, such as P110 and Q125.
ACT tapped its more than 50 years of experience in manufacturing single point brazed carbide tools to develop a solution. As one of the largest manufacturers worldwide of this type of tooling, ACT has the ability to address the growing needs of not just this OEM, but the OCTG industry at-large.
Within only a two-week period, ACT was able to design and manufacture tooling to resolve the OEM’s issue and enable the them to successfully complete the run off.
ACT has continuously been involved in the manufacture of pipe cut off tools since its inception. This involvement has greatly increased in the recent past due to the increased tooling needs in this industry and ACT’s manufacturing and engineering capabilities.
American Carbide Tool’s capabilities have been further enhanced by its move to a new 36,000 square foot facility. This, along with the company’s continued commitment to improving its capabilities by investing in leading edge equipment, has enabled ACT to continue to provide not only superior quality tools, but pragmatic solutions to intricate customer challenges.
Pad Print Machinery of Vermont Expansion Complete
Pad Print Machinery of Vermont Completes 10,000 square foot expansion. Increased warehouse capacity, new wood shop, expanded sales area result.
East Dorset, VT (PRWEB) December 29, 2005 -- Julian Joffe, founder and president of Pad Print Machinery of Vermont, has announced his company’s ten thousand square foot expansion to their Vermont facility is complete. In 2003, the company moved their operation to the 22,500 square foot facility from their initial location in a former movie theater five miles south in Manchester. “We grew really fast,” said Joffe, “and I thought our move two years ago would give us enough elbow room to last for awhile.” Pad Print Machinery employs about twice as many employees now as they did in the old building, according to Joffe. “This added space will make it a lot easier for us to develop new technologies and decorating innovations-which is what we do best,” he said.
“This gives us some room to breathe,” said Michelle Heleba, Sales & Marketing Director of the Vermont-based company. “We moved the ink room and shipping department into the new space which allowed us to expand both the machine shop and the pad room,” said Heleba. She said the increases will help the company keep pace with the demand for their XE series. “The state-of-the-art PC-based XE series machines with servo controls enable the kind of production output necessary to stay ahead of the competition in today’s global economy,” she emphasized. “And it’s the primary reason we needed more space---there’s a huge demand for the XE series!”
According to Jon Hale, Pad Print of Vermont’s COO, the 20-gigabyte hard drive on the XE series allows for storage and instant recall of a vast number of jobs and parameters. “The transition from one job to the next is extremely quick,” said. Hale He also pointed out that the XE’s built-in network card allows on-line monitoring, trouble shooting and program updates as well as the ability to communicate with the operator even during production.
Hale continued to say that the additional space created by the expansion increased their warehousing capability and allowed them to build a woodshop. “We also have the much-needed room to increase our office space,” he added. “We were getting a little overcrowded.”
For in-depth details on the XE Series, visit the information-laden Pad Print Machinery of Vermont website at www.padprintmachinery.com.
About Pad Print Machinery of Vermont
Julian Joffe is the founder and president of Pad Print of Vermont. Although Joffe earned his degree in zoology, he had had a penchant for manufacturing as a result of the many hours he spent tinkering in his father’s workshop in South Africa as a youth. Upon graduation from University in 1976, he went to work in his father’s textile business and subsequently took over leadership of the company---expanding the business to include pad printing. In 1981, citing strong philosophical differences with the apartheid government, Joffe moved his family to United States and, in 1985, embarked on an alliance with COMEC Italia. He founded COMEC USA in a pre-world war one building in Yonkers, NY.
Over the next ten years business flourished. However, Joffe began to feel the magnetism of the New England way of life beckon. In 1994, he could no longer resist the urge to live a simpler, more enriched lifestyle and moved to Vermont.
Pad Print Machinery of Vermont was born in what had been, during the fifties and sixties, the sole movie theater in picturesque Manchester, VT. As the company continued to grow in both number of employees and amount of machines being built at any given point in time, they began to suffer a terminal case of claustrophobia. A concerted search for an appropriately-sized facility in southern or central Vermont finally paid off and, in 2003, they moved into a new 22,500 square foot building located in East Dorset, Vermont just five miles north of the cramped quarters in the old theater.
The new airy and spacious hi-tech facility has a reception area, a large showroom, Machine Shop, Graphics Department, Plate Department, Ink Department, Sales Department, Shipping Department, and administrative offices. For many Pad Print employees, it has become a home away from home. The Pad Print team now comprises 32 highly-skilled and motivated individuals with an incredible sense of team spirit. Their experience in the pad printing industry is second to none.
Pad Print Machinery of Vermont’s newest pad printing machines have combined technologies from the latest innovations in mechanical engineering and electronics. These machines are servo controlled and are extremely fast, extremely precise, and extremely reliable. PPMoV has led the pad printing industry with such breakthrough innovations as the ability to print on medical devices as small as .01 inch to fully automated eight-color machines.
In pursuing the goal of perfection in Customer Service and Satisfaction, the company constantly pushes the edge of the envelope and discovers more and more ways to incorporate pad printing into the customer manufacturing process. They look forward to the next 100 years.
December 28, 2005
RazrRak Launches New Product to Clean Up The Scooter Clutter
RazrRak has launched its new and unique RazrRak Scooter Stand to help consumers take control of the clutter caused by Razor® and similar styled scooters lying around driveways and garages. The multi-functional stand works both on the ground and can be wall-mounted.
Mesa, AZ (PRWEB via PR Web Direct) December 28, 2005 -- RazrRak Inc. announced the availability of its new and innovative RazrRak Scooter Stand to help consumers take control of the clutter caused by Razor® or similar styled kick scooters lying around driveways and garages. The RazrRak Scooter Stand works both on the ground to park a scooter and it can be mounted on a wall to store the scooter off the ground and out of the way.
Since 2000, millions upon millions of kick scooters have been sold and the demand continues to be steady. Not until the launch of the RazrRak Scooter Stand has there been a way to conveniently park and store the fun and long-lasting scooters.
The product is designed to work with Razor® and similar styled scooters such as Barbie® Scooter, Batman® Scooter, Bratz® Scooter, Hot Wheels® Scooter and the Huffy® Micro.
“As retailers and consumers will see, our RazrRak Scooter Stand is a marvel of design,” said Jeff Crump, President/CEO for RazrRak Inc. “Not only is it functional (great news for the parents), it also looks cool (great news for the kids)."
The product is currently only being sold to retailers for resell both online and in-store. For additional information, contact Jeff Crump or visit www.RazrRak.com. RazrRak product is patent pending. RazrRak and RazrRak logo are trademarks of RazrRak Inc.
About RazrRak Inc.
RazrRak is where form meets function. Headquartered in Arizona, RazrRak designs, manufactures and sells unique and innovative racks and stands for scooters. Our solutions take the clutter out of people's lives by providing a functional and attractive product to store scooters either on the ground or on the wall.
Trademarks are protected by the respective owners.
Farnam Emphasizes Complete Thermal Systems
New air heater control systems combined with the most innovative heating element designs on the market create a winning combination for heater manufacturers.
(PRWEB) December 28, 2005 -- Complete Thermal Systems to be emphasized by Farnam Custom Products as a new product capability. The company has long engineered and provided heating elements, air heaters, and surface heaters for Original Equipment Manufacturers. These traditional products are custom heaters designed to address a client's specific needs in the most effective and successful way possible.
Farnam's Business Development manager, Dean Hamel, explained that "Farnam always considers the client’s entire thermal system and engineers the most effective components possible for the client's specific set of circumstances and requirements. We've always had to think in terms of systems. It's just a natural evolution to develop complete thermal systems for clients. It's a turn key service or package we now offer."
These thermal systems may typically include heaters, temperature sensors, blowers, thermal controls, pressure or flow switches, and other safety devices as required. These systems are usually integrated into an enclosure or housing designed to fit a specific function in a client's product.
Some examples of recently developed systems are: an environmental temperature control system for a CT Scan manufacturer – a mobile shrinking station for a packaging machinery manufacturer – a complete dry air system developed for an industrial spray paint systems manufacturer.
Hamel says having one source design and provide an integrated thermal system appeals to many clients. "It's hard to find a source that understands thermal systems who will develop a custom system to precisely meet all the customers requirements, test the system, and then assure that it always delivers the performance and reliability needed by the client. And we do this very effectively." Farnam, in Asheville, NC, is an ISO 9001 certified company.
View the Farnam-Custom website for more information including case studies and other company news.
2006: A Ticking Time Bomb? 3-2-1 Blastoff
Let the celebration begin. Hayley Mills, Sally Fields and Patty Duke turn 60 this year. So do Presidents Bush and Clinton, Donald Trump and Cher. Joining them will be the front edge of millions of aging Boomers who are anticipated to retire or change careers in unprecedented numbers. This is the leading edge of a series of events and workforce trends that author-workforce expert Ira S. Wolfe has called The Perfect Labor Storm.
Lancaster, PA (PRWEB) December 28, 2005 -- Let the celebration begin. Hayley Mills, Sally Fields and Patty Duke turn 60 this year. So do Presidents Bush and Clinton, Donald Trump and Cher. Joining them will be the front edge of millions of aging Boomers who are anticipated to retire or change careers in unprecedented numbers. This is the leading edge of a series of events and workforce trends that author-workforce expert Ira S. Wolfe has called The Perfect Labor Storm.
Wolfe, founder and president of Success Performance Solutions, recalls six years ago when he first warned about skilled worker shortages. “I received many comments like “interesting” and “thought-provoking,” he recalls, “but many executives and business owners chose to ignore the warning.” Today, stories about skilled worker shortages is front-page news and time to fill open critical positions is growing longer and longer. “The Perfect Labor Storm,” Wolfe contends, “is no longer just a forecast for the future but an imminent threat for the present.”
Wolfe offers highlights of a few stories he believes will dominate the news in 2006 and beyond.
A Shrinking Workforce
The number of U.S. workers between ages 55 and 64 will grow 51 percent to 25 million by 2012, meaning the fastest-growing portion of the work force is the one at most risk of retiring soon. At the same time, the number of workers between ages 35 and 44 is expected to shrink by 7 percent.
New Skills Required
While many workers continue to use skills learned in an Industrial age, consumer demands have changed. Jobs now require skills for service and knowledge, not manual labor. In 1955, 40.5 percent of the U.S. workforce was engaging in manufacturing, construction, and mining. By the end of 2005, those industries employed only 15.8 percent of the workforce. Service-producing industry sent paychecks to 41.8 percent of workers.
Is Education The Answer?
Many point to better education as the solution. But education has its own problems. Today's workforce is the most educated in the world. That is all about to change. U.S. high school students are getting their lunches eaten when it comes to math and science scores compared to the most advanced economies of Europe and Asia.
No Industry Left Behind
Nearly every industry is predicting severe employee shortages, including manufacturing. Despite over 2 million layoffs, 500,000 vacancies exist for manufacturing jobs. Why? The available worker, including the employed, doesn’t have the right skills. The same forecast holds for healthcare, construction and technology.
Ticking time bombs: health care and pensions
For the first time in history retirees are living longer after retirements then they worked for the company or paid into social security. Many organizations including the government are facing huge funding shortfalls. The rules about retirement haven’t kept up with life expectancy.
As a result, public pension and health benefits for the elderly are on track to double while at the same time the old-age dependency ratio (nonworking older person per workers) will double.
Living Longer Costs Money
The health care consumption level of a 70-year-old far exceeds the consumption level of a 30 year old. By one estimate, the average elderly American consumes 37 percent more than the average worker.
As a result, Americans will be expected to pay more for their own health care and more for their dependents through more out-of-pocket payments and increased tax bills required to fund public supported health care.
Consumer-Driven Health Care
Shifting responsibility for health care to the consumer may be the right thing to do but employers and the government are asking a lot when lay people are expected to shop for a provider, decide when to seek care, wait weeks or months to get an appointment, juggle the appointment time with the demands of working, and navigate a complex system of bills and payments.
At least 77 million people in the U.S. -- or two out of every five adults -- have a hard time paying for medical bills or have accrued debt as a result of health care expenses. Two-thirds of people, which includes many workers, with a medical bill or debt trouble go without care because of cost. Meanwhile their health deteriorates. Minor ailments become severe and chronic conditions evolve into acute emergencies.
More than Pocket Change
Losing experienced workers is only part of the problem. Replacing them comes with a high cost. At a time when the cost of doing business is rising and profits are squeezed, the average "cost-to-hire" and "time-to-fill" in 2005 was $7,123 and 37 days, respectively. The number goes up exponentially when recruiting and hiring knowledge workers. (Source: 2005 SHRM Human Capital Benchmarking Study)
Wolfe says, “this combination of an aging population and a shrinking workforce will increase the pressure to reduce pensions, delay retirement, increase outsourcing and open up immigration.”
For more workforce facts and demographic trends, visit http://www.perfectlaborstorm.com.
ETAP Intelligent Load Shedding Deployed at One of Indonesia’s Largest Copper-Gold Mines
PT Newmont Nusa Tenggara uses the ETAP enterprise solution to monitor, control and optimize its electrical power generation and transmission.
(PRWEB) December 28, 2005 -- Operation Technology, Inc. (OTI) has announced that PT Newmont Nusa Tenggara (PTNNT), operator of one of Indonesia’s largest copper-gold mines, has successfully deployed the ETAP Real-Time enterprise power system solution to reduce production losses due to faults caused by a variety of environmental disturbances. In addition, PTNNT is using ETAP Real-Time to monitor, control and optimize power generation and transmission at its facilities throughout Indonesia’s Sumbawa island.
PTNNT’s installation of ETAP Real-Time employs two primary products: ETAP Intelligent Load Shedding (ILS) and ETAP Power System Monitoring & Simulation (PSMS). Together, these products provide PTNNT with a fully integrated system to optimize electrical power management, resulting in lower generation cost and fewer process time losses due to unnecessary load tripping.
For this project, the heart of ETAP Real-Time is ILS, an advanced product that uses artificial intelligence to dynamically determine the optimal system response to a variety of system changes and disturbances. ILS evaluates electrical and physical parameters, network topology, control logics and system operating conditions (loading, generation, etc.) to determine the best load shedding priority, based on the type and location of the disturbances. ILS provides faster execution of load shedding, as compared to conventional frequency relays, further reducing the load relief requirements.
ETAP Real-Time has been operating at PTNNT for more than six months. According to Ilyas Yamin, GF Power and T&D Maintenance Engineer for PTNNT, ETAP ILS is the most intelligent load shedding system available compared with any other products on the market.
The development of ETAP ILS was a major defining milestone for OTI, stated Dr. Farrokh Shokooh, President and CEO of OTI. “We have developed many new state-of-the-art products in our 20-year history, but ETAP Intelligent Load Shedding stands out as one of our greatest achievements,” Shokooh adds. “ILS has broken new ground in power management technology by providing the intelligence and speed required to minimize the detrimental effects of system disturbances. We are extremely proud to see ETAP ILS in action.”
About Operation Technology, Inc.
Operation Technology, Inc. (OTI) is the developer of the ETAP enterprise solution for analyzing, simulating and optimizing power systems. OTI is ISO 9001 certified, covering all activities related to design, development, production and support of ETAP products. For more information, visit etap.com.
Free Tri-MixTM Tungsten Samples Offer Increased Life & Weld Quality
For a limited time, “The Tungsten Electrode Experts” at Diamond Ground Products are proud to offer free samples of Tri-Mix Tungsten, a scientifically balanced blend of three oxides in one multi-purpose tungsten.
Newbury Park, CA (PRWEB) December 28, 2005 -- For a limited time, “The Tungsten Electrode Experts” at Diamond Ground Products are proud to offer FREE samples of Tri-Mix Tungsten, a scientifically balanced blend of three oxides in one multi-purpose tungsten.
Tri-Mix offers stability and consistency to increase weld quality and service life dramatically. It increases the number or arc starts and decreases the amount of misfires. Tri-Mix features a low work function, so it requires less energy to start and runs cooler than common 2% Thoriated Tungsten. Unlike 2% Thoriated, Tri-Mix is also a non-radioactive tungsten.
To get your sample today, contact Diamond Ground Products or visit our website at www.diamondground.com
Diamond Ground Products is dedicated to the improvement of weld quality & welder productivity, and maintains a reputation as the industry leader in tungsten and tungsten preparation. Our ongoing management philosophy is to provide quality product and receptive service that exceeds even the most stringent expectations. Contact DGP today to see how we can help with your current or future welding applications.
For more information, contact:
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December 27, 2005
Travelpro Signs Exclusive Agreement for Accessories from Travel Blue
Travelpro, the luggage manufacturer recognized for inventing The Original Rollaboard, has announced a partnership with Travel Blue Travel Accessories to distribute a full range of travel accessories in the United States.
Boca Raton, FL (PRWEB) December 27, 2005 -- Kim Ballis, CEO of Travelpro International, Inc. (www.travelpro.com), a leading luggage manufacturer and inventor of the Original Rollaboard, has announced the signing of an exclusive distribution agreement with Travel Blue Travel Accessories. In making the announcement, Ballis stated, “We are extremely pleased to develop this sales/marketing venture where Travelpro will have the exclusive distribution rights for the Travel Blue by Travelpro brand of accessories in the United States. We have recently created a business unit dedicated to travel accessories; to fully focus on growth … independent of our expanding luggage business. Their mission is to bring products to the marketplace that will enhance the total travel experience for the business and leisure traveler while dedicated to achieve market penetration in the multi-billion dollar travel accessories arena.”
Based in the UK, Travel Blue is the world leader of travel accessories with distribution in 65 countries throughout Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Australia, New Zealand, and now North America. “We’ve partnered with Travelpro in the United States because they are the leader in innovation in the luggage industry. Their solid foundation for quality and value in the marketplace is synergistic with Travel Blue. They know the customer base and have the greatest potential for growth. Travel Blue by Travelpro is a compliment to their extensive range of products in specialty retail and department stores, as well as developing new channels of distribution,” said Avi Levin, CEO of Travel Blue.
Kevin Lockwood, Director of Sales for Travelpro’s accessory division noted, “Whether it’s a TSA approved lock, or a security wallet, the Travel Blue by Travelpro accessory line is even attractive to the everyday shopper. The savvy traveler is looking for more than a set of converters. They want sleek designs with quality workmanship, and that’s what the Travel Blue by Travelpro line delivers.”
Travelpro USA is a leading manufacturer of innovative luggage designed for traveling professionals and is used by over 425,000 airline personnel worldwide. The luggage, which was Top Rated and listed as a Best Buy in the leading consumer testing publications has also been named Best Luggage Brand by two leading travel publications. Travelpro’s founder is credited with inventing the first soft-sided vertical wheeled carry-on, known as the Rollaboard. The company was founded in 1987 and is headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida. For more information, visit www.travelpro.com or contact Marcy Schackne at (561) 998-2824, ext. 154 (e-mail protected from spam bots).
Baby Emporio’s Kammi Teether Doll Wins 2005 Top Product Award
BABY EMPORIO LLC’s (Babyemporio.com) Kammi™ Teething Doll which received rave reviews from the Family Review Center earlier this year has been selected as one of the 20 winners of the organization’s Annual Top Product Awards in the Infant: Toys category.
VENTURA, CA (PRWEB) December 27, 2005 -- BABY EMPORIO LLC’s (www.babyemporio.com) Kammi™ Teething Doll which received rave reviews from the Family Review Center earlier this year has been selected as one of the 20 winners of the organization’s Annual Top Product Awards in the Infant: Toys category. Selected from a total of 280 products reviewed in 2005, The Family Review Center said, “Baby Emporio has the most unique idea for a baby to come along in a long time. The Kammi Doll™ is a wonderful product that is simple in design, yet brilliant in purpose.”
The popular Kammi™ Teething Doll which boasts four terry cloth teething knots that can be dampened and chilled in the freezer for 10-15 minutes, makes up just part of the European-inspired baby gifts created by Clasina Valkenberg, owner of BABY EMPORIO LLC. Family Review notes that, “Before the days of the Kammi™ Teething Doll, we were stuck giving our infants teething gels and cold, wet washcloths for them to chew on. Now the Kammi™ Teething Doll is here, for them to have their own chew toy that both aids and comforts through the teething cycle.”
About Baby Emporio, LLC
Founded in 1996, BABY EMPORIO, LLC (www.babyemporio.com) offers a unique and varied selection of baby gifts for the consumer alongside its first product—the trademarked Ookie® Baby’s First Doll. The nine-year-old company’s products are being sold to consumers online at www.babyemporio.com and in baby specialty stores across the US, Canada, Australia and Europe. Retailers interested in making wholesale purchases can visit BABY EMPORIO’s wholesale portal at www.babyemporiowholesale.com or contact Clasina Valkenberg by calling (800) 965-9909, faxing (805) 985-2158, or writing to the company’s mailing address at 4360 East Main Street, #374, Ventura, CA 93003.
December 26, 2005
American Time and Signal Co. Introduces AllSync™ Wired Clock System
American Time & Signal is on time with there clock systems.
Dassel, MN (PRWEB) December 25, 2005 -- American Time and Signal Co, a leader in synchronized time solutions for schools, healthcare facilities and government institutions has introduced the new AllSync™ Wired Clock System.
This unique system consists of a clock master programmer and wired system clocks. The technology has numerous advantages.
First and foremost, this clock system reduces power consumption. A facility can run up to 5 times as many system clocks on the same amount of power as a traditional mechanical clock system. The energy savings at a facility will add up quickly over time.
Second, the AllSync™ clock system has the ability to obtain the precise “atomic” time from a choice of two sources: a GPS (global positioning system) signal or Ethernet signal. The time is then transmitted to the system clocks for extremely accurate timekeeping. Facilities need accurate time schedules for a smooth operation of letting students out of school that synchronize with the bus schedule, for example.
Third, the AllSync™ clock system master programmer has the ability to easily program events or change bell schedules from a remote location within a facility, from another building on campus, or even from home via a PC Ethernet connection. Now the master can be housed in an out-of-the-way place.
“Our customers using the AllSync™ clock system appreciate the convenience of programming the time and their bell schedules from their desk. In the past, they had to go down to the location of the master (usually a basement or closet). For large facilities with multiple buildings, that can be an issue. AllSync™clock system makes programming or changing schedules a very efficient and accurate operation at any facility”, said Jeff Baumgartner, founder and CEO of American Time and Signal Co.
The AllSync™ clock system is available with a variety of options and features including signal output circuits, multiple system clock protocol signals and various means of synchronizing the system clocks to the “atomic” time. The exact system features and functions can be configured based on the construction and geographic layout of the facility.
American Time and Signal Co., based in Dassel, Minnesota, is a leader in synchronized time solutions for schools, healthcare facilities and government institutions. Founded in 1980 by Jeff Baumgartner, the company has developed an outstanding reputation in complete clock systems, supplying replacement system clocks, non-system clocks and repairs for OEM (original equipment manufacturer) clock systems, their parts and accessories. American Time and Signal Co. manufactures and markets products for sale via direct mail, outside sales and their website at www.atsclock.com
American Time and Signal Co.
AMCI 3401 Stepper Module Expands Motion Control Into Point I/O For Allen Bradley PLCs
AMCI continues to expand its motion control product line with the release of their 3401 stepper motor control module for Allen Bradley’s Point I/O. The 3401 module is 100% compatible with Allen-Bradley’s distributed I/O network and has the lowest cost per axis of all the motion control modules available for Allen Bradley PLCs.
Terryville, CT (PRWEB) December 25, 2005 -- Advanced Micro Controls, Inc. (AMCI), a Connecticut based industrial controls company, announced the release of the 3401 stepper motor control module for Allen-Bradley’s Point I/O. Boasting seamless integration into Allen-Bradley’s distributed I/O network, the 3401 module is ideal for applications where low-cost of ownership are key for successful control system design and operation.
Exploring the module’s other benefits; Sales Manager Leo Brennan explains “The 3401 has the lowest per axis cost of all the motion control modules available for Allen Bradley PLCs. We found customers were looking for a motion control solution that provided all of the functionality of a standard motion controller but had some of the cost advantages of the Point I/O system. AMCI responded by designing the 3401. The unique design of the Point I/O system allows the I/O to be distributed throughout the machine instead of being located in one central panel. This provides overall savings in wiring and can lead to a more modular machine design.”
The 3401 Point IO card marks AMCI’s fifth stepper motor controller module solution for Allen Bradley PLCs. When asked how AMCI is able to develop so many integrated PLC module solutions, Sales Engineer Matthew Tellier stated “As the original third party supplier with Rockwell Automation, AMCI’s long standing partnership with Allen Bradley enables our company to quickly engineer solutions for new platforms, providing a more complete control system for our customers. This close relationship guarantees a finished product that is 100% compatible with Allen Bradley PLCs for true plug and play functionality.”
AMCI’s 10 years of experience in developing stepper modules has led to an efficient programming structure that capitalizes on user-friendly commands that are simple to implement. A relative move, absolute move, or a manual move can be executed with just one rung of logic.
Additionally, the 3401 module has two sinking inputs, which can be used for homing and limit switch operations, and step and direction output signals that interface to any of AMCI’s SD stepper drives or the recently released SMD family of integrated stepper drive/motor packages. By using standard output signals, the 3401 module can also integrate with other manufacturers’ stepper drives and even servo systems, such as the Allen Bradley Ultra series of drives that can be controlled by step and direction signals.
For additional information on AMCI and their products or pricing, visit their web site at http://www.AMCI.com or contact them by phone during regular business hours at (860) 585-1254.
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CablEquity™ 2006 is in Production
New CablEquity™ 2006 is in production and will be available for customers in January 2006.
San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) December 24, 2005 -- TurboTools™ Corporation, innovator in electromechanical systems design automation, announced today production release of CablEquity 2006. CablEquity, a patent pending software, automates design and documentation of Hardware Electrical Systems (HES™) used in highly integrated process equipment, high-tech instrumentation, any kind of electromechanical, electrical or electronic assemblies, systems, sub-systems and products.
CablEquity 2006 is a complete end-to-end design and manufacturing solution for hardware system architects and integrators, electrical and electronic engineers and scientists.
CablEquity delivers full system design automation resulting in significant cost savings in products development, significant time savings per design, and tremendous productivity improvements. The new version offers a host of powerful features including "pick and drag" design sketching, automated generation full scale "nail board" drawings, enhanced schematics and bills of materials, fully integrated RoHS compliant components database, and customizable editing assembly drawings.
“CablEquity has become a very powerful tool for the system level design. A clear money-saver for companies which are involved in design or manufacturing of mechatronics products…” said Alex Chernyak, president and CEO of TurboTools Corporation, “... an investment in CablEquity produces a substantial return throughout the entire development cycle.”
CablEquity 2006 will be available in January 2006 and can be licensed through TurboTools Corporation or its authorized resellers.
For online evaluation of fully functional CablEquity™ contact TurboTools™ Corporation at (415) 759-5599 or visit http://www.turbotools.com to schedule FREE server access.
About TurboTools™ Corporation
Established in 1999 with main offices in San Francisco CA, since 2002 TurboTools™ Corporation has been revolutionizing design, documenting and manufacturing processes for Hardware Electrical Systems through innovative, proprietary products and technologies. The company is a leader in the Electronic Interconnection, EDA, CAD/CAM and PLM markets. TurboTools™ currently offers industry-leading products for designing any kind of electromechanical process equipment, instrumentation, assemblies, systems and products for any industry worldwide. For further information about TurboTools™ Corporation and advanced technology included with CablEquity™ visit TurboTools™ web site at http://www.turbotools.com.
Alex H. Chernyak, +1.415.759.5599
TurboTools, CablEquity and HES are trademarks of TurboTools™ Corporation.
Scott+Scott, LLC Filed First Fraud Class Case Against Diebold Inc. on December 13
Clients counting on firm after news of alleged voting machine problems and corporate internal control issues.
Chagrin Falls, OH (PRWEB via PR Web Direct) December 23, 2005 -- Scott+Scott, LLC (http://www.scott-scott.com), at the direction of clients, filed a securities fraud class action in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio (05CV2873) against Diebold Inc. ("Diebold" or the "Company") and individual defendants.
According to the complaint, the Company allegedly lacked a credible state of internal controls and corporate compliance and remained unable to assure the quality and working order of its voting machine products. Presently, the class is defined in the complaint researched and drafted by Scott+Scott as those who purchased Diebold securities between October 22, 2003, and September 21, 2005, inclusive (the "Class Period"). However, any purchaser of Diebold securities can contact the firm as the Class Period may change as information is revealed. Diebold engages in the development, manufacture, sale, and service of systems, software, and various products used to equip bank facilities such as automatic teller machines and other devices such as voting machines. On December 12, 2005, chief executive Walden O'Dell stated that he is resigning for personal reasons and named Thomas Swidarski, president and chief operating officer, to replace him.
If you wish to discuss this action or have questions concerning this notice or your rights, please contact Scott+Scott for more information. Scott+Scott will provide class members with case materials, answer all questions regarding participation and rights and assist with other services the firm provides. There is no cost or fee to you. Contact Scott+Scott partner Neil Rothstein at 800/332-2259, ext. 22 or cell 619/251-0887. Scott + Scott, LLC has offices in Connecticut, Ohio and California.
The complaint alleges that defendants violated provisions of the United States securities laws causing shareholders to purchase Diebold securities at an artificially inflated price. It further alleged that the Company's false and misleading statements served to conceal the dimensions and scope of internal problems at the Company, impacting product quality, strategic planning, forecasting and guidance and culminating in false representations of astonishingly low and incredibly inaccurate restructuring charges for the 2005 fiscal year, which grossly understated the true costs and problems defendants faced to restructure the Company. The complaint also alleges over $2.7 million of insider trading proceeds obtained by individual defendants during the Class Period.
Finally, investors learned the truth about the adverse impact of the Company's alleged defective and deficient inventory-related controls and systems on Diebold's financial performance. As a result of defendants' alarming disclosures of September 21, 2005, the price of Diebold shares plunged 15.5% on unusually high volume, falling from $44.37 per share on September 20, 2005, to $37.47 per share on September 21, 2005, for a one- day drop of $6.90 per share on volume of 6.1 million shares -- nearly eight times the average daily trading volume. On December 19, 2005, Diebold signed a deal with the Bank of China. Then on December 21, Bruce McPherson, California’s top election official, stated he would ask federal officials to test the software of the voting machines to see if they were vulnerable to hackers.
The plaintiff is represented by Scott+Scott, LLC, which has significant experience in prosecuting investor class actions. The firm dedicates itself to client communication and satisfaction and currently is litigating major securities, antitrust and employee retirement plan actions throughout the United States. The firm represents pension funds, charities, foundations, individuals and other entities worldwide. Cases currently being litigated and/or investigated by Scott+Scott, LLC include: Stone Energy; Bausch & Lomb; Bed Bath & Beyond; Guidant Corp.; Halliburton; SFBC, Int’l; Tuesday Morning, Bio-One Corp. and Faro Tech., among others. Its success has brought shareholders hundreds of millions of dollars in cases against Mattel, Royal Dutch/Shell, Sprint, ImClone, Emulex and others. Please contact the firm regarding any of these matters.
December 23, 2005
Van Eeghen International (North America), Inc. Receives GFTC AudiTech GMP Certificate
Van Eeghen International (North America), Inc. has successfully completed the AudiTech GMP audit by Guelph Food Technology Centre (GFTC) and has been certified AudiTech GMP standards.
Saint-Laurent, Quebec, Canada (PRWEB) December 23, 2005 -- Van Eeghen International (North America), Inc., a global player in Manufacturing and Processing of spices, herbs, dehydrated vegetables, seasonings and custom blends and Distributors of functional food ingredients and nutraceuticals, today announced it has successfully completed the AudiTech GMP audit by GFTC and has gained certification of GFTC AuditTech GMP Silver Status.
GFTCs audit standards meet the requirements of CFIA's Food Safety Enhancement Program (FSEP).The Guelph Food Technology Centre is Canada's largest food safety training, auditing and consulting group. GFTC provides creative, confidential technical solutions, quality systems and training to the Canadian agrifood industry. Each year, the Centre assists over 500 companies and organizations, and provides training to more than 3,600 people.
"Since 1998, Van Eeghen International has achieved remarkable market penetration in North America. By gaining ISO 9001-2000 registration and now the AudiTech GMP Certification underscores the determination of the Van Eeghen International team to further increase dedicated customer satisfaction," said Arthur Sousa, President and CEO of Van Eeghen International (North America), Inc. "What sets us apart from our competitors is that we are a very strong team focused company convinced by a mission to build up long term partnerships with our customers. We take particular pride in offering our customers our best in reliable service and quality products - we do go the extra mile for customer satisfaction."
Van Eeghen International (North America), Inc. forms part of the Van Eeghen Group of companies which first was established in 1662.
For more information on Van Eeghen, please visit our web site at www.vaneeghen.net
For more information on GFTC, please visit the GFTC web site at www.gftc.ca
METTLER TOLEDO Receives Control Design Award
METTLER TOLEDO has again been voted to receive the Control Design Magazine Readers Choice Award in the category of Load Cells and Weighing Systems. This is the fifth consecutive year METTLER TOLEDO has been given this reader-voted award as a top supplier of weighing equipment who provides the best technology value.
(PRWEB) December 23, 2005 -- METTLER TOLEDO has again been voted to receive the Control Design Magazine Readers Choice Award in the category of Load Cells and Weighing Systems. This is the fifth consecutive year METTLER TOLEDO has been given this reader-voted award as a top supplier of weighing equipment who provides the best technology value.
The Readers Choice Award is voted on by 15,000 Control Design subscribers who identify themselves as having the authority to specify, recommend or purchase industrial automation and control products for industrial machines. Since the award’s 2001 inception, readers have provided un-aided responses listing their preferred suppliers in 50 different hardware and software categories.
In addition to product listings, readers vote on the service and support they receive from these companies on a scale of one (poor) to five (excellent). METTLER TOLEDO was one of a select group of companies to receive a rating of 4.0 or higher in this category, indicating commitment to providing world-class pre and post sale product support.
METTLER TOLEDO continues to strive for excellence in both the product and support categories and is pleased to receive the readers’ vote of confidence.
METTLER TOLEDO is a leading global supplier of precision instruments and is the world's largest manufacturer and marketer of weighing instruments for use in laboratory, industrial and food retailing applications. METTLER TOLEDO provides weighing solutions that help customers by automating processes, increasing yields, controlling product quality and complying with industry standards and regulations. Additional information about METTLER TOLEDO can be found on the website www.mt.com/us.
Cube Management has Released its Winter 2005-2006 Edition of its E-Newsletter
Cube Management, providing sales acceleration and sales consulting services to emerging growth and mid-market companies in the technology, manufacturing, healthcare and business service sectors from its Portland, Oregon headquarters, has released its Winter 2005-2006 Edition of its E-Newsletter.
(PRWEB) December 23, 2005 -- Cube Management, providing sales acceleration and sales consulting services to emerging growth and mid-market companies in the technology, manufacturing, healthcare and business service sectors from its Portland, Oregon headquarters, has released its Winter 2005-2006 Edition of its E-Newsletter.
Click below to view and subscribe to the Cube Management Newsletter: http://www.cubemanagement.com/newsletter/1205.htm?source=prweb
Snippets of each article appear below:
Article #1: Boosting Website Lead Conversion With Pay-Per-Click Landing Pages - What is Marketing ROI?
If you're like many marketing professionals in business today, you're using Pay-Per-Click (PPC) advertising to drive targeted prospects to your company's website, with hope of converting them to a sales lead through an offer or call to action. Unfortunately, many marketers mistakenly send visitors to their corporate website's home page. Why is this a problem? Because most B2B home pages have a large number of possible paths that visitors can take...only a few of which will convert them into a lead. Even advertisers who are savvy enough to send PPC visitors to a page directly relevant to their search query can still take steps to greatly increase conversions, by following some simple suggestions.
Article #2: Case Study: Online Learning Company Doubles Lead Conversion Rates
Located in Portland, Oregon, KC Distance Learning is a leading provider of online educational programs for the secondary school market. A unit of Knowledge Learning Corporation, the company operates Keystone National High School, the largest online school in the country, and has offered powerful educational opportunities to more than 200,000 students to date.
Article #3: Hire The Best, Weed Out The Rest: Recruiting Top Sales Producers
Hiring top sales people is the key to accelerating your company's sales. Sounds like a no-brainer, right? Yet even if you agree with this, we all know from experience that finding and attracting high performance sales talent is anything but easy. Getting this right is a combination of both art and science, and requires a real commitment to excellence.
Holiday Highlight: Children's Cancer Association
The holiday season tends to bring out the giving spirit in all of us, inspiring us to reach out to those in need and the causes we care about. At Cube Management, we're proud to highlight and support the amazing work of the Children's Cancer Association (CCA), a local non-profit organization that serves more than 12,000 seriously ill children and their families in Oregon and Southwest Washington annually. We encourage you to learn more about this incredible organization that brings hope, compassion and much-needed support to children and families in crisis. Visit CCA's website at http://www.childrenscancerassociation.org
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About Cube Management:
Cube Management (http://www.cubemanagement.com?source=prweb) provides sales acceleration services to emerging growth and mid-market companies in the technology, manufacturing, healthcare and business service sectors. The experts at Cube work across the entire spectrum of marketing, sales and business development to provide customized solutions that drive revenue and profit growth. Cube combines Strategy, Process & People to produce winning results.
Pilkington Install Eleven UK Cranes from Street Crane Company in Russian Float Glass Plant
To safely and efficiently handle a throughput of 240,000 tonnes of float glass at a new Russian facility, Pilkington Plc has invested over one million Euros (about £700,000) in advanced overhead cranes from UK specialist Street Crane Company.
(PRWEB) December 23, 2005 -- To safely and efficiently handle a throughput of 240,000 tonnes of float glass at a new Russian facility, Pilkington Plc has invested over one million Euros (about £700,000) in advanced overhead cranes from UK specialist Street Crane Company.
As part of a joint venture with Emerging Market Partnerships (EMP) UK glass manufacturer, Pilkington has constructed a float glass plant in the Ramenskoye district in Moscow. This is one of the most advanced float glass plants in the world and the most modern in Russia.
Glass must be handled with care and precision at every stage of the production process. Street equipment is engineered to give speed-controlled movement for greatest load stability and precise low-speed placement. Their overhead cranes are often the first choice for both glass plants and for downstream distribution.
The Moscow contract included the supply, delivery and commissioning of 11 cranes. Installation was undertaken by Pilkington's own engineering teams. Cranes range in capacity from five to 25 tonnes safe working load and include double girder, single girder and wall travelling jib cranes. Some of the cranes span bays of 40 metres and all have remote radio operation.
All equipment was built in the UK and shipped overland to Russia. To meet Russian standards, Street had to have company wide procedures audited and approved by GOST and each crane was evaluated from first principles and certified as compliant with GGTN standards.
Sales director Keith Rainford commented, "We have collaborated with Pilkington on UK and international projects for many years. This is the first project we have completed in Russia and we are pleased that the programme ran to schedule." The Ramenskoye plant began operations in November 2005. Pilkington will operate the plant on behalf of the joint venture partners.
Keith Rainford, Street Crane Company, Tel. 00 44 1298 812456 Fax. 00 44 1928 814 945
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CCL Container Sends Unique Seasonal Message of Hope
For over twelve years CCL Container has produced an annual Christmas ornament using a small diameter commercially available aluminum aerosol cans which are then topped with tree hanger caps for display. This year instead of a traditional design the company chose to acknowledge and remember those who continue to struggle, and to thank their friends for their relief efforts in the same token.
