PressureProTM TPMS Announces Integration with Omnitracs™
Advantage PressureProTM, the world leader in Commercial Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems and TPMS technologies has announced the integration of their advanced TPMS solutions to Omnitracs’ Mobile Computing Platforms 110 and 200. The integration, which allows full monitoring and reporting of tire performance information directly to the MCP110 and MCP200 in-cab display, allows for-hire and private fleets of all sizes to proactively monitor and maintain optimal tire health, allowing significant additions to safety and savings. “For many fleets today, in the absence of timely, critical data, monitoring and managing tire conditions for safety can be a challenge,” said Vikas Jain, vice president of product management and software as a service at Omnitracs. “Omnitracs’ Tire Pressure Monitoring application, in conjunction with PressurePro’s Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems, delivers on a very real need—to bring added tools and information to customers who are committed to preventative safety measures.”
The integrated solution addresses critical tire maintenance needs, helping fleets extend the life of their tires, reduce expenses and prevent accidents caused by improper tire care. It also provides both drivers and back-office staff with easy-to-use, graphical data on tire conditions including real time pressure and temperature readings, under and over inflation alarms and high temperature alerts. This gives users the power to revolutionize their tire management programs, reducing operational costs dramatically. “Our advanced solutions, including our integrated options alongside Omnitracs’ Mobile Computing Platforms, not only provides customers with a comprehensive toolset of progressive monitoring options, it allows users to customize their TPMS solutions.” stated Jeromy Mogharbel, PressurePro’s director of technology. “Arming customers with the power to personalize where they view/receive readings and alerts, to customize their alert levels, to tailor their readings and alerts on their back-end management software – and more – these options allow users to take their maintenance programs to new heights, ultimately allowing greater savings and efficiencies than ever before.” Integration to Omnitracs’ MCP50 is targeted for early 2014.
For more information, visit www.pressurepro.us.
Carbios and Suez Environnement Sign a Preliminary Agreement for a Future Collaboration to Optimize the Recovery of Plastic Waste
Carbios, a green chemistry company developing cutting-edge technologies in the recovery of plastic waste and the production of bio-polymers, and Suez Environnement announces the signing of a preliminary agreement for future cooperation in the field of recovery and recycling of plastic waste. This agreement shapes the two companies’ common strategy to place circular economy at the heart of their business model and propose new ways of recycling plastic waste. As part of this preliminary phase, Suez Environnement will provide Carbios with plastic waste deposits from its subsidiary SITA France’s treatment sites. Carbios will explore plastic waste composition in order to enrich its range of biological tools and expand the potential of plastic waste recovery. Carbios will then test these bioprocesses on the available deposits and validate their processing efficiency for better recycling and recovery of waste plastics. The aim is to implement the most effective processes to decompose plastic waste and collect its basic component, the polymer, as high quality as a petroleum-based product. This infinite recycling process thus allows avoiding chemical and mechanical constraints encountered in conventional recycling processes.
25 million tons of plastic waste are produced every year in Europe of which only 20% are recycled. They represent a major environmental challenge but also a considerable deposit of untapped renewable resources. Their recovery is at the heart of both Carbios and Suez Environnement’s concerns. “We are delighted that Suez Environnement has placed its trust in us. This strengthens the strategic positioning of our innovative biological processes in the field of plastic waste recovery, as developed under the Thanaplast™ project. The combination of our expertises will accelerate the implementation of effective industrial solutions to the major environmental challenge posed by end-of-life plastic and provide an answer to this question: how can we recover and recycle more and more plastic waste with as little environmental impact as possible?”, said Jean-Claude Lumaret, CEO of Carbios.
“Innovation lies at the very heart of Suez Environnement’s strategy, which accompanies young and promising companies like Carbios. Waste management is a major component of circular economy. It requires an effective process of resources and recovered products into secondary raw materials. Suez Environnement has always sought, through its subsidiaries, to partner with complementary expertise to carry out its projects and remain a pioneer in its key domains – collecting and recycling”, said Paul-Joël Derian, Deputy Director of Innovation & Industrial Performance at Suez Environnement. “Carbios enzymatic processes seem particularly interesting and promising to us, as they will allow better recycling and recovery of end-of-life plastic waste while respecting the environment.”
