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The Future of Robotics In The Petroleum & Petrochemical Industries

YANGEBUP, Perth, Western Australia, 23-Nov-2020 — /EPR INDUSTRIAL NEWS/ — The petroleum and petrochemical industries, although booming, face numerous challenges. These are only set to intensify as obtaining crude oil and petrochemicals by conventional and non-conventional means becomes more demanding financially, environmentally and in ever more hostile habitats. For these reasons the use of robotics and autonomous systems to carry out practical tasks is virtually a necessity for the industry to progress.

The time of the robot is well and truly upon us, and strategic use of such technology is set to bring about significant safety advances and cost efficiency for global industry. And this is particularly true when it comes to the production of petroleum and petrochemicals.

Because of the colossal value of these industries, with assets totalling billions of dollars, it’s understandable that those held responsible for ensuring continued profits are decidedly cautious when it comes to embracing new technology.

This means that the use of robots for inspection and maintenance is by no means the norm quite yet. But as more and more proof of the advantages becomes common knowledge, such solutions are becoming more widespread.

Inspection and maintenance challenges 

Historically, achieving efficient inspection and maintenance of assets is a necessary but expensive task that needs to be carried out on a regular basis. Challenges posed include:

  • Significant downtime of assets causing reduced revenue
  • High costs associated with the opening, inspection, cleaning and maintenance of assets
  • Lengthy preparation periods to set up scaffolding and vent toxic gases to create a safe environment for human entry
  • The risk to human life when entering confined spaces and non or reduced oxygen atmospheres
  • The high cost of specialist inspection and maintenance teams
  • Worker compensation following accidents or incidents
  • The risk of human error during inspection
  • Inadequate visualisation of certain structures that are inaccessible for humans

Such challenges have meant that inspections and necessary maintenance can take weeks – even months – to complete. While this is taking place revenue ceases, so the need for speed is paramount. In addition, such challenges create little enthusiasm for companies to carry out proactive inspection over and above what’s required by legal industry standards. 

Enter the robots

Rapidly advancing technology over the past decade has brought us to an era that’s truly able to overcome many of these challenges. And whilst we’re not quite in the realms of the most futuristic of sci-fi movies yet, the tech continues to advance. Today, robots such as crawlers and drones are able to reduce multiple challenges of inspection and maintenance, providing the opportunity for companies to not only meet health and safety requirements, but to exceed them, therefore reaping the benefits of proactive asset analysis and associated reduction in maintenance costs

Advantages of using robotics

As technology increases it becomes possible for companies to take advantage of robots to carry out tasks that present significant hazards to human life. Not only does this lower exposure to danger in this high-risk industry, but also provides a financial edge thanks to minimizing employee costs and improving manufacturing efficiency.

The latest in robotic developments have been dedicated towards ensuring they can be employed in real world situations, not simply in a laboratory. Over recent years the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has been pivotal in pushing such technology forwards, organising various tests and challenges for robotic manufacturers to overcome. These include the ability to handle tools, open doors, overcome unexpected obstacles, open valves and more.

Manufacturers have also had to ensure that such automaton tools are able to withstand explosive blasts. 

Recent advancements

The speed of technological advancement is expanding fast. Perhaps the most significant progression is that of increasing autonomy. Once only able to perform the basics, the capacity for robots to carry out more complex tasks is now either in existence or poised on the cusp of becoming reality. These include:

  • The ability to navigate autonomously
  • Identifying and solving problems
  • Learning from their experiences and those of others
  • Sharing a workspace with humans and interacting with them. 

Current and future opportunities

The four major industry processes of exploration, development, production and site abandonment are all ripe for increased usage of robotic technology to reduce costs, improve efficiency and increase safety.

Throughout all these stages there are many opportunities for robot use, especially in that of inspection and maintenance. Current and potential applications as the industry and technology moves forward include:

  • Using robots to enter confined spaces to carry out tasks. Not only does this dramatically decrease human risk, but negates the need for unnecessary downtime to prepare for human entry. Currently such health and safety procedures account for up to 80% of asset downtime, therefore the adoption of a robotic element within the workforce provides cost reduction on a significant scale.
  • The use of robots for other potentially hazardous tasks: These include working at height, working within low or non-oxygen environments, firefighting and working in non-temperate conditions.
  • As a replacement for humans in remote locations: Robots that can carry out more complex operations will reduce the need for human operators in locations such as offshore sites.
  • Reducing safety preparations in hazardous work locations: For example, a robot working at height or in a difficult to reach location will not require health and safety measures such as scaffolding and other preparations, therefore reducing costs, downtime and risk.

Furthermore, the reduced cost and time effect of using advanced robots allows for the adoption of much improved inspection and maintenance programs. Proactively carrying out such tasks leads to a considerably reduced chance of any unplanned maintenance issues and/or the occurrence of catastrophic events.

