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The Effects Of Misaligned Equipment

Perth, Western Australia, Jun-27-2017 —  /EPR INDUSTRIAL NEWS/  — Nexxis are one of Australia’s leading suppliers of specialist remote visual inspection (RVI) technology and non destructive testing (NDT) equipment and they have all the answers to your equipment misalignment problems.

Industrial operations are losing huge sums of money because the centrelines of the shafts of their rotating equipment (such as pumps and motors) aren’t running on the same axis and are therefore misaligned – with some industry sources going as far as saying that shaft misalignment is to blame for up to 50% of all machine breakdowns.

And when you consider that a survey by a leading rotating equipment service company found that less than 10% of machines that were evaluated were aligned within acceptable tolerances, misalignment is clearly a widespread problem.

Here are some of the costly and damaging effects of equipment that is poorly aligned or misaligned.

Excessive vibration
Misalignment is one of the leading causes of vibration problems – and as the reliability of the machine corresponds directly with the level of vibration, excessive radial and axial vibrations will impact negatively on performance. All rotating equipment will produce a certain level of noise, but when the shafts are misaligned and the equipment vibrates excessively, noise levels will also escalate correspondingly.

Premature failure of seals and bearings
Accelerated failure of seals and other parts is costly – and even the slightest misalignment can result in excessive force and stress being put onto the bearings and seals. Replacement parts are expensive, plus there’s also the risk of damage and contamination of other components from the leaking fluid from the stressed seals and bearings.

Increased energy costs
Misalignment correlates directly to higher power consumption as the machines are less efficient and therefore draw greater amounts of energy.

Excessive heat
In the same way that variations in temperature can cause misalignment, misalignment can cause machines to overheat which results in lubrication issues as well as safety risks.

Broken shafts
Misalignment can cause the shafts to break or crack – and this can lead to unplanned downtime and production problems as well as costly equipment repair.

Higher operating costs, loss of production and increased maintenance costs
Misaligned machinery generally has a shorter service lifespan and this premature failure of capital equipment adversely affects outputs as well as negatively impacting the operation’s balance sheet. Higher maintenance costs, costly downtime, unexpected capital costs for equipment replacement, increased inventory for spare parts and even the potential for catastrophic machinery failures are all consequences of misalignment-induced mechanical failures.

Inferior quality outputs
Misaligned machinery can also result in inferior or defective products which can impact on profitability.

Implementing a careful and thorough preventative maintenance programme will go a long way towards minimising the risk – and the associated costs – of misaligned machinery. To find out how a customised solution can ensure that your operation runs at optimum efficiency, you should contact Nexxis on 08 9418 4952 or via their website, nexxis.com.au.

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Improve Your Palletising To Save Money And Increase Business Efficiencies

Willetton WA, Australia, Apr-20-2017 — /EPR INDUSTRIAL NEWS/ — AccuPak are Australia’s leading supplier of packing, filling, bagging and palletising machinery and equipment, and they have the answers on how you can increase your productivity, reduce your personnel requirements and minimise the risk of injury. Accupak helps business owners save money and improve efficiencies with automated palletising systems. The advantages of automatic palletising are numerous, as detailed below.

Any industrial and warehousing operation that is still relying on manual palletising is likely to be compromising their productivity, quality and business efficiencies.

Manual palletising is no match for modern automated equipment in terms of speed, precision, productivity, safety, quality and outputs and in today’s highly competitive environment, businesses need to take every opportunity to improve.

Palletising is the final step in an assembly line whereby the products (such as boxes, bags, cases, cartons, bottles, sacks etc) are loaded onto pallets. Semi-automatic and automatic palletising systems have undergone major changes in recent years, with advances in robotics technology driving significant improvements in terms of pallet pattern flexibility, tooling flexibility, cycle times as well as the presentation of the stacked pallets.

In basic terms, a robotic palletiser utilises various end-of-arm-tools which alleviate the need for manual stacking of bags, cartons or drums onto a pallet, thereby increasing productivity and profitability while allowing greater flexibility and versatility.

Although automated palletising equipment requires a capital outlay, many businesses are surprised at just how quickly they get a return on their investment. It doesn’t take long before the companies’ bottom-lines reflect the improvements in productivity and efficiencies that are made possible by the new equipment – and customer satisfaction levels are also a lot higher.

Let’s take a closer look at how palletising equipment will benefit a business:

Speed of operation. Humans can’t compete with automated or even semi-automated palletising equipment when it comes to speed. The equipment works faster than any person possibly can, plus it can operate continuously.

Quality control. Because human error is eliminated, a robotic palletiser ensures that quality standards are consistent and deliveries/outputs are always correctly counted and packed. The overall consistency of the loading and unloading processes improves, thereby reducing costly stoppages required to fix errors and inconsistencies as well as reducing the likelihood (and therefore, the cost) of returns or damaged goods.

