Briess Malt & Ingredients Co. Selects Aptean Food and Beverage ERP in the Cloud to Increase Production and Improve Scalability

Apen | August 12, 2020

Today, Aptean, a global provider of mission-critical enterprise software solutions, announced that Briess Malt & Ingredients Co. has selected its cloud-based enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution, Aptean Food and Beverage ERP, to support growth through quality and innovation. Briess is a family-owned supplier of specialty malts and ingredients to customers in brewing, distilling and food manufacturing. Founded in 1876 and based in the U.S., Briess sought a fully integrated and cloud-based enterprise solution that could support its growing operational, sales and marketing needs. Utilizing many critical business systems that operated in silos, the supplier needed a unified platform to manage all aspects of their operations within one system that offers the necessary visibility, tracking and control needed to take Briess’ unique business to the next level.

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Cambrex Acquires Leading EU Stability Storage Company Q1 Scientific

Cambrex | June 02, 2022

Cambrex, a leading global contract development and manufacturing organization (CDMO) providing drug substance, drug product, and analytical services across the entire drug lifecycle, today announced the acquisition of Q1 Scientific – a leading provider of environmentally-controlled cGMP stability storage services for the pharmaceutical, medical device and life science industries, strategically located in Waterford, Ireland. Stability storage and testing is a critical component of drug development and commercialization of new therapies. Q1 Scientific brings world-class capabilities to our ever-expanding portfolio of outsourced pharmaceutical services. This acquisition is a natural extension of our current offerings that will broaden and increase our expertise in this critical area, as well as our footprint in the European market." Tom Loewald, CEO, Cambrex. Q1 Scientific's state-of-the-art cGMP facility is ICH validated to meet the specific storage requirements of any pharmaceutical project, with options from -80 C storage up to +50 C, with a full range of humidity control. The 20,000 sq. ft. Waterford facility boasts nearly 40 walk-in stability storage chambers, reach-in freezers and stability units, and ultra-low temperature freezers for biologic therapies. The company also provides sample management and transport services. We're pleased to join Cambrex as we continue to provide leading stability storage services to our current customers, With Cambrex's scientific expertise and scale, we'll be able to accelerate our growth and offer an integrated suite of analytical services, providing a full range of market-leading solutions for our customers." Stephen Delaney, CEO, Q1 Scientific. Cambrex offers a variety of storage and testing capabilities with walk-in and reach-in chambers that meet the ICH Q1A requirements. The acquisition will expand Cambrex's capabilities into the European market. As pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical companies continue to seek outsourcing options for non-core capabilities to reduce their footprint, Q1 Scientific's stability storage services, combined with Cambrex's industry-leading analytical services portfolio, provide specialized capabilities of high value to the industry. About Cambrex Cambrex is a leading global contract development and manufacturing organization (CDMO) that provides drug substance, drug product, and analytical services across the entire drug lifecycle. With over 40 years of experience and a growing team of over 2,200 experts servicing global clients from North America and Europe, Cambrex is a trusted partner in branded and generic markets for API and finished dosage form development and manufacturing. Cambrex offers a range of specialized drug substance technologies and capabilities, including biocatalysis, continuous flow, controlled substances, solid-state science, material characterization, and highly potent APIs. In addition, Cambrex can support conventional dosage forms, including oral solids, semi-solids, and liquids, and has the expertise to manufacture specialty dosage forms such as modified-release, fixed-dose combination, pediatric, bi-layer tablets, stick packs, topicals, controlled substances, sterile, and non-sterile ointments. About Q1 Scientific Q1 Scientific was founded in Waterford, Ireland in 2013 by Louise Grubb, and offers environmentally controlled stability storage services to the pharmaceutical, medical device and life sciences industries at their 20,000 sq ft. cGMP facility. As the first company in the sector to establish in Ireland, Q1 Scientific is revolutionizing the way pharmaceutical companies store their products, helping to improve the speed it takes for new drugs to reach the marketplace along with saving companies the expense of building and monitoring their own storage chambers.

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Honor unveils behind-the-scenes technology for new honor magic4 pro production line