In short, the use of robots in the future will lead to a significant reduction in downtime of industry assets, lowered costs, increased human safety and the ability to work in ever more hostile, hard to reach environments.

In a global marketplace that’s predicted to reach over $7 trillion US dollars* (Oil & Gas) by 2024 and $958.8 billion** (Petrochemical) by 2025, companies, although sensibly judicious in their eagerness to take advantage of such technology, are fast-becoming aware of the competitive edge it can bring.

* https://www.globenewswire.com/news-release/2018/07/12/1536385/0/en/Oil-Refining-Market-worth-over-7-trillion-by-2024-Global-Market-Insights-Inc.html

** https://www.grandviewresearch.com/press-release/global-petrochemical-market

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The Upside of COVID? Closing Australia’s Skills Gap

The fate of Australia’s diminishing manufacturing industry has long been hanging in the balance – and then?

BIBRA LAKE, Perth, Western Australia , 23-Nov-2020 — /EPR INDUSTRIAL NEWS/ — Along came COVID-19. For a sector that had been neglected for decades, while the pandemic wasn’t quite the final nail in the coffin, it certainly brought with it the shock wave that made our government sit up and take notice.

And maybe – just maybe – the situation might bring the stars into alignment that will help close the country’s chasm of a skills gap.

Manufacturing is Crucial for Our Economic Recovery

Change is always hard to come by, especially at the extent manufacturing needs. But there are some green roots showing. Thanks to the new government taskforce set up in response to an industry-led recommendation plan, the desperately needed funding for investment and growth is beginning to trickle through.

So what does this mean for the industry, and in particular the small and medium-sized businesses that make up the majority of the sector?

To fully comprehend this we need to drive deep into the rot that’s now endemic throughout. Only by understanding the mistakes that’ve been made and why we have such a major skills crisis, can we begin to turn this unfortunate turn of events around.

By far the most effective way of doing this is to lay bare the biggest error of all, and it all boils down to this: we’ve forgotten the value of local business and manufacturing capabilities. It’s hard to pinpoint exactly when this occurred, but if COVID has brought about anything, it’s that we’ve had a hard, sharp lesson as to the importance of local support and expertise. Suddenly the crucial need for home-grown supply chain capabilities has become vital for our businesses and industries, and this can only be brought back up to scratch with a long-term strategy and, most importantly, the necessary funding.

Manufacturing Provides the Building Blocks from which All Other Industries can Grow

The world desperately scrabbled for commodities (ventilators, PPE, toilet roll!) and we were among them. Once upon a time our powerhouse nation boasted some of the best skilled workers on the planet. Today we are but a shadow of our former selves.

So has COVID achieved what many industry experts have failed to do over the previous few decades, and forced the hand of our government to invest in the sector? Perhaps so… What has definitely happened is the following:

  • We’re beginning to understand the many benefits of local support and expertise
  • We’ve realised that the value of local business and manufacturing capabilities is more about quality and service, and less about price
  • The importance of great B2B relationships is something our economy relies on

These are the reasons that, at last, the funding is starting to be put into place for SMEs to be able to upskill their workers and invest in advanced manufacturing processes. It’s only through initiatives such as these that we can become competitive on a global scale. In addition, it gives these companies the opportunity to innovate and commercialise new technologies.

So… Is 2020 the year that manufacturing turns the corner and provides the bedrock necessary for our country to begin to close the skills gap? Only time will tell for sure. But what it has meant is that companies such as SixDe have begun the slow uphill climb – and long may it continue.

An example of this is SixDe’s expansion in preparation of the commercialisation of Magneto, a robotic platform that is the future of inspection robotics. The industry relies on such innovation. With such projects and advancement, we not only get the chance to retrain our current workers, but we lay the foundations that will attract the brightest young minds from around the world to come and live, study and work in our wonderful country. So perhaps, just perhaps, we can drag some positivity from the awful situation that is COVID, and use it to bring about a greater good for Australia.

To find out more about Magneto and the home-produced precision machine components from SixDe, visit www.sixde.com.au or call 08 9434 1112.

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Haizol now offers Motorcycle Manufacturing & Custom Made Bike Parts

LONDON, 11-Nov-2020 — /EPR INDUSTRIAL NWES/ — Haizol entered the market as a manufacturer of metal and plastic parts and components, quickly becoming a go-to name in the machining and molding industry both within China and throughout the world. Haizol now has a solid and expanding consumer base worldwide of small and medium enterprises who require custom manufacturing of high quality parts.