Reduce labour costs. Eliminating the human element or substantially reducing the level of human intervention leads to substantially lower labour costs and greater efficiencies. The likelihood of error and contamination from human handling is minimised plus there are the obvious productivity and profitability benefits as a result of lower labour costs. Another reason why automated palletisers can improve business efficiencies is that personnel who are no longer required on the manual packing line can be redeployed to other areas within the organisation and used to greater effect.

Greater flexibility. Versatile palletising equipment makes it easy to reconfigure systems to handle different shapes, case sizes, pallet stacking patterns, layers of product and weights as well as handle multiple production lines. This means faster turnaround times and productivity improvements.

Improved working conditions. An automated palletising system reduces the need for workers to do heavy lifting and repetitive work, and minimises the likelihood of OH&S issues. This means a safer working environment with reduced likelihood of workplace injuries and costly workers compensation claims.

Improved data handling and reporting. Computerized controls and a seamless interface with other business software systems allow improved data gathering, real-time reporting and analysis as well as reducing invoicing errors and enabling a more streamlined and secure information chain.

More efficient use of floorspace. A robotic palletiser generally occupies less space than a manual operation which means businesses can use their square meterage more cost-effectively. In some instances, operations are even able to reduce the size of their factory or warehouse, which results in substantial cost savings.

Find out more by calling the AccuPak professionals on 1300 793 476 or visit www.accupak.com.au to learn more about their extensive range of palletising equipment and solutions.

3dstuffshare.com – An outstanding online space to acquire free .stl files

3dstuffshare.com was established as a division to iPrint Technologies, a dedicated international company that is interested in sharing and bringing to the world the latest in 3D printing technology. With the help of 3dstuffshare.com, it aspires to offer millions of innovators, hobbyists, and others a great online community to share their various 3D experiences. It also has another division that is an online shopping website called as the ‘3Dstuffmaker.com’ that offers an exclusive range of high quality 3D printers manufactured by iPrint Technologies. With the help of 3Dstuffmaker interested individuals can get their hands on 3D printers of their choice and specifications and with 3Dstuffshare they get a virtual platform to share the creations they develop from the 3D printers.

The main highlights of 3Dstuffshare.com are as follows:-  

•  An exclusive online community for 3D printing enthusiasts

•  Learn and exchange innovative ideas

•  Users can upload or download .stl files

•  The 3D printer users can share designs for 3D printing

•  Helpful for new 3D printer users to start off with

Free .stl files is of great benefit to everyone who is interested in 3D printing. In simple terms, .stl file is a format that is used by stereolithography software to create and develop 3D models on 3D stereolithography machines or 3D printers. Getting it for free from a community that is made up of 3D printer enthusiasts, it helps the creativity fly to another level altogether.

The functioning of this interesting platform is simple that enables people to share 3D experiences wherein one can easily upload or download .stl files under the various product categories available ranging from architecture to arts and crafts to jewelry and toys. One can learn simple CAD system and newbies can obtain knowledge about 3D printing from Mrs. Kerry. The platform also enables a feature through which 3Dstuffshare will get the designer’s idea printed. The advanced features can be explored with the finest rhino CAD systems.

Started in the year 2011, iPrint Technologies is a global company that is committed to and interested in imparting knowledge about the advancements in the 3D printing technology available today. The main goal of the company is to help make 3D printing better, faster, and simpler in order to make it accessible to people from across the globe. They have successfully started working towards their goal with their two innovative ventures including 3D stuffmaker and 3D stuffshare.

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Company : iPrint Technologies
Contact Person : Robert Grosche
Address : PO BOX 4628, Nambour, QLD 4560, AU
Email:  sales@3dstuffmaker.com 
Phone:+61280912050
http://www.iPrint-technologies.com/

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Laundry 365 Can Put A New Spark In Your Laundry With A Reprogramming Of That Machine

Laundry 365 are always trying to keep ahead of the game and they have put a great deal of work into getting the service right for the customer after he has set up and run his laundry. Laundry 365 is able to supply a vast range of laundry equipment from virtually every major supplier and this goes across the full range of laundry requirements from washing machines, tumble dryers, hydro extractors, ironers, finishing stations and drying cabinets. They are also able to offer excellent repair and servicing options to ensure that the equipment once purchased and installed will work well and stay working. This even includes a 365 day a year contact and repair service.

Laundry 365 have realised that there are other requirements that are needed to ensure longevity in the laundry and to help all the servicing side of the business they maintain a vast store of spare parts for most major machines. They also have a vast store of knowledge on old and obsolete machines and are excellent at sourcing spare laundry parts for the machine that may have been super-ceded many years ago but which still does an excellent job most of the time but requires a part, which is not easily found. Laundry 365 are very proud to have achieved a great deal of success in repairing and finding the right parts for good machines that would have had to have been thrown on the scrap heap.