Hermitage, PA (PRWEB) December 23, 2005 -- While most of America celebrates the holiday season just as normally as ever, the people of four states will still be struggling to make sense of what happened to their lives and how they would ever get them back to normal. For over twelve years CCL Container has produced an annual Christmas ornament using a small diameter commercially available aluminum aerosol cans which are then topped with tree hanger caps for display. This year instead of a traditional design the company chose to acknowledge and remember those who continue to struggle, and to thank their friends for their relief efforts in the same token. This year’s ornament features the state flowers of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida which are arranged on holiday wreaths and printed in full color.
“Every year we design and produce a keepsake ornament for our friends and customers,” explained Ed Martin, Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “Many of these companies and individuals were very generous throughout the relief effort. So we took this opportunity to commemorate their generosity.” Whether you received one or not Martin trusts the message of hope will read loud and clear. “Our hope is that people don’t get so wrapped up in their own lives that they forget that recovery in those four states depends on all of us,” said Martin. “All we did is draw on our technology to bring that message home.”
CCL Container is North America’s leading manufacturer of recyclable aluminum packaging for the beverage, food, personal care, pharmaceutical and household markets. The company's manufacturing facilities are located in Hermitage, PA, Penetang, ONT and Mexico City, Mexico. All facilities are ISO 9002 Registered.
For more information on CCL’s products and services, please contact:
Ed Martin, Vice President, Sales and Marketing
Tel: (203) 354-4523
Fax: (203) 354-4524
CCL Container U.S. Operations:
One Llodio Drive
Hermitage, PA 16148
For further press information, please contact:
Tel: (908) 534-9044
Fax: (908) 534-6856
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For more information on CCL Container, go to www.cclcontainermedia.com.
Business Industrial Network to Host Control Station’s 'Best-Practices' Workshop
Combination of workshops equips participants with comprehensive set of PLC Troubleshooting skills.
Tolland, CT (PRWEB) December 23, 2005 -- Control Station released its 2006 Training Schedule and highlighted two workshops to be hosted by Business Industrial Network (www.BIN95.com). The two workshops will be delivered as a complement to BIN95’s advanced PLC Troubleshooting and PLC to HMI seminars. As rising energy costs continue to impact manufacturers worldwide, the workshops will focus on industry best-practices for optimizing the performance of PID controllers while maximizing plant profitability.
PLC Troubleshooting, PLC to HMI, and Practical Process Control apply a highly interactive and hands-on approach to teaching industry best-practices. Led by skilled instructors with valuable industry experience, the workshops focus on the real-world application of proven techniques for improving control. BIN95’s PLC to HMI seminar expands on their existing PLC Troubleshooting seminar for the maintenance of programmable logic controllers. Practical Process Control will then examine issues related to control that are beyond the PLC. Through use of software tools that simulate real-world industrial processes, workshop participants manipulate PID controller settings to heighten performance and achieve the desired control objective.
“We’re pleased to host Control Station and offer Practical Process Control to our base of 20,000 industry practitioners,” stated Don Fitchett, President of BIN95. “Training is critical to maintaining a sustainable competitive advantage. By equipping engineering staff with essential knowledge and skills, we empower them to positively impact their plant’s performance.”
“The link between training and competitiveness is clear -- companies that invest in the training of their staff consistently outperform the competition,” commented Doug Cooper, Control Station’s Founder and Lead Instructor. “By equipping employees with the knowledge and skills they need to make informed decisions, we are empowering them to optimize the means of production. BIN95 shares that perspective and applies a similar hands-on approach, assuring a high-impact, high-value learning experience.”
Set for March and June 2006, the workshops will be hosted at BIN95’s headquarters in St. Louis, Missouri. In order to maximize the value of each workshop, participation will be limited to the first fifteen registrants. Additional details, including curriculum and pricing, are available through Control Station and BIN95.
About Business Industrial Network:
Business Industrial Network's (BIN95) core business is delivering world class onsite engineering and maintenance training, specializing in Allen Bradley equipment. With over 150 facilities for local training, BIN95 delivers off-site maintenance training in major cities across the United States. Working closely with ITI, BIN95 offers a comprehensive suite of maintenance, management, mechanical and electrical training services.
About Control Station, Inc:
Control Station, Inc. is a leading provider of automatic process control solutions, including easy-to-use software technologies, practical training services, and structured methods. The Company's LOOP-PRO Product Suite offers robust and easy-to-use software tools, making for fast solutions and optimal process performance. Practical Process Control is Control Station's portfolio of hands-on training workshops. Control Station provides process control solutions to leading companies.
El Paso Settlement Payment Two Years Late, Shell-Chevron Cause Delay
The last group of participants in the 2 year old El Paso Settlement finally received a portion of their money today. Two large energy companies, Shell and Chevron, also tried to collect money but were denied. Final distribution will be delayed pending resolution of energy company claims.
NEWPORT BEACH, CA (PRWEB) December 23, 2005 -- The last participants to be paid from the El Paso Energy Settlement finally received a partial payment today; nearly two years after the deal was approved in the San Diego Superior Court. Large industrial and commercial users of natural gas in California, the Non-Core class, will have to wait a little longer for the rest of their money while two large energy companies protest the denial of their claims.
The El Paso Settlement was a $1.8 billion deal reached in June 2003 between El Paso and attorneys representing several classes of energy consumers in an Anti-Trust conspiracy lawsuit against El Paso and Sempra (Natural Gas Anti-Trust Cases I, II, III, IV (JCCP)). In a statement issued last week, the law firm of Baker, Burton and Lundy, plaintiff attorneys, reported that Non-Core users are the last to be paid, while rate payers and other members of the settlement have already received hundreds of millions of dollars in benefits. According to the statement, the original lawsuit is still ongoing, "Baker, Burton and Lundy and its team is currently prosecuting its multi-billion dollar case against co-conspirator Sempra in a five month trial in San Diego."
Non-core users were the only class that had to prove their damages related to the energy crisis of 2000 – 2001. In documents filed with the court, the settlement administrator stated that over 3,100 companies were sent claim forms, but only 654 claims were received. Of that number, less than 70% were ultimately approved for payment. 10 of the rejected claims were filed by the energy companies identified as Chevron and Shell and various subsidiaries.
The administrator reported that Shell and Chevron actually made money during the crisis, if all of their business entities are considered together. "Chevron and Shell and the various partnerships do not want to be required to account for Chevron and Shell's natural gas sales and hedging as would be required if they file a single claim...Shell and Chevron's gains arise in part from their sale of natural gas to the other Claimants in this case," stated Gene Kennedy, Account Executive for Poorman-Douglas Corporation of Portland, Oregon, the settlement administrator. The court decided to pay all approved claims, but retain 26% of the total $140 million available until the Chevron/Shell rejected claims are finalized.
The timing of the distribution of funds is ironic considering the current cost of natural gas. Charles R. Toca of Utility Savings & Refund, LLC, in Newport Beach, CA, stated that natural gas is approaching the record high prices that caused such economic grief five years ago: "Our companies appreciate receiving these funds in time for their winter bills, even though it has been a long time coming." Utility Savings & Refund represents over 12% of the companies with approved claims, and they also procure natural gas and electricity for their customers.
Promac Engineering Industries
Manufacturing rotary kiln & VSK technology cement plants and bulk material and coal handling systems for the process industry on a turn key basis.
(PRWEB) December 23, 2005 -- Promac Engineering Industries Limited is an ISO 9001-2000 certified company established in the early seventies and is in the & heavy engineering sector, manufacturing rotary kiln & VSK technology cement plants and bulk material and coal handling systems for the process industry on a turn key basis. Promac Engineering Industries Ltd was established in the year 1972 and has emerged as one of the leading designers and manufacturers of cement plants, process plants and material handling plants on a turn key basis within India and overseas.
Promac supplies their world renowned, pre-calciners.With the RSP/DDF precalciner systems in conjunction with TEC's "Asano " brand vertical roller mills (VRM) for grinding raw materials and coal, a total power consumption of 95 - 100 Units/ton of cement and fuel consumption in the range of 750-850 K-Cal/Kg of Clinker can be achieved.Promac manufactures modern vertical shaft kiln (VSK) cement plants on a turnkey basis under license from the national council for cement and building materials (NCBM)- a government of india research institute. promac is one of the largest manufacturers of VSK plants under this technology and has executed more than 50 plants in india, south america, central asia and africa.
Promac can execute turnkey Bulk Material Handling solutions for coal, mineral ores, cement, fertilizers, etc. Promac also manufactures equipment for specialized applications including crushing, grinding and screening.Promac offers various equipment to the Cement, Fertilizer, Steel, Mineral & Process Industries. These include several import substitute equipment manufactured to meet the stringent requirements of continuous duty operation. Some of the standard equipment in promac's range of manufacture are stacker reclaimer,vertical roller mills,ball mill etc.
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Flow Dry Technology to Exhibit at Mobile Air Conditioning Society Convention and Trade Show
New Products to be Showcased at Nationally Recognized MACS Trade Show
(PRWEB) December 23, 2005 -- Flow Dry Technology, Ltd., a leading manufacturer of gaskets and desiccant bags, announces that they will be exhibiting at the MACS Convention and Trade Show in Orlando, Florida from January 25-28, 2006.
“Attending the MACS Convention is a great way for us to introduce our products to mobile A.C, engine cooling and heat transfer specialists,” said Doug LeConey, President of Flow Dry Technology. “We enjoy networking with the various industry specialists and providing them with solutions for sealing, drying and protecting their products.”
Flow Dry will be introducing new and innovative gasket and desiccant products at the MACS show. Tim Shahan, Product Manager on gaskets, will be introducing high temperature gaskets, and “peel and stick” kiss cut adhesive backed foams commonly used throughout AC systems insulate and protect hoses, fittings and other system components. Several Applications Engineers from Flow Dry will be presenting new packaged desiccant solutions for integrated condensers, accumulators, and receiver dryers.
The MACS Convention and Trade Show will be held in Orlando, Florida at the Caribe Royale Hotel and Convention Center. There will be about 150 exhibitors at the show. The event is organized by the Mobile Air Conditioning Society and other industry sponsors.
Flow Dry Technology is a leading component manufacturer with operations headquartered in the Dayton, Ohio area. They manufacture gaskets, desiccant bags, tubes and cartridges that seal, dry and protect their customers’ products worldwide. The company is QS9000 and ISO9000 certified, and supply other major manufacturers in the automotive, HVAC, appliance and electrical motor industries.
For more information, visit www.FlowDry.com, or call 800-533-0077.
Jungheinrich Expands Its Line of Reach Trucks With The New Space-Efficient and Extremely Rugged Indoor/Outdoor ETV C20
The Jungheinrich Lift Truck Corp. is announcing the ETV C20, an efficient new electric reach truck designed to excel at stacking and retrieval of merchandise stored at high lift heights and in confined spaces.
RICHMOND, VA (PRWEB via PR Web Direct) December 22, 2005 -- The Jungheinrich Lift Truck Corp., a world leader in warehouse logistics technology, is announcing the ETV C20, an efficient new electric reach truck designed to excel at stacking and retrieval of merchandise stored at high lift heights and in confined spaces. This rugged new workhorse is ideal both for moving pallets and doing continuous racking on single or multiple shifts. This truck is tough. Outdoor and severe-weather use is a possibility with several optional weatherproof cabin configurations, and the truck’s super-elastic tires can negotiate both smooth and bumpy floor surfaces.
With its compact dimensions and Reach Mast feature, the ETV C20 is a natural for working narrow aisle widths (down to 112.4 in. or 9.3 ft.). What’s more, it can lift loads of up to 4,400 lbs to heights up to 291.3 in. (24.3 ft.), and both its mast tilt and optional fork side-shift features can enhance fork maneuverability while the vehicle is stacking or accessing loads.
The heart of the truck is its proprietary 3-phase AC motor technology, providing power for travel, lift, steering and braking. Jungheinrich discovered years ago that three-phase AC offers significant advantages over traditional direct current shunt-wound motors. For example, it enables strong acceleration and eliminates hesitation shifting into reverse. And with no carbon brushes to wear, an AC motor is essentially maintenance-free, keeping the vehicle operational longer. In addition, the truck reclaims its kinetic energy during braking and stores it back in the battery; as a result, much less time is wasted on recharging stops. This robust new truck will keep working for the user, moving merchandise, shift after shift.
Jungheinrich understands that driver comfort and safety translate to greater productivity and, ultimately, lower costs. Accordingly, they’ve given a lot of thought to ergonomics in this design. Ergonomic features include a generous cabin workspace with plenty of legroom. Visibility is superb and both the seat settings and the steering wheel angle can be adjusted to suit the operator. The ETV’s SOLO-PILOT feature conveniently groups all essential controls in one location, including those for load lifting and lowering, travel direction, horn and the optional fork side-shift. Mast reach and mast tilt are controlled by two separate levers, and the LISA liquid crystal display constantly informs the operator of all key system functions in one easy-to-see console. To further enhance safety while driving, all essential hand controls can be easily accessed by the operator with no need to reach backwards. The sideways-facing cabin seat affords the operator outstanding visibility even when transporting high loads.
For more information about the new ETV C20, contact Jungheinrich Lift Truck Corp., 5701 Eastport Boulevard, Richmond, VA 2323. Call 888-333-2644 toll free, or phone 804-737-6084. FAX 804-737-6131. Or, visit the website at www.jungheinrich-us.com.
About Jungheinrich Lift Truck Corp.
Jungheinrich is the world leader in warehouse logistics technology. Founded over fifty years ago, the company has grown from its beginnings as a European manufacturer of materials handling equipment to an international supplier of industrial trucks, warehousing technology and materials-flow products. Today, it is a major supplier of forklift trucks around the globe, and offers a complete range of materials handling equipment, rack systems and services related to manufacturing logistics.
Jungheinrich’s growth has been due in large part to the high value it has always placed on leading-edge design and technological innovation. This is seen, for example, in the company’s proprietary 3-phase AC motor and controller technology, and in a host of productivity and ergonomic enhancements. Jungheinrich has more than 120 strategically-located service support centers and store operations in the U.S., and sales and service companies in countries around the industrialized world.
Jungheinrich Lift Truck Corp.
December 22, 2005
TEC Helps Companies Compare, Select, and Evaluate PPM or Project Portfolio Management Software
Enterprise software analyst firm Technology Evaluation Centers (TEC) recently launched its Project Portfolio Management (PPM) Evaluation Center, to help project managers, consultants, and decision makers compare the most qualified PPM systems based on their own, unique priorities.
Montreal, Canada, December 20, 2005 -- Leading industry analyst research predicts that “through 2005, as a result of continued market penetration of enterprise application suite vendors, project portfolio management will maintain its high growth, averaging between 35% and 50% year over year.” (Gartner, 2003)
In response, software evaluation firm, Technology Evaluation Centers (TEC) (http://www.TechnologyEvaluation.Com/press) created its Project Portfolio Management (PPM) evaluation center (http://ppm.technologyevaluation.com/press) to help companies with the challenging process of selecting a PPM software solution.
Defined as a process that allows companies to align projects with available resources and corporate strategies, while providing for best value and reduced risk (Wideman, 2002, http://www.maxwideman.com/pmglossary/index.htm), project portfolio management is experiencing significant growth.
Neil Stolovitsky, a PPM analyst at Technology Evaluation Centers, (http://www.TechnologyEvaluation.Com/press) asserts that “as technology becomes increasingly central to an organization’s survival, solutions that can facilitate, streamline, and monitor IT governance are becoming a ’must have’ in large IT departments”.
Before companies approach vendors for a request for proposal (RFP), TEC suggests companies engage in an on-line comparison of the leading solutions under consideration, in order to save time, money, and staffing resources during the selection process.
According to the Standish Group (2005), 52.7 percent of IT projects cost 189 percent of the original estimates. This represents $75 billion (USD) yearly that is spent on failed IT projects in the United States alone. Organizations are losing billions of dollars each year because they select the wrong hardware, middleware, and software, as a result of inadequate vendor information and evaluation processes. Such losses are increasingly apparent within price-sensitive, small and medium enterprises, which require accurate IT information to be collected quickly and cost-effectively during software evaluation processes.
According to TEC, selections for PPM, ERP, ECM, CRM, or SCM solutions may fail to accomplish what customers want, because customers did not begin their selection processes with a good understanding of their requirements. TEC believes that problems arise when customers do not prepare a proper request for information (RFI) to evaluate the pertinent responses from their short listed vendors. However, TEC states that its sophisticated means for performing requirements analysis will ease customers' selection burdens.
About Technology Evaluation Centers Inc. (TEC)
Technology Evaluation Center (TEC) (http://www.TechnologyEvaluation.Com/press) is a leading on-line source for impartial technology and consulting evaluations. TEC has been aiding software selection since 1993 to reduce the cost, risk, and time associated with software selection. It has twenty-two on-line technology evaluation centers, ranging from ERP, CRM, SCM, to business intelligence, that contain thousands of detailed criteria on over 500 technology solutions. TEC receives over 1.6 million visitors per month to its sites and millions of page views per month are generated by a global audience of senior c-level and VP executives, technology and functional managers, consultants, and IT professionals.
For more information, see the company's web site http://www.technologyevaluation.com/press.asp.
About the Project Portfolio Management Evaluation Center
The Project Portfolio Management Software (PPM) Evaluation Center (http://ppm.technologyevaluation.com/press) is a new on-line decision support system featuring research on some of the more well-known firms in PPM. The knowledge base consists of more than 1,000 criteria for analyzing project portfolio management solutions firms.
The TEC PPM Evaluation Center (http://ppm.technologyevaluation.com/press) covers a broad range of features from resource planning, portfolio management, project management, time management, expense reporting and project billing/costing to workflow, knowledge management, and collaboration. Performance management and analytics are also included in the RFI.
For more information, see the web site at http://ppm.technologyevaluation.com/press.
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Lynne Brash, Coordinator, Media Relations
Technology Evaluation Centers (TEC),
740 St. Maurice, 4th floor,
Haroon Inam Joins Cattron Group as Vice President of Global Engineering
Cattron Group International, a leading manufacturer of remote control products and professional services for the industrial, mining, commercial mobile and railroad markets, has announced the appointment of Haroon Inam as Vice President of Global Engineering reporting to the CEO.
Sharpsville, PA (PRWEB) December 22, 2005 -- Cattron Group International, a leading manufacturer of remote control products and professional services for the industrial, mining, commercial mobile and railroad markets, has announced the appointment of Haroon Inam as Vice President of Global Engineering reporting to the CEO.
Cattron Group International (Cattron Group) represents the group of subsidiary companies and product brands owned by Cattron Group Inc.
Inam will officially join Cattron Group the first of January, 2006, from his current position in management of Design Automation at Hamilton Sundstrand, a unit of United Technologies, in Rockford, IL. Inam comes to Cattron with over 19 years of engineering experience including aerospace and industrial experience leading large, diverse technical teams and creating world-class product development groups.
“We’re very fortunate to have someone of Haroon’s caliber leading Cattron’s global engineering initiatives,” stated John Paul, President and CEO of Cattron Group International. “His experience with sophisticated aerospace and systems design automation, in addition to his strong business sense, will enable us to maintain and enhance our corporate mission to bring world-class products to market.” Paul added that Inam’s skill with substantially reducing time-to-market and development of a global engineering footprint will significantly augment the company’s product development cycles necessary to maintain their market leadership.
Prior to Hamilton Sundstrand, Inam was Director of Engineering at Honeywell Power Systems and Vice President of Engineering at Best Power. He earned both his Bachelor’s (with honors) and Master’s degrees in Electrical Engineering from Duke University. He holds three patents in addition to a fourth patent that is pending. Inam has also completed executive training at University of Virginia’s Darden Business School and Harvard Business School.
With 60 years of radio frequency (RF) and industrial remote control experience, Cattron Group companies have a total installed base of over 125,000 remote control systems throughout the world. Its products are suitable for all industries including railroads, construction, shipyards, mining, aerospace, steel, military, agriculture, shipping, material handling, utility vehicles and many more.
Cattron Group International subsidiary companies have operations in the USA, Canada, UK, South Africa, Brazil and Europe, and are supported by an extensive sales and distribution network throughout North and South America, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia. World Headquarters are located at 58 West Shenango St., Sharpsville, PA, 16150, USA. More information on the company is available by calling +1 (724) 962-3571 or on the internet at www.cattron.com.
Japanese Metal Stamping Company Shortens Die Design Lead Time By Using Latest CAE Software
Nagano Sankoh has licensed CAE metal forming software developed at Japan's leading edge research institute RIKEN to enhance its die design capabilities.
Suwa, Nagano, Japan (PRWEB) December 22, 2005 -- To enhance its competitive edge in the metal stamping industry, Nagano Sankoh has licensed "ASU/P-form", the latest 3D CAD and CAE press forming simulation software from Advanced Simulation Technology of Mechanics Co Ltd.
"This software is able to analyse breakage, wrinkle and spring back in sheet metal forming very accurately and allows analysis of multiple processes, easy pre-processing without setting of parameter for analysis, and deals with various materials," says Soichi Tamura, President of Nagano Sankoh.
The software which was developed at RIKEN, known internationally as the Institute of Physical and Chemical Research, will allow Nagano Sankoh to predict metal forming phenomena with a high degree of accuracy and reduce repetitive tooling changes specific to complex draw forming stamping.
Says Tamura, "The software will allow us to offer faster and more accurate die design solutions when compared to our competitors."
About Nagano Sankoh:
Established in 1967, Nagano Sankoh specializes in deep drawn metal components fabricated in single stage progressive and multiple station transfer presses.
Established in 1917, it was reorganized as an independent administrative institution under the Japan Ministry of Education in 2003. RIKEN performs high level basic research and practical applications studies in the sciences and engineering.
More information on Nagano Sankoh is located at http://www.suwaprecision.com.
ChemResponse Launches New 24 Hour Emergency Response Service
Incidents involving chemicals happen everyday in the UK. What if it is one involving your products or vehicles? Who will be there to provide the advice required by the emergency services? It is estimated that there is at least one incident involving the emergency services being called to hazardous materials situations occurs every day in the UK. In order to safely respond to these incidents and prevent injuries to themselves and the public, also to minimise damage to the environment, the emergency services require immediate information about the hazards of the products involved. As incidents don’t only occur during office hours, companies need to be able to provide this information round-the-clock.
London, UK (PRWEB) December 22, 2005 -- There are certain regulatory requirements that make it necessary for companies to provide a 24-hour emergency contact number but there are also other reasons. For many chemical or associated companies who have committed themselves to operating in a responsible manner. Programs such as the Responsible Care program have been adopted. This requires the ability to provide the emergency services with information as part of the minimum requirement for compliance. It also stands to reason that the sooner corrective action can be taken to start managing the incident, the shorter the time to get things back to normal, with potentially significant cost savings.
Up to now it has been extremely difficult for small to medium companies to comply with these requirements. They have either had to commit their staff, which have had limited call experience to provide emergency cover or have had to pay significant fees for a contractor to provide this service for them. Worst still, as some have done, simply ignore the problem and hope that they never have an incident.
After extensive research of the industry and discussion with various industry groups, ChemResponse has recently launched an affordable solution for companies involved in the manufacture, storage or distribution of hazardous materials. Peter North, a director of ChemResponse said “We believe we are offering a high quality service to all companies and at rates that will also enable the small to medium size companies to fulfil their legal and moral obligations. There has been tremendous interest expressed in the service by a number of companies, who up to now have they have had very limited options.”
ChemResponse brings together over 20 years of experience in emergency response, seminars and training plus the provision documentation, labelling and placarding for the transportation of dangerous goods. The staff are all fully trained in the provision of chemical first response information and key staff have extensive experience in the managing of chemical emergency advice centres and advising on chemical incidents around the globe.
For more information on the services that can be provided by ChemResponse, please call: 0870 626 0012
About ChemResponse Ltd
ChemResponse Ltd was established in 2005 in the United Kingdom to deliver professional and affordable 24 hour emergency response support to companies involved in the manufacture, transport and storage of chemical products. The support can range from regional support to global support depending on the clients requirements.
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Inexpensive Noise Reduction Now Possible with No-Clog Air Exhaust Silencers
2L inc. Stackable No-Clog Silencers affordably diffuse air and muffle noise.
Hudson, MA (PRWEB) December 22, 2005 -- 2L inc. announced the addition of several products to its air exhaust muffler and silencer product line responding to customer requests for easy and affordable noise reduction solutions.
2L Stackable No-Clog Air Exhaust Silencers provide a great opportunity for shops to reduce noise created by air exhausted from industrial pneumatic equipment while also reducing the maintenance required to clean typical muffler systems . 2L Stackable No-Clog Air Exhaust Silencers can be used individually or stacked to achieve even greater performance.
Tests have shown typical noise reduction levels to be in the range of 12 db – 27 db.
Individual Silencers: 12-16 db Noise Reduction Level
Stacked Silencers: 19-27 db Noise Reduction Level
"Our No-Clog Air Exhaust Silencers provide 2L customers an economical and flexible option to address the noise management needs in their shops,” a company spokesman said. “This system gives both small and large machine shop operators more control over noise exposure in their facilities. These mufflers will not interfere with equipment operations, they don’t cause typical back-pressure build-up, and with this solution, there is no need to waste time disassembling and cleaning the silencers.” “Additionally, since 2L Stackable No-Clog Air Exhaust Silencers are made from anodized aluminum; there are no plastic or other degradable parts which require maintenance or replacement.”
2L Stackable No-Clog Air Exhaust Silencers are available in male and male/female NPT sizes of 1/8”, 1/4” and 3/8”, are easily combined, and are built to withstand harsh or dirty environments. The precision engineered straight-through design reduces the opportunity for the clogging typically experienced when used in situations where exhaust contaminants exist.
Please refer all inquiries to the 2L Marketing Department at:
2L inc., P.O. Box 105, Hudson, MA 01749
About 2L inc.
2L inc. designs, develops, manufactures, and distributes innovative tools and product solutions for the manufacturing and industrial markets.
New Flowmeter Design Eliminates Need for Current Generation of Propeller Meters
Clark Solutions new WMX101 flowmeter features an ingenious, economical design that dramatically lowers total cost of ownership for municipal utility or industrial water and wastewater installations.
Hudson, MA (PRWEB) December 21, 2005 -- Clark Solutions new WMX101 flowmeter features an ingenious, economical design that dramatically lowers total cost of ownership for municipal utility or industrial water and wastewater installations. With no moving parts to wear WMX101 electromagnetic flow meters are seen as ideal replacements for propeller meters that have been the norm in the industry. For simplicity, no field programming is of these meters is required. Large, domed measurement and grounding electrodes discourage fouling that often plagued conventional flow meters. Flow rate and total flow indications are standard for WMX101 flowmeters and there is a solid-state pulse output for connection to standard telemetry systems or to an external 4-20 mA converter. Power required for the meter is within easy range of a solar panel, which can be ordered as an accessory or obtained locally. A shielded power/pulse output cable with DIN connection is included with the meter. Optional features include immersable electronics for occasional vault flooding. The AO55 pulse to analog converter can be added where a 4-20 mA signal is required.
Clark Solutions has a fifty-year history of providing unique solutions to the measurement, control, and monitoring of pressure, flow, and level in liquids and gases. Located in Hudson, Massachusetts, the company offers inert isolation valves, solenoid operated valves, valve actuators, pinch valves, manifold valves, ball valves, globe valves, butterfly valves, needle valves, and miniature and subminiature valves. Clark Solutions also provides a wide range of pumps for liquids, gases, and air including diaphragm pumps, piston pumps, rotary vane pumps, gear pumps, peristaltic pumps, impeller pumps, centrifugal pumps, and bellows pumps. Our instrumentation includes devices to record, monitor, and control flow, velocity, pressure, temperature, humidity, level, gas concentration, and other properties. For more information contact Clark Solutions, 10 Brent Drive, Hudson, MA 01749, Tel. 978-568-3400, Fax. 978-568-0060, or visit our web site at http://www.clarksol.com.
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December 21, 2005
Low-tech Air Compressor No Bargain
Settling for low-tech air compressors with higher operating costs will turn a bargain model into an expensive one.
(PRWEB) December 21, 2005 -- With prospects of yet higher energy costs as well as the need for a reliable air supply, industrial users of air compressor systems are rethinking purchasing strategies in favor of design efficiencies rather than bargain acquisition price.
The introduction of the direct-drive compressor into the popular 5-60 HP range is creating new standards for industrial applications, leading purchasers to consider overall cost of ownership, including energy and compressor parts as well as warranty coverage and even lead times for system delivery.
Optimize your outlook
When comparing today’s direct-drive rotary air compressors with traditional gear- and belt-driven models, it is important to consider the overall cost-benefit picture. By eliminating moving parts such as belts, gears and pulleys, direct-drive rotary compressors such as those from Sullivan-Palatek have fewer moving parts. Hence, they are less likely to fail or require service or replacement parts. Fewer moving parts also means added efficiency, which translates into energy savings and added horsepower output.
Without considering the overall picture, buyers of bargain-priced gear- or pulley-driven compressors can be locked into continual purchasing expensive consumables. They may also be forced into a high-priced, single source of replacement parts for the life of the product. Because these compressors are likely to require more maintenance than direct-drive models, they also incur more downtime, which can mean lowered production. Higher utility costs also plague those who choose old-style air compressors with lower purchase price but also lower efficiency.
Air compressors with fewer moving parts are more efficient. For instance, gears generally sustain a 3-5% loss in efficiency, while belts lose from 4-8%. On the other hand, the direct-drive systems employed a Sullivan-Palatek rotary screw air compressor has less drive-line friction and requires less energy to do the same work.
For example, an efficient direct-drive compressor requires 100 HP to supply a given air pressure and flow rate. A less efficient gear- or belt-drivel model may require up to 112 HPP to do the same job. The resulting savings in electrical costs can quickly yield a positive cost-benefit ratio in favor of the more efficient machine. Using an average cost of $.08 cents per kWh, the 12 HP difference in this example would reduce electricity costs by approximately $4200 per year – more than compensating for any additional cost of the equipment at purchase.
One of the design advantages offered by the Sullivan-Palatek system results from the use of larger airend assemblies, which results in slower turning rotors, hence even greater operating efficiency.
Warranty and lead times
Some equipment manufacturers only honor warranty claims if the purchaser adheres to strict guidelines such as purchasing only “genuine” replacement parts from the OEM. Unfortunately, some OEM’s also overcharge for these replacement parts, driving up the overall cost of the equipment and padding their revenue. Warranties are basically insurance policies. If a warranty contains this type of restriction, look for a reputable air compressor manufacturer that has reasonably priced replacement parts before you buy. Also, when purchasing a new compressor system, get the delivery date fixed in writing. A low price on a compressor does little good if delivery is delayed to the point of slowing production deadlines.
Mining Equipment Shovels Up Second Boom Year
“When 2005 is over, mining manufacturers will have sold up to US$3 billion worth of the largest loading and hauling equipment to the world’s surface mines,” said Bristol Voss, President of AllMining (www.AllMining.com). Voss was commenting on some exclusive assessments of how the current year’s business is winding up provided by The Parker Bay Company, an Erie-PA based mining research firm, for AllMining (www.AllMining.com) of New York.
(PRWEB via PR Web Direct) December 21, 2005 -- “When 2005 is over, mining manufacturers will have sold up to US$3 billion worth of the largest loading and hauling equipment to the world’s surface mines,” said Bristol Voss, President of AllMining (www.AllMining.com). Voss was commenting on some exclusive assessments of how the current year’s business is winding up provided by The Parker Bay Company, an Erie-PA based mining research firm, for AllMining (www.AllMining.com) of New York.
“In the first nine months of 2005, mining supplier shipment figures beat all of 2004,” said Voss. 1443 units of surface mining-sized equipment were sold with a market value of US$2.586 billion, according to Parker Bay. Manufacturers haven’t reported fourth quarter shipments yet, noted Voss. “When we extrapolate Parker Bay figures, we come up with total sales approaching 2,000 units with a market value topping US$3.2 billion,” said Voss.
“It marks the second year in a row of all-out demand for the mining trucks and the large loading equipment - shovels, excavators and loaders - made by such suppliers as Bucyrus, Caterpillar, Hitachi, Komatsu, Liebherr, LeTourneau, P&H, and Terex/O&K,” said Voss.
In all of 2004, 1404 units of mining equipment were sold with a market value of US$2.194 billion. “Notably, the year 2004 was no slouch,” said Voss. “It marked the conclusion of five consecutive years of very lean sales, one of the longest periods of depressed equipment sales activity in the past half-century.”
Creating more manufacturing jobs in USA
Suppliers entered 2005 with lead times as much as 12 months. “One indicator of the strength of the current upturn was the announcement by Bucyrus that it was making its first major expansion at its South Milwaukee facility – for the first time since the mid-1970’s,” said Voss of the 125-year old shovel, drill, and dragline manufacturer.
“Tires, in particular, have been scarce with some sizes taking 18 months to deliver,” said Voss. In December 2005, Michelin said it was increasing capacity at its South Carolina earthmover tire plant, on top of building new facilities in Spain and Brazil.
Tied to record-high commodity prices, boom to continue into 2006
“The boom in mining is tied directly to the sustained high prices the market is paying for metals and minerals,” said Voss. “Gold hit a 24-year high, silver an 18-year high, zinc, a 15-year high, and lead a 25-year high.” It’s not the West that’s demanding these commodities. “China and India are driving demand,” said Voss.
Across the board, suppliers are booked well into 2006 and it's almost a certainty that the current boom will continue through the year. According Peter Gilewicz, Principal of Parker Bay, “Certainly, 2006 looks to be another very good year for large mining equipment manufacturers. But how good is always a hazardous guess.”
As to whether it could top 2005, Gilewicz says, “There are at least a few reasons to think things might soften a bit after two-plus years of all-out demand for new equipment. I don't think 2006 will reach 40-50% increase in equipment shipments over the extraordinarily strong 2005 levels. But that's my guess only.”
If there’s any area that might top 2005 numbers, said Gilewicz, it’s the largest of the giant machines. “I'd watch for the biggest equipment.” How big is big? On the upper end, according to Voss, “Ultra trucks are three stories tall. They carry up to 400 short tons in payload capacity,” said Voss. “One truck can move more than 555 Dodge Ram pick up trucks,” said Voss. [An expanded, 1800 word version of this piece is available from Bristol Voss.
Data contained in this release are derived from Parker Bay’s proprietary database. The Parker Bay Co specializes in providing individualized market research for companies in the mining, earth-moving and capital equipment industries. Web: http://www.parkerbaymining.com
Bristol Voss, President
California Employers Brace for January 1 Sexual Harassment Training Deadline; New Training Kit from Business & Legal Reports Inc. Helps Companies Comply
Under a recently enacted sexual harassment law, (GC Section 12950.1), California employers must provide two hours of sexual harassment training every two years to all supervisors. The training deadline is January 1, 2006.
(PRWEB) December 21, 2005 -- A very big deadline for the California’s employers is almost here, and many employers are scrambling to comply with these new sexual harassment training requirements. The new California law (GC Section 12950.1) requires all public or private employers that regularly employ 50 or more individuals to train all supervisors in sexual harassment prevention – by January 1, 2006.
Fortunately BLR has just released its California Guide to Preventing Sexual Harassment PowerPoint® Kit that makes it easy to deliver mandated training. This new kit has a complete training meeting that explains the Federal and California laws and discusses types of sexual harassment—tangible employment action and hostile environment —including realistic examples of each. The training meeting includes 43 PowerPoint slides plus 20 copies of an illustrated 44 page Pocket Guide.
Under the recently enacted sexual harassment laws employers must provide two hours of sexual harassment training every two years to all supervisors. The training must consist of classroom or other "effective interactive" training. It must offer practical guidance on federal and state requirements on sexual harassment prohibitions, prevention, correction, and remedies for victims – along with practical examples of how to prevent harassment, discrimination, and retaliation.
Bob Brady, President of BLR, commented on the new kit: “We are pleased to be able to offer such a simple and effective training vehicle to help California employers meet their new training requirements. With its interactive training features this kit will help supervisors understand and comply with all California sexual harassment training requirements.”
To help employers understand the new rules BLR’s HR compliance editors have put together a practical report that summarizes the new sexual harassment rules in plain-English. The paper may be read at http://hr.blr.com/display.cfm?id=17148&source=PRS&effort=78 Employers may receive a free copy of the kit’s 44 page employee training pocket guide, California Guide to Preventing Sexual Harassment, by calling 1 800 727-5257.
Based in Old Saybrook, Conn., BLR publishes books, newsletters, and Web products serving professionals in human resources, compensation safety, and environmental management. For a free catalog call 1-800-727-5257 or visit www.BLR.com.
Contacts: BLR: John Brady
AdaZon Bar Code Labels Adds RedBeam Inventory Management Software
AdaZon adds RedBeam product line to offer a complementary offering for small to midsize organizations looking to manage inventory or assets.
(PRWEB) December 21, 2005 -- AdaZon adds the RedBeam product line to provide a complementary offering for small to midsize organizations looking to manage inventory or assets at a low cost. The RedBeam product, along with AdaZon's Printers, Scanners, Labels and supplies, provides customers with the lowest cost solution in the industry.
Lake Forest, IL - December 12, 2005 - AdaZon has been supporting the barcode label and equipment industry with technical support, products, services and software for the last two years. As this Chicagoland business has grown with national coverage, customers have asked for better ways to track assets and inventory without breaking the bank. RedBeam and AdaZon provide this solution with its low priced software. Add AdaZon's technical abilities, barcode labels and scanning equipment, and the customer comes out as the winner. Now law offices, doctor offices, police evidence rooms, and stock rooms can track documents and product with the functionality of very expensive inventory systems.
- How do you reduce inventory costs and improve accuracy?
- How do you save labor hours when performing annual inventory?
- Do you have to retrieve items at an instant for a client?
- Are serial numbers and lot numbers making tracking a chore?
At www.adazonusa.com/barcodelabelprinting-a-13.html find the solution to these and other tracking issues by inquiring about the AdaZon RedBeam solution. Let AdaZon trouble shoot your problem and match the right solution for your business.
Contact John Barth for more insight on this topic. Direct line: (847) 235-2700. Other helpful information regarding the this product or service can be found at: www.adazonusa.com/information-t-2.html.
AdaZon is a leading broad line label and barcode solution provider serving businesses and institutions throughout North America. Through a network of nearly 3,000 products and multiple Web sites AdaZon helps customers save time and money by providing them with the right products and solutions to keep businesses running.
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New Literature Provides In Depth Look At Rubber Lip Seals In The Process Industries. Includes: Life Cycles, Obsolescence, Power Consumption, and Alternatives
Brochure details the misapplication of lip seals and why they should not be installed on rotating equipment. Written for maintenance, repair and operations personnel at process plants, it goes on to provide information on the History Of Lip Seals, Lip Seals In The Mechanical Universe, Life Cycle Aspects, 100% Failure Rate, Misapplication, Real Costs, The Real World, Alternatives, Permanent Bearing Protection and much more, as well as charts, graphs and illustrations.
Rock Island, IL (PRWEB) December 21, 2005 -- Each year, in the United States, approximately 19,000,000 lip seals are misapplied and should never have been installed on rotating equipment in the first place. In fact, lip seals may already be functionally obsolete in the process industries, but hardly anyone realizes it. These statements are detailed by David C. Orlowski in his literature that explains the use of rubber lip seals for rotating equipment in the process industries.
Well Known Industry Expert
President and founder of Inpro/Seal Company, Orlowski has spent the last 41+ years inventing ways to enhance and extend the service life of rotating equipment. In 1977, he received patent protection (#4,022,479) for his bearing isolator, invented the term “bearing isolator” and founded Inpro/Seal in the process. With more than 40 related patents, Orlowski is well known for his knowledge of bearings, bearing protection, sealing, processes and tribology, has authored dozens of articles for industry trade journals and is in demand as a guest speaker and lecturer.
