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Guill Tool & Engineering Rolls Out Award-Winning New Website

World Leader in Extrusion Tooling Design & Manufacturing Releases Newly Designed, Information-packed Website 

Guill Website Screenshot

Guill Tool & Engineering, West Warwick, Rhode Island, world leader in extrusion tooling design and manufacturing, just rolled out a new website at www.guill.com.

The new site offers a detailed look at the company’s entire product line, which offers a wide-range of standard and custom designed extrusion tooling, including crossheadsin-line heads, rotary heads and extrusion tips & dies.

The site includes a full listing of all product and specifications with calculation tools to compute annual cost of lengthy concentricity adjustments and crosshead replacement analysis, plus calculators to compute draw-down, feet per minute and pounds per hour. The website includes charts and tables with detailed data and a full library of downloadable literature organized by industry. Guill markets its equipment worldwide and is currently seeking new representatives in select countries.

The Guill website is mobile phone friendly and offers the convenience of allowing users to request a quote online.

The new website has already been awarded the 2018 American Web Design Award from Graphic Design USA.


For more information, please contact:

Bill Conley, Sales Manager
Guill Tool & Engineering
10 Pike Street
West Warwick, RI 02893
USA
Phone:  401-828-7600
www.guill.com
sales@guill.com

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Handle Four Drums at Once for High-Volume Drum Handling

Liftomatic Material Handling, Inc., Buffalo Grove, IL, an industry leading material handling equipment manufacturer, now offers attachments to handle up to four drums at once.

Liftomatic offers two forklift-mounted attachments suited for high-volume drum handling. The attachments do not require hydraulic or electrical connections. Both units are capable of handling 1, 2, 3 or 4 rimmed steel, poly and fiber drums with a total load capacity of 8,000 pounds.

The LOM-4 units come in two configurations to handle up to 4 drums at once. The model L4F can handle 1, 2, 3 or 4 drums and is useful for mixed loads, single stacking in trucks and trailers and for fill-line movement. The model S4F handles 4 drums at a time only, for double stacking in trucks and trailers where overall height is limited.

High Volume Drum Handling - LiftomaticBoth models are available with spark-resistant and “EE” rated components. Each can handle a mixed group of 4 drums, steel, plastic or fiber at one time, as long as the drums heights are within 1.5 inches of each other. Crane and carriage-mount models are also available.

Liftomatic Material Handling, Inc. is an acknowledged leader in the design and manufacture of drum handling equipment. Headquartered in Buffalo Grove, Illinois, Liftomatic maintains manufacturing, engineering and sales facilities around the globe. Liftomatic currently sells products in over 40 countries and sells to more than 400 of the Fortune 500 companies.


For more information, please contact:
Liftomatic Material Handling, Inc.,
700 Dartmouth Lane, Buffalo Grove, IL 60089,
Sales Dept. 847-325-2930
Web: www.liftomatic.com
Email: info@liftomatic.com

For more product information, please contact:
George Gambini
Liftomatic Material Handling
700 Dartmouth Lane
Buffalo Grove, IL 60089
sales@liftomatic.com
847-325-2930 ext. 1226
www.liftomatic.com

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1250°F High Temperature Horizontal Air Flow Cabinet Oven from Grieve

Horizontal Air Flow Cabinet OvenNo. 1045 is a 1250°F (677°C), high temperature horizontal air flow cabinet oven from Grieve, currently used for heat treating at the customer’s facility. Workspace dimensions of this oven measure 38” W x 38” D x 38” H. A 350,000 BTU/HR is installed in a modulating natural gas burner, while a 2000 CFM, 2 HP recirculating blower provides horizontal airflow.

This Grieve horizontal air flow cabinet oven features 12” thick insulated walls comprised of 2” of 2300°F ceramic blanket and 10” of 10 lb/cf density rockwool. Features include an aluminized steel exterior, 16 ga stainless steel interior and a 325 CFM powered forced exhauster. Additional features include inner and outer door gaskets, inner gasket seals directly against door plug and outer gasket seals directly against front face of oven, plus all safety equipment required by IRI, FM and National Fire Protection Association Standard 86 for gas-heated equipment.

