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Posted October 17, 2018

The global demand for refractories in the nonferrous metals market should increase by 4.7 percent per year to reach 8.1 million metric tons by 2021, according to the study Global Refractory Markets, 4th Edition by The Freedonia Group. Growing aluminum and copper production support the increase, and aluminum is the largest market because of the volume of production as well as its high refractory consumption rate. China is the largest market for nonferrous metal refractories, accounting for 49 percent of the demand in 2016, according to the study. The expected increases for refractories indicate that the market will grow 2.4 percent per year to 48.5 billion metric tons by 2021. To obtain more info or purchase a copy of the report for $6,100, visit https://www.freedoniagroup.com.

Posted October 16, 2018

Premier Tech has acquired Automation Machine Design Inc. (AMD), which specializes in designing and manufacturing automated and robotic industrial equipment. This marks Premier Tech’s eighth acquisition in an effort to continue the expansion of the company. Through the acquisition, Premier Tech will be able to boost its engineering capabilities in automation and manufacturing. Nearly 50 additional employees will join Premier Tech as a result of the acquisition.

Posted October 16, 2018

BASF, Wyandotte, MI, recently held a 3-day workshop hosting 26 faculty from higher-education institutions across the globe at its manufacturing facility. BASF held the event in collaboration with the American Institute of Chemical Engineers’ (AIChE’s) Center for Chemical Process Safety (CCPS) to help educators integrate process safety into their curricula and prepare students for careers in the chemical engineering industry. Topics included creation of a safety culture, behavior-based safety, hazard identification and risk management, and technical discipline. The workshop is part of AIChE’s “Doing a World of Good” campaign, an initiative created to foster safe and ethical practice in chemical engineering and to expand partnerships with industry, academia, and professional associations that engage with under-represented groups in engineering.

Posted October 15, 2018

The move to electric vehicles globally should drive a more aggressive demand for lithium in the next decade. This demand will require that the lithium supply increase substantially, causing the industry to mine an additional 100 kilotons of new lithium carbonate equivalent (LCE) each year, according to the report Roskill: Fueling the Electric Car Revolution. In the past two decades, brine deposits have been the predominant source of lithium worldwide, but this has shifted in recent years as new Australian mineral projects have developed. As a result, in 2018 nearly two-thirds of the lithium supply should come from the mineral sector. Higher lithium prices have driven the increase in mineral production, making mineral projects more economically sound with a lower capital cost, and these projects tend to be simpler to develop. To learn more, go to https://bit.ly/2LMyqpM.

Posted October 12, 2018

Amcor, based in Australia, has announced that it will acquire Bemis, a US-based flexible packaging company. The all-stock transaction will result in a leading flexible packaging company with $9 billion in sales. Flexible packaging, including barrier films, converted flexible packaging, and pouches, will make up two-thirds of the new company’s business. The combined companies will have a large rigid packaging business as well; Bemis’ rigid packaging business is based mostly in the US. Amcor’s specialty cartons and closures will also remain as part of the newly merged business. The companies expect to finalize the acquisition in 2019.

Posted October 11, 2018

Wm. W. Meyer and Sons Inc. has earned its ISO 9001:2015 certification, an international standard that the International Organization for Standardization developed, which specifies requirements for a management system. The certification acknowledges that the company has demonstrated the ability to consistently provide equipment and services that meet regulatory requirements. A third-party auditor performed the certification, which included all phases of operations at the company, including sales, engineering, and manufacturing. The company, Libertyville, IL, supplies dry bulk material processing equipment, pneumatic conveyors, dust collectors, and vacuum collection systems.

Posted October 10, 2018

The global 3-D printing materials market for the aerospace industry should experience rapid growth, with the expectation that the market will reach $535.1 million by 2024, reflecting a 20.3 percent compound annual growth rate (CAGR), according to the Global 3-D Printing Materials Market for the Aerospace Industry by Frost & Sullivan. The adoption of 3-D printing technology reduces costs and shortens timeframes for production, and the end result typically is lighter components with fewer supply chain complications. The market should grow in five areas, including plastic filaments leading the 3-D printing materials market, metal powders used in aircraft parts, a shift to flight-worthy parts in the next 5 years, a boost in tooling applications using 3-D printing, and a rationalization of prices in the coming years that will make additive manufacturing more appealing. For more info and to purchase a copy of the report for $4,950, visit https://ww2.frost.com.

