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See the latest in pipeline inspection at Materials Testing 2017

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Discover the latest in tube and pipeline inspection at Materials Testing 2017, which takes place from 5-7 September in Telford, UK.

The biennial event is the world’s most comprehensive exhibition of non-destructive testing (NDT), materials testing, condition monitoring and diagnostic technologies.

The show comes as new techniques such as the use of permanently installed sensors in pipelines and greater automation offer huge potential to improve efficiency and reduce maintenance costs.

Materials Testing 2017 promises to be the biggest and best exhibition to date, with over 70 exhibitors and a wide range of seminars covering the practical aspects of NDT and related technologies.

The biennial event is organised by the British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing (BINDT) and will run alongside its annual conference, NDT 2017, providing additional networking opportunities.

Paul Fidgeon, Chairman of the organising committee, said: “NDT plays a major role in ensuring the safe and efficient operation of plant and pipelines. Current trends include the increased use of permanently installed sensors in line with the move towards predictive maintenance, and greater automation.

“Materials Testing is the most comprehensive event of its type and allows NDT practitioners and end users alike to keep up to date with developments and hear from industry experts.”

The event, which is free to attend for registered visitors, takes place at the International Centre in Telford, West Midlands and is open from 9.30am to 4.30pm on Tuesday 5 and Wednesday 6 September and from 9.30am to 2.00pm on Thursday 7 September. The International Centre in Telford is less than one-and-a-half hours from Birmingham, Manchester and Liverpool international airports and only five minutes away from the UKrail and motorway networks.

For further information, visit the website at www.materialstesting.org

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Hardide Coatings gains Nadcap accreditation

Hardide Coatings Ltd, the provider of advanced surface coating technology, has gained Nadcap accreditation for Coatings.  Nadcap is the world’s leading independent certification program for special processes within the aerospace and defence industry.

The accreditation, in addition to the company’s current certifications to AS9100, ISO9001 and ISO14001, means Hardide can expand its business in the aerospace sector and provide its advanced tungsten carbide-based coatings to any of the aerospace prime contractors or their supply chains worldwide.  It follows the award in March 2017 of approved supplier status to Airbus Group and demonstrates the Company’s ongoing commitment to quality and process excellence.

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Philip Kirkham, CEO of Hardide Coatings commented: “Aerospace is a key growth market for Hardide and this is a significant achievement and milestone toward realising the clear potential for our coating technology in this sector.  An increasing number of aerospace companies require their suppliers to be Nadcap accredited so to be fully approved opens up the market to us.  As well as cementing our position with customers such as Airbus, Leonardo and BAE Systems, it will qualify us to work with any of the prime contractors and their worldwide supply chains.”

“Congratulations to Hardide Coatings Ltd on successfully passing what may be the aerospace industry’s most stringent process capability assessment audit,” said Joe Pinto, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at the Performance Review Institute. “Nadcap audit criteria are widely acknowledged to be hard to meet and companies like Hardide Coatings, who succeed at doing so, rightfully deserve recognition.”

Hardide Coatings developed Hardide-A for the aerospace and defence industry as a replacement for hard chrome plating, shortly to be banned under EU REACH regulations, and provide an alternative to HVOF, cadmium plating and other coating processes.  The coating is approved by Airbus as an alternative to hard chrome plating.

Customers for Hardide coatings include leading companies operating in oil and gas exploration and production, valve and pump manufacturing, precision engineering and aerospace industries. The company has manufacturing facilities in Oxfordshire, UK and Virginia, USA. 

Nadcap is a co-operative industry managed approach designed to ensure the highest standards of quality control, especially for the highly complex ‘special processes’ that are essential to the aerospace and defence industries. Membership includes industry prime contractors such as Airbus, BAE Systems, Boeing, EADS, GE Aviation, Honeywell, Leonardo Helicopters, Lockheed Martin, Rolls-Royce, Triumph Group and UTC Aerospace.

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ANDRITZ to supply a complete needlepunch line to Autoneum, Mexico

ANDRITZ has received an order from Autoneum, headquartered in Winterthur, Switzerland, to supply an ANDRITZ neXline needlepunch eXcelle line to its plant in San Luis Potosi, Mexico, for the production of needlepunched velour felts from 300 to 900 gsm for the automotive market. The fabrics will be used for manufacture of carpet systems, inner dashes, and floor insulators. Start-up of the line, which has a working width of 4.4.m, is scheduled for the end of 2017.