Haizol is a one-stop sourcing solution for quality parts and products, and is excited to announce they have added to their offerings. From design to door, Haizol can now manufacture motorcycles, e-bikes, and bicycles, including custom parts for these products. Being a custom manufacturer gives the customer maximum flexibility in terms of achieving their product requirements. With a low minimum order quantity, it is accessible for businesses of all sizes.

Haizol have been developing their automotive manufacturing capabilities over the last several years, and have now reached the perfect point to produce and deliver automotive supplies to the masses. With flexible solutions for all business types, a customer can jump onto the website to get a same day quote, at unbeatable value for money. In-house engineers make the process seamless, being on hand to provide design assistance, manufacturability advice, and cost reduction recommendations.

Haizol’s customer satisfaction rate is second to none, with their transparent ordering and review service enabling new customers to order with confidence.

From production, to assembly, and delivery, try Haizol today to reduce your sourcing budget.

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Haizol: New export business in China has seen its largest increase since 2017

LONDON, 19-Oct-2020 — /EPR INDUSTRIAL NEWS/ — The Caixin China General Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) measures the performance within the manufacturing sector, and is based on over 400 private industrial companies in China. The PMI shows a steady figure of 53.0 for September 2020, suggesting manufacturing growth remains robust, and factory activity continued their recovery path since COVID-19 hit.

China’s manufacturing industry this last quarter has exceeded last years readings, aided by a COVID-19 measures being relaxed. There was a new rise in orders, and buying levels were at an all time high since 2018.

New export business in China has seen its largest increase since 2017, alongside purchasing activity reaching its highest level of the last decade. This year has also seen the highest number of new orders since the beginning of 2011. Haizol has witnessed continued growth from the middle of the year until now, finding an increased number of buyers want to move to digital manufacturing, and find value in Haizol’s hands off, online sourcing offering.

China manufacturing has also demonstrated its resilience through employment figures, which have now stabilized after a turbulent couple of months of job shedding. Key manufacturing companies showed growth in input costs have risen, yet there has been no significant rise in selling prices due to tough market competition. Haizol, who have experienced continual growth to their customer base, have also maintained that keeping their prices low is imperative to their customer centered approach, and remaining the most competitive in the market.

The economy in China has demonstrated it has got its momentum back post epidemic, with manufacturing expanding the most since 2011, according to the Caixin index. In 2020, it has beaten the market consensus month on month, with successive growth in factory activity and the sharpest in almost a decade, as consumer demand continued to expand after the pandemic. With index figures at a 6-month high, and with a renewed increase in orders month on month, buyers worldwide can order parts with confidence.

Whether a company is looking to outsource a prototype, or full-scale production, Haizol are experts in metal and plastic custom part production. Companies of all sizes receive a tailor made, customer focused service.

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OEM Sourcings: Eliminate risks associated with possible geographical closures with Haizol’s 200,000+ suppliers across Asia

LONDON, 28-Sep-2020 — /EPR INDUSTRIAL NEWS/ — Operational Agility refers to one’s ability to discover and seize opportunities to improve operations and processes, within a focused business model. For the vast majority of companies, increasing agility is a board room objective.

With the world becoming increasingly fragile, who wouldn’t want to be in a position where they are able to react quickly to opportunities or adapt in time to evade possible difficulty? What used to be a focus on goals delivering tangible and short term returns, 2020 has brought operational agility to the forefront of business strategy and objectives.

Small, medium and large manufacturers, are all looking into what exactly their operations are and how efficiently they run them. A priority is to be well prepared to respond to future events, and this begins with improved analysis and management.

For industrial businesses in particular, agility enables flexibility and responsiveness, which can be critical for businesses preparation facing unpredictable situations. With these tools, a business can alter their direction with assurance and adjust to emerging challenges worldwide.
How can a company become more agile? Utilizing digital tools and analytics alongside AI and automation can aid in gaining insights and data. This data creates a better picture of the current situation, allowing for improved planning for the future. Adopting digital technologies, in conjunction with more data intelligence is key to prosper and advance supply chain relationships.

Outsourcing your supply chain can result in more efficient and streamlined operations. Having a supplier base which is widespread and can withstand the possibility of geographical closures which may limit production is beneficial. Haizol has a diverse supply chain in place, which can bring stability and confidence to businesses of all sizes. Haizol leverages a database of over 200,000 suppliers across Asia specializing in all kinds of manufacturing processes to cater to the most stringent requirements.

Diversify your existing strategy today and try outsourcing your parts production.

SOURCE: EuropaWire

Study: Europe automotive headliners market revenues to witness a 7.5% CAGR through 2026

DUBLIN 2, Ireland, 16-Oct-2018 — /EPR INDUSTRIAL NEWS/ — The broader disruption in the automotive sector is rubbing off on the Europe automotive headliners market, as vehicle interior air quality (VIAQ) adds to the litany of factors that influence buyer behavior. The growing consumer emphasis on interior air quality isn’t lost on component suppliers and OEMs. Incorporation of low-VOC materials and modular designs is gaining ground in the US$ 6.5 million Europe automotive headliners market, according to Fact.MR’s new study.