Posted October 9, 2018

Franklin Miller Inc., Livingston, NJ, has marked 100 years and three generations in business. In a ceremony in July, the mayor and deputy mayor of Livingston, NJ presented William Galanty, president, and Jake Galanty, general manager, with a proclamation honoring the business. The company supplies size reduction equip-ment, including crushers, shredders, and grinders serving applications such as chemicals, food manufacturing, and minerals.

Posted October 8, 2018

The US Attorney’s Office-Eastern District of Arkansas charged two rice researchers from China with conspiracy to steal rice production technology in an alleged attempt to take proprietary science back to China. A grand jury indicted Liu Xuejun, 49, and Sun Yue, 36, both from China, and charged them with conspiracy to steal trade secrets and conspiracy to commit interstate transport of stolen property. Ventria Bioscience developed the rice seeds and used the technology to create rice seeds that contained proteins, allowing protein extraction from the rice for use in medicines and pharmaceuticals. Ventria, headquartered in Colorado, has a rice production facility in Kansas and has invested about $75 million in developing the rice-seed intellectual property.

Liu and Sun visited the US in 2013 and at the time worked for Crops Research Institute in Tianjin, China. Liu was a professor, and Sun was a research associate. When visiting the US, they went to a number of rice research and production facilities, which included a visit to Dale Bumpers National Rice Research Center in Germany. A rice breeder from Ventria in Kansas and an employee of Dale Bumpers Rice Research Center organized this trip. When Liu and Sun wrapped their trip, they flew to Hawaii on their way to China. A US Customs and Border Protection agent found stolen rice seeds in their luggage, including seeds from Dale Bumpers National Rice Research Center and from the Ventria rice production facility in Kansas. In a related case in the District of Kansas, a court convicted the two researchers who helped organize the trip to the US. The court convicted Weiqiang Zhang, 47, and sentenced him to 10 years in prison; Wengui Yan, 63, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 1 year in prison.

The FBI investigated this case, and the US Attorney’s Office prosecuted it. A violation of conspiracy to commit theft of trade secrets carries a maximum penalty of not more than 10 years in prison, not more than a $250,000 fine, and not more than 3 years of supervised release. A violation of conspiracy to commit interstate transport of stolen property carries a maximum penalty of not more than 5 years in prison, not more than a $250,000 fine, and not more than 3 years of supervised release.

Posted October 8, 2018

Vortex Global Ltd. has announced that it has appointed Eurotech International FZ, LLC as its new representative agent in Saudi Arabia. Eurotech is a network of mechanical engineering product manufacturers and service providers in Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates. Eurotech’s portfolio includes conveyor rollers, conveyor belts, conveyor and elevator chains, rotary airlocks, air pollution control systems, and more. Vortex Global is the parent company to Vortex, Salina, KS, which supplies slide-gate, diverter, and iris valves and loadout equipment for the dry bulk industries.

Posted October 5, 2018

Vicki Case has been appointed global marketing director at Ametek Brookfield. Previously, she spent 12 years at Sealed Air and for the past 3 years has been the vice president of marketing, global e-commerce, and fulfillment solutions. She holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Michigan. Ametek Brookfield manufactures instrumentation for texture and powder flow analysis.

Posted October 4, 2018

Camfil Air Pollution Control (APC), Jonesboro, AR, a dust collection equipment manufacturer, has released a downloadable eBook titled 652 Countdown: Crucial Elements to Include in Your Combustible Dust Hazard Analysis on NFPA 652: Standard on Fundamentals of Combustible Dust. The eBook educates industry professionals on how dust collection systems are one of the most important elements in a dust hazard analysis (DHA). More than half of all dust explosions originate in the dust collector. Although the NFPA recently moved its deadline for completing a DHA to 2020, the company urges facilities to proceed in a timely manner to avoid incidents. The eBook covers whether your facility needs a DHA, how to use a DHA worksheet or checklist analysis, what the hazardous areas of a dust collector are, and what protection devices you should use to make areas safe. To download the eBook, go to https://bit.ly/2PlbGLN.

