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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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Bmark Energy Announces California Direct Access (DA) Program is Poised to Expand in PG&E, SCE and SDG&E

  • California’s Direct Access (DA) Program is Poised to Expand in PG&E, SCE and SDG&E
  • Many Commercial & Industrial DA Companies Currently Save 10-25%

Pismo Beach, CA, June 02, 2015 — /EPR INDUSTRIAL NEWS/ — On April 21, 2015, California Senate Bill SB286 passed a Senate Energy, Utilities and Communications Committee (11-0) and indicates the legislature’s desire to support both individual choice (increase the DA CAP) and renewable energy.

This is Great News – and is Electricity Deregulation in Action

Many companies currently participating in the DA program appreciate substantial savings between 10-25% on their generation costs over fully-bundled utility rates, which is why the DA program is so popular and in high demand.

Going forward, we expect the bill to be amended to either phase in the CAP increases or impose some alternative type of participation CAP, and include a renewable energy purchase obligation for new participants.

The Committee Chairman supports the bill and would like to see the bill amended to increase the CAP by 8,000 GWh and would also like to see any new participants be taken from the utility wait list.

** This “Wait List” and Timing are Extremely Important **

To be considered for participation into the DA program, a Six-Month Notice to Transfer to Direct Access needs to be submitted by a company to their utility. With these notices, each utility creates their “Wait List” for any future DA openings that may occur under the CAP for the following year.

“It is extremely important that companies realize that the utility Wait Lists for 2016 are being formed NOW,” says Robert Kramb, president of Bmark Energy, “and the deadline is June 12 for any 2016 DA openings.”

Six-Month Notice to Transfer to Direct Access forms are sent to the utility June 8, 2015 – June 12, 2015. If you miss the June 12, 2015 deadline, any DA opportunity for 2016 is eliminated.

Next Steps to Take:

1- Contact us at Bmark Energy at: 805-773-3762 Ext. 3
2- Email your electric utility invoice to: robertk@bmarkenergy.com
3- We will complete the form and return it to you for your signature.
4- We will then submit the form during the utility enrollment period.

Here are links to additional information on Direct Access, regarding FAQs, as well as savings charts and graphs.

Expand DA – Get on the Wait List
DA Info – Savings chart and graph

Industries that Benefit from Direct Access

Aerospace Biotech Financial Government Pharmaceuticals
Agriculture Chemicals Healthcare Education Chain Operations
Automotive Defense Industrial Steel/Metal Food Preparation

Bmark Energy follows the political-regulatory energy changes in California and understands the DA process. We have been alerting California companies to utility-regulatory changes and assisting them in obtaining lower energy costs for over 22 years for both natural gas and electricity. There are two ways to reach us for more information.

BmarkEnergy (http://www.Bmarkenergy.com)
CAdirectaccess (http://www.bmarkenergy.com/California-energy)

Direct Access (DA) is an option that allows eligible companies the ability to purchase their electricity directly from competitive electric service providers (ESPs). PG&E, SCE, and SDG&E continue to transport and deliver electricity and their utility services for all companies in this utility DA program.

Robert Kramb
Bmark Energy, Inc.
791 Price St. #177, Pismo Beach, CA 93449
Tel. 805-773-3762 Ext. 3 – Fax 805-456-2088 Email robertk@bmarkenergy.com
BmarkEnergy (http://www.Bmarkenergy.com)

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Twin Rivers Customizes Publishing Papers to Target Religious Text Applications

Premium Hybrid and Freesheet Offering Delivers Value and Quality

Madawaska, ME, October 08, 2014 — /EPR INDUSTRIAL NEWS/ — Understanding the challenges facing religious publishers and printers, Twin Rivers Paper Company tailored a portfolio of lightweight Premium Hybrid and Freesheet papers to deliver value and quality for spiritual scripture, inspirational non-fiction and study guides.

“Whether it is paper cost, supply chain logistics, quality or ease of doing business, publishers and printers are being asked to do more for less in delivering evangelical materials around the world,” said Robert Hutchins, Product Manager. “As an experienced supplier, we know this market. For the last 20 years our Freesheet grades set industry standards while our Premium Hybrid papers are driving market innovation.”