Entitled “Are Lip Seals Obsolete?”, the literature was written specifically for end users involved in the maintenance, repair and operations (MRO) of pumps and other types of rotating equipment used in industrial/process plants. Written in easy to understand language, it contains valuable information that highlights: History Of Lip Seals, Lip Seals In The Mechanical Universe, Life Cycle Aspects, 100% Failure Rate, Misapplication, Real Costs, The Real World, Alternatives, Permanent Bearing Protection and much more, as well as charts, graphs and illustrations.
Lip Seals And Life Cycles
When lip seals were first introduced over 70 years ago, they were the only kind of sealing device available. Convenient and inexpensive, when it came to sealing industrial rotating equipment, they captured a 99% market share.
Lip seal manufacturers state that at best, they have a median, average life cycle of 1,844 hours or 77 days of operation, though some may survive up to 3,000 hours. In the world of non-industrial equipment such as (auto wheel bearings, mowers, washing machines, tractors), this is acceptable, as it works out to equipment life of more than 3 years of use.
Lip Seal Usage In The Real World
Orlowski goes on to detail that with a 3,000 hour/ 4.1 month life cycle that in the world of continuous, heavy duty industrial machinery such as pumps, motors, gearboxes, etc, this is unacceptable. He explains that, in the real world, with this kind of life cycle, lip seals are not meant for the heavy duty, industrial applications where rotating equipment is designed to run, uninterrupted for five years. Industrial grade bearings are rated for a much longer period of time.
The Real Cost Of Lip Seals
Yet this equipment is doomed to premature failure by lip seals that will fail long before the equipment. Worse, when a lip seal quits sealing, very undesirable things are liable to happen without warning. Chances are, the lip seal has soon grooved the shaft or burned to a crisp at the point of contact. Lubricant is free to exit the bearing enclosure and as the equipment cycles, moisture in the environment is drawn into the enclosure where it condenses and contaminates the lubricant.
Lip seals are not as cheap as they are perceived to be. The cost of installation is as much as for a bearing isolator. A single pump failure after a lip seal burns out will cost as much as dozens of bearing isolators.
The literature also addresses power consumption, stating that lip seals consume, on average, 147 watts of power. To show how significant this is, a plant with 600 operating pumps, can run up annual costs in excess of $117,000 for energy to drive the lip seals. Lip seals may have a low initial price, but it represents only a small percentage of the total life cycle cost.
Contact Seal Alternatives
Other contact seals, such as spring or magnetically loaded face seals, have been used for bearing sealing, but with only limited success due to a 100% failure rate. Even the highly touted double face magnetic seal is projected to last no more than 18,000 hours, but is somehow expected to protect 200,000 hour bearings.
Fortunately There Is A Solution
In the 1970’s, the bearing isolator, a non-contacting labyrinth type seal was invented, giving end the choice of permanent bearing protection that eliminates the need for continual maintenance and repair, because they never wear out and can be used over and over for many years.
Orlowski concludes, “Rotating equipment is designed to operate for at least five years. Rolling element bearings have a design life of 150,000 hours (17 years) or more. With a finite life and a 100% failure rate, it simply does not make sense to lose time and money trying to make a contacting seal work.”
Inpro/Seal Company is the originator and the world’s number one manufacturer of bearing isolators, used to protect motor and pump bearings, machine tool spindles, turbines, fans, gear boxes, paper machine rolls and many other types of rotating equipment. Additional applications include the sealing, handling, processing, packing and storage of dry particulates, powders and bulk solids.
As the recognized global leader in bearing isolator technology, Inpro products are marketed to the aerospace, automotive, petroleum, refining, nuclear, power generation, metalworking, food processing, grain processing, chemical, water, wastewater treatment, metalworking, hydrocarbon processing, HVAC, pulp and paper, mining, mineral, ore processing and general industrial markets.
Interactive Package Available
To obtain a copy of “Are Lip Seals Obsolete?”, contact: Inpro/Seal Company, P.O. Box 3940, Rock Island, Illinois 61204. Phone numbers are: (800) 447-0524 or (309) 787-4971. Fax number is: (309) 787-6114. Website: www.inpro-seal.com or www.bearingisolators.com
A complete CD interactive package that includes the following is also available by request:
Power Point - Lip Seal Overview
PDF Literature: Lip Seals; Bearing Isolators
Article - What’s Protecting Your Bearings
Excel Module: Return On Investment
Excel Module: Lip Seal Power Consumption
Request for quote
Inpro/Seal®, the Inpro/Seal logo and other Inpro/Seal marks are registered® names owned by Inpro/Seal. Air Mizer™- PS; Air Mizer™- PS; Articulating Air Mizer™- PS; Motor Grounding Seal (MGS) ™: OM 32™; STS™; VBX™; VBXX ™; VBXX-D™; VBX-S™; VBX-H™; VBXX-D™ and other trademarks are the property of Inpro/Seal. For more information about Inpro/Seal and its products, visit the Company's web site at www.inpro-seal.com
Kozio Announces Support for Freescale's PowerQUICC™ II Pro Communications Processor Family; Kozio Provides Hardware Validation Through the Entire Product Life-Cycle
Kozio, Inc., the leading provider of advanced embedded functional test and diagnostics capabilities ideally suited for board bring-up, manufacturing test and power-on self-test, today announced support for the Freescale Semiconductor (www.freescale.com) PowerQUICC™ II Pro family of communications processors based on PowerPC® cores.
Longmont, Colorado (PRWEB) December 21, 2005 -- Kozio, Inc., the leading provider of advanced embedded functional test and diagnostics capabilities ideally suited for board bring-up, manufacturing test and power-on self-test, today announced support for the Freescale Semiconductor (www.freescale.com) PowerQUICC™ II Pro family of communications processors based on PowerPC® cores. Kozio broadens its line of supported processors for its production-ready embedded software products, enabling customers to quickly validate new board designs. Kozio’s products are the perfect solution for companies looking to save development effort while streamlining the process of preparing production-ready processor boards with increased reliability.
“We are thrilled to be adding to our support of Freescale processors as well as extending our alliance with Silicon Turnkey Express. This is an exciting time for us as our customers are realizing the value of adding extensive hardware testing and diagnostics to their overall product development,” stated Joseph Skazinski, Kozio’s president.
Kozio, a member of the Freescale Tools Alliance Program, provides advanced test capabilities for custom board designs based on the PowerQUICC II Pro processor with two week delivery times. Kozio’s latest release includes support for the MPC8343E, MPC8347E, MPC8349E, MPC8358E, and MPC8360E processors. Functional tests, diagnostics and programming capabilities are provided for the CPU, Flash memory, DDR SDRAM, NVRAM, PCI, I2C, GPIO, Ethernet Controllers, USB, local bus, UART, DMA Controllers, SPI and Interrupt Controller. Kozio software allows faults to be isolated down to the component level. Additional capabilities are available as needed, because each Kozio product delivery is custom tailored to each customer’s board design.
“Extensive hardware test capabilities provide a great enabler for Freescale customers, allowing them to get products to market faster,” said Mike Shoemake, business manager for Freescale’s Digital Systems Division. “Kozio software provides very attractive test capabilities for PowerQUICC processors, including the functional testing of high-speed serial interfaces.”
Kozio is partnering with Silicon Turnkey Express (www.silicontkx.com) and providing evaluation copies of Kozio’s kDiagnostics software package for STx’s GP2-PRO reference platform, a low-cost single-board computer using the Freescale PowerQUICC II Pro processor. The GP2-PRO provides an upgrade path from 82xx PowerQUICC II processor-based systems and provides integral cryptographic accelerator and Gigabit Ethernet features, making it ideal for network security and virtual storage applications. Kozio's evaluation copy of kDiagnostics includes functional tests for SATA, USB, Gigabit Ethernet and the core MPC83xx features.
“I see significant value in using Kozio test software for manufacturing PowerQUICC devices,” said Robert Applebaum, President of Silicon Turnkey Express.
Support for your custom hardware platform using a PowerQUICC II Pro processor is now available. As with all Kozio products, software can be customized to meet specific customer requirements.
About Kozio, Inc.
Kozio, Inc. develops software solutions that verify design and validate hardware for embedded single-board computer systems used in products such as ADSL gateways, wireless access points, network routers, voice solutions, security and test equipment, and aerospace systems. Kozio's products provide comprehensive test solutions, including diagnostics for board bring-up, automated manufacturing test, and built-in self-test software for manufactured products. Kozio's customers design, develop and manufacture boards used in computer-based electronic systems for the aerospace, networking, defense, test and wireless industries. Kozio products ease many embedded systems development challenges, from design through manufacturing and support, saving customers time and money. The company is privately held and based in Longmont, Colorado. For more information, visit www.kozio.com.
Kozio and kDiagnostics is a registered trademark of Kozio, Inc. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners.
Contact: Joseph Skazinski, Kozio, Inc., (303) 776-1356,
or Brad Shannon, Shannon Marketing Communications, (970) 461-4906.
December 20, 2005
SAP Certifies Integration of Invistics MachSix™ with mySAP™ ERP
Invistics, developer of manufacturing performance optimization software, has achieved SAP Certified Integration of its MachSix Integration Server.
Atlanta, GA (PRWEB via PR Web Direct) December 20, 2005 -- Invistics, developer of manufacturing performance optimization solutions for complex, asset-intensive industries such as consumer packaged goods and pharmaceuticals, announced today that it has achieved SAP® Certified Integration of its MachSix Integration Server. This product from Invistics provides interoperability between the mySAP ERP™ solution and Invistics MachSix advanced analytics, optimization and simulation software.
Invistics software complements mySAP ERP by providing tools that allow manufacturers to account for demand variability, design and implement flow manufacturing processes that are more flexible, and conduct ongoing analysis of plant floor health based on real-time data while optimizing throughput, cycle time and customer service levels.
Invistics uniquely combines MachSix software with a manufacturing performance methodology that leverages the proven principles of Lean Manufacturing and key components of Six Sigma.
Customers utilizing Invistics MachSix have attained dramatic performance improvements including:
• On-time deliveries to over 99%
• Reductions in inventory by over 50%
• Increased throughput
• Cycle times cut by 50% or more
• Minimized customer lead times
• Optimized lot and campaign sizes
• Tightly controlled WIP
“Achieving certification from SAP for the integration of MachSix database and integration server with SAP R/3® Release 4.6C provides a foundation for integrating mission-critical data from plant-floor operations into planning systems and can give customers the ability to better control inventory, order management and data for decision-making,” says Scott Geller, Invistics president and CEO.
Invistics helps manufacturers in complex, asset-intensive industries such as consumer packaged goods and pharmaceuticals achieve operational excellence in an often overlooked, yet core, element of their supply chain -- production operations. Built on Lean and Six Sigma principles, our manufacturing performance optimization solution, Invistics MachSixTM, is specifically designed to redefine complex plant-level tradeoffs between inventory costs, customer service, production throughput, and cycle times. Customers use our methodology and software to identify and manage sources of variability while breaking down organizational silos. They achieve dramatic, sustained results including over 99% on-time deliveries, an average reduction of 50% in inventory, and cutting cycle times by more than half. Designed to enhance existing ERP, SCM and MES systems, our solution can be deployed quickly, without having to alter production strategies, and start delivering results within weeks. For more information, please visit www.Invistics.com or call 800-601-3456.
Editor’s Note: MachSix is a trademark of Invistics. SAP, mySAP, R/3 and other SAP products and services mentioned herein as well as their respective logos are trademarks or registered trademarks of SAP AG in Germany and in several other countries all over the world. All other product and service names mentioned are the trademarks of their respective companies.
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Three Strikes And You're In-Fringing? Online Retail Giant CafePress Defendant For Third Time This Year In Federal Court
Dailey Pike's "I Wish These Were Brains" Registered Trademark Subject Of Infringement and Unfair Competition Lawsuit Against CafePress.com
(PRWEB) December 20, 2005 -- On October 31, 2005 in Van Nuys, California, writer and performer Dailey Pike filed a $5000 small claims lawsuit alleging sales of counterfeit merchandise infringing on his USPTO registered trademark "I Wish These Were Brains" by one of the internet's largest retailers CafePress.com http://CafePress.com located in Foster City, California.
Before recently closing his CafePress shop, Pike himself had been a CafePress shopkeeper since 2001 selling apparel bearing his "I Wish These Were Brains" trademark.
According to Plaintiff Pike, the clothing line was conceived as a marketing device for Pike's movie idea titled "I Wish These Were Brains", a Faustian tale of a young woman who unwittingly sells her soul to the devil for bigger breasts only to realize they won't stop growing.
As a part of his small claims lawsuit Plaintiff Pike subpoenaed Defendant CafePress' founder Fred Durham to appear December 16, 2005 with sales records of CafePress shopkeepers who had been infringing his trademark.
By November 14, 2005 a little over two weeks later CafePress had hired Jill Pietrini, a partner at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, the seventh largest law firm in Los Angeles, one of the top 250 law firms in the United States, to remove the small claims lawsuit to United States District Court, Central District of California, Western Division where it became Dailey Dennis Pike v. CafePress.com, Inc., case no. 2:05cv8109.
Plaintiff Pike's lawsuit is the third federal trademark infringement action against CafePress as defendant in 2005 alone. Two other lawsuits had previously been filed by CoExist, a clothing company based in Indianapolis, Indiana and label maker Avery Dennison based in Pasadena, California.
In recently filed papers Pike maintains that between 2001 and 2005 he made sales via CafePress of clothing bearing his "I Wish These Were Brains" trademark in almost every state of the union and internationally as he continued to build interest and try to find financing for his movie.
Plaintiff Pike contends being able to guarantee the licensing rights for merchandising is essential to obtain financing and CafePress has jeopardized those efforts because of their and their shopkeeper's infringements.
In 2003 Plaintiff Pike claims he made Defendant CafePress, and their intellectual property agent at the time Abdul Popal, aware of his trademark and the fact that competing CafePress shopkeepers were selling clothing bearing his registered trademark.
Pike alleges Defendant CafePress would remove the infringing products but weeks later he would find other CafePress shopkeepers infringing on his trademark. Pike claims he would bring the infringers to the attention of CafePress and the products would be removed but other infringers would soon appear.
In his lawsuit Pike alleges this pattern of behavior on the part of Defendant CafePress continued thru June of 2005 when Pike sent Defendant CafePress a cease and desist letter to CafePress' current intellectual property agent and in-house counsel Candice Carr.
Plaintiff Pike maintains Defendant CafePress never formally responded to his letter. He claims their willful infringement of his "I Wish These Were Brains" trademark continues to this day even as he prepares to appear as a Pro Se plaintiff in federal court.
Says Pike, "David vs Goliath doesn't begin to describe my situation. I feel like Gary Cooper in High Noon. Rocky Balboa against Clubber Lang. CafePress is one of the biggest retailers on the internet racking up tens if not hundreds of millions of dollars in sales every year. Manatt, Phelps & Phillips is a legal juggernaut with unlimited resources. But I have no intention of giving up. I want justice."
Pike continued, "I went to small claims court to try and force CafePress to give me an accounting of sales by infringing CafePress shopkeepers. If as I believed it would be substantially more than the five thousand dollars I sought in my small claims lawsuit, I planned to ask for a dismissal of the suit and refile in state or federal court. Well CafePress put us in federal court and I intend to make a fight of it even if I have to refinance my house to do it. The simplest way I can explain it is what do you do when someone picks your pocket? Do you let them get away with it? Or do you chase them down the street? I want to tell a jury my story of what I can best describe as CafePress' serial infringement of my "I Wish These Were Brains" trademark."
ABOUT DAILEY PIKE-Dailey Pike is a comedian, writer, composer, producer and actor who has worked on dozens of television shows including Ellen, Drew Carey, Arsenio and Roseanne. He has appeared as a stand up comic at the Comedy Store, Improv, Laugh Factory, the Hollywood Bowl and Harlem's Apollo Theater. Over the last decade Pike wrote, produced and appeared in several musical comedies including "Gigolette", "The Drunk" and "All Men Are Dogs." Pike most recently created the broadband internet video on demand superstation Yuks TV.
TNT Express Deploys Xterprise TraX Real-Time RFID Visibility Solution for China-Europe Supply Chain
TNT Express, a leading global provider of supply chain services, will deploy Xterprise’s TraXTM Visibility, a real-time supply chain execution solution. The system will support high value electronics movement from China to Europe. The solution was deployed initially as a pilot in 2004. Because of the pilot’s success for TNT and an initial customer, the system has been greatly expanded.
Dallas, TX (PRWEB) December 20, 2005 –- Currently operational with one of the world’s top 5 Personal Computer manufacturers, TNT and Xterprise are expanding the Trax solution to a second major computer manufacturer customer. The TraX solution is providing real-time item level visibility, tracking of goods moving rapidly through the China–to-Europe traffic lane for TNT, its customers and other supply chain stakeholders.
“We searched for a solution provider that would perform as a partner and work with us and develop an industry solution for this very important market and found Xterprise’s expertise in both supply chain solutions and RFID technology to be a perfect match”, said Adrie Kaljee, TNT RFID Programme Manager.
Phase I of the Pilot enabled reporting and tracking of laptops at the case and pallet level, throughout the extended supply chain. This supply chain visibility begins with the manufacture of laptops in China, tracks them through the outbound shipping point in China, and into receiving country depots across Europe.
Phase II involves deployment of an enhanced TraX Release 2.0 application with multi-stakeholder enterprise system integration, including SAP. In addition, the solution will enable streamlining and higher accuracy sorting at the TNT facilities in Europe and enable Item-level shipment visibility for supply network partners. TraX 2.0 is expected to improve TNT customer service through a higher fidelity Track and Trace features which allows for better inventory planning and management and more accurate shipping performance, resulting in a value-added service offerings to TNT’s customer base.
“TNT wanted a solution that would add value to their clients and change some of the rules of item level China-to-Europe shipment visibility. UHF RFID technology is the right technology for this application and we are thrilled with the early results”, says Dean Frew, Xterprise President & CEO. “We are currently working with TNT on expanding the geographic footprint of the deployment and adding new features to our TraX application to support higher level of business value to all shipment stakeholders.”
Xterprise technology partners in the project included Alien, Zebra Technologies and Apriso. The introduction of the latest RFID tag antenna designs and new multi-static European RFID readers both from Alien increased the read reliability dramatically. Tests have shown up to 100% read performance of a full pallet of notebooks as they are unloaded through the Xterprise XPort™ RFID reader portals in multiple locations throughout Europe. Xterprise’s TraX RFID enhanced visibility application, built on Apriso’s Flexnet SOA platform, enables customers, suppliers and logistics service providers to view real-time status of shipments around the globe.
About Xterprise -- Xterprise Incorporated develops RFID supply chain solutions and has been chosen by many of the world’s most respected supply chains and fastest growing companies as their RFID solution provider. Xterprise blends best practices, supply chain processes, material handling, system hardware and RFID Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) application software, enterprise systems integration, data analytics, demand signaling applications and remote solution support.
Xterprise is headquartered in Carrollton, TX and currently serves customers in Asia, Europe and throughout North America. For more information, visit www.xterprise.com.
Jed Seybold Added to SludgeBusters™ Team at Paratherm
New sales engineer Seybold brings experience, expertise to Paratherm Heat Transfer Fluids team.
(PRWEB) December 20, 2005 -- Paratherm Corporation continues to expand its telephone sales and engineering capabilities (SludgeBusters) by adding new staff member Jed Seybold.
The SludgeBusters are a team of six experts in heat transfer fluids (and cleaners) available by phone and online. Customers can call Paratherm and speak immediately with a Sales Engineer like Jed Seybold to discuss production problems or urgent crises involving thermal fluids, equipment, or the performance of their processes.
Mr. Seybold comes to Paratherm with over 25 years experience in the sales and marketing of specialty chemicals to the food, pulp & paper, petrochemical, chemical and plastics industries. He has been involved with a wide range of products including coating pigments, paper fillers, flame retardants, food processing additives and—since mid 2003—heat transfer fluids.
Seybold holds degrees in Chemical Engineering and Chemistry from Louisiana Tech. He resides in Exton, PA, a suburb of Philadelphia with his wife and son.
Paratherm Corporation began manufacturing and marketing non-toxic, high efficiency heat transfer fluids (also called thermal fluids or hot oils) in 1988. Paratherm currently has a customer base of over 3,000 users. Paratherm’s main market segments are in the chemical, food processing and plastics industries. The line consists of nine products covering temperatures generally ranging from -148°F to +650°F. Manufacturing operations and headquarters are located in West Conshohocken, PA, USA. Warehouse locations are in Macon, GA; Chicago, IL; Little Rock, AR; Sparks, Nevada; and worldwide in Toronto, Canada and Rotterdam, Netherlands. Internationally, Paratherm is represented by sales agents in United Kingdom, Belgium, Denmark, Mexico, Guatemala, Brazil, Argentina, Israel, Indonesia, and Thailand.
Contact Andy Andrews at Paratherm Corporation, 4 Portland Road, West Conshohocken, PA 19428 USA. Phone: 800-222-3611 or +1 610-941-4900.
Speedline Announces Free Monthly Webinars to Tackle SMT Manufacturing Challenges
Speedline Technologies experts will tackle the SMT industry’s most pressing manufacturing challenges in a new series of free, monthly webinars. More info: Speedline Technologies experts will tackle the SMT industry’s most pressing manufacturing challenges in a new series of free, monthly webinars (www.speedlinetech.com/seminars).
FRANKLIN, MASSACHUSETTS (PRWEB) December 20, 2005 -- Speedline Technologies experts will tackle the SMT industry’s most pressing manufacturing challenges in a new series of free, monthly webinars.
Designed for OEM and CEM process engineers, each of the monthly one-hour Internet-based seminars will focus on challenges specific to a major surface mount technology manufacturing process – ranging from lead free printing to high speed underfill to practical DOE and SPC for electronics assembly to 0201 and 01005 component assembly – and more.
Experts from Speedline Technologies, the SMT industry’s single-source of process knowledge, solutions, and service, will host the online workshops. The webinars will include an educational presentation, discussion of new technologies and techniques, practical how-to advice, and a Q&A opportunity.
The 2006 schedule is:
• Thursday, January 19 - Lead Free Printing Process
• Thursday, February 16 - 0201 and 01005 Component Assembly Process
• Thursday, March 16 - Lead Free Reflow Soldering
• Thursday, April 13 - Adhesive Printing
• Thursday, May 18 - Pin in Paste (Intrusive Reflow)
• Thursday, June 15 - Lead Free Wave Soldering
• Thursday, July 13 - Challenges of High Speed Underfill
• Thursday, August 17 - Lead Free Printing Process
• Thursday, September 14 - Practical DOE and SPC for Electronics Assembly
• Thursday, October 19 - Cleaning Lead Free Residues
• Thursday, November 16 - MicroDot Dispensing
• Thursday, December 14 - 0201 and 01005 Component Assembly Process
All Web casts are free and will begin at 11 AM, U.S. Eastern time. For more information, or to register, go to www.speedlinetech.com/seminars or call 1-508-541-4749.
About Speedline Technologies
Speedline Technologies is the global leader in process knowledge and expertise for the PCB assembly and semiconductor industries. Based in Franklin, Massachusetts, U.S.A., the company markets five best-in-class brands — Accel microelectronics cleaning equipment; Camalot dispensing systems; Electrovert wave soldering, reflow soldering, and cleaning equipment; MPM stencil and screen printing systems; and Protect global services, support, and training solutions.
Speedline Technologies is Frost & Sullivan’s “2005 Surface Mount Technology Company of the Year.” For more information, visit: http://www.speedlinetech.com or contact Speedline at:
• USA: Speedline Technologies, 16 Forge Park, Franklin, MA 02038 USA, Tel: 1-508-520-0083, Fax: 1-508-520-2288
• Europe: Speedline Technologies GmbH, Im Gefierth 14, 63303 Dreieich, Germany, Tel: +49 (0)6103/832-0, Fax: +49(0)6103/832-299
• Asia: Speedline Technologies Asia Pte Ltd, 150 Kampong Ampat, #05-08 KA Centre, Singapore 368324, Tel: 65-6286-6635, Fax: 65-6289-9411.
December 19, 2005
Minco Educates Engineers, Customers & Prospects Via New Flexible Heaters & Non-invasive Sensors Design Kits
Minco is responding to many engineers’ need to “self-educate” early in the product development process with the launch of two new educational design kits.
Minneapolis, MN (PRWEB) December 19, 2005 -- Minco, a designer and manufacturer of critical components for critical applications, today launched two design kits, one for Flexible Heaters and one for Non-invasive Sensors, to meet a growing need from engineers to “self educate” early in the product development process (http://www.minco.com).
Minco created the design kits to act as an instructional tutorial to provide engineers with a structured way to experiment, prototype and learn about Minco’s technology and benefits.
“Minco is focused on providing design engineers with solutions, not just products. These kits act as a first step for design engineers to test Minco heaters and sensors and ultimately find a solution to their application or problem,” said Brian Williams, Heaters Division Marketing Manager, Minco.
The Flexible Heaters Prototype Design Kit includes 12 flexible heaters of various shapes and sizes in polyimide and silicone rubber insulation. The heater kit also comes with a 100 ohm platinum RTD (resistance temperature detector) sensor and PSA and Silicone RTV adhesive. Just as valuable is the Design Guide Booklet that features a start-up guide, many pages of technical specifications and applications ideas, and whitepapers for education and prototyping techniques.
The Non-invasive Sensors Design Kit comes with five Thermal-Ribbon, Thermal-Tab, and Bolt-on RTDs that allow engineers to accurately sense temperature in places where they otherwise would have to drill or tap a sensor. The kit also includes a miniature TempTran™ temperature transmitter with 4-20 mA output and silicone stretch tape. The Design Guide Booklet also contains a start-up guide, technical specifications and whitepapers.
“Minco realizes that OEM engineers possess a need to teach themselves about technology and address product design concerns in the research and specification phases of the buying process,” said Marty Knutson, Sensors Division Marketing Manager, Minco. “The Flexible Heaters and Non-invasive Sensors Design Kits demonstrate Minco’s anticipation of that need.”
For more information on the Minco Flexible Heaters Prototype Design Kit, visit http://www.minco.com/heaterkit or contact Brian Williams, Minco Marketing Manager at 763-586-2903.
For more information on the Minco Non-invasive Sensors Design Kit, visit http://www.minco.com/sensorkit or contact Marty Knutson, Minco Marketing Manager at 763-586-2904.
Minco designs, manufactures and markets critical components for critical applications. The company is unsurpassed in its ability to integrate and assemble flexible Thermofoil™ Heaters, Flex Circuits, Sensors and Instruments into a single component for greater efficiency. Minco helps companies minimize the risk of product failure by providing highly reliable components and expert design services.
Book on Lean Enterprise is Made Required Reading by Society of Manufacturing Engineers and the Association for Manufacturing Excellence
Highly popular book on lean manufacturing is elevated to required-reading status by a consortium of organizations offering a new lean certification program.
(PRWEB) December 19, 2005 -- Published in 1999, “Lean Transformation: How to Change Your Business into a Lean Enterprise” by Bruce Henderson and Jorge Larco has been made required reading for those seeking certification as lean manufacturing experts.
The book’s publisher, Stephen Martin of the Oaklea Press said, “There has been a growing demand for an industry-wide professional lean certification program. So a consortium consisting of the Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME), the Shingo Prize, and The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) has developed one which will be industry's only nationally recognized lean certification program. We are delighted that our publication, ‘Lean Transformation,’ has been selected for the required-reading list.”
The new Lean Certification will evaluate candidates at several levels based on their portfolios of experience, a mentoring requirement, and exams.
Martin went on to say that “Lean Transformation” is already one of the most widely read and popular books used by companies as they transform from mass producers to the lean producer model pioneered by Toyota. More than 50,000 copies are in print and the book has been translated into half a dozen languages including Russian, Chinese, German and Italian.
Some of the hallmarks of lean manufacturing include continuous flow production, building products to order rather than to forecast (“just-in-time” or JIT production), the elimination of virtually all work in progress and most other inventory, six sigma quality that is built in rather than inspected in, and operating through empowered teams rather than multiple layers of managers and staff. Using these techniques, Dell Computer was able come from nowhere to set the market price for PCs and overtake all other personal computer manufacturers.
Martin added, “We think the book is so popular because it is easy to read, free of jargon, and clearly presents lean concepts. Any executive who wants to transform his company into a more efficient operation can benefit from what it has to say, and reading it will be a pleasure rather than a chore.”
The publisher, Oaklea Press, was founded in 1995 and is also the publisher of such widely-read business books as “Lean Enterprise Leader: How to Get Things Done without Doing It All Yourself” and “Product Development for the Lean Enterprise: Why Toyota’s System Is Four Times More Productive and How You Can Implement It.”
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Stephen H. Martin
Ramco Systems Utilizes Latest Microsoft Technology to Help CEOs Execute Strategy
Ramco Systems, the leading enterprise software provider, released a new version of its DecisionWorks software for Corporate Performance Management -- based on the recently launched Microsoft's SQL Server 2005 and Visual Studio 2005.
Lawrenceville, NJ (PRWEB) December 19, 2005 -- Ramco Systems, the leading enterprise software provider, released a new version of the Ramco DecisionWorks suite based on the recently launched Microsoft's SQL Server 2005 and Visual Studio 2005 -- to provide its customers with enhanced system performance capabilities.
Ramco DecisionWorks is a Corporate Performance Management solution that enables companies to execute strategy by leveraging the Balanced Scorecard and a tactical Goal Hierarchy methodology. DecisionWorks uses intuitive and graphical dashboards and scorecards to map corporate strategies and goals to actionable metrics.
The DecisionWorks suite consists of multiple seamlessly integrated applications that address the diverse performance management needs of an enterprise. These applications include ‘Business Decisions’ for performance management and intelligent reporting, ‘Business Integrator’ for data warehousing and Extract, Transform and Load (ETL), ‘Planning and Budgeting’ for planning and target setting and ‘Analytical Workflow’ for process and document management.
Ramco DecisionWorks is part of Ramco’s ‘Closed Loop’ approach to continuously improve business processes, and the applications that support these processes.
Denis Mulder, COO, Ramco Systems said, "Strategy execution has been a challenge for most organizations. Ramco DecisionWorks incorporates the Balanced Scorecard and a tactical Goal Hierarchy methodology to readily map strategies and goals to specific actionable metrics that are aligned with business processes. DecisionWorks is part of a set of related Ramco offerings that enable organizations to drive innovation through continuous improvement in business processes. By providing the DecisionWorks software on the Microsoft SQL Server 2005 and Visual Studio 2005 platform, we have taken advantage of the latest Microsoft technologies to provide enhanced performance management capabilities to our customers."
About Ramco: Ramco offers personalized enterprise applications that increase customer value by driving innovation within the organization. Ramco’s VirtualWorks platform turns business processes into agile software applications that combine unique, best and next practices. Ramco enterprise software is superior to standard products and custom applications owing to reduced total cost of ownership, sustained fit, enhanced agility and reduced risk. Ramco’s customers include Commerce Bank, Citibank, Cisco, Columbia Helicopters, Ericsson, Hyundai, Preferred Meals, MJB Wood, Philips Medical Systems and Swatch.
Shell Lubricants Develop An Advance Lubricant For ‘Super Demulsibility’ Applications
As part of their on-going commitment to the Metals industry, Shell lubricants companies have developed Shell Morlina SD; a specialist product for use in steel mill bearing oil circulating systems, designed to reduce system costs, downtime and maintenance.
(PRWEB) December 18, 2005 -- As part of their on-going commitment to the Metals industry, Shell lubricants companies have developed Shell Morlina SD; a specialist product for use in steel mill bearing oil circulating systems, designed to reduce system costs, downtime and maintenance.
Shell Morlina SD meets Morgan’s MORGOIL® Advanced Lubricant Specification, which is commonly referred to in the industry as the ‘Super Demulsibility’ (SD) specification. In developing Shell Morlina SD, the circulating oil underwent extensive testing and field trials to assess the water separation properties of the oil at normal mill operating temperatures. The field trials also tested Morlina SD’s water separation characteristics over extended periods of service.
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In addition to rigorous demulsibility standards, the MORGOIL® Advanced Lubricant Specification outlines explicit criteria that must be met in areas of rust protection, oxidation resistance, viscosity and minimal foaming characteristics, along with demonstrated in-field performance.
Comments Panot Triroj, Shell Global Industrial Lubricants Metals Sector Manager: “Water contamination in oil can affect the life of bearings and pumps in a mill, as well as induce rust, oxidation and contamination build-up, which can lead to high maintenance costs. Shell Morlina SD is formulated to resist emulsification and shed water faster at lower temperatures than conventional circulating oils - even in extreme conditions.
In trials, Shell Morlina SD has demonstrated excellent performance. When used in conjunction with good maintenance practices at mills where systems were heavily contaminated with water, Shell Morlina SD exhibited faster water separation, which aided in significantly reducing bearing failure rates and resulted in less oil being drained out of the system during water removal. This resulted in significant cost savings for customers.
The development of Shell Morlina SD follows the recent launch of next generation Shell Tellus, which was designed to meet the demands of metal companies looking to reduce downtime and maximise productivity from their hydraulic applications. Since launch, Tellus has already delivered significant cost savings to customers, increasing maintenance intervals by up to 100%.
Concludes Panot Triroj: “Shell Lubricants are constantly developing state-of-the-art products to help metal operators increase productivity and reduce costs. The development of Shell Morlina SD is another example of where we have developed a ‘problem solving’ lubricant for the metals industry, and due to our international reach, Shell Morlina SD is currently the only product meeting Morgan’s requirements for oil-film back up roll bearings on a global basis.”
Notes to Editors
MORGOIL® is a registered trademark of the Morgan Construction Company
The term ‘Shell Lubricants’ collectively refers to Shell Group companies engaged in the lubricants business. Shell lubricants companies are global leaders in finished lubricants and operate in approximately 120 countries worldwide. They manufacture and blend products for use in a range of applications from consumer motoring to food processing and heavy industry to commercial transport. Shell’s portfolio of top quality lubricant brands includes Pennzoil®, Quaker State®, Shell Helix, Shell Tellus, Shell Cassida, Shell Rimula, Shell Spirax and a portfolio of car care products and Jiffy Lube® services. Go to our site to learn more www.shell.com
December 17, 2005
Bradley-Morris, Inc. Announces Launch of Civilian Job News
Year of expansion for BMI capped by publication’s release.
Atlanta, GA (PRWEB via PR Web Direct) December 16, 2005 -- Bradley-Morris, Inc. (BMI), the largest military-focused placement firm in the U.S., today announced the launch of Civilian Job News, the practical resource for military-experienced job seekers. The Civilian Job News (CJN) publication offers an essential vehicle for advertisers looking to reach the valuable audience of military veterans transitioning to the civilian workplace.
“The military-experienced job seeker is looking for practical advice and easy-to-understand guidance that will help them find a civilian job”, said Shaun Bradley, CEO, Bradley-Morris, Inc. Sandra Morris, COO, added, “In the course of our core military placement business, we continually heard there was a need for a publication that coupled this type of content with real job listings. The overwhelming response from advertisers has borne out that opportunity.”
Civilian Job News is released bi-monthly and is targeted to an audience of more than 200,000 transitioning military (annually) as well as to the current eight million military veterans and reservists. With distribution to 230 international military base transition offices, CJN is free of charge to military personnel. January 2006 marks the inaugural issue.
The publication’s launch put an exclamation point on a banner year for Bradley-Morris that included these milestones:
- Response to heightened need for military-experienced talent: Positive U.S. economic indicators were reflected in a 25% increase in demand for BMI’s efficient and cost-effective hiring process, and pool of high-quality candidates.
- Launch of sister company MilitaryResumes.com: The site is the online job board where America’s military connect with civilian careers. Employers find candidates with backgrounds ideal for positions in fields such as administrative / finance, healthcare, IT, telecom, law enforcement and sales as well as for positions that require security clearances (www.MilitaryResumes.com).
- Launch of Civilian Job News print publication: An electronic copy of the first issue as well as advertising rates can be found at www.CivilianJobNews.com.
- Release of 2006 BMI Hiring Conference sites and dates: Hiring Conference locations include: Atlanta, Austin, Chicago, Dallas, Norfolk and San Diego. Hiring companies and military job seekers may access the full schedule here: http://hc.Bradley-Morris.com.
Bradley-Morris, Inc., the largest military-focused placement firm in the U.S., expertly matches the top leadership, technical, operations and diversity candidates who are leaving the military with the leading job opportunities in the Fortune 1000 and emerging company sectors. Our client-focused approach yields superior return-on-investment and results in a 96% customer service satisfaction rating from the valued companies that partner with us. In addition, 90% of our military job seekers receive interest from these companies by taking advantage of our free Hiring Conference process. Serving the U.S., Europe and Asia, Bradley-Morris is headquartered in metro-Atlanta, GA, and can be found on the web at www.Bradley-Morris.com.
Iteration2 Hires Axapta Certified Master, Diana Gomersall
Microsoft Axapta Program Manager and Leading Axapta Evangelist Joins Iteration2 to Sales Team
Irvine, CA (PRWEB) December 16, 2005 -- Iteration2 (www.iteration2.com), the fastest growing Microsoft (MBS) Axapta Gold Certified Partner and 2005 US MBS Partner of the Year, announced today that Microsoft Axapta Evangelist and well-known Axapta expert, Diana Gomersall has joined the Iteration2 Axapta Practice. Diana comes to Iteration2 with over 5 years of solid ERP experience, primarily focused in Microsoft Axapta.
Before joining Iteration2, Diana spent over 4 years at Microsoft Corporation working with the Axapta Product Development Team; most recently as Program Manager and Product Evangelist. Diana is well regarding in the Microsoft Axapta development community and has been involved in many implementations and has trained hundreds of Axapta professionals around the world. She is Axapta Certified in Finance, Trade and Logistics, Production, Projects, and Human Resources.
“Diana comes with an incredible set of credentials, experience, and knowledge in Microsoft Axapta,” said Greg Carter, Vice President of Iteration2. “Diana’s depth of technical experience will be instrumental as we accelerate and expand our market leadership position with Microsoft Axapta. We are so pleased and excited to be able to attract such quality team members as Diana Gomersall to Iteration2.”
Diana is originally from Australia; received her Graduate Degree and Bachelors Degree from Queensland University of Technology, and is a current member of MENSA and Toastmasters.
Iteration2 provides its clients with a superior enterprise software implementation experience at an attractive price. This combined with Microsoft integrated technology stack and unsurpassed financial strength provides a platform for today and tomorrow. Iteration2 is a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner, a leading provider of Microsoft Dynamics – AX (formerly Microsoft Axapta), and recently announced as the 2005 US MBS Partner of the Year.
Iteration2’s vertical industry expertise, enterprise software industry domain expertise, and exceptional technical skills with Microsoft technologies provide their clients with clear strategic business advantage. Iteration2 is based in Irvine, CA and has sales offices in strategic locations throughout the United States. Please visit the company’s website at www.iteration2.com.
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BaerMarketingNetwork.com Industrial Website Designers of Cary, NC Announces the Release of PolyShapes.com for Gilberts, IL-Based Poly Shapes Corporation
BaerMarketingNetwork.com industrial website designers of Cary, NC partnered with Poly Shapes Corporation, of Gilberts, IL to produce a new websites for their industrial marketing effort.
(PRWEB) December 16, 2005 -- Across the country, the Baer Marketing Network of Cary, NC is helping industrial companies reach today’s online industrial buyers. The recent launch of PolyShapes.com for Gilberts, IL based Poly Shapes Corporation illustrates the need for industrial companies to be online.
With industrial buyers now sourcing new suppliers almost exclusively online, industrial companies need an effective Website presence that is instantly informative, easy to navigate and search engine friendly. The recent launches of PolyShapes.com is a great example.