Controls on the No. 1045 include a digital indicating temperature controller.


For more information, please contact:
THE GRIEVE CORPORATION
500 Hart Road
Round Lake, Illinois 60073-2835
Phone: (847) 546-8225
Fax: (847) 546-9210
Web: www.grievecorp.com
Email: sales@grievecorp.com
Attention: Frank Calabrese.

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Centrisys/CNP’s R&D Director Receives Young Professionals Award from Water & Wastes Digest

yoshiCentrisys/CNP, Kenosha, Wisconsin, is proud to announce that Hiroko Yoshida, R&D Director, was recently selected as one of Water & Wastes Digest (WWD) top young professionals in the water and wastewater industry.

The impressive WWD award is given to up-and-coming professionals in the water and wastewater industry who are talented and passionate professionals under 40 years old. These individuals must not only excel in their professional lives, but also give back to their community and hold worldly attitudes and views about the industry’s importance and necessity around the globe.

“I’m very excited to have won this award and love being part of such an innovative company,” Yoshida says. “It’s satisfying to start a project at the lab scale and see it progress into a full installation with great results.”

Yoshida previously accepted an invitation to the White House to attend the U.S. EPA Nutrient Recycling Challenge conference and was named one of the top four winners at the event. She notes one of her professional accomplishments as being part of the team was to bring the first full scale AirPrex® installation to the U.S.

She holds a B.S. in environmental studies from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Master of Science in water resource management and civil and environmental engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison and a PhD in environmental engineering, Technical University of Denmark.

Yoshida specializes in solids handling and hopes to contribute to the advancement of the industry as it relates to that specialty. She has worked at Centrisys/CNP for over three years and is currently leading a pilot test program for CalPrex™, Centrisys/CNPs newest phosphorus recovery technology. Yoshida is involved with data analysis and process optimization. She says that the technology may be used in both municipal and industrial applications. “CalPrex is a lot more involved than normal,” Yoshida says. “Everyone is working night and day on this pilot — we’re excited to show what it can do.”

Yoshida stresses the importance of Centrisys/CNP as a whole. “Everyone in the company works so hard to bring these great innovations,” she says. “It’s not a win for just me; it’s a win for the team. I’m just looking forward to learning more!”


Centrisys Corporation is a U.S.A. manufacturer of dewatering centrifuges and sludge thickeners, as well as complete dewatering systems for municipal and industrial wastewater. The company’s focus is centrifuge equipment, including the award winning sludge thickener THK series. Centrisys provides global service, repair and parts for all brands of centrifuges. CNP – Technology Water and Biosolids Corporation designs and supplies nutrient recovery and biosolids treatment optimization systems. CNP’s key technologies are: AirPrex® and CalPrex™, phosphorus recovery technologies recovery technology, and PONDUS, a Thermo-Chemical Hydrolysis Process (TCHP). CNP is a division of Centrisys Corporation.

For more information, please contact:

Centrisys/CNP
9586 58th Place
Kenosha, WI 53144
262-654-6006
Jessie Jones, Marketing Associate
Email: Jessie.jones@centrisys.us
Website: www.centrisys.com

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Liftomatic Ergo-PWPL-750

Powered Transporter Makes Drum Handling Easy for One Operator

Buffalo Grove, IL, Liftomatic Material Handling, Inc., an industry leading material handling equipment manufacturer, recently introduced the Ergo-PWPL-750 powered drum handling transport.

Liftomatic Ergo-PWPL-750 Drum HandlingThe Ergo-PWPL-750™ is a completely self-contained, powered drum handling transport that engages, lifts, lowers and moves all steel, plastic and fiber drums. The unit incorporates power drive forward and reverse, as well as power lift and lower features for moving drums quickly and safely in plants, warehouses and laboratories. Varying weight capacities are available between 650 and 1000 pounds. As part of Liftomatic’s Ergo-Matic® line, the unit is equipped with a fully programmable set of controls for easy operator adjustment.

Additional features include regenerative braking, available in straddle leg or fully counterbalanced versions, as well as EE and spark resistant ratings. All Ergo-Matic® models incorporate Liftomatic’s exclusive Parrot-Beak® clamping mechanism, which allows the operator to safely and securely grip the drum lip throughout the pick-up and release process.