With an 80+ year legacy of papermaking, Twin Rivers is one of the primary North American manufacturers of lightweight opaque Freesheet papers, a category widely used for scriptural applications because of strength and printability. Understanding the market need for options, Twin Rivers pioneered the Premium Hybrid category, formulated with the optimal blend of Groundwood and Freesheet fiber to deliver opacity, strength and value.

“Our Premium Hybrid papers have transformed other publishing markets like financial printing and reference. We know once religious publishers and printers become more familiar with our blended products they will appreciate the unique benefits of the offering. Premium Hybrid can translate into a significant advantage for a publisher,” added Hutchins. “Our papers provide options that support brand image while stretching budgets to expand reach.”

Core papers for religious text applications include Custom Brite® and Bridge Supreme®. Custom Brite is a Freesheet paper available in 22-40 lb. basis weights while Bridge Supreme is a Premium Hybrid paper available in 18-38 lb. basis weights, with added hybrid capability extending up to 40 lb. Both grades are designed for this technical application; optimizing readability, performance and aesthetics.

Additionally, Twin Rivers manufacturers a robust line of publishing papers that can be engineered to meet the needs of a wide array of applications. The company is known for its lightweight manufacturing flexibility, excellent service platforms and willingness to co-develop customized solutions. Paper characteristics including fiber furnish, bulk, basis weight and brightness drive a needs-based approach to paper selection.

For more information, visit our Religious Market webpage or call us at 800.920.9988 and ask for our Religious Papers Overview.

Contact-Details: Dave Deger
Vice President, Strategy and Marketing
(207) 523-2355
dave.deger@twinriverspaper.com

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Twin Rivers Paper Company is an integrated specialty paper company that manufactures packaging, label and publishing products for targeted markets and applications. The company has operations in Maine and New Brunswick.

The company recently became Associated Members of the Evangelical Christian Publishing Association (ECPA) an international non-profit organization dedicated to the publishing and distribution of Christian content worldwide.

For more information, visit us on the web at www.twinriverspaper.com.

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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.

Media Contact

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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Introducing MiningGlobal.com, a new mining industry you’ll want to be a part of

The executive and creative team at Mining Global is pleased to announce the launch of MiningGlobal.com. MiningGlobal.com is an innovative, revolutionary digital publication and research platform designed to provide business executives with the latest news, information and trends from across the mining industry.

“I am thrilled to be a part of Mining Global as I believe it has the potential to become one of the most influential platforms in the global mining industry,” said Robert Spence, Editor-in-Chief. “Both the Mining Global team and myself look forward to not only improving the way mining news is presented, but how executives in the industry connect with one another.”

MiningGlobal.com’s proprietary, custom-built platform includes an interactive website and magazine, in addition to comprehensive analysis and insight tools for the mining sector, providing industry professionals with the information they need to quickly and efficiently make decisions.

MiningGlobal.com will allow you to:

  • Use our extensive network to connect with B2B industry professionals operating in the mining industry.
  • Gain exposure to high-ranking officials of the top mines and minerals processing facilities around the world.
  • Obtain exclusive access to news and industry-specific developments that allow you to have a finger on the pulse of the industry.

“Looking at other websites covering the mining industry, we see this as an exciting opportunity to provide a product unparalleled by others in its interactive platform, unique delivery, thorough research, and trend updates designed specifically for our readers,” Robert comments.

With a physical presence in many of the world’s largest economies, Mining Global’s team of editors and researchers are keenly abreast of news and developments occurring around the clock, informing professionals and decision makers on key trends, technological advances, modern machinery, operational excellence and prominent leaders throughout the industry.

About the Editor:
Robert Spence is Editor-in-Chief and head writer for MiningGlobal.com. Robert has worked as an industry journalist for over seven years appearing in a number of publications, including mining, construction, manufacturing, and supply chain magazines. He brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the mining sector, covering such topics as acquisitions, operations and technology. He has also been actively involved in a variety of digital channels, including iPad applications, custom e-newsletters, and social networking sites.

Contact Details:

Mining Global is headquartered in Carlsbad, California. Additional offices are located in Boston, Toronto, Norwich, Sydney and Cape Town. For more information, please visit:http://www.miningglobal.com

Press Contact:
Christopher J. Pendergraft
christopher.pendergraft@wdmgroup.com
+1 760 827 7800

Advertising Inquiries:
mediasales@miningglobal.com

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Windings Inc Celebrates Five Years of Employee Ownership

Windings Inc; manufacturer of coil windings and custom and specialty motors and generators has been in business as a 100% employee owned company for over five years now. The anniversary date was December 31, 2013 but due to the busyness of the holiday season the company recently celebrated in February.