The scope of supply includes a Dynamic eXcelle card and a crosslapper in combination with ANDRITZ technology for drafting and needling. ANDRITZ will also supply the process control equipment as well as the unique, closed-loop ProDyn system, thus providing continuous web monitoring and optimization of the end product. With a maximum speed of 20 m/min, the production capacity of the ANDRITZ needlepunch line will be up to 1,100 kg/hr.

2017 07 25 083926ANDRITZ high-capacity neXline needlepunch eXcelle for production of nonwoven technical felts © ANDRITZ

This order once again demonstrates the strong and long-term partnership between ANDRITZ and Autoneum. Autoneum already operates several ANDRITZ lines in Bloomsburg, PA, and Jeffersonville, IN, both USA, as well as several lines in Europe.

Autoneum is the global market and technology leader in acoustic and thermal management solutions for vehicles. Based on its own expertise and technological know-how, Autoneum develops and produces systems and components for leading automobile manufacturers. Its customers are present in the key markets of Europe, North America, South America, and Asia. Autoneum is represented at around 50 locations in over 20 countries and has a workforce of more than 11,000 employees worldwide.

The ANDRITZ GROUP
ANDRITZ is a globally leading supplier of plants, equipment, and services for hydropower stations, the pulp and paper industry, the metalworking and steel industries, and for solid/liquid separation in the municipal and industrial sectors as well as for animal feed and biomass pelleting. Other important business segments include automation and service business. In addition, the international Group is also active in the power generating sector (steam boiler plants, biomass boilers, recovery boilers, and gasification plants) and in environmental technology (flue gas cleaning plants) and offers equipment for the production of nonwovens, dissolving pulp, and panelboard as well as recycling plants. The publicly listed technology Group is headquartered in Graz, Austria, and has a staff of approximately 25,200 employees. ANDRITZ operates more than 250 sites in over 40 countries.

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ANDRITZ to supply the fifth pressurized refining system within two years to Thailand

International technology Group ANDRITZ has received an order from S. Kijchai Enterprise PCL (SKN), Huay-Yang, Thailand, to supply another pressurized refining system for MDF (medium-density fiberboard) production line II at the mill in Rayong, Thailand. Start-up is scheduled for June 2018. The pressurized refining system has a capacity of 30 bdmt/h and will process 80-100% rubberwood and 0-20% fruitwood as raw material.

2017 07 24 103245Group photo after signing the contract: (from left to right): Vichai Sangwongkit, Managing Director of S.Kijchai; Michael Rupp, Director Sales and Marketing from ANDRITZ, and Harnsiri Saengvongkij, Director from S.Kijchai. “Photo: ANDRITZ”.In addition to successful operation of the first line delivered by ANDRITZ in April 2012, key factors in the decision-making process also included the exceptional, internationally tried and tested technology and processes that ANDRITZ offers worldwide for the panelboard industry. Predominant features of the ANDRITZ pressurized refining systems are highly efficient pre-steaming, excellent dewatering in the plug-screw feeder, and low electricity and thermal energy consumption by the overall system. This is the 13th line to be supplied by ANDRITZ to Thailand, five of which were delivered within the past two years alone.

S. Kijchai Enterprise PCL (SKN) is a leading international producer of particle board and medium-density fiberboard, which are used as wood substitute materials in furniture manufacturing and many other applications. The company is well-recognized in Asia, serving the needs of both the domestic and the overseas markets.

The ANDRITZ GROUP

ANDRITZ is a globally leading supplier of plants, equipment, and services for hydropower stations, the pulp and paper industry, the metalworking and steel industries, and for solid/liquid separation in the municipal and industrial sectors as well as for animal feed and biomass pelleting. Other important business segments include automation and service business. In addition, the international Group is also active in the power generating sector (steam boiler plants, biomass boilers, recovery boilers, and gasification plants) and in environmental technology (flue gas cleaning plants) and offers equipment for the production of nonwovens, dissolving pulp, and panelboard as well as recycling plants. The publicly listed technology Group is headquartered in Graz, Austria, and has a staff of approximately 25,200 employees. ANDRITZ operates more than 250 sites in over 40 countries.