The Fact.MR study maintains an optimistic long-term outlook on the automotive headliners market in Europe. The study projects revenues to witness a 7.5% CAGR through 2026, with Western Europe at the forefront of sales and innovation. The lucrativeness of Europe’s automotive headliners market is likely to create a fair share of opportunities, as well as challenges for OEMs and component suppliers in the region.

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Europe’s preeminence in the global automotive landscape is not limited to high production and exports alone – the region leads the way for enacting stringent emission regulations and their implementation. “Automotive headliner manufacturers can expect institutions like ACEA and VDA to focus inward, leading to stringency in VIAQ regulations,” says Nandini Roy Choudhury, Senior Consultant at Fact.MR. “Considering the fact that Europe exports a sizable number of vehicles to Asia Pacific, where most of the action is taking place, European OEMs and aftermarket suppliers also need to comply with the domestic regulations, such as the Guobiao and JAMA,” adds Ms. Roy

Growing Adoption of Low-VOC Materials in Manufacturing Automotive Headliners 

According to Fact.MR’s study, a combination of global and region-specific factors will influence Europe’s automotive OEMs and aftermarket players to invest in low-VOC components. The transition of headliners from a simple covering to an integrated platform for vehicle peripherals has created the need for design innovation. The challenge to improve VIAQ has also led to experimentation with new materials, ranging from thermosets to water-based adhesives.

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“The evolving consumer demand is multipronged – it is not going to impact only a specific set of players in the supply chain, but its effects are being felt across the spectrum. Unwavering focus on cabin air quality is driving adhesive companies to innovate, bringing recyclable and biodegradable raw materials to the forefront,” adds Ms. Roy.

Germany leads the Europe automotive headliners market, accounting for over one-fourth revenue share in 2017.

Players in Germany’s automotive headliner supply chain are reliant on the broader prospects of the automotive landscape, which has been encouraging in the last couple of years.

According to Germany’s Federal Motor Authority (KBA), Germany’s new car sales reached 3.44 million in 2017, witnessing an increase of 2.7% over the previous year. German headliner and adhesive manufacturers were also supported by positive momentum in Asia Pacific, where new car sales have created significant opportunities. “Germany is not only the leading production and sales market in Europe, but also a key exporter of cars and LCVs. We can expect Germany to take the lead in this new era of flexible, sustainable, and cost-effective headliners and other interior components,” opines Ms. Roy.

The European automotive headliner market may well be dominated by Germany, but France and UKclosely follow suit. The strength of the triumvirate can be gauged from the fact that these three markets collectively held a revenue share of over 65% in 2017. Automotive headliner sales in these three top markets are driven by encouraging sales in compact and mid-sized cars.

The design innovation and incorporation of new materials in headliners and interior parts manufacturing is likely to remain concentrated in the OEM landscape. “Aftermarket sales account for less than 30% share of the European automotive headliner market, so the onus is on OEMs to take the lead,” concludes Ms. Roy.

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M. Davis & Sons Acquires Val-Tech Inc.

Wilmington, DE, 2017-Oct-17 — /EPR Industrial News/ — M. Davis & Sons, Inc. announces the recent acquisition of Valtech, Inc., a manufacturer of VTi Power Distribution Equipment. M. Davis will continue the manufacturing and sale of this equipment under the new brand name “VTi by M. Davis”.

The types of power distribution equipment that will be manufactured at the Newark, Delaware facility located at 24 McMillan Way are Portable Power Distribution Equipment (PPDC), Fused Distribution Panel (FDP) and Unitized Distribution Substation (UDS). The UDS equipment is the main product that is currently produced.

The UDS equipment is utilized by engineering firms, plants and facilities due to their smaller footprint. “Facilities that have space constraints are looking for the UDS because of the compact footprint and the ability to distribute local, clean power” stated Edward J. Harrison, Project Manager for the VTi by M. Davis production facility. Additionally, the UDS equipment is customizable for color and accessories such as lighting contactors and heat trace EPD breakers.

M. Davis & Sons, Inc. has fabricated custom process control panels for years at the 200 Hadco Road, Wilmington, DE location. The addition of the VTi by M. Davis product line is an introduction into the power distribution market. “The VTi by M. Davis production business compliments the existing custom process controls panel shop,” says CEO Peggy Del Fabbro.

About M. Davis & Sons, Inc.
M. Davis & Sons, Inc. is a fifth generation woman-owned mechanical/electrical contractor and fabricator based in Delaware. M. Davis & Sons has all of the in-house service capabilities to handle the entire scope for the customer to expedite a quality project. For more information, visit www.mdavisinc.com. For more information about VTI by M. Davis, visit www.vt-inc.com.