Being 100% ESOP, (Employee Stock Ownership Plan), has brought many positive changes to the Windings Inc. Culture and also to the growth of the business. Jerry Kauffman, President and CEO of Windings Inc, had this to say about the Employee Owners, “There is a great pride of ownership among our EO’s and an added level of engagement. They want to understand how the business works and they want to know how the business is doing. The intrinsic motivation makes an easy connection between the importance of the work put out by the EO’s; why it is important to them, and why it is important to the company.”

This genuine motivation does not go unnoticed by visitors of Windings Inc either. Customers routinely comment on the culture, and how the EO’s talk to them. They also mention that the employee owners are very knowledgeable and offer ideas on projects. It is evident to visitors and customers of Windings Inc that the employee owners enjoy their work and how they can contribute to their customers’ success.

Windings Inc. vision is to “grow the value of the enterprise while being remarkable”. The quality found in the stators, rotors, and motor/generators builds are the highest they can be because of the workmanship that goes into each unit. This hand craftsmanship also brings affordable pricing to the customer.

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Whaler Supply Leads the Way for Product Solutions in the Industrial and Commercial Markets

Company Overview
Whaler Supply is a great way to find the products that make your business run properly. They have built a unique business structure, which allows them to provide fantastic customer service without paying a premium price for the solutions your business requires. Whaler Supply has established partnerships with only the most respected manufacturers in the industry, such as 3M, Aware Ware and many more. These suppliers offer great warranties, return policies, fair prices and great customer service. The chosen partnerships are appropriate because they have proven to truly care and service the customer.

Markets
Whaler Supply has recently shifted their core business to better serve the industrial and commercial markets.

The industrial market focuses on selling goods and services to other businesses. Many of the products Whaler Supply is selling to other businesses are inputs to different end products. Without these inputs, other businesses operations would not be possible. As opposed to the industrial market, the commercial market focuses on selling goods and services to end-users. Many of these products can be used in a business or personal setting. Whaler Supply has actively worked over the past years reinventing product lines and market focus. This new approach has shown to be very successful and is the leading reason why Whaler Supply is a top player in the product solutions space.

Products
Whaler Supply offers an array of products to suit any sized project. Regardless of the state of the economy, businesses are constantly expanding, maintaining and making strategic decisions to improve the financial and overall well being of various industries. They offer an array of categories consisting of matting and runners, personal protective equipment and traffic and pedestrian safety equipment. Some of these products include mats, hard hats and eye glasses for the workplace. Always check www.whalersupply.com/ to find new specials, additional products and newly established partnerships with premier manufacturers.

Key Highlights
Whaler Supply is constantly innovating to provide the best business solutions in the industry. As previously mentioned, their website is full of information covering policies, a login account enabled privacy feature and product information. One of the most highlighted services they offer is the return policy and shipping information.

Return Policy
Not only are they an industry leader in the business product solutions area, but also offer one of the most reasonable and fair return policies in the industry. They offer eligible returns for up to one (1) year on product solutions. They offer product or credit refunds to your account. Returns are only contingent upon five (5) easy to follow guidelines: (1) All RMA forms are downloadable online, simply fill out and attach to the packing slip (2) The product must be unused and in the original packaging (3) You must provide prepaid shipping on the product, it will be refunded to you (4) The easy to complete RMA form is also to be emailed to Whalers Supply (5) No authorization is needed for returns

Delivery Information
Whaler Supply prides itself on providing premium products and services at reasonable prices. They have an established business partnership with the worldwide leader, FedEx, to provide safe, quick, and reasonable shipping costs. As is standard in the product solutions area, the shipping costs and times are all contingent upon the package weight. As previously mentioned, Whalers Supply has developed an innovative website including an account feature for customers pleasure. Orders can be placed, tracked, and cancelled online from the comfort of your business or home.

As previously mentioned, Whaler Supply prides themselves on the ability to offer some of the lowest prices from the most established businesses in the product solutions area. The return and delivery policies satisfactorily complement their overall business mission.

