Perfection is mandatory in professional sports: Mistakes are costly, timing is critical and excellence requires precise form. The same holds true when you weld banners for some of the biggest names in athletics.
American signage firm AMI Graphics has a customer list that includes the National Hockey League (NHL), the National Basketball Association (NBA/Boston Celtics) and other professional sports leagues nationwide.
AMI designs, welds and delivers the solid and mesh vinyl banners these leagues use to advertise at some of the country's biggest arenas. AMI's customers often need these banners on tight deadlines, since championship contenders are frequently decided shortly before the finals actually occur. That means AMI must complete large signage projects while on the clock. And like any match that comes down to the wire, the pressure is intense.
The Niayesh tunnel project is the largest ongoing civil engineering project in Iran. Tehran›s urban tunnel, 10,252 m long, is the second longest tunnel in Asia for auto traffic, after the Baotashan urban tunnel in China which is 10,480 m long.
Built in the shortest time
Two main traffic arteries on multiple levels including ramps and loops were built in Tehran. When the entire project is finished, the traffic situation in the Niayesh section of the city should be decongested and the primary traffic route along the east-west axis transferred. There is also the promise of «a positive change in the city and an improvement in the standard of living» (project text). The tunneling rate was 18.5 m per day and the entire volume an impressive one million m3 ! At times, 5000 people were at work on the project. For the main Niayesh tunnel, 245,000 m2 of geomembrane were built in, of those, 195,000 m2 were single layer PVC sheeting and 50,000 m2 HDPE geomembrane, both 2 mm thick. The entire geomembrane work here lasted only around six months.
MEAF Machines B.V., a manufacturing company based in Yerseke, Netherlands, produces sheet extrusion machines and deep drawing machines for roll material (inline thermoformer). The company›s strengths include supplying turnkey production lines.
When one of MEAF›s customers was interested in purchasing a new production system for optimizing its production process of packaging sheets for foodstuffs containers, it immediately referred MEAF to Leister. The customer already had a good experience with an existing equipment line equipped with Leister LE 10000 air heaters and Leister SILENCE blowers.
The planned new production system was intended to significantly increase production capacity but also to reduce production costs.
Consequently, the representatives from MEAF suggested equipping the new machine with an antiblock applicator.
The EPLF (Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne) is the confederate university of the French-speaking part of Switzerland. The “Rolex Learning Center” has been being built right next to the present-day campus over a three-year period. It will provide space for 700 students and teachers. In addition to a large library covering the history of science, exhibitions and conferences will take place. The complex also incorporates quiet areas and contact zones and catering facilities. The latest multimedia technology naturally has pride of place.
The massive 420,000-square-foot roof atop Food Services of America’s (FSA) Woodburn, Oregon, distribution center was falling apart. Seam failures on the ballasted roof were tearing as fast as 50 feet per week. The building, essentially a giant cooler that consistently hovers around -8 degrees Fahrenheit, needed a new, reliable roof to battle rising cooling costs and ensure the safety of materials and people inside.
Something big is happening in UAE! And that is not only the buildings. A great deal of money is being invested in the infrastructure. And it is sustainability that counts. The Emirate intends to reduce the energy consumption of lamp posts by 30 % thanks to a new lighting system. The street lights are now manufactured and finished in a new factory. The German company C. ILLIES & Co opted for Leister welding tools for construction of the galvanization plant. An important reason for the collaboration was the guarantee by the local Leister partner, LLC, to provide a 24-hour service.
An ambitious company is forging ahead
Laizhou, a small town near Qingdao – the city where the sailing competitions were held during the 2008 Summer Olympics – is currently undergoing an economic boom. This may be attributed in part to its favourable transport connections and to the unique media attention which it attracted in connection with the Games. Xin Li Composite Materials Co. Ltd has been among those companies to benefit from this unparalleled opportunity and has greatly extended its product range and sales area. It has transformed itself from a simple supplier of corrosion resistant containers to a complete provider of waste water treatment plants for the chemical, medical and metal industries. Xin Li now maintains a network of branches covering western China, including the far north.
Successful implementation of a business idea.
Turkey is a sea-faring nation with a millennium of shipbuilding behind it. In a nondescript industrial building, typical of the more prosperous areas of Istanbul, innovative products have been created for the past five years: «Turbotsan » has been building boats made entirely from plastic. The original idea came to Burcin Yaslan, the owner of «Turbotsan», thanks to his exposure to inflatable Zodiac boats. He wanted his boat design to be sturdier than the German originals. The question, however, was which tools to use to weld the plastic and how could the critical weld quality be achieved? He who seeks shall find: Burcin Yaslan came across Tokgöz-Makina, and subsequently discovered the perfect tools for his application from Leister, which he could use to turn his dreams into reality. Leister sales partner for Turkey, Mahzar Tokgöz, carried out welding trials with Burcin Yaslan and introduced him to Leister’s innovative extrusion welding technology. Following this introduction to Leister, the first boat was successfully fabricated and floated.
From Switzerland to the Basque Country
Thun, Switzerland, September 2006. In an otherwise empty industrial building, previously used by the Swiss army, big things are emerging: The company Colasit from the Berner Oberland region of Switzerland leased the building on a temporary basis. 25 mm thick polyethylene panels were prefabricated for their subsequent assembly in Spain. Three massive silos were built in the Basque Country, as commissioned by the German company «m+w Zander Gebäudetechnik GmbH»; these are now used in the biological washing process. They were integrated into a cellulose production plant. Using this technique, organic airborne pollutants are now extracted biologically in a multi-stage process. The waste gases flow through packed beds, are absorbed on the surface of substrate substances and are decomposed by microorganisms. The bio-washer results in a considerable reduction in odour and pollutant emissions. The population of Torrelavega and the surrounding region therefore waited eagerly for the plant to be commissioned.
Vietnam is an up-and-coming country. Above all, the comparatively low wages are among the important attractions for foreign companies. 60 % of the population is under 30, which means the potential labour force is correspondingly large. Moreover, this "Asian Tiger" also offers investors a very good tax environment. The domestic market itself is also becoming increasingly lucrative. All these are valid reasons that make Vietnam appealing as a production location.