RHEINZINK’s Zinc Facade Cladding Features Self-healing, Low-maintenance and Corrosion-resistant Performance Register ico-close ico-supplier ico-white-paper-case-study ico-product ico-cad

Woburn, Massachusetts (Feb. 2019) – Helping create aesthetically distinctive, sustainable and durable building envelopes, RHEINZINK offers architectural grade zinc façade cladding and wall products in CLASSIC® bright rolled, prePATINA® blue-gray and graphite-gray, and artCOLOR® in an array of colors. Complementing both contemporary and traditional architectural styles, RHEINZINK façade cladding develops a natural patina as it weathers and ages. RHEINZINK prePATINA products are specially processed to achieve the natural, pre-weathered patina during production. Appealing to building owners, the zinc material maintains its self-healing, low-maintenance, corrosion-resistant performance with a potential lifespan of 100 years or more. At the end of its useful life on the building’s exterior, it remains 100 percent recyclable. RHEINZINK America’s distributors and system partners offer a wide variety of roll-formed and brake-formed engineered panels for wall cladding. RHEINZINK’s façade cladding and exterior wall product options include: “Used in Europe since the 1800s, zinc is a proven and dependable material for crafted metal products. RHEINZINK products add e...

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The U.S. blow molding machinery market remained healthy in 2018, with some manufacturers reporting strong growth and others a spotty year with some sluggishness. Industrial blow molding faced tougher sledding with a slowdown in the automotive sector. But packaging remains strong, most executives said. Gary Carr, vice president of sales at Bekum America Corp., said customers this year seem to be doing more strategic planning about investments in blow molding machinery. “In years past, companies would make purchase decisions when they had programs in hand. Now they’re investing in future business opportunity,” he said. “There’s more long-range business planning.” For the first time, Bekum America had two booths at NPE in May: a main booth in the West Hall and a stand in the South Hall’s Bottle Zone. “We went into NPE2018, and normally business tails off before a major trade show. We didn’t see that this year, it just continued and it hasn’t slowed since,” he said. The brisk machinery business has led to longer lead times, however, out to six months or longer. Carr said the supply chain is full for key machinery com...

Parlons Opelousas: How we celebrated Independence Day

This conversation is moderated according to USA TODAY’s community rules. Please read the rules before joining the discussion. The Breaux Bridge Brass Band that participated in the 1901 July 4th Opelousas parade and entertained at the event. Band members pictured here in 1898 include l-r bottom row: Klebert Melancon, P. Lee Begnaud, Jean Durand, and Leonce Ransonet. Standing: Cypriene Melancon. (Photo: courtesy of Kenneth P. Delcambre) We just finished celebrating the Fourth of July in Opelousas. As usual, I’m sure it was a fun day for all of you, filled with family visits, outdoor cookouts, evening firework displays and the like. Ever wonder about Fourth of July celebrations in the Opelousas of old? Let’s talk about July 4, 1901, in the old village. It was only the second year of the 20th century, and Opelousas was flourishing like never before. The town was called one of the most progressive and most beautiful in Louisiana. More and more people wanted to visit to see this special place. Town leaders saw an opportunity to showcase the community by organizing events and activities to attract visitors from other parts of the state. Entertainment events were held at various ...

Shaken and stirred: Scientists capture the deformation effect of shock waves on a material

Understanding how shock waves affect structures is crucial for advancements in material science research, including safety protocols and novel surface modifications. Using X-ray diffraction probes, scientists at the Institute of Materials Structure Science of KEK, Tokyo of Tech, Kumamoto University, and University of Tsukuba studied the deformation of polycrystalline aluminum foil when subjected to a laser-driven shock wave. googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display(‘div-gpt-ad-1449240174198-2′); }); The foundations of engineering lie in understanding and manipulating the structure of materials to harness their properties in creative ways. Interactions between materials take place via the exchange of forces, so predicting a material’s ability to withstand a force and how it propagates is central to developing structures with enhanced strength. If an instantaneous strong force acting on a material results in a shock wave, the atoms may become displaced or dislocated. Like a rubber band, if the external force is not too significant, the internal forces can resist and the material can return to its original state (elastic deformation). But beyond a certain...