Takeaway
They have a newly updated website that highlights their mission, products and policies. You can now track your orders from start to finish, checkout faster than ever, automate reorder shipments and find specials and discounts with Whaler Supply online. The recent upgrade to the official Whaler Supply website has introduced the Trust Wave, trusted commerce, solution to improve order checking and payment processing. The products and services Whaler Supply offers are always available at reasonable prices paired with excellent customer service without the premium price tag.

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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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Laundry 365 days working for the Electrolux Primus Hydro Extractor

Laundry 365 are a laundry supply company with a difference, they literally are available 365 days a year to help their customers and the experience comes from a company set up by personnel that had been in the laundry business for a good many years. The result is a company that has the ability to supply commercial laundry machines covering the full range of the industries requirements from all the major manufacturers and who can also give advice or can even design and build any laundry according to the customer’s specifications. When Laundry 365 is teamed with Electrolux, the great Swedish Laundry and Kitchen machine producer, in the supply of the Electrolux range of hydro extractors there is a good chance that the customer will get a good piece of equipment which can be serviced 365 days a year. Electrolux is the second largest producer of household goods in the world and has vast experience in producing excellent machines both under its own name and also many others.

Laundry 365 is pleased to promote the Electrolux Primus range of Hydro Extractors, which includes the massive HEM 289 18 kg model designed for the large commercial laundry. The hydro extractor is built to remove excess water after the washing machine has done its job. Instead of spending time with spin dryers working for long periods of time the Electrolux Hydro Extractor will do the job quickly efficiently. The Electrolux Hydro Extractor HEM 289 18 kg model has a vertical stainless steel drum for extremely long life and spins at up to 1450 rpm. This very high spin rate creates extreme G forces within the machine and removes the water from the laundry very rapidly. The result is that the laundry comes out of the machine only slightly damp and ready for ironing. Laundry 365 is pleased to note that the Electrolux Hydro Extractor HEM 289 18 kg model produces finished laundry in a state that the commercial ironing machine only requires one pass to finish the laundry.

The Electrolux Hydro Extractor is built to reduce the production time of the laundry cycle and although it at first seems to be an extra process it decreases the overall working time quite considerable and has become an invaluable piece of equipment in most commercial laundries. Laundry 365 is able to supply these machines with the flexible suspension stainless steel drum for low noise and reduced vibration from the machine, this also reduces the wear on the machine and helps with the life cycle of the machine. TheElectrolux Hydro Extractor can also be supplied with a fixed stainless steel drum for use in applications where the suspended drum would be a problem such as on ships, drilling platforms and laundrettes.

Laundry 365 will advise on the use of the full range of Electrolux Hydro Extractors from small to large so that the customer can obtain the best type of machine for his laundry application. Their vast knowledge is important in making sure that not only do they supply the best machine but also to make sure there is no duplication or money wasted in the process.

 

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Rough Terrain Crane Rental Success for Connecticut Based Company

A Quick Pick Crane & Rigging has been successfully growing in the Rough Terrain Crane Rental market. Currently, the company owns (1) 80 Ton rough terrain and (2) 50 Ton rough terrain cranes, but has the ability to acquire more and/or larger sizes for long term jobs.

Rough Terrain Cranes work well on heavy highway and bridge jobs, jobsites requiring rebar and concrete pours, and steel erection. Compact design, flotation tires, 4 wheel drive, and crab steering allow these cranes to work on tight jobsites with mud, rock, dirt, or snow. The company has also done work on cell sites and set a number of modular homes with the cranes because of harsh jobsite conditions.

A Quick Pick Crane & Rigging Service is based in Derby, CT, services the CT, NY, MA, RI areas, and provides boom trucks, mobile hydraulic, rough terrain, tower, and crawler cranes for rent to the construction industry. Their rigging division provides HVAC/mechanical rigging, machinery moving, sculpture/artwork moving. The company also provides ancillary trucking and industrial storage for their crane and rigging customers.

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Wormald Urges Watercraft Owners To Consider Fire Protection

As many Australians take to the water to enjoy the long warm summer days, fire protection specialist Wormald is urging watercraft owners and operators to ensure they have adequate fire protection equipment on board.

According to Mark Brown, National Marine Manager with Wormald Technology, regardless of boat size or type, or whether it’s used for commercial or recreational purpose, careful consideration should be given to ensuring fire protection equipment is in place. “Inadequate or improper fire protection can, in the case of a fire, expose those on board to extreme dangers and lead to potential loss of equipment and assets.

