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June - 2012
Week 4
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Washing trapped solids from screen mesh25.06.2012

Sweco, Florence, KY, has introduced the MM4 Traveling Spray, an attachment that can continuously or intermittently wash screen mesh free of solids. Typical uses for the MM4 rectangular separator include dewatering cellulose fibres, plastic recycling, kaolin clay dewatering, starch production and general waste stream solids removal. In many of these applications, capacity can be reduced as a result of screen blinding.
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Combined FFS and open-mouth bagging of rice25.06.2012

A high-speed Chronos BTH automatic packing system has recently been supplied to Veetee Rice’s production facility at Rochester, Kent, UK. This features an innovative combination of a high speed open-mouth bagging system and a tubular form-fill-seal (FFS) system complete with integrated check weigh and inspection systems including automatic reject of bags, automatic palletisation and stretch-hooding of finished pallets.
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Cost-efficient vacuum conveying of food-grade powders25.06.2012

Piab, Täby, Sweden, has launched the piFLOW®f pneumatic conveying system which, according to the company, has been designed for customers who do not wish to compromise between price, technical performance and energy consumption. Designed specifically for use in the food industry, the new system is FDA compliant and full-opening capability provides for instant discharge ensuring increased material throughput.
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Guttridge looks to Scotland25.06.2012

Guttridge, Spalding, UK, has named Roger Horner as representative for Scotland. He brings extensive industry experience to this new position. Announcing the appointment, sales and marketing director Paul Gott said: “We are delighted to be working with Roger. He is a highly respected figure in the bulk materials handling industry who is extremely knowledgeable, not just about conveying systems but also in the area of storage and silo operation and design.
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ContiTech acquires Specialised Belting Supplies25.06.2012

ContiTech has strengthened its industrial business in advanced conveyor belts by purchasing Specialised Belting Supplies Ltd, Thetford, UK. This company has been in the market since 1984 and, with 50 employees, produces primarily steep-angle conveyor belts for transport of coarse bulk materials including ore, coal or gravel.
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High-accuracy powder tanker loading25.06.2012

Following further recent development of its high-performance net weigher, Haver & Boecker is now able to incorporate the device into a frame with a telescoping loader, allowing free-flowing loose products to be filled into road powder tankers with consistent accuracy and at a speed of 90t/h. Its rugged and low-maintenance construction ensures long operation times.
Week 3
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Mauser opens factory in Poland18.06.2012

In mid-June industrial packaging specialist Mauser Group with worldwide headquarters in Bruehl, Germany, inaugurated its first plant in Poland. Located at Gliwice in the Silesia region, the new facility will produce UN and non-UN intermediate bulk containers (IBCs) including the SM6, SM13 and SM15 models designed specifically for handling hazardous and food-grade products. In addition it will manufacture UN-approved open-top drums of 120 and 150 litres capacity as well as 220-litre L-ring drums. Customers will also be able to benefit from the reconditioning services of the National Container Group (NCG) a Mauser subsidiary.
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Drier offers optimum heat transfer for precious and sensitive products18.06.2012

Lindor, Dordrecht, the Netherlands, well known for its gentle touch mixers for food and fine chemicals, is about to unveil its latest development at the Achema global chemical exhibition which starts 18 June in Frankfurt. Designed along similar lines to the company’s rotary drum mixer, the ‘Gentle Dryer’ is a machine for impregnating, heating, drying and cooling of powders, granulate and natural products. The drum and scoops have a double wall and the machine allows for a hot airstream through the flowing product and the rotating drum. The concept has been registered for a global patent.
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Intensiv-Filter in administration18.06.2012

At the end of May dedusting specialist Intensiv-Filter, Velbert, Germany, submitted an application for insolvency. The local district court of Wuppertal appointed Dr Marc d’Avoine as the temporary insolvency trustee. In the course of a preliminary meeting with the company’s senior executives Dr d’Avoine was able to evaluate the situation.
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New CEO at Kalenborn18.06.2012

After 15 successful years at Kalenborn, Michael W Rokitta, Dipl. Ing., Dipl. Kfm, has retired and hands over the running of the Vettelschoss, Germany, headquartered company to Markus Buscher Dipl. Ing. Last September Buscher had been appointed managing director of the company and at that time Rokitta announced plans to retire this year following a phased hand-over of executive responsibilities (see Industry News for week of 19 September 2011).
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Saudi FFS bagging contract won via China18.06.2012

Haver & Boecker, Oelde, Germany, has won a large order to deliver two complete FFS (formfill-seal) bagging lines, together with appropriate palletizing systems, to a customer in Saudi Arabia. The plant is being specially adapted to handle the filling of fatty alcohol pastilles. The order was received via a Chinese design institute.
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Mixing of seed blends18.06.2012

