Technology News (December 01, 2005)
By Pulp & Paper Canada
By Pulp & Paper Canada
GL&V PARTNERS WITH KVAERNER
Trois-Rivires, QC — GL&V Manufacturing has wrapped up a deal for a North American cooperation agreement with Kvaerner Pulping Montreal for the retrofitting and inspection of their fibre and chip cooking equipment. The new collaboration will allow the acquisition of new equipment and modern machinery.
HERCULES CONSOLIDATES NA OPERATIONS
Wilmington, DE — In an effort to consolidate its R&D and customer applications functions, the pulp and paper division of Hercules Incorporated is closing its Applied Science Center in Jacksonville, FL. All R&D and customer applications activities will be moved to the Wilmington Research Center in Wilmington, DE.
R&D activities will be consolidated into the existing operations in Wilmington. A new customer applications facility will be built on the same site and will house the pilot papermaking and paper testing functions.
This action completes the company’s plan to concentrate its research capabilities regionally. Earlier in the year, the Hercules European Research Center in the Netherlands was closed and its functions were relocated to Helsinborg, Sweden, and Wilmington, DE.
UNILUX GETS NEW ‘GLOW’
Saddle Brook, NJ — Unulix has upgraded its Beacon with a new lamp cooling system and a more ergonomic handle. The stroboscopic inspection spotlight for paper mill applications now comes with an extended run battery kit, and a price reduced by $500.
The new handle’s pistol grip enables the user to hold the light more comfortably and aim it more accurately, especially when making adjustments. Made of ABS/PC material, the handle is tougher and more resistant to damage when dropped. The quick-change battery design lets operators change batteries in seconds, and an even illumination pattern allows for inspection five metres away.
“Unilux may not be the cheapest strobe light to buy, but we’ve always been the cheapest to own,” said Mike Simonis, Unilux president. “That’s the customer’s real cost, and we want every light they buy to last forever and be easy and economical to repair.”
NSK INTRODUCES NEW GREASE
MISSISSAUGA, ON — NSK has released a new grease for machine tools and other high-speed, high-precision applications. Developed by NSK and made by Klber, MTE grease allows for lower operating temperatures, shorter run-in times and has excellent load carrying abilities thanks to EP additives. The 100g tube of grease is packaged with an applicator and grease-fill chart. The package comes in a re-sealable plastic container. NSK has also put together a guide to bearing run-in procedures, which can be downloaded from its website. Visit www.ca.nsk.com/mte.
KEMIRA OPENS TECHNICAL CENTRE
KENNESAW, GA — Kemira has opened a new technical centre at 570 St-Jean, in Pointe Claire, QC. “Kemira is dedicated to the needs of our customers,” said Robin Brown, business manager, of the opening. “The introduction of these facilities in Quebec will provide our Canadian customers with excellent local support.”
WARDROP GOES GOLDEN
THUNDER BAY, ON — Wardrop recently celebrated its 50th anniversary. The company’s work in the forest products industry is an extension of the support it extends to its clients in the infrastructure, manufacturing, mining and minerals, nuclear, oil and gas and power sectors. Many of the staff members in its forest products division come from the pulp and paper, sawmill and OSB panel sectors. To date, Wardrop has completed projects in over 50 countries.
The company boasts a staff of over 600 employees, and was recently named to Mediacorp’s list of Canada’s Top 100 Employers for the fifth time.