“Before setting sail, it’s important to identify all fire hazards and install suitable fire protection equipment. The choice of fire extinguisher, fire blankets and fire detection equipment will depend on a vessel’s type and size so it’s a good idea to consult a fire protection expert”, says Brown.

Powder fire extinguishers ABE are the most widely used type of fire extinguisher and work by discharging a fine powder that smothers fire. Available in a range of sizes, they are suitable for most vessels.

Smoke alarms should be installed in cabin and saloon areas, and thermal detection systems should be considered for spaces where machinery is located. “In the event of a fire, smoke alarms can assist in providing the precious time needed to act or escape. Regularly check that the alarms are working by pushing the test button and replace batteries as necessary.”

Once fire protection equipment is installed, it should be regularly serviced to ensure it is in proper working order. “Any fire protection equipment on board should perform to the standard to which it was originally designed and installed to. Regular checks and servicing can help uncover any faults or issues that may prevent the equipment from working correctly at the time of greatest need,” says Brown.

 

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Ferco Provides Seating to Major London Olympics Legacy Venues

Few will ever forget the sights and sounds of the historic London Olympic Games, but they might not realise that one of the UK’s premier stadium seating manufacturers had been at work behind the scenes; providing seating solutions for some of the most high profile arenas of the games.

But the Olympic legacy is still alive and well, and Ferco is also manufacturing seats for brand new developments outside of London which maintain the spirit of excellence and achievement that was born during the games; developments such as Orford Jubilee Park in Warrington, a state of the sporting facility for Sports, Leisure and Health Education students at Warrington College.

The Orford Jubilee Park is the latest Olympic legacy development outside of the capital. This £30 million arena is designed to house an array of exciting sporting activities and course provisions for the college, and thanks to the team at Ferco seating it can comfortably accommodate a host of interested spectators.

The project used riser mounted Ferco FCB-M seats which, while cost effective, boast a unique design and ergonomic build. Widely regarded as the most comfortable plastic spectator seat on the market, the Ferco FCB-M stadium seating solution was the ideal choice for this exciting new sports venue.

Of course, sporting arenas are rarely more breathtaking than the London Olympic Aquatic Centre and this premier sports facility at the heart of the Olympic experience also opted for the high quality Ferco FCB-M stadium seats.

The Aquatic Centre was designed by the award winning architect Zaha Hadid, who endeavoured to incorporate fluid motion into the building’s design. The Ferco FCB-M seats were the perfect solution to maintain this effect thanks to their fluid, curved design. The architects chose the beam variant of the FCB-M in order to provide the flexibility required by the stringent legacy requirements. The Olympic Games might have closed, but the Olympic legacy lives on and the Aquatic Centre will continue to host major sporting events. Ferco seating was chosen to provide a long lasting seating solution which will be in place for years to come.

The genius of this Olympic seating solution is that it was designed for simple reconfiguration after the Olympic Games. The Aquatic Centre is currently being redeveloped into a multi-faceted venue and the FCB-M beam mounted stadium seats have allowed for comprehensive reconfiguration of the spectator area which retains the same high quality seating solution.

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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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A-Quick Pick Crane Service Provides Crawler Crane on Stamford, CT Project

A-Quick Pick Crane Service CT recently started to set a parking garage on the corner of Washington Blvd and Pulaski St in Stamford, CT. The parking garage is part of the 20 story Gateway Office project. Quick Pick and Baker Concrete chose Manitowoc’s 888 crawler crane to perform the heavy picks, and it is scheduled to be there over the next year.

The Manitowoc 888 on site is a 230 ton crawler crane with 270′ of tip height which includes a 40′ offset jib.

A-Quick Pick Crane Service is based out of Derby, CT and provides all trades in the construction industry with hydraulic truck cranes, rough terrain cranes, crawler cranes, tower cranes, rigging, trucking, and industrial storage.

Contact Details: A-Quick Pick Crane Service CT
205 Water St
Derby, CT 06418
203-924-2000
http://www.aquickpickcrane.com

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Line Generators for Machine Vision Offer Improved Performance

Coherent Inc. (Santa Clara, CA) has introduced a new range of diode-laser based line generators which deliver enhanced flexibility, unique output optimization capabilities, and extended lifetimes. This series of new line generators, called the StingRay, will enable the construction of faster and more accurate machine vision systems that utilize 3D triangulation. The   StingRay series mates a diode laser with high performance electronics and precision, refractive optics for collimation and line generation covering the widest available range of fan angles. They also incorporate optional diffractive elements for creating complex output patterns.  StingRay models are available with output powers as high as 200 mW and at key wavelengths throughout the 450 nm to 1550 nm spectral range, including the popular 450 nm, 520 nm, 635 nm, and 660 nm lines.