 

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Address: 19 Germay Drive, Wilmington, DE 19804

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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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Mamtek US, Inc. Sucralose Manufacturing Facility, Brand New Equipment and Real Estate Assets to Be Sold by Heritage Global Partners via Live Global Webcast Auction October 24

Heritage Global Partners (“HGP”), a global leader in asset advisory and machinery auctions and a wholly owned subsidiary of Counsel RB Capital, today announced its upcoming auction of the sucralose (artificial sweeter) manufacturing facility, never- used heavy equipment, commercial real estate, and related assets of Mamtek US, Inc. (“Mamtek”), a subsidiary of Mamtek International. The sale is being conducted in partnership with Aaron Equipment Company, BidSpotter.com and Zimmer Real Estate Services.

The auction is slated for October 24, 2012 from 10 am PT to 1 pm PT. A two-day onsite preview of the manufacturing facility is available October 22-23 from 9:00 am CT to 4:00 pm CT at 1200 U.S. 24, Moberly, MO 65270.

A virtual data room (“VDR”) is available for bulk lot purchasers, including those seeking to retain the Sucralose Manufacturing Facility lease. Photos of the equipment, including brand new Stainless Fabrication Reactors, chillers, cooling towers, piping and centrifuges, are available at http://www.hgpauction.com/?auctionid=263. To gain access to the VDR please visit the above link for specific requirements, or contact George Wandachowicz (see contact info below) with any questions.

The Auction is expected to consist of six buying opportunities (Lots), ranging from the purchase of all of Mamtek’s assets in bulk to individual items tagged for sale if no bulk offer is accepted.

“We expect our upcoming auction of Mamtek’s brand new manufacturing assets and state-of-the-industry sucralose manufacturing facility to draw in a significant number of worldwide buyers,” stated Vice President George Wandachowicz of Heritage Global Partners.

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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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Acoustiblok Creates Damped, Expandable Acoustical Envelope in New York ITB Recording Studio

Acoustiblok noise abatement material was installed in the nearly completed Artist Workshop Studios recording facility, an in-the-box (ITB) studio designed and built by Artist Workshop Studios owner Tom Donofrio. Acoustiblok was chosen to provide a sound barrier for the small, 12 foot x 12 foot basement studio that could drop decibels levels within the space and provide a neutral acoustical environment for recording.

Donofrio, an electrical engineer, and musician who has built recording studios in the past using different sound deadening materials, chose Acoustiblok for his newest project after consulting with Marilyn Myers of Acoustiblok, Inc., because of its sound damping and noise blocking qualities, as well as its thin, flexible structure that adds no volume to walls within the studio space. Attached to the studs before drywall is hung, Acoustiblok performs without the need to add layers of rigid drywall or modified drywall, a method Donofrio used in the past with mixed results and significant floor space reduction.

“I was looking for a product that would lower the decibels in the studio without taking up any additional space,” Donofrio said. “I was able to achieve the neutral acoustics desired in the space, which makes me extremely happy.

“I didn’t want a sound quality that was too dead or too live, so the Acoustiblok turned out to be an excellent choice.”

Donofrio and a friend were able to hang the 3mm Acoustiblok on the newly framed stud walls within the studio space, including cutouts around a window and electric sockets, and seal the seams according to installation recommendations, all in less than four hours.

The Artist Workshop Studios recording space was built for Donofrio to indulge his own talents as an acoustical guitarist and vocalist, and to be made available to artists on a budget who need an affordable studio with high quality production equipment and the expertise of a seasoned technician to record a song or album.

“Acoustiblok is a perfect choice for establishing sound quality within a sound recording studio like this one,” said Lahnie Johnson, president and founder of Acoustiblok, Inc.

“Unlike additional drywall or other solid rigid materials used for sound reduction, the 1/8-inch heavy, limp Acoustiblok allows the room to be a damped, expandable acoustical envelope. As such, a studio or home theater has less reflection and actually sounds significantly better.”

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Quiet Fiber® Used to Quiet Industrial Generator Noise at Galleria 360 in Santo Domingo

Installation of 18,000 square feet of non-fiberlass Quiet Fiber® noise abatement material has been completed in the massive generator room of the newly constructed, 750,000 square foot Galleria 360 mall in Santo Domingo.

Quiet Fiber, a product of Acoustiblok, Inc. in Tampa, Florida, was installed on the ceiling and walls of the mall’s generator and substation rooms. These rooms house the industrial emergency generators necessary to keep power running in this coastal area of the Caribbean, plagued by frequent power outages.

