Article from: Products Finishing, Tim Pennington. Posted on: 10/1/2014 Massachusetts powder coater expands with new lines, infrared ovens Holyoke, Massachusetts, sits smack dab in the middle of the bustling Pioneer Valley, just off the Massachusetts Turnpike and I-91, about 90 minutes west of Boston and just north of Springfield. The city was one of the first planned industrial communities in the U.S. Back in the 1840s, industrialists began construction of a dam and canal system along the Connecticut River, and soon mills began sprouting up and attracting workers and their families, making Holyoke—once the home of the largest paper mill in the world—a destination for work and prosperity. Most of those mills have disappeared in the past century, but prosperity is still abundant, as high-tech jobs have moved into the region and diversified its economic base. And thanks to more than 32 regional colleges and universities, such enterprises as the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center have been formed. Holyoke is also the home of Westside Finishing, a 35-year-old powder coating facility that has also jumped on the technology bandwagon, recently installing new, sophisticated coating equipment and ovens that enable increased throughput and additional efficiencies to attract more customers. Owner Brian Bell is the hands-on president of the company, and his wife, Jeanne, serves as office manager. Son Korey Bell is Westside’s operations manager who helped oversee the installation of a new convection dry-off oven, infrared gel oven and a radiant-convection cure oven. IR Ovens “It’s exciting, new technology,” says Brian Bell, who started his company as a liquid coatings job shop in west Springfield in the early 1980s. “When we started looking at expanding, the infrared ovens were something we wanted to take a
Aztech Engineers, Inc. was responsible for the mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) design for two separate tenant improvement/expansion projects for Integrated Process Technology (IPT). The firsts was a 6,000 square foot space expansion, and when IPT needed to expand into an additional 12,000 square feet, Aztech Engineers was selected for that work as well. IPT relies heavily on data and information transfer. Included in these projects were renovations to their existing Data Center and the construction of an additional back-up Data Room. Critical to these projects was the careful coordination of lighting, power and data outlets with the furniture plan and various workspace environments. There were also very tight project time schedules, which required planning and phasing in order to relocate the existing tenants and give IPT almost immediate access to this space. Aztech Engineers, Inc. had worked on several other tenant fit-outs for this management firm. When C.P. Management decided to move and renovate their offices, they chose Aztech Engineers, Inc. to provide the MEP design services.
A team approach between Aztech Engineers, Inc., the owner, construction manager, electrical contractor and the fire alarm equipment supplier required cooperation and careful system planning to finish the complete upgrade of the fire alarm system in this 2 million square foot headquarters complex. This was accomplished within a very tight time schedule and with minimal occupant or business interruption. Within one month of receiving the “go ahead” for this project Aztech Engineers had documents prepared to the inspectors satisfaction that allowed work to begin on one wing of the building. This project saw the replacement of every existing fire alarm device for the upgrade to a fully addressable system with the addition of automatic voice evacuation. Among the many challenges was the sequencing of hundreds of major air handling units, smoke evacuation and pressurization systems. Limited existing system information was available so thorough fieldwork was required to trace out and understand all of the existing systems. Careful consideration was given to maintaining all the architecturally significant details such as the marble walls, decorative ceilings and fixtures. Aetna was concerned about having to evacuate the whole complex in the event of one alarm signaling. Aztech was involved in researching the code, then developing a partial evacuation plan that after some discussions and negotiations was accepted by the Authority Having Jurisdiction.
SolarOne Solutions, a Modean Industries affiliate, has responded to an emergency request for lighting from the United Nations Office of the Special Envoy for Haiti. By working with its customers to redirect completed orders, SolarOne was able to provide aid to the earthquake-stricken island with a swift lighting solution. The new lighting will help address growing security concerns as Haiti stabilizes and starts the rebuilding process. The lights are powered with solar-electric panels, so they require no electrical wiring or infrastructure and allow for a commercial scale lighting project to be installed and operational in only hours, instead of days or weeks. Due to the urgency of the situation, there was no time to wait for production. SolarOne worked out immediate arrangements with one of its long-standing customers; Sandia National Laboratories, who agreed to delay delivery of their order, and allow the solar lighting systems to be re-directed to Haiti. The lights are SolarOne’s Shoebox Series lights, which employ advanced SO-Bright® Technology and high-brightness LEDs with dedicated optics. These systems, originally intended to illuminate a parking lot for one of Sandia’s facilities, will be used for security lighting around temporary medical facilities and encampments in Haiti. Boston-based non-profit Partners In Health (PIH) is managing the shipment and deployment of the lights. Although the project is receiving support from the Clinton Foundation, additional donations are needed to help fund this effort, as well as many others of this nature. Please visit http://www.standwithhaiti.org/haiti for further details. “Lighting is needed at temporary housing sites and medical facilities to increase security and to enable teams to care for patients around the clock. These solar lights, which are not dependent on the availability of electricity or fuel, will play an
Hani Azzam In 1968 Hani Azzam was working on a government project jointly run by the US Navy and Bell Laboratories in Germany. He did not go there looking to discover a solvent-free coating process, but that’s what he found. Nearly by chance, he was introduced to the concept of “electrostatic powder coating” during a meeting. An accomplished young engineer, Hani was managing his own division and on the way up in his company. But the idea of powder coating possessed him and he decided to start his own company promoting this process — one which was largely unknown in the market. The broad range of possibilities promised by the process made the trials and tribulations of starting a new company seem worthwhile. Besides, it was a dream, a challenge. In 1969, no one in the United States knew much about powder coating, a method by which electrically charged powder coating material is spray-applied to a grounded metal work piece. Electrostatic attraction helps direct and hold the powder to the part being coated until heat is added to flow the powder together and cure it to form a durable, high quality finish. Hani started his venture by writing position papers, giving lectures and crisscrossing the country to demonstrate the concept to potential customers. It was hard work, but patience and persistence eventually paid off. In collaboration with several partners, Hani successfully incorporated Interrad Corporation, which later became Modean Industries, Inc. Spring forward to 2009: Powder coating has become the standard by which all other coatings are judged. But that is only the beginning. Powder coatings now play a critical role in our environmental efforts and are key to our sustaining a “green” culture throughout the
These solar street lights are the result of a joint effort by SolarOne® Solutions, Hadco® Lighting and Sullivan Renaissance (a community beautification and development program). They light the Swan Lake Park, Sullivan County, NY. SolarOne® developed the power package and the patent pending SO-Bright™ controls with LED light engines which integrate seamlessly into the period street lamps designed by Hadco®. “Why, you ask, is Modean Industries, Inc. featuring innovative solar street lighting?” The answer is two-fold. 1) The Hadco® fixtures are powder coated and can withstand a wide variety of weather conditions from hot sun and humid weather to excessive rain and snow; 2) SolarOne® Solutions, an associate of Modean Industries, Inc., is a leader in solar lighting development and design. Not only does solar power reduce energy waste to zero, but also the process used to coat the fixtures themselves is environmentally safe and long lasting. This results in a win-win situation, beautiful, reliable lighting which defies power outages plus the benefit of reduced community carbon impact. A third reason for featuring the Sullivan Renaissance project is because it is an on-going experiment in research, education, and community pride, involving everyone in the community from the toddlers to the senior citizens. And this experiment in sustainability is working! REF: The River Reporter July 6-10