StingRay lasers are the first to feature an industry leading, line intensity non-uniformity down to ±5% in a standard product. This high uniformity reduces the need for image post-processing, and translates directly into increased measurement speed and dimensional accuracy. StingRay lasers are also unique in offering external user focusable optics, which allow the laser line to be precisely optimized for the exact distance over which it is projected.  Additionally, the StingRay’s optomechanical design permits “dynamic line balancing,” enabling simple correction of any intensity bias in configurations where the laser must be used at off axis illumination angles. To further enhance usability, Stingray lasers also include an internal “health monitor” that indicates when a diode module is approaching end of life, thus allowing for planned replacement, and avoiding production downtime due to an unexpected failure.

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New Laser Cutting Machine Offers Faster Throughput and Higher Accuracy

Coherent, Inc. (Santa Clara, CA) has extended its integrated laser tools product portfolio with its new META platform, offering improved performance and greater ease-of-use.  The META platform features a unibody chassis design. This rigid single weldment provides improved mechanical stability for the system, resulting in faster cutting speeds and better positioning repeatability. In addition, the cutting bed on META platform products has been enlarged to accommodate standard European sheet sizes (1.25 m x 1.25 m).

The control system has also been significantly upgraded with the help of our science laserresearchers. Specifically, the operator interface for META platform products has been changed to an industrial type controller. This is an ergonomic monitor/keyboard assembly that is directly mounted on the side of the chassis.  All interface cables for this system are now contained within the machine assembly, further enhancing its ruggedness and suitability for the increasingly industrial environments in which the platform is now being utilized.

Improvements have also been implemented in the META platform’s software. In particular, ease-of-use has been enhanced through a new, multilingual software interface, together with the implementation of greater system automation. Additionally, the system features automatic focus, advanced capacitive height sensing and a fully integrated machine vision system.

When configured with a Coherent 1 kW CO2 laser (Diamond E-1000), the META system offers unmatched flexibility, with the ability to process a wide range of both metals and non-metals, such as plastics, wood, fabrics, leather, paper and thin films. With this laser cutter tool, the system can readily cut stainless steel in thicknesses of up to 3mm, aluminum of up to 2 mm, and mild steel of up to 6 mm.

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Shipping magnate Abdul Qadir Rahman Buhari, the Managing Director of The WAM International, has sealed yet another tender floated by the Tamil Nadu Electrical Board

Shipping magnate Abdul Qadir Rahman Buhari, the Managing Director of The West Asia Maritime International is beginning to raise a few eyebrows in the shipping corridors. In his dogged pursuit of owning ships and winning contracts, the captain of the Chennai-based Corporation has sealed yet another tender floated by the Tamil Nadu Electrical Board which, sources say is tailor-made for Mr Buhari’s self-unloading bulk carrier – the Gem of Ennore, which is intended to move thermal coal from Paradip in Orissa to Ennore/Tuticorin/Karaikal.

The haulier is currently time-chartered by the Tamil Nadu State-owned Poompuhar Shipping Corporation and its 10-year charter period ends Sept/Oct, 2012.

Interestingly, the TNEB’s fresh tender appears to be designed in such a way that no other ship in India has the capacity to bid for it (the tender for the contract has specifically asked for a self unloader feature on the vessel). It’s a home-run for the Gem of Ennore and a smooth transition from one deal to another.

One happens to wonder how a credible agency like PSCL, hired by TNEB for its coal procurement, can be so short-sighted while selecting a vendor. In a country that depends on its coasts for a wide variety of goods, it’s appalling to observe errors in judgement in significant projects with massive financial ramifications.

There is a project that is currently underway to install two gantry cranes at the Ennore port for discharging gearless vessels. The venture is expected to be completed in under 2 years’ time.