The Galleria 360’s industrial generators, installed by Santa Domingo-based Edelca, are a staple in this island republic. Edelca owner Carlos Montos, Edelca consulted with Jay Boland of Acoustiblok, Inc., and used Quiet Fiber on the project after achieving excellent results with Quiet Fiber on a similar project at the La Sirna Superstore in the eastern coastal town of Higuey, Dominican Republic.

“Even though Quiet Fiber is not the least expensive product on the market, I keep coming back to it because the results beat all the competitors’ noise deadening products with double the noise insulating qualities,” Montos said. “The customer on this job wanted to install a double layer of a different product but I convinced him to try the Quiet Fiber.

“I’ve been designing and installing these emergency generators for 20 years, and I have never had the results from other noise abatement products that I have with Quiet Fiber, and now I’m trying to use it everywhere.”

Montos says noise from these industrial generators on which the island has become dependent in order to maintain consistent power is a major problem plaguing businesses and residential property owners when the generators are running. Not only is generator noise bad for business, but its constant drone can cause permanent hearing loss. Another important consideration in the selection of soundproofing material is its fire resistance.

Recently in Santo Domingo a serious fire started in a generator room, and the existing foam sound proofing material was a prime contributor. The fire caused Montos to search for a new fireproof solution. Quiet Fiber is fire resistant even at 2,000 degrees.

“The noise levels are almost unbearable, so you need to have an adequate level of soundproofing in place when they are running,” Montos said. “I always install noise absorbing material wherever I install my generators, and Quiet Fiber is the best soundproofing product we’ve ever used.”

Montos and his crew were able to easily cut the Quiet Fiber to fit around electric conduits, and secured the material to the walls and ceiling with standard insulation stick pins.

The sound deadening qualities of Quiet Fiber will help to protect the mall’s employees, and streams of tourists and local residents from the high volume industrial noise caused by the generators when they are operating.

Lahnie Johnson, president and founder of Acoustiblok, Inc., says that the application of Quiet Fiber in the Galleria 360 generator and substation rooms was exactly what was needed for addressing the high decibel, reverberant sound emanating from the concrete walls.

“Quiet Fiber was designed with this type of hot, humid environment in mind,” Johnson said. “When you’re addressing solid surface noise issues, which in this case with concrete walls, you need a product with proven maximum sound absorption, high temperature rating for fire blocking, and hydrophobic (resistant to moisture).”

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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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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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Play Safe And Follow The Law When Storing Fuel In Jerry Cans, Says Slingsby

With fuel shortages continuing to make headlines as Easter approaches, workplace equipment supplier Slingsby has seen jerry can sales treble over the last fortnight. As a result, the company has compiled a list of safety guidelines for anyone stockpiling fuel at home.

Even though strike action over the Easter bank holiday seems to have been ruled out, the threat of industrial action still looms, with the Unite union looking for guarantees of improved safety standards and working terms for tanker drivers. As a result, petrol retailers in the UK are continuing to report soaring sales and problems replenishing stocks to meet demand.

Lee Wright, Marketing Director at Slingsby, which supplies 35,000 products online and through its catalogues, said: “Sales of jerry cans to the domestic market have gone crazy since talk of a strike by tanker drivers began. When this is combined with the huge volumes of petrol and diesel that fuel retailers have sold in the last few days, and continued fears over potential strike action, it seems that a large proportion of people have listened to the government’s controversial advice and are storing fuel at home.

“We would always advise against stockpiling fuel because the explosion and fire risks can be disastrous, but if someone is adamant that they want to store fuel at home there are a number of guidelines that should always be followed”

Slingsby has compiled the following advice that anyone storing fuel should follow:

Approved storage solutions that are specifically designed for fuel must be used. Appropriate containers should be marked and fitted with a secure cap to prevent leakage of liquid and fuel vapours.

The maximum amount of fuel that can be legally stored at a domestic address is 30 litres, which must be kept in two 10 litre metal containers and two plastic containers with a maximum capacity of five litres each.

Using other combinations of containers, such as three, 10 litre metal containers or six of the five litre containers is illegal.

These limits also apply to any containers kept in vehicles parked in a garage or on a driveway.

Any fuel stored at home should be kept in a garage or shed that is either detached from the main living accommodation or if it is an adjoining building it should be separated by a fire door.

If fuel is left outside it should be no more than six metres from your house.

Never store fuel in the living area of your home.

Below is Slingsby’s most popular jerry can which is available by calling 0800 294 4440 or at www.slingsby.com.

The 5 Litre Metal jerry can Made from 0.9mm pickled steel sheet. Fuel resistant lining. Locking pin. Choice of 20 litre or 5 litre capacity. Optional pouring spout.

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The catalogue no workplace should be without

Leading workplace equipment supplier Slingsby has launched a new edition of its catalogue to showcase the company’s 35,000 products.