Posted October 3, 2018

The global industrial filtration market should reach $35.47 billion by 2023, gaining more than $10 billion since 2017 when the market was valued at $24.33 billion, according to the report Industrial Filtration Market by Type (Air and Liquid), Technology, Product, Filter Media, Industry (Manufacturing, Power Generation, Metals & Mining, Oil & Gas, Pharmaceuticals, and Process Industry), and Region — Global Forecast to 2023 by Markets and Markets. The increase marks a 6.5 percent compound annual growth rate (CAGR). The research study found that the increase was due, in large part, to growth in industrialization and urbanization, stringent regulations pertaining to emissions and treatment of industrial waste, and requirements of safe working environments in industrial facilities. The report breaks down the market by five regions to include North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, South America, the Middle East, and Africa. Advances that countries make to increase their economic growth and increased manufacturing are important factors in the industrial filtration market as countries follow more stringent guidelines in emission control. China accounted for the largest share of the industrial filtration market in the Asia Pacific in 2017. However, slow industrial growth in China and the move toward renewable energy sources could act as restraints to the industrial filter market. For more info and to purchase a copy of the report for $5,650, visit https://www.marketsandmarkets.com.

Posted October 2, 2018

Thomas Spitzenpfeil has been appointed chief financial officer (CFO) at Schenck Process Group. Effective October 1, he will be responsible for the company’s global finance and IT organization. He will also join Schenck’s management board. Spitzenpfeil has 14 years of experience as CFO of large international manufacturing companies. Most recently, he was the CFO of Carl Zeiss AG, a global technology group in optics and optic-electronics with 27,000 employees. Schenck Process provides solutions for measuring and process technologies in industrial weighing, feeding, conveying, screening, and automation as well as air filtration technology.

Posted October 1, 2018

Lindt & Spruengli AG of Switzerland has invested $200 million to expand its plant in Stratham, NH, over the next 4 years in an effort to compete with Hershey Co. and Mars Inc. The US chocolate market shows signs of growth, according to Bloomberg, and Lindt has reported a 4 percent increase in adjusted sales in North America. Currently, Lindt is the third-largest chocolate producer in the US.

Posted October 1, 2018

Todd Larson has been appointed president and CEO at Nol-Tec Systems. Larson has previous experience at the company between 1995 and 2006 as an electrical controls engineer and later as a project manager. Most recently, he worked as the director of operations for Amec Foster Wheeler. Larson is replacing Mike Weyandt, who has decided to step down. Nol-Tec Systems is an engineering firm that designs pneumatic conveying equipment for the bulk solids industry.

Posted September 28, 2018

RUNCORN, UK — LPW Technology Ltd has opened a 90,000-square-foot additive manufacturing metal powder manufacturing facility in Widnes, UK. The $26.5 million facility produces metal powders used in automotive, aerospace, and biomedical industries for 3-D printing. The plant contains a variety of powder production equipment, which includes metal powder testing equipment and atomizers for melting feedstock. Once melted, the metal is then converted into fine-grade metal powder. The testing equipment can characterize metal powders and 3-D printers to develop materials for additive manufacturing. The company launched another metal powder production plant in the US earlier this year in Imperial, PA.

Posted September 27, 2018

WASHINGTON, DC — The US Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) has named Dr. Kristen Kulinowski as the agency’s interim executive authority following the unexpected resignation of Chairperson Vanessa Allen Sutherland, who has become the vice president of Norfolk Southern based in Norfolk, VA. Kulinowski has expertise in chemical and materials sciences, occupational health and safety, risk policy, nanotechnology, and research administration.

On a related note, the CSB board comprises five members whom the President appoints and the Senate confirms. Board members serve fixed terms of five years. Recently, President Trump sought to eliminate the CSB board, but Congress didn’t approve this effort. The CSB investigates chemical incidents, including the physical causes such as equipment failure as well as inadequacies in regulations, industry standards, and safety management systems.