The TNEB, amusingly, has brought out a 5-year charter period. The value of a self unloader becomes moot in two years (the gantry cranes are being installed to do exactly what an unloader does). Therefore, the un-loader becomes redundant for the next three years (more of an additional burden to TNEB) and these are the years when the charter hire (around Rs. 20 lakhs plus per day) are 30% to 40% higher than the current rate.

Additionally, infrastructure (gantry cranes) built at huge costs will be under-utilised. These are the years, when having two gearless panamaxes will be financially more viable and sensible than operating the un-loader. In fact, chartering of two gearless vessels to achieve and maintain the same level of transport and supply efficiency at comparable costs would make more economic sense than a self unloader, especially since the gantry cranes are scheduled to come up within two years.

The gantry cranes are being built at the cost of the taxpayers’ money and the government ought to look into it and plug the loophole. Interestingly, the Gem of Ennore was converted more than 10 years ago to suit the requirements of charter.

It was built as a gearless Panamax in 2000 at the Hitachi Zosen Shipyard in Japan. In 2001, she was converted to a self-unloader with cranes and conveyor in China, exclusively for carrying thermal coal from Paradip port in Orissa to Ennore in Tamil Nadu for the Tamil Nadu Electricity Board. One wonders if the West Asia Maritime Ltd had an idea of things to come in future.

There are zero opportunities for the other bidders for whom there is no level-playing field. Comparatively, the rate for a charter hire per day is Rs. 14.49 lakh for GoE while a gearless panamax rate is 5.35 lakhs. It is evident that the cost per ton to TNEB on the unloader is much higher than carrying the coal on gearless panamaxes.

Why not float a tender for a period of one year instead of tying it down for five years? Even if TNEB considers chartering a self un-loader, the period should be limited to one year only and reviewed for continuation in 2013, considering the fast-changing ground realities.

The vessel has to be provided within the lay days which are less than two months away. A major conversion such as this takes no less than 5 to 6 months. Therefore, there is a conflict here. The chartering negotiations were going on as of 3rd week of July and the vessel is required no later than 15th October.

One cannot help but wonder about the track record of the shipping giant. WAMSPL (Singapore) entered into two contracts with Euroceanica, UK, in 2008 for the time-charter of 2 19,800 DWT chemical tankers – namely ‘LBU Onyx’ and ‘JBU Opal’ for a period of 5 years. WAMPSL is a subsidiary of West Asia and accordingly West Asia, Chennai, provided performance guarantees for each ship.

‘LBU Onyx’ and ‘JBU Opal’ were delivered to WAMSPL by Euroceanica in September 2008 and April 2009, respectively. The charter parties for the two vessels had a balance of approximately 32 months and 39 months to be performed when things started to go wrong.

WAMPSL failed to pay hire rates on time under both the contracts, as a result of which, Euroceanica arrested MV ‘Gem of Safaga’ in Australia as a security for their claim in November 2009.

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Avoiding the Perils of Dangerous Car Modifications

TorqueCars http://www.torquecars.com, one of the UK’s leading online car modding communities today launched an awareness campaign to highlight the dangers of poor quality DIY car modifications by inexperienced owners.

We see many modified cars that are downright dangerous or at least going to be unreliable. It seems that lots of car owners with minimal knowledge are making changes to their cars without realising the implications. By highlighting these problems TorqueCars hope to minimise the negative impact created by these low budget, poor quality modified cars, and focus on a professional approach to car modification.

It only takes a few high profile incidents involving poorly modified cars before the clamour is raised for legislation outlawing all modifications or restricting the choice of modifications people can do.

Some young drivers seem to think that the more noise the car makes the faster it goes. Experience proves this to be incorrect and often these large exhausts and noisy induction kits have a negative effect on the cars performance and power.

One particular area of concern is with car electrics. Inexperienced DIYers will often overload circuits or hack into wires for power without making proper provisions for vibrations wear and adequate electrical insulation. These can often short out potentially causing a fire or at least creating a breakdown.

The most common electrical mistake is putting a wire straight through a bulk head without placing a rubber grommet around the wire to shield it from rubbing on the bulk head and wearing through.

A holistic approach to car modification is required where increased power is matched with up rated braking and handling. Dropping a 2.0 Turbo engine into a car which originally had a much smaller engine will offer a dramatic power hike but the brakes and suspension will be unable to handle this causing a potentially dangerous situation.

The main motivation for modifying a car is to maximise the drivers enjoyment of the vehicle. Most modifications merely release the full potential of a car where manufacturers have detuned or restricted the car in some way for economic or reputational reasons.