One of the more recent work projects has been carried out in trying and most often succeeding in bringing older machines up to date by reprogramming them to a new and more efficient routine. Most modern day machines have a computer capability that allows them to be programmed to a user defined capability which will enable the customer to deal with problems or work programmes specific to his customer base. The programming system can be difficult to understand at times but Laundry 365 has expertise, which can help and return that older machine to deal with the intricacies of modern cleaning equipment. It is not just washing machines that have programmed machines but also tumble dryers and many of the finishing machines.

Laundry 365 can re-programme the washing machine to include an Ozone Disinfection Infused rinse cycle something that was not available years ago, also it may be that the operating temperature requires reducing. The advantage of re-programming is that it may be possible to significantly reduce the operating costs of running the machine and hence the cost per unit laundered lowered to increase the competitivity of the laundry in the market place. It can also help to improve the “Green” credentials of the laundry.

Laundry 365 is willing to discuss any problem that the customer may have and hopefully find a solution. There is a saying which comes to mind, that “if it is not broke do not fix it” but if Laundry 365 can reduce the running costs by 10% to 20% perhaps it is broke.

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A New Device Prevents Elevator Accidents Result From Moving Elevator With Open Door

FSSG In a nutshell 

FSSG is a patented electrical device installed in series with elevator door locks safety circuit, to detect any by-pass that may result in elevator running with open door, upon detection FSSG prevents elevator “NORMAL” operation and changes elevator control into “SERVICE” mode, thus prevents automatic movement with open door, thus prevents horrific elevator accidents.

How FSSG protect the public riders 
Elevator runs with open doors because of 2 reasons only, either Mechanical or electrical failure, Mechanical failure (machine brake or suspension) that led to elevator runs with open door, has been resolved by the Unintended Car Movement( UCM) protection. the only problem with it, in case of door locks by-pass the UCM is disabled and cannot protect the public.

Electrical failure (door lock by-pass, car switch by-pass) up till now considered to be Human error / unresolved, with the FSSG this problem has been resolved, Human error is not valid any more.

Today’s news, we’ve successfully implemented a new safety method for which, FSSG employs the UCM to creates for the first time in elevator history a comprehensive elevator protection, to ensures that no matter what’s the failure, “this elevator will not run automatically with open door.”

FSSG Description & Functions

  • FSSG is an electric device that connected in series to any safety chain to be monitored, such as landing door locks or car gate switch.
  • FSSG detects any by pass of safety circuit, either intentionally by elevator mechanic or unintentionally by-pass resulting from Short-Circuit in elevator controller or the shaft.
  • FSSG upon detection of such by-pass, switches elevator control into inspection mode. thus prevents accidents results from automatic movement with open door, but allows elevator mechanic to run the elevator under inspection mode.
  • FSSG does not disable the UCM protection during by-pass as it’s distinguish between elevator runs on by-pass, or elevator runs on safety circuit., even though by-pass exist FSSG detects also a single landing door by-pass or car gate switch by-pass, based on car door position, according to international elevator code A17.1 & EN81-20.
  • FSSG is self protected, it detects and alert any attempt to disable / by-pass the FSSG by placing a jumper wire over it.
  • FSSG detect and alert an internal failure of the FSSG
  • FSSG employ the UCM to prevent either mechanical or electrical failure that result with car running with open door.
  • FSSG is easy to adapt to all kinds of existing elevators
  • FSSG is Highly reliable, low cost and easy to install

Do not wait for the next accident act Now, FSSG

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IntelLiDrives, Inc. releases XY Table with Air bearings for precision manufacturing

IntelLIDrives, Inc. has released a new XY table http://www.intellidrives.com/systems-c-18.html utilizing planar linear motor technology in a single plane direct drive positioning stage. This innovative design offers the unique capability to operate two axes of motion in one plane with one motor.

Two component system consists of passive, magnet-free stationary platen, constructed of lightweight composite materials, and dual axes moving forcer, gliding on the air bearings over special “waffle-like “surface called platen. Planar forcer contains two or four linear motor modules oriented 90 degrees to each other. As linear motor modules respond to varying currents, forcer moves across the platen to produce continuous linear motion. Forcers can be controlled in translation and rotation modes to perform XY and theta (couple degrees) motions.

Stage is built with field replaceable cable track, enclosing electrical cable and air supply, and a panel, containing user electrical and air connectors for a “plug-and-play” installation in less than 5 minutes.

Scalable forcer design provides forces from 25N to 500N, motion repeatability 2 microns, travel length up 1.5 m x 1 m.