Posted September 26, 2018

BRILON, Germany — Rembe GmbH Safety + Control is hosting Explosion Safety Days 2018 October 23-24 in Brilon, Germany. The event will focus on safety concerns associated with particle board, MDF, OSB and pellet plants, as well as saw mills and biomass power plants. The event will include live-explosion demonstrations on large-scale setups and the opportunity to connect with operators, OEMs, insurance companies, and other authorities. Registration space is limited. Rembe manufactures and supplies rupture discs as well as explosion safety systems and accessories.

Posted September 25, 2018

NORCROSS, GA — Micromeritics Instrument Corp. has acquired Freeman Technology, Tewkesbury, UK. Freeman Technology manufactures instruments that deliver data to assist its customers in maximizing process and product understanding, accelerating research and development toward formulation and commercialization as well as supporting the optimization of powder processes. Micromeritics Instruments Corp., Norcross, GA, supplies scientific instrumentation for material characterization.

Posted September 24, 2018

ORLANDO, FL — NPE2018: The Plastics Show had 56,034 registered attendees for the event held in May, according to the Plastics Industry Association. This registration level represents an increase of 1.7 percent from the last show held in 2015. The association had predicted an attendance of around 65,000 based on the strong US manufacturing sector, which was similar to the show attendance in 2015. NPE2018 had 2,174 exhibiting companies in a 1.2 million square-foot show floor. Nearly half the exhibitors and 27 percent of the registrants came from outside the US, representing 121 countries. The next NPE will occur in May 17-21, 2021, in Orlando, FL.

Posted September 21, 2018

LYON, France — Technip FMC has signed an exclusive cooperation agreement with Kem One to support the marketing and licensing of the company’s suspension polyvinyl chloride (S-PVC) technology. S-PVC results from the polymerization of vinyl chloride monomer in dispersed water. For the past 10 years, Kem One, based in France, has had the largest market share in S-PVC licensing capacity. Technip FMC Process Technology, Lyon, France, manages an expanding portfolio of onshore process technologies in petrochemicals, refining, hydrogen and syngas, polymers, and gas monetization.

Posted September 20, 2018

DECATUR, IL — Archer Daniels Midland Co., Decatur, IL, has opened a new feed plant in Columbus, NE. The ADM Animal Nutrition plant features a production line to produce range blocks for farm animals, a warehouse, and multiple batching systems that provide simultaneous weighing capabilities. The plant uses automation technologies for batching, receiving, packaging, and loadout areas. Additionally, the plant has an integrated process control system. Earlier this year, the company opened a pet food premix facility in Effingham, IL. ADM Animal Nutrition manufactures a variety of products for the animal nutrition market.

On a related note, Archer Daniels Midland Co. has agreed to purchase Probiotics International Ltd (PIL), Somerset, UK, a provider of probiotic supplements for human, pet, and production animal consumption. The all-cash agreement is set to be just over $244 million for the purchase. PIL has sales in more than 60 countries and has approximately 160 employees.

Posted September 19, 2018

STOCKHOLM, Sweden — Sandvik AB has reported a high quantity of orders and increased earnings in 2018’s second quarter. The company’s order intake and revenues were up by 12 percent over prior years and showing positive development in all three business areas, including Sandvik Materials Technology, Sandvik Machining Solutions, and Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology. Across the board, the Sandvik Group experienced significantly higher orders in the regions of Asia at 17 percent, Europe at 16 percent, and North America at 8 percent.

Posted September 18, 2018

ALEXANDRIA, VA — The National Society of Black Engineers held its National Leadership Conference at University of Maryland in June. The conference drew 200 attendees where plans were made to multiply black engineering degree recipients in the US. The conference is part of the NSBE’s yearlong National Leadership Institute curriculum. The NSBE’s mission is to increase the number of black engineers who excel academically and professionally and make a positive impact to the community. The NSBE currently has more than 17,000 members and more than 500 chapters, making it one of the largest student-governed organizations in the US.

