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SPX Cooling Technologies Announces New Recold® LC Evaporative Condenser

Reduces refrigerant charge and lowers energy consumption for commercial refrigeration and HVAC customers

SPX Cooling Technologies, Inc., a full-line, full-service industry leader in the design and manufacture of cooling towers, fluid coolers, evaporative condensers and air-cooled heat exchangers, announces the new Recold® LC Evaporative Condenser. Its unique design reduces refrigerant charge by up to 40 percent and lowers fan energy consumption by up to 50 percent compared to conventional evaporative condensers.

Well-suited for condensing halogenated refrigerants in supermarket refrigeration systems, small refrigerated warehouses and modular HVAC applications, the Recold LC is an induced-draft counterflow system that incorporates patent-pending heat transfer technology and single-piece installation.

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With standard unit heights less than 10.5 feet, the Recold LC meets many municipal code height requirements and offers advantages for rooftop installations where low visibility is important. Benefits include single-piece installation, single-point power connection, factory-installed controls, and factory wiring and testing.

It includes a bolted stainless steel collection basin, and all parts exposed to circulating water are heavy-gauge series 300 stainless steel. For convenience, six to 10 gasketless doors per cell can easily be removed for access to interior components.

The Recold LC’s copper heat transfer coils resist corrosion and offer superior thermal efficiency, which allows for a compact footprint and a long service life. The bacteriostatic, recyclable coils also weigh 30-40 percent less than galvanized steel coils, require less refrigerant charge and accommodate multiple rack systems.

The unit’s high-efficiency, low-sound, electrically commutated motors with direct drive airfoil impellers require no routine maintenance. Integral speed control eliminates the need for an external variable speed drive. The Recold LC also includes PVC drift eliminators that are removable for inspection.

For more information on the new Recold LC Evaporative Condenser, visit: http://spxcooling.com/products/recold-lc-evaporative-condenser

About SPX Cooling Technologies, Inc.:

SPX Cooling Technologies, Inc. is a leading global manufacturer of cooling towers, evaporative fluid coolers, evaporative condensers and air cooled heat exchangers providing full-service cooling solutions and support to customers in the power generation, petrochemical, industrial, refrigeration, and heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) markets for more than 100 years. For more information, please visit www.spxcooling.com. SPX Cooling Technologies and its product brands are part of SPX Corporation.

About SPX Corporation:

SPX Corporation is a supplier of highly engineered products and technologies, holding leadership positions in the HVAC, detection and measurement, and engineered solutions markets. Based in Charlotte, North Carolina, SPX Corporation had approximately $1.5 billion in annual revenue in 2016 and more than 5,000 employees in about 15 countries. SPX Corporation is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol “SPXC.”  For more information, please visit www.spx.com.

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Supply chain at the heart of food safety

The desire to see ethical practice and the drive towards sustainability has put the supply chain under increasing scrutiny and for many of our industry attending the Food Safety Europe conference, the growing demand for quality standards and reliability in cleaning, hygiene and health and safety supplies will be firmly on the agenda.

2017 05 11 131425On one level, the food and drink sector is facing uncertainty over regulation following Brexit; on another an ever more discerning consumer who wants to know where their food comes from. Add to this both the threat of big fines for failures in food safety – consider the £130k penalty given to a High Street retail chain after mice were found at two of its stores – and the news that food manufacturers will be expected to meet the costs of food safety inspections under plans from the Food Standards Agency, and closer working relationships with trusted suppliers becomes all the more important.

As a distributor of health and safety equipment and facilities supplies, we acknowledge the part we play. Guthrie Group was the first in the market sector in the UK to achieve the BRC Global Standard in Storage and Distribution. In 2016, it become one of the first companies in Scotland to achieve the new ISO 9001:2015 certification from BSI, and is the only company in its field in Scotland to hold both certifications.

We are also constantly researching new products and delighted to be working with industry leaders such as Pure Hold and Byotrol as their principle Scottish distributors.

International standards are and will always be important, but shouldn’t Scotland also have its own smart solutions to ensure that the products are always on-site when and where they are needed? For the supply chain to operate effectively, it also needs to be efficient, delivered by a customer focused strategy that understands a client’s business needs. In addition it requires to offer the ability to respond quickly to dynamic changes as required.

Having been in business for more than 30 years, we are extremely proud of our customer satisfaction levels. Results of a customer service survey undertaken by a third party market research company in October 2010 stated “The response to questions from the Guthrie Group customers threw up an almost 100 per cent positive correlation between questions and answers which is almost impossibly high and the reason we wondered if we were talking to Guthrie Group employees.”

So while the issues of processes and procedures, new regulations and traceability will always dominate the food safety debate, I will also argue that trust in a supplier is also critical. That is what will ultimately ensure standards are met.

Cynthia Guthrie, Joint Managing Director, Guthrie Group Ltd

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Alfa Laval creates a Food & Water competence centre outside of Copenhagen, Denmark

Alfa Laval – a world leader in heat transfer, centrifugal separation and fluid handling – has just announced that the company will transform its existing site in Søborg, northwest of Copenhagen, Denmark, to a Food & Water competence centre, to secure long-term competitiveness.