Liftomatic Material Handling, Inc. is an acknowledged leader in the design and manufacture of drum handling equipment. Headquartered in Buffalo Grove, Illinois, Liftomatic maintains manufacturing, engineering and sales facilities around the globe. Liftomatic currently sells products in over 40 countries and sells to more than 400 of the Fortune 500 companies.


For more information, please contact:
Liftomatic Material Handling, Inc.,
700 Dartmouth Lane, Buffalo Grove, IL 60089,
Sales Dept. 847-325-2930
Web: www.liftomatic.com
Email: info@liftomatic.com

For more product information, please contact:
George Gambini
Liftomatic Material Handling
700 Dartmouth Lane
Buffalo Grove, IL 60089
sales@liftomatic.com
847-325-2930 ext. 1226
www.liftomatic.com

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Digitalization…Its Time Has Come!

By Ryan Jarvis, Head of Vertical Markets for Food, Beverage & CPG, Siemens Industry, Inc., Factory Automation

Ryan JarvisEditor Note: In this article, the author makes the case for the digital factory in food & beverage processing.  Much of the input here resulted from a “panel of experts” discussion held recently at the 2018 Manufacturing in America trade event, sponsored by Siemens at Ford Field in downtown Detroit, Michigan. 

In a recent study we conducted at Siemens, where we talked to 40 firms in food & beverage, it was determined that over 50% of firms are already using connected sensors in their operations.  Likewise, 60% are using digitalization tools such as track-and-trace to monitor ingredient flow through their supply chain.  Finally, over two-thirds of those surveyed are encouraging their suppliers to provide data from their own operations and production processes, improving transparency and creating new opportunities to drive efficiencies.

That’s the good news.

On the flip side, less than half are using advanced data analytics, 85% have lag times over 24 hours between data collection and analysis, plus, perhaps the most challenging fact, over a quarter of the companies surveyed do not yet have a fully defined data management strategy.

In the past, the notion of a food or beverage processor being able to look at a prioritized set of data, in the cloud, in real time, making OEE, shift or even complete plant utilization assessments and sending instantaneous triggers for corrective action to the factory floor with remote, ongoing data back-up for further analysis that included supply chain and even consumer feedback would have been a wish list item.

Not anymore.

With the onset of complete product lifecycle management (PLM) technology, coupled with advanced machine controls, data gathering devices and communications software, with platform-as-a-service capabilities, today’s processor can transition to the digital factory with greater ease and confidence than previously thought possible.  As one industry expert observed, “Digitalization is making its entry into our market, but it does require management to have vision, a competent team to do an evaluation and a trusted supply chain of vendors and integrators to make it happen.”

Line efficiency, speed, product validation, production tracking and, a rapidly emerging trend in our business, namely, the need to have flexibility in the line for changeovers to meet the increased variety demands of the buying public are all drivers in this rapidly evolving landscape of the digital factory.

Expanding on some of these points:

  1. The cost of downtime can be hundreds of thousands of dollars a day. By using sensors to monitor machinery, plant personnel can gain access in real-time to all data on performance, quality and associated profitability.  Predictive analysis and maintenance can significantly reduce downtime by anticipating faults and failures before they occur.
  2. Higher productivity with lower inventory can be achieved more easily in a digital environment, as every aspect of production is constantly monitored, while order histories are compared and extended out into the production cycle expectations. One meat product producer saves hundreds of thousands of dollars every year from tracking weight variances, for example, realizing just a 0.10% improvement in yield.
  3. Mobile monitoring, RFID tags and in-package sensors are tracking a variety of real-time information to ensure compliance with cold-chain requirements. The trade associations are likewise moving into a standardized set of communication protocols…think OMAC and PAC ML…to streamline the connectivity and data tracking of processing and production lines alike.

 

During the recent Manufacturing in America event at Ford Field in Detroit, at a Futures Forum sponsored by Siemens, a panel of industry experts from various segments of the food, beverage and CPG market gathered to discuss the trends in digitalization and its impact on their companies, their equipment and, of critical importance, their people, both current and future team members. 