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Recycling Today Media Group announces 2017 Paper & Plastics Recycling Conference agenda

The Recycling Today Media Group, a business unit of GIE Media Inc., Valley View, Ohio, has announced the agenda for its 18th annual Paper & Plastics Recycling Conference (PPRC, http://paperplasticsna.recyclingtodayevents.com/). The event is scheduled for Oct. 11-13 in Chicago at the Marriott Chicago Downtown Magnificent Mile and is produced in partnership with the Paper Stock Industries (PSI) Chapter of the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) and with the Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS). The event is designed to provide maximum value to those in the recycling industry, generators of recyclables, mills and material consumers, those seeking zero waste-to-landfill solutions, government officials and industry suppliers.

The Recycling Today Media Group also hosts the MRF & Recycling Plant Operations Forum (http://opsforum.recyclingtodayevents.com/) Oct. 9-10 at the same venue in cooperation with RRT Design and Construction, Melville, New York. The forum, which begins with a networking reception the evening of Oct. 9, is designed for those seeking to optimize their plants, whether they process single-stream or dual-stream recyclables, mixed waste or C&D materials.

2017 07 24 101018In its second year, the MRF & Recycling Plant Operations Forum targets plant managers, maintenance managers, regional managers, owners, consultants, engineers, government officials, equipment suppliers and anyone else who is interested in better understanding plant operations and technology.

Registration rates for the forum are designed to be cost-effective, with special discounts available for multiple attendees from the same organization. Those who attend the forum and the PPRC receive even greater discounts.

The PPRC begins with a series of workshops Wednesday, Oct. 11, that start at 1:30 p.m. and conclude at 3:45. Topics to be covered include maximizing the value of UBCs (used beverage cans), insight into RISI’s pricing models, details on plastics scrap pricing indices and the finer points of municipal contracting.

The workshops are followed by the keynote session, Executive Roundtable: The Future of Recycling, that begins at 4 p.m. This executive-level discussion explores the future of residential and commercial recycling by discussing changes affecting collection streams, service fees and the quality of recyclable commodities. Speakers also look at how to bring difficult-to-recycle or nontraditional materials into the recycling stream, sustainability initiatives and the future of disposal in North America.

A variety of sessions are scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 12:

  • From 8:30 to 10:00 a.m., Processing Plant of the Future examines what future processing plants will look like and how they will function. This session examines new and evolving technologies and how they might affect plants of the future.
  • From 10:30 a.m. to noon, the Paper Stock Industries (PSI) Chapter of the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) updates attendees on the outcome of its meeting to discuss moisture levels in bales of recovered paper.
  • From 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., The Changing Paper Industry explores what higher old corrugated containers (OCC) prices mean for consumers, the effects on mill operations and the future of the secondary fiber sector.
  • Also from 1:30 to 2:30, panelists in the Plastics Mill Buyers session examine what drives the plastics recycling business and share their insights into where markets are headed.
  • From 3 to 4 p.m., Postindustrial Plastics: Distribution Centers and Beyond provides an overview of the postindustrial plastics recycling landscape, focusing on various generating sectors and consuming markets.
  • Also from 3 to 4 p.m., speakers during the session Smooth Sailing share their expertise on the latest happenings at seaports.
  • From 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., Export: ASEAN focuses on the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) region, with speakers highlighting how recycling markets there are doing today.
  • Also from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., leaders whose recycling businesses are blooming speak during the session Smaller but Mighty.

Friday’s programming includes Export: National Sword, from 8:30 to 9:45 a.m., which looks at how China’s crackdown on contaminants in incoming loads of scrap has played out. The conference concludes with The Effect of E-Commerce on Recycling from 10 to 11:15 a.m., in which panelists examine how closures of traditional retail outlets and associated distribution changes and the growth in e-commerce affect recycling markets from OCC to plastics.

The PPRC also features two evening cocktail receptions to get attendees and exhibitors mingling with one another. Lunch and breakfast also are provided in the exhibit hall.

Visit http://paperplasticsna.recyclingtodayevents.com for an up-to-date list of speakers, to access the complete agenda and to register.

Founded in 1980, GIE Media Inc. is a leading business-to-business media company operating in more than 20 industries. The company’s mission is to publish the highest quality business magazines, multimedia, e-newsletters, conferences, reference books and other forms of business media in growth industries with a quality standard based on editorial value and market leadership.