Enerkem Begins Commissioning of Front-End Systems at the Enerkem Alberta Biofuels Facility in Edmonton, Canada
Enerkem Inc. announces that commissioning is gradually beginning at its full-scale municipal waste-to-biofuels and chemicals facility in Edmonton. This update was shared by Enerkem’s CEO at the Canadian Renewable Fuels Summit currently being held in Montreal, Canada. “Beginning the commissioning of front-end components at Enerkem Alberta Biofuels is a major milestone and we are proud of all the work accomplished to date”, said Vincent Chornet, President and CEO of Enerkem. “We also believe that this game-changing facility, built in partnership with the City of Edmonton, can become a model for many communities around the world that are looking for a sustainable way to manage waste.”
Enerkem Alberta Biofuels is among the world’s first commercial facilities to be built for the production of advanced biofuels. During construction, more than 600 direct and indirect jobs were created across North America for the modular manufacturing of its parts and systems and on-site assembly. Construction of the facility is nearing completion and Enerkem will complete the commissioning during the next few months. Production of biomethanol will start gradually during this period. An ethanol module will be added in 2014. This facility is a collaboration between Enerkem, the City of Edmonton and Alberta Innovates – Energy and Environment Solutions. When fully operational, it will have a production capacity of up to 38 million litres per year and will help the City of Edmonton divert 90% of the residential waste stream from landfill.
For more information, visit www.enerkem.com.
Lytx Announces First Annual “Driver of the Year” and “Coach of the Year” Awards
Lytx, Inc. (formerly DriveCam, Inc.), delivering driver safety and compliance solutions, announces its first annual DriveCam powered by Lytx™ “Driver of the Year” and “Coach of the Year” awards honoring drivers and coaches from across 500 organizations currently using the DriveCam Program to improve overall fleet performance. Award submissions are due by December 31, 2013 and will be announced at the DriveCam powered by Lytx User Group Conference in February 2014 in San Diego, CA. “As a leading provider of fleet safety solutions, we are honored to recognize those drivers and coaches who are truly making a difference and are among the best in the transportation industry,” said Del Lisk, vice president of safety solutions for Lytx. “We look forward to receiving applications and honoring the well-deserved recipients at our annual user group conference.”
For drivers, Lytx will recognize those who operate their vehicles in a safe and responsible manner, have excelled in the DriveCam Program, and whose contributions have enhanced the overall image of commercial transportation. For coaches, the DriveCam powered by Lytx award honors those who have excelled in the “coach” role and whose contributions have enhanced the overall safety of their organization.
To nominate drivers, visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/TG9N5N9,
or to nominate coaches, visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/SJN6QKN.
For more information, visit www.lytx.com.
Mt. Diablo Recycling Rings in the Holidays by Inspiring Reduced Waste Consumption This Christmas
The holiday season is “the” time to spread goodwill among our fellow man. All of that gift giving and holiday cheer, however, wreaks havoc on the environment. Think about this: about 2.6 billion holiday cards are sold each year in the U.S., which is enough to fill a football field 10 stories high, according to California’s Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle).i The organization also reports that 38,000 miles of ribbon is thrown in the trash each year. That’s enough ribbon to tie a bow around the Earth.
Mt. Diablo Recycling (a division of waste management company Garaventa Enterprises) is committed to providing resources to the local Bay Area community to inspire recycling and reuse behavior, especially during this time of excess waste creation. There are many easy ways to make less of an impact on the environment while still enjoying the holidays. These top five green holiday tips can help create a lifetime of positive eco-habits among all of the elves in your life:
1) Wrap With Care: Opening gifts can often be more fun than seeing what’s inside, but consider that annual trash from gift-wrap and shopping bags totals 4 million tons in the U.S.ii When possible, think about alternatives to traditional wrapping paper such as newspaper, tissue paper, scarves, or baskets. Since plastic ribbon cannot be recycled, try other trim such as yarn or dried flowers. And, hang onto all the gift bags and boxes that you receive and reuse them rather than buying new ones.
2) Recharge Those Batteries: So many holiday gifts–especially for kids–require batteries. In fact, about 40 percent of battery sales happen during the holidays.iii To avoid the disposal of extra batteries that are harmful to the environment, purchase rechargeable batteries and think about including a battery charger as part of your gift.
3) Ship Shape: Getting gifts to family members scattered across the country can mean using an excess of packing material. Choosing gifts that are easier to ship can solve part of the problem, as can reusing as much packing material as possible including bubble wrap, newspaper, and wood shavings. Packing peanuts are actually reusable and many major mailing centers and other businesses will take them in–and sometimes offer store discounts in return.
