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62 E&MJ • FEBRUARY 2019 SUPPLIERS REPORT Polydeck Simplifies Brand With New Name Polydeck Screen Corp. rebranded itself as Polydeck and launched a new logo and website. Company leadership reported the new brand ties together the company's his- tory and tradition of durability and innova- tion while moving the brand to a cleaner look and feel. The company sought advice from customers, employees and stake- holders as part of the effort. The resulting name, logo and related rebranding initia- tives reflect one of the company's missions to better streamline its operations, Ron Kuehl, executive vice president, said. "The simplification of the brand and name has set the tone for how we want to approach the next 40 years of business," he added. NMT Acquires German Locomotive Assets Nordic Minesteel Technologies (NMT) an- nounced the acquisition of all rolling stock assets and the related intellectual property rights of Schalker Eisenhütte Maschinen- fabrik GmbH. The former's German sub- sidiary, Schalke Locomotives GmbH, will obtain those assets. The acquisition, over the next few months, will enable NMT to combine German and Canadian innovation and expand its market, NMT reported. Many of the employees of Schalker Eisen- hütte Maschinenfabrik GmbH transferred to NMT's Schalke Locomotives GmbH. Weba Gets Tech to Create Dust Emission Comparisons Weba Chute Systems invested in technol- ogy to profile the dust emission of conven- tional chutes. The tech is deployed when a customer acquires one of the company's solutions. It creates a profile of the dust emission of the original chute, which is then compared to the Weba chute. A nor- malized profile is created after the scatter data has been calculated, showing dust versus lump size in increasing order. This plots the data so the customer can refer- ence the prevailing dust levels against the lump size. By ensuring its chutes are engineered and designed according to the specific transfer and ore application, Weba Chute Systems ensures ultimate flow con- trol, managing the velocity and impact of the material, and reducing wear and tear on the chute, the company reported. Global Broadband Service From Iridium Goes Live Iridium Communications announced the commercial launch of its Iridium Certus broadband service, the first new capabil- ity activated from the company's $3 bil- lion Iridium NEXT satellite replacement program. Iridium Certus is a platform designed for the development of specialty applications and is the world's only tru- ly global broadband service, according to the company, offering on-the-move inter- net and high-quality voice access. The service enables mobile office functionality for deployed teams and two-way remote communication for assets, autonomous vehicles, trains, aircraft and ships at sea. The launch could "catapult" the com- pany "forward," its leadership said. "At its core, Iridium Certus is an innovation engine for the future," Matt Desch, CEO, said. "It will enable us to provide broad- band connections to teams, vehicles and the important IoT applications in the +80% of the world that lacks cellular cov- erage." Aside from operating on a glob- al satellite constellation, Iridium Certus terminals are smaller in form factor, will offer higher speeds and are more cost-ef- fective than competitive L-band broad- band offerings, the company reported. Vale Opens AI Center Vale opened an artificial intelligence (AI) center at Tubarao in Vitoria, Brazil, according to wire reports. The center will focus on optimizing maintenance of equipment and improving processing management. Leadership at Vale de- scribed the center as "essential." The suppliers of the AI solutions deployed to the center were not disclosed. EvoQuip Contracts Stokker as Baltic Region Distributer EvoQuip tapped Stokker AS to be the au- thorized distributer in the Baltic, covering Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. Leadership from both sides said the partnership was advantageous. "Stokker AS has almost 30 years of experience in sales and main- tenance of tools and machinery," Jamie Mairs, sales manager, EvoQuip, said. "Their extensive knowledge and trained specialists ensure they offer the best solutions and product support, which is why they are the right fit for EvoQuip." Cyient Noted as Established Player Cyient was ranked as an "Established and an Expansive" player by Zinnov, a global consulting and advisory firm, in its 2018 report on engineering research and devel- opment services. The report placed Cyient in the "Leadership Zone" across four in- dustry verticals: aerospace, energy and utilities, transport, and construction and heavy machinery. Cyient was also ranked by Zinnov as an "Established and Niche" player in: design and simulation engineer- ing, quality assurance engineering, and user experience engineering. Zinnov Zones is an annual rating published by Zinnov, which rates service providers based on their competencies and capabilities. Giant Tires Meet Expectations Magna Tyres reported the 27.00R49 Mag- na MA04+ Giants that were adopted by a Middle Eastern iron miner for their rigid dumpers three months back have delivered on expectations. The dumpers transport ore from the pit to the dump area, across severe road conditions. After more than 2,000 operating hours, the radial-con- structed tires with the E4 tread pattern show only slight signs of wear and no dam- age, the company reported. The customer is reportedly very satisfied and expects a reduction in the total cost of ownership. Separately, the company announced the opening of a regional office in Water- fall City, South Africa. The rapid growth and excellent performance of Magna products in the area made expansion necessary to provide support locally on a 24/7 basis, the company reported. Cli- ents in the area will benefit from closer and more personalized attention, while product availability also increases, Magna Tyres reported. Weba creates a dust excretion profile for chutes that enables comparisons. (Photo: Weba)

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