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Promises “evolution not revolution” at market leader in rubber molding presses
Kodak, Tennessee-Effective immediately, James P. Wirtz II has been named President of REP Corporation, the longtime leader in rubber molding presses and related equipment for the North American market. REP Corporation is a subsidiary of REP International, based in Lyon, France.
Jim Wirtz came to REP in 2014, when he was named Service Manager for the company. His appointment follows the recent announcement by previous president Tim Graham, wherein Graham decided to take a reduced role at the company.
Jim observes, “REP is committed to making this change as more of an evolution not a revolution, at the company. The old maxim in business says if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. While we will continue to develop new molding machines for the rubber and TPE business in North America, plus enhance our offering with recently introduced devulcanization equipment as well as REP Pack 4.0 production management software modules, I can assure our many customers and associates in the industry that some things will never change. Those include our commitment to advancing molding technology, providing the best overall solutions to parts manufacturers and, most importantly, supporting our machines with a training and service business model, second to none in the industry. That aspect of REP will be our benchmark, going forward, as we seek to remain in our market leading position.” Since its beginning in 1970, REP Corporation has grown to be the acknowledged top supplier of molding machinery in the North American market.
Wirtz brings nearly a lifetime of experience in the rubber molding industry to his new post at REP, as his family owned and operated Wirtz Manufacturing, likewise a longtime leader in injection molding, based in Michigan, where Jim learned the business from all aspects of mold design and contract production. When the family business redirected itself into battery manufacturing in the mid-1990’s, Jim’s passion for the rubber molding industry continued, as he helped design and construct various manufacturing facilities across the United States, in the rubber industry. “My entire working life has been centered around the rubber injection and extrusion business. It is an honor to lead REP Corporation and be a part of the REP International global network, staying in the industry where my grandfather, father and I have all spent our careers. It’s where I belong,” Jim notes.
Wirtz will be responsible for the management and corporate direction of REP Corporation, a leading supplier of injection, compression and transfer molding presses, plus tire making and devulcanization equipment. He will be based at the new company headquarters, recently opened in Kodak, Tennessee, near Knoxville. Other announcements regarding this new facility will be forthcoming, according to company sources.
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The PONDUS TCHP helps wastewater and sludge treatment facilities pursue a more sustainable future through a waste-to-value strategy
Centrisys/CNP, Kenosha, Wisconsin announced that it has been recognized by Frost & Sullivan with its 2019 North American Product Leadership Award for its PONDUS thermal hydrolysis process (THP). With this product, Centrisys allows the North American sludge treatment industry to not only accelerate the sustainability of anaerobic digestion but also to significantly enhance THP.
“Centrisys/CNP, through its licensing agreement to distribute PONDUS TCHP in North America, offers the market a more productive process alternative by replacing steam with safe caustic soda. The simplified system uses only a heat efficiency exchanger, progressive cavity pumps and a reactor with no moving parts,” said Seth Cutler, Frost & Sullivan’s principal consultant. “Through chemical reaction, the caustic soda breaks down cell membranes in the sludge as effective as steam. As a result, PONDUS TCHP offers operational simplicity avoids further personnel training and decreases the process carbon footprint.” ‘
TCHP reduces the volume of solids. This boosts the availability of digester capacity and the quality of outputs in biogas and solids. Biogas can be turned into heat, while the cake solids can be turned into fertilizer, soil amendments or nutrients. Thus, the product increases economic gains, economic care and offers a better future for communities.
“It is an honor that Frost & Sullivan gave us an award for PONDUS,” said Gerhard Fortner, CNP President. “The PONDUS process is a technology that just makes sense. It is simple to operate, cost-effective and safe for all sized plants.”
PONDUS originated in Germany and is currently used in six installations in Europe and one in China. Centrisys introduced PONDUS in North America through an agreement in 2015. The PONDUS process was integrated into the facility and fully functional in just 15 months.
Cutler further noted that this product can decrease the viscosity of thickened sludge up to 80%. This is important, as it permits 50% reductions in volume for anaerobic digesters and frees up more space. In addition, he pointed out that the produced sludge in the digesters is enhanced and can generate 30% more biogas, increasing value resource recovery. In addition, dewatering can result in improvements up to 5% in processing, while polymer consumption can shrink by 20% and eliminate foul odors in the facility.
The outstanding production and cost effectiveness gives Centrisys a huge advantage over traditional sludge treatment companies and position it for further growth.
Each year, Frost &Sullivan presents this award to a company that develops a product with innovative features and functionality that is gaining rapid market acceptance. The award recognizes the quality of the solution and the customer value enhancements it enables.