4) Tree Recycling: There’s nothing like the fresh smell of pine and a beautifully decorated tree to set a holiday mood. About 33 million live Christmas trees are sold each year in North America, leading to lots of disposal problems. Rather than trashing your tree, ask your recyclingcompany about special pick-up times. Mt. Diablo Recycling’s partner companies–Concord Disposal Service, Pittsburg Disposal Service, Oakley Disposal Service, Discovery Bay Disposal Service, Brentwood Disposal Service, and Rio Vista Sanitation Service–will pick up your tree at the curb for free and recycle it. (Trees longer than five feet should be cut in half.) Another option is to buy a potted tree that can be replanted after New Year’s.
5) Food Facts: Having a few extra cookies during the holidays can make your spirits bright, but overdoing it is not only bad for your waistline but also for our landfills. Each year, at least 28 billion pounds of edible food is wasted, which is more than 100 pounds per person.vi Make sure to plan holiday meal portions accordingly so there are only minimal leftovers. Excess food doesn’t have to go to waste either–donate to a local food bank or send extras home with your guests in recyclable containers.
For more information, visit www.mtdiablorecycling.com.
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GALBREATH EXPANDS CANADIAN DEALER NETWORK WITH JOE JOHNSON EQUIPMENT (JJE)
Galbreath®, a Wastequip brand, manufacturing of hoists, container handlers, and trailers, has expanded its dealer network, naming JJE as one of its Canadian distributors. Galbreath is recognized as the premier hoist, trailer, and container handler brand for the waste and recycling industry. JJE will carry the entire Galbreath product assortment. JJE will service the eastern half of Canada, from Manitoba to Newfoundland, extensively expanding Galbreath’s current Canadian coverage. JJE sells and supports infrastructure-maintenance equipment to municipalities and contractors across Canada, the US, and in Chile. The Company provides equipment included in the following industries: Indoor Ice Making & Maintenance, Refuse & Recycling, Snow & Ice Control, Street Cleaning, Sewer Cleaning, Pipeline Inspection, Wet and Dry Industrial Vacuum, Hydro-Excavation, Mowing, and Mining. In addition to its sales and product-support arms, JJE has strong Used Equipment, Technology, Consulting, Rental, and Finance divisions.
JJE was recently recognized as one of Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies – an honor that’s been bestowed on the company for two years in a row. “We’re incredibly excited to become part of the extensive Galbreath dealer network, and we look forward to expanding their presence in Canada. The high quality Galbreath product line compliments the best-in-class products we represent, and we look forward to making our customers aware of the many advantages and bene ts that they bring to the table”, said Michel Lavender, Product Manager, Refuse Division for JJE.
“Galbreath is continually focused on strengthening our North American dealer network to better serve our end-users,” said John Defenbaugh, mobile products division president. “Joe Johnson Equipment was a natural choice for expansion in Canada. The Company provides sales and service through multiple locations, while focusing on quality service at the localized or regional level. That, combined with a knowledgeable sales force and extensive industry experience, is impressive.”
MACHINEX SUCCESSFULLY DELIVERS HUGE PROJECTS UNDER TIGHT DEADLINES
In 2013 the sorting system provider, Machinex, had its biggest year of production, and 2014 looks to be even busier. Between June and December, the company proved its great capacity and flexibility by delivering more than 12 projects ranging in size from medium to large. Four of these were major projects. Using its resources and expertise in project coordination, Machinex managed to deliver all of its orders on-time, satisfying customers and meeting its commitments. From design to manufacturing, through installation and start-up of the custom sorting systems, Machinex has found creative solutions to fulfill all of its contracts, as well as incorporating new contracts into the busy schedule as required. When the plant of one of Machinex’s long-time customers was destroyed by a fire, the company was able to take on the project this year, insert between two other major projects, and thereby serving its customer very well. According to Machinex President, Pierre Paré, “This past year has put our company under pressure but it urge us to work on our processing capabilities in order to improve our manufacturing efficiency.”
Projects from installation to start-up – since June 2013:
10 TPH Single Stream System (Florida): July
30 TPH Single Stream System (Illinois): July to September
55 TPH Single Stream System (Ohio): June to October
18 TPH Single Stream Emergency Upgrade Due to Fire (New Jersey): September
15 TPH Single Stream System (Texas): September
30 TPH Single Stream System (Virginia): October
15 TPH MSW/C&I – RDF Plant (United Kingdom): September
Scrap Metals Recovery System (Illinois): October
10 TPH Single Stream System (Saskatchewan): October
25 TPH Single Stream System (Minnesota): November
25 TPH Single Stream Upgrade (Kentucky): November
80 TPH Municipal Solid Waste (Florida): December
And many smaller projects and upgrades (e.g. screens, optics, conveyors, balers, etc.) integrated into the schedule amongst the bigger systems listed above.
For more information, visit www.machinextechnologies.com.