For many years, Gilberts, IL based Poly Shapes Corporation had a one page Website that was merely an image of their promotional flyer. It had never been indexed by a search engine, it had limited information, almost zero visual appeal, and it did little to encourage or facilitate contact with the company. The new PolyShapes.com goes far beyond those issues in addressing Poly Shapes internet marketing needs. Poly Shapes sells nationwide to a wide variety of customers including the automotive industry, the medical industry, the food processing industry, general industrial users, retail companies and specialty promotional companies.
The new Website promotes Poly Shape’s custom shaped poly bags and flexible packaging products. It is instantly visually appealing, incredibly easy to navigate and quickly and succinctly informative about their products.
In the few months that PolyShapes.com has been online, they have already been found by more than 125 distinct but very appropriate search phrases on search engines such as MSN, Yahoo, and Google. Search phrases such as “custom poly bags,” “plastic sleeves” and “plastic candy bags” are just a few examples of the many very appropriate search phrases used to find PolyShapes.com. As stated by Don Harreld, Vice-President at Poly Shapes, “we are very pleased with the new website. We are already getting many calls from and compliments on the new website." And as noted by Brian Baer of Baer Marketing, “The new website is already helping Poly Shapes get their foot in the door with potential new and long-term customers. They’ve already had some very relevant and high quality inquiries via their inquiry/RFQ form. The potential for a high return on their website investment is already showing itself.”
Baer Marketing Network, based in Cary, North Carolina, has helped dozens of industrial companies nationwide launch their internet marketing efforts. As stated by owner Brian Baer, “we build sites with marketing and search engine optimization (SEO) in mind. We don't think you should have to pay thousands of dollars later to optimize your site for search engines when it should just be done with SEO in mind from the beginning. We’re not fancy programmers nor artistic geniuses, but we focus on the basics and we know the industrial market. So our websites get found by the right people, searching for the targeted industrial phrases we’re promoting.”
For more information about Baer Marketing, please visit www.BaerMarketingNetwork.com.
For more information about Poly Shapes Corporation, please visit www.PolyShapes.com.
Baermarketingnetwork.Com Industrial Website Designers Of Cary, NC Announces The Release Of Citysteelht.com For Santa Fe Springs, CA-Based City Steel Heat Treating, Inc.
BaerMarketingNetwork.com industrial website designers of Cary, NC partnered with Web Source Options, Inc. of Huntington Beach, CA to produce a new website for City Steel Heat Treating, Inc., a Santa Fe Springs, CA company. The new website promotes City Steel’s metal heat treating services used by manufacturers throughout southern California.
(PRWEB) December 16, 2005 -- Throughout southern California, the Baer Marketing Network of Cary, NC is partnering with Huntington Beach CA based Web Source Options to help industrial companies reach today’s online industrial buyers. A recent website launch for City Steel Heat Treating, Inc. of Santa Fe Springs, CA illustrates the need for industrial companies to be online.
With industrial buyers now sourcing new suppliers almost exclusively online, industrial companies need an effective Website presence that is instantly informative, easy to navigate and search engine friendly. The recent launch of CitySteelHT.com is a great example.
Similar to many small industrial companies, City Steel Heat Treating, Inc. of Santa Fe Springs, CA, never even had a website until the recent launch of CitySteelHT.com. They realized that while most other traditional industrial marketing methods were yielding worse results every year, it seemed that most of their buyers and prospects were looking online. But they weren’t comfortable with the scores of website designers that were readily available. They wanted a company with industrial marketing experience and they found BaerMarketingNetwork.com thru its partnership with Huntington Beach based Web Source Options. As stated by City Steel’s General Manager Sam Boyer, “I could not be happier with the content and presentation of the site. My guess is you will get too expensive one day for a little guy like me, so I feel lucky."
Baer Marketing Network, based in Cary, North Carolina, and Web Source Options, based in Huntington Beach, CA, help industrial companies nationwide with their internet marketing efforts. As stated by Brian Baer of Baer Marketing, “we build sites with marketing and basic search engine optimization (SEO) in mind. We’re not fancy programmers nor artistic geniuses, but we focus on the basics and we know the industrial market. So our websites get found by the right people, searching for the targeted industrial phrases we’re promoting.” And the focus on the basics is bringing success to City Steel’s new website.
For more information about Baer Marketing, please visit www.BaerMarketingNetwork.com.
For more information about Web Source Options, please visit www.WebSourceOptions.com
For more information about City Steel Heat Treating, please visit www.CitySteelHT.com.
Laboratory Testing Inc. Expands A2LA Accreditation in Calibration Services
Laboratory Testing Inc. has renewed and expanded its A2LA accreditation in calibration services to include broader ranges, additional instruments and mass, pressure and field calibrations.
Hatfield, PA (PRWEB) December 16, 2005 -- Laboratory Testing Inc. (LTI) has expanded its scope of accreditation in calibration services with the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA). Accreditation was previously granted to the company and its calibration division, LTI Metrology, to perform calibration of a wide range of standards, gages, hand tools and torque wrenches and to perform dimensional testing.
A2LA recently approved the renewal and expansion of LTI’s calibration accreditation and also re-approved LTI for dimensional testing. Both accreditation certificates are valid to March 31, 2007.
With the expanded scope of accreditation in calibration, the ranges for previously approved instruments have been increased. LTI also added height gages, radius gages, balances, mass and pressure calibrations, and field calibration of optical comparators, surface plates, and Rockwell hardness testers to the scope of accreditation.
Laboratory Testing Inc. of Hatfield, PA, is an independent laboratory specializing in materials testing, specimen machining, failure analysis and materials-engineering services. LTI Metrology performs dimensional, mass, pressure, force, torque, and vacuum calibrations traceable to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), as well as field service for surface plates, optical comparators, hardness testers, scales/balances, testing machines and hand tools.
Fiber Laser Marking Systems: An Industrial Necessity
Fiber laser systems, which are more reliable, cost-effective and efficient than traditional technologies, are now replacing CO2 and YAG lasers for marking, cutting and engraving applications. PTG Industries is a forerunner in producing fiber laser systems.
LAKE MARY, FL (PRWEB) December 16, 2005 -- Industrial manufacturers are taking notice of an emerging technology in cutting and marking applications. Fiber laser systems, which are more reliable, cost-effective and efficient than traditional technologies, are now replacing CO2 and YAG lasers for marking, cutting and engraving applications. PTG Industries’ latest innovation in fiber laser systems, the FiberTower™ Series, is a safe, state-of-the-art, low-cost alternative for Nd:YAG lasers commonly used for direct part marking applications.
The fiber laser marking system is also available as a convenient hand-held system, which is so portable it can operate on a 12-volt car battery—just plug it in to your car’s cigarette lighter adapter. In addition, the FiberTower™ systems are available to rent or rent-to-own. This reduces the up-front cost of investing in the purchase of a unit, thus freeing up resources for other manufacturing needs.
Permanent marking for product identification and traceability is being used in many industries. The FiberTower™ systems are used in a variety of marking and cutting applications including ITO Removal, IC Chip Package Marking, 2D Symbologies & Linear Barcodes, Alphanumerics, Logos, Serial Numbers, Part Numbers, Date Codes, Data Matrix Codes, Surface Etching and Annealing, Ablation, Graphics and more. Fiber lasers are used to process many materials such as stainless steel, aluminum, carbide, polycarbonate, titanium, nickel, PVC, plastics, rubber, chrome, backlit and radio buttons, auto and aerospace cockpits, etc.
Advantages of fiber laser systems over Nd:Yag and CO2 lasers include:
1. Greater reliability: up to 100,000 hours MTBF (mean time before failure) versus 500 hours for Nd:Yag and CO2 lasers
2. Savings in consumables such as lamps and diode packs that can cost $5000- $12,000
3. Reduced power consumption averaging $40/year at 170 W/hr, versus $1400/year at 6 kW/hr for Nd:Yag lasers
4. No maintenance, cleaning, alignments, or chillers, versus high maintenance of Nd:Yag lasers that require optical path adjustments to optimize power output, periodic replacement of lamps, diode packs and solid state crystals, factory trained technicians, continual cleaning, and replacement and alignment of laser mirrors.
5. Increased power efficiency up to 50%, versus 2-3% with Nd:Yag/CO2 lasers.
6. Consistent, round beam profile, as opposed to the asymmetrical Nd:Yag lasers
7. 50% smaller spot size than Nd:Yag and CO2 lasers
8. No gas refill or tube failure which may occur with CO2
9. Air cooled versus chiller, saving from $4,000 to $8,000
10. Much smaller footprint
11. Ownership cost is 50% less than Nd:Yag systems
12. Fiber laser capability to focus a ten times smaller spot size due to 1.6 micron wavelength vs. 11 micron wavelength for CO2
13. Q-switched mode allows for higher power density, discharging in only 100 nanoseconds.
14. Fiber uses negligible power, while CO2¬ may require high voltage power supplies due to high energy loss for cooling
Our FiberTower™ Series systems are available immediately, as well as the OEM standalone kit for inline integration. They are considerably more affordable and reliable than Nd:Yag or CO2 technology.
About PTG Industries
PTG Industries designs and manufactures CO2 and Fiber Laser marking systems for precision applications for the automotive, aerospace, plastics, defense, electronics, and semiconductor markets. PTG has worldwide patents on many leading technologies including a method for laser glass scribing/breaking without any particles or loss. For more information, visit www.ptgindustries.com.
December 15, 2005
Unique Split-Architecture Device Coupler System Doubles Number Of Intrinsically Safe (IS) Devices For Hazardous Environments
Expanded fieldbus process control comes to the pharmaceutical industry.
(PRWEB) December 15, 2005 -- For two decades, distributed control systems (DCS) have enabled pharmaceutical plants to exercise precise control over their processes, especially given the more efficient communication protocols such as FOUNDATION fieldbus. However, limitations in installing multiple sensor and other control devices in hazardous environments have traditionally stymied pharmaceutical engineers and DCS integrators in their efforts to maintain tight control.
Now, a new split architecture approach developed by engineers at MooreHawke -- a division of Moore Industries-International, in North Hills, California--goes beyond traditional FISCO (Foundation Intrinsically Safe Concept) operating parameters with a full 350mA per segment; enough to drive up to 16 devices -- while still being intrinsically safe for hydrogen at the individual spur connection. Subsequently approved by the FM (US) and SIRA (ATEX) certifying organizations, this approach uses a field-mounted device coupler, and associated power supply with a safe-area interface.
“To get the most bang for the buck during our last expansion we utilized the MooreHawke RouteMaster system of power supplies and device couplers within our DeltaV DCS,” says John Hutto, Instrumentation & Control engineer for Boehringer Ingelheim Fine Chemicals in Petersburg, Virginia -- part of the Boehringer Ingelheim group of companies, one of the world’s leading pharmaceutical corporations.
“Our plant has a fair amount of drums that hold flammables and open manways on reactors, and while we try to keep everything closed, there are certain instances where you need to manually have a flammable open to the air for a short timethat makes the area a Class 1, Division 1 area,” says Hutto.
The RoutemasterTM system “enabled us to get in the neighborhood of up to eight devices per segment,” he says. We could have gotten even more, but we like to limit our devices to those that are part of the same control loop or system, per segment. With ordinary FISCO, we could have only used about five, and that would be the max'."
The split-architecture power supply steps around the complexity associated with FISCO circuits by the use of a conventional wire-wound resistor. The ROUTEMASTER also incorporates full AC/DC power conversion, simple linear power supply, and full galvanic isolation, with built in redundant supplies. Fewer components translate into greater reliability.
The high current made possible by split architecture device couplers and power supplies enables the connection of devices over cable lengths almost double that of FISCO -- 1900meters for trunk lines and 120meters per spur.
"Within the building the longest trunk run was 400 feet, and out in the field the longest cable run we got into was 500 feet." says Hutto. "This helps because we always have one of these device couplers available that we can easily tie an instrument into within 30-40 feet of any given place in the plant. We can get right up there in the bay and minimize conduit and wiring runs to short distances eliminating clutter verses traditional wiring techniques."
For pharmaceutical plants, it appears that recent technological improvements have finally enabled IS segment capacity virtually indistinguishable from non-hazardous fieldbus implementations. For those who believe that "the product is the process," this improvement in device couplers will allow devotees to stay competitive well into the future.
Ohaus Analytical Scales Star in Top-Rated “CSI” Television Dramas
High end scales help solve crimes in forensics labs on popular TV dramas.
Hollywood, CA (PRWEB) December 15, 2005 -- On “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” and its spin-offs “CSI: Miami” and “CSI: New York,” teams of criminalists work to solve crimes using forensic science. While the shows capture audiences with their sleek, intelligent and dramatic storylines, they have also made science – and science equipment – trendy and glamorous.
According to Nielsen Media Research, “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” and “CSI: Miami” are two of the top five shows on television, with the original “CSI” having held the #1 position for much of the last year.
While viewers closely follow crime timelines and the inevitable drama of the Emmy® Award-winning “CSI” shows, what especially captures their interest is the mysterious world of forensic science – the testing and processing of the evidence collected by criminalists at crime scenes. The lab equipment – including analytical scales from leading manufacturer Ohaus – takes center stage, along with chemical compositions, blood samples and fingerprinting.
Within a few short years of the original show’s debut, two additional “CSI” shows followed. Criminal justice programs nationwide experienced a record boom in student applications, something many refer to as “the CSI effect.”
Analytical scales, such as Ohaus’ Explorer® Pro and Adventurer? Pro, are commonly used by forensic scientists to meticulously measure dry chemicals, allowing scientists to create reproducible batches of reagents; the scales’ accuracy allows forensic scientists to adhere to strict laboratory protocols.
The television “CSI” labs are extraordinarily equipped with the most sophisticated laboratory and science equipment – and lots of it. “We have a bigger variety of equipment than any lab I know of in L.A. County,” said “CSI” technical advisor Rich Catalani in a May 2003 Chicago Sun-Times interview. “Every technical advisor comes on the set and says, ‘I want to work in this lab.”
Headquartered in Pine Brook, New Jersey, Ohaus Corporation manufactures an extensive line of high-precision electronic and mechanical balances and scales that meet the demands of virtually any weighing need. The company is a global leader in the Laboratory, Industrial, and Education channels as well as a host of specialty markets, including the Food Preparation, Pharmacy and Jewelry industries. An ISO 9001:2000 manufacturer, Ohaus products are precise, reliable and affordable, and are backed by industry-leading customer support. For additional information, contact Ohaus Corporation at 973/377-9000, or visit the web site at www.ohaus.com.
Worldwide Laser Introduce Zap-Alone Laser Controller Option for LP8000 Series of Co2 Laser Systems
Worldwide Laser Services Corporation introduces the Zap-Alone laser controller option for the LP8000 series of Co2 laser systems.
Gilbert, Arizona (PRWEB) December 20, 2005 -- Worldwide Laser Services Corporation, a laser automation and integration specialist announced today the introduction of their new Zap-Alone laser controller option now available on all LP8000 series of Co2 laser systems.
The new Zap Alone controller has a USB input and smart chip on board. The Zap-Alone board is incorporated into the LP8000 Co2 laser series power supplies and replaces the traditional interface PCI card that was located in the computer. The Zap-Alone board is located in the power supply, a laptop or remote computer is plugged into the USB port for dowloading the Zap-IT laser marking, laser etching, or laser cutting files which are retained by the smart chip on board the Zap-Alone. When programming is completed the laptop or programming computer is removed & the laser runs completely independently of any computer system.
Clients with multiple laser marking or laser cutting files can have the correct laser etching or laser cutting files automatically selected via binary input from a programmable controller or serial input using a devise such as a bar code reader among other methods, hundreds of laser marking, laser cutting, or laser etching files can be retained on the Zap-Alone smart chip.
The Zap-Alone laser controller option includes a system clock for automatic marking of time, date, Julian date, or designation of operating shift. When this is coupled with Worldwide Laser’s new proprietary laser controller software, Zap-IT and design cad front end, a powerful user friendly laser control system, that can run on any windows platform, is created.
The Zap-Alone options are perfect for laser marking, laser etching or a laser cutting system where lack of space will not allow a computer and monitor. It is also perfect for installations where security is important, and removal of the computer lessens the chance that laser marking, laser cutting, or laser etching files will be altered or misapplied.
The addition of a Zap-Alone system is available on all LP8000 series of Co2 lasers at no additional cost, for details or additional information on the Zap-Alone laser controller option just call Worldwide Laser 480.892.8566 option 5 or visit our web site www.wlsc.com
About Worldwide Laser
Worldwide Laser was founded in 1986 and the company has evolved into a respected major laser marking systems manufacturer. They have also developed an impressive list of national and international service and parts clients. Worldwide currently has active clients in ten countries on three continents. Worldwide has developed a major service organization for TEA CO2, CWCO2, and ND-YAG based laser marking products. They provide one of the largest inventories of spare parts in North America. Their own products include the LP2000 series of TEA Co2 lasers, the LP9000 series of diode & flash lamp YAG lasers, and the LP8000 series of Co2 lasers. Worldwide Laser has established a major laser marking job shop with TEA CO2, CWCO2, Diode, and flash lamp ND-YAG laser marking systems. For further information call (480) 892-8566 or visit their website http://www.wlsc.com
First Financial Services Organization To Improve Efficiency with Principles Developed in 1930's by Steelworker, Prizefighter and MIT Lecturer, Joe Scanlon
Over 86% of Watermark Credit Union Employees voted to adopt the first Scanlon Plan in the Financial Services Industry. Why would one of the most progressive Credit Unions in America adopt the Principles of a Steelworker who died in the 1950's? Scanlon was a leading exponent of using the full talents of workers to create organizations of exceptional efficiency and today is known as the father of employee involvement.
East Lansing, Michigan (PRWEB) December 16, 2005 -- The dream of the steelworker Joe Scanlon who died over a half century ago is alive and well at Seattle based Watermark Credit Union.
In the 1930's through the 1950's Joe Scanlon pioneered labor-management cooperation, employee involvement, open-book management, gainsharing and servant leadership in business. Time Magazine wrote that Joe Scanlon was the most sought after consultant in America and Fortune and Life Magazine featured his work. Today, some may believe Scanlon's ideas have "gone the way of the Hupmobile"...yet not at Watermark Credit Union.
Scanlon ideas were adopted by manufacturing organizations like Motorola, Herman Miller, and Magna Donnelly. They were also experimented with in health care at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital, but have never before been attempted in the financial services industry.
According to management scholar Warren Bennis, the Japanese took Scanlon's ideas concerning worker involvement and combined them with the ideas of quality guru W. Edwards Deming. Today many businesses are adopting Japanese management techniques without knowing that many of them were Scanlon ideas.
Scanlon's ideas continue at the nonprofit Scanlon Leadership Network (considered one of the best-kept secrets in Business). The Scanlon Leadership Network guided Watermark as they developed their Scanlon Plan. The Network is a group of organizations that share best practices and help each other become the best places to work and most admired organizations in their industries.
Each Scanlon plan is unique and created by a team of employees. Each plan includes how information is shared, how employees are involved in decision making, how gains are shared, and how training and development are practiced.
At critical stages in developing a Scanlon plan secret ballot votes are conducted to insure commitment to the plan. Watermark employees voted overwhelmingly for their plan. They call their plan "EPIC" for the four component principles of Equity, Participation, Identity, and Competence.
Scanlon believed that the average employee had talent, motivation, and creativity. He believed they could improve their organizations if only given the opportunity. He dreamed that someday we would learn "that together we can achieve the impossible."
SSI Interface Specialist Releases 4 Channel PLC Module for Allen-Bradley ControlLogix
AMCI's expertise with SSI interface technology has produced another PLC module solution for customers using the Allen-Bradley ControlLogix PLC. With over twenty years of experience developing specialized industrial controls, AMCI supplies the world with over ten different SSI interface solutions, spanning seven different PLC platforms and four industrial networks.
Terryville, CT (PRWEB) December 15, 2005 -– Advanced Micro Controls Inc, (AMCI) a Connecticut based industrial controls company, announced the release of their highly anticipated 4-channel SSI Interface module for Allen-Bradley’s ControlLogix PLC platform. This module, part number 7264, marks the tenth SSI interface solution that AMCI has brought to market for their customers and represents over twenty years of specialized industrial controls interface experience.
“AMCI is proud to offer Allen-Bradley customers another SSI interface module that will plug directly into their PLC, delivering hassle free performance out of the box. We work hard to design products with outstanding performance in a user-friendly package and the 7264 SSI interface module for ControlLogix is no exception,” explained Eugene Radoykov, Lead Engineer. AMCI is partnering with Rockwell Automation in their esteemed Encompass program to advance the marketing and sales opportunities for the 7264 product. The Encompass program provides any Rockwell Automation customer a quick and concise way to locate compatible products that offer unique automation.
As with all of AMCI’s SSI interface modules, the 7264 SSI interface module can be easily configured for a variety of sensors and their unique data interface requirements directly from the PLC’s output registers. No special software is required. It is compatible with SSI transducers from today’s leading manufacturers, such as Balluff, MTS, SICK, and Stegmann and can be used in applications ranging from rotary to linear to laser position sensing.
The resolution of all of AMCI’s SSI interface products is only limited by the resolution of the corresponding SSI sensor and each module provides the user with scaled data, actual SSI data, and velocity data. Additional features include position preset and programmable count direction.
Although the 7264 ControlLogix PLC module is AMCI’s newest product, the company has been designing SSI Interfaces for many years. “We recognize that industrial automation requirements can be very different from one application to the next and that is why we offer a variety of Serial Synchronous Interface solutions for our customers” explained Matt Tellier, Sales Engineer. Interested parties’ using any of Allen-Bradley’s other PLCs such as CompactLogix, MicroLogix 1500, SLC500, and PLC-5 can purchase SSI plug-in modules from AMCI that are all Encompass Program approved. For buyers seeking a GE Fanuc Series solution, AMCI also offers plug-in modules for the 90-30 and 90-70 PLC too.
Customers requiring an SSI interface for their industrial networks can explore AMCI's NEXUS solution; a network-ready unit that can be configured for EtherNet IP, DeviceNet, ControlNet, or Profibus communication. Called the NEXUS NX2E4X, this device is capable of interfacing your network directly to four SSI sensors.
Customers interested in the 7264 ControlLogix SSI interface module, or any of the other PLC module and network-ready solutions, are encouraged to speak with an AMCI representative who can walk them through the specifying process.
For additional information on AMCI and their products or pricing, visit their web site at http://www.AMCI.com or contact them by phone during regular business hours at (860) 585-1254.
CONTACT: Leo Brennan
Advanced Micro Controls Inc.
20 Gear Drive
Plymouth Industrial Park
Terryville , CT 06798 USA
Facsimile: (860) 584-1254
New Super Sack – Bulk Bag Packing System
Bulk Bag Filling System for filling sugar, salt, cement, fertilizer and milk powder into all types of bulk packs.
(PRWEB) December 15, 2005 -- Webster Griffins IBC-PF4 bulk bag filling machine for filling sugar, salt, cement, fertilizer and milk powder into all types of bulk packs.
Bulk packs or semi-bulk containers such as Jumbo Bags and Octabins are being used more and more by the food and chemical industries because they dramatically reduce manual handling – a one tonne big bag replaced forty (40) sacks.
Until now filling of semi-bulk containers has been a slow manual process, hence Webster Griffin’s decision to develop their new IBC-PF4 machine.
The IBC-PF4 is self adjusting for different sizes of containers and can be programmed to fill a variety of boxes/bins and bags to any weight between 500-1500kg.
For high throughputs empty containers such as bins, boxes and drums ‘flow through’ the machine enabling filling rates of 30-40 tonnes/hour (achieved by one operator).
Checking weighing of the filled container with ‘feed back software’ to the powder dosing system ensures consistent weight accuracy and can provide the user with real time production management reports.
Leading Pet Product Manufacturer, Fox & Hounds Ltd., Names New President
Fox & Hounds Ltd., a leading manufacturer of high-end pet products, recently announced Daniel Ceglia as President and other enhancements to its senior management team and staff.
(PRWEB) December 15, 2005 -- With its 10th anniversary as a leading pet accessory manufacturer only months away, Fox & Hounds Ltd. is laying the groundwork for a second decade of strategic growth with the addition of Daniel Ceglia as President and other enhancements to its senior management team and staff.
"Fox & Hounds has grown dramatically since our inception in 1996, and Dan’s 30 years experience in executive management makes him well-equipped to guide us through our next growth phase," said Robin Kershner, founder of Fox & Hounds, who will remain the company’s Chief Executive Officer and driving creative force. Impressive expertise in global business development, operations management, sales & marketing and product development has led Mr. Ceglia to a successful career punctuated with notable achievements.
"His keen business sense and proficiency for profitability and controlled expansion will fortify Fox & Hounds' strong legacy of quality, service and creativity. I’m delighted to have him on the team."
Other Staff News
Steven J. Lindquist has been promoted to Vice President of Logistical Operations, with responsibility for shipping, receiving, and purchasing, and oversight of the 2,000 product SKUs housed in Fox & Hounds’ 13,000 square foot warehouse. Mr. Lindquist most recently was the company’s Major Account Project Manager, and previously worked at Turner Broadcasting Systems’ CNN in Atlanta where he managed operations for its Library, Sports Library, and ImageSource departments. He is a graduate of Moorhead State University in Minnesota and resides in Alexandria, Va.
Rodney Jay C. Salinas has been promoted to Vice President of Marketing, with responsibility for advertising, public relations, trade show coordination and in-store promotions. Mr. Salinas most recently was the company’s Director of Retail Sales & Marketing, and he and his wife own a dog boutique in Alexandria, Va., where they reside. He received his undergraduate degree and Master’s in Political Management from The George Washington University in Washington, DC.
Kathryn E. McCarthy has been promoted to Boutique Sales Manager, with responsibility for managing domestic and international activity in 20 countries. Ms. McCarthy most recently was the company’s Retail Sales Coordinator and has worked previously as an editor for her college newspaper and a non-profit newsletter. She graduated cum laude from the University of Albany and resides in Washington, DC.
Cibrina Hoffman has been named Assistant to the Chief Executive Officer. Ms. Hoffman is a student at The American University where she is majoring in Physics with a minor in Mathematics. She is the President of American University’s Society of Physics Students, and most recently worked as a Personal Assistant at Budget Butlers in Arlington, Va. Ms. Hoffman resides in Washington, DC.
Established in 1996 and based in Alexandria, Va., Fox & Hounds Ltd. is a leading manufacturer of stylish and high-quality accessories for dogs and cats, including collars, leads, bedding, carriers, apparel, toys and ceramics. Retailers may order Fox & Hounds products by calling 1-800-735-2299 or at www.foxandhounds-wholesale.com. Consumers can find Fox & Hounds products at hundreds of pet boutiques nationwide, on the web at www.foxandhounds.com.
TierConnect, Inc. Names Leland Grubb as Board Chairman
Wixom, Mich.-based software provider, TierConnect, Inc. announced today the appointment of automotive industry veteran Leland Grubb as chairman of its board of directors.
(PRWEB) December 15, 2005 -- Wixom, Mich.-based software provider, TierConnect, Inc. announced today the appointment of automotive industry veteran Leland Grubb as chairman of its board of directors. The announcement was made by TierConnect president and CEO, Michael Betts. Founded in 2002, TierConnect provides manufacturing and other continuous improvement material management environments with customized software applications to keep pace with rapid changes in business processes.
TierConnect’s premier application, TagTracker™ is a non-conforming material management system designed to replace traditional hand-written, non-conforming material identification tag systems in manufacturing facilities. TagTracker is powered by CoreConnect™, a unique web core application technology engineered to drive functionality for continuous improvement manufacturing environments.
Grubb is currently chief financial officer of Engineered Plastic Products, Inc (EPP). EPP holds major contracts with DaimlerChrysler Corporation, as well as General Motors Corporation, specializing in the design and manufacturing of plastic injection-molded interior trim components.
Prior to joining EPP Grubb was a principal at ChangeScape, Inc., a healthcare consultancy delivering process and information technology solutions to the healthcare industry. Previously Grubb held the position of chief financial officer at SupplySolution, Inc., Thomas Group, and Detroit Diesel Corporation.
Grubb earned a bachelor of arts from Thiel College and an MBA degree from Kent State University. He also completed the Harvard Business School’s Post Management Development Program.
TagTracker is just one of the material management solutions offered by leading software development firm TierConnect. The company was founded three years ago by three Internet and supply chain management pioneers who have built successful commercial applications before. For more information, visit www.tierconnect.com.
About TierConnect, Inc.:
TierConnect, Inc. provides manufacturing and other continuous improvement material management environments with customized software applications that can be rapidly integrated, modified and reconfigured to keep pace with changes in business processes. The company was founded in 2002 and maintains corporate headquarters in Wixom, Michigan. TierConnect’s premier application, TagTracker™ is a nonconforming material management system designed to replace traditional hand-written, nonconforming material identification tag systems in manufacturing facilities. TagTracker and many other commercial applications are powered by TierConnect’s CoreConnect™, a unique web technology engineered to drive application functionality for continuous improvement manufacturing environments. Visit www.tierconnect.com for more information.
Elscint appointed as Sole Distributor for ROBO-POTSYSTEM for India
Elscint Automation, the ISO 9001:2000 certified leading Vibratory Bowl Feeder manufacturer (having CE Marking for its Bowl Feeders) has been appointed the sole Distributor for the Made in Germany MRW ROBO-POTSYSTEM for India.
(PRWEB) December 15, 2005 -- Elscint Automation, the ISO 9001:2000 certified leading Vibratory Bowl Feeder manufacturer (having CE Marking for its Bowl Feeders) has been appointed the sole Distributor for the Made in Germany MRW ROBO-POTSYSTEM for India. The Basic ROBO-POTSYSTEM which is a vision system consists of a conveyor belt, integrated CCD Camera with LED illumination device, camera cleaning nozzle, return nozzle and a multi function computer.
Applications for the ROBO-POTSYSTEM can be as varied as Feeding, Inspection, Sorting and Counting. Parts of any contour can be fed, inspected, sorted and counted. The only precondition is that the Parts should have a minimum ht. of 0.05 mm and minimum length of 0.2 mm and they should not roll or stick in the direction of travel.
The Camera System consists on a CCD Camera in a special housing with automatic cleaning device with a resolution of 14 μm. The lighting is by a long life special LED. The Lamp holder can be adjusted in any direction for optimal lighting of difficult part contours.
The Computer consists of a large, integrated screen with a Graphical User Interface. There is Graphical depiction of the part contour, including suppressions and corrections. The Video Signal is also displayed qualitatively and quantitatively. The functions and messages are displayed in clear language.
The Conveyor Belt is specially designed to the camera system and for mounting on the Bowl Feeder. There is a tacho controlled, variable speed conveyor motor designed for operation in an industrial environment which permits programming of various recallable conveyor speeds.
The Elscint MRW ROBO-POT System comes integrated with an Elscint Vibratory Bowl Feeder. Any of the 5 Models of Elscint Vibratory Bowl Feeder i.e. Model 100, 160, 250, 400, 630 can be used. The Elscint Bowls have many distinct tooling features built into the basic bowl designs, with tracks varying in width and shape to accommodate different types of components. These inherent features of the bowl are of great assistance, when bowl tooling is being developed to fulfill a specific tooling application. The Bowls are made in either Cast Aluminum or Stainless Steel. In Stainless Steel various types of Bowls are available like Conical, Step Design, Cylindrical and Outside Taper Bowl. Various types of Lining including Elscinthane PU Spray Lining can be provided.
The ROBO-POTSYSTEM is very competitively priced at a fraction of the cost of other Vision Systems available in the market.
U.S. Commercial Service and PNC Launch New Initiative to Promote U.S. Exports by Small and Mid-Size Businesses
The Commerce Department’s U.S. Commercial Service today announced the selection of PNC Bank, a member of The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc., for a new initiative aimed at boosting exports by small and medium-sized U.S. businesses. PNC is the first bank to team up with the U.S. Commercial Service to promote exporting through cooperative public-private sector export tools and resources.
Washington, D.C. (PRWEB via PR Web Direct) December 14, 2005 -- The Commerce Department’s U.S. Commercial Service today announced the selection of PNC Bank, a member of The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc., for a new initiative aimed at boosting exports by small and medium-sized U.S. businesses. PNC is the first bank to team up with the U.S. Commercial Service to promote exporting through cooperative public-private sector export tools and resources.
“The strategic alliance we have formed with PNC Bank will help more small and medium-sized businesses learn about opportunities in the global marketplace,” said Israel Hernandez, assistant secretary for Trade Promotion and director-general of the U.S. Commercial Service. “Ninety-five percent of the world’s consumers live outside of the United States, and by combining our export resources, PNC Bank and the Commercial Service will make it easier for U.S. exporters to establish and grow their international sales.”
Over the last decade, U.S. exports have accounted for a significant portion of the nation’s economic growth, with exports currently supporting about 20 percent of U.S. manufacturing jobs. There is also vast untapped export potential: Small and medium-sized companies comprise 97 percent of U.S. exporters, but as a group account for only a small share of the value of U.S. goods exports. Small businesses create 70 percent of the new jobs in America, and helping these firms export is vital to continued U.S. economic growth.
Through this new collaboration with the U.S. Commercial Service, PNC, which has provided financial services to U.S. exporters for more than 30 years, will connect business customers to more and better information on exporting issues. Joint seminars, trade events and web-based links to export-related services will help businesses to:
* Understand the benefits of the U.S. Commercial Service’s worldwide export assistance network of 108 domestic offices and 150 posts in 80 countries
* Identify potential customers in foreign markets
* Access a variety of financing options
* Identify and mitigate risks of doing business in other countries
* Settle payments from foreign customers effectively.
“When PNC’s expertise in international banking is combined with the program support of the U.S. Commercial Service, small and medium-sized businesses have a strong ally to support their expansion into new markets,” said Harry G. Hayman III, senior vice president and manager of PNC’s global treasury management/international banking group. “Through greater awareness and increased utilization of available programs, more businesses can participate in the global economy and expand their sales appropriately.”
PNC Bank, N.A., is a member of The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc., [NYSE: PNC, one of the nation’s largest diversified financial services organizations, and is a top lender of the U.S. Export/Import Bank structured finance programs.
The U.S. Commercial Service is a Commerce Department agency that helps U.S. companies -- particularly small and medium-sized businesses -- sell their products and services in international markets.
PNC Financial Services Group
December 14, 2005
TrueSash.co.uk Introduces Affordable Sash Windows Online
True Sash is offering online, high quality sash windows, that capture all the style and appeal of traditional wooden windows, yet avoid many of the associated pitfalls -- including warping, rotting and annual maintenance.
(PRWEB) December 14, 2005 -- Traditional wooden windows look nice but suffer from problems of warping, rotting and annual maintenance. True Sash has introduced a modern replacement in the form of sash windows and offers online selection and ordering from its website at www.truesash.co.uk.
Made to bespoke requirements by skilled craftsmen, TrueSash's range of PVCu replacement sash windows also reduce the cost to the customer. These capture all the style and appeal of traditional wooden windows; yet avoid many of the associated pitfalls.
The new company, with headquarters in Bradford, West Yorkshire, has been developed with the sole purpose of offering customers the opportunity to fit or replace sash windows in homes that are either traditional or modern in build, without "breaking the bank". The website features a collection of natural home situations to browse at length rather than the posed photography of usual advertising.
www.truesash.co.uk is now ready to go live in the New Year after a period of research and development carried out by Leeds-based EHS Brann, which was involved in the creative process, including the brand development of the logo and full website design.
The specialised research and web site development agency had been employed to target the perceived thinking and buying habits of the consumer, particularly through the Internet.
With research showing that many people were replacing original sash windows with standard double glazed windows due to concerns over cost, www.truesash.co.uk offers an easy and attractive website which showcases affordable windows to those on a budget.
Richard Baird, Senior Business Consultant for www.truesash.co.uk explained: "The Leeds agency has helped us to identify an important gap in a highly competitive market by pinpointing the misplaced conception that replacing or installing sash windows is very expensive."
"Utilising Pilkington K Glass and complying with all Building Regulations, we are offering six different models of high quality sash windows. All orders are backed up by a 10 year guarantee and unrivalled standards of manufacture and installation. Our aim is to enhance any property in terms of both character and value," concluded Richard.
Sanjit Gill, Head of Client Services at EHS Brann, added: "Right from the beginning our involvement meant we were tied into what our target consumers were thinking. As a result we have been able to develop a website that not only addresses a need but communicates the message in the right way. We are confident we have developed a website which is different and informative and, importantly, will stand out from the competition."
About True Sash:
TRUE SASH offers affordable, yet high quality sash windows online. Their office is at Synergy House, Eldon Place, Bradford, BD1 3AZ. United Kingdom. You can visit their web site at www.truesash.co.uk
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Handok-Aventis Deploys Asprova as Core Engine of Supply Chain Management
Korean pharmaceutical maker Handok-Aventis started full operation of Japan’s leading advanced planning and scheduling (APS) package Asprova as core engine of its supply chain management initiative in November.
TOKYO, Japan (PRWEB) December 14, 2005 –- Asprova Corporation announced today that pharmaceutical maker Handok-Aventis of Seoul, South Korea, started operation of the Asprova advanced planning and scheduling (APS) system as core engine of its supply chain management initiative in November.
To secure competitive leadership in the pharmaceutical industry, Handok-Aventis had determined that they would need a revolution that would cast off the habitual practices that they had outgrown. The revolution of choice was the deployment of a supply chain management (SCM) system, which they began investigating seriously in 2004.
They recognized that to make SCM work, they would need to systematize the production planner’s experience and know-how through use of IT and to shorten the planning cycle to rapidly reflect market changes, while creating a state-of-the-art production schedule that maximizes use of limited resources by taking into consideration the capacity of machines and workers. They envisioned the system enabling them to respond rapidly and flexibly to rush orders, order changes, and unexpected situations on the shop floor, while optimizing the factory as a whole.
It was not easy, however, to select a versatile APS system that could reflect the unique requirements of the pharmaceutical manufacturing industry. Handok-Aventis set out on a quest to find the software that fit the bill, thoroughly evaluating four packages, until finally deciding to deploy the Japanese APS system Asprova. Once the system was selected, the shop floor and the system group cooperated closely to prepare the master data and to implement a system for reflecting production results, leading up to the kick-off of actual operation in November.
Handok-Aventis plans to continue its pursuit of excellence in competitive product development, customer satisfaction, and visual management by further strengthening their advanced information infrastructure for transparent management and stable revenue acquisition.
Handok-Aventis was established in 1954 and is now one of Korea’s leading pharmaceutical makers, specializing in the manufacture and sale of prescription and nonprescription drugs, medical devices, sanitary articles, cosmetics and industrial chemicals. Learn more at http://www.handok.co.kr/.
Asprova is an advanced planning and scheduling system that creates high-speed production schedules that link each segment of the factory's supply chain -- sales, manufacturing, and purchasing -- while simultaneously considering the capacities of individual machines and workers. Asprova enables manufacturers to realize visual management by creating high-precision schedules for several months into the future, and facilitates profit increase by shortening lead times, reducing inventory, and increasing on-time deliveries.
Asprova has been deployed in over 1000 factories in Japan, the United States, the United Kingdom, Spain, China, Taiwan, Korea and other countries worldwide and is the leading production scheduler in Japan with a market share of 52.4% (according to Fuji Keizai Co., Ltd.'s "2002 Comprehensive Survey of Market Reality of FA Related Software Packages"). Learn more at http://www.asprova.com/en/home/index.html.
* Company names and product names mentioned in this press release are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies.
Nathan Scales, Senior Consultant
December 13, 2005
Adeptron Employs Kinaxis RapidResponse to Optimize Customer Service and Responsiveness within Unpredictable Electronics Market
EMS solutions provider deploys response management software to improve operations performance and increase customers’ visibility into extended supply chain.