The latest catalogue covers 1,374 pages and includes 2,000 brand new products across a wide range of categories, including handling & lifting, premises, health & safety, signage, environmental & waste, janitorial and safety & security.

Lee Wright, Marketing Director of Slingsby, said: “Slingsby has produced its famous catalogue for more than 100 years and even though a lot of customers now prefer to view and buy our product range online, a large proportion still like to flick through a hard copy of the catalogue and then consult our sales advisors before placing an order.

“For this reason we continue to place as much emphasis as ever on our catalogue and this year is no different. It contains quality photography and detailed descriptions of our entire product range and appeals to all industries including retail, manufacturing, education, healthcare and the public sector.

“We’ve also increased the number of products that are available with free next day delivery and have held or even reduced thousands of prices, which makes this catalogue an invaluable tool for all businesses and organisations.”

For further information on Slingsby or to order a copy of the company’s latest catalogue, call 0800 294 4440 or visit www.slingsby.com.

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Acoustiblok Named “Best Practices” Customer by Hubspot Internet Marketing

Eighteen months after adopting Hubspot’s all-in-one marketing platform, Tampa, Florida-based Acoustiblok has increased website traffic by 210 percent, increased organic search leads by 307 percent, and increased customer transactions by 40 percent, contributing to Acoustiblok’s record sales increases in 2011.

Hubspot named Acoustiblok a “Best Practices” customer based on its application of Hubspot marketing tools for website management, blogging, search engine optimization (SEO), lead management, marketing analytics, social media monitoring, and website analysis.

“Being recognized by an industry leader as a “best practices” customer is a real accomplishment, and one we’ve worked hard to achieve,” said Liz Ernst, director of public relations for Acoustiblok, Inc. “We have a small marketing and PR team, and we had been trying different approaches to increasing traffic and drawing attention to our Acoustiblok soundproofing product line, and our Thermablok aerogel insulating strips.

“Hubspot gave us some serious one-on-one attention and guidance to understand where to best devote our efforts for the greatest return on our marketing and PR campaigns.”

Acoustiblok President and Founder Lahnie Johnson says that Hubspot provided the traffic building tools he had been looking for in order to achieve the huge growth goals the company had set for itself.

“We knew we had to get more web traffic, and that more traffic would equate to more leads,” Johnson said. “We were able to use the HubSpot software to help us with our traffic building initiatives, and our leads increased dramatically as our traffic increased.”

HubSpot, Inc., based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, provides an all-in-one marketing software platform used by more than 5000 companies in 34 countries. HubSpot is also the developer of WebsiteGrader.com, a website analysis tool with more than 3 million users. HubSpot, Inc. was founded in 2006.

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Acoustifence Installed at Coca-Cola Plant Cuts Industrial Noise Pollution Almost in Half at Neighboring Residences

Coca-Cola has completed installation of Acoustifence® noise barrier fencing along the west perimeter of its Bay City plant, bringing to an abrupt halt those noise issues that had been plaguing neighbors in the surrounding community and attracting local news organizations as the outcry from area residents grew.

Architect Jack Zelazny of Dearborn, Michigan, acting as a consultant to Coca Cola’s contractor Kirco Manix, chose Acoustifence noise barrier fencing for the core of the 300 foot wide noise barrier project designed to alleviate noise from idling delivery trucks at the plant that had been plaguing neighbors in the South End Community.

Zelazny said the initial plan was to construct a 30 foot acoustical metal fence along the perimeter roadway to address the problem, but he nixed the idea in favor of something significantly less expensive and more aesthetically pleasing to the community’s residents.

“I didn’t think it was appropriate for the neighbors to have to stare at a 30 foot industrial metal fence from their small residential yards,” Zelazny said. “I really wanted to find something more organic and natural.”

After researching sound barrier fencing options, he found Acoustifence, a product of Acoustiblok, Inc. in Tampa Florida, and discussed his options with acoustical consultant Paul Getts of Acoustiblok. After conferring with Getts, Zelazny moved ahead with construction of a grass covered, 300 foot wide berm that incorporated a nine foot high Acoustifence barrier and landscaping for an attractive roadside aesthetic. The project was completed in the final weeks of December, and both company officials and neighbors rang in the New Year with their new found peace and quiet.

“The Acoustifence went up flawlessly, and it’s not unpleasant to look at,” Zelazny said. “When we covered it with the dark green acoustical fabric covering it looked natural and organic, as we had hoped.

“But the real surprise was the immediate impact it had on the noise.”

Zelazny said the plant noise measured at 89 decibels before installation of the Acoustifence began, and registered at 68 decibels immediately after the Acoustifence went up. His hope was to lower the noise by 20 decibels, a figure that was exceeded at the plant, and more than doubled at the neighboring residence as soon as the Acoustifence was put in place. A reading taken at the adjacent residential property registered in the low to mid 40 decibel range.