HONOR | May 31, 2022

Global technology brand HONOR today revealed the proprietary technology behind the manufacturing of HONOR Magic4 Pro, the brand's latest flagship smartphone made exclusively in HONOR Intelligent Manufacturing Industrial Park. Demonstrating manufacturing excellence, the flagship smartphone exemplifies the brand's commitment to delivering cutting-edge innovation and is a testament to HONOR's capability to manufacture high-quality premium products at scale. The HONOR Magic4 Pro is set to arrive in select international markets starting this month. "The opening of the HONOR Intelligent Manufacturing Industrial Park last year was a significant milestone of our success in integrating our R&D capabilities into our manufacturing processes. The consolidation allows us to better harness our expertise across both fields, In addition to bolstering our manufacturing capacities, the smart manufacturing facility houses world-class production, testing and quality control equipment that ensures our premium products live up to our customers' high expectations." George Zhao, CEO of HONOR Device Co, Ltd. Seamless Integration between R&D and Manufacturing Operational since September 2021, the HONOR Intelligent Manufacturing Industrial Park is the brand's first self-funded factory. Equipped with cutting-edge manufacturing and testing facilities to support every aspect of smartphone manufacturing, the Park is integral to assuring the quality of the brand's premium offerings. With 20 percent of the staff working in the Park being R&D personnel, HONOR weaves its R&D resources into the Park's core capabilities, maximizing the synergy between the two and enabling manufacturing technology to keep pace with innovation. Custom Production Line for HONOR Magic4 Pro Innovations Arriving to select international markets beginning this month, HONOR Magic4 Pro debuts with AI Privacy Call, a pain point killer feature that massively minimizes sound leakage during voice calls; Ultra-Fusion Computational Photography, a camera solution that enables users to take full advantage of the smartphone's multiple rear cameras; and the Quad-Curved LTPO Display, a stunning display that provides immersive viewing experiences. Each of these features poses a set of unique manufacturing challenges, the solutions to which are only made possible by HONOR's R&D and manufacturing synergy. With each generation of smartphones, smartphone makers have been continuously shifting the receiver towards the top bezel in attempt to achieve an increased display area. However, the closer the receiver is placed near the edge, the more pronounced the sound leakage during voice calls, leading to privacy concerns. To address this user pain point, HONOR identified and solved over 100 technological challenges and created AI Privacy Call. This innovative feature leverages the industry-first Intelligent Dual Sound-Emitting Unit, which includes a bone conduction component using piezoelectric ceramics that is mounted directly to the display. Due to the nature of glass, the assembly process requires extreme precision – even minor manufacturing deviations will permanently damage the panel. Working hand in hand, the R&D and manufacturing teams were able to overcome the challenge in three months' time. The concerted efforts resulted in the creation of the automated high-precision mounting equipment, which leverages computer vision and optimized algorithms to achieve an accuracy of 0.01mm and a yield of 99.99 percent, contributing to HONOR's ability to meet consumer demands for the HONOR Magic4 Pro. The HONOR Magic4 Pro is also equipped with a powerful Triple Camera combination supporting Ultra-Fusion Computational Photography. The complexity of the solution in the new flagship smartphone necessitated double the camera calibration equipment compared to what was required for its predecessor. Benefitting from improved calibration and testing procedures, the Triple Camera system, combined with AI algorithms, delivers more detailed images with more authentic colors across the full supported focal range. Advanced assembly processes are also adopted for the Quad-Curved LTPO Display on HONOR Magic4 Pro. Leveraging a cutting-edge setup of six-axis robotic arms, high-precision cameras and HONOR-developed computer vision algorithms, the mounting equipment operates with an accuracy range of ±0.075mm and outputs products with a low manufacturing tolerance of just 0.1mm, further demonstrating HONOR's superior manufacturing capabilities. The Park is also equipped with industry-leading laboratories, including a reliability laboratory, regulatory laboratory and environmental protection laboratory, with which HONOR conducts over 200 reliability tests on the HONOR Magic4 Pro to ensure its premium quality. For instance, the HONOR Magic4 Pro is tested to have a Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) value – which measures smartphone radiation emission that is 56 percent below the limit of the most stringent industry standard. Three Pillars of Manufacturing Excellence Automation, digitalization and intelligent technology serve as the cornerstones underpinning the Park's core manufacturing capabilities. The Park operates with 75 percent of its production line automated, minimizing the risk of human error. Additionally, more than 40 percent of the automated production equipment is developed in-house, which serves as further evidence of the tight integration between R&D and manufacturing capabilities at the Park. All key equipment in the production facility supports digital control systems, allowing HONOR to better manage the entire production line and reap better efficiency as well as improve product quality. Manufactured exclusively in the Park, the HONOR Magic4 Pro represents the best of HONOR's manufacturing capabilities, which international consumers will soon be able to experience firsthand when the flagship smartphone arrives in select markets starting this month. About HONOR HONOR is a leading global provider of smart devices. It is dedicated to becoming a global iconic technology brand and creating a new intelligent world for everyone through its powerful products and services. With an unwavering focus on R&D, it is committed to developing technology that empowers people around the globe to go beyond, giving them the freedom to achieve and do more. Offering a range of high-quality smartphones, tablets, laptops and wearables to suit every budget, HONOR's portfolio of innovative, premium and reliable products enable people to become a better version of themselves.

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Zonit Launches the World's Best Automatic Transfer Switch for Industrial & Commercial Applications

