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WASTE MANAGEMENT: CANADIAN FIRM WINS ENVIRO AWARD


June 1, 1999
By Pulp & Paper Canada

MONTREAL, QC — Biothermica, a high-technology company specializing in air pollution control and landfill gas management and utilization, is the first Canadian firm to win the J. Deane Sensenbaugh Awa…

MONTREAL, QC — Biothermica, a high-technology company specializing in air pollution control and landfill gas management and utilization, is the first Canadian firm to win the J. Deane Sensenbaugh Award. Biothermica garnered the award — which the Air and Waste Management Association (A&WMA) established in 1989 to recognize outstanding accomplishments in air pollution control or waste management — for its trademarked Biotox technology used to treat industrial emissions. “This prestigious award represents a well-appreciated recognition of our constant research and development efforts,” said Guy Drouin, the company’s president. The company, founded in 1987, has worked nine years to develop a technology that is used to treat industrial emissions containing volatile organic compounds (VOC), condensable organic compounds (COC) odorous and acid gases as well as polyaromatic hydrocarbons, which are carcinogenic. Among other places, such units are used in kraft pulping plants. The award will be presented at the A&WMA conference in St. Louis, MI, between June 29 and 24.

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MATERIAL SCIENCE: METALS TECHNOLOGY REDUCES CORROSION

CAMBRIDGE, ON — Babcock & Wilcox Canada has acquired a 34% share of a new company called Integran Technologies Inc., which gives it and its parent company, McDermott International Inc., exclusive rights to apply Integran’s technologies. Integran has developed metallurgical processing technologies that modify the grain structure of metals so that they have a improved resistance to corrosion, abrasion and erosion – even when operated at high temperatures. B&W’s aim is to apply these technologies to its products to improve their durability, which is the essence of what company president Paul Koenderman said in a press release: ‘This agreement provides very significant opportunities for our entire company to enhance its products and services by applying Integran’s materials technology.” Integran plans to develop future applications for the technology and license companies for specific applications. It does not plan to commercially produce the materials. Other primary shareholders of Intergran are Ontario Power Generation in Toronto and Nanometals Corporation, a spinoff of Queen’s University in Kingston, ON.

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BARCODING: DOLPHIN SCANS FOR SHARKS

MARKHAM, ON — R. Moroz Ltd., a maker of barcoding and automatic identification data capture equipment, has redesigned its trademarked Dolphin hand-held unit by merging image and signature-capture technologies. The unit contains a small complimentary metal oxide semiconductor — or CMOS — camera and a barcode scanner. The 411-gram unit, which has a 36-alphanumeric keypad, can capture barcodes, images and signatures. “[The unit] is able to capture all this regardless of the lighting environment,” notes the manufacturer. “Its internal lighting source and intelligent sensor automatically activate when there isn’t sufficient lighting.” It can capture six images per minute, store more than 100 images, and transmit them wirelessly.

Circle Reader Service No. 4.


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