Ottawa, Canada (PRWEB via PR Web Direct) December 13, 2005 -- Kinaxis™ Inc., formerly Webplan, a provider of response management solutions that deliver operations performance management for manufacturing by rapidly responding to change at the point-of-action, today announced that Adeptron Technologies Corporation (TSX: ATQ), a provider of Electronics Manufacturing Services (EMS) to the global electronics industry, deployed Kinaxis’ RapidResponse™ software at each of its three manufacturing facilities.
As an EMS provider operating in a volatile market, the customer relationship is paramount to Adeptron’s success. Building a close partnership based on timely communication, efficient processes and responsive action, helps Adeptron and its customers achieve a competitive advantage. To build this partnership however, Adeptron employees need accessible and actionable supply chain information in order to effectively respond to the constant stream of customer requests for changes to order quantities, delivery dates or product engineering.
RapidResponse, integrated with Adeptron’s Syspro ERP system, provides real-time visibility into the effects of customer requests on its supply chain and enables front-line staff to determine the optimal resolution(s) by performing “what if” scenarios. Analysis of supply chain changes that, before RapidResponse, could take days to compile and provide to the customer, can be done in a half-hour without considerable buyer participation, extended ERP system downtime or abundant paper reports. As a result, Adeptron has been able to significantly reduce its inventory exposure in terms of both order cancellations and Purchase Order push outs.
“Kinaxis RapidResponse was the perfect solution to address our need for improved analysis and responsiveness”, said Geoff Beale, vice president of Operations for Adeptron. “We believe our success is dependent upon our ability to build a business that is entirely structured around providing solutions to our customers’ challenges and being responsive to their changing demands. RapidResponse has not only strengthened our ability to deliver on that commitment, but has also benefited our business by improving our overall operations performance.”
By adopting RapidResponse, Adeptron has also empowered its customers to quickly access pertinent supply chain information. Whether a customer wants insight into the status of an order or is looking to provide comment on a revised production schedule, Adeptron’s immediate feedback has increased the level of visibility offered to the customer. Adeptron can provide and receive supply chain information it needs from its supplier base, via a web portal, at a vastly expedited pace, thus freeing up its purchasing group's time to focus more extensively on higher value activities.
“Adeptron’s Response Management capabilities is proof that OEMs don’t have to give up visibility and control when outsourcing their operations,” said Randy Littleson, vice president of Marketing for Kinaxis. “Adeptron recognizes that by being a responsive and transparent solutions provider, they are able to enhance their customer’s competitive advantages. This is a very compelling value proposition for Adeptron to bring to the table and we look forward to helping them continue to provide it to their customers year after year.”
Kinaxis stands alone in delivering Response Management solutions that provide operations performance management for manufacturing. RapidResponse extends beyond traditional supply chain planning systems to allow global leaders such as Casio, Coty, Honeywell, Jabil Circuit, Raytheon and Solectron to access real-time information; quickly collaborate to reach optimal decisions that align with corporate objectives; and rapidly drive effective action when faced with constant changes at the point-of-action. For more information, visit the Kinaxis web site at www.kinaxis.com or the company’s blog at blog.kinaxis.com.
For more information please contact:
Tel: +1-613-592-5780 ext. 5297
Copyright (c) 2005 Kinaxis Corp. All rights reserved. Kinaxis and Kinaxis Live Scorecard are trademarks of Kinaxis Inc. All other brands and product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners and should be treated as such.
Owen Media Launches Its Online Content Channel with ECNext
ECNext increases its strength in business intelligence by adding B2B publisher Owen Media to its mix.
Columbus, OH (PRWEB via PR Web Direct) December 13, 2005 -- Owen Media Partners, Inc. (www.owen-media.com) and ECNext (www.ecnext.com) announced the launch of the Owen Media e-commerce site (owen-media.ecnext.com) providing international company and manufacturing intelligence to business professionals.
The site is built on ECNext’s proprietary business content merchandising platform and uses ECNext’s expertise in web marketing to enable Owen Media to market and sell its information to the growing number of business professionals who are using the Web to find answers to critical business questions.
The Owen Media e-commerce site includes information on Canadian businesses and Mexican plant facilities via two unique databases. ProFile Canada is the deepest, most comprehensive marketing and research database of Canada’s leading 35,000 companies and organizations. Solunet: Info-Mex Twin Plant Guide provides deep data on Mexico’s maquiladora manufacturing sector, including over 3,500 facilities that enjoy a “free trading” status with the United States.
The e-commerce site opens up new revenue opportunities for Owen Media by offering these company profiles individually, in addition to the entire CD-ROM compilation. By expanding their licensing options and utilizing the web as a sales mechanism, the end user can get the business intelligence they specifically need quickly.
“Partnering with ECNext was important to Owen Media adding additional revenue streams to our business,” said Hugh Owen, President and Chief Executive Officer of Owen Media. “We are excited about the potential this will bring to our ProFile Canada and Solunet databases.”
ECNext specializes in helping publishers market, sell and deliver business information online via its content merchandising solution. ECNext’s family of solutions, its publisher branded sites, its own business intelligence portal, Manta, and its Web marketing programs, provides publishers with an additional channel for reaching online content buyers.
“The partnership between Owen Media and ECNext will be successful because of the mutual respect and readiness to bring to the table what each of us does best,” said Pamela Springer, CEO and President of ECNext. “That will be backed by our cutting-edge technology and marketing, which will bring Owen Media to the forefront of the users minds.“
About Owen Media Partners
Owen Media Partners Inc. is a North American publisher of information publications and products for professional users, primarily in the fields of finance, sales, marketing, purchasing and human resources. OMP is privately owned, has offices in Toronto and New York and delivers its content in print, on CD ROM and via the Internet to over 5 million users in over 100 countries annually.
Founded in 1996, ECNext specializes in turning Web searches into online revenue for leading business publishers, financial analysts and market research firms. ECNext provides a complete range of technology and services that work together to drive more traffic, revenue and profit. Located in Westerville, Ohio, ECNext works with leading publishers such as Thomson Gale, McGraw-Hill, Dun & Bradstreet, AMR and Fitch Ratings.
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Marketing Communications Manager
Senior VP Marketing & Product Development
Owen Media Partners Inc.
New Report Predicts 'Push Comes to Shove” in Wireless Sensor Solutions as the Waiting Market Looks for Working Products Rather than Standards Decisions
New "Wireless Sensor Technology and Market Tracking Service" Market Report analyzes developments and concludes that the wireless sensor industry today is being driven by customer choice independent of the standards process. Competing wireless sensor and mesh network solutions will be sorted out by customer demand for simplicity, value and availability.
Mtn View, CA (PRWEB) December 13, 2005 -- New WTRS Report finds the era of hyped high technology will be pushed aside by an existing demand for products that plug in simply, network with ease, expand with application development, and don’t require equity loans to purchase nor advanced degrees for installation. Wireless mesh networking standards will be set by market demand rather than by a standardization process beset by setbacks due to delaying deliberation and rancor among its members.
According to the WTRS report, the OEMs and end-users care less about “gee whiz” technology than “yes, this stuff works!” Wireless mesh deployments in the home are not in effect dependent on standardization, and therefore this market segment readily adapts and responds to customer need. The discussion, debate, argument and turmoil over standards will become less relevant as products come on line from, for example, Eaton, as others surface over the next 6 months.
“The companies with the products that solve real customer needs and desires will likely become the standard in the home market,” says Kirsten West PhD, Principal Analyst with WTRS, “We are seeing companies and OEMs using technologies such as INSTEON and Z-Wave as well as creating business alliances to build product eco-systems that solve the problems of safety, lifestyle enhancement and general home control while developing products using the technologies available today in the smoke detector, blind and drapery, lighting, and general appliance control area. One of the next big trends is electronic home improvement enabled by low cost, easy to use wireless solutions.”
“The predominant growth in wireless sensor markets in the coming year will be in home automation. Existing homes will find the installation of specific sensor applications growing in erratic patterns as new uses and developments become attractive to individual owners who add these incrementally," says West. “The adoption rate for wireless sensors and control product will follow the very traditional supply-and-demand pattern. In new housing markets wireless home automation technology will be installed by the builder or general contractor as part of the homebuilders standard offering. Overall, the predominant wireless sensor markets that will develop over the next year include home automation, commercial control, and industrial automation applications.”
WTRS new report, “Wireless Sensor Technology and Market Tracking Service: ZigBee, Zwave, Insteon, RFID, IEEE 802.15.4 and their Competition”, examines this inexorable move to market on the one hand, counterpoised with seemingly endless “standardization” discussions and maneuvers across all sensor markets.
This Tracking Service analyzes the Sensor and M2M Market in terms of its emerging technologies. It is written both for component-level companies and end-product companies who are in the process of evaluating the market and the Wireless Sensor and M2M Technology arena in general.
The twelve individual Market Reports packaged in this service analyze and forecast 20 market segments, 4 geographical areas and include a detailed analysis of the top 30 companies involved in the wireless connectivity segment. A purchase of the report includes one hour of phone consultation with an analyst each month. Reports which are part of the Tracking Service package are delivered on a quarterly basis, according to update schedule.
WTRS provides flagship market research reports in many areas of the wireless application space, and for six years has been a true market leader in accurate forecasting based on proprietary macroeconomic solutions. We know wireless technologies. WTRS, for six years “the place for independent wireless research.”
Micro/sys 486/586 Computer Packs Powerful Data Acquisition, GPS, and Wireless Communication
Based on a high-performance 486/586 core, the SBC4495 from Micro/sys provides a powerful, feature-rich controller in a 4.5” x 6.5” EPIC™-standard footprint. Eight channels of 14-bit A/D with simultaneous reads and eight channels of 14-bit D/A provide a highly accurate temperature-compensated data acquisition system. In addition, the on-board GPS provides timing that can synchronize the data acquisition of geographically distant systems to within 190ns, along with providing location and altitude. The CardBus slot allows a diverse selection of cards to be plugged in, from Wi-Fi, to modems, to mass storage.
Montrose, CA. (PRWEB) December 13, 2005 -- Based on a high-performance 486/586 core, the SBC4495 from Micro/sys provides a powerful, feature-rich controller in a 4.5” x 6.5” EPIC™-standard footprint. Eight channels of 14-bit A/D with simultaneous reads and eight channels of 14-bit D/A provide a highly accurate temperature-compensated data acquisition system. In addition, the on-board GPS provides timing that can synchronize the data acquisition of geographically distant systems to within 190ns, along with providing location and altitude. The CardBus slot allows a diverse selection of cards to be plugged in, from Wi-Fi, to modems, to mass storage.
In addition to PC-compatible features, such as SVGA and four serial ports, the new model also includes 100BASE-T Ethernet support. With 64MB of SDRAM, CompactFlash, and full AT-compatibility, high-performance control systems can be developed as single board solutions. In its stackthrough version, the SBC4495 is ideal for plugging into a custom OEM I/O card. The SBC4495 can boot DOS, Windows 98, Linux, Windows CE, VxWorks®, and other PC-compatible operating systems.
The SBC4495 is implemented with the STPC Atlas processor, which offers speeds up to 133MHz, on-chip cache, 64-bit DRAM access, hardware floating point, and AT-compatible interrupt, timer, and DMA controllers. It also includes COM1-COM4, 24 bits digital I/O, SuperVGA, keyboard, and mouse. The SuperVGA includes hardware acceleration, and drives CRT monitors and LVDS TFT flat panel displays with resolutions up to 1280 x 1024. 100 MHz Ethernet provides fast, reliable communications. If needed, I/O expansion can be added to the SBC4495 through PC/104 cards or high-speed I/O expansion can be added with PC/104-plus cards. The CompactFlash socket on the SBC4495 can be used as solid-state storage for operating systems and large applications. A free development kit is provided that includes cables, sample software, and full documentation.
The basic SBC4495 starts at $495 in single quantity. An industrial temperature (-40°C to +85°C) version is also available starting at $565. Optional features are quite cost-effective, as they do not require additional boards. Significant OEM discounts are available. Contact Technical Sales Dept., Micro/sys, Inc., 3730 Park Place, Montrose, CA, 91020, phone (818) 244-4600, FAX (818) 244-4246, email: e-mail protected from spam bots, URL: www.embeddedsys.com.
Micro/sys has been manufacturing OEM industrial microcomputer products since 1976, including board-level products and integrated computers. Micro/sys embedded computers are specified by OEMs in semiconductor processing, medical, mail handling, pharmaceutical, industrial marking, process control, and many other industries.
Employers Benefit from Recent Surge of Job Searches on Chilijobs.com
As a result of an extensive “targeted search engine optimization campaign” for chilijobs.com, the popular internet job posting site has delivered unprecedented traffic to its client companies.
Columbus, OH (PRWEB) December 13, 2005 -- As a result of an extensive “targeted search engine optimization campaign” for chilijobs.com, the popular internet job posting site has delivered unprecedented traffic to its client companies.
“I was very impressed with our latest volume and quality of candidate resumes. Our 2006 budget is now adjusted to reflect a 37% job advertisement savings over last year," said John Kramer of Resource Staffing, Inc., a high volume staffing and job placement agency that services the Midwestern and Southern states.
The internet job market is a convenient and effective way for employers to reach job seekers. There is only a hand full of major job sites that dominate the market. “This fact creates a vacuum for employers that must pay for costly ads with little results”, says Louis Lluberes, Director of Chilijobs.com Operating division.
Chilijobs.com believes it is providing the much needed alternative for small to mid-size companies that do not have a large human resources budget. “We achieve top positions on job search keywords used on all the major search engines. Our employer usage has provided the needed popularity to achieve optimal results” says Louis.
The Human Resources team at www.chilijobs.com is now developing tools to improve the reach of Hispanics and other minorities by testing a multi-language model, soon to be released on a beta website version.
Ben Trowbridge, CEO of Alsbridge, the Outsourcing, Shared Services, and Offshoring advisory firm, delivers Keynote Speech at Outsourcing Institute Roadshow in New York
Ben Trowbridge, CEO of Alsbridge, the premier Outsourcing, Shared Services and Offshoring advisory firm, delivered the keynote speech at the final event of the Outsourcing Institutes’ 2005 Roadshow. The presentation, titled "Real Outsourcing Stories: Best Practices in Action" was given to an audience of executives from various industries to include financial services, banking, publishing, and consumer products.
Dallas, TX (PRWEB) December 13, 2005 -- Ben Trowbridge, CEO of Alsbridge, the premier Outsourcing, Shared Services and Offshoring advisory firm, delivered the keynote speech at the final event of the Outsourcing Institutes’ 2005 Roadshow. The presentation, titled “Real Outsourcing Stories: Best Practices in Action” was given to an audience of executives from various industries to include financial services, banking, publishing, and consumer products. The OI Roadshow attracts an outsourcing buyer audience with a mix of presentations, breakout sessions, roundtables, and moderated panel discussions in addition to networking with peers and presenters. This forum brought together industry ‘thought leaders’ and experienced outsourcing purchasers to offer advice and practical content to prospective buyer organizations about outsourcing and/or offshoring functions such as IT, HR, F&A, call centers, and other back-office functions.
Ben Trowbridge’s keynote presentation focused on ‘real world’ experiences and recent case studies of Alsbridge client engagements. The presentation covered best practices for buyers to use when engaging an outsourcing service provider(s) and the role played by a third-party advisor. After delivering the presentation, Mr. Trowbridge led two breakout sessions for interested buyer organizations -- one on Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) and another on Information Technology Outsourcing (ITO). Of particular interest to attendees was a panel discussion moderated by Ben Trowbridge titled Outsourcing Crossfire! The Outsourcing Institute Roadshow ended on a promising note in 2005 by providing prospective buyers with a wealth of pragmatic information on the outsourcing industry and exposure to some of its thought leaders.
Alsbridge (www.Alsbridge.com) is the premier consulting firm providing unbiased advice on the use of Outsourcing, Shared Services and Offshoring for functions such as Information Technology (IT), Human Resources (HR), Finance & Accounting (F&A), Customer Relationship Management (CRM), Procurement, and other business processes. With a global presence across North America, Europe and Asia Pacific, we provide clients with unmatched functional experience and in-depth industry knowledge. We help clients reduce costs, improve processes and maximize shareholder value through the use of both onshore and offshore Outsourcing and Shared Services.
FormFill Products to Add MicroGraphic Innovations' ProGrain to its Surface-Repair Kits; ProGrain Wood-Grain Repair Technology Enables Nearly Perfect, Invisible Repairs
MicroGraphic Innovations, Inc. (MGI) (www.mgiprofx.com), a leading creator of surface-repair solutions, has announced that FormFill Products (www.formfillproducts.com), the Specialty Products Division of O’BH Associates (www.obhassociates.com), will purchase MGI's ProGrain product and make it a standard part of FormFill surface repair kits.
(PRWEB) December 13, 2005 -- MicroGraphic Innovations, Inc. (MGI) (www.mgiprofx.com), a leading creator of surface-repair solutions, has announced that FormFill Products (www.formfillproducts.com), the Specialty Products Division of O’BH Associates (www.obhassociates.com), will purchase MGI's ProGrain product and make it a standard part of FormFill surface repair kits.
"We could not be more excited about our relationship with MGI,” said Scott Minteer, operations manager for FormFill Products. “The new FormFill and ProGrain Wood Grain Repair Kit will allow our customers to significantly improve the quality of repair work they do on high-pressure laminates and melamine.”
ProGrain was developed to help address the $3 billion lost every year due to damage to and unsightly, poorly executed repairs done on a variety of products, including cabinets, furniture, fixtures, countertops, doors, floors and more. The MGI product is an appliqué of fine-line graphic representations of wood grain that can easily be transferred onto custom color-matched filler from FormFill Products. This next-generation laminate and melamine wood-grain repair technology provides a simple, repeatable, nearly invisible wood-grain repair for plastic laminate and melamine applications, as well as hardwood and other surfaces.
According to Roland Ives, co-founder of MGI, there has never been a repeatable standard of restoration for surface repair. The FormFill and ProGrain kits will allow nearly anyone to complete a repair that restores a damaged surface nearly perfectly. “Whether you have a single repair, or perform multiple repairs each day, the end result is consistently excellent,” said Ives.
The kits offer an easy, three-step process for repairing damaged surfaces that is cost effective and cuts normal repair time by two-thirds.
Minteer notes that ProGrain will offer FormFill customers the ability to provide state-of-the-art repairs. “Wood Grain cabinetry, doors, flooring and many other applications can now have an expertly color-matched FormFill repair, along with perfectly matched wood grain, thanks to ProGrain,” said Minteer. “The combination is truly the next generation of wood-grain repair, and provides the highest quality of wood grain repair now available for plastic laminate and melamine applications.”
About O’BH Associates L.L.C. and FormFill Products
O’BH Associates was established in 1990 and is headquartered in Irving, Texas. O'BH is a professional sales and service organization representing multiple product lines serving the furniture, fixture and cabinet trades, primarily in the southwest U.S. and Mexico. FormFill Products is the Specialty Products Division of O’BH Associates, which offers a variety of caulks and fillers for repairing wood and laminate surfaces. For more information, visit www.formfillproducts.com or www.obhassociates.com, email e-mail protected from spam bots, or call 800-536-0041.
About MicroGraphic Innovations, Inc. and ProGrain
MicroGraphic Innovations, Inc. is based in Centennial, Colorado. The company's ProGrain product provides a unique way to repair and restore damaged surfaces to like-new condition. For more information, visit www.mgiprofx.com, or call (303) 941-8494.
December 12, 2005
Mike Jones Auction Group to Liquidate Haws & Tingle
Mike Jones Auction Group, Inc. of Dallas has been retained to conduct the liquidation auction of one of the states largest general contractors and design builders.
(PRWEB) December 12, 2005 -- Mike Jones Auction Group, Inc. of Dallas has been retained to conduct the liquidation auction of one of the states largest general contractors and design builders. All remaining assets of Haws & Tingle, Ltd. will be placed on the auction block on Tuesday, Dec. 13 at the company’s headquarters at 650 West Vickery Boulevard in Fort Worth.
Assets to be sold live and online include construction equipment, a complete mill working shop; concrete equipment, tractors, forklifts, truck trailers, computers and furniture. It will be one of the largest contractor equipment auctions to be held in the Metroplex in years according to auction company President, Mike Jones.
Successful for over 40 years, the company closed in October due to non payment of work performed according to company representatives. The company has worked on some of North Texas largest projects including the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport expansion, U.S. Treasury Currency Printing Facility and a renovation of Dallas’ Old Red Courthouse.
The 27-year-old company, which specializes in industrial and commercial assets and real estate liquidations, was approved by the Federal Bankruptcy Judge on November 8th. Mike Jones Auction Group is no stranger to high profile auctions. In 1996, the company conducted the largest GSA United States Government auction ever conducted selling over 3,000 FEMA manufactured homes and travel trailers in Fort Worth.
Individuals and companies interested in participating in the Haws & Tingle, Ltd. liquidation are advised to go to the auction company’s website at www.mjauctions.com or call 972-387-1110 for a detailed brochure.
Single-use Format Revolutionizing Personal Care Industry
OSG’s Consumer Products has built its reputation on innovative package solutions serving the personal care industry, such as single-use facial cloths and body wash towelettes.
Mahwah, NJ (PRWEB) December 12, 2005 -- OSG’s Consumer Products facility in Mahwah has built its reputation on innovative package solutions serving the personal care industry, such as single-use facial cloths and body wash towelettes. As the first manufacturer to introduce the single-unit dose application for over-the-counter products just a few years ago, OSG has seen the single-use format revolutionize the personal care industry for both the marketer and the consumer. But the revolution has just begun.
“The single-unit dose format is a relatively new concept,” notes Craig Berry, Executive Vice President of the Coating Division at OSG. “At four years young, the format is still evolving. More product lines and industries are sure to come to see the advantage it offers their consumers.”
The single-unit dose format can be delivered in a number of formats and applications, from coated non-wovens (such as cloths saturated with product then dried and wet-activated) to dissolvable films (ideal for soap, shampoos, moisturizers, creams and gels) and edible films (ideal for cough suppressants, breath strips, appetite suppressants, and other product formats).
Says Berry, “The single-unit dose delivery approach is a boon to marketers as it serves to help them meet a unique consumer need–convenience. Additionally, it extends their product line, giving them new opportunities for their products. This delivery approach is ultimately convenient, portable, and easy to use. If a consumer for instance is traveling, they can pack just the soap and shampoo they need, not large containers that take up space. For an individual that can’t swallow pills, they can better tolerate edible films. Single-unit dose simply gives consumers greater options for the products they need and use.
OSG’s Consumer Product facility in Mahwah has been serving the personal care market for decades, with 25 years packaging experience and 15 years in specialty coating. OSG offers comprehensive services that address the total needs of businesses venturing into this packaging format.
Says Berry, “Being able to take a client from concept to deliverable is critical in this format. The sensitivity of this format presents a number of challenges. For instance, if a product such as a coated non-woven or film product has to be handed off to different companies to manage different stages, critical errors can occur that cost time and money. OSG takes a comprehensive approach to the process so that all aspects are managed in one place–the development, blending, coating, cutting, and packaging–minimizing the possibility of error. By managing all phases, the product transitions smoothly and successfully from start to finish, giving the marketer the opportunity to turn to one vendor for all its needs. And for those venturing into this format for the first time, not only do they have a single source, they have the power of experience at all phases behind them.
Recently, OSG and National Starch and Chemical of Bridgewater, NJ, a leading global manufacturer of adhesives, specialty polymers, electronic materials and specialty starches, entered into a joint manufacturing and marketing agreement for personal care dissolvable films. The joint venture will help expand the reach of such packaging applications within the industry with more product formats venturing into single-unit dose packaging. Through the joint venture, OSG’s comprehensive process, development, and manufacturing capabilities will be complemented by National Starch and Chemical formula and research capabilities.
OSG’s Consumer Products facility in Mahwah is a leader in small, single-unit, and sample packaging for the personal care market. OSG offers a broad array of standard, customized, and unique package designs and formats. Package formats include liquid-filled, device, cream and powder pouches; pre-saturated swab sticks, and individual and multiple towelettes; and liquid-filled semi-rigid thermoform packaging.
OSG is one of North America’s largest contract manufacturers of cosmetics, household, personal care and healthcare products. With corporate headquarters in Woodcliff Lake, N.J., Outsourcing Services Group, Inc. maintains manufacturing operations in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. OSG is a leading supplier of outsourced supply chain solutions to the healthcare, cosmetics, personal care and household products market.
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For more information on OSG’s products and services, please contact:
Coating Division, OSG Consumer Products
55 Ramapo Valley Road
Mahwah, NJ 07430
Tel: (201) 529-3434
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Flow Dry Hungary Receives Additional Vertical Form Fill Seal Machine
Flow Dry Technology, Ltd., a leading manufacturer of gaskets and desiccants has moved a Vertical Form Fill Seal (VFFS) machine from Flow Dry Technology, Ltd. in Brookville, Ohio to Flow Dry Hungary, Kft. in Komarom, Hungary to increase capacity in Europe.
Flow Dry Technology, Ltd., a leading manufacturer of gaskets and desiccants has moved a Vertical Form Fill Seal (VFFS) machine from Flow Dry Technology, Ltd. in Brookville, Ohio to Flow Dry Hungary, Kft. in Komarom, Hungary to increase capacity in Europe.
“The transfer of the VFFS machine to our Hungary plant is due to the increased demand over and above the 2005 operating plan requirements from customers in Europe,” said Doug LeConey, President of Flow Dry Technology. “Having this third machine in Hungary will increase our capacity, support a wide product offering and meet kanban requirements for our customers.”
Process equipment used in Hungary is designed, built and supported by Flow Dry Technology USA. Tooling, maintenance and service are supplemented from our engineering staff in the USA with the aid of electronic communications and wide area network capability.
Flow Dry Technology is a leading component manufacturer with operations headquartered in the Dayton, Ohio area. They manufacture gaskets, desiccant bags, tubes and cartridges that seal, dry and protect their customers’ products worldwide. The company is QS9000 and ISO9000 certified, and supply other major manufacturers in the automotive, HVAC, appliance and electrical motor industries. For more information, visit www.FlowDry.com or call 800-533-0077.
Mrs. Lauri Mackowski Recognized By National Republican Congressional Committee
The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) announced this week that Mrs. Lauri Mackowski of Mentor has been selected as a recipient of the 2005 Ronald Reagan Republican Gold Medal.
(PRWEB) December 10, 2005 -- The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) announced this week that Mrs. Lauri Mackowski of Mentor has been selected as a recipient of the 2005 Ronald Reagan Republican Gold Medal.
U.S. Representative Torn Reynolds (R-NY), Chairman of the NRCC, stated, "Mrs. Mackowski has long supported Republican ideals, like debt reduction and tax reform as they relate to the growth and stability of small business in this country. I look forward to Mrs. Mackowski's continued participation as a key member of the Committee and offer my congratulations on the award."
Those who are selected to receive the Ronald Reagan Republican Gold Medal are invited to participate in periodic strategy briefings to provide input on economic and tax issues, as well as how to build broad-based support for conservative initiatives within the business community. Recipients are also permanently listed in the ranks of the Republican Honor Roll at the NRCC headquarters m Washington.
The NRCC is a political committee devoted to building a lasting Republican majority in the U.S. House of Representatives.
The Business Advisory Council, established in 1995 by the National Republican Congressional Committee, is a group of conservative businessmen and women who advocate a progressive, conservative, pro-business agenda. The Washington-based organization pools the expertise of business leaders from across the United States to ensure small business issues remain a priority among government leaders.
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December 09, 2005
Log Home Builders Association Celebrates 40th Anniversary
The Log Home Builders Association of North America is celebrating 40 years of teaching the craft of building log homes. The Association offers a two-day class on building log homes from scratch. More information is available on the Association's building log homes class page.
Seattle, WA (PRWEB via PR Web Direct) December 9, 2005 -- The Log Home Builders Association of North America has been teaching students since 1965, and is now celebrating 40 years of service to log home builders and enthusiasts. The Association is dedicated to preserving the traditional craft of building log homes from scratch and passing on the necessary skills and techniques to students from all over the world. The Association has over 45,000 members worldwide.
The Association will be celebrating with a members meeting on February 25, 2006 from 4 to 8pm. There will be special 40th anniversary prizes for members. Members should visit the website for more details.
The Log Home Builders Association offers a two-day class on building log homes and log cabins from scratch without log home kits. Eliminating the kit and building a log home from scratch can save the builder huge amounts of money. In addition, the use of pioneering techniques during construction can save the builder even more. Part of the Association's class focuses on pioneering techniques such as lifting logs without the use of an expensive crane.
For more information about log homes, visit the Association's web site at or call (360) 794-4469.
About The Log Home Builders Association of North America
The Log Home Builders Association of North America has been teaching students to build their own log homes from scratch since 1965 and currently has over 45,000 members throughout the world.
Media contact: Steve White, 425-894-0561
Students please visit our website, www.loghomebuilders.org or call (360) 794-4469.
Iteration2 Field Service Solution Satisfies Microsoft’s Industry-Specific Need
Microsoft US Partner of the Year, Iteration2 delivers its proven field service solution to Microsoft Dynamics customers.
Irvine, CA (PRWEB) December 9, 2005 -- Iteration2 (www.iteration2.com), the fastest growing Microsoft (MBS) Axapta Gold Certified Partner and 2005 US MBS Partner of the Year, announced today that Microsoft unveiled its proven Field Service solution as one of the 5 industry-specific products supporting Microsoft and their Industry Builder Initiative. The solution today has been developed for Microsoft Axapta, now known as Microsoft Dynamics AX.
Announced at 2005 Microsoft Convergence; the premier Microsoft event for Microsoft users, the Industry Builder Initiative includes select ISVs which have developed leading industry-specific solutions in accordance to the stringent quality standards of Microsoft. Iteration2 Commander Series (ICS) will be packaged with a Microsoft customer support offering and promoted to the thousands of Microsoft Business Solutions partners worldwide.
Gary Peterson, Vice President of Iteration2, sees tremendous value in the Industry Builder Initiative, especially competing with SAP (NYSE: SAP) and Oracle (NASDAQ: ORCL), “being selected to participate in the Industry Builder Initiative is the highest recognition we could receive for our Field Service solution. SAP and Oracle claim to have vertical solutions, but none of our competitors can touch an industry-specific solution built from the ground up around the latest Microsoft technologies. Customers gain from best-of-breed solutions, Microsoft gains by expanding their capabilities, and Iteration2 gains by having the largest indirect sales channel in the world distribute its product. This program is a win-win all around.” Gary ended by stating, “The combined value that Iteration2 and Microsoft bring to the Field Service market is tremendous and will certainly give us an advantage competing against SAP and Oracle.”
Iteration2’s Field Service for Microsoft Axapta is can help your company boost efficiency, reduce operating costs, and build customer loyalty by integrating information, people, and resources to better manage the work order life cycle.
These solutions are being launched in multiple countries including Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Iceland, the Netherlands, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States. More information about the Microsoft Industry Builder initiative can be found at http://www.microsoft.com/businesssolutions/axapta/product/industrysolutions.mspx.
Iteration2 provides its clients with a superior enterprise software implementation experience at an attractive price. This combined with Microsoft integrated technology stack and unsurpassed financial strength provides a platform for today and tomorrow. Iteration2 is a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner, a leading provider of Microsoft Axapta, and recently announced as the 2005 US MBS Partner of the Year.
Iteration2’s vertical industry expertise, enterprise software industry domain expertise, and exceptional technical skills with Microsoft technologies provide their clients with clear strategic business advantage. Iteration2 is based in Irvine, CA and has sales offices in strategic locations throughout the United States. Please visit the company’s website at www.iteration2.com.
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Event Marketing Industry Changes Quantified
White papers on exhibition trends in four key vertical markets published by Skyline and Tradeshow Week.
St. Paul, MN (PRWEB via PR Web Direct) December 8, 2005 -- To help exhibitors better understand the market forces and significant trends affecting their trade show program, Skyline and Tradeshow Week magazine have published four White Papers on trends impacting the following key industries:
• Manufacturing & Industrial
• Medical & Healthcare
• Information Technology
• Professional & Business Services
“Trade show and event marketing are continually evolving,” said Marc Phibbs, Skyline Exhibits Vice President of Marketing. “Our goal is help exhibitors anticipate and effectively adapt to the new challenges they face.”
These 16-page White Papers provide insight for each industry on the primary challenges facing these exhibitors, and the key themes for success in their changing trade show environment.
“Tradeshow Week’s research team conducted nearly 12-months of proprietary research to help develop the four white papers, said Michael Hughes, Tradeshow Week’s Associate Publisher & Director of Research Services. “Skyline and Tradeshow Week both see the increasing need for more event marketing and exhibit-focused research and analysis.”
The individual White Papers reveal specific market findings, such as:
Manufacturing & Industrial:
• Manufacturing exhibitor’s average exhibiting budget is $380,000 per year
• Attendees at Manufacturing shows are arriving better informed and more qualified
• Slower rebound in this sector is causing exhibitors to be more cautious about spending and ROI
• Manufacturing companies and the branding they put on their exhibits are going more high-end, to better compete with low-end Chinese manufacturers.
Medical & Healthcare:
• Healthcare exhibitor’s average exhibiting budget is $685,000 per year, the highest of any sector
• Strong new product development translates into strong exhibit marketing demand
• In 2005, heathcare exhibitors plan on adding 9.4% more events to their schedule
• The aging population has fueled greater demand for medical and healthcare products and services
• Medical exhibitors embrace technology, using the internet and flat panel display screens
• IT exhibitor’s average exhibiting budget is $429,000 per year
• IT exhibitors budgets are now growing faster than the average exhibitor, several years after the dot-com crash
• IT exhibitors must manage rapid changes, including new products, technologies, shows, brands, mergers and acquisitions, and outsourcing
• IT exhibitors are shifting away from theatrical, product-centric exhibits to informative, people-centric exhibits to better build relationships
Professional & Business Services:
• Service exhibitor’s average exhibiting budget is $460,000 per year
• Leads generated at trade shows account for about one-fifth of a professional and business services firm’s sales
• Service companies can communicate their intangible value through case studies, graphics, themes, high-quality exhibit staffers, and hosting workshops in their booth
• 60% of professional and business services exhibitors say they follow up on leads within a week or less
To request any of the 4 White Papers, please go to www.skyline.com/whitepapers.
About Skyline Exhibits
Skyline’s mission is to provide global marketing communications solutions, through the design and distribution of imaginative products and services, for its customers’ success. Skyline’s 25-year history of creativity, innovation, and performance includes over 60 patents and winning all the major exhibit industry awards, including Best of Show at The Exhibitor Show and TS2. Skyline offers trade show and event marketers reliable worldwide service and support in 144 design centers in 45 countries, including full-service Regional Service Centers in major venue cities. Over 100,000 exhibitors have learned how to exhibit better at Skyline’s ongoing educational seminars.
To learn more about Skyline, visit www.skyline.com.
About Tradeshow Week
For over 34 years Tradeshow Week's mission has been to provide influential leaders and decision-makers in the global exhibition and convention center industry with timely news, analysis and research. We seek to engage opinion leaders and active members involved in all aspects of the exhibition industry through our original stories and landmark research. Authoritative and research-driven, Tradeshow Week's diverse portfolio of resources include our industry leading weekly newsmagazine, four annual directories, website, events and research services. Tradeshow Week is published by Reed Business Information. To learn more about Tradeshow Week, visit www.tradeshowweek.com.
News Media Contact:
Mike Thimmesch, Skyline Exhibits
Tel: (651) 234-6614
Winegard and AMS Enter Exclusive Agreement to Supply Enhanced Triple Play Bundle - Broadband Access, Phone and Video Including Proactive 24/7 Remote Services Monitoring
To Be Delivered On One Existing Coax Cable Using New MultiletTM Technology.
Burlington, IA (PRWEB via PR Web Direct) December 8, 2005 -- Winegard Company, a leading manufacturer of video reception and distribution equipment for over 50 years, announced today it has contracted Advanced Media Services to be its exclusive supplier of Triple Play services for Winegard’s new product line using Multilet technology. Winegard’s Triple Play is aimed specifically at Multi-Dwelling Unit owners and managers. Multilet offers MDUs the enormous advantage of networking or retro-fitting entire MDU projects using existing RG-6 coaxial runs, eliminating the necessity to pull additional coax or CAT-5 wire-runs. Under this agreement, AMS will install or retrofit, deliver and service Triple Play PlusTM Video, including DIRECTV® or Dish Network programming and Off-Air local broadcasts, Broadband Access (high speed Internet) and Broadband Phone (Voice-over-IP), supporting Winegard’s marketing of the new Multilet Triple Play “Plus” product. Why Plus?
Bob Howell, Director Signal Distribution/Off-Air Antenna Business Group, said “AMS’s QuantumAlertTM proactive web-enabled real-time 24/7 remote management system, monitors the entire MDU IP physical signal distribution network, taking our Triple Play to a whole new level by eliminating IP service quality headache in an MDU installation.”
QuantumAlert is a powerful tool allowing AMS technicians to monitor, manage and troubleshoot MDU system status from signal source, through distribution and amplification, to the subscriber modem. This network management capability allows AMS engineers to achieve optimum performance levels with minimal service disruption, minimizing repair time and costly outages, while maximizing optimum user performance and fast resolution.
Chris Silk, Vice President of Sales & Marketing at AMS states: “We are very pleased to partner with a well known and respected company like Winegard Company to support Multilet with our QuantumAlert state-of-the-art monitoring software, which greatly enhances their Triple Play. We will also supply Winegard with customized Triple Play design options for each property with attractive revenue sharing programs for MDU owners, while delivering guaranteed quality and outstanding customer service providing the necessary peace of mind property managers and owners expect and Winegard requires.”
“Winegard has a tradition in leading the industry with new technology innovation, quality built products and customer service” said Howell, “AMS’s QuantumSpeedTM high speed Broadband Access and QuantumVoiceTM VoIP services have been well received in the industry already and their dedication to quality assurance through their Service Level Guarantee was a very important selection criteria.”
For more information or to schedule an interview with Bob Howell or Chris Silk, please call Michael Sherman at 319-754-0604.
The Winegard Company is widely considered an innovator and pioneer in product design, performance and assembly and has consistently adapted to meet the challenges of the ever-changing electronics market. It remains committed to continuous improvement in the quality, cost and delivery of its products and services to effectively meet all of its customer’s needs and currently designs and manufactures more than 1,000 different products in six product lines distributed in all states and worldwide, including:
• Bundled Signal Distribution: Video, VoIP and High Speed Data and More, on a single cable run.
• Satellite Antennas and Mounts: Residential antennas ranging in size from 46 cm to 1 meter.
• Mobile Television Reception Products: RV, Trucking, and Marine applications. Satellite systems ranging from manual crank-up models to automatic satellite tracking systems with GPS/DVB. Off-air antennas including bi-directional and omni-directional VHF/UHF/FM antennas. Ground Antenna Mounts and Accessories.
• Off-Air Antennas: From DC to 5.8 gigs AM/FM/VHF/UHF Antenna Systems, Distribution and Pre-Amplifiers, Power Supplies and Accessories
• Telemetry: Medical and Data Antenna Systems, Distribution Amplifiers, Power Supplies and Accessories.
• Two-way Fixed/Transportable Mobile Satellite Internet Systems: offers real-time IP, video, voice, audio and data communications virtually anywhere, anytime.