Lowe’s Acquires Retail Analytics Platform From Boomerang Commerce

MOORESVILLE, N.C., May 20, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (NYSE: LOW) today announced it is accelerating its technology capabilities and focus on driving strong retail fundamentals by acquiring the Retail Analytics platform from Boomerang Commerce. The technology will be integrated into the company’s core retail business and bolster strategic and data-driven pricing and merchandise assortment decisions across Lowe’s businesses. The platform provides a retail analytics solution that processes product and pricing datasets to convert them to insights and actions. The acquisition is designed to assist in modernizing and digitizing Lowe’s approach to pricing.  “One of the key components of our transformation here at Lowe’s is to modernize our technology. Pricing and Assortment Planning have been identified as strategic areas in need of modernization. And when we find the right assets available to buy and advance our strategy, we’ll do that,” said Seemantini Godbole, Lowe’s Chief Information Officer. “Adding this team and technology to our existing capabilities helps us leverage the right data quickly, effec...

Banana bread is the perfect (and tastiest) solution for using up overripe bananas. Unlike traditional banana

Banana bread is the perfect (and tastiest) solution for using up overripe bananas. Unlike traditional banana bread recipes that call for refined white flour and white sugar, this recipe is made with coconut flour and is naturally sweetened with honey. I’ve also swapped the margarine for coconut oil, which is full of healthy fats. You could make the banana bread recipe even healthier by omitting the chocolate – but I wouldn’t recommend this, because a little bit of chocolate is good for the soul. 1 Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/gas 4. Prepare a loaf tin (about 900g capacity; silicone works best) by greasing the sides with a little coconut oil. 2 In a large mixing bowl, mix the coconut flour, cinnamon, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and salt. In another large bowl, beat the eggs. Add the honey, coconut oil, almond milk and vanilla extract, and whisk well to combine. Tip the dry ingredients into the bowl of wet ingredients, and whisk until combined. Mix in the mashed banana. 3 Melt the dark chocolate in the microwave for 60-90 seconds, stirring every 30 seconds. Fold the dark chocolate into the banana bread mixture very gently without over-mixing to create a marbled effect. 4 P...

The U.S. Is Overflowing With Natural Gas. Not Everyone Can Get It.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-u-s-is-overflowing-with-natural-gas-not-everyone-can-get-it-11562518355 Earlier this year, two utilities that service the New York City area stopped accepting new natural-gas customers in two boroughs and several suburbs. Citing jammed supply lines running into the city on the coldest winter days, they said they couldn’t guarantee they’d be able to deliver gas to additional furnaces. Never mind that the country’s most prolific gas field, the Marcellus Shale, is only a three-hour drive away. Meanwhile, in West Texas, drillers have so much excess natural gas they are simply burning it off, roughly enough each day to fuel every home in the state. U.S. gas production rose to a record of more than 37 trillion cubic feet last year, up 44% from a decade earlier. Yet the infrastructure needed to move gas around the country hasn’t kept up. Pipelines aren’t in the right places, and when they are, they’re usually decades old and often too small. The result, despite natural-gas prices that look low on commodities exchanges, is energy feast and famine. This spring, the price of natural gas at a trading hub near Midland, Texas, dropped as low as negative $9 p...

Boil Water Notice issued for the City of Ballinger

BALLINGER, Texas — Due to a main water line break causing low pressure in south Ballinger, the city is now under a Boil Water Notice. City Manager Tommy Turney said the leak is coming from a ten inch pipe that has to be picked up from Oklahoma. He said the problem is currently being worked on but might not be fixed until Wednesday, July 17th.Turney would like to stress that the Texas Commission on Environmental quality has required the city to put out the notice as a safety precaution.  A press release by the City of Ballinger says, “To ensure destruction of harmful bacteria and other microbes, water for drinking, cooking and, ice making should be boiled and cooled prior to use for drinking water or human consumption purposes.” This includes any water for washing hands/face, brushing teeth, drinking, etc… The press release goes on to say, “Children, seniors, and persons with weakened immune systems are particularly vulnerable to harmful bacteria, and all customers should follow these directions.”Contact Ryan Koenig at (325) 365-3511, or Tommy Turney at (325) 365-3511 if you have any questions concerning the Boil Water Notice in Ballinger. Welded St...