“It exceeded my expectations, I think it exceeded everyone’s expectations,” he said.“The people at Coca Cola are happy with it, and most importantly the neighbors in the surrounding community are happy with it.

“I couldn’t speak more highly of it.”

Lahnie Johnson, president and founder of Acoustiblok, Inc., said that the application of Acoustifence in the bottling plant’s noise barrier berm was the soft drink company’s best alternative for significantly reducing noise, and respecting the surrounding community’s call for peace and quiet.

“I think Coca Cola acted quickly and responded to the area’s residents as a good corporate neighbor should,” Johnson said. “It’s particularly important that they sought out a serious noise blocking option while respecting the fact that neighboring residents would be living with whatever solution they chose, and viewing it every day – some from their own back yards.”

Acoustifence was designed to address outdoor noise pollution in residential communities, or any community that cares about its appearance.”

ABOUT ACOUSTIFENCE:
Originally developed as a noise barrier on loud offshore oil rigs, Acoustifence is a simple and economical first-step noise abatement solution for both residential and commercial usage.

A 1/8-inch (3mm) thick unique sound deadening material measuring 6 feet (1.82 meters) high by 30 feet (9.14 meters) long with black anodized brass eyelets along the top and bottom edge for easy attachment to any existing fence or structure. Heavy-duty nylon ties are included with each roll. Easily installed or removed in less than one hour, impervious to mold, mildew, and UV, Acoustifence is virtually indestructible. The soundproofing material in Acoustifence is a proprietary formula of the Acoustiblok Corporation, developed and refined over a 10-year period.

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Safetyshop Reminds Businesses Of Changes To First Aid Kit Standard

One of the UK’s leading safety equipment manufacturers, Stockport-based Safetyshop, has called on businesses to make sure they take the right steps to protect the health and safety of their employees by making suitable first aid kits available.

To help make sure the correct first aid can be provided in the event of an accident at work, the British Healthcare Trade Association (BHTA) has worked together with the British Standards Institute (BSI) to create a new UK standard for workplace kits.

BS 8599-1 is the new minimum standard that workplace first aid kits should now conform to, and Safetyshop has reminded businesses to check their own supplies and, if necessary, update their stocks.

Dan Cure, website manager at Safetyshop, said: “Over recent years there have been many changes to the way first aiders are trained to deal with casualties following an accident.

“The types of risks that British workers are exposed to on a daily basis have also changed dramatically and so it has been necessary to update the guidance on what first aid products should be available to help treat people following an accident.”

The new standard created by the BSI and the BHTA has been based on the minimum requirements set out by the Health and Safety Executive’s L74 first aid code of practice. The idea was to ensure minimum-standard compliant kits now allow first aiders to cope with a wider range of common workplace injuries, therefore making them more relevant for today’s businesses.

Safetyshop supplies a wide range of safety products, from industrial first aid kits to sports first aid kits, allowing businesses to provide their staff with access to BSI compliant products and help ensure that health and safety remains a top priority.

Dan added: “As all employers know, accidents can happen at any time and that is why it is so important to be proactive and make sure that should an incident occur, there are people on hand who have the correct first aid training, and that they have the correct items to hand to allow them to provide the necessary treatment.”

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Buy All Your Business’s Safety Products In One Place And Avoid Another Winter Of Discontent

As the nights draw in, and the days get colder, now is the time to be stocking up on all the safety supplies needed to see your home and business through the long winter months.

When it comes to the onset of the really hard winter weather, Safetyshop.com says that we Britons still don’t seem to be learning the lessons of recent years, and should be putting plans in place to help ensure that our businesses and our lives in general, don’t grind to a halt.

But according to the firm’s Website Manager, Dan Cure, they’ve just brought in a range of winter staples such as snow shovels, grit bins and salt spreaders – along with several new products for this year – so no one need say they were caught cold this time around when winter’s icy grip begins to tighten.

“Over the course of the year, it’s easy for people to forget the disruption that they suffered as a result on the onset of winter,” he said.

“There is so much everyone can do to ensure winter doesn’t leave them feeling cold and miserable,” added Mr Cure. “That first fall of snow might look pretty to start with, but without the right tools in place, such as snow shovels, work wear and grit spreaders, its attractiveness will very quickly fade.”

And with early frost and snows also responsible for many accidents – despite the weathermen’s best efforts at giving out warnings – acting now can not only save money and time, but potentially a great deal of heartache.

“We’ve extended our range of winter products this year, with the aim of helping out everyone from householders to business managers,” he added.

“Products are readily available for quick delivery, so our advice would be to beat the rush and get yours now to avoid suffering another winter of discontent.”

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