About Advanced Media Services
AMS was founded in 2002 by former UUNET Executives and is based in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Their services provide owners and managers of multi-tenant properties a complete pre-packaged solution offering a substantial source of revenue sharing by delivering a highly reliable "Triple Play" product suite including QuantumSpeedTM High Speed Broadband Access, QuantumVoiceTM Broadband Phone (VoIP) and QuantumVideoTM services. The product platform can be delivered on one existing or new coax cable. In addition, AMS offers QuantumAlertTM proactive real-time 24/7 remote monitoring of the entire MDU physical signal distribution network. AMS optimally incorporates commercially available technology combined it with uniquely designed proprietary support systems and processes. Technology and Service design options allow for customization in every property. Because of its past accomplishments in the Internet Service Provider industry, the AMS Team is able to provide a superior service experience, backed by a Service Level Guarantee.
• High-speed internet for multi-dwelling residential properties
• Email Service with customized domain addressing
• Service Level Agreement with performance guaranteed
• Full featured flat-rate Broadband Phone service at subscription prices far below market averages;
• Available nationwide for individual residential and small business customers who already have high-speed internet access
• Provide your residents the video programming that they demand. Whether direct or through an affiliate, AMS can deliver satellite programming to meet your needs, both analog/digital system applications in standard or high definition.
• Customer Service/Tech Support, plus Online resources for self help.
• Service Level Agreement with performance guaranteed
• Proactive real-time 24/7 remote monitoring of the entire MDU physical signal distribution network
• Monitors Signal Quality for: Entire Properties, Single Buildings, Individual Users
Multilet is a wholly owned subsidiary of Macab AB. In business over 20 years, Macab AB is well known for a wide range of quality products providing superior solutions for MDU, CATV and SMATV applications. The Multilet equipment is a system for the distribution of broadband services within and between residential buildings. It uses the buildings' existing wiring infrastructure and overlays a new network using Ethernet technology.
December 08, 2005
SteakBrands.com Announces Production Of Custom & Monogrammed BBQ Branding Irons
Steak branding irons brand your steak, buns, wood, leather and other food items with your custom logo or personalized branding iron. Steak brands are perfect for tailgating, BBQing at home or just a gift for that diehard BBQ fan. Branding is becoming a centerpiece of any BBQ.
Kansas City, MO (PRWEB) December 8, 2005 – Are you looking for that last minute holiday gift? Kansas City based http://steakbrands.com has announced production of BBQ branding irons for custom logos, western themed & 2 – 3 letter monogrammed branding irons. A popular idea is to get a company logo or a rancher brand made into a steak branding iron to really “brand” your logo.
SteakBrands.com says that it will accept orders for the 2 – 3 letter monogrammed brands through December 12th to insure Christmas delivery. All other BBQ branding irons, including custom brands, can be ordered through December 23rd. One great thing that sets them apart is that SteakBrands.com can do any size job from 1 – 5,000+ custom branding irons.
Branding is nothing new to ranchers but as of the last few years it has caught on as a must for any serious BBQ chef. People take extreme pride in their BBQ skills and branding is the perfect way to personalize it. SteakBrands.com owner, David Lalumendre says “BBQers are always looking for that little something to show how proud they are of their BBQ and a personalized BBQ branding iron is a great way to do it.”
The steak brands offered are the perfect size for heating in an open flame or charcoal grill. All of the brands are all constructed of high quality steel which is needed for keeping the brand hot and strong enough to brand.
To top it all off, clean-up is easy. Just wash with soap and water after each use. The high-grade stainless steel will last for many years and will not rust.
For those who are looking for a monogrammed branding iron, western theme or simply initials for your branding iron http://steakbrands.com carries a large selection of branding irons that make the perfect gift for Christmas, your boss, Father’s Day or any other BBQ fanatic.
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Benco Pack: Worldwide Aseptic Solutions
The Imola-based Group keeps on growing. Sterilization now carried out with hydrogen peroxide.
(PRWEB) December 8, 2005 -- Benco Pack, the Piacenza-based company of the Sacmi Group that specialises in the design and construction of horizontal form-fill-seal machines for the packaging of liquid and paste-like foods in rigid containers, continues to expand thanks to its aseptic solutions.
“It’s in this last field that we produce our most sophisticated products; it is a field that is growing fast in the wake of ever-more stringent legislation and, most importantly, growing consumer awareness when it comes to hygiene and food preservation,” explains general manager, Gianni Minganti. “This technology, in fact, drastically reduces - without having to resort to white rooms – the bacterial load inside the packages and so ensures long-lasting food product quality.”
Benco Pack’s HFFS machines feature a completely closed tunnel in which the entire processing cycle is carried out: from container forming to lid sealing.
The aseptic technology adopted by Benco Pack is based on hydrogen peroxide. “We’re able to reduce the bacterial load by a ratio of 1 to 100,000 in just two hours, while those still sterilising with steam have to wait up to 12 hours, or “settle for” a “logarithm 4” bacterial load reduction (that is, 1 in 10,000).” On the export front “we’re gaining ground on all markets,” continues Minganti, “from Europe to South East Asia, from Latin America to the Near East. Iran is showing a marked propensity for investment in advanced technology and is, at this time, one of the most interesting outlets for our products.”
BENCO PACK S.p.A.
Via Toscana, 1
29100 Piacenza PC
Mrs. Elisabetta Dall'Olio
Via Selice Provinciale, 17/A
40026 Imola BO
New Book Telling How Companies Can Save Money Has 58 Contributors
How many people does it take to write a book full of ways for companies to save? At least 58, according the the publisher of a new book that does just that called THE BIG SQUEEZE.
(PRWEB) December 8, 2005 -- Management consultant Patricia E. Moody was looking for ways to save her clients money when she came up with a big idea. Why not start a blog for executives to share ideas? She set one up and was overwhelmed with the response. Hundreds of executives from around the world posted ideas, so many good ones Moody decided to take the best of the best, cull out duplication, get authors’ permissions, and edit the material into a book. The result is called THE BIG SQUEEZE: TEN WAYS YOUR COMPANY CAN SAVE 10% OF ITS EXPENSES RIGHT NOW. There are actually many more than ten ways. Moody organized the material into ten categories or directions companies of all types and sizes can take.
David P.Steiner, Chief Executive of Waste Management Inc. said of the book, “[It’s filled with powerful and proven approaches for companies to leverage their spend and generate cash to drive profits and growth. At Waste Management, our procurement team [used the ideas and proved that supply management can turn around a company and return it to profitability and growth.”
THE BIG SQUEEZE has been issued in hardcover, retails for $23.95, and can be purchased at the publisher’s Website, http://www.LeanTransformation.com or on Amazon.com. The International Standard Book Number is 1-892538-45-8.
The publisher, Oaklea Press, was founded in 1995 and is also the publisher of such widely-read business books as “Lean Enterprise: How to Change Your Business into a Lean Enterprise” and “Product Development for the Lean Enterprise: Why Toyota’s System Is Four Times More Productive and How You Can Implement It.”
For more information contact:
Stephen H. Martin
The Admin Recruiter Adds Four Offices in Carolinas
The Admin Recruiter, a firm that specializes in placements for administrative positions, has expanded its local presence to 14 states around the county by opening 4 additional offices in North and South Carolina.
New York, NY (PRWEB) December 8, 2005 –- The Admin Recruiter, a recruitment firm that specializes in placements for any administrative positions, has expanded its local presence around the county by opening 4 additional offices in North and South Carolina. The Admin Recruiter has corporate headquarters in New York City and branch offices in 14 states, with plans to expand soon to all 50 states and Canada. The 4 new offices are located in Raleigh and Charlotte, NC, and in Columbia and Charleston, SC (www.AdminRecruiter.com).
These offices will serve their respective metropolitan areas according to the business model established by The Admin Recruiter of New York (www.AdminRecruiterofNewYork.com): they will provide employers with PreScreenedSM candidates in just 2 days or less, their candidates are sourced from the top 3% of the workforce, and each candidate is backed by an unconditional 1-year replacement guarantee. If one of The Admin Recruiter’s hires leaves the employer within 1 year, The Admin Recruiter promptly replaces the employee at no charge—no matter what the reason.
According to Joy Porter, a Vice President in The Admin Recruiter’s corporate headquarters, “Many people felt that the advent of Internet job boards would be the death of recruiters. But we are growing precisely because of the popular job boards. One-click Internet applications have created thousands of candidates for each Administrative job opening. But how do employers screen through thousands of résumés and find the very best ones to hire? And how do they do it quickly before the best ones are snapped up? That’s why more and more employers are coming to The Admin Recruiter (www.AdminRecruiter.com). We have developed a state-of-the-art process that is so fast, we can PreScreen thousands of candidates overnight and deliver extraordinary candidates in just 2 days or less. We are so confident of the future success of our candidates, we will back whichever one is hired with an Unconditional 1-Year Guarantee.”
About The Admin Recruiter, Inc. – The Admin recruiter is a recruitment firm that recruits locally for all administrative-type positions in over 20 metropolitan areas in 7 states (NY, NJ, CT, RI, PA, NC, SC, GA, FL, TN, OH, IL, MO, CO). The company contributes to its clients’ success by rapidly providing great hires backed by their unconditional 1-year guarantee. Typical positions that The Admin Recruiter fills are secretaries, administrative assistants, office managers, bookkeepers, receptionists, customer service representatives, and clerical workers. For more information, visit www.AdminRecruiter.com.
A2B Tracking Solutions Joins Zebra Technologies’ Government Reseller Program
A2B Tracking Solutions, Inc., the leading provider of total software solutions for bar code tracking and the developer of UID Comply!™ the complete UID lifecycle management system for Department of Defense (DoD) suppliers, announces it has joined Zebra Technologies’ PartnersFirst Government Reseller Program. Zebra Technologies Corp., (Nasdaq: ZBRA), is a global leader in delivering on-demand specialty printing solutions for business and process improvement. Unique identification (UID) is a compliance program that requires the creation of a UID label and the uploading of information to a UID repository.
PORTSMOUTH, RI (PRWEB) December 8, 2005 -- A2B Tracking Solutions, Inc., the leading provider of total software solutions for bar code tracking and the developer of UID Comply!™ the complete UID lifecycle management system for Department of Defense (DoD) suppliers, announces it has joined Zebra Technologies’ PartnersFirst Government Reseller Program. Zebra Technologies Corp., (Nasdaq: ZBRA), is a global leader in delivering on-demand specialty printing solutions for business and process improvement. Unique identification (UID) is a compliance program that requires the creation of a UID label and the uploading of information to a UID repository.
As a leader in mobile, enterprise-wide tracking, A2B has long incorporated Zebra on-demand printers in its total solution packages. A2B’s participation in Zebra’s PartnersFirst government program is key in providing a total solution to DoD contractors, suppliers and military personnel who must label and track government owned assets throughout their lifecycle.
“UID Comply!™ was developed as a complete lifecycle management system in response to the DoD UID mandate,” says A2B president Peter Collins. “Over the years we have found Zebra printers to be both dependable and best-of-breed. The Zebra printer is a key component in the UID Comply! solution package. Our partnership with Zebra as an authorized government reseller enables us to provide DoD suppliers with the very best printers available for printing data matrix bar codes that satisfy stringent DFAR (Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement) requirements.”
The landmark DoD UID policy requires that all assets and personal property owned by the DoD, including assets in the possession of contractors, to be marked with a unique serialized identification number in accordance with MIL STD 130. UID applies equally to legacy and newly requisitioned government property in possession of contractors (PIPC), with the goal of placing 100% of government property and deliverables in the new UID Registry for UID lifecycle management.
“The DoD already uses Zebra printers for many of its AIDC initiatives. So it’s a natural extension for the DoD to consider using Zebra printers for its UID labeling,” said Juliann Larimer, director of channel strategy and operations for Zebra. “A2B Tracking Solutions’ AIDC expertise and its UID Comply! system combined with Zebra’s printers provide a powerful solution for suppliers to the DoD. We are extremely pleased to welcome A2B as a Zebra authorized reseller partner.”
UID Comply!™, is the only total lifecycle management system that satisfies all DFAR requirements, allowing contractors to mark, print and read all UID compliant bar codes, store the information, and report on government items under contract or in inventory to the UID Registry. UID Comply! modules are available for DoD suppliers with varying needs, including prime contractors responsible for new procurement of end item deliverables, contractors with government property in their possession and military sites with legacy items. The modules are also configured to accommodate the needs of small business contractors or large, multi-site enterprises.
“There are other UID solution providers in the marketplace,” says Collins, “but they each solve only part of the complex UID requirements. UID Comply!™ is the only solution that provides all the pieces for total compliance, namely software and hardware for label printing and marking, verification to ISO 15415 and SAE AS9132 standards, validation to ISO 15434, receiving, tracking and electronic data transfer to the UID Registry.
“We hear from contractors who feel their UID compliance is complete, but then they find they have only taken the first step. They are surprised when they realize the extent of their responsibility. UID compliance is not an option. Suppliers to the government must comply in order to be paid. We are a one-stop UID shop. We do it all, and that includes keeping our software current with changing DoD requirements, providing ongoing technical support and using only the best available hardware, such as Zebra printers.”
About Zebra Technologies
Zebra Technologies Corp. (Nasdaq: ZBRA) delivers innovative and reliable on-demand printing solutions for business improvement and security applications in 100 countries around the world. More than 90 percent of Fortune 500 companies use Zebra-brand printers. A broad range of applications benefit from Zebra-brand thermal bar code, “smart” label, receipt and card printers, resulting in enhanced security, increased productivity, improved quality, lower costs and better customer service. The company has sold nearly five million printers, including RFID printer/encoders and wireless mobile solutions, and also offers software, connectivity solutions and printing supplies. Information about Zebra bar code and RFID products can be found at http://www.zebra.com.
About A2B Tracking Solutions
Since it was founded in 1994, A2B has lead the bar code industry movement into mobile computing, developing a state-of-the-art mobile tracking system for one of America’s largest parcel delivery companies. Principals of A2B include founders of the bar code industry who have lead innovations in applications for 40 years. To date, A2B has completed more than 2,000 tracking installations around the world. For more information about A2B Tracking, visit www.uidsolutions.com or email e-mail protected from spam bots.
Granite Peak Partners Acquires City of Industry Property For $7.14 Million; Tenant is Spring Air Mattress Manufacturer
Granite Peak Partners, a real estate investment firm based in Santa Barbara and Los Angeles, acquired a City of Industry, California single tenant industrial property for $7.14 million. The transaction closed November 4. Spring Air Partners California, the Los Angeles manufacturing facility for the national mattress company, is the single tenant in the 110,000 square foot building on a four-acre site.
Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) December 8, 2005 -- Granite Peak Partners, a real estate investment firm based in Santa Barbara and Los Angeles, acquired a City of Industry, California single tenant industrial property for $7.14 million. The transaction closed November 4.
Spring Air Partners California, the Los Angeles manufacturing facility for the national mattress company, is the single tenant in the 110,000 square foot building on a four-acre site at 111 North Baldwin Park Blvd.
The buyer and seller were represented by Chris Thompson of Investment Real Estate Associates, a commercial real estate sales and advisory firm based in Encino, California. "When complicated issues arose Chris was successful in negotiating a mutually beneficial outcome for both parties," says Bruce Savett, a founding principal of Granite Peak Partners in charge of acquisitions. Savett's firm was responsible for selecting and acquiring the property for a private client.
"Granite Peak Partner's Asset Advisory Services Division provides acquisition and investment services for high net worth investors and fulfills a valuable market need," says Savett. "Our clients are very sophisticated in these matters but appreciate our ability to strategize, originate and see investment opportunities to conclusion. We then provide ongoing asset and portfolio management to help ensure value maximization after the purchase."
Spring Air Partners California, is expected to remain the sole occupant, according to Savett. "Our client was looking for a stabilized and well positioned industrial property in this strong in-fill market," says Savett. "Although the building was a fourth generation property, it was very clean with excellent access to several major transportation arteries and well positioned to service local markets. It met all our client's criteria so we moved on it."
Granite Peak Partners is a full service real estate investment firm providing structured real estate investments, 1031 exchange and asset advisory services to qualified individual, agricultural and institutional investors. Target properties are in the $4 million to $40 million-price range primarily in the western United States. For more information, contact Gregory Yost at 310-399-8100 in Los Angeles or on the web at www.GranitePeakPartners.com.
Positive Displacement Flow Meter for Chemical Dispensing
A positive displacement flow meter for chemical dispensing and other harsh metering applications. The JVK meters feature Kynar bodies, teflon gears and ceramic shafts to provide a high standard of chemical resisitance rarely found in PD meters
(PRWEB) December 8, 2005 -- The AW Company of Franksville, WI has released the JVK series of positive displacement flow meters for chemical dispensing of acid and caustic based fluids. The JVK meters feature Kynar® bodies, Teflon® gears and ceramic shafts to provide a high standard of chemical resistance rarely found in PD meters.
Engineers at AW Company have also outfitted the JVK meters with a non-intrusive, optically-based sensor and magnet-free gears. These innovations allow long-term, reliable use even in the most demanding chemical environments.
Like all AW Company PD meters, the JVK meters retain their accuracy in conditions of changing viscosity and temperature, are easy to install and can be integrated with localized displays or remote PC’s or PLC’s. Outputs include pulse, mA, and voltage signals. Common applications include chemical dispensing, CIP control and DI water.
The JVK meters are currently available to cover flow ranges from 0.02 GPM to 7 GPM while providing accuracy of ± 1%, maximum temperature rating of 185° and pressures up to 500 PSI.
Tec-Ease, Inc. Announces the Opening of Their Beijing Office
After numerous requests to provide training in China, Tec-Ease, Inc. is very excited to announce the opening of an office in Beijing. The courses offered by this office include Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T - levels 1-3), Design for Manufacturability and Process Capable Tolerancing.
(PRWEB) December 8, 2005 -- After numerous requests to provide training in China, Tec-Ease, Inc. is very excited to announce the opening of an office in Beijing. The courses offered by this office include Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T - levels 1-3), Design for Manufacturability and Process Capable Tolerancing.
We conducted our first GD&T training session in Shanghi on November 3-5, 2005. The course was well received. It was taught in Chinese by our representative, Dongfei (Mike) Long, using the same materials used for our trainings in the United States, Canada and Europe.
Don Day, President of Tec-Ease, Inc. is planning to be in China for most of January 2006. The purpose of his visit is to work out the logistics of establishing a permanent presence for Tec-Ease, Inc. and co-teach with Mike.
Tec-Ease, Inc. continues to provide the highest quality instruction and educational materials in Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing. We know that the addition of our office in China will enhance our ability to meet our customers’ needs.
Learn more about Tec-Ease and the GD&T training they offer at http://www.tec-ease.com.
Servidyne Announces its New Five-Step Energy Program
Atlanta, GA (PRWEB via PR Web Direct) December 7, 2005 -- Servidyne Systems, LLC announced today a new five-step energy program designed to help commercial building owners reduce energy costs by 10-15% without the need for capital investment.
In 2005 Servidyne was selected as winner of the ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year Award by the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy for the fifth year in a row. With over 27 years experience in providing energy related engineering services to owners and operators of commercial buildings, Servidyne is recognized as a highly skilled proven performer throughout the real estate industry.
Servidyne’s Five-Step Energy Program is designed to help clients manage rising energy costs by applying a systematic engineering methodology that allows energy to be managed more strategically at the enterprise level. The key elements of the program include:
Step #1 - A situation assessment which benchmarks your costs against industry standards resulting in the establishment of a baseline for improvement;
Step #2 - A strategic energy plan for reducing consumption that establishes organizational policy, goals, milestones, strategies and measurements based on ANSI standards;
Step #3 – Building performance audits that identify savings opportunities and provide an assessment of aging building infrastructure;
Step #4 - Retro-commissioning of existing building systems to compensate for the changes to the original building design and ensure optimal operating performance and identify opportunities for capital improvements;
Step #5 - Sustainability by implementing a maintenance program that tracks on-going performance, ensuring that assets are properly maintained and ongoing energy costs minimized.
“Real estate and commercial building owners, who chose Servidyne and its proven five-step energy program can typically expect to save 10-15% on their energy bills and receive a payback on their investment of one year or less” states Steve Plane, President of Servidyne Systems, LLC.
Servidyne has over 30 years experience with building owners and managers optimizing facility performance. As building performance experts, Servidyne assists customers in their efforts to lower operating costs and increase the value of their building portfolios.
Certain statements contained in this news release are forward-looking statements within the meaning of federal security laws. Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other matters which may cause the actual results, performance or achievement of Abrams Industries, Inc. or its Servidyne Systems, LLC subsidiary to be materially different from any past or future results, performance, or uncertainties expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Abrams Industries, Inc. does not undertake to update these forward-looking statements.
Soiltac® Soil Stabilizer and Dust Control Agent Utilized For Adot Unpaved Road Projects
Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) approved and successfully applied Soiltac® copolymer emulsion as a new and more economical method for soil stabilization and dust control. The Soiltac® dirt road stabilization product has been proven to stabilize poor soils on unpaved roads.
(PRWEB via PR Web Direct) December 7, 2005 -- Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) approved and successfully applied Soiltac® copolymer emulsion (http://www.soiltac.com/ ) as a new and more economical method for soil stabilization and dust control. The Soiltac® dirt road stabilization product has been proven to stabilize poor soils on unpaved roads.
ADOT and the City of Mesa recognized the benefit of utilizing Soiltac® to suppress dust and improve the strength, stiffness and durability of the soft subgrade soils that make up many of their unpaved dirt roads. When used to solidify poor subgrade soils on unpaved roads, the Soiltac® soil stabilization solution reduces the required thickness of overlying asphalt pavement or other types of wear surfaces as well as increasing the useful life of the road. Furthermore, Soiltac’s® ability to stabilize almost any type of native soil or aggregate provides a significant cost savings over the costly traditional method of importing suitable aggregate to replace the existing native soil road base. This revolutionary road dust control and soil stabilization product is environmentally safe and is one of the first genuinely biodegradable soil stabilizers (http://www.soiltac.com/Environmental_Data.html). Unlike most soil stabilizers and dust control products currently on the market, Soiltac® does not contain any byproducts and is manufactured to a patented formula using strict engineering specifications.
Soilworks®, LLC is the innovator and manufacturer of Soiltac® liquid soil stabilizer and dust control agent. Soiltac® is a cost effective and innovative dust suppressant that is engineered for today's challenging soil stabilization and dust control needs (http://www.soiltac.com/Product_Information.html). This revolutionary product is a highly concentrated copolymer emulsion. The key to Soiltac’s® exceptional performance is its ability to form strong yet flexible three-dimensional bonds between soil and aggregate particles. Soiltac® is designed to be extremely durable and resistant to water, sun, alkaline and daily use. It can be as simple to apply as watering the ground. Furthermore, the Soiltac® road dust control agent is designed to be diluted with water and work its way down into the soil to maximize the penetration depth and minimize dust. Once cured, Soiltac® becomes completely transparent, leaving the natural landscape to appear untouched. Soiltac’s® results are based on the application rate used (http://www.soiltac.com/Application_Rates.html). Modest applications can create a light temporary surface crust that is ideal for erosion control and dust control needs. Heavier applications of Soiltac® can generate results similar to the qualities of cement or a low cost alternative to traditional asphalt paving.
The United States Army Engineering Research and Development Center (ERDC) and the Marine Corps Systems Command (MCSC) have evaluated many of Soilworks’® soil stabilizers, dirt road sealers and dust control agents, including Soiltac® (http://www.soiltac.com/Tests_Evaluations.html). As a result, all of the company’s products, Soiltac®, Gorilla-Snot®, Surtac® and Durasoil® continue to receive dust suppression and desert soil stabilization contracts as well as GSA orders (https://www.gsaadvantage.gov) to aid the United States Department of Defense for domestic and international theater operations, including Iraq.
ADOT’s use of Soiltac® was heavily weighted by its proven soil stabilization performance, unique characteristics and ability to save money over traditional dust control and road building methods (http://www.soiltac.com/FAQ.html). Soiltac® was applied by Cactus Transport, Inc. of Tolleson, AZ as well as its sub contractor, Asphalt Busters, Inc. of Phoenix, AZ. The Soiltac® was mixed into the existing native soil road base using a computerized distributor truck and an industrial road reclaimer to maximize efficiency (http://www.soiltac.com/Application_Equipment.html). The uniformly mixed base course was then compacted and allowed to dry and cure into a dense permanent base. Following the application of the surface wear course for dust suppression, the roads were then opened to traffic.
From unpaved heavy haul road soil stabilization to a light crust for construction site fugitive dust control, Soiltac® is actively solving soil stabilization and dust control challenges throughout the world's residential, industrial, commercial and military markets. For more information on Soiltac® dirt road sealer, dust suppression and soil stabilization products please visit www.soiltac.com or call 1-800-545-5420.
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December 07, 2005
DBA Announces Marketplace for Manufacturing Consultants
New Web portal provides clients with a small-business alternative to ERP.
San Luis Obispo, CA (PRWEB via PR Web Direct) December 7, 2005 -- DBA Software Inc., the leader in ERP alternatives for small manufacturers, today announced the opening of its Consultants Marketplace, a new Web portal that enables manufacturing consultants and potential clients to meet and compare service offerings with customer requirements.
"Unlike ERP systems, which utilize a high-touch, high-cost sales model, we use a Web-based sales model that enables our small-business customers to get manufacturing software at a fraction of the cost of ERP," said Joe Hart, DBA's Consultants Program Manager. "In keeping with this model, our Consultants Marketplace establishes a community for consultants and clients who share a common set of interests based around our DBA Manufacturing Next-Generation software."
The typical DBA customer has five to 20 users. As ERP systems push down-market and promote to small manufacturers, resistance to the high cost and complexity of ERP is common. DBA offers consultants who service the small-business community an alternative that is scaled to fit the small-company environment.
The DBA Consultants Marketplace has three main components. First, consultants may add their contact information to free listings in the Consultants Directory, where they also can provide information about their services and background. Secondly, for a modest fee, consultants can advertise services within eight specialty categories. And thirdly, customers can post help requests, which are automatically e-mailed to the Consultants List for responses.
"In keeping with the spirit of the Internet, we are creating an open community without certification requirements or other barriers to participation," Hart said. "The Consultants Marketplace is open to any bona-fide manufacturing and accounting consultant who wants to get involved with our DBA Manufacturing Next-Generation product. Consultants are not endorsed or recommended by DBA, and customers are advised to do their own due diligence during the consultant selection process."
Consultants interested in this program can learn more by visiting the Support page at the company's Web site (www.dbamanufacturing.com).
About DBA Software Inc
DBA Software, Inc., a privately held company, has been a leading provider of manufacturing software to small businesses since 1992. The company's flagship product, DBA Manufacturing Next-Generation, provides manufacturers with an alternative to ERP systems that is scaled and priced for the small business environment. A free single-user version of the product is available for download at the company's Web site (www.dbamanufacturing.com).
COGZ CMMS Software Releases Version 4.60 for Faster Performance
COGZ CMMS Version 4.60 is now available from COGZ Systems, LLC. With added multiple processor environment support, COGZ Version 4.60 offers users an increase to their maintenance management software performance. COGZ Systems, LLC continues to provide new capabilities to make preventive maintenance, work order management, and inventory control even more effortless and with this new version release COGZ CMMS program provides these benefits faster.
Woodbury, CT (PRWEB) December 7, 2005 -- COGZ CMMS Version 4.60 is now available from COGZ Systems, LLC. With added multiple processor environment support, COGZ Version 4.60 offers users an increase to their maintenance management software performance. COGZ Systems, LLC continues to provide new capabilities to make preventive maintenance, work order management, and inventory control even more effortless and with this new version release COGZ CMMS program provides these benefits faster.
With the release of COGZ version 4.60, users now have performance-related enhancements, but still with the same user-friendly, dependable program functionality that has always been at the heart of the COGZ CMMS software.
Version 4.60 provides performance enhancements with multiple processor support for Terminal Server and Citrix Server installations along with Windows XP Service Pack 2 support providing maintenance management improved support for preventive maintenance, work orders, inventory, and purchasing with an intuitive interface. Remote users benefit with increased speed and more effective maintenance management operations.
Easily incorporate the added performance enhancements in version 4.60 as the previous version can be quickly updated to this new release of COGZ CMMS software for added efficiency and successful maintenance management creating a thriving program that will meet increasing management requirements. Provide your corporate-wide program application with the increased speed and system performance available with the 4.60 COGZ CMMS version update.
About COGZ Systems, LLC:
COGZ Systems, LLC is a leading provider of CMMS software for maintenance management. Since 1989, COGZ Systems has been supporting companies to effectively improve their maintenance management organization as they compete in the global marketplace. With the help of COGZ CMMS software, companies are increasing productivity by ensuring that their equipment is maintained for optimum performance and increased company-wide efficiency. Visit the COGZ Systems, LLC site for additional information: http://www.cogz.com/
COGZ Systems, LLC
Hours of Service PowerPoint® Training Kit from Business & Legal Reports Inc. Helps Companies Train Drivers on New DOT Rules
New hours of service regulations from the DOT will be completely in effect as of December 31 2005. BLR’s new Hours of Service PowerPoint Training Kit provides practical, easy to deliver training that employers can give to insure that their drivers comply with the complex new regulations
Old Saybrook, CT (PRWEB) December 7, 2005 -- The deadline for the nation’s commercial vehicle operators to be in complete compliance with complex new DOT Hours of Service requirements from the DOT is rapidly approaching. The transitional compliance period is set to expire December 31, 2005. The new rules are designed to prevent the estimated 5.5% of fatal truck crashes that are due to driver fatigue. Fortunately, Business & Legal Reports, Inc. (BLR) has just released a PowerPoint training kit that makes it easy to deliver new Hours of Service training that will insure compliance where the rubber meets the road – in the cab of every commercial truck in the nation.
Hours of Service: What You Need to Know PowerPoint Kit explains DOT’s complicated new regulations with lively, real world examples that truckers can relate to. The 30 slide session kit also includes 20 colorfully illustrated employee booklets, complete with quiz and training certification form. Meeting topics in the Kit include explanations of the rules for maximum driving hours, waiting time, sleeper berth rules, short haul provisions, Record of Data Status (RODS), plus practical steps to reduce driver fatigue. Case studies and role plays provide an interactive component to the training.
Bob Brady, President of BLR, commented on the new Kit: “We are pleased to be able to offer such a simple and effective training vehicle to help companies train their drivers. The Kit will help commercial drivers understand and comply with the new Department of Transportation rules, and that will undoubtedly save lives in the years to come.”
To help employers understand the new rules BLR’s safety compliance editors have put together a practical White Paper that summarizes the new Hours of Service rules in plain-English, as well as a practical report on fleet safety best practices. The paper may be downloaded at http://www.blr.com/81001600/PRS68 . Employers may receive a free copy of the Kit’s employee training booklet, Hours of Services: Rules What You Need to Know, by calling 1 800 727-5257.
Based in Old Saybrook, Conn., BLR publishes books, newsletters, and Web products serving professionals in human resources, compensation safety, and environmental management. For a free catalog call 1-800-727-5257 or visit www.BLR.com.
BLR: John Brady
Massey Ferguson Announces New Specialty Tractor Line
Massey Ferguson has introduced three new specialty tractors equipped with pressurized cabs and air filtration systems designed to supply clean cab air for the operator. The system seals out pesticide particles and other contaminants to protect operators during specialty applications such as orchard spraying.
DULUTH, GA – December 7, 2005 (PRWEB) - Massey Ferguson has introduced three new specialty tractors equipped with pressurized cabs and air filtration systems designed to supply clean cab air for the operator. The system seals out pesticide particles and other contaminants to protect operators during specialty applications such as orchard spraying.
“New Massey Ferguson 5400SA Series tractors have an advanced cab pressurization and air flow system that changes cab interior air every 36 seconds,” says Rene Boivin, Massey Ferguson marketing manager. “The system keeps contaminants out of the cab, filtering out 99 percent of all particles larger than 3 microns. The recirculating air system then removes 95 percent of the remaining particles, and is part of a managed program of occupational health and safety. In fact, 5400SA Series cab heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems meet of exceed the requirements of ASAE S525.1.2 Engineering Standards for Agricultural Cabs.”
Incoming cab air passes through the main filter system, and then moves through a recirculation system that includes another filter, three-speed blower and evaporator/heater assembly. A separate blower pressurizes the cab to keep out wind-blown contaminants. A pressure gauge in the cab roof provides constant monitoring of cabin pressure and indicates when filter service is needed. “The cab pressurization system keeps outside air from entering in wind speeds up to 22 mph,” Boivin says.
Massey Ferguson’s 5400SA tractors and cabs are specially designed for close-quarter work such as spraying fruit tree rows in mature orchards. Narrow body styling, wrap-around fuel tank guards, narrower fenders and horizontal exhaust provide easier maneuverability while minimizing damage to tree branches. Cabs are tapered to better fit between tree rows, yet have 52.8 square feet of tinted window glass for exceptional visibility. Rear view mirrors are mounted inside the cab. Low overall tractor height of just 94.1 inches allows easier maneuverability in space-confined areas.
The 5400SA tractors also are the most powerful specialty tractors in the industry. All three models are powered by 4-cylinder diesel engines that develop 90, 95 and 105 PTO horsepower. Buyers can choose 2WD or 4WD models. A single right-hand control lets the operator quickly shift through 16 forward and 16 reverse gears, and with the touch of a button on the gear lever, engage the Speedshift™ feature for smoother gear changes under load.
The category II 3-point hitch with Electronic Linkage Control (ELC) gives the operator more precise control of mounted implements. The 26.0 gpm hydraulic flow system provides high capacity for remote equipment control and operation. The standard 540/1000 rpm independent PTO permits quick changes for a wide range of applications.
Visit www.masseyferguson.com for additional details on the new Massey Ferguson 5400SA Series tractors.
About AGCO Corporation
AGCO Corporation, headquartered in Duluth, Georgia, is a global manufacturer and distributor of agricultural equipment and related replacement parts. AGCO products are distributed in more than 140 countries. AGCO offers a full product line including tractors, combines, hay tools, sprayers, forage, tillage equipment and implements through more than 3,900 independent dealers and distributors around the world. AGCO products are distributed under the various well-known brand names AGCO, Challenger, Fendt®, Gleaner®, Hesston®, Massey Ferguson®, New Idea®, RoGator®, Spra Coupe®, Sunflower®, Terra-Gator®, Valtra®, and White™ Planters. AGCO provides retail financing through AGCO Finance. In 2004, AGCO had net sales of $5.3 billion.
December 06, 2005
Braintech to Provide eVF 4.0™ Software in an Evaluation Version
Trial version is fully functional, time limited and includes samples.
Vancouver, BC (PRWEB via PR Web Direct) December 6, 2005 -- Braintech, Inc. (OTCBB: BRHI), a leading provider of vision guided robotic, (“VGR”) software solutions, announced today that it is making available its 3D-Vision Guidance software studio as a 90 day trail version, the eVisionFactory™ (eVF™) Evaluation Kit.
The first of its kind, eVF provides a powerful yet easy-to-use suite of tools that enable project engineers to rapidly add adaptive 3D vision guidance capability to robot systems. Included as part of eVF are time-saving software components; AutocalTM, AutotrainTM and AutotestTM. Using eVF automated functions, project engineers can build, integrate and install fully-functional, reliable systems at an unprecedented speed.
The eVF Evaluation Kit includes a 90-day, full featured trail version of eVF 4.0.1, a comprehensive eVF Quickstart Guide that introduces the concepts of VGR including eVF tutorials and videos, and a hardware key. The cost for the Evaluation Kit is US $99. Following the evaluation period, the user can return the hardware key for a full refund.
Babak Habibi, President and COO of Braintech Inc. added, “In response to numerous requests we received from our first ever exhibition of a commercial version of eVF, we developed a time-limited version, complete with a comprehensive Quickstart Guide and sample data. This will give factory automation engineers an easy and inexpensive way to discover that eVF 4.0 provides the means to embrace and deploy vision guided robotic systems that are reliable and manageable.”
Braintech’s full version of eVisionFactory 4.0 was introduced at the International Robots & Vision Show in September, 2005. To purchase an Evaluation Kit please visit our Website at www.braintech.com.
eVisionFactory, eVF, Autocal, Autotrain and Autotest are trademarks of Braintech Inc. and its subsidiaries.
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Nanowerk LLC Pioneers New Nanomaterial Database
Simplifying the access to the global market for nanoparticles is the goal of Honolulu-based Nanowerk LLC. With is Nanowerk Nanomaterial Database™ the company is now providing the missing link between buyers and suppliers of nanomaterials.
(PRWEB via PR Web Direct) December 6, 2005 -- In December, Honolulu-based Nanowerk LLC announced its new website, www.nanowerk.com, and positioned itself as a player in the nanotechnology field.
At the core of its emerging business, Nanowerk provides the Nanowerk Nanomaterial Database™, a unique and powerful tool for the global nanotechnology community to research nanomaterials from different suppliers. The database currently contains almost 800 different nanoparticles from 57 suppliers. This one-of-a-kind database provides the missing link between buyers and suppliers of nanomaterials.
Nanowerk identified the need to centralize the product information for the worldwide production of nanoparticles, so that buyers have a one-stop source to research and buy the nanomaterials they need for their scientific or manufacturing purposes.
Seasoned Professionals Combine Efforts:
Prof. Klaus Sattler, who runs the nanoscience laboratory at the University of Hawaii, and one of the pioneers in nanoscience, came up with the idea behind Nanowerk.
“It was a very time-consuming and frustrating process to find the right nanoparticles for our research,” says Sattler. “It is almost impossible to keep track of who manufactures what. With Nanowerk, we built a central data repository that will be very valuable to everyone involved in research or industry.”
While Sattler is the “scientific brain” of Nanowerk, Michael Berger, who was CEO of an Internet company in Hong Kong before moving to Hawaii, deals with the business aspects of the new company.
“We have a roadmap to build Nanowerk and form this initial database into an important intermediary,” says Berger. “The Nanowerk Nanomaterial Database™ is only the first step to get our foot in the door. Our website will evolve into a front-end for nanomaterial manufacturers.”
Beyond that, the two founders deliberately keep their business model flexible in order to capitalize on newly arising opportunities in this fast-growing and changing nanotechnology environment.
Simplifying Access to a Global Market:
“We come across a lot of interesting nanotech-related information, and we put that on our website as well,” says Sattler. “But that is only a by-product of what Nanowerk is about: simplifying the access to the global market for nanoparticles.”
Nanowerk sees an exciting opportunity to grow from a database provider to a global broker for nanomaterials.
“Right now, the focus is on developing relationships with nanomaterial suppliers around the world and becoming a name in the marketplace,” says Berger. “Being first out of the gate with our database, combined with our industry know-how, we are ideally positioned to become a major intermediary for the global nanomaterial industry.”
What Is Nanotechnology?
Nanotechnology is a new technology that refers to doing things at the nano-scale. The nanotechnology realm is defined as being between 0.1 and 100 nanometers, a nanometer being one billionth of a meter. This is the scale of large molecules (10 atoms of hydrogen side-by-side equal one nanometer), molecular chains (like plastics), proteins (from biology), nano-crystals and new large molecules like fullerenes and nanotubes. One human hair, by comparison, is about 80,000 nanometers thick. Key to understanding the unique power and potential of nanotech is that, at the nano-scale, a material's properties can change dramatically. These unexpected changes are called "quantum effects."
Nanotechnology offers possible solutions to many current problems by means of smaller, lighter, faster and better performing materials, components and systems. With only a reduction in size and no change in substance, materials can exhibit new properties such as electrical conductivity, elasticity, greater strength, different color and greater reactivity - characteristics that the very same substances do not exhibit at the micro or macro scales. For example:
• Carbon in the form of graphite (like pencil lead) is soft and malleable; at the nano-scale carbon can be stronger than steel and is six times lighter
• Zinc oxide is usually white and opaque; at the nano-scale it becomes transparent
• Aluminum, the material of soft drink cans, can spontaneously combust at the nano-scale and could be used in rocket fuel.
