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250°F Special Electrically Heated Oven from Grieve

Electrically Heated Oven from GrieveNo. 861 is a 250°F (121°C), special electrically heated oven from Grieve, currently used for drying small parts in a tray at the customer’s facility. 3 KW are installed in Incoloy sheathed tubular heating elements, while a 300 CFM, 1/3 HP recirculating blower provides vertical airflow upward through tray to the workload.

This Grieve oven holds one stainless steel tray 6″ wide x 18″ long x 6″ deep with perforated bottom. The tray sets on drip trap/air diffuser which is removable for cleaning. Features include 2” insulated walls and Type 304, 2B finish stainless steel interior.

Controls on the No. 861 include a digital indicating 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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Longtime Rep Corporation President Tim Graham Assuming New Role at Company

Graham to become Director of Special Projects, Jim Wirtz to succeed as President

REP Corporation (Bartlett, Illinois), the market leader in rubber molding machinery, today announces that Tim Graham, the company’s president since 2005 and a REP employee since 1979, will assume a new role, effective January 1st 2019.  Graham will become the Director of Special Projects and current After Sales Director for North America, Jim Wirtz, a longtime industry veteran, will assume the role of president.  Graham intends to remain with the company for the near term, before taking retirement in 2019.

Tim Graham has been a force in the North American rubber industry for many years.  After attending Hope College and the University of Michigan, where he achieved his degree in engineering.  Tim began his career in technical sales with REP in 1979, when REP Corporation was less than a decade old.  REP Corporation is the North American subsidiary of REP International, based in Lyon, France, a world leader in rubber molding and related machinery.

Working with former presidents Jim Jennett and Ron Dagar, Tim Graham helped to steadily build the REP install base of machines in the North American market, which today totals over 3000.  He comments, “I’ve seen REP develop an amazing line of machines, over the years, starting with the G3.  I was with the company when we made a major breakout on G6 injection presses, the first in the industry with microprocessor closed loop control, a huge jump in technology for the rubber industry.”  Tim also watched the development of the company’s pioneering of valve-gated cold runner molding, which made a huge impact on the material consumption of the machinery on the market.

Tim Graham (left) and new REP Corporation President Jim Wirtz

Graham become VP at REP in 2005 and, shortly afterwards, assumed the role of president, the position he’s held until today.  He notes, “I’ve been at REP through some great periods of growth and also through some intense downtimes, but we’ve had a terrific team of sales and service people here at the company, over the years.  They’re responsible for helping the company achieve the position we hold in the market today, in combination with what I believe to be the most advanced rubber molding technology in the world.”

Along the way, Tim Graham has met some incredible people in the rubber business.  “I’ve always been impressed by the quality of the people in this industry, which I think derives from their technical skills combined with the people skills that drive any successful business.  Even as the industry has transitioned to a very high technical level and gone online for so much of the communications over the years, it’s still very people-centric and the relationships I’ve had with some of the stellar members of the rubber business have been extremely rewarding, on a personal level.”

Tim Graham has taken an active role in the industry, participating for many years in local rubber group functions and as a founding member of the Association for Rubber Products Manufacturers.  Tim’s legendary talents on the golf course are often the subject of discussion, he jokes, but he’s been proud to join his colleagues over the years in both business and social activities.  He’s also attended every rubber trade show since 1979.

As only the third president of REP Corporation since its inception in 1970, Tim is very proud of the continuity of management and commitment to the industry at REP.  “I’m certainly a very different person from my predecessors, but we all still talk and share stories about the industry and our company’s leading role in it.”

On the business side, Graham cites one project in particular as a shining star moment.  “REP was challenged by a leading pharmaceutical product manufacturer to devise a highly automated work cell arrangement.  We brought a variety of our engineering and machine building skills to the task at REP and fulfilled, even exceeded, our customer’s expectations.  We all worked very hard to meet the challenge and were very pleased with the outcome, as was our customer.  I think that, no matter how long you’re on the job, those moments are still very satisfying.”

He cites the many changes in the industry over the years.  “Service has never been more important.  From the early days of just-in-time in the auto industry until today, where the market has gone global and the high degree of automation means downtime must be minimized, we are now called upon more than ever to provide immediate assistance to our customers, whether it’s application engineering, commissioning and start-up validation, after-sales parts or machine service.  Yes, we sell quality machines, but there’s so much more to the customer relationship today, especially as the older rubber guys leave and a whole new generation assumes the workload.”

Tim Graham gets philosophical, at times.  “If I had to give advice to somebody in any business, it would be, don’t rest on your laurels.  Always reach out for the next challenge and keep innovating the ways you build machines as well as the way you do business.  A lot has changed over my years in the rubber industry, but that attitude has served REP well, since we began.”  He notes that following college, he worked for his dad, also in the rubber industry, who’d given him some of that same advice.

Jim Wirtz, the new president at REP, muses, “We’re very glad Tim is sticking around for a time.  His knowledge and especially his personal relationships with our customers are invaluable assets to REP.  I look forward to working with him in the new role.”

Tim Graham is a Detroit native and grew up in Bloomfield Hills.  Today, he resides in St. Charles, Illinois with wife Mary Anne.


For more information on this announcement, please contact:
REP Corporation
8N740 Tameling Court
Bartlett, IL 60103-8146
Phone: 847-697-7210
www.repinjection.com
Attention:  Tim Graham or Jim Wirtz

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950°F Belt Conveyor Oven from Grieve

950°F Belt Conveyor Oven from GrieveNo. 831 is a 950°F (510°C), belt conveyor oven from Grieve, currently used for heat treating springs at the customer’s facility. Workspace dimensions of this oven measure 14” W x 54” D x 3” H. 81,600 BTU/HR are installed in a modulating infrared natural gas burner to heat the oven chamber, while a 250 CFM, 1/3-HP recirculating blower provides vertical downward airflow to the workload.