IntelLiDrives, Inc. Cartesian system is capable of velocities 2 m/sec, compatible with standard micro stepping indexer/drivers and offer a cost effective, compact envelope planar linear positioning system.

This system is designed for high accuracy, repeatability and speed, simplifying design by eliminating problem associated with stackable XY tables, where one axis is being carried by another. As a result positioning stage with the Planar XY table offers greater reliability and performance through design simplification and elimination of wear-prone components.

Planar XY table system can operate in any orientation (side wall, upside-down) with multiple forcers installed and operated independently on a single platen for high throughput and flexibility in many robotic automation applications

Typical applications include pick and place automation, electromechanical assembly, material transfer systems, laser cutting, testing, dispensing and many others.

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Engineering Firm ENERCON Expands U.S. Operations To San Clemente

Enercon Services, Inc. (ENERCON) has added a San Clemente office located at 1201 Puerta Del Sol, to serve Southern California Edison’s (SCE) San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station bringing the total number of ENERCON offices to 25, nationally and internationally.

ENERCON, specializing in environmental, engineering, licensing, technical and management services will be adding additional resources to support its nuclear utility clients as a result of this expansion.

ENERCON President John Richardson said, “Our Power Generation Division is opening an office in San Clemente to support a recently awarded Engineering Services Contract from Southern California Edison Company for its San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station. Under this contract, ENERCON will be providing Design Engineering Services in the Civil, Structural, Electrical, Instrument and Control, Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering disciplines. The opening of the San Clemente office is our third one in California.  Delivery of high-value services to our clients has continued to facilitate job growth and market expansion.”

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Dakshidin Update

Dakshidin Corporation Update. (Pink Sheets: DKSC)

Since the last update, Dakshiden Corporation has been struggling to complete and close an agreement with what initially appeared to be a very interested party however, to date has not been successful in doing so. After a number of meetings it emerged that the company that we were negotiating with had a number of internal issues to deal with prior to being able to make any commitment and eventually it abruptly ceased all correspondence with Dakshidin Corporation.

As a part of those negotiations, Dakshidin Corporation was undertaking a financial audit. Despite the fact that communications with the other party stopped prior to Dakshidin Corporation having to supply them the financial statements, we were still endeavoring to complete the audit but were unable to do so as a result of a lack of funds; in fact, the company has not had the funds necessary to provide regular updates.

As a result of this long period without sales, Dakshidin Corporation is once again in default with Restec LLC. however, Restec LLC has assured Dakshidin Corporation that an order of 50 windmills would cure this default. 50 windmills is the minimum order acceptable to the manufacturer.

Dakshidin Corporation is currently exploring other sources to initiate and close a deal for the manufacturing and sales of the water pumping windmills however, given the disappointing results of the past, we do not wish to give the impression that any deal is imminent. We will release updates as soon as there is something tangible to report.

Forward-Looking Statements: The information in this press release includes certain “forward-looking” statements within the meaning of the Safe Harbor provisions of Federal Securities Laws. Investors are cautioned that such statements are based upon assumptions that in the future may prove not to have been accurate and are subject to significant risks and uncertainties, including the future financial performance of the Company. Although the Company believes that the expectations reflected in its forward-looking statements are reasonable, it can give no assurance that such expectations or any of its forward-looking statements will prove to be correct. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements that speak only as of the date of this release, and the Company undertakes no obligation to update publicly any forward-looking statements to reflect new information, events, or circumstances after the date of this release except as required by law.

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Tech2select Makes Manufacturing Data Viral

Tech2select is the most advanced technical industry portal for parts and components. It`s focused on detailed manufacturing information to provide a high level matching quality for buyers and suppliers. For suppliers Tech2select provides additional social media services from now on and supports the industry to increase visibility.

So, Tech2select reacts on an US longterm-study about Social Marketing, which shows very significant figures in the industry: 84% of the industry companies mean, that social media is very important for their business. 57% will use videos for their marketing activities in the future.

Tech2select reacts on this trend and provides social media services for suppliers to support them for increasing exposure and traffic. So company and manufacturing data become viral.

From now on company profiles can be shared on Twitter, Facebook and Delicious with a click. Additional the clickrates for the company profiles are published. So, online marketers can navigate and control the social media activities from their Tech2select company profile. For convincing buyers from the industry with additional emotions, marketers can publish a look-and-see video on Tech2select.

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The Next 4 Billion & SCINET CORPORATION: Worldwide Innovation Impact!

The worldwide and unprecedented impact achieved by SCiNet Corporation & the World Trade System (WTS) is proof that millions of people are ready to fight for life, intelligence and freedom. 72% of the world population is considered ‘poor’, but a recent study prepared by The World Resources Institute reveals that 4.7 billion people have the purchasing power of 3.7 billion euro per day! The title of the report reads ‘The Next 4 Billion’ (the next four billion: business strategy and market).