AVA-Huep, Herrsching, Germany, reports that production of seed blends is emerging as a new application for its mixers. The company has just delivered the first compact system to an established German seed processing company. Centre-piece of the system is an AVA HTC 350 horizontal drier which is entirely fabricated from stainless steel. Scope of the contract included delivery of the entire steel structure, including the circuit and five movable containers for loading and discharge as well as docking systems.
Week 2
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Dosing accuracy combined with long-distance pneumatic conveying11.06.2012

Spiromatic, Nazareth, Belgium has introduced Hybrid, a dosing/pneumatic conveying system which offers the baking industry a novel and inventive solution for transporting large volumes of raw materials over long distances.
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Ultrasonic controller for level measurement sets new standards11.06.2012

Siemens Industry Automation Division, Nuremberg, Germany, has launched the Sitrans LUT400 series, claimed to be the world’s most accurate ultrasonic controller for level measurement. Offering measuring accuracy to within one millimetre, these new controllers provide what is believed to be the highest accuracy available on the market, ensuring consistently precise accuracy.
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Beumer heavy-duty belt bucket elevator technology saves money for Lafarge11.06.2012

Lafarge recently modernised production facilities at its cement plant at Wössingen, in the Baden region of Germany. This included upgrading the existing belt bucket elevator serving the raw mill. Intralogistics specialist Beumer Group, headquartered in Beckum, proposed its innovative heavy-duty bucket elevator technology, permitting higher conveying capacity and longer service life.
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Schenck Process UK subsidiaries unite under one roof11.06.2012

Stroud-based Redler, which several years ago became part of the Darmstadt, Germany, headquartered Schenck Process Group, has relocated to the Lakeside, Doncaster, offices of its sister Schenck subsidiary Clyde Process (previously Clyde Materials Handling). At the same time Schenck Process UK has moved from its previous Stockport head office, to join the other two companies in Doncaster.
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Guerin Systems plays host to food industry A-list11.06.2012

Following previous highly successful symposia in the series — Rennes (France) in 2001, Cork (Ireland) in 2004, San Francisco (USA) in 2007, and Melbourne (Australia) in 2009 — the forthcoming IDF/INRA international symposium on spray-dried dairy products is to be held in Saint-Malo, France, 19-21 June 2012.
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Novel jointly developed tablet production system11.06.2012

The two Swiss companies Gerteis and Gericke will present at Achema later this month a fully developed solution for continuous tablet manufacturing. For this application, the companies have combined their feeding, mixing and dry granulation equipment to provide a complete continuous manufacturing module.
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Focus on greater energy-efficiency in dust filtration11.06.2012

Intensiv-Filter, Velbert, Germany, will be presenting solutions for enhanced energy-efficient dust filtering technology at Achema (Hall 6.0, Stand E1). Under the slogan "Energy-efficient filtering installations" the company will feature proven applications of dust separating plants as well as examples of optimisation of energy costs for industrial filter plants.
Week 1
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PSL wins major contained filtration/drying contract04.06.2012

Powder Systems Ltd (PSL), Liverpool, UK, was recently awarded a large order by Helsinn Advanced Synthesis (HAS), located in Biasca, Switzerland, the chemical manufacturing business unit of the Helsinn Group. To meet the demand of anticancer molecules, HAS is in the process of building a new facility which will be dedicated to cytotoxic compounds that require safe product handling in a contained area for operator, environment and product protection.
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Haver & Boecker moves into sack palletising04.06.2012

On 29 May, Haver & Boecker Holding GmbH, headquartered in Oelde, Germany, signed an agreement in Paris to acquire 100% of the shares of Newtec Bag Palletizing from Newtec International Group SA. Newtec Bag Palletizing is an internationally respected manufacturer of automatic palletising systems with headquarters in Illzach, France.
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Variable radio frequency level indicator04.06.2012

Bindicator has recently introduced latest versions of its VRF-1000/VRF-2000 series of point level indicators for use with dry bulk materials. The instruments employ variable radio frequency (VRF) to detect the presence or absence of material in a vessel by compensating for the load of the probe, as well as the load induced by vessel environment, and automatically determining the optimal operating frequency for the greatest sensitivity and stability.
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Thomson heads Schenck Process light industry sales in British Isles04.06.2012

Martin Thomson, who last year joined the Doncaster office of Schenck Process UK, has recently been named director of the company’s light industries international business segment. He assumes responsibility for sales development of the complete portfolio of products of the Germany-based Schenck Process Group for the UK and Ireland in the market sectors of food, plastics, chemicals and pharmaceuticals. He is a graduate engineer with an MSc in bulk powder materials handling and was previously sales director of Kemutec.
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Updated and upgraded laboratory mixers04.06.2012

The MAP® division of WAMGROUP, Ponte Motta, Cavezzo, Italy, has introduced improved versions of its MLH mixer series designed for laboratory product and process development, as well as for small-scale production. They have recently been re-engineered and modernised according to customers’ requirements, resulting in a new generation of laboratory mixers combining reliable mixing performance with improved ergonomic features.
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