Alfa Laval’s site in Søborg will over the coming one and half years, shift focus from manufacturing to sales, research & development and engineering & supply. A new testing facility will also be established.  

2014 08 14 093039 alfa lavalThe shift away from manufacturing means that Alfa Laval, by the end of 2017 will have moved the production of its ballast water treatment system - Alfa Laval PureBallast - to the existing facility in Aalborg, Denmark. The production of decanters will move to Alfa Laval's existing facility in Krakow, Poland – a transfer that is expected to be completed during the fourth quarter 2018. The changes are estimated to affect about 100 employees in Søborg and Alfa Laval will do its utmost to minimize the negative consequences.

There are two reasons for carrying out this change. Firstly, to strengthen the company's global position within food and water – two important growth areas. Secondly, to further improve cost competitiveness by consolidating manufacturing to fewer sites in Europe – in line with the company’s footprint strategy, which was communicated on October 25, 2016.

“Alfa Laval has invested and built two important global competence and test centres in Denmark; in Kolding – hygienic fluid handling to the food and pharmaceutical industry, and recently in Aalborg – a unique test and training centre for different products and applications to the marine industry. Based on the positive experiences and after a careful evaluation, Søborg was our first and natural choice for a Food & Water competence centre," says Nish Patel, President for the Food & Water division. "Especially, as we have to consolidate our manufacturing footprint to fewer sites."

The financial impact of the changes in the manufacturing footprint is included in the one-time charges that were communicated with the third and fourth quarter reports 2016.

Did you know that… Alfa Laval, on March 1, 2017, inaugurated an expansion of its Test & Training centre in Aalborg, Denmark, to enable gas testing? Making it the world’s most advanced test centre for environmental and combustion technology – regardless of fuel type.

About Alfa Laval
Alfa Laval is a leading global provider of specialized products and engineering solutions based on its key technologies of heat transfer, separation and fluid handling.

The company’s equipment, systems and services are dedicated to assisting customers in optimizing the performance of their processes. The solutions help them to heat, cool, separate and transport products in industries that produce food and beverages, chemicals and petrochemicals, pharmaceuticals, starch, sugar and ethanol.

Alfa Laval’s products are also used in power plants, aboard ships, oil and gas exploration, in the mechanical engineering industry, in the mining industry and for wastewater treatment, as well as for comfort climate and refrigeration applications.

Alfa Laval’s worldwide organization works closely with customers in nearly 100 countries to help them stay ahead in the global arena. Alfa Laval is listed on Nasdaq OMX, and, in 2016, posted annual sales of about SEK 35.6 billion (approx. 3.77 billion Euros). The company has about 17 000 employees.

www.alfalaval.com

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Cosmo Films upgrades its anti-fog film for wider applications

Cosmo Films, a leading manufacturer of speciality BOPP films, has come up with an improvised anti-fog film with excellent cold & hot anti-fog properties and high hot tack & low coefficient of friction which can deliver high speed overwrapping performance. This means that the film would now be suitable for packaging of even unpolished fruits in trays on high-speed HFFS machines.

Anti-fog films are generally transparent films which go in for fresh fruits/vegetables, salad packaging, meat packaging applications. The high moisture content in these food items lead to mist formation on the film surface thus affecting the visibility and therefore perceived freshness of the food packed inside. An anti-fogging film not only prevents this phenomenon leading to a better visibility of the contents inside but also renders the pack a better shelf appeal owing to its enhanced gloss/optics. The film complies with the EC and FDA food contact regulations.

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The film is a co-extruded both sides heat sealable, both sides treated BOPP film where printing is done generally on the top side and inner side lends in the anti-fogging characteristics. The film works well in a single layer as well as BOPP/AF BOPP laminate structure.

Commenting on the development, Mr. Shailesh Verma, Head- Packaging Films Exports, Cosmo Films said, “The film has excellent machinability, high heat seal & high hot tack strength and low seal initiation temperature and therefore works very well on high-speed packing machines. The film is available in 15 to 40 microns thickness. The company also makes film compatible for sealing on PE trays.  A Keep Fresh grade providing longer shelf life because of anti-bacterial properties is also available.”

About Cosmo Films Limited

Established in 1981, Cosmo Films Limited today is one of the global leaders and manufacturers of Bi-axially Oriented Polypropylene (BOPP) films used for packaging, labels and lamination applications. The company is the largest exporter of BOPP films from India and is also the largest producer of thermal lamination films in the world with plant cum distribution centres in India, Japan, Korea & the U.S along with global channel partners in more than fifty countries. For more information, visit www.cosmofilms.com or write to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Automation for Food and Packaging

At Interpack 2017, Baumüller will introduce complete solution packages and industry-specific components

High hygiene standards, difficult ambient conditions or extreme demands on machines and systems: Baumüller offers the right drive and automatization solution for every application. From a drive with an aseptic surface for transport tasks in the food sector to compact local drive technology for minimum wiring effort. At Interpack from May 04-10, 2017, Baumüller will present systems, components and services as well as its latest developments in food and packaging in hall 15 at stand E34.