The report is concerning the population of millions of men and women of Asia, Africa, Eastern Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, whose income is below poverty level of the western societies, but which in the aggregate represent an extraordinary economic potential.

SCiNet & WTS Corporation is installing new assembly workshops in different regions worldwide, which are included within ‘The Next 4 Billion’, for the mass production of its innovative production mini-plants inside mobile containers. The mobile production mini-plants that are mounted in these assembly workshops are intended for developing countries, offering therein all kinds of products and basic services: from food preparation or household goods, footwear or clothing articles to water purification and primary health care.

The production mini-plants in mobile containers comprise the only system in the world that can supply up to 6 basic necessity articles at a price as low as one dollar per day.

Furthermore, all the assembly plants will operate connected to the World Trade System, a database that provides access to 60 million referrals to merchandise, raw materials, products and services worldwide, through digital certificates for trading.

SCiNet & WTS Corporation: www.scinet-corp.com
SCINET Foundation: www.scfoundation.eu

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IceTech America, Inc. Is Expanding To A New Location In West Chester, OH

IceTech America, Inc., a world leader in manufacturing high performance Dry Ice Blasting and Dry Ice Production equipment is expanding to a new location in West Chester, OH. The response to growing demand for their blasting machines along with state of the art dry ice production equipment has prompted the move.

“Since expanding to the United States, we have seen growth every year” says Dennis Hjort, President/CEO of IceTech America, Inc. “With our growing presence in North America we have outgrown our current facility. This new facility at 5217 Muhlhauser Road, West Chester, OH will allow us the room we need to hire additional employees, expand our service department and continue to add value for our customers.”

IceTech America, Inc. first opened their doors in April of 2006. With the expansion, IceTech America, Inc. will be more than doubling their campus. “We have our customers to thank for our continued growth”, says Hjort. “We invest a lot of time and resources to build close working relationships with each of our customers, and we are seeing a lot of referrals and repeat business as a result.”

With the new location IceTech America, Inc. will now host a state of the art training and conference center unmatched by any in the industry. “When our customers walk in the door, they will be very impressed” says Mr. Hjort. “The new location will offer an expanded service center along with room to meet our growing demand for more customized and automated solutions.” Automated systems have increased in demand over the last couple of years, and with the new facility IceTech is now capable to offer detailed engineered automated solutions for Dry Ice Blasting to their customers.

IceTech America, Inc. will also continue to stock every part for their blasting machines, and now will carry a complete line of parts needed for their pelletizers to continue to meet their guarantee shipment of parts within 24 hours.

Dry Ice Blasting is rapidly growing as a first choice cleaning method in all industries, from automotive to historical restoration. Dry Ice Blasting offers a non abrasive, non toxic, environmentally friendly cleaning method with zero secondary cleanup involved and no moisture. Dry Ice as a blasting media is approved by the USDA, EPA and FDA. IceTech offers the only line of blasting equipment that is approved and listed by UL.

IceTech America, Inc. has recently launched all new state of the art Dry Ice production equipment that is revolutionizing the industry from older technology to the 21st century. IceTech offers the fastest line of Dry Ice Production equipment in the industry.

IceTech was first founded in 1998 in Denmark. Since inception, IceTech has continued to change the industry while engineering the most versatile line of Dry Ice Blasting equipment and high performance Dry Ice Production equipment. IceTech has supplied equipment to over 180 countries around the world both directly and with their network of over 30 distributors. For more information, please visit www.icetechworld.com.

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Direct Drive Air Bearing Rotary Tables

IntelLiDrives newly released RTH Series rotary tables combine planar air bearings and RotoLinear motor technologies in the compact, direct drive configuration.

These rotary tables eliminate friction, backlash and the wear problems associated with worm gears and belt driven stages.

Small 1.5” height profile tables manufactured with diameters 4”, 6”, 8” and 12”, operate on air bearings for frictionless, maintenance free operation, and can be supplied with aperture opening through the center.

Torque ranges from 5 to 50 lb*ft, resolution up to 1 arc-sec, repeatability 5 arc-sec, speed up to 200 rpm with unlimited rotation.

Series RT rotary tables are compatible with standard micro stepping indexer/drivers and offer a low cost, compact envelope direct drive rotary positioning systems and can also be supplied with high resolution tape encoders for ultra-precise positioning and closed servo loop operation.

Typical applications include semiconductor assembly equipment, wafer inspection and cutting, fiber-optics alignment, optical applications, precision part indexing and robotics.

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New Analyzing Tool for sourcing foundries

To meet the requirements of industrial buyers, Tech2select developed a new analyzing tool for casting parts – sourcing of European and Asian supplier already possible.

