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Technology News (October 01, 2006)


October 1, 2006
By Pulp & Paper Canada

CONSTRUCTION

CONSTRUCTION

NSK NEW FACILITY

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ANN ARBOR, MI — NSK is building a new manufacturing facility, in Fujisawa City. The construction comes as part of the company’s plan to reinforce its presence in this market segment, and will be producing bearings for industrial machinery applications, such as steel equipment, machine tools, construction equipment, aircraft, robots and wind generation. Once completed, the facility is expected to increase the manufacturing volume from the current level of $500 million to $700 million in two years.

PRODUCT

PROMINENT LAUNCHES DUODOS PUMPS

GUELPH, ON — ProMinent Fluid Controls has launched its Duodos air-operated diaphragm pumps.

The Duodos are pneumatically operated metering pumps that require no electric components, and are ideal for the transfer of viscous, shear-sensitive and outgassing media. The pump is dryproof and self-priming, and its feed rate can be adjusted by changing the pressure in the air supply. The pumps feed up to roughly 6,700 1/h media to a feed lift of 70-m.

RELOCATION

VOITH MAKES A MOVE

SPRINGFIELD, MA — Voith Paper Finishing is relocating its North American finishing business from its current location in Springfield, MA, to its North American headquarters in Appleton, WI.

“Although the current finishing business is profitable and competitive, combining the administrative functions of two business units into one, and relocating the finishing operations to a Voith-owned facility, is a logical step,” Rainer Pumpe, senior vice president of Voith Paper Finishing said.

The relocation will be wrapped up by March 31, 2007.

RESTRUCTURE

ALBANY INTERNATIONAL CUTS CAPACITY

ALBANY, NY — Albany International is curbing its manufacturing capacity in North America. The company will no longer be manufacturing dryer fabric at its facility in Cowansville, QC, and will also shut down seaming capacity at its Menasha, WI forming fabric operation. A total of 95 people will lose their jobs as a result of these closures.

AWARD

BUCKMAN KNOWS

MEMPHIS, TN — Buckman Laboratories has been recognized as a Global Most Admired Knowledge Enterprise by the Teleos and the KNOW Network. The company is also recognized as a member of the Global MAKE Hall of Fame, which identifies the company as a winner in each of the past five competitions. Buckman has now won the award a total of nine times.

PRODUCT

MICRONOR LAUNCHES MR175

NEWBURY PARK, CA — Micronor has released the MR175 ergonomic, handheld pendant station for control of industrial machinery. The shape of the unit and visual ID and placement of each of the controls offers a user-friendly design. For safety compliance, enable switches can be selected for either Live Man (Off/On/Off) or Dead Man (Off/On) operation. The units are offered with either computer-friendly serial interface or conventional hardwire interface.


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