This recap summarizes a very lively 90-minute discussion held at the Forum, which was moderated by the author. 

Panelists for Manufacturing in America Food, Beverage & CPG Futures Forum (left to right in photo) Todd Slater Manager-Design/R&D Supply Chain Center of Excellence Bill Meier Principal Controls Global Technology Engineer Mars Wrigley Confectionery Co. Patrick Zambon Controls Engineer Founders Brewing Co. Ryan Jarvis Head of Vertical Markets for Food, Beverage & CPG Siemens Factory Automation Dave Greenfield Director of Content/Editor-in-Chief Automation World (trade publication) Cameron Cane President Deutsche Beverage Charles I. Sheets, PE Master Engineer – Automation Industrial Systems Division Matrix Technologies Inc.

The session included a review of the best practices and outlook for digitalization among the manufacturers, equipment builders and others in the supply chain, as well as the editor from a leading automation trade magazine.

While the participants were already engaged at different levels in the digitalization process, one remaining hurdle was exactly that degree of difference, as it impacts their relationship with vendors, distributors, automation integrators and end users alike.

Most all at the forum had significant automation and digital factory initiatives in progress or planned for the near future, a very positive sign for the industry in its quest for global competitiveness.

As consumer demand for product diversification, transparency in ingredient sourcing and even the packaging variances between the local grocer and the big box retail operation all affect the operation of the food & beverage industry, the future opportunities for digitalization and its possibilities for manufacturers will continue to expand at a rapid pace.

Another key concern for the group was the process of introducing employees, including those with decades of experience on the job but little exposure to the digital world, to this emerging trend.  Most companies were actively engaged in training, both for the current labor force and the next generation.  It was agreed that the machines and equipment in the factory needed to reflect the HMI qualities of the consumer electronics that occupy so much of modern life today.  As a collateral benefit, the digital factory, by definition, would attract more young talent to enter the manufacturing field.  As one participant put it, “They expect digital nowadays.”

On the logistics of implementing digitalization, it was unanimously agreed that one-off projects would not achieve the desired results with any efficiencies.  The better approach was a thorough plan, developed by the end user working with their machinery, equipment and automation suppliers, as well as customers, to achieve an optimum hierarchy of needs.

All agreed line efficiency and speed were paramount on the scale of basic requirements for an effective system.  Product validation and production tracking in a digital environment means analyzing not merely collecting data, in real time.  The goal is delivery of actionable knowledge about the process, they concurred.

For the factory floor, the impact of robotics was a very lively topic of discussion.  It was noted that “…robots can replace but also augment people and this will require an entirely new paradigm of ergonomics.”

On the financial front, it was agreed that driving management to implement digitalization must be more than a decision about dollars.  The future of the companies that were major players in food & beverage 50 years ago was directly tied to their willingness to adapt every aspect of their companies to the changing tastes and purchasing practices of the buying public.  Today, there are myriad means available for the younger generation to acquire everything they touch, wear, taste, drive and consume.  The smart companies, it was mused, will be the SMART companies, meaning those who incorporate the digital factory precepts into their entire operation and company vision.

The following list was suggested as areas where digitalization would have influence in the industry today…

  • Product development
  • Line design
  • Manufacturing layout
  • Scalability of production
  • Importance of industry and trade association standards
  • Data/Control/Analysis
  • Packaging
  • Adding value and pricing structures
  • Customer influencing/User experience with product
  • Fair treatment of sourcing locations and resident talent base
  • GMO/Good Citizen Status/Defect Detection
  • Product lifecycle and MES

Finally, the fun part…an outlook overview on the future of the market, from the perspective of the participants on the panel and in the audience.  All the following areas were discussed as potential and, in some cases, already initiated areas for digitalization to become a positive factor…

  • Traceability for immediate resolution as a driver of brand equity
  • Higher levels of automation along the entire process chain
  • Competitive trends being accelerated
  • Block chain evolution that will further accelerate the buy cycles
  • Long range scanning by metrology methods for improved plant utilization improvement
  • Ongoing use of digitalization to track machine operations and security of all data
  • Faster time to market through a pro-active effort between users and their machine OEMs and retrofitters alike, to anticipate trends and react
  • Consumer expectation modeling
  • Response paradigm for companies, as they address the needs for internal improvements

Author:

Ryan Jarvis may be contacted for comments or questions at ryan.jarvis@siemens.com.  

