PolyOne celebrates opening of innovation centre

PolyOne celebrates opening of innovation centre

NEWS Division 7. This includes products such as Sikasil WS295, Sikasil WS290, Sikasil 728, SikaHyflex 150LM, Sikaflex 15LM and Sikaflex 1a. It enables...

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NEWS Division 7. This includes products such as Sikasil WS295, Sikasil WS290, Sikasil 728, SikaHyflex 150LM, Sikaflex 15LM and Sikaflex 1a. It enables architects, engineers and specifiers that use these programmes to create new specifications and to modify existing ones with little effort, says the company. This also provides a means to place the different sealant products into their correct application areas within the specifications. This will foster greater coordination between Sika and the entire specification community, enhancing effectiveness and efficiency for those specifying the firm’s products. Contacts: Sika Corp, 201 Polito Avenue, Lyndhurst, NJ 07071, USA. Tel: +1 201 508 6769, Web: http://usa.sika.com ARCOM, 465 South 400 East, Suite 200, Salt Lake City, UT 84111-3345, USA. Tel: +1 801 521 9162, www. arcomnet.com/masterspec Building Systems Design Inc, 565 Piedmont Road NE, Two Piedmont Center, Suite 300, Atlanta, GA 30305, USA. Tel: +1 404 365 8900, Fax: +1 404 365 8912, Web: http://main.bsdsoftlink.com

PolyOne celebrates opening of innovation centre

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olyOne Corp, a major provider of specialised polymer materials, recently celebrated the opening of its new Asia Innovation Center, based in Shanghai, China. The new facility enables collaborative innovation, accelerates application development and increases speed-to-market for customers in the Asia–Pacific region, says the company. Robert Patterson, President and CEO, PolyOne, commented: ‘We continue to invest in Asia so that our customers can innovate and grow, and that is exactly what will take place through improved collaboration at our advanced, new innovation centre.’ The facility is strategically located in a high-tech industrial park in the JinQiao Development Zone in Shanghai. It houses laboratory facilities, an interactive product display and a training unit, where customers can collaborate with PolyOne’s technical and marketing experts to accelerate development work. Activities will include regional and global R & D projects, focusing on high-growth end-markets, such as healthcare, packaging, transportation, electronics and consumer goods. The facility also now serves as the company’s regional headquarters. 6

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Contact: PolyOne Corp, 33587 Walker Road, Avon Lake OH 44012, USA. Tel: +1 440 930 1000, Fax: +1 440 930 3064, Web: www.polyone.com

Amarinth reconditions pumps on the BakuTbilisi-Ceyhan oil pipeline

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marinth Ltd, which designs, manufactures and supplies centrifugal pumps and associated equipment to the oil and gas, petrochemicals, chemicals, industrial and renewable energy markets, has completed the reconditioning of the pumps stationed on the BakuTbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline which safeguard against pollution in a region of Georgia that exports natural spring water. The 1768-km pipeline is the second longest in the world and carries oil from Baku in Azerbaijan to Ceyhan on Turkey’s Mediterranean coast. Commissioned in 2006, it delivers one million barrels of crude per day and crosses environmentally sensitive unspoiled regions including in Georgia where natural spring water is produced. To prevent the possibility of pollution, should the pipeline stop pumping oil, sumps have been constructed in the base of the valley. Amarinth had previously installed API 610 VS4 vertical pumps in those sumps so that if the pipeline had to be drained the sump would contain the pipe volume of oil, which then could be pumped out and disposed of in an environmentally sensitive manner. The pumps have not had any reason to operate since commissioning, other than for maintenance. However, during scheduled maintenance activities one of the pumps was run in a dry sump. The pump ingested debris causing the impeller to seize and resulting in damage to the mechanical seal and line bearings. BP, the pipeline operator, quickly contacted Amarinth in order to assess the damage to the pump, review what spares were required and, at the same time, look at the other sump pumps to see if they required any further maintenance work. Amarinth reacted immediately, drawing together a team of technical people from its onshore and offshore skilled engineering staff. On arriving on-site they lifted the pump out, but on strip-down found that the damage was much worse than anticipated requiring a number of bespoke parts. These were ordered, manufactured in the UK and immediately shipped to Georgia. However, after fitting the parts and replacing the pump in the tank, further issues were identified with the impeller, again requiring more parts to be sourced and shipped. Amarinth says that it was able to rebuild and

recommission the damaged pump and carry out checks on the other pumps all within the threeweek deadline. Following the incident, Amarinth proposed changes to the operator’s maintenance schedule, suggesting glycol, which would remain liquid in the extreme sub-zero winter, was kept within the sumps so that the pumps could be run every six months without any danger of dry running. Contact: Amarinth Ltd, Bentwaters Park, Rendlesham, Woodbridge IP12 2TW, UK. Tel: +44 1394 462131, Web: www.amarinth.com

Conferences and Meetings News Call for papers issued for STLE’s 71st Annual Meeting

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he Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers’ (STLE) 71st Annual Meeting & Exhibition is scheduled to be held on 15–19 May 2016 at Bally’s Las Vegas Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. The five-day conference (Sunday to Thursday) showcases more than 400 technical papers, application-based case studies and best practice reports, and discussion panels on technical or market trends. Authors who are interested in presenting a paper at this event should refer to the list of subjects to be covered, which is available on the society’s Web-site at the address given below, and submit a 100–150-word abstract by no later than 1 October 2015. In other news, STLE has released the full programme guide (see Web address in the contact listing below) for its 2015 Tribology Frontiers Conference, which is being held on 25–27 October at the Grand Hyatt Denver in Denver, Colorado, USA.

Contact: Merle Hedland, Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers, 840 Busse Highway, Park Ridge, IL 60068-2302, USA. Tel: +1 630 428 3400, Fax: +1 847 825 1456, Email: [email protected], Web: www.stle.org, Web: https://stle2016.abstractcentral.com, Web: http://bhmftp.comresource.net/documents/ STLE2015TFCPrelimProgramGuide.pdf

August 2015