Improved animal nutrition thanks to Sulzer distillation
Ethoxyquin is an antioxidant commonly used to conserve feed and raw material for animal nutrition. The current production method is known to yield traces of phenitidine that are unwanted in the final product. Sulzer was asked to develop a solution for ethoxyquin purification for the European company ITPSA in Spain.
Based on the customer requirements, a method was developed based on distillation. It was simulated and validated by Sulzer engineers in Sulzer’s test center in Allschwil, Switzerland, in February and March 2016 with pilot tests using the actual customer material.
These pilot tests confirmed a residual concentration of phenitidine as low as 29 ppm weight in the product. Based on this result, ITPSA ordered a modular plant from Sulzer. The skid was successfully started up in July 2017 (Fig. 1).
The plant is now producing ethoxyquin with a content of phenitidine of only 2.5-3 ppm-weight.
Laurent Zuber, Allschwil, Switzerland
New manufacturing site in Poland
Sulzer inaugurated a new manufacturing site for Applicator Systems products in Wrocław, Poland. Strong growth in the adhesives and dental segments required additional production capacities. The new site will generate more than 100 new jobs.
The new site with 6’440 m2 of manufacturing space is Sulzer’s new hub in the heart of Europe for cartridges and mixers for adhesive customers around the world. The new site will significantly increase the production capacity for adhesives systems of the Sulzer Applicator Systems division. Sulzer chose Wrocław because the city offers a strong business environment, a large talent pool and great infrastructure for logistics.
The leased, made-for-purpose manufacturing facility required an investment of about PLN 10 million (close to CHF 3 million) for state-of-the-art injection molding and assembly machines. This new site will allow Sulzer’s production facility in Haag, Switzerland, to reallocate capacity to its focus on products for the dental and healthcare markets. Sulzer recently strengthened its position in these markets with the acquisitions of Transcodent and Medmix.
Sulzer’s CEO Greg Poux-Guillaume said: “This investment in additional manufacturing capacity confirms our belief in the strong prospects of our Applicator Systems adhesives, dental and healthcare segments.”
Gerald Fleisch, Haag, Switzerland
Sulzer Pompes France – active for 100 years
Sulzer has been active in France and dedicated to delivering pumps and services to the French market since 1918. During this time, Sulzer Pompes France has adapted flexibly to the market demands and has continually reinvented itself.
Sulzer started production in Saint-Denise, France, in 1918 as Compagnie de Construction Méchanique Sulzer. At that time, Sulzer specialized in producing and servicing diesel engines for the French navy.
After a strong growth of the business, Sulzer needed more space. In 1958, Sulzer moved to a larger factory in Mantes-la-Jolie. The company developed internationally and was named Sulzer Pompes France in 1991. Sulzer grew steadily in France, also sustained by several acquisitions. Ahlstrom pumps, PACA Pompes Service, ABS, Cardo Flow, Matis Intervention and Ensival Moret were integrated successfully into the Sulzer organization. Sulzer now has 15 subsidiaries all over France, located in Ambès, Beauzelle, Buchelay, Brignais, Bruges, Feyzin, Florange, Rosny sous Bois, Schweighouse, St. Quentin, Tour, Velaux, Vannes, Wambrechies and Yvetot.
In 2014, a new greenfield factory was built in Buchelay, west of Paris. In addition to the design department and production halls, the building also houses a test bed for pumps, pump packaging, and the parts and retrofit store. Sulzer pays attention to sustainability – and achieves it with solar panels, rainwater recovery and smart air-conditioning in the building.
Sulzer France successfully supports the nuclear power industry in France. The company Electricité De France SA (EDF) has ordered 28 special pumps and maintenance services to guarantee the safe operation of its pumps in nuclear installations. For the 100th birthday of Sulzer in France, most of the 15 sites organized a celebration with a common theme to remind all employees of Sulzer’s rich tradition in the country, which is also the base for the future.
Sandro Colletti, Buchelay, France
Upcoming events in 2018Around the globe, Sulzer takes part in numerous events, exhibitions and conferences. Please check our event calendar to stay informed. Have you already used our calendar export function? You can easily add interesting events into your personal calendar. For more details please visit www.sulzer.com/events.
Service agreement between ABB and Sulzer in the UKSulzer Electro Mechanical Services (UK) Ltd is the first Loyalty Partner of ABB. For one year, Sulzer has been providing workshop and repair services for medium- and high-voltage motors and generators for ABB customers.
Since June 2017, Sulzer has been offering inspection, remedial work, modification, repair and rewinds of ABB large machines, along with some field services. All repairs were made to ABB-approved standards using original spare parts. Among the field services that are offered through Sulzer is ABB’s life expectancy analysis program (LEAP). This program offers customers a range of inspection services that optimize maintenance and planning for electrical machines. They also predict the remaining lifetime of the stator insulation system.
Chris Powles, Head of Electro Mechanical Services (UK), Birmingham, UK, states: “ABB customers are happy that we can offer all these services as a Loyalty Partner for them. The big advantage for them is that we can implement original spare parts quite quickly, without reengineering them. More than ten customers are already using our services.”
Ross Barraclough, Aberdeen, United Kingdom
And the winner is …
Marcin Wyszynski who works for the International Paper company in Kwidzyn, Poland. He works as a maintenance specialist for the reliability department. Being the lucky winner of our contest, he will receive an Apple Watch Nike+ soon.
International Paper’s Kwidzyn mill is one of Europe’s leading manufacturers of pulp and paper. The Kwidzyn mill manufactures high-quality office paper, for use in printers and copiers; offset paper for the printing of reports, books, manuals, posters, advertisements, inserts and leaflets; coated paperboard for the manufacture of, for example, pharmaceutical packaging and luxury packaging for cosmetics or confectionery products; as well as newsprint made from 100% recycled wastepaper.
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The prize is an Apple Watch (Series 3, GPS). The winner will be chosen randomly from all participants who subscribe to the STR newsletter between October 1, 2018, and December 1, 2018. The winner agrees to have his/her name published in the next Sulzer Technical Review. There is no written information concerning the contest. Limited to one entry per person. Sulzer employees and their family members are excluded and cannot participate in the contest. Exclusive place of jurisdiction is Winterthur, Switzerland.
+ + + GEKA presents a “green” lip gloss. The lip gloss packaging convinces with sustainable materials as recycled PET and biodegradable PLA material. + + + Sulzer has placed five million of its treasury shares with domestic and international investors, increasing the free float to 51%. + + + With Medmix Systems AG, Sulzer has acquired a provider of applicators for tissue treatment, bone repair, oral surgery and drug delivery in the healthcare market. + + + The EC 531 next-generation pump controller is launched. + + + The Sulzer Chemtech division is an industry partner of the European Training Network “TOMOCON,” which introduces smart tomographic sensors for advanced industrial process control. + + +
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