Centrisys/CNP will be at the WEF/IWA Residuals and Biosolids Conference in Fort Lauderdale, Florida from May 8-9 at booth 609. Zhongtian Li, CNP Technical Manager will give a presentation about PONDUS on May 9 at 2:30 pm.
Centrisys/CNP supports global sustainability through its resource intensification portfolio with water and wastewater equipment and processes. Our systems are simple. They are designed to use less energy, less chemicals and less space. Centrisys is a U.S.A. manufacturer of dewatering centrifuges, sludge thickeners and also provides global service, repair and parts for all centrifuge brands. CNP, a division of Centrisys, designs and supplies nutrient recovery and biosolids treatment optimization systems.
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Leading supplier of fast hole EDM renews commitment to industry, seeks continued expansion of machine line and markets
As company president Ed Beaumont explains, “We needed a fresh start and we were committed to making it happen, on every level, from our physical location to the machine offerings to the markets served and more.” And Beaumont Machine has done exactly that.
The company today announces the opening of its new manufacturing facility in the Cincinnati area, at 4001 Borman Drive, Batavia, Ohio 45103. Phone number is 513-701-0421. Website remains www.beaumontmachine.com.
Ed Beaumont continues, “I started the company over 25 years ago, had success in the aerospace industry here in Cincinnati and elsewhere. After five years of semi-retirement, I returned to run the company, with three goals in mind. I wanted to relocate the business to a larger facility, expand the machine line to offer more companies the benefits of our unique designs and, lastly, grow our consumables business, a key to long-term relationships with EDM customers, precisely because the wire, guides, electrodes, dielectric resin, filters, rotary unions, seal kits and more are critical components to keep the machines up and running.”
As of today, all three goals have been met, resulting in more business for the company and an expansion into new markets such as semiconductor materials processing and land-based power generation, particularly turbine blades.
The consumable sales have ramped up, owing to Beaumont securing reliable partners and having the warehouse capacity to carry expanded inventories. Customers can now call on Beaumont for all their consumables needs.
“Though Beaumont machines are available with Fanuc or Siemens CNC controls,” Ed Beaumont explains, “our newest platform with Siemens allows us to create even more shapes with Realtime EDM. We bring them some pretty complex specs and they can always meet the challenges.”
Beaumont EDM machines are used primarily for precision placement of the cooling and gas flow holes in various products, from metering and diffuser holes on a jet engine turbine blade to large blade, seals, vanes and transition ducts on power gen equipment and more.
The company also provides customers fixture design, training, part programming assistance, engineering, turnkeys and vision system integration.
Ed Beaumont concludes, “It’s good to be back in the day-to-day operation of the business. It’s a passion for me and my team. We love solving EDM problems for our customers and will continue to push the envelope in machine performance.”
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Centrisys/CNP, Kenosha, Wisconsin is proud to announce that they have been recognized for their charitable contributions by the Kenosha Salvation Army. Centrisys was awarded the 2019 Other’s Award Recipient in the category of “Resources Supporting Others.” Jim Andresen, the company’s COO said, “By May 2019, the Centrisys/CNP employees will have contributed over $15,000 to the Salvation Army and the company matches match all of our employees’ contributions dollar-for-dollar.”
Established in 2017, Centrisys Cares is the company’s charity. They support the Salvation Army through two programs, Youth Program and Recreation Program and the Disaster Relief Services. Every year in May, the company hands over checks to the Salvation Army for the two programs.
The award ceremony, entitled “2019 Other’s Luncheon,” was held March 9, 2019 at 12 pm at the Bristol Oaks Country Club. Each award recipient received two complimentary tickets. Centrisys was represented by Jan Mosele, marketing assistant and Carlos Contreras, the HR manager at the company. All the winners received a plaque and had their picture taken. Commenting on the award, Mosele said, “We were thrilled to accept this award on behalf of our generous employees at Centrisys Corporation. For the past 20 years, Centrisys has been very proud to call Kenosha home, so we knew we wanted to sponsor a local charity and selected the Salvation Army.” She concluded, “It is truly an honor to call the Salvation Army our partner in giving.”
Centrisys Corporation is a U.S.A. manufacturer of dewatering centrifuges, sludge thickeners and complete dewatering systems for municipal and industrial wastewater. The company’s focus is centrifuge equipment, including the award winning THK sludge thickener. Centrisys provides global service, repair and parts for all brands of centrifuges. CNP – Technology Water and Biosolids designs and supplies nutrient recovery and biosolids treatment optimization systems. CNP’s key technologies are: AirPrex® and CalPrex™, phosphorus recovery technologies, and PONDUS™, a Thermo-Chemical Hydrolysis Process (TCHP). CNP is a division of Centrisys Corporation.
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