Increased productivity due to the intelligent overall solution

Using the example of a foil bag machine, which is automated by the Baumüller system technology engineering specialists and is equipped with a complete Baumüller system from the control unit to the drive, the automation and drive manufacturer shows how consistent modularization for the user allows quick format changes.

The long-term interdisciplinary engineering expertise paired with in-house hardware and software helps mechanical engineers achieve a universal machine concept with a streamlined drive and control architecture. Machine productivity is increased by the tailor-made complete solution.

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Service 4.0: Digitization Increases Availability

An innovation in the field of service is BAUDIS IoT, the predictive maintenance system for IoT retrofitting of existing and new machines. The networked system consists of a broad overview of sensors, a BAUDIS IoT box and streamlined software with smart data algorithms. Data is recorded by local sensors on the drive or also on electrical or mechanical components. For example these record the engine state, such as reporting bearing damage or creating a vibration measurement, in order to detect wear on mechanical components at an early stage. With the Baumüller solution, the recorded data is distributed via the BAUDIS IoT box.

But BAUDIS IoT can do much more than that. The big data analysis used for the servicing can also be used to optimize processes. Since the system provides a warning in cases of need, the monitoring can be used to increase production and optimize the associated load limits of the production systems without causing additional wear. The networking of plants and locations to one evaluation unit also allows for comparisons, which is another added benefit. The long-term collection and evaluation of data allows for the drive specialist to detect and implement optimization potential more effectively. The evaluation always occurs with the latest available algorithms. The system is thus continuously made more intelligent and increases productivity through self-regulating processes in order to avoid production errors and unplanned interruptions. For the machine manufacturer, BAUDIS IoT is a good way to offer the system as an option and thus to create added value for his customers. Baumüller can completely take over the installation, monitoring and maintenance of the BAUDIS IoT system if desired.

Product Highlights

There are also new arrivals in the areas of drive technology. The b maXX 5800 servo converter can control up to six axes independently from one another. For example, gantry axes can be calculated within one computer unit. This means that this solution does not require field bus communication between the axes and enables extremely fast communication and response times of 62.5 μs. The dead times of field bus communication as well as following errors are omitted and dynamics and accuracy are increased.

The b maXX 2500 decentralized drive, which combines the converters from the b maXX 3300 series with robust DSD, DSC and DSP servomotors, is especially suitable for packaging machines and filling systems with many individual drives. This compact drive with integrated electronics is suitable for a power range up to about 6.5 kW and includes integrated safety technology. Thanks to a variety of supported fieldbus systems and flexibility in terms of its installation location, the b maXX 2500 offers mechanical engineers with a high degree of design freedom and allows for the realization of optimally adapted machine solutions.

A new feature in drive technology is the extremely compact high-torque motor DST2 80, which among other things is used as a drive of starwheel columns for container transport in filling machines in the beverage industry. The direct drive is thermally tightly encapsulated in a stainless steel pipe and impresses with very low self-heating and easy cleaning.

Minimal overall installed size and high system efficiency characterize the gear motor ETAŋ, which was specially developed for the food and beverage industry. The drive is equipped with an aseptic, completely enclosed housing and is therefore particularly suitable for transport tasks in the food sector. Visitors to the booth can also learn about the broad range of Baumüller drive technologies, including disc motors, various servomotor series, linear motors and decentralized drives. In addition to industry-specific hardware, Baumüller can draw on extensive experience in the packaging and food industry to provide comprehensive expertise and numerous library modules that allow quick and easy programming of individual machine solutions in the in-house engineering framework ProMaster.

Lifecycle management 4.0 worldwide

In addition to developing and manufacturing automation components, Baumüller as a corporate group also covers numerous services for machine and systems construction as well as for machine operators. Starting with the project planning, design and commissioning all the way to maintenance, retrofitting and relocation, Baumüller offers support throughout the entire life cycle of machines and systems.

Mechanical engineers and machine operators at the Hanover Trade Fair will have the opportunity to be consulted by service experts from the Baumüller subsidiaries Nürmont and the Baumüller repair facility on such topics as manufacturer-independent repair, servicing, relocation and installation. With over 40 branches worldwide, Baumüller is a globally reliable service partner with decades of local worldwide experience.

About Baumüller Gruppe

Baumüller is one of the leading manufacturers of innovative automation and electric drive systems. At six manufacturing locations and over 40 subsidiaries spread all over the world, 1700 employees plan, develop, produce and install intelligent system solutions for mechanical engineering; from operation and visualization tools to Motion Control software as per PLCopen, from software modules to controllers, also including converters, electric drives and the whole service range for ready to use automation solutions. The areas service, installations, fitting, and relocation add to the wide range of Baumüller's services. In the mechanical engineering industry, Baumüller is one of the leading partners for automation solutions worldwide.