Sourcing for new casting suppliers can be very time consuming, because casting is not casting. It depends on a catalogue of technical details, if a supplier fits or not. Especially normal searching machines offer a lot of information, but it lacks in a technical exact searching and matching tool.

The industry portal Tech2select launches a special analyzing tool for finding the exact foundry now. It is based on all the needed technical criterias, which buyers have to keep in mind: material, processes, machines, batches and quality measure methods. So the sourcing time for a casting part can be shortened.

At the moment, there are 300 foundries from Europe and Asia online, which can be sorted that way. They are offering various casting methods – from steel castings, grey castings to gravity die casting. So industry buyers find technical fitting castings very easy and time efficient.

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Static Control Ionizer Specifically Designed To Ionize Nitrogen Gas Flow In Pure Nitrogen Environments

ION Systems, an ITW Company, the leader in static charge neutralization and control products for high tech industries, announces the In-line Ultra Clean Nitrogen Ionizer, Model 4214, the first in-line ionizer specifically designed to ionize a nitrogen gas flow in ultra clean medical, semiconductor, or other high purity processes where static charge generation is an issue.

The Model 4214 In-line Ultra Clean Nitrogen Ionizer was developed to provide a solution to the problem of materials readily charging to 30-40 kV when handled in pure nitrogen environments. Many processes in the medical, semiconductor, and electronics industries are carried out in five 9’s pure nitrogen environments (99.999% nitrogen). Nitrogen ensures a clean, non-oxidizing environment that enables critical processes to be carried out without contamination issues. The dry nitrogen environment, however, encourages static charge generation, which can cause particles contamination through electrostatic attraction, or damage from ESD events. The Model 4214 ionizer, by providing a stream of ionized nitrogen, can effectively remove static charge from products to minimize particle attraction and ESD events. Nitrogen cannot be ionized with standard ionization equipment designed for use in ambient air or CDA environments. The Model 4214 provides the user with the first small format ionizer that ionizes the actual nitrogen molecules instead of the trace impurity gases.

In addition to ionizing pure nitrogen, the Model 4214 is also the world’s first corona ionizer that meets Extended ISO Class 1 cleanliness. Using formulas in the ISO 14644-1 standard, ION Systems has extrapolated the allowable particles down to 0.01 micron (10 nm) in size. These smaller particles which are not covered by ISO 14644-1 can be especially harmful to semiconductor devices with 32 nm or below technology nodes.

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Scaling Caused by Hard Water Can Be Prevented Without Using Environment Damaging Chemicals Or Water Softeners

The presence of calcium carbonate in water gives rise to the formation of a deposit of hard scale on surfaces particularly when water is heated. In dairies this is a severe problem where it forms on stainless steel and is required to be removed by using chemicals. These chemicals then have to be thoroughly rinsed off before equipment is reused to avoid contaminating the milk. Of course all the chemicals being rinsed off go into the drains and then into streams and rivers. But there is also another problem caused by the scale. In addition to being difficult to remove and reducing the efficiency of the plant presence of calcium provides a surface upon which protein matter can deposit and bacteria can then breed. This deposition is called milk stone.

Stainless steel is used for good reason in dairies because it is not prone to corrosion and has a very smooth surface… But Scale destroys all this and leads to the requirement to spend hours chemical cleaning and scouring.

Lalu Farms of Sparta Tennessee found a solution to this problem, one that was totally environment friendly and that saved hours on manpower, eliminated chemicals and reduced the risk of bacterial contamination.

By installing a Scaletron catalytic water conditioner manufactured by Fluid Dynamics International they were able to neutralise the calcium carbonate in the water so that it did not form a hard scale and did not stick to the pipework or other stainless steel surfaces. The end result as the owners of the dairy say in their report is that they “saved huge amounts of chemicals and tons of man hours and considerable amounts of money”. Milk stone has been totally eliminated since the installation of the Scaletron Catalytic conditioner that treats all the water coming from a well with 400ppm of hardness.

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Manufacturers Find Creative Ways to Cost-Efficiently Meet Surging Demand

Neptech, Inc., a leading provider in the emissions testing field, has expanded its scope of contract services at its Tech Center in Highland, Michigan. The Neptech team is structured to support an expansive market – from original equipment manufacturers and suppliers to R&D labs and testing facilities throughout North America.

The company has built-up its capacity to handle jobs ranging from small electro-mechanical sub-assemblies to large turn-key projects. This enables
manufacturers to outsource assembly work in order to keep up with surging market demand while maintaining world class quality standards.

The process starts with design right through component specification, manufacturing, testing and installation. The design team works with customers to develop an efficient design that meets the application requirements for performance, electrical, mechanical and thermal attributes.