Posted September 17, 2018

NEPONSET, IL — Martin Engineering, a supplier of dust control and bulk material handling systems, has expanded its operations to the United Kingdom and Scandinavia. The company’s new facility in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, UK, will include a new office, training center, production area, and warehouse. The new facility will manufacture equipment such as air cannons and belt cleaners. The warehouse will hold factory-direct equipment and spare parts to allow Martin to deliver these items to local customers.

Posted September 14, 2018

HELSINKI, Finland — Sintrol, Helsinki, a manufacturer and distributor of continuous dust monitors, has recently signed a strategic distribution agreement with InDust LLC, headquartered in Williamsburg, VA. InDust has a history of air emissions stack testing and supplies dust monitoring equipment. The company will now provide Sintrol equipment in the North American marketplace serving the carbon black, cement, chemical, feed and grain mill, food processing, forest product, metallurgy, pharmaceutical, and plastic industries.

Posted September 13, 2018

LENGERICH, Germany — Windmöller & Hölscher has formed a joint venture with Haver & Boecker OHG. The two companies formed a new joint company, called Aventus GmbH & Co. KG, in June and will specialize in filling technology for open bags, form-fill-seal bags, and bulk bags. The new company will also focus on palletizing and load securing technology for companies in the chemicals, food, and animal feed markets. In addition to the merger, Newtec Bag Palletizing SAS, Illzach, France, has become a subsidiary of Aventus. The newly formed company is expected to grow to 300 employees.

Posted September 12, 2018

KANSAS CITY, MO — Schenck Process, a measuring and process technologies supplier, has entered into an agreement to acquire Raymond Bartlett Snow, a company that designs and manufactures size reduction, classification, and thermal processing equipment. Raymond Bartlett Snow has locations in the US, India, and Brazil, which will all be part of the acquisition.

Posted September 11, 2018

BELLEVILLE, NJ — Vac-U-Max has received ATEX certification in the European Union (EU) for three of its compressed-air-powered industrial vacuum cleaning systems, which are nonelectrical. A third-party, Intertek, Cortland, NY, which is a nationally recognized testing lab as designated by OSHA, certified the equipment. Vac-U-Max received ATEX approval for three compressed-air-powered vacuums, including one designed for combustible dusts, one for submerged recovery, and another for flammable liquids. Vac-U-Max, Belleville, designs and manufactures pneumatic systems and ancillary equipment for dry material conveying, weighing, and batching.

Posted September 10, 2018

BETHESDA, MD — Lockheed Martin has invested $5 million in Equispheres, a materials science company based in Canada. The investment is meant to enable Equispheres to accelerate its growth in the high-quality spherical metal powders used in additive manufacturing. The company has created a technology that can produce spherical metal powder with characteristics useful for aerospace and automotive manufacturing. With Lockheed Martin’s investment, Equispheres anticipates increasing its workforce from 20 to more than 200 employees over the next 5 years.

Posted September 7, 2018

LAS VEGAS, NV — The International Baking Industry Exposition (IBIE), also known as the Baking Expo, has sold 81 percent of its available expo show floor space for the September 7-11, 2019 show at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas. The event has experienced a 65 percent increase in attendance over the past decade and expects to host more than 1,000 exhibitors. The IBIE show offers a forum for manufacturers and suppliers to feature their equipment and present to more than 23,000 baking professionals from around the world. The IBIE 2016 show set attendance records and sold out, and the 2019 show is on pace to do the same.

Posted September 6, 2018

CLEARFIELD, PA — A conveyor fire broke out at the Pennsylvania Grain Processing LLC ethanol plant. Local news agencies in Clearfield County, PA, reported that the fire started on a conveyor belt at approximately midnight on July 6 and firefighters responded to the scene. The company’s website indicates that it processes 40-million bushels of grain annually to produce 110-million gallons per year of ethanol. The company has five serious violations and faces an initial penalty of $25,285 for citations dated May 2018, according to OSHA’s website.

