Perfection is mandatory in professional sports: Mistakes are costly, timing is critical and excellence requires precise form. The same holds true when you weld banners for some of the biggest names in athletics.
American signage firm AMI Graphics has a customer list that includes the National Hockey League (NHL), the National Basketball Association (NBA/Boston Celtics) and other professional sports leagues nationwide.
AMI designs, welds and delivers the solid and mesh vinyl banners these leagues use to advertise at some of the country's biggest arenas. AMI's customers often need these banners on tight deadlines, since championship contenders are frequently decided shortly before the finals actually occur. That means AMI must complete large signage projects while on the clock. And like any match that comes down to the wire, the pressure is intense.
lbania is one of the fastest growing countries in terms of economy in southeastern Europe. Between 2004 and 2008, the average economic growth was 6%. On November 28, 2012 Albania celebrated its 100th year of independence from the Ottoman Empire, an important event for a proud nation. The center of the capitol, Tirana, was festooned especially sumptuously for the occasion. A gigantic Albanian flag covered the facade of the International Hotel, the highest building in the heart of the city of Tirana.
A landmark for two months.
The flag was manufactured by the Sakuli Sign & Printing and was 1,254 square meters in size. It was the largest Albanian flag ever made in Albania. It was printed on PVC mesh material in multiple strips which were then connected using Leister welders. According to Sakuli, they only considered Leister technology because they wanted to ensure the quality and durability of the welded seams. The overlapping seams were welded with a UNIPLAN E, while TRIAC S hot air hand tools were used for handling the details. Up to 14 employees worked on the printing, welding and assembly work. The installation work on the facade of the hotel itself was completed in just one night. The flag hung for two months over the hotel facade and could be much admired and photographed by passersby as a landmark of the capitol.
MEAF Machines B.V., a manufacturing company based in Yerseke, Netherlands, produces sheet extrusion machines and deep drawing machines for roll material (inline thermoformer). The company›s strengths include supplying turnkey production lines.
When one of MEAF›s customers was interested in purchasing a new production system for optimizing its production process of packaging sheets for foodstuffs containers, it immediately referred MEAF to Leister. The customer already had a good experience with an existing equipment line equipped with Leister LE 10000 air heaters and Leister SILENCE blowers.
The planned new production system was intended to significantly increase production capacity but also to reduce production costs.
Consequently, the representatives from MEAF suggested equipping the new machine with an antiblock applicator.
Time-saving and hence economic solutions are called for when it comes to welding plastic and linoleum floors. The working time required plays a crucial role, even for smaller floor surfaces. Mechanical applications have a decisive advantage in comparison to processing by hand: the working time is shortened by up to 70 percent when using machines!
A chocolate maker was having trouble with roughness left on the bottoms of their moulded chocolate bars. Their process involved melted chocolate being poured into bar shaped moulds and smoothed with a rubber doctor blade. Unfortunately, this smoothing motion left the bottom side of the chocolate bars rough and unattractive resulting in high reject rates and poor quality.
The globally-active Swedish furniture giant IKEA now even has a few branches in the Middle East. After Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, IKEA opened a new sales point north of Doha, the capital city of Qatar. The 32,000 square meter (105,000 square foot) building was constructed in just 12 months. On the outside it wears the same typical blue & yellow IKEA branding as with all other 300 branches worldwide. However, the structure in Doha is different in one special respect: a giant reservoir tank has been built here, in which water from the surroundings is collected. It stores the valuable fluid so that it can be used later, after filtration, for irrigation.
Turkey has taken a giant technological leap forward due to its close ties with Europe. Several industrial sectors have been upgraded. As a result, they can go toe to toe with the competition the other side of the Bosporus, no matter what aspect of the industry. One example of this new development is the Kadesan Karadeniz Branda Company located in Istanbul. Kadesan produces complete truck bodies. Currently, 12,000 truck covers, 20,000 sliding roof systems and 700 chassis bodies are delivered annually to not only Turkey itself, but also throughout the rest of Europe, Russia and the Near East. Founded 27 years ago, this innovative company currently employs 220 people and is organized into three companies. One of these companies exclusively produces truck covers. Everything is executed in-house – from plotting the graphics and executing the overlap welding for the individual parts, to welding the seams along the edges and attaching the tapes through to assembling the grommets and belts
Tyson Foods Inc. (TSN) recently required conversion work on their production facility in Noel, Mo. Although the roof was to be sealed with bitumen sheeting, the building owner specified that no welding was to be performed with an open flame on the roof. A specification the roofing company, Harness Roofing, could easily abide by using the BITUMAT B2 from Leister.
The Coca-Cola Bottling plant in Downey, Ca had been having difficulties with wet beverage cans, resulting in illegible lot/date codes on the cans and “can bursts” that caused ruined packaging and unsaleable pallets of product. Coke had a compressed air system in place that was not only doing an inadequate job drying but it was inordinately expensive in energy costs. To address these problems, Coke contacted JetAir Technologies. JetAir, in Conjunction with WahlWorks Engineering, designed a drying system using the JET-2 High Speed Centrifugal Blower and unique JetAir JetBlast nozzles.
Rising energy costs and growing concern for industrial environmental impact has manufacturing taking a second look at their operations' energy efficiency. One area increasingly under review is the use - or more importantly, the misuse - of compressed air. When used "inappropriately" (as defined by the Department of Energy's Compressed Air Challenge), high pressure compressed air bleeds into the atmosphere producing a significant energy loss, as well as a comparably high demand on compressor utilization. With a price tag of $1.5 billion in U.S. manufacturing compressed air energy costs each year (according to the Department of Energy), compressed air alternative solutions, such as high-speed, centrifugal blowers, represent a significant energy and cost saving option for manufacturers. Recently, a major U.s. soft drink bottler replaced their compressed air system with a JetAir Technologies high-speed centrifugal blower system realizing an 87% true energy power savings and an 80% energy cost saving, as well as a return of compressed air compressor capacity.