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Monday, August 27, 2012

Zellcheming (Germany) Trade Show 2012

Emtec Electronic and Technidyne at Zellcheming Expo 2012

Emtec Electronic GmbH (Germany) and its sales partner Technidyne Corporation (USA) had a successful presentation at Zellcheming Expo in Wiesbaden, Germany this year. Beside the established devices they presented at their booth, customers and potential customers were very interested in the new and innovative measuring devices.

Both boasted with exciting innovations: The emtec FPO Fiber Potential Analyzer On-line, which measures the Zeta Potential of suspensions directly in the production process, was very interesting for the exhibition visitors. But especially the emtec ACA Ash Content Analyzer caught the attention of the most emtec booth visitors. On the one hand the emtec ACA allows an easy, precise and very fast determination of the total content of mineral fillers and the percentage distribution of the individual components in paper and board. So it serves as a replacement of the traditional determination method by combustion. On the other hand the prototype of the emtec ACA has got a new and modern design – especially for the presentation at Zellcheming Expo 2012.

Technidyne will offer the emtec Fiber Potential Analyzer Online and Ash Content Analyzer to its North American customers.

Technidyne showcased its new FPAutoSpeck for the on-line analysis of sticky concentration in pulp suspensions. Beside this innovate measuring device the visitors were very excited about the Technidyne FPMonitAir, which determines the entrained air content in solutions. Technidyne presented it with the aid of a transparent water tube, what attracted the interested audience.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Technidyne Celebrates 38th Anniversary

Today, Technidyne Corporation is celebrating its anniversary.  Technidyne was founded August 20, 1974, in Louisville, KY by Jerry Popson.

Technidyne produces approximately 20,000 calibration standards annually.  We have preventative maintenance services which cover over 3,000 instruments annually, and our instruments have been shipped into 55 countries outside of the United States.  A sister company, Technidyne Inc. in Canada and a network of independent sales and service agents and distributors in over 30 other countries assist Technidyne in providing equipment to the worldwide Paper Industry.

Here are some significant points in Technidyne's history:
S-4 Brightimeter
1974 Founded by current Chairman S. Jerry Popson
1974 S-4 Brightimeter & BNL-2 Opacimeter
1975 Optical Properties Seminars began
1978 Technibrite TB-1
1979 First international shipment to Spain
1980 Replaced NIST as standardizing laboratory for opacity
1985 Technibrite Micro TB-1C
1985 Preventative Maintenance program began with 25 customers
1987 BNL-3 Opacimeter
1989 Glossmeter T480
1991 Began issuing calibration subscriptions
1992 ERIC 950 technology developed with PAPRICAN
1994 Certified to ISO 9002
1994 Color Touch
1997 Technidyne Inc.,  (Canada) formed
1997 Technidyne named ISO Authorized Laboratory (optical standards)
1997 Jerry Popson receives TAPPI P&PQ Division Technical Award & Hunter Prize
1998 Acquired Hagerty Technologies
1999 PROFILE/Plus introduced
2001 Color Touch PC & PROFILE/Plus Gloss, Thickness, Brightness, Roughness/Porosity
2002 PROFILE/Plus Color Touch
2003 PROFILE/Plus Grammage
2004 PROFILE/Plus Tensile Strength Alignment & DC500 w/Mill Interface
PROFILE/Plus Test System
2006 PROFILE/Plus Burst
2008 PROFILE/Plus Tensile
2009 PROFILE/Plus Formation
2010 FPAutoSpeck
2011 FPMonitAir 
2012 Jerry Popson named TAPPI Fellow 

Monday, August 13, 2012

Local Support in Northeast US

We are pleased to introduce, Russ Frazier, as our new Northeast Service Technician. Russ has over 15 years of pulp and paper experience in a variety of technical support and service positions with Voith, Valmet, and Metso Automation systems.

Russ will provide field service and Preventative Maintenance activities as well as assist in installations and demonstrations of new Technidyne products.  He lives in this area and will be able to respond more quickly to customers.

Prior to joining Technidyne, Russ worked as a specialist with PaperTech on their high speed camera systems. Some duties included installation, start up, auditing, and maintenance.

Previous work experience includes over 15 years with Voith, Metso, and Valmet’s Automation systems. His duties included installation, start up and training on new equipment. He also participated in audits and optimization of the on-line gauging systems, improving paper grades. Russ was also responsible for the maintenance and accuracy of the gauging systems, periodic reporting on the QCS results and uptime, along with maintenance and repair of PCs. These gauging systems included Color/Brightness measurement, which exposed Russ to the Technidyne Color Touch in order to “hitch” the on-line gauge to a standard bench top instrument.

Russ is a former member of the U.S. Air Force with 69 semester hours from the Community College of the Air Force, Electronic Technology. He has extensive training in measurement systems, on line gauging/control systems, and networking.

Russ will be the primary service contact for Technidyne customers in: CT, DC, DE, MA, MD, ME, NH, NJ, NY, PA, RI, VA, VT, WV.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Technidyne's Solutions to Common PPS Problems

Since the introduction of the Parker Print-Surf (PPS) instrument in the early 1970's, strategies have developed to improve the repeatability (measurement to measurement agreement) and reproducibility (instrument to instrument agreement). Even though there have been many iterations and generations of the original PPS instrument, Technidyne developed a brand new instrument in 2001 that resolved many, if not all of these issues.

Below you can see the list of issues with traditional PPS instruments and the Technidyne solution/approach:

Potential Causes for Error in                          Technidyne's Solution with
PPS Testing                                                        PROFILE/Plus PPS

Air flow measuring device
   - devices are non-linear                                   =>    Multi-point restrictor calibration & paper
   - dummy heads are used to calibrate this               verification

Sealing the measuring head
   - petroleum jelly typically used
       * too little = leaks & high readings           =>    Rubber o-rings
       * too much = clogs & low readings

Flatness of the head                                           =>     Manual lapping

Protective collar
   - burrs on collar may not allow proper seal  =>    No collar
   - collar can pull & cause small creases

Concentricity of guar land                                =>     Each head is mechanically fitted by hand

Instrument air
   - blows on paper, usually mill air                   =>     Dedicated, filtered air source
      that is not clean

Backing material
   - highly variable
   - wears out i.e. becomes heavily                   =>      IRHD hardness is measured on every
      embossed                                                                 backing

Clamping pressure
   - not easy to check                                         =>      External load cell
   - pressure too high = low readings