Posted September 5, 2018

PITTSBURGH, PA — PPG Industries Inc. broke ground on a new facility in June. The 450,000 square-foot facility in Flower Mound, TX, will be the company’s largest architectural paints and coatings distribution center within the US and Canada. The facility allows the company to increase its presence in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, which adds to the company’s $9 million investment to open 14 stores in the area, bringing the total number of stores to 40. PPG will relocate its existing operations and inventory to the new Flower Mound facility. The company employs nearly 900 people in Texas and recently partnered with the Regional Hispanic Contractors Association to support Hispanic contractors in Texas.

Posted September 4, 2018

MONTREAL, QC — PyroGenesis Canada Inc. has signed an exclusive commercial agreement to sell titanium powders for use in metal additive manufacturing. The company expects the deal to result in the sale of no less than 10,000 kilograms to an unspecified client in Asia over the course of 2 years. The client specializes in advanced alloy powders for additive manufacturing and 3-D printing and produces metal powders and specialty parts. PyroGenesis expects the partnership to extend beyond the first 2-year term and to allow exclusive distribution in the territory. The company designs, develops, and manufactures plasma-based systems and plasma torch systems.

Posted August 30, 2018

SAN ANTONIO, TX — The lithium-ion and lead-acid battery market is expected to reach $43.2 billion by 2023, growing at an 8.3 percent compound annual growth rate (CAGR), according to the study Global Analysis of Battery Materials Market, Forecast to 2023 by Frost & Sullivan. Lucrative markets for lithium battery material suppliers include China, Japan, and South Korea in the Asia-Pacific (APAC), because these countries host numerous leading lithium battery original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). The study found that North America and Europe battery material suppliers will establish mass production facilities for lithium battery materials in the APAC because of low-cost production and the accessibility of raw materials. For more info and to purchase a copy of the report for $4,950, visit https://ww2.frost.com.

Posted August 29, 2018

CHATHAM MARITIME, UK — The Wolfson Centre is currently researching low feedrate dosing of cohesive powders in bulk solids processes. Typically, cohesive powders are handled with physical agitators that pass through the powder on a cyclic path, which serves to disrupt the flow channel above the screw feeder and prevents complete stoppage of the flow. However, this can also introduce electrostatic charging in areas of material around and ahead of the flow channel or contribute to particle attrition. Therefore, researchers at The Wolfson Centre for Bulk Solids Handling Technology at the University of Greenwich, Chatham Maritime, UK, are studying ways to accurately predict stress conditions in small-scale handling equipment through controlled metering of cohesive powders. The project is funded by the EU Framework 7 and the Marie Curie Initial Training Network and is being led by Wolfson senior consulting engineer Richard Farnish. [Note: Richard Farnish is a member of thePowder and Bulk Engineering Editorial Advisory Board.]

Posted August 28, 2018

MODENA, Italy — Wamgroup is celebrating 50 years in business and in honor of this milestone, the company held an inauguration event June 15 for its new technology center located in Modena, Italy. The technology center is a private facility for research and development in bulk solids handling and processing as well as various environmental technologies including dust filtration, solids-liquids separation in animal husbandry and other industries, water treatment, and hydro-energy.

Wamgroup’s research and development department focuses heavily on engineering polymers, which has led to the design of components for screw conveyors, dust collectors, mixers, valves, and other products. Launched in 1968, this screw conveyor and feeder manufacturer based in Ponte Motta-Cavezzo, Italy, now employs 2,100 people at more than 60 locations in 40 countries. To date, Wamgroup has manufactured nearly 1 million screw conveyors.

Posted August 27, 2018

SALINA, KS — Vortex Global Ltd. has announced that it has appointed Enge Plas Automation (S) Pte Ltd. as its new representative agent in India. Based in Singapore, Enge Plas operates offices in Malaysia and Indonesia. For the past 12 years, Enge Plas has been representing Vortex products in Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, and the Philippines as well as other southeast Asia markets. Now, the company will add India to that list. Vortex Global is the parent company to Vortex, Salina, KS, which supplies slide-gate, diverter, and iris valves and loadout equipment for the dry bulk industries.