Recent projects have included design and installation of test cells and industrial gas supply systems for exhaust gas measurement. They have the expertise to design high purity gas distribution systems for semi-conductor, aerospace and solar / PV applications. The added capability of orbital welding has increased cost-efficiencies and turnaround time on average by 25% on custom work during 2010.

While Neptech has maintained steady growth over the past two years, it has built its reputation on its lean efficient operation, responsiveness to market needs, and by consistently delivering cost-effective solutions for its customers.

Neptech has the ability to leverage its network of hundreds of suppliers and partners allowing the option of custom manufacturing or sourcing of components as needed while achieving economies of scale.

For more information visit www.neptechinc.com/contract-services

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Mixed Fortunes for Engineers and Their Colleagues

Results from Reed’s recent report ‘Meeting the People Challenge’ indicate that employers large and small have been seeking alternatives to redundancy, such as extended holidays and flexible working schemes. Whilst many engineering firms have been unable to avoid lay-offs, others have fared better and are now planning to hire. Mark Blay, Area Manager for Reed Engineering in St Albans, agrees that many of his clients have sought to avoid redundancies – but for many, it’s just not possible: ‘There have been more instances of unpaid leave; less so for reduced working hours,’ he says. ‘And of course, some companies regard the current situation as an opportunity to have a clear-out. But good candidates – people who in a different economic climate would have a choice of new roles – are still being released.’

Mixed Fortunes for Engineers and Their Colleagues

No choice

Amongst Reed Engineering’s clients, candidates in electrical and mechanical maintenance jobs have been in the firing line. ‘If order books are down, and production lines are not running at full capacity, there’s less plant to look after,’ says Blay. ‘Although building maintenance people have been less adversely affected.’ Many organisations are holding on to key senior people in readiness for a future surge in business. Yet companies with more complex hierarchies have been forced to strip out layers of management. According to Blay, business development and sales people in consulting firms have been hit hard: ‘Even though market forces are mostly to blame – rather than poor selling or account management skills – if business isn’t coming in, companies can’t afford to employ them.’

Engineering employers don’t appear to be stepping up with temporary recruitment,despite that being the case in other sectors. ‘It can appear unfair making redundancies and subsequently hiring temporary employees, but the temporaries regularly have varied skill sets, whilst enabling short-term flexibility, and can be released at a moment’s notice. Once order books improve and there is a more confident long-term outlook for the companies concerned, they may then revert to permanent hires.’

For more information on engineering recruitment and jobs offered by Reed Specialist Recruitment, please visit their website reedglobal.com.

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I-TECH And KT Web Printing Ltd. Partner To Install The First I-TECH Automatic Register Control System In Canada

Imaging Technologies, Inc. (I-TECH, www.i-technologies-inc.com) I-TECH and KT Web Printing Ltd. (Toronto, Canada) have formed an alliance to install the first I-TECH automatic register control system in Canada. KT Web Printing, a cold-set web printer, has been specializing in printing newspapers and magazines in Toronto, Canada since 1983. I -TECH’s automatic register control system will be installed on KT Web’s existing Ventura 4-High presses beginning in December and will go live in January 2010.

Thomas Kim, President of KT Web Printing Ltd., says, “I-TECH’s impressive software interface, online support and troubleshooting, and almost invisible registration dots compelled us to really examine I-TECH’s advanced system. Their highly competitive pricing and guarantees, as well as their friendly staff, helped make our decision easier.”

Bill Brandenburg, I-TECH’s Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing, says, “The KT Web partnership allows us an opportunity to provide register motorization on their 4-High’s as well as give them a state-of-the-art productivity solution. Having a Canadian demo facility will also help us in our expansion efforts in the greater North America.”

Imaging Technologies, Inc. and Richner Communications, Inc. (Garden City, NY) also have partnered to put the first I-TECH automatic register control system on the East Coast. The I-TECH closed loop, automatic register control system will be installed on Richner’s existing DGM 430 press in January 2010 and will go live in February. Stuart Richner, President of Richner Communications, Inc., says, “We chose the I-TECH register system after a thorough investigation of the alternatives. The I-TECH system’s advanced technology, ease of use, and nearly undetectable register marks—coupled with its team of dedicated, attentive personnel—gave I-TECH the edge over competing products. The fact that the system is extremely well priced, and offers excellent guarantees and online support, made our decision that much easier.”

Bill Brandenburg, added, “We are excited to have Richner as a partner in this project. Richner will receive lowered make-ready waste and time as well as helping their “Green” profile. At the same time, I-TECH will get another first class demo site to bring in other prospective printers.” Brandenburg also points out that “We now have our equipment on heatset, coldset, and UV presses at newspapers as well as commercial printers. Furthermore, if we combine these two orders with our existing customer base, it gives us 22 webs of register, ribbon, and/or cut-off control on 9 different presses at 6 sites. That’s a pretty impressive record for a company who installed their first system just 18 months ago.”