About Siemens USA

Siemens Corporation is a U.S. subsidiary of Siemens AG, a global powerhouse focusing on the areas of electrification, automation and digitalization. One of the world’s largest producers of energy-efficient, resource-saving technologies, Siemens is a leading supplier of systems for power generation and transmission as well as medical diagnosis. With approximately 348,000 employees in more than 190 countries, Siemens reported worldwide revenue of $86.2 billion in fiscal 2015. Siemens in the USA reported revenue of $22.4 billion, including $5.5 billion in exports, and employs approximately 50,000 people throughout all 50 states and Puerto Rico.

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500°F Universal Air Flow Oven from Grieve

No. 1043 is a 500°F (260°C), special universal air flow oven from Grieve, currently used to post-cure hose lengths at the customer’s facility. Workspace dimensions of this oven measure 12” W x 30” D x 12” H. 24KW are installed in Incoloy sheathed tubular heating elements, while a 2000 CFM, 2 HP recirculating blower provides front to rear universal airflow.

Universal Air Flow OvenThis Grieve universal air flow oven features 6” insulated walls, aluminized steel exterior and Type 304, 2B finish stainless steel interior. Additional features include truck wheel guide tracks on floor and an integral leg stand.

Controls on the No. 1043 include a digital programming temperature controller, manual reset excess temperature controller with separate contactors and a recirculating blower airflow safety switch.


For more information, please contact:
THE GRIEVE CORPORATION
500 Hart Road
Round Lake, Illinois 60073-2835
Phone: (847) 546-8225
Fax: (847) 546-9210
Web: www.grievecorp.com
Email: sales@grievecorp.com
Attention: Frank Calabrese.

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Grieve Mourns the Loss of Pat Calabrese

 

P.J. “Pat” Calabrese

The entire family of The Grieve Corporation mourns the loss of its longtime President, P.J. “Pat” Calabrese, who died on February 17, 2018 in Lake Forest, Illinois at the age of 90.  Pat was the President of Grieve, a world leader in industrial ovens and furnaces, from 1958 until his retirement in 2008.  He worked closely with the company’s founder, Price Grieve.  Pat’s son Frank is currently the VP of Sales & Marketing, while Price’s son Doug is the President and CEO of the company, founded by Mr. Grieve in 1949.

Pat was born in Chicago, graduated in 1949 from the University of Illinois with a BS in Mechanical Engineering and was awarded that school’s prestigious Distinguished Alumni Award in 2001.  He also held a number of positions with various industrial, business and Catholic charitable organizations.

Pat began his career at Grieve in 1958 as National Sales Manager, becoming President in 1968 and finally Chairman in 2006, following the death of Mr. Grieve.  During his tenure as President, the company grew steadily to become a global supplier of heat processing equipment for virtually every industry in every industrialized country in the world.

 


For more information, please contact:
THE GRIEVE CORPORATION
500 Hart Road
Round Lake, Illinois 60073-2835
Phone: (847) 546-8225
Fax: (847) 546-9210
Web: www.grievecorp.com
Email: sales@grievecorp.com
Attention: Frank Calabrese.

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EMAG Technology Days, June 6-7, 2018

Long-time leader in vertical turning centers and other machining technologies will demonstrate a variety of machines plus present informative sessions on new machines, emerging production scenarios and keynote discussions of innovative propulsion systems, E-mobility trends and their impact on traditional manufacturing; all are welcomed

EMAG L.L.C. today announces its plans to hold its annual Technology Days at the North American headquarters in Farmington Hills, Michigan (Detroit), June 6-7. On June 6, the event will run from noon til 9 PM. On June 7, from 8 AM til 2:30 PM. The event will include a variety of machine tools under power for live demonstrations, plus a series of technical and market presentations by industry experts from the company. Topics will cover all the machining and joining technologies EMAG currently brings to the market, including vertical milling, ECM, laser and induction hardening. The keynote presentations will be a discussion of innovative propulsion systems on June 6 and E-mobility trends and their impact on the traditional manufacturing landscape in the automotive supply chain on June 7. The event will be led by CEO of EMAG L.L.C. for North America, Peter Loetzner. Other featured speakers will be Michael Robinet from HIS Markit and Brett Smith from the Center for Automotive Research.