Posted August 24, 2018

LUTZ, FL — Mettler Toledo held a grand opening event July 12-13 for its new product inspection headquarters based in Lutz. The international supplier of precision scales and instruments relocated some of the company’s operations from Hillsborough County, FL, to a $30 million manufacturing plant in Pasco County, FL. The 270,000-square-foot plant will encompass the company’s product inspection division that manufactures equipment to remove metal contamination from food production and is expected to employ about 320 people. The new facility will be home to four of Mettler Toledo’s business units, including Safeline Metal Detection and X-Ray, Eagle Product Inspection, Mettler Toledo Hi-Speed Checkweighing, and Mettler Toledo Vision Inspection. With the opening of the new facility, Mettler Toledo plans to close its plant based in Ithaca, NY.

Posted August 23, 2018

JONESBORO, AR — Camfil Air Pollution Control (APC), an industrial dust collection equipment supplier, has doubled the size of its testing laboratory to include a climate-controlled facility with full-size dust collection test equipment. This new equipment will be used to test in accordance with ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 199-2016, Method of Testing the Performance of Industrial Pulse Cleaned Dust Collectors. This standard test analyzes how well filters clean and how dust collectors perform overall. Camfil APC will use the test equipment for internal product testing as well as to help customers simulate real-world conditions to evaluate compliance and effectiveness.

Posted August 22, 2018

WEST LAFAYETTE, IN — Researchers at Purdue University have developed an instrument that can quickly detect trace crystallinity in pharmaceutical formulations. The instrument is based on triboluminescence and operates by measuring light emitted when a pharmaceutical powder is crushed.

“The solid form of an active pharmaceutical ingredient can profoundly influence the proportion of that drug that can enter the body and have an effect,” says Purdue’s website. “Many new drug candidates have low aqueous solubility, which leads to a lower bioavailability. If a drug doesn’t dissolve in a timely manner, it can pass through the body before it has had time to take effect. One method to overcome this problem is to put the drug into an amorphous state or cast it into a polymer matrix that readily dissolves in water.”

Therefore, if crystallinity is detected, there’s a high probability that the drug won’t dissolve in the necessary timeframe. The triboluminescence instrument is designed to provide rapid screening of amorphous solid dispersions and can detect crystallinity in levels as low as 140 parts per million. The instrument is a mechanical device that uses a solenoid to strike powder on a microscope slide. A photo multiplier tube beneath the slide measures the optical radiation from the triboluminescence of the compound. To watch a video showing how the instrument works, go to http://bit.ly/crystallinity.

Posted August 21, 2018

SAN ANTONIO, TX — The global powder coatings market is projected to reach $10 billion by 2023, according to the study Global Powder Coatings Market, Forecast to 2023 by Frost & Sullivan. The study finds that developing markets like the Asia-Pacific (APAC) are following developed markets like North America by increasingly replacing liquid coatings with powder coatings. Research indicates that end-users, such as the automotive and industrial markets, are moving toward higher-performing powder coatings because of the increased purchasing power of consumers and their demand for technologically superior products. These indicators suggest that the global market will grow from $7.88 billion to $10.61 billion by 2023. The study analyzes the key powder chemistries of epoxy, acrylic, PVC, polyamide, polyolefins, fluoropolymer, polyester, hybrids, and epoxy-polyester, but it also factors in chemistries in the application segments of appliances, automotive, architectural, furniture, industrial, agriculture, construction, mining equipment, and pipe in North America, Europe, APAC, and rest-of-the-world markets. For more info and to purchase a copy of the report for $4,950, visit https://ww2.frost.com.

Posted August 20, 2018

MONROE, NC — David Rose has been appointed managing director of Spiroflow Holdings Inc. Rose joins Spiroflow from Precision Castparts Corp. where he held the position of vice president and general manager of the company’s materials business. Previously he acted in a variety of leadership roles for GE. He has a bachelor’s degree in industrial management from Gannon University and is certified as a Six Sigma Master Black Belt. Spiroflow Holdings Inc. is the parent company of Spiroflow, Monroe, NC, which supplies standard and custom powder handling equipment.