Nanotechnology is reaching the breakout point from science and R&D to commercialization and moving beyond its early hype toward the practical.
Advanced manufacturing processes will eventually lead to the most dramatic changes in the way humans live since our ancestors first switched on the light. At the core of new nanotechnology products are the underlying nanomaterials. Currently, there are several dozen companies worldwide, many of them start-ups, which together manufacture some 1,000 nano-particles. A lot of basic research and experimental efforts go into the exploration of the currently unknown properties of nanoparticles of simple elements such as silver or titanium, more complex chemical compounds, or new structures such as carbon nanotubes.
For more information, visit www.nanowerk.com or contact:
Three Under-30 Entrepreneurs Exceeding Their Expectations
Three under-30 entrepreneurs from Canada discover they can overcome the preference clients have for older consultants through hard work and clearly demonstrating their skills. Much to their surprise, their company, Nexreg Compliance Inc., is on pace to record a profit in their first year.
London Ontario, CA (PRWEB) December 6, 2005 -- Mike Harvey, Nick Demko, and Mike Moffatt have a lot in common. They're each under the age of 30 and they each attended high school in London, Ontario, Canada. All three graduated from the University of Western Ontario - Moffatt and Harvey in 1999 and Demko in 2001. Most importantly, they are co-owners of Nexreg Compliance, a company founded in 2005.
Nexreg Compliance Inc. is a London based consulting firm which assists companies who manufacture or distribute chemical products to comply with health and safety regulations. They are not just knowledgeable of Canadian regulations; the majority of their work has been in helping companies comply with the laws of the United States and the European Union.
Nick Demko details the kinds of services Nexreg supplies to their clients:
"If you sell a chemical product, such as a can of spray paint or a household cleaner, there are government health and safety requirements that need to be met with respect to the safety text on the label. Manufacturers are required to provide information on safety and handling procedures and precautions for the industrial chemicals they sell. Many companies do not have the capabilities to create legally compliant product labels and safety information, so they outsource the work to experienced third-party consultants."
Mike Harvey, 29, and Nick Demko, 27, each had several years' worth of experience in the industry before founding Nexreg Compliance. Mike Moffatt, 28, however, knew very little about regulatory compliance prior to Nexreg but provides a great deal of business experience to the company. Moffatt is the owner of Neoclassical Economics Inc., an economic consulting firm, and he is completing his Ph.D. in Business Administration at the Richard Ivey School of Business.
Despite Demko and Harvey's experience in the industry, the trio was worried that their young age may work against them. Mike Harvey explains:
"Clients typically prefer consultants with a few grey hairs, as age is associated with wisdom and experience. There is a stigma against younger companies and entrepreneurs, but if you work hard and demonstrate your skills, knowledge, and experience, you can overcome it."
If potential clients are hesitant to do business with a company run by three young entrepreneurs, Nick Demko hasn't noticed it:
"The response has been phenomenal. We've worked with a number of large U.S. and Canadian companies who are household names. It's surreal to go to shopping in a store and see products on the shelf with labels that you had a hand in designing."
This positive response has been great for Nexreg's bottom line, as Moffatt details:
"Like many start-ups, we had hoped to break even in our second year and start showing a profit in our third. Instead we're on pace to make a small profit this year, and our prospects are outstanding for 2006. To say I'm thrilled with how well things have gone would be an understatement."
Is there a downside to becoming profitable so quickly? Mike Harvey laughs as he states:
"We've been a lot busier than I expected we'd be. But I guess it beats the alternative!"
About Nexreg Compliance Inc.:
Nexreg Compliance provides regulatory consulting, technical translation, and authorship services for Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDSs) and consumer, industrial, and cosmetic product labeling.
Mike Harvey, President of Nexreg Compliance, can be contacted at (519)488-5126. More information is also available on the web at http://www.nexreg.ca.
QSI Corporation’s Qlarity™ Touch Screen Terminals Used for Weather Station Interface
QSI has created a weather station interface using XML and graphic data from the Internet. A Qlarity-based operator interface terminal connects to a weather monitor to display current climate conditions, a five-day forecast, active radar maps and current/historical climatological comparisons in a simple graphical format. QSI has published a detailed case study on the weather station application.
SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH. (PRWEB) December 6, 2005 -- QSI Corporation, manufacturer of rugged operator interface and mobile data terminals, has created a weather station interface using XML and graphic data from the Internet. In this new application, a Qlarity-based operator interface terminal, the QTERM-G70, connects to a weather monitor to display current climate conditions, a five-day forecast, active radar maps and current/historical climatological comparisons in a simple graphical format. QSI Corporation has published a detailed case study on our weather station application. To read the case study, download related files and view screen shots, visit http://www.qsicorp.com/appnotes.html.
“The QTERM-G70 terminal is mounted on the wall in our lunch room and is the graphic display for a weather station mounted on the roof of the building,” explains Todd Christensen, Marketing Director for QSI Corporation. “Curious employees can punch buttons on the display to see the wealth of information the system offers. This application presents yet another example of the power QSI’s Qlarity programming language provides.”
Qlarity™ (pronounced Clarity) is an object-based terminal programming language used on QSI Corporation’s graphic terminals (QTERM-G55, QTERM-G70, QTERM-G75 and QTERM-Z60). Designing a simple control panel interface or a complete stand-alone application has never been easier. The ability to use pre-defined objects, edit existing objects or author your own objects, provides flexibility to the novice and expert alike. Qlarity Foundry™, a PC-based design tool, provides a Windows® environment for screen creation, application simulation, debugging and downloading to the Qlarity-based terminal. To learn more about Qlarity, visit http://www.qlarity.com. To learn more about QSI’s Qlarity-based graphic terminals, visit http://www.qsicorp.com/qlarity_hardware.html. Graphic images of the QSI’s Qlarity-based terminals can be downloaded from http://images.qsicorp.com.
The QTERM-G70, used in this application, is a rugged, Ethernet-enabled graphic human-machine interface terminal using a touch screen to interface with the user. This rugged terminal features a robust list of industrial-grade hardware features and options including a 320x240 lighted graphic LCD display (color or grayscale); 100Base-T Ethernet with TCP/IP support; touch screen with optional PS/2 keyboard connection; and an EIA-232, -422 or -485 serial interface. The QTERM-G70 ruggedized graphic terminal is environmentally tested for use in harsh industrial environments and is NEMA-4 rated and CE certified. To learn more about QSI’s QTERM-G70, visit http://www.qsicorp.com/qterm-g70.html.
About QSI Corporation
Established in 1983, QSI Corporation is a manufacturer of rugged handheld, panel-mount and pedestal-mount terminals for industrial OEMs and commercial vehicle systems integrators. QSI’s human machine interface (HMI) and mobile data terminal (MDT) products include character and graphic terminals that are programmable, customizable, CE certified and NEMA 4/12/13 rated. Numerous interfaces are available, including EIA-232, EIA-422, EIA-485, J1708, Ethernet and Power-over-Ethernet. QSI excels at designing and building custom and semi-custom terminals able to withstand high levels of shock, vibration, humidity and other environmental parameters. All QSI Corporation products are manufactured in the USA at the company's headquarters in Salt Lake City, Utah. For more information contact QSI Corporation at 801-466-8770, Fax 801-466-8792, Web www.qsicorp.com or www.qlarity.com.
A Four Hour Fire Rating Is Achieved With The Tyfo® Advanced Fire Protection System
Fyfe Company has conducted an extensive research and development project that concluded with a Four Hour Fire Rating for Tyfo® Fiber Reinforced Polymers (FRP) with the Tyfo® Advanced Fire Protection (AFP) System. The Tyfo® AFP System created by Fyfe Company is a two part system designed to, not only minimize heat exposure, but to also provide flame and smoke spread protection as well.
(PRWEB) December 7, 2005 -- Fyfe Company has conducted an extensive research and development project that concluded with a Four Hour Fire Rating for Tyfo® Fiber Reinforced Polymers (FRP) with the Tyfo® Advanced Fire Protection (AFP) System. The Tyfo® AFP System created by Fyfe Company is a two part system designed to, not only minimize heat exposure, but to also provide flame and smoke spread protection as well. (http://www.fyfeco.com)
“Five Years ago FRP structural strengthening was limited by strict fire regulations for occupied buildings. Now Fyfe Company has overcome those limitations by inventing a new fireproofing material consisting of a cementatious component coupled with a hardened rock outer layer that provides up to a 4 hour fire rating with UL Approval and excellent flame and smoke spread protection,” said Ed Fyfe, President of Fyfe Company LLC (http://www.fyfeco.com)
The research conducted was to find cost effective means to provide fire protection for the Tyfo® Fibrwrap® Systems. Working in conjunction with the National Research Council in Canada and Underwriters Laboratories, Fyfe Company (http://www.fyfeco.com) was able to conduct testing on reinforced concrete columns, beams and slabs while under load and exposed to fire.
A major concern regarding the use of composites for structural strengthening is fire. Elevated temperatures during a fire can cause epoxy resins to soften or burn seriously compromising the structural strength provided by the FRP materials causing failures that could jeopardize the building, building occupants as well as the fire fighting crews.
The Tyfo® AFP System has received Underwriter’s Laboratory Certification to meet the requirements of ASTM E-119 and ASTM E-84 (ASTM is the organization that develops the industry’s standards for fire resistance in buildings). Technical data sheets can be downloaded at http://www.fyfeco.com.
About Fyfe Company and the Tyfo® Fibrwrap® Systems:
Fyfe Company is the manufacturer of the Tyfo® Fibrwrap® Systems. These FRP Systems are used to repair, strengthen and upgrade existing concrete, masonry, steel and wood structures. During the past fifteen years our Tyfo® systems have been used on over 7500 projects throughout all regions of the world.
• Systems available in glass, carbon, aramid and hybrid configurations.
• Over 500 structural tests have been performed on the Tyfo ® materials at over 50 universities and private labs worldwide.
• The Tyfo® System has been subjected to major seismic events in Los Angeles, Taiwan, Athens, Seattle and San Salvador.
• The Tyfo® Systems have received International Code Council Acceptance as well as acceptance from NSF, Underwriters Laboratories and many other agencies and ministries.
• Company Offices located in five countries, representatives in over 50 countries.
Edward R. Fyfe – President
6310 Nancy Ridge Drive, Suite 103
San Diego, CA 92121
Global Market Insights Is Awarded Charter Membership in the American Chamber of Commerce of Luxembourg
The American Chamber of Commerce of Luxembourg (AmCham) is an international voluntary organization of business and professional persons committed to fostering business relations between the United States and Luxembourg. Since 1996, the member list continues to represent a "who's who" of the international and expatriate communities of Luxembourg and a level of influence and access not readily apparent by the number of members alone. As a “Chartered Member” Global Market Insights joins this most elite status level and strengthens its position and prestige in the European Community on behalf of their American business clients.
Luxembourg (PRWEB) December 6, 2005 -- As a sign of their profitability and commitment to Luxembourg, Global Market Insights, a U.S. Consulting company with offices in the U.S. and Luxembourg, just upgraded their membership in the American Chamber of Commerce of Luxembourg (AmCham) to the most elite category of “Chartered Member” status. Chartered Members constitute a special privileged business group in Luxembourg. Regardless of their effective size or presence within the Greater Luxembourg Region, Charter Members are recognized as the Luxembourg-American business community leaders who are dedicated to making a substantial commitment to the interests and welfare of this business community. Chartered Members receive special recognition that includes:
1. A directorship on the Board of Directors of AMCHAM
2. The company name displayed in AMCHAM's media forms and at special events
3. Benefit from proprietary information
4. Access to exclusive events, briefings and meetings with prominent representatives of American, European and international bodies and institutions.
Additionally, the Chartered Members are posted on the AMCHAM website and receive complementary copies of the AMCHAM Magazine.
The American Chamber of Commerce in Luxembourg A.S.B.L. (AMCHAM) is an international voluntary organization of business and professional persons committed to fostering business relations between the United States and Luxembourg, promoting cross cultural understanding and enhancing the quality of life of Americans and other expatriates who live and work in the Grand Duchy. AMCHAM was founded under the patronage of the U.S. Ambassador to Luxembourg in 1996 with the goal of promoting business and professional ties between the Luxembourg and American business communities. Since then, AMCHAM has grown to well over 200 member companies and organizations. More importantly, the AMCHAM member list represents a "who's who" of the international and expatriate communities of Luxembourg and a level of influence and access not readily apparent by the number of members alone.
AMCHAM activities cover the full scope of expatriate issues through five dedicated committees for Membership, Business Development and Community Affairs (MBC), Human Resources, IT, Financial Services, and Tax and Fiscal Affairs."
Since 2002, Global Market Insights has provided clients with in-depth and insightful market information and analysis on a global basis. With principal offices in North America and Europe, GMI´s purpose is to help client companies realize greater economic growth and value through strategic expansion into foreign markets. “Our membership in AMCHAM has provided the credibility and networking opportunities throughout Europe that has been critical our ability to facilitate international consulting strategies on behalf of our clients.” states Stephen McLaughlin, CEO of Global Market Insights. “Now as Charter Members, we bring even more prestige and clout to the table which continues to strengthen our effectiveness as a strategic international partner to our American business clients.”
Steve McLaughlin founded Global Market Insights, with offices in Europe and the U.S., with his vision of giving clients two synergistic competencies: knowledge of the global marketplace and industry expertise in manufacturing, finance and information technology. Steve McLaughlin has over twelve years of international experience in three continents, having started in executive search as a Beckett-Rogers Associate. Steve McLaughlin is a graduate of Rice University where he was student body president, and completed post-graduate studies in International Economics at the Universidad Mayor, Santiago, Chile. He is available for consultation and can be contacted directly by Email: e-mail protected from spam bots or Phone: 352-26364921. Additional information is located on his website: http://www.gmi.lu
December 05, 2005
Making Ore While the Sun Shines; Miners Scramble to Take Advantage of Favorable Market Conditions
New book, The Maintenance Scorecard, ISBN 0831131810 (Published by Industrial Press), addresses the unique issues of extracting further economic value from physical assets within the mining industry.
(PRWEB) December 5, 2005 -- The commodities boom is now an established fact rather than a noticeable blip on the radar. Prices in some sectors are reaching all-time highs, copper and iron ore, while others, such as gold, are enjoying a long awaited resurgence. The book, The Maintenance Scorecard, ISBN 0831131810, addresses the unique challenges that this situation creates for mining companies throughout the world.
Normally high prices would be cause for concern as observers within the industry would be quick to point out. However, this time things are different. The demand profiles within the commodities have been irreversibly changed due to the growth in both India and China, making this boom one that could continue at least for the next five years.
The presence of high levels of sustained demand has placed the mining industry under pressures that it has not felt for up to twenty years in some cases. Like all boom periods at the end there will have been winners and losers. The winners will be those companies who were able to deliver value to their shareholders through aggressively exploiting the current opportunities.
The short answer for many organizations is to increase capacity, drive up production levels while maintaining, or reducing, the costs of producing every tonne, ounce, or pound of product that is sold. At first glance, this appears to be an obvious solution. Except hat every mining organization wishing to take full advantage of the current favourable climate has also thought of this!
On current stated requirements there are simply not enough productive units (be they trucks, shovels, loaders or shipping facilities) to satisfy all the expansion demands of the worlds miners during this boom cycle. There is a similar story when looking at the resources available in the area of parts and consumables for these machines. For example there is currently a world shortage in tyres for the largest of open pit ore haulage trucks. This places miners under the unique pressure of increasing productivity levels with existing physical assets, and ensuring that similar regimes are in place for new assets when they finally arrive.
In the past similar pressures existed from the cost reduction standpoint, however today the pressure comes from the increased demand perspective. The difference being that in the past approaches aimed at achieving this were aimed at cost reduction, thus increasing profit margins, today the goal is increasing potential revenue through exploiting the opportunities offered within the market place.
Advances in technology have allowed miners to be more productive generally. Today haulage and digging units are far larger than they were ten years ago, also much of the world modern mine sites are more highly automated and mechanised than the were even five years ago. This is where the challenge for today’s asset managers is far greater than in the past. The loss of one productive unit today, has a far greater impact than it would have had a decade ago, similarly; higher levels of automation and mechanization mean that there are now many more “mission critical” components in many transporting and refining processes throughout the world. Both older mines and newer mines are also dealing with increasingly complex geology; this places even fur-ther pressures on modern asset managers within the industry.
For companies to answer these challenges, and be able to take full advantage of cur-rent market opportunities, there is going to need to be a vast change in the operating practices of many of the worlds leading mining houses. This can be summarised into two general areas:
a. A need for a different view of costs of asset management, focussing more on unit rather than on direct costs, and
b. A need to survive with lower capitalization throughout the industry in general.
Since the middle of the 1980’s analysts have lauded mining houses for aggressively driving costs out of the industry. This need has been one of the driving factors behind such things as automation, mechanization and increasing unit size. However, the result of this today is that while these organizations still need to be making progress along the cost optimization path, their ability to do so through traditional rationalization methods, such as reductions in human resources and inventory optimization, are greatly reduced.
During these periods the focus was on driving whole-of-life costs of machinery to an absolute minimum. Today, this approach is no longer enough, in fact it can even be counter productive in the current high-demand environment. Asset managers need to establish the link between performance and costs if they are to achieve greater levels of productivity while maintaining low unitary costs. This requires an altogether dif-ferent focus on the whole-of-life asset management procedures than those fostered during the late 1980’s and through to the end of the twentieth century.
Deterministic, or static, costing models will need to be replaced with proactive, comprehensive and forward looking, models in order for miners to be able to drive out greater economic value from their physical asset base.
This is far more than merely representing the whole of life profile as it exists within maintenance systems and goes into such areas as; accurately forecasting corrective actions and their costs, modelling the changes in operating environment, driving asset decisions by condition assessments rather then anachronistic age or usage based thinking, and providing minimum safe levels of asset management interventions for a varying levels of performance and risk. All the while looking at improving the integrity and quality of the asset information portfolio to support a move towards stochas-tic or probabilistic support of decisions. (Something that is often not possible today)
In the past asset management was seen as something carried out by predominantly the maintenance department, however modern organizations realise that it is a combination of equipment design and acquisition, operations and maintenance that go into creating a sustainable high performance and low cost whole-of-life profiles.
This is a change from low costs to high cost effectiveness, possibly taking the hit on direct costs to guarantee sustainable low unit costs, and through ensuring that there is a balance between capital and revenue spending to produce the lowest overall costs for the company for a given level of performance and risk.
If miners are going to take full advantage of current market conditions, while having physical limitations on the rate and amount of expansion that they can undertake, then they will need to accept a reduction in capitalization of their physical asset base relative to production levels, and will need to manage this change aggressively.
Daryl Mather is a specialist in asset management, risk and reliability. This article is based on his new book “The Maintenance Scorecard” ISBN: 0831131810. He currently assists selected companies to achieve strategic advantage.
Fine Pitch Printing is Focus of Free Web Seminar, Dec. 15, from Speedline Technologies
SMT manufacturing experts from Speedline Technologies will address the issues of "Fine Pitch Printing" in a free, live, Web seminar on Thursday, December 15, from 11 AM to 12 Noon, U.S. Eastern time, at: http://www.speedlinetech.com/seminars.
Franklin, MA (PRWEB) December 5, 2005 -- In the SMT manufacturing process, as technology continues to move towards smaller components, it becomes increasingly important to meet fine pitch requirements. With 0201 chips, chip scale packages and micro BGAs becoming more prevalent, a process engineer must fully understand every aspect of the fine printing process.
To help, SMT manufacturing experts from Speedline Technologies will address the issues involved in a free, live, Web seminar, titled “Fine-Pitch Printing,” on Thursday, December 15, from 11 AM to 12 Noon, U.S. Eastern time. Topics will include:
* Squeegee selection
* Solder paste evaluation
* Lead free solder paste printing
* Stencil design, including pin-in-paste
* Aperture design
* 45 degree printing
* Board support
* Fast cycle time printing
* Post-print inspection (2D and 3D)
A Questions & Answers discussion will be included.
For more information, and to register, on the Net visit http://www.speedlinetech.com/seminars or call 1-508-541-4749.
About Speedline Technologies
Speedline Technologies is the global leader in process knowledge and expertise for the PCB assembly and semiconductor industries. Based in Franklin, Massachusetts, U.S.A., the company markets five best-in-class brands — Accel microelectronics cleaning equipment; Camalot dispensing systems; Electrovert wave soldering, reflow soldering, and cleaning equipment; MPM stencil and screen printing systems; and Protect global services, support, and training solutions. Speedline was named as the “2005 Surface Mount Technology Company of the Year” by Frost & Sullivan.
For more information, on the Net visit http://www.speedlinetech.com or contact Speedline at:
* USA: Speedline Technologies, 16 Forge Park, Franklin, MA 02038 USA, Tel: 1-508-520-0083, Fax: 1-508-520-2288, E-mail: e-mail protected from spam bots;
* Europe: Speedline Technologies GmbH, Im Gefierth 14, 63303 Dreieich, Germany, Tel: +49 (0)6103/832-0, Fax: +49(0)6103/832-299, E-mail: e-mail protected from spam bots;
* Asia: Speedline Technologies Asia Pte Ltd, 150 Kampong Ampat, #05-08 KA Centre, Singapore 368324, Tel: 65-6286-6635, Fax: 65-6289-9411, E-mail: e-mail protected from spam bots.
Four new Camis Websites Announce the Launch of the Camis Group of Companies
Created by the amalgamation of a number of high profile industrial brand names, Camis is announcing its new businesses through 4 new websites all under the NEW Camis brand. Camiselectronics, camiscomponents, camismotors and camisfabrications.
(PRWEB) December 5, 2005 -- The Camis group of businesses have been operating under new management since the beginning of 2005. Created by the amalgamation of a number of high profile industrial brand names, Camis has developed four powerful business offers all of which provide great value and customer service. Each business is announcing its new products and services through its website - all under the NEW Camis brand.
Camis Components – fastest online component distribution website
Camis Components is a new online electrical and electronic component distribution business with the fastest product search index and a host of value added services. Major brands available include Crouzet, Saia-Burgess, Apem, Bernstein, Cherry, Crydom, Pepperl and Fuchs, Crompton etc.
Camis Electronics – specialist manufacturer of electronic equipment
Camis Electronics designs and manufactures electronic and electromechanical equipment and instruments from prototypes through to larger batch runs for major industrial brands. The company also produces the Mortley Sprague brand of motors used in fighter jet ejector seats and hand driven generators used by the military.
Camis Fabrications – precision sheet metal fabrications
Camis Fabrications provides sheet metal fabrication solutions to industry and specialises in bespoke mountings and housings for electronic products. Where an application utilises sheet metal enclosures Camis Fabrications can be relied on to provide a precision design and production service utilising its computerised production facility.
Camis Motors & Drives (incorporating Advent Power Products) - distribution of electric motors and ancillary controls
Camis Motors & Drives is a leading distributor of industrial electric motors and ancillary controls in both IEC format and special purpose designs . Incorporating Advent Power Products, Camis Motors & Drives supplies electric motors to the OEM market and Trade across the globe.
ICIS, the World’s Largest Information Provider for The Chemical and Oil Industry, Announces The Chemical Sites Virtual Expo & Conference, Live Dec. 7, 2005
The free online event brings together a panel of international experts to discuss issues crucial to decisions covering chemical industry investment, plant location, risk management and the supply chain. Highlights: Joe Chang, Finance Editor of Chemical Market Reporter, will discuss the chemicals cycles, and Cesar Castro of Innocentive will look at the advantages to be gained from outsourcing your Research and Development (R&D)
NEW YORK, NY (PRWEB) December 5, 2005 -- The first online global chemicals conference and exhibition will take place on December 7, run by ICIS, the world’s largest information provider for the chemical and oil industry. The event is free to delegates from all parts of the chemical industry, worldwide.
The ICIS Chemical Sites Expo and Conference brings together a panel of international experts to discuss issues crucial to decisions covering chemical industry investment, plant location, risk and the supply chain.
“An online event is a great concept for delegates because they can participate in the conference and navigate round exhibition booths from their office desks or sitting rooms,” says Alan Tyler, Director, ICIS Conferences. “There’s no need for all the hassle or expense of flights and hotels and they can participate from whichever time-zone they happen to be.”
After each presentation there will be a live Q&A session in which all delegates are welcome to participate. Among the highlights of the event, Joe Chang, Finance Editor of Chemical Market Reporter will discuss the chemicals cycles in a presentation on ‘the Madness of Crowds,’ and Cesar Castro of Innocentive will look at the advantages to be gained from outsourcing your R&D effort. Other presentations will look at chemical sites in the Netherlands, Singapore and Germany and risk consultancy AON will look at the supply chain and risk management.
Presentation topics include:
- Clustering – the benefits of operating in a chemical hub
- Plant and site security in a post-9/11 world
- Utility Supply - Integrated Utilities or DIY?
- Connectivity – Making logistics work for your plant
- Benchmarking - How to improve your manufacturing process.
- Site location and the supply chain
- Financial Support – How Tax/Subsidy issues can impact your investment decision
- Manpower and workforce training
- Outsourcing Research and Development – Can it work for you?
In addition to a full day of conference presentations, stretching from the afternoon in Asia to the morning in North America, the ICIS Chemical Sites Expo and Conference includes an exhibition where chemical companies and their suppliers have taken interactive booths to promote their products and services. Visitors will be able to navigate round the exhibition hall online and interact with exhibitors in real-time.
There is also a Resource Room containing a wealth of information on the form of white papers and technical summaries appropriate to the subject matter of the to Chemical Sites Expo and Conference.
To register for a free delegate place go to: http://events.unisfair.com/rt/icis/index.jsp?code=PR1
Lean Manufacturing for Greater Efficiencies
MACSEA Ltd. highlighted the application of its Predictive Analytics in the field of maintenance, thus bringing advanced forward gazing technologies targeting improved operating efficiencies and directly reduce manufacturing costs.
(PRWEB) December 5, 2005 -- MACSEA Ltd is a global provider of diagnostic and predictive CBM software. Recently, MACSEA highlighted the application of its Predictive Analytics in the field of maintenance, thus bringing advanced forward gazing technologies targeting improved operating efficiencies and directly reduce manufacturing costs.
Predictive Analytics is the branch of data mining concerned with the prediction of future probabilities and trends. Previously used extensively in economics and marketing, MACSEA is now applying it to the industrial manufacturing environment, with its monitoring and diagnostic software, DEXTER.
DEXTER is sophisticated software that automates the process of monitoring, diagnosing, and predicting machinery health for any equipment. Data management and analysis occur continuously around the clock, alerting operators only when problems are detected, either at that point in time or predicted in the future. The benefits in terms of savings in maintenance costs and reduced breakdowns are clear to any company.
“DEXTER’s Predictive Analytics helps Plant and Maintenance Managers leverage real-time equipment data,” stated Martin French, VP of Marketing for MACSEA. “It generates effective actions by drawing reliable and solid conclusions about current conditions and future events.”
There are very immediate business benefits to diagnosing and predicting equipment health that goes beyond just identifying a problem as it arises. DEXTER allows organizations to streamline their operations by analyzing in real-time, exactly how a specific piece of equipment is performing and predicting future trends and performance. This gives managers the ability to fine-tune plant operations at every stage.
To create an accurate predictive model, DEXTER continuously collects data and then builds a statistical model. Predictions are made together with their related probability of occurrence. To increase precision and validity, the model is constantly revised as additional data becomes available.
Today’s manufacturing companies are constantly striving to increase efficiencies, reduce wasted effort, and maximize production. This is at the heart of Lean Manufacturing. DEXTER becomes an active partner in making this business strategy a reality.
The technology can be seen in action by visiting MACSEA’s website www.macsea.com and downloading a demo. The demo allows a client computer to read real-time simulated engine data from a server via the Internet.
Manufacturers Cut Operational Costs Through Use of e-LYNXX Business Method Patent
Manufacturers will CUT 40% More from their spend on printing by adopting Patented Financial Controls patented business method and private print management and procurement tool. Savings are guaranteed or there is no cost.
(PRWEB) December 5, 2005 -- Manufacturing firms looking to improve profits by cutting costs are turning to the e-LYNXX Corporation for use of its patented method and its web-based Print Management Tool to cut 40% more from their printing spend.
Offered through its Patented Financial Controls division, the e-LYNXX patent covers an innovative procurement methodology that guarantees a 40% savings on the cost of printing bought with outside vendors. The patent works because of Patented Financial Control's deep domain expertise and its ability to produce results by helping manufacturing companies seize upon the economics of the printing industry.
"Manufacturers, above all other industries, fully understand the need for printing companies to obtain contribution-level priced jobs to keep equipment running," explains Kevin Long, President of Patented Financial Controls. "This patent coupled with our management tool provides a means to consistently buy that open capacity from printers and cut 40% or more from printing costs."
Long says the business method protected by the patent enables a buyer to match the manufacturing capabilities and other attributes of a print supplier to individual job specs, such that print buyers can obtain competitive pricing based on their suppliers' open production capacity. Conversely, those suppliers are now able to obtain greater job opportunities to fill available time in their production schedule without added marketing and sales costs.
"Our patent provides the best overall solution not only to manage the complete print procurement process but also to deliver on its promise to save companies significant amounts of money," Long concludes.
A free article to help CFO's of manufacturing firms better understand the significance that cutting costs on print will have on the bottom line is available by visiting www.patentedfinancialcontrols.com/?Opening=Manufacturing.
About Patented Financial Controls
Patented Financial Controls (www.PatentedFinancialControls.com) offers unparalleled domain expertise, a unique business method patent, and an automated workflow and communication tool for efficient print process management with a guaranteed 40% cost savings. It is one of three divisions of the e-LYNXX Corporation, whose business group also includes Government Printing Sales (www.GovernmentPrintingSales.com) and Printing Industries Consulting (www.PrintingIndustriesConsulting.com). Organizations interested in gaining more information and assistance from any of e-LYNXX divisions can call toll-free 888-876-5432, or visit www.e-LYNXX.com.
Spontaneous Combustion in a Municipal Sewage Treatment Plant - A Dust Explosion Case Study
A dust explosion occurred in a large storage silo holding dried sewage sludge.
(PRWEB) December 3, 2005 -- A dust explosion occurred in a large storage silo holding dried sewage sludge. The sludge was dried in a gas-fired, air-convection dryer and stored in the silo until discharged into trucks and hauled away. The silo was approximately 35 percent full at the time of the incident. Immediately preceding the explosion, a powered bin vent and air intake fans, had been started. The dryer was not in operation at the time of the event and had last been in operation 3 days prior to the event. The plant was cold and being started up following a long weekend.
The investigation concluded that the dust explosion started because a smoldering nest in the silo was disturbed by the increased air flow when the fans and vent were started. The nest quickly transited from a smolder to a very vigorous combustion zone. The dust was disturbed into a dust cloud that reached explosive concentrations very rapidly.
Smoldering nests of this type are often caused by a chemical or biological reaction, in the case of sewage sludge, which is an organic material, this is an aerobic reaction. The reaction is exothermic and the heat so generated can build up to levels not only higher than the surrounding area, but to a point where there is spontaneous ignition of the material itself. The resulting smolder can take from several hours to several days to develop, and there are cases where these nests continued to smolder for weeks.
Generally such smoldering nests form deep inside a critical mass of the material and they smolder rather than burn more vigorously due to a lack of sufficient oxygen. The unburned dust actually acts as both an insulation blanket, and an oxygen starving mechanism. If the mass is disturbed, however, so that the burning part is exposed to more air, or even worse, suspended into a dust cloud, the result is an accelerated burning rate and either a fire or an explosion.
The type of aerobic respiration that occurs in sewage sludge is facilitated if there is moisture present in excess of approximately 10%. A review of the logs for the plant indicated that the material coming out of the dryer and into the silo immediately prior to shutdown, was running at over 15% moisture. Samples sent to an explosion lab confirmed both the high moisture content and the explosive behavior of the dust.
The combination of the critical mass of material, the sufficiently high moisture content, and a 3 day holiday weekend that left this material undisturbed for a lengthy period of time, combined to set the stage for the explosion.
The damage was limited by the bin vent, which sacrificed itself, but saved the silo from what could have been much more significant damage. There were no injuries. Steps were taken to ensure that in the future the material exiting the dryer would be below 10% moisture. Proper explosion protection venting was recommended for the silo. Procedures were instituted to prevent dried sludge from resting inside the silo undisturbed for several days. These steps have resulted in no re-occurrence of this unfortunate event.
There are many materials that have been identified through explosion consulting as being prone to self-heating. While the mechanism for the exothermic reaction can vary from the aerobic one reported here, the result of spontaneous ignition is much the same.
CV Technology combines a legacy of experienced explosion consulting with revolutionary and completely unique explosion prevention and explosion protection technologies to specialize in the prevention, protection, and elimination of dust explosion hazards in all industries which process powders and dry bulk materials.
CV TECHNOLOGY, INC
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West Palm Beach, FL 33407
Phone: (561) 683 - 1200
December 02, 2005
Pricing Executives Now Have Their Own Certification Program
Professional Pricing Society (PPS) announces the launch of the Certified Pricing Professional (CPP) designation for pricing professionals and executives.
ATLANTA, GA (PRWEB) December 2, 2005 -- Today the Professional Pricing Society (PPS) announced the launch of the Certified Pricing Professional (CPP) designation for pricing professionals and executives. The CPP is a new multi-staged program designed to better support, educate, and elevate the pricing professional.
“With the increased importance of pricing to the success of today’s corporations, our members and the profession are asking for an educational program to certify that pricers not only have a working understanding of pricing strategies and techniques, but also have training on specific pricing issues unique to their industry,” said Eric Mitchell, PPS President. “We will accomplish this with a broad curriculum taught by leaders in the pricing profession followed by rigorous testing.”
On March 2-3, 2006, PPS will host four simultaneous 2-day CPP workshops at the Omni Colonnade Hotel in Miami, Florida. These workshops include the popular Core Pricing Skills Workshop and a core course in Pricing & Revenue Optimization, as well as industry elective workshops in B2B Pricing and Services Pricing.
If someone is primarily interested in pricing training/learning, and not pursuing a CPP designation, these workshops are still a perfect fit. Participants will still receive a course certificate after passing the workshop test.
The courses each earn two credits toward the CPP designation and are designed to be highly interactive with theory, tactics, and case studies to enhance the learning experience. “We have brought together the Dream Team of Pricing to teach the two-day workshops. We have professors, authors, and leaders in our profession teaching the workshops,” said Mitchell.
For more information about the CPP program and to register for the workshops click here.
About Professional Pricing Society. The Professional Pricing Society is the only association that supports price decision makers and price management personnel from a wide variety of industries in over 50 countries. Pricing, Marketing, and General Management executives from Fortune 1000 and mid-size firms are typical members of the Pricing Society.
PPS provides both strategic and information resources to its members through pricing conferences and workshops, monthly and quarterly publications, online pricing solutions resources, and an active internet site www.pricingsociety.com.
First Environment To Open Canadian Office Peter Clarke, Climate Change Expert, to Lead New Operation
First Environment is opening a Canadian office near Toronto that will offer services to Canadian companies looking to capitalize on new laws, regulations and programs that will help Canada comply with the Kyoto Treaty. The new office will be led by Peter Clarke, a recognized specialist in emissions management, emissions credit trading, life cycle assessment, and sustainable manufacturing.
Boonton, NJ (PRWEB) December 2, 2005 -- First Environment has announced the opening of a Canadian office near Toronto that will offer services to Canadian companies looking to capitalize on new laws, regulations and programs that will help Canada comply with the Kyoto Treaty.
The new office, located at 1100 Burloak Drive, Suite 300, in Burlington, Ontario, will be led by Peter Clarke, a recognized specialist in emissions management, emissions credit trading, life cycle assessment, and sustainable manufacturing.
Tod Delaney, president of First Environment, said, “Peter Clarke brings to our Canadian operations an extraordinary level of expertise and a commitment to customer service that is the hallmark of First Environment. Under his leadership, First Environment is poised to assist Canadian companies take advantage of market forces to reduce their impact on climate change.” First Environment will offer a full suite of environmental and engineering services in Canada. More information about First Environment, including the Canadian operation, is available on the company's website.
Clarke has been trained by Environment Canada to conduct third party validation and verification studies under the country’s greenhouse gas offset system. He also is approved by the U.S. Green Building Council as a LEED-accredited professional, and trained as a lead auditor for ISO 14001.
He worked most recently for Energy Advantage, Inc., in Burlington, ON, where he managed all aspects of the company’s environmental services. He is a frequent presenter on topics such as corporate social responsibility, waste management, and the financial benefits of energy and environmental awareness. He has spoken to the Marine Fuel Efficiency and Emissions Conference, the Building Owners and Managers Association, the Professional Retail Store Maintenance Association, the Emissions Marketing Association, and the Canadian Air Transportation Association.
About First Environment
First Environment is a global strategic environmental management and engineering consulting firm headquartered in Boonton, New Jersey. The firm is widely recognized for its creative and economically viable approaches to resolving environmental challenges faced by private and public sector clients. First Environment has earned international recognition as an authority on emerging environmental issues based on its involvement in international greenhouse gas standards development, endorsement of the CERES principles and designation as the first environmental consulting firm in the Western Hemisphere to obtain ISO 14001 certification for its own EMS.
First Environment President to Present at International Climate Change Conference in Montreal
Tod Delaney, Ph.D., president of First Environment, Inc., will present at several side events being held at the Eleventh Conference of the Parties (COP-11), the annual meeting of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
Boonton, NJ (PRWEB) December 2, 2005 -- Tod Delaney, Ph.D., president of First Environment, Inc., will present at several side events being held at the Eleventh Conference of the Parties (COP-11), the annual meeting of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
Delaney is a recognized expert in greenhouse gas management and has been involved in international environmental policy development for nearly two decades. Greenhouse gas has been determined to be one of the major contributors to global warming and climate change. First Environment is a recognized specialist in emissions verification.
In his role as chair of the Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE), Delaney will be the moderator at an event on Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) reform. The Clean Development Mechanism is one the “flexible mechanisms” or policy tools included in the Kyoto Protocol that encourages developing countries to lower their greenhouse gas emissions through reduction projects.
During the COP, Delaney also will join an expert panel that will discuss the new voluntary international standard series ISO 14064 for greenhouse gas accounting and verification.
“Climate change is one of the most important issues of the 21st century,” said Delaney. “I’m pleased that I and the First Environment team will be able to make a contribution to the worldwide discussion and decision-making about this critical topic.”
Delaney and other senior executives from First Environment also will participate in a number of other special events sponsored by the Business Council for Sustainable Energy, the International Emissions Trading Association (IETA), and the Environmental Markets Association (EMA). First Environment recently joined IETA, a non-profit organization dedicated to the establishment of effective systems for the trading of greenhouse gas emissions by businesses. First Environment will be an exhibitor at IETA’s Carbon Market Days at the COP, Dec. 3-5.
Delaney’s involvement in environmental policy and climate change includes helping to develop the standards for environmental reporting, the creation of standards for verifying greenhouse gas emissions, promoting renewable energy and sustainable practices that foster the “triple bottom line” for companies. The triple bottom line refers to a way of measuring corporate success by assessing financial, environmental and social performance. His recent efforts to promote clean development and emissions management include two speaking engagements. In August, he spoke at a conference on renewable energy, and in November, he gave a presentation in Brazil to industrial members of the Brazilian Standards Organization on the ISO 14064 Climate Change standards.
The COP 11, to be held in Montreal, Canada from November 28 to December 9, 2005, is expected to draw more than 10,000 participants, the largest number since the Kyoto Protocol was adopted in 1997. The Kyoto Protocol went into effect this year, and the Montreal sessions also include the first Meeting of the Parties (MOP 1) involving the signatories to the treaty.