Zonit Structured Solutions | August 04, 2022

Zonit, a manufacturer and global provider of power distribution solutions for the critical power industry, today introduced the Z-ATS Industrial, the world's best Automatic Transfer Switch (ATS) for digitally controlled commercial and industrial devices. Building on the success of the Z-ATS Micro, today's manufacturers, engineers, and facility managers can benefit from the reliability of the Z-ATS-IND™ to keep their organizations - and customers - operational during scheduled power path maintenance. "The Z-ATS Industrial is a small form factor ATS that's ready out of the box and fits in control panels and other small spaces. Because it quickly transfers from the primary transfer switch (A) to the backup source (B) (and back) as needed, it increases the reliability of the power distribution path to digitally controlled devices by as much as 600% or more." -Bill Pachoud, Founder and Chairman of Zonit. We're providing OEMs with a requested ATS product that is small, extremely reliable, efficient, tough, and has high capacity. The Z-ATS-IND™ is very hard to damage either physically or via electrical power quality issues. And unlike traditional slow switching ATS units, that often force digital processors to reboot, OEMs who choose the Z-ATS Industrial will get a fast-switching ATS guaranteed to keep the digital 'brains' up and running. The Z-ATS Industrial is designed for easy installation and harsh environments. It's sealed in a strong aluminum case to protect against dust, it has a wide operating temperature range, integrated and patented T-slot DIN mounting for rail adapters of many types, and auto-ranges from 100 to 277V with 10 to 16 amp capacity – meaning it is a product that can be deployed globally. "The addition of the Z-ATS Industrial to our line of products takes us beyond the data center, Our customers have been asking for an industrial solution that could be deployed in the field and our engineers have designed a product we're really excited to give them. The Z-ATS Industrial can be used in robotics and industrial machine applications, not to mention commercial control panels that support HVAC, fire alarm, sprinklers, lighting, elevators, security systems, oil and gas sites, cell towers, elevators and much more." -Randall De Lorenzo, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Zonit. About Zonit Structured Solutions: Zonit manufactures critical power solutions that are focused on power distribution, power redundancy, and secure power connections for IT and other devices. Zonit's goal is to help data center managers and facility managers improve uptime, reduce build & operational costs, and improve the sustainability of their operations.

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Nextracker and Atkore Announce Dedicated Solar Tracker Manufacturing Line in Arizona

Atkore | May 21, 2022

Nextracker LLC., the global market leader in utility-scale solar trackers, and Atkore, a global provider of electrical, safety and infrastructure solutions, announced a new manufacturing line dedicated to producing steel tracker components for use in utility-scale solar power plants. Atkore has expanded and reconfigured its Phoenix, Arizona facility with new capacity dedicated to Nextracker products. This development follows Nextracker's April announcement with JM Steel opening a steel fabrication facility in Sinton, Texas, and demonstrates Nextracker's commitment to building a more resilient supply chain to support the growing solar power market in U.S. with domestic steel raw material and fabrication. "Building out our manufacturing capacity with partners across the U.S. allows us to protect customers from cost volatility, steel supply risk and delays in logistics," said Dan Shugar, Founder and CEO of Nextracker. "Partnering with Atkore in Phoenix provides product in the epicenter of the Southwest's rapidly growing region from a population and power perspective and ensures that best in class product is available to enable that demand to be served with clean, affordable solar power. Initial production from the expanded facility will support Arizona Public Service Co.'s (APS)150 MW Agave solar project, which we are thrilled to be working on with other Arizona-based companies including McCarthy Building Companies and First Solar." "Atkore's new production line is dedicated to Nextracker and will help them quickly deploy their cutting-edge solar technology across the Southern and Southwestern U.S., We're proud to provide sustainable products that support renewable energy initiatives and help our customers achieve their goals ensuring we deliver on our commitment to building better together." Bill Waltz, President and CEO of Atkore Through the partnership, Nextracker has a dedicated supply of critical materials in the strategic solar market of the Southwestern U.S. and is well-positioned to support to key customers such as APS. "This expansion of manufacturing capacity with Nextracker and Atkore complements the solar program APS has been advancing for decades to serve Arizona's growing energy demand. Advanced trackers help generate more clean solar power at a lower cost for customers." said Ted Geisler, APS President. "Locally sourced solar trackers can help ensure on-time delivery, enabling us to maintain reliable service while keeping up with the rapid growth in our service territory." The announcement was followed by an industry roundtable discussion featuring leading energy experts including Heather Zichal, CEO of American Clean Power, Cynthia Wang, VP Supply Chain Management for SB Energy, Georges Antoun, Chief Commercial Officer at First Solar and Troy Lauterbach, the CEO of Novasource Power. Scott Canada, executive vice president of Renewable Energy and Storage for McCarthy Building Companies, said, "It is very gratifying to be building high quality solar power plants for APS using best in class technologies like Nextracker's advanced tracker that are now produced in Arizona. Nextracker responded strategically to the global supply chain crisis by expanding manufacturing capacity across the country. We have completed dozens of successful large solar projects with Nextracker and look forward to supporting the continued growth and job creation that the solar industry is bringing to communities from coast to coast." About Nextracker Nextracker is the leading provider of intelligent, integrated solar tracker and software solutions used in utility-scale and ground-mounted distributed generation solar projects around the world. Our products enable solar panels in utility-scale power plants to follow the sun's movement across the sky and optimize plant performance. With over 50 gigawatts shipped worldwide, Nextracker leads the solar industry with solar tracker technologies that optimize and increase energy production while reducing costs for significant plant ROI. For more information, please visit Nextracker. About Atkore Atkore is forging a future where our employees, customers, suppliers, shareholders, and communities are building better together – a future focused on serving the customer and powering and protecting the world. With a network of manufacturing and distribution facilities worldwide, Atkore is a leading provider of electrical, safety and infrastructure solutions.

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