Low-odour XSB dispersion for board, packaging BASF says its new low-odour binder for paper coatings, which is based on styrene butadiene, is specially designed for odour sensitive applications in the board and packaging market in the Nordic region. Suitable for various printing applications, the new product is particularly suitable for food contact and liquid packaging board, says the company, adding that the XSB binder is characterized by its minimal content of volatile organic compounds (VOCs). It complies with all relevant eco label and food contact requirements, adds BASF. Additionally, BASF is introducing new, high solid binders, which will be manufactured in Hamina, Finland. These binders are characterized by a solid content of up to 55 per cent, which BASF says will help reduce CO2 emissions during transportation of the binder and during drying of the formulated coating colour. As well, the new high solid binders can help to reduce complexity in handling and ordering processes and are suitable for demanding applications with high performance requirements, notes BASF. www.basf.ca Calender promises to reduce production costs in board manufacturing Voith ensures its new EcoCal Plus calender will allow papermakers to produce high-grade board products with high stability and lower basis weight; the special thermal smoothing of the EcoCal Plus allows raw material savings of up to 3.5 per cent, it notes. As well, the process promises to result in an improved surface structure of the paper. The hard nip calender plays a decisive role in the manufacturing of high-quality, stable board with low basis weight. It smoothes the paper surface and gives the board a uniform surface. This is where the EcoCal Plus comes in. The machine calender used for pre-calendering makes use of the fact that surfaces can be smoothed more easily when moisturized and warm. The EcoCal Plus is equipped with an external induction-heated system that additionally heats the thermo roll to a temperature of up to 260 degrees C – higher than the temperatures of conventional systems with 200 degrees C, says Voith. The EcoCal Plus also has an additional nozzle moisturizer for intensifying the bulk-preserving smoothing effect by regulating the paper web temperature, notes the company. The EcoCal Plus technology allows papermakers to reduce their fibre consumption, which greatly improves the cost efficiency of the plant, says Voith. It says an annual production of 500,000 tonnes with a one-per-cent saving in raw materials use translates into savings of around 250,000 euros per month for the manufacturer. According to Voith, the EcoCal Plus calender can be integrated into existing plants as an upgrade. www.voith.com Doctor blade line Kadant Solutions, a division of Kadant Inc., has launched its Ultimate Blade Line featuring nanotechnology-enhanced composite doctor blades. The company says the proprietary doctor blade line incorporates nanotechnology- enhanced resins which are manipulated on a molecular scale to provide a composite resin matrix with “increased resistance to chipping, improved inter-laminar bonding, and a lower coefficient of friction compared to conventional blades.” “The Ultimate Blade Line provides the papermaker with applicationspecific materials to enhance roll surface cleaning, sheet shedding, and significantly extend overall doctor blade life compared to conventional blades. The high-performance doctor blades result in fewer blade changes and the potential for reduced operating costs while enhancing overall doctoring and machine efficiency,” says Mohan Jayaraman, technical manager for doctor blades. www.kadant.com Angle seat valves ODE Valve has introduced the new 21IZ1 series of stainless steel pneumatically actuated angle seat valves for the industrial market. The 2/2 way normally open, normally closed or double-acting valves are available from 3/8 to 3-inch sizes with NPT, Welded end, Tri-Clamp or Flanged connections with flow direction above and below the seat including fluid temperature up to 180 degrees C and maximum operating pressure of 230 psi. The valve body is made of corrosionresistant 316 stainless steel with PTFE seal making the 21IZ1 angle seat valve suitable for a range of industrial applications including wood and paper sectors. www.odevalve.com New pump models KSB’s Multitec series of high-pressure multi-stage pumps has been expanded with the introduction of two new higher capacity models. The Multitec 200 and 250 models have discharge flange diameters of 200 mm and 250 mm (up from a maximum of 150 mm for previously available models) and boast flow rates of up to 1,500 cubic metres per hour and developed heads as high as 400 m. Like the smaller members of the Multitec family, the new pumps promise to provide reliable, efficient operation and simplified maintenance procedures, says the company. According to KSB, a pressure balance drum reduces axial forces on bearings, while the layout of the pump enables bearing and seal replacement without requiring disassembly of the core hydraulic elements. www.ksb.ca Next-generation LED area light Dialight has launched its next-generation Vigilant and SafeSite LED area light, promising to deliver high efficiency along with several new features that make it the “most flexible, functional and durable LED area light” on the market for industrial and hazardous area applications. Dialight says it ramped up the Area Light efficiency to deliver up to 143 lumens per watt and added a new 9,000 lumen option to the product line. Coupled with new features like 0-10V dimming and 80 CRI, the updated fixture qualifies for DLC Premium classification on most models. An updated wide-optic design helps improve lighting footprint, enabling one-for-two fixture replacements in conveyor and walkway applications to help customers reduce fixture count and infrastructure investment, says Dialight. The new LED area light offers: 100–277V AC and 100-277V DC operation; ASTM B117 certification for 3,000 hours of