All interested parties are welcome to attend this event, at no cost. To register, please visit: techdays.emag.com. This microsite contains the full agenda of presentations, as well as the complete list of the equipment being demonstrated.

Day One presentations on June 6 will cover Material Science and Technology, while Day Two on June 7 will emphasize Machining and Assembly.

During the event, a variety of production machine tools will be on display for live demonstrations or full inspection, including:

VT 4 Vertical Lathe-

Short cycle times, high precision and safe processing for shaft machining in the power transmission area. Short chip-to-chip times in four-axis machining, workpiece grippers on two turrets and the EMAG vertical alignment technology that eliminates chip clusters in the machining area highlight this VMC.

VL 4 Vertical Turning Machine-

Increased flexibility and diverse manufacturing capabilities for soft and hard machining of components up to 200mm diameters are offered by this advanced machine design. Interlinking of multiple machines for full production automation is also made possible with the flexible conveyor and workpiece chucking arrangements.

VL 3 DUO Multi-Spindle Machine-

This CNC machine is an efficient twin-spindle machine solution for chucked parts up to 150mm in diameter and expands the EMAG offering in its VL Series. Each work area has its own spindle for independent operation and each tool turret has 12 positions, which can be loaded with live or static tools. Features EMAG TrackMotion for full automation, including part flipping between OP 10 and OP 20.

VSC 400 Combined Turning and Grinding Center-

Vertical turning and grinding in one machine, in a single setup. Other modules can be attached for full turning, drilling, milling, grinding and even honing or hardening. Typical workpieces include gearwheels, chain wheels, sliding sleeves, CVT parts, conrods, rocker arms, bearing and piston rings. The small footprint machine design virtually eliminates the need for gantry loaders.

Also being shown in live demo mode is the EMAG MIND-M 250, a compact modular induction hardening machine.

EMAG engineers will be available to discuss the machines, the technologies and the Industry 4.0 services offered by the company.

 

INTERESTED PARTIES MAY REVIEW THE AGENDA AND SIGN UP TO ATTEND THIS EVENT AT:

techdays.emag.com 

Contact for press
Amanda Bakun
EMAG L.L.C
38800 Grand River Avenue
Farmington Hills, MI 48335
Tel: (248) 477-7440
Fax: (248) 477-7784
E-mail: info@usa.emag.com
www.emag.com

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750°F Gas-Fired Cabinet Oven from Grieve

No. 1046 is a 750°F (399°C), gas-fired cabinet oven from Grieve, currently used for baking radiator cores at the customer’s facility. Workspace dimensions of this oven measure 80” W x 88” D x 18” H. 800,000 BTU/HR are installed in a modulating natural gas burner, while a 12,500 CFM, 10 HP recirculating blower provides vertical upward airflow to the workload.

This Grieve cabinet oven has a 76” wide x 76” long, 750 lb. capacity pneumatic operated rollout shelf with an insulated plug to seal doorway opening. Features include 8” insulated walls, top-mounted heat chamber and 16-gauge, Type 316, 2B finish stainless steel interior with continuously welded seams.

Additional features include a 16-gauge, 304 stainless steel oven front with a pneumatically operated vertical lift door, an exhaust hood incorporated into the vertical lift door guard and a 1500 CFM powered forced exhauster with motorized damper to increase exhaust as the door is opened. The oven is equipped with safety equipment required by IRI, FM and National Fire Protection Association Standard 86 for operation with flammable solvents.

Controls on the No. 1046 include a digital programming temperature controller, manual reset excess temperature controller with separate contactors and a recirculating blower airflow safety switch.


For more information, please contact:
THE GRIEVE CORPORATION
500 Hart Road
Round Lake, Illinois 60073-2835
Phone: (847) 546-8225
Fax: (847) 546-9210
Web: www.grievecorp.com
Email: sales@grievecorp.com
Attention: Frank Calabrese.

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