This Grieve belt conveyor oven has a 12” long open belt loading zone and a 54” long insulated heat zone with recirculated airflow.  Features include a 12” long open unloading zone and a 10” wide, 0.041” high carbon steel woven wire conveyor belt with 1/40-HP motor variable speed drive.

Additional features include 4” thick insulated walls comprising 2” of 1990°F block and 2” of 10 lb./cf density rockwool and an aluminized steel interior and exterior. The oven is equipped with safety equipment required by IRI, FM and National Fire Protection Association Standard 86 for gas-heated equipment, including a 130 CFM 1/3-HP powered forced exhauster.

Controls on the No. 831 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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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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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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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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Little Patuxent Water Reclamation Facility Upgrades System with AirPrex® for Sludge Optimization and P-Recovery

CNP – Technology Water and Biosolids, a division of Centrisys Corporation in Kenosha, Wisconsin, recently supplied the Howard County Department of Public Works with the patented CNP AirPrex process. AirPrex, scheduled to be operational during the Q3 2018, will improve the current biosolids processing facility by sequestering phosphorous and preventing the formation of phosphorous scale known as struvite.

Howard County Department of Public Works engaged HDR to provide engineering design services for upgrades to the biosolids facilities at the Little Patuxent Water Reclamation Facility in Savage, Maryland. The Little Patuxent facility used dewatered cake lime stabilization for biosolids treatment. The changes to the biosolids processing included eliminating the lime system and replacing it with anaerobic digesters, centrate demmonification and associated solids screening, thickening, odor control and digester gas handling improvements.

After an extensive evaluation of phosphorous removal technologies, the design was based on AirPrex because of its demonstrated ability to prevent struvite precipitation in downstream processes, including piping and the solids dewatering equipment. The Little Patuxent facility uses decanter centrifuges for biosolids dewatering.The AirPrex process is a patented phosphorus recovery technology owned by CNP. AirPrex reduces problematic struvite buildup in wastewater treatment plants improving overall plant efficiencies, including dewatering improvements resulting in significant operational cost savings for treatment plants.

 

Process

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AirPrex’s flexibility was another factor in the design. The process either sequesters struvite, leaving it in the biosolids stream for land application on farm fields as fertilizer, or recovers struvite, separating it from the biosolids stream. Once separated, the struvite can be used as a beneficial slow-release fertilizer.

Howard County selected the Construction Manager at Risk (CMAR) delivery method for the construction of the upgrades and installation of AirPrex. Clark Construction, the CMAR contractor, negotiated with Kershner Environmental Technologies, the local CNP representative, on behalf of the county to procure AirPrex.

The Little Patuxent Water Reclamation Facility is a 29 MGD advanced wastewater treatment plant using enhanced nutrient removal processes to reduce nitrogen and phosphorous discharges to the Chesapeake Bay. The facility serves 56 percent of the county’s 317,000 population.

 

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. 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.


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.cnp-tec.com

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2000°F Inert Atmosphere Bench Furnace from Grieve

 

2000°F Inert Atmosphere Bench Furnace from GrieveNo. 1044 is a 2000°F (1093°C), inert atmosphere bench furnace from Grieve, currently used for heat treating at the customer’s facility. Workspace dimensions of this furnace measure 12” W x 18” D x 8” H. 6KW are installed in nickel chrome wire coils supported by ceramic plates.

This Grieve bench furnace features 5” thick insulated walls comprised of 1” of 2600°F ceramic fiber and 1” of 2300°F ceramic fiber and 3” of 1900°F block insulation. Features include a vertical lift door with gas spring counter balance and inert atmosphere construction, including a continuously welded outer shell, high temperature door gasket, sealed heater terminal boxes, inert atmosphere inlet and inert atmosphere outlet. Additional features include an inert atmosphere flow meter and normally closed solenoid valve on atmosphere inlet.

Controls on the No. 1044 include a digital programming temperature controller and manual reset excess temperature controller with separate contactors.


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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Wardwell Bids Goodbye to an Employee and Welcomes Another

A leading supplier of braiding equipment, Wardwell, has announced the retirement of Steven J. Elderkin and the appointment of Scott A. Hunter.  Both announcements were made by company President John Tomaz, at Wardwell’s headquarters in Central Falls, RI.

Steve Elderkin

Elderkin’s retirement, effective December 2017, comes after 44.5 years at Wardwell and several positions. In the last 20 years, his roles included supervisor of assembly and customer service technician. Tomaz said, ”From the beginning, Steven has been a tremendous asset to our company. Every part of business that he’s been involved in, has been improved.  We’ll certainly miss having him around.” Now, Elderkin is looking forward to spending time with his grandchildren and enjoying the warm Floridian weather.

 

 

Scott Hunter

Hunter is Wardwell’s new Sales Engineer. In this position, he will be responsible for equipment sales throughout North America. Mentioning this new addition Tomaz commented, “Scott is an experienced professional who brings the necessary skills and knowledge, having previously worked in the wire and cable industry.  He will undoubtedly be an asset.” A three-year stint at Amaral Automation Associates is part of Hunter’s experience.

 

 


For more information, please contact:

Cynthia Chen
Wardwell Braiding Co.
1211 High Street
Central Falls
Rhode Island, 02863
Phone: 401 724 8800 X 183
Fax: 401 723 2690
Web: www.wardwell.com

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