continuous exposure; stainless steel hardware; and a fully potted and sealed fixture rated to IP66, 67, 69 and NEMA 4X ingress protection. The unit is available in 3K, 4K, 5.5K, 7K and 9K lumens, each available in both glass and polycarbonate lens options. www.dialight.com Monitor fibre properties online ABB has launched L&W Fiber Online, describing it as a reliable, repeatable and cost-effective online system for measuring, monitoring and controlling fibre quality variables in paper stock preparation and pulp production. According to ABB, the system will help pulp and paper customers save production costs by optimizing fibre usage, reduce energy consumption through elimination of over-refining, and to improve quality by generating uniform pulp furnish for the paper, board or tissue machine. The measurements based on fibre images provided by L&W Fiber Online promise to provide more detailed and accurate information on the status of pulp quality. Fibre properties are categorized and presented as mean values and statistical distributions of width, length, shape factor, two classes of fines (P and S) and macro fibrillation. ABB says L&W Fiber Online mitigates the problem of detecting late in the production process quality issues caused by fibre variations. By discovering variations earlier in the process, and as early as in stock preparation, it becomes feasible to take corrective actions in time to produce paper, board or tissue that meets the specifications, it explains. The system also allows for multiple sampling points with a single instrument, reducing initial investment and ongoing maintenance costs. www.abb.com New program aims to enhance safety training, communication Cando Rail Services says its new TrackSmart program is a “major initiative” that will help create an environment which enhances safety training and improves the sharing of safety information and practices at every location. “TrackSmart was built on extensive employee and industry research. We did a thorough review of our safety practices across the company. We also surveyed our employees who told us where they see opportunities for improvement. We combined that with our executive team’s vision of safety as the way we do things,” said Steve Gallagher, director of corporate safety. One of the main tenets of the initiative is to continuously improve communications practices throughout the company. TrackSmart will encourage open peer-topeer communications on the job while also enhancing ongoing safety training and awareness across the company. “Everyone is accountable for safety no matter what job they have. Everyone needs to be aware of their surroundings and to take action when something isn’t right. Every job must be done safely, regardless of how urgent it is,” according to a company statement on the new initiative. Cando operates at more than 25 locations across Canada and the United States. TrackSmart will help the company share best practices, while also collectively learning and improving when things go right and when things go wrong. The initiative includes a system where all crews can plug in to share and receive what they’re learning. “We have always treated safety seriously. Our record has been excellent and we know that our expertise has been a prime driver in our success as a company,” said Brian Cornick, CEO. “What I like most about this initiative is that it is driven as much by our guys on the ground as it is by head office. We all believe safety has to be a prominent and central part of our everyday culture. That message comes straight from our crews.” www.candorail.com Program achieves Citrix Ready Verification Greycon says its Greycon Suite, combining X-Trim, opt-Studio and GreyconMill, has received Citrix Ready Verification. The Citrix Ready designation is awarded to third-party software providers whose products have successfully met test criteria set by Citrix. The program showcases verified products that are trusted to enhance Citrix solutions for mobility, virtualization, networking and Cloud platforms. Greycon Suite is now compatible with XenAPP and XenDesktop versions 7.0 – 7.13. Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop virtualization promises to provide a complete, flexible solution that delivers Windows applications and desktops to users on any device. www.greycon.com Hand-held inspection cameras Ridgid says its latest generation of handheld inspection cameras are purposebuilt to help inspect, locate and diagnose issues faster than ever. The Micro CA-150 inspection camera has a 3.5-inch colour display to diagnose in tight dark spaces. The camera’s internal memory can save up to 20 images that can be reviewed later, on-screen. Meanwhile, the Micro CA-350 inspection camera, now standard with a 12V rechargeable Li-Ion battery, lasts up to eight hours and takes 45 minutes to recharge, so users can perform more inspections in a shorter period of time, says Ridgid, adding that the camera’s image rotation and digital zoom make capturing still images and videos easier. Both cameras boast a comfortable pistol grip design, LED lights to illuminate dark spaces, and large screens for viewing. www.ridgid.com New consolidated website Fluke Process Instruments has launched a new website, combining its global capabilities in industrial temperature measurement. According to the company, the website was designed to reflect the company’s core competencies and mission to provide the “most comprehensive infrared temperature measurement and profiling solutions for industrial, maintenance and quality control applications.” By joining three recognized brands – Raytek, Ircon and Datapaq – it offers a line of infrared sensors, linescanners, thermal imagers and profiling systems for use in demanding environments. Content and resources on the site are focused on industry and application-specific requirements, with solutions offered by type of technology. www.flukeprocessinstruments.com
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