It is also fair to assume that each driver has their own personal preferences when it comes to a cars power band, handling characteristics and the aesthetic design of their car.

A well modified car should be safer than the standard unmodified one due to the stronger or uprated parts introduced. Braking distances can be dramatically shortened, the risk of skidding on a deceptive bend or corner or losing control should also be lower.

By increasing an engines efficiency there is often an additional saving in fuel consumption. This fact is particularly true when it comes to tuning modern turbo diesel engines.

It’s not just poorly modified cars that present a danger; poorly maintained cars are just as big a risk. According to TorqueCars senior partner Waynne Smith, “if you walk around any public car park you will find many cars will illegal tyres. The tread depth will be below the legal minimum or there will be damage to the sidewall of the tyre. We try hard to promote responsible car ownership to our members and readers of our articles.”

The forums at TorqueCars are a great place to go to discuss your car tuning project in details with experienced car modifiers and enthusiasts from around the world. By garnering as much information as you can you’ll be better placed to avoid the common pitfalls associated with modified cars.

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Chiller Noise No Longer Problem After Acoustifence Barrier Installed

Installation of a 24-foot noise barrier utilizing Acoustifence outdoor sound abatement material at the new Sheboygan Festival Foods store is complete, ending complaints from nearby residents over extreme levels of noise leaking from the store’s industrial refrigeration chillers into the community.

Folks in Sheboygen were celebrating when the popular Wisconsin-based Festival Foods grocery chain opened the 70,000 square foot mega store here on September 16, 2011. Less than two weeks later, the community’s warm welcome had grown icy as neighbors began to complain about noise from the store’s industrial refrigeration chiller that was so loud, it violated the city’s noise ordinance.

Festival Foods enlisted the help of Acoustical Engineer Eric Wolfram of Milwaukee-based Scott R. Riedel & Associates, LTD, who consulted with Acoustiblok’s Jay Boland to choose Acoustifence noise barrier material, a product of Acoustiblok, Inc. of Tampa Florida, to bring the decibel level down below the legal threshold and restore peace and quiet to the neighboring community.

When Wolfram first investigated the site in September, decibel readings ranged between 78.4 and 90.7, loud enough to be a risk for noise-related health problems to nearby residents and workers, had they been subjected to the noise over time. The Sheboygan Department of City Development demanded the level be reduced by at least five decibels, Wolfram said.

“The existing refrigeration pump and motor systems produce extreme noise levels,” Wolfram said. “This noise reverberates within the sheet-metal paneled enclosure interior and escapes through several different exhaust and ventilation openings.

“Additional noise was generated by the cooling and exhaust fans mounted above the enclosure.”

Working with sound consultants from Acoustiblok, Inc., Wolfram designed a two-step solution, creating a barrier with Acoustifence noise deadening material to block noise around the massive system, and incorporating another Acoustiblok product, QuietFiber, to help reduce sound from reflecting off of the taller adjacent building behind the chillers.

Minimal structural changes were required, as the ⅛- inch Acoustifence was easily attached to an existing chain link fence and the outdoor-rated QuietFiber with a perforated metal cover was capconed to the building.

The results were better than Wolfram had hoped, with decibel levels reduced to 57.3 the moment the barrier was in place – well below the City’s legal threshold, and more than 20 decibels lower than before the Acoustiblok products were installed. Neighbors are no longer bombarded with the irritating chiller noise, now replaced with the ordinary ambient sounds that existed before.

“Sounds from local traffic and roadways exceeded that of the compressor equipment after installation of the Acoustifence and QuietFiber products,” Wolfram said.

Lahnie Johnson, founder and president of Acoustiblok, Inc., applauded Festival Foods’ quick action in addressing the noise complaints right away, stating that the product combination was the perfect solution for this particular type of noise challenge.

“The Acoustifence and QuietFIber treatments were the perfect solution for the Festival Foods chiller noise, as both of these materials are designed to hold up in inclement weather, and as you can see from the results, they do their job well beyond everyone’s expectations,” Johnson said. “The Acoustifence and Quiet Fiber are also substantially less costly than attempting a structural enclosure solution.”

For more information on industrial noise solutions, visit the Acoustiblok website, Email sales@acoustiblok.com, or call 813-980-1400.

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