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July / August, 2007

Cerulean chooses Hitkari Multifilters as their launch pad for their new fast PD Express instrument

Hitkari Multifilters Ltd. (HML) will be the launch customer for Asia for the new fast PD Express instrument from Cerulean. According to Arun K. Hitkari, Managing Director “This compact instrument will be used by machine operators to check pressure drop following acetate bale changes and/or order changes as well as routine regular checks.

The PD Express instrument will not replace QTMs but is seen as complementary, giving almost instant results to the machine operators. The instrument was commissioned at the Hitkari plant on June 9th.

Hitkari Multifilters intends also to go in for CD Express (measuring circumference) and the HD Express (hardness), both of which are currently in development and will be launched by Cerulean later in the year.

Streamlined online superstore for data loggers and chart recorders

In response to growing demand for temperature and/or humidity data loggers and chart recorders by tobacco growers and merchants among others, Dickson Company has revamped an online instrument selection system in its new web site: www.dicksondata.com

The www.dicksondata.com site offers the widest variety of temperature and humidity monitoring instrumentation available to worldwide tobacco growers and merchants.

Highlights of www.dicksondata.com include automated data logger and chart recorder selection guides that help tobacco growers and merchants quickly drill down to the model with features best-matched to their specific application; quick links to the most popular chart recorder and data logger models; user-friendly enrollment in Dickson’s automatic calibration schedule reminder service and ordering of calibration services; one-click connections to live chats with product specialists; and streamlined shopping cart and check out procedures.

Chris Sorensen, VP of Dickson Company, says there are a number of factors driving the growing demand for temperature and humidity monitoring instruments. For some companies, temperature and humidity monitoring is a matter of regulatory compliance, such as in food-related or pharmaceutical industries. Concern for quality drives many in non-regulated industries to also employ temperature and humidity monitoring techniques to protect inventory or to ensure customers receive top quality products.

USA-headquartered Dickson Company (www.dicksondata.com) was established in 1923 with the invention of the world’s first portable compact temperature recorder, and today offers the widest selection of temperature, humidity and pressure recorders and data loggers available in the world.

Dickson, 930 South Westwood Avenue, Addison, IL 60101, USA, tel: +1 630-543-3747, fax: +1 630-543-0498, chris@dicksondata.com, www.dicksondata.com

General Tobacco announces new manufacturing facility in North Carolina

Vidal Suriel, Founder and President of Miami-based General Tobacco (GT), recently announced that the company will open a new manufacturing facility in Rockingham County, located in Mayodan, North Carolina. The new facility will replace the current manufacturing facility located in Colombia.

“The entire General Tobacco team is very excited about the new manufacturing plant and pleased to receive so much support from the community in North Carolina,” said Mr. Suriel. “The assistance GT has been given by Governor Mike Easley and the state of North Carolina as well as the city of Mayodan and Rockingham County has been overwhelming.”

“North Carolina has always been a leader in tobacco-industry economics. General Tobacco is very pleased to open a state-of-the-art facility in a region that is suited to our needs and long term goals,” added J. Ronald Denman, Executive Vice President and General Counsel for General Tobacco.

General Tobacco products include GT One, Bronco, Silver, 32 Degrees menthol cigarettes, and Vaquero Little Cigars. For more information on General Tobacco and its products, please visit www.generaltobacco.com or www.theperfectionofmenthol.com.

Flying high: LTL moves to new premises on former airfield

The LTL Group of companies; LTL Engineering Ltd. and LTL Process Controls Ltd. has moved to new premises in Chilbolton, near Andover in Hampshire, UK.

The move underlines its commitment to keep LTL’s design and manufacturing facilities in the UK where it can benefit from some of the highest levels of engineering expertise and quality standards.

Strategically it also places LTL closer to London, and nearer to the UK’s two major airports, Heathrow and Gatwick, for overseas visitors.

The Group has taken three units on a former airfield which will allow for combined office, design, and manufacturing facilities on the one site.

Commenting on the move, Paul Lawton-Bryant, Managing Director, said; “We are fortunate to have retained our key people, but the move is a planned one that takes us closer to an existing pool of talented tobacco engineers in the area that will be of great benefit as we grow the business.”

The location is easy to reach from the main motorway networks, but in an idyllic countryside setting. The site also retains a working airstrip for those wanting to use private aircraft to visit.

The new address is: LTL Engineering Ltd. / LTL Process Controls Ltd., Units 17 C & 17 D, Stonefield Park, Martins Lane, Chilbolton, Hampshire, SO20 6BL, United Kingdom.

LTL Engineering Ltd., tel: +44 1264 862000, fax: +44 1264 862001, sales@ltl-eng.com.
LTL Process Controls Ltd., tel: +44 1264 862015, fax: +44 1264 862016, sales@ltl-pc.com, www.ltl-pc.com.

Sensor Products Inc. Introduces P-Nip® handheld nip width measurement device

Operators of rollers, laminators, coaters, and printers with rolls less than 39 inches (1 meter) in length can now get instant spot readings of nip width using P-Nip®, the innovative new tool developed by Sensor Products Inc.

This handheld portable electronic device allows the capture of nip readings at multiple discrete locations across the roller sets’ face length (cross direction) as determined by the user. It is designed for nips that are 1/16 to 1/8 inches (1.6 to 12.7 millimeters).

Similar in size to a PDA, P-Nip® consists of an LCD display with a small replaceable sensor finger that extends from the top. Recording the spot values simply involves inserting this sensor “finger” into your nip. P-Nip’s memory allows you to store your readings for later comparison and evaluation.

P-Nip® is ideal for quick, yet accurate (± 2%) nip measurements. Readings can be recorded within seconds with no set up time required.

Printers, converters, and manufacturers of other processes where webs are conveyed between rolls have long been seeking an inexpensive and portable means to quickly measure nip,” says Jeffrey G. Stark, CEO of Sensor Products Inc. “P-Nip® directly addresses this need.”

For more information about P-Nip®, or to see the power of P-Nip® first-hand at your facility, contact Sensor Products Inc. at +1 973-884-1755 (USA), e-mail info@sensorprod.com, or visit their website at www.sensorprod.com to view their entire line of nip products and services.

Headquartered in New Jersey and established in 1990, Sensor Products Inc. is a world leader in the manufacture and distribution of tactile pressure sensing solutions. Their customized and off-the-shelf products are installed within all of the Fortune 500 industrial companies as well as thousands of smaller manufacturing firms. Their sensors are used in applications as diverse as tire testing to semiconductor manufacturing and from R&D labs to space missions. Additionally, Sensor Products provides in-house and on-site stress and pressure mapping analysis, as well as a variety of technical seminars.

Tobacco International - July/August, 2007

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