About First Environment
First Environment is a global strategic environmental management and engineering consulting firm headquartered in Boonton, New Jersey. The firm is widely recognized for its creative and economically viable approaches to resolving environmental challenges faced by private and public sector clients.
First Environment has earned international recognition as an authority on emerging environmental issues based on the firm’s involvement in international greenhouse gas standards development, endorsement of the CERES principles, and designation as the first environmental consulting firm in the Western Hemisphere to obtain ISO 14001 certification for its own EMS. For more information, go to the firm’s website.
Voltaix Appoints Mark Wilkinson as Executive Vice President
Voltaix, Inc., www.voltaix.com, a leading manufacturer of chemicals and gases for the semiconductor and photovoltaics industries, today announced the appointment of Mark Wilkinson, Ph.D. as Executive Vice President.
North Branch, NJ (PRWEB) December 2, 2005 -- Voltaix, Inc., www.voltaix.com, a leading manufacturer of chemicals and gases for the semiconductor and photovoltaics industries, today announced the appointment of Mark Wilkinson, Ph.D. as Executive Vice President.
Dr. Wilkinson possesses more than 16 years experience managing operations, engineering, and R&D in various capacities at several public and private companies, including Cabot Corporation, Molten Metal Technology, and Pelias Therapeutics, where he served on the board of directors. He is the Founder of Impact Technology Consultants, which has helped over 50 companies achieve rapid growth through technology commercialization in the last seven years. Mark holds a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a B. Eng. (chemical) from McGill University. He is an inventor of nine patented technologies.
Reporting to Matthew D. Stephens, Chief Operating Officer and serving as a member of the Voltaix Board, Dr. Wilkinson will lead the execution of Voltaix strategic goals for internal improvement in the areas of Operations, Engineering, IT, and Safety. “Mark Wilkinson strengthens the Voltaix management team,” said Voltaix, Inc. Chairman, Peter deNeufville. “His experience in chemical process development, scale-up, and operations will enable us to meet our commitments to the semiconductor industry as we continue to develop world-class process technology and manufacturing.”
Further information about Voltaix is available at www.voltaix.com
Voltaix is recognized worldwide for manufacturing high purity specialty gases and chemicals that enhance the performance of electronic and photonic devices. Its products include germane, silicon tetrafluoride, trimethylsilane (3MS), and Silcore®. Voltaix deploys proprietary manufacturing technologies to provide highly consistent products tailored to increase manufacturing yields, throughput, and device performance. (Silcore® is a trademark of ASM International, N.V.).
Speedline MPM Accela Printer Wins the Global Technology Award Printer Category for 2005
At the Global Technology Awards Presentation Ceremony at the Productronica Trade Show in Munich, Germany, Speedline Technologies, Inc. received the Global Technology Award for the Printing Category. This award was based upon the innovation of the new MPM Accela Printer platform launched in June of this year.
Franklin, MA (PRWEB) December 2, 2005 -- At the Global Technology Awards Presentation Ceremony at the Productronica Trade Show in Munich, Germany, Speedline Technologies, Inc. received the Global Technology Award for the Printing Category. This award was based upon the innovation of the new MPM Accela Printer platform launched in June of this year.
This prestigious award is presented to the company and product that demonstrates the ability to meet a significant industry challenge, is a creative application of a new or existing technology, presents consistently superior quality performance, economic characteristics and / or throughput characteristics. The Accela was entered based upon merits in all of these categories.
The Award selections are made based on review of submissions by an independent panel of judges and audited by an independent firm. Global SMT & Packaging Magazine, a subsidiary of Trafalgar Productions, manages the award process and concludes the events with an Awards Ceremony at the Productronica Trade Show.
The Accela printer, featuring dramatic industry-shifting innovations in parallel processing technology for the SMT industry, succeeds on the most challenging applications facing electronics manufacturers building the highest volume and most complex printed circuit boards.
The Accela’s innovative parallel processing technology, backed by 11 U.S. patents or patents-pending innovations, refocuses the measurement of printer performance from base cycle time to total throughput – a much more important criteria for manufacturers requiring high volume throughput with high yield performance.
Already seeing widespread installations throughout Europe, the Accela printer produces the most boards per hour of any industry printer – delivering raw throughput gains of more than 20% over the closest competitor – with the best accuracy and repeatability specifications of any printer on the market.
Further coverage of this award process will be published in the January 2006 issue of Global SMT & Packaging Magazine.
For more information, visit Speedline Technologies at Productronica 2005, booth A4-250, or contact your Speedline distributor or representative. Reach Speedline Technologies directly at +49 (0)6103/832-0, or on the Internet at: http://www.speedlinetech.com.
About Speedline Technologies
Speedline Technologies is the global leader in process knowledge and expertise for the PCB assembly and semiconductor industries. Based in Franklin, Massachusetts, U.S.A., the company markets five best-in-class brands — Accel microelectronics cleaning equipment; Camalot dispensing systems; Electrovert wave soldering, reflow soldering, and cleaning equipment; MPM stencil and screen printing systems; and Protect global services, support, and training solutions. Speedline Technologies is Frost & Sullivan’s “2005 Surface Mount Technology Company of the Year."
For more information, visit: http://www.speedlinetech.com or contact Speedline at:
• USA: Speedline Technologies, 16 Forge Park, Franklin, MA 02038 USA, Tel: 1-508-520-0083, Fax: 1-508-520-2288.
• Europe: Speedline Technologies GmbH, Im Gefierth 14, 63303 Dreieich, Germany, Tel: +49 (0)6103/832-0, Fax: +49(0)6103/832-299.
• Asia: Speedline Technologies Asia Pte Ltd, 150 Kampong Ampat, #05-08 KA Centre, Singapore 368324, Tel: 65-6286-6635, Fax: 65-6289-9411.
Invensys Introduces New Standard for Custody Transfer Systems for LNG Carriers
Invensys Process Systems has announced that the company’s next-generation Foxboro custody transfer system (CTS) for LNG carriers has been certified by NKKK (Nippon Kaiji Kentei Kyokai) of Japan, the world-leading survey organisation in the area of custody transfer measurements for liquefied natural gas (LNG).
(PRWEB) December 2, 2005 -- Next-generation Foxboro pulsed laser CTS receives NKKK certification.
Invensys Process Systems has announced that the company’s next-generation Foxboro custody transfer system (CTS) for LNG carriers has been certified by NKKK (Nippon Kaiji Kentei Kyokai) of Japan, the world-leading survey organisation in the area of custody transfer measurements for liquefied natural gas (LNG).
The state-of-the-art Foxboro Custody Transfer System Reference V for LNG carriers is based on an innovative new non-contact pulsed laser technology that combines the well-proven accuracy of traditional capacitive-based systems with the lower total cost of ownership of non-intrusive radar-based level measurement systems. This new system leverages Foxboro’s 40 years of experience in marine CTS applications, plus innovative pulsed semiconductor laser technology, to provide this breakthrough LNG custody transfer solution.
“Foxboro systems are widely recognised as the traditional reference standard when it comes to accurate and reliable measurements for marine LNG custody transfer applications and have been installed in well over a hundred ships to date,” said Mike Caliel, president of Invensys Process Systems. “Our innovative new Foxboro pulsed laser CTS carries on this heritage while eliminating the cost of ownership issues associated with the older technology. As such, it represents the new standard for LNG custody transfer systems.”
The Foxboro non-contact, pulsed laser CTS provides the high accuracy measurements and data logging of levels, temperatures, and pressures required for the calculation of total LNG cargo loaded or discharged. The data is then converted to volumetric measurement. The system offers the following advantages and user benefits over conventional capacitance- or radar-based systems:
- Superior measurement accuracy for increased confidence in critical custody transfer applications
- Easy external access to all level measurement components for inspection or repair, eliminating the need to ever enter the LNG compartment itself
- High-resolution, non-contact, pulsed laser technology eliminates the need for complicated and costly in-tank wave guides
- Fully industrial components in high-availability redundant configurations ensure many years of trouble-free operation in demanding marine environments
- State-of-the-art Windows XP user interface with comprehensive monitoring, logging, alarming, and reporting functionality provides easy-to-use operator interface and simplified interfacing to other shipboard subsystems
- Functionally independent alarm system provides for enhanced safety and security
About Invensys Process Systems
Invensys Process Systems (http://ips.invensys.com), a business unit of Invensys plc, provides products, services and solutions that enable today’s industrial process plants to monitor, manage, and improve the performance of their manufacturing assets. In addition to its rapidly expanding Global Solutions group, Invensys Process Systems includes industry-leading brands such as Foxboro, Triconex, SimSci-Esscor, Wonderware, and Avantis, whose products are installed in more than 100,000 plants across the world. These range from small hybrid and batch plants to the world’s largest upstream projects, refineries, gas plants, petrochemicals plants, power plants, and pulp and paper mills.
The Invensys Group (www.invensys.com) is made up of five businesses: Process Systems, APV, Eurotherm, Rail Systems and Controls. The Group is headquartered in London and is listed on the London Stock Exchange, with over 30,000 employees working in 60 countries.
I/A Series, Foxboro, Foxboro I/A Series, APV, Avantis, IMServ, SimSci-Esscor, Triconex, and Wonderware are trademarks of Invensys plc, its subsidiaries, or affiliates. All other trademarks are trademarks of their respective owners.
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China’s Relay Industry Meets the Targets of the 10th Five-Year Development 2 Years Ahead of Time
In-depth profiles of 20 manufacturers providing detailed information on suppliers product offerings, manufacturing capabilities and future plans. Based on personal factory tours and interviews with senior managers, this information is available nowhere else.
(PRWEB) December 2, 2005 -- Research and Markets (http://www.researchandmarkets.com/reports/c28767) has announced the addition of the Global Sources report: China Sourcing Report: Relays to their offering.
This Reports Provides:
In-depth profiles of 20 manufacturers providing detailed information on suppliers product offerings, manufacturing capabilities and future plans. Based on personal factory tours and interviews with senior managers, this information is available nowhere else
Short profiles of an additional 58 suppliers with key facts such as production capacities, production checklists, export ratios and major export markets.
Background information on key suppliers to major buyers such as Carrier, LG Collins, Fujitsu and Sony.
A detailed discussion of how the reduction in VAT rebate rates will affect the export pricing of relays from different manufacturers
Benefits of This Report:
Save time and money by pre-qualifying suppliers before your next sourcing trip to China.
Benefit from information on producers company backgrounds and full supplier contact details.
Get a first look at innovative new products that manufacturers will release in the next 18 months.
Obtain a detailed supply, demand and pricing forecast for relays for the next two years.
Mainland Chinas relay industry hit the 1.5 billion-unit mark set by the 10th Five-Year Development two years ahead of schedule. Supply from mainland China is forecast to maintain its double-digit growth over the next two years. Production of relays will increase by 15 percent in 2004, driven by demand from home appliances, industrial equipment, communications and automotive electronics.
The home-appliance sector dominates OEM/ODM orders in mainland Chinas relay industry. To keep up with demand, makers are expanding their product offerings and production capacities. In addition, the relocation of multinational companies to mainland China is stimulating demand.
Mainland Chinas 300- company strong relay industry currently supplies 20 percent of the world market — a share that is expected to increase to 25 percent. Largely composed of small-and medium-scale enterprises, relay makers are concentrated in Zhejiang, Jiangsu, Guangdong and Shanghai. About one-fourth of the companies are foreign-invested, mainly from Japan and South Korea.
Relay output is dominated by electromechanical relays; solid-state relays account for about 7 percent. However, in anticipation of stronger demand, companies are expected to expand their capacities for solid-state relays by 15 percent over the next two years.
In its bid to increase its stake in the international market, mainland relay makers are spending a significant percentage of their annual revenues on upgrading production equipment and automating manufacturing processes.
Domestic makers have begun manufacturing their own relay parts but are yet to produce key raw materials in-house. Most materials, particularly metal parts, plastic coils, copper strips, and copper wires, are still sourced from abroad, mainly from Japan, Germany and South Korea. Manufacturers are adopting higher-end materials, such as fire-retardant components and high-performance contact materials. They are also working towards minimizing the use of lead and cadmium in their relays.
In terms of product development, makers are improving their contact ratings, widening their operating temperature ranges and reducing sizes. Relay size is expected to become more compact in the next year or two, following closely the miniaturization trend of telecom products. To do so, local relay manufacturers are forging collaborations with research institutes and academic institutions.
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FD Johnson Honors 30 Years of Innovation
FD Johnson, the Midwest’s principal industrial lubrication specialist, recently marked the 30th anniversary of the first FDJ Dust Stop Lubrication System.
Solon, OH (PRWEB) December 2, 2005 -- The FD Johnson Company, the Midwest’s principal industrial lubrication specialist for over 70 years, recently marked the 30th anniversary of the first FDJ Dust Stop Lubrication System. Used throughout the rubber and tire industry, the FD Johnson Dust Stop Lubrication System has become the benchmark for dependability.
"Every Dust Stop system is different because we build it to customer specifications." said FD Johnson assembler Todd Hill. "The quality and durability we build into each unit is evident by the minimal amount of repair on the systems over the years. There’s some out there we built in 1975 that are still running."
"Innovation is what sold the Dust Stop," said Denis Balogh, Sales Vice President at FD Johnson. "Durability is what has kept it an industry standard. I was recently at a customer’s facility in Northeast Ohio where I was introduced to an employee who was working with the same Dust Stop that his father worked on. Two generations, I was astonished. Proud but astonished."
About FD Johnson Company
Since 1933, FD Johnson has grown and helped their customers by successfully responding to changing technology and standards in our industry. Long-term dedication and experience in all phases of industrial lubrication to include everything from grease fittings to computer controlled Air/Oil systems have permitted them to be true to their mission, "We keep your machinery running". Learn more about FD Johnson on the web at FDJohnson.com. Use our web links to gain access to manufacturers such as Lubriquip and Parker.
Bettcher Amherst Metal Stamping Reengineers Plant to Improve Efficiency
Bettcher Amherst Metal Stamping, a leading manufacturer of precision metal stampings, announces its plan to reengineer the Cleveland manufacturing facility’s overall structure to become more efficient and leaner.
(PRWEB) December 2, 2005 -- Bettcher Amherst Metal Stamping, a leading manufacturer of precision metal stampings, announces its plan to reengineer the Cleveland manufacturing facility’s overall structure to become more efficient and leaner.
“We have developed a roadmap of opportunities that will eliminate non-value added activities in our manufacturing process. These improvements will make us a leaner organization by minimizing waste, reworking the plant layout to improve material flow and equipment utilization, and enhance our in-process quality,” said Jerry Lynch, President, Bettcher Amherst Metal Stamping. “This effort will keep the Cleveland plant a viable and competitive facility to handle our customers’ metal stamping needs.”
The overall strategy will include a reengineering of the plant layout to improve the flow from incoming raw material to the shipment of finished product. Lean strategies are being used as each aspect of the improvement roadmap is addressed. Lynch is encouraged by the team’s initial successes but indicated that there is much more to come. Upon completion, the manufacturing space will be redefined and the tool room will be upgraded. New equipment, including a plasma welder and a new parts washer, will be added and multiple machine cells will be established during the process. Employees will also be trained and cross-trained with the goal of improved efficiencies.
“The lean initiatives that have been identified will be put in place by mid-2006, but, in reality, we will continue to address the lean strategies as we move forward,” said Lynch.
By creating a more efficient organization, Bettcher is enhancing its already positive reputation in the metal stamping industry and reinforcing its commitment to customer satisfaction.
Bettcher Amherst Metal Stamping offers high-volume runs of precision metal stampings including four-slide and multi-slide parts, wireforms, deep draw parts and large transfer-die stampings. The company specializes in metal stampings for the power tool, lawn & garden, household appliance, HVAC, heavy transportation and plumbing industries. In addition to their Cleveland, Ohio headquarters, they provide metal stampings to the Maquiladora region from their Reynosa, Mexico metal stamping facility near McAllen, Texas. For more information, visit the company website at www.BettcherLLC.com or call 216-267-0850.
December 01, 2005
Solid State Disk Targets New Industrial Data Storage Applications
The newest member of the Adtron Flashpak family of IDE flash disks, the Adtron I25F Entry-Point Flashpak™, is a solid state disk designed to deliver improved solutions for industrial applications. Shipments of the new IDE flash disk have already been scheduled to Siemens AG for December 2005.
Phoenix, AZ (PRWEB) December 1, 2005 –- Solid state disk manufacturer Adtron, the industry leader in delivering smart data storage solutions to the industrial marketplace, announced today the availability of the I25F Flashpak™ IDE flash disk specifically targeted for new industrial applications. As the latest member of the Adtron Flashpak family, the I25F delivers the same high reliability, durability and long-life characteristics that customers expect from Adtron solid state disks. The I25F lowers the economic barriers traditionally associated with high quality solid state technology.
Siemens AG, headquartered in Munich Germany, has adopted the I25F as an integral part of the SITET® 650 TF control panel for the ES64U4 locomotive platform. “The decision to implement solid state flash disks was based on cost effectiveness, performance under extreme temperatures, vibration durability, and fast startup times,” stated Friedrich Pook, Product Manager, for Siemens AG, Division I&S EDM. “A major requirement was to bring the control panel online as fast as possible. The I25F boot times were significantly faster than alternatives.”
The I25F introduces solid state flash disk technology to markets that previously could not justify the investment relative to the performance of other commercially available products. Like all Adtron Flashpak solid state flash disks, the I25F is based on single-level cell (SLC) NAND flash, the most reliable media choice for industrial markets, and is subject to the same rigorous Adtron quality testing. “In evaluating the market for flash disks, there is a significant pricing gap between traditional low-end media and solid state flash disks suited for industrial applications,” stated Wieslaw Wojtczak, Adtron Flashpak Product Line Manager. “The I25F bridges this gap and provides a viable alternative to OEMs who might otherwise be forced into selecting CF cards, PCMCIA cards, or notebook IDE hard disk drives as the storage medium for their industrial equipment.”
With a capacity range from 256 MBytes to 8 GBytes, the I25F flash disk supports standard IDE transfer modes, PIO 0-4 and MultiWord DMA 0-2. Solid state media options include either commercial (0 to 70 degrees C) or industrial (-40 to 85 degrees C) temperatures. Single unit pricing for a 4 GByte I25F flash drive with a commercial temperature rating is $546. For more information, contact Adtron Sales at 602-735-0300.
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Founded in 1985, Adtron is a leading designer and global supplier of disk-based and solid state embedded data storage solutions for the telecom, defense/aerospace, industrial automation, medical, and transportation markets. Incorporating standard form factors (including 2.5-inch, 3.5-inch, cPCI, ATCA and VME) and based on proven Adtron™ SmartStorage™ architecture, Adtron products are designed to meet the stringent requirements of the world’s most demanding industrial applications. The Adtron Quality Management System is ISO 9001:2000 certified. Adtron is headquartered in Phoenix Arizona with channels in all global markets. Learn more about Adtron at http://www.adtron.com.
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Will Your Holiday Party End up in an Employee Lawsuit? HR.BLR.com Offers Tips for Avoiding Problems
HR.BLR.com, the HR web site has produced a free white paper loaded with tips for avoiding problems at employer sponsored holiday parties.
Old Saybrook, CT (PRWEB) December 1, 2005 -- One of the decisions many organizations face this time of year is whether to host a holiday party for employees. If the decision is made to hold a party, HR managers need to make sure that it is worth the effort and not a problem source. HR.BLR.com, State HR Answers and Tools, has just published a white paper that can help with both issues.
A recent poll at the Business & Legal Reports Inc. (BLR) website found that a clear majority (70 percent) of HR managers say their organizations usually host a holiday party. And according to the HR managers, their parties are for the most part “not bad” or “excellent”. Only 19 percent either say their party is boring or embarrassing.
Asked, “How would you rate your company's holiday party?” visitors to HR.BLR.com answered as follows:
Not bad - 33%
What holiday party? - 30%
Excellent - 19%
A snooze fest - 14%
A showcase of embarrassing behavior - 5%
548 HR managers voted in this November poll.
How to Avoid Problems, with Alcohol at the Top of the List
HR.BLR.com’s editors recently posted a White Paper describing how to avoid the major problems that can occur at holiday parties. It gives advice on how to control alcohol-related problems - slips and falls, unwanted sexual advances, automobile accidents, and aggressive behavior. There is also a discussion of drink tickets, whether to include guests, whether to hold the event on or off premises, and how to use party “chaperones”. Another unusual idea is a “party disclosure/waiver”, which both educates employees on their personal responsibilities and helps employers reduce liabilities.
The White Paper, ordinarily restricted to HR.BLR.com’s paid subscribers, is available at no charge, no registration required, as BLR’s holiday gift to the HR community. Simply go to http://hr.blr.com/display.cfm?id=16817&source=PRS&effort=66 to read the White Paper.
HR.BLR.com provides compliance analysis on state employment laws to help HR managers, along with thousands of tools such as job descriptions.
Old Saybrook, Conn.-based BLR produces plain-English compliance and training resources for HR, compensation, safety, and environmental managers. For more information and a free catalog, call 800-727-5257 or visit www.BLR.com.
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Everlast Coatings, Inc. Announces Appointments of Christopher J. Siemer as Technical Director/Plant Manager and Christopher D. Willey as Director of Sales/Marketing
Everlast Coatings, Inc. announced the additions to Company Staff of both Chris Siemer and Chris Willey; both will serve in newly-created Staff Positions.
Camden, New Jersey (PRWEB) December 2, 2005 -- Everlast Coatings Inc. announced the additions to Company Staff of both Chris Siemer and Chris Willey; both will serve in newly-created Staff Positions.
“We are delighted to announce these staff appointments, and excited about the changes in technologies and marketing efforts that will continue to fuel Everlast’s momentum into new, high technology surface finishing,” stated Everlast Vice President/Operations, Sarina DiBianca. “These staff changes support and reflect Everlast Coatings’ interest in, and commitment to, the environmentally responsible future of coatings and surface finishing technology.”
Christopher J. Siemer brings broad educational and practical expertise to Everlast. A graduate of Wichita State University with both Bachelor and Master’s Degrees in Chemistry, Mr. Siemer is continuing his formal education at Princeton University, where he is pursuing a Master’s Degree in Chemical Engineering. Published in scientific journals including “Polyhedron”, “Inorganic Chemistry”, and “Synthetic Metals”, Chris also has direct plating and coatings experience at Kansas Plating, Inc. where he served in various management and technical capacities.
Mr. Siemer comments, “I am thrilled to join the Everlast Coatings team, and am confident that I will be able to assist in the Company’s development. I’m additionally pleased to make use of my knowledge of chemistry and engineering as it relates to the plating industry in a practical manner, such as the addition to our product line of metallic coatings on plastics.”
Christopher D. Willey also has both educational and direct experience which will assist him with the responsibilities of his new Position. A graduate of both Gloucester County College and Monmouth University, Chris holds Associate of Science and Bachelor of Science degrees in Business Administration and Marketing.
States Mr. Willey, “This Company has a long, proud heritage generally associated with the electroplating of rolls used in the paper and plastics industries. Although our dedication to our traditional product lines remains firm, the company intends to develop growth by serving industries requiring new technologies including cellular, microwave and ultrasonic sound coatings applications.”
About Everlast Coatings
Everlast Coatings, Inc. develops and provides coatings designed to reduce abrasion, improve corrosion resistance, or enhance/eliminate the conductive characteristics of metals used in paper equipment, power transmission, and cellular microwave filters, connectors and enclosures. Globally-recognized products include engineered corrugator roll coatings “NUchrome®” and “NUchrome2®”, as well as doctor and metering blade coatings “WearEX®” and “WearEX+®”.
Marubeni Citizen-Cincom is Proud to Announce the Acquisition of Brookdale Associates
Marubeni Citizen-Cincom is proud to announce the acquisition of Brookdale Associates. This acquisition will be a joint venture with Citizen Machinery Co. Ltd and Marubeni Corporation.
ALLENDALE, NEW JERSEY (PRWEB) December 1, 2005 -- Marubeni Citizen-Cincom is proud to announce the acquisition of Brookdale Associates. This acquisition will be a joint venture with Citizen Machinery Co. Ltd and Marubeni Corporation.
Brookdale Associates has been a leading distributor for Marubeni Citizen-Cincom (MCC) for more than 20 years. With the cooperation of the MCC Tech Center, they have developed many tooling accessories, including the Cool Blaster high pressure pumps, which have made Cincom products more productive. The synergy between the two companies will bring value added engineering capabilities to MCC distributors and customers throughout North America.
An official signing ceremony was held at the Brookdale facility in Agawam, MA on Nov. 18, 2005. Those present were Yutaka Nakamura (Citizen Machinery), Shinya Izumi and Shigeyuki Baba (Marubeni Corp), Kenji Sugimoto (Citizen Watch Co.), Atsuya Abe, John Antignani and Matt Hiroshige (MCC) and Jim and Pat Sasanecki (Brookdale) in addition to Brookdale personnel and guests. The ceremony was concluded with a luncheon for all in attendance.
The new company will be called Citizen Machinery America Inc (CMA). Jim Sasanecki of Brookdale is expected to stay on as V.P. of Engineering. Mr. Hiroshi Shinohara of Citizen Machinery Co. Ltd will be President, and John Antignani of MCC will be Executive Vice President. This new company will support MCC’s efforts and help maintain Cincom’s number one position in the North American swiss type market.
The new company (CMA) will occupy the same Brookdale facility and will continue to operate with the same sales, service and engineering personnel providing continued service to the New England customers on Citizen, Wasino and Eurotech products.
For more information about Marubeni Citizen-Cincom and their full line of widely accepted swiss-type turning centers, please go to www.marucit.com.
Plastic Concepts & Innovations LLC Holds Advanced Thermoforming 2005 Series Final Seminar
Plastic Concepts & Innovations LLC (PCI) announces its final 2-day seminar of 2005: “Moving Beyond the Basics: An Advanced Heavy-Gauge Thermoforming Seminar.” The seminar will be held at the Primex Oakwood Plant in Oakwood, GA, outside Atlanta, this December 13-14.
(PRWEB) December 1, 2005 -- Plastic Concepts & Innovations LLC (PCI) announces its final 2-day seminar of 2005: “Moving Beyond the Basics: An Advanced Heavy Gauge Thermoforming Seminar.”
The seminar will be held at the Primex Oakwood Plant in Oakwood, GA, outside Atlanta, this December 13-14. It is open to anyone interested in thermoforming. This includes, but is not limited to: formers, companies who use thermoformed products, individuals who are engaged in the evaluation of the thermoforming process, companies thinking about or interested in the use of thermoforming or the techniques and process controls used during the thermoforming process, and engineering/quality-control personnel.
Conducting the seminar are the three PCI partners: James M (Jay) Waddell, founding partner and key management principal; Robert “Bob” Smart, LPE and partner; and E.L. “Ed” Bearse, the other founding partner. All are senior members of SME and SPE, and each has over 23 years of experience in plastics manufacturing.
The sessions explain and demonstrate the changes taking place in the rapidly growing thermoforming industry and how to incorporate them into the advancing manufacturing process. “In our seminar we address the various structures and properties of plastic materials, the variables and quality of sheet extrusion, and the newest thermoforming advances. We show the relationship between the advanced materials and the processes to form them,” says Jay Waddell. He continues, “It is our intent to provide the most up-to-date insights in the advancements of this rapidly changing manufacturing process.”
Parties interesting in attending this final 2005 seminar can find more information by visiting our website or by calling 843.971.7833
"General Motors Leadership Doesn't Get It," Says Leadership Expert
"The automaker is paying the price for neglecting a key strategic driver: a leadership strategy."
Williamstown, MA (PRWEB) December 1, 2005 -- Leadership expert, Brent Filson, says that the recent job cuts and reorganization of General Motors is not so much the result of marketplace dynamics but of the company's relentless leadership failings.
"The GM leaders who are driving the cuts are missing the point," says Filson, founder and president of The Filson Leadership Group, Inc., a corporate consultancy. "Sure, they have a cost cutting strategy. All manufacturers must be continuously reducing costs -- at least three to five percent a year. But what the GM leaders are neglecting is a strategy that works in tandem with cost cutting: That's a Leadership Strategy."
Filson, having worked with thousands of leaders during the past 21 years in top companies worldwide, says a Leadership Strategy can be far more important to a company's success than a standard business strategy. "A business strategy seeks to marshal an organization's functions around central, organizing concepts," Filson observes. "A Leadership Strategy, on the other hand, seeks to obtain, organize, and direct the heartfelt commitment of the people who must carry out the strategy. A Leadership Strategy takes a separate vision, separate funding, separate training, and separate installation and implementation. It involves bringing middle management and small-unit leaders into the picture rather than leaving them out in the cold as cost cutting usually does. The business strategy is the sail, the Leadership Strategy the ballast. Without a Leadership Strategy, most business strategies capsize."
Filson says that General Motors like so many organizations lacking Leadership Strategies know how to develop and implement cost cutting strategies. "Cost cutting is not complicated. But you can't cost-cut your way to success. And that's where the Leadership Strategy comes in. A Leadership Strategy can help the company get great results, both in the bottom and top lines. Companies that don't have a Leadership Strategy, if not in name at least in effect, are missing out on colossal streams of revenue."
The author of 23 books, Brent Filson first learned about leadership as a Marine Corps rifle platoon commander. For the past 20 years, as a civilian, he has helped thousands of leaders in major companies worldwide achieve sizable and continual increases in results. He has published many books and hundreds of articles on leadership, developed motivational leadership strategies and created and instituted leadership educational and training programs. He has lectured at Columbia University, M.I.T., Wake Forest, Villanova and many other universities. Recently, he has conducted more than 125 radio interviews dealing with leadership in today's world.
Article by Filson on The Leadership Strategy : http://www.actionleadership.com/articles/0052.html
CCL Container Honored by New Jersey Packaging Executives
With wins in four separate categories at the New Jersey Packaging Executives Club’s (NJPEC) annual Package of the Year Awards dinner, CCL Container was recognized for innovation and technical excellence in packaging. The awards were presented November 17th at the Hanover Marriott Hotel, East Hanover, NJ. Ed Martin, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, and Joe Iappelli, Eastern Regional Sales Manager, accepted the awards for CCL.
East Hanover, NJ (PRWEB) December 1, 2005 -- The NJPEC is a leading trade association for New Jersey-based packaging buyers and suppliers, representing a broad range of market sectors. CCL received gold and bronze awards, in addition to the Technical Merit and Student’s Choice Awards.
Martin commented, “We are always grateful to be acknowledged for our contributions in packaging, especially in so many diverse categories. New Jersey-based companies represent a formidable presence in our industry, so we are truly pleased to be honored tonight, considering the many fine entries.”
The company won gold in the food products category for ACH Food’s Mazola Pure Cooking Spray, packaged in CCL’s Comfort Hold® shaped aluminum aerosol. The container’s tapered neck and rounded shoulder creates a palm-sized groove for an easy grip and improved dispensing control. The distinctive shape and colorful graphics represent a true departure from traditional cooking spray packaging.
In the fragrance category, CCL won bronze for The Gillette Company’s (Proctor & Gamble) TAG Body Spray for Men. The custom shaped aluminum package features an embossed double tread that is masculine and distinctive. Bold graphics complement the gunmetal basecoat, delivering the right look for the product’s male audience.
CCL won the Technical Merit Award for the first sun care product line ever sold in a pressurized bag-on-valve aluminum container combination. CCL’s proprietary Advanced Barrier System™ (ABS) includes a hermetically sealed, multi-layered laminate pouch that separates product from pressurizing agent. ABS™ enables pure product dispensing at any angle, making topical applications easier.
The Goen Group’s TRIMSPA® product, the first weight control suite available in unbreakable, impact-extruded aluminum jars, won the Student’s Choice Award. Consumer protection features included a band-breaking tamper-evident seal, plus a heat induction foil seal on the jar orifice. To make the package difficult to counterfeit, a portion of the logo was embossed on the side of the container.
Martin added, “These awards represent the courage and commitment of both the CCL team and our customers, to think outside the box and continuously evolve aluminum packaging. We thank the NJPEC for recognizing the efforts of so many to bring these products from concept to market.”
The award winning containers will be displayed at Package Design ’06 in Clearwater Beach, FL, from January 30 to February 1.
CCL Container is North America’s leading manufacturer of recyclable aluminum packaging and is a major supplier of barrier systems. The company offers both the piston barrier system and ABS “bag-in-can” technology. The company’s manufacturing facilities are located in Hermitage, PA, Penetang, ONT and Mexico City, Mexico. All facilities are ISO 9002 Registered.
For more information on CCL’s products and services, please contact:
Ed Martin, Vice President, Sales and Marketing
Tel: (203) 354-4523
Fax: (203) 354-4524
CCL Container U.S. Operations:
One Llodio Drive
Hermitage, PA 16148
For further press information, please contact:
Tel: (908) 534-9044
Fax: (908) 534-6856
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Please visit http://cclcontainermedia.com/pr/pr-NJPEC2005.html
For more information on CCL Container, go to www.cclcontainermedia.com
Manufacturer of Custom Metal Solutions Establishes Operations Under a New Name and Brand Identity
Veridiam, Inc. (formerly known as Carpenter Special Products Corporation), a leading integrated manufacturer of precision engineered metal components and assemblies, is pleased to announce that it has been acquired from Carpenter Technology Corporation by WHI Capital Partners, a Chicago-based private equity firm.
San Diego, CA (PRWEB) December 1, 2005 -- Veridiam, Inc. (formerly known as Carpenter Special Products Corporation), a leading integrated manufacturer of precision engineered metal components and assemblies, is pleased to announce that it has been acquired from Carpenter Technology Corporation by WHI Capital Partners, a Chicago-based private equity firm. As a stand-alone company, it has been renamed Veridiam, Inc. and will continue to focus on its core nuclear power generation, aerospace and medical device business.
"While our name and logo are new, our mission remains the same. We will continue to provide custom engineered solutions to our customers' most demanding problems," said Neal Nordstrom, the Company's President and Chief Executive Officer. "We will build on our reputation of reliably providing quality specialty metal tubing, precision shaped products, and fabricated tubular components and assemblies used in medical device, aircraft, nuclear power and other industrial applications," Nordstrom added.
Veridiam will continue its strong supply relationship with its former parent, Carpenter Technology Corporation (NYSE:CRS), to insure access to certain of Carpenter Technology's proprietary alloys. Veridiam and Carpenter Technology Corp. will continue to work together to promote the use of advanced materials for various applications that leverage each company's unique expertise and knowledge.
"Veridiam partners with R&D and design engineers to address specific manufacturing and design needs from material selection through finished components," said Rich Hockman, Veridiam's Director of Sales & Marketing. "We offer a wide variety of fabrication options and custom engineered products to meet very demanding engineering challenges, " he advises. All products are engineered and manufactured under a quality system certified to ISO 9001:2000, AS 9100, and NQA-1.
Neal Nordstrom, Veridiam's CEO added, "The partnership with WHI Capital Partners will provide the capital, operational and business development expertise necessary to accelerate the growth of our organization. As a management team, we are extremely excited by this opportunity."
More information about Veridiam and its manufacturing capabilities are available by contacting:
P.O. Box 609036, San Diego, CA 92160-9036
(866) 466.6584; (619) 562-5776 (fax)
e-mail protected from spam bots; www.veridiam.com
Data Feeds Improvements in Physical Asset Management
Asset-centric organizations throughout the world are under increasing pressure to increase the economic value they are able to extract from their physical asset base. Sophisticated asset data strategies allow for leverage of IT investments to dramatically improve performance.
(PRWEB) November 30, 2005 -- Asset-centric organizations face many and varied challenges throughout the world. These include competition from low wage countries, regulatory and legislative changes, demand outstripping supply, (as in the mining industry), as well as increasing difficulties arising from reductions in capital investment and increases in automation and unit sizes.
Responding to these challenges over the past five years has forced many companies to continue the cost reduction drives that were commenced during the eighties and nine-ties. However, the ability for large-scale asset-centric companies to continue to derive benefits through traditional methods of rationalization is limited at best, and counter-productive at worst.
These companies are looking for other, more sophisticated means of reducing direct costs, raising unit efficiencies and improving asset yields throughout their economically useful life. These are significant challenges that will require a dramatic change in thinking regarding how they are going to power decision making in the coming years.
Currently, most organizations are either working with or planning to work with, large-scale enterprise asset management or enterprise resource planning systems for driving inefficiencies out of their administration functions. Yet many of these systems are yet to realize the full benefits offered by such data capturing and analyzing systems.
One of the, as yet, untapped areas is in the area of asset reliability and performance management. While some organizations excel in this area, others will need to strive hard to catch up within the very near future. When managed correctly asset data can power such decisions such as how and when to extend asset life, determining the re-turn on investment of asset acquisitions or interchanges, analyzing whether risk pro-files are being adequately managed, and determining which assets are not being maintained or operated in a manner that supports the minimum whole-of-life cost profiles.
However, by itself computer generated data can only ever deliver part of the answers that are required. Even using sophisticated modeling tools the fact remains that data will always contain areas of integrity deficiency. In managing assets, for example, decisions taken on failure data need failures to occur before first, not the most ethical or effective way of managing asset failures!
To produce valuable asset information there is a need to take into account both sides of the equation. That of asset data, and that of asset knowledge, which is contained within the experience of the workforce, the manufacturers, and similar equipment users throughout the industry. Once these two sides of the equation can be gathered then the organization can look towards powerful uses of asset information such as knowledge engineering and other modern techniques.
The process to capture both sides of the asset information equation, data and knowledge, is where the challenge commences for asset centric organizations. Particularly those with distributed asset bases such as electricity distribution, water networks, rail infrastructure and gas pipelines. Capturing data means ensuring that all processes are in place to ensure that all failure, routine and ad hoc tasks are captured in a manner that will allow it to be managed effectively initially, and analyzed comprehensively later. For this work there is a need to focus very thoroughly on what asset information will be needed to support corporate goals, not merely to make current processes electronic. This is a key failing of large-scale enterprise asset information systems.
Once the processes are in place then the focus needs to be on data-capture. “Feeding the beast” is not something that most technicians particularly enjoy having to do, even in the modern age. Solutions such as mobile data collectors, barcode solutions and other mass data capture technologies can drive improvements through this area dramatically.
However the problem of knowledge capture remains. This requires a more comprehensive process. This process needs to enable people to contribute their experience, understanding, judgment, and suggestions in a structured and controlled manner.
Even though the benefits of doing so are immense, particularly for newer plants and those in hazardous environments, the techniques aimed at doing this often falls through the cracks of asset-centric organizations. Squeezed between IT initiatives and capital spending planning, the value of knowledge gathering and use does not strike many executives as the obvious choice for powering improvements.
Yet the fact remains, without a focus on knowledge as well as data the asset information portfolio will always be deficient and will always be focused on what has happened, rather than managing asset performance in a proactive manner.
If structured correctly, a knowledge gathering process could become a valuable improvement initiative in itself. Creating benefits as it is being rolled out, not least of which is the transfer of knowledge from within those involved as well as to the organization as a whole.
Within modern asset management there are a range of initiatives that support this form of knowledge collection. Methods such as reliability-centered maintenance, whole-of-life progression management, problem elimination logic and technical change management processes are all examples of collaborative working practices.
If companies are not including these techniques, or similar improvement initiatives, within their asset management strategies then they are facing the very real possibility of missing a large potential area of increasing economic value from the physical asset base. And in the modern industrial environment, this could be a fatal flaw.
Daryl Mather is a specialist in asset management, risk and reliability. This article is based on his new book “The Maintenance Scorecard” ISBN: 0831131810. He currently assists asset-centric companies to achieve strategic advantages throughout the world.