About Imaging Technologies, Inc.:
Established in 2006, Imaging Technologies, Inc. (I-TECH) provides state-of-the-art machine vision systems for industrial process automation. The company designs and manufactures innovative press automation products that include Automatic Register Control, Ribbon and Cutoff alignment controls. I-TECH’s automation products improve production quality, enable time savings and help operators to reduce waste.

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New Diagnostics Instrument for High Volume Semiconductor Manufacturing Environment

InnerSense Ltd., a leading global developer and manufacturer of precision auto-diagnostics instruments for the semiconductors industry, introduced a new system for eliminating handling-related yield loss in 300mm wafer process tools running high volume production.

The new system, coined SMW2, consists of a 300mm wafer instrumented with sensitive three dimensional vibration sensors, and a “Smart FOUP™” that serves as a recharge and communication station, as well as a clean storage container. The “Smart FOUP” employs contact-less recharging and data transfer that enable the system to interface with standard robotic wafer handlers and be operated with minimal interruption to the production line.

Yigal Tomer, InnerSense’s Co-CEO, commented, “The new system is based on six years of excursion control experience. Built on our successful Smart Wafer technology, it brings to the high volume production environment the monitoring ability that has enabled predictive maintenance and statistical analysis of tool condition, previously available in engineering mode only.”

In addition to 3D vibration sensing and FOUP-based, contact-less reader/recharger station, the SMW2 features advanced analytical tools that facilitate troubleshooting, SPC-based trend identification and tool-to-tool comparison. These tools allow even untrained operators to use the system effectively to enhance the availability of expensive wafer process equipment.

ABOUT “SMART WAFER” TECHNOLOGY
A semiconductor wafer is typically handled hundreds of times during its manufacturing process. Collisions and rubbing against other objects may result in edge cracks and back scratches. Uneven or abrupt lifting may cause skidding and misalignment, or even dropping the wafer inside the tool. Particles generated in mechanical contact cause contamination. In total, handling related defects are believed to cause over 30% of wafer yield loss.

Instrumented with sensitive multi-axial accelerometers, InnserSense’s Smart Wafer travels just like a production wafer through the entire path in the process tool and record the vibrations and tilting it experiences during the various handling operations. The recorded data is analyzed to pinpoint problem sources and detect mechanism deterioration to trigger predictive maintenance. By providing quantitative and statistical information on a regular basis, the Smart Wafer becomes a valuable tool for Advanced Equipment Control (AEC). The resulting enhanced yield and productivity translate to significant cost savings.

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Couture Glass – Breaking New Ground In Large-Scale Glass Tile

GrayGlass www.grayglass.net with over 60 years of experience in the architectural and technical glass fields has spun-off a new company to enter the glass tile industry. GrayGlass recognizing the current economic environment has invested in this new venture to bring style and value to homeowners, builders and remodelers.

Couture Glass is breaking new ground in wall coverings with their remarkably affordable, high style glass tile. Their exquisite large-scale glass tile – Verre Tile has made quite a global impact with tile distributors, architects and designers. Couture Glass debut offerings includes an elegant collection of 3-D large-scale glass tile in sizes ranging f r o m 6″x 12″ to 18”x 24” in a palette of 12 colors f r o m subtle to spectacular and numerous dramatic textures which will compliment any room.

Light dances on the surface of the Riche pattern to create a range of hues f r o m the base color. This dynamic tile will reflect a myriad effect at different times of the day based on how light enters the room and strikes the wall.

Vogue will take your breath away with its multi-dimensional depth that incorporates softness, luxury and beauty. A distinctive feature of this tile is its ‘movement’, which mimics gentle winds caressing sand.

Luxe blankets walls with a gorgeous light-catching bristle effect that glistens and changes color. This eye-catching tile resembles luxurious fur and is a brilliant choice for anyone interested in adorning their walls with elegance.

Feeling reflective? Create the expansion of space while livening up your walls with this modern, versatile mirror tile available in our entire collection of 3-D VerreTile patterns.

This superior quality, TCNA tested, eco-friendly, high style glass tile collection has been created by our design experts with cutting edge tile trends in mind. This combination of style and function will appeal to traditional and modern taste alike. We are extremely sensitive to the current economic times, therefore, we are committed to deliver glass tile with excellent value and durability at a competitive price point that responds to consumer concerns and demands. Private label projects are welcome. Please visit our website to see our stunning collection of glass tile. For more information about Verre Tile by Couture Glass, visit www.coutureglass.com or contact Jennifer Wichard or Chris Vigianno.

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