On Monday, February 26th, Dave Beach, Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University along with Anna Olson and Russell Field (graduate students) visited AB&I to learn more about the foundry. They run a small sand casting foundry Stanford Product Realization Lab and want to get to know ABI with an eye towards bringing small groups of students in conjunction with two courses that will be taught this spring and fall to AB&I.
They were surprised to discover that Professor Beach’s daughter had toured AB&I about 30 years ago while she was studying at Stanford. Professor Beach had the following comments about the tour:
“On behalf of Anna, Russell, and myself, thank you very much for the wonderful tour of AB&I you led Monday morning. As a professor at Stanford University I am frequently amazed at how much our students learn when visiting manufacturing sites in the Bay Area. It makes our efforts in 110-minute lectures and 4-hour laboratories pale. Your tour was very generous and worth a tremendous amount in tuition value to our students.
AB&I’s energy and innovation regarding environmental quality are awesome, your attention to sand and metal quality, your ability to automate high volume processes, and your enthusiasm to share these initiatives with us are wonderful.
Relative to the automation of AB&I’s highest volume products, I will always remember you saying, if you have to pick it up you just lost money. The idea of gates that snap off without the need for secondary processing is new to me and impressive. I will carry a mental picture of the mountains of scrap iron which are your sole metal input. Visually striking and environmentally wonderful!
I believe that manufacturing is essential to strong communities. AB&I is heroic in that regard!”
Every year McWane conducts a Pollution Prevention Challenge (P2C) where employees from around the world submit projects that decrease the company’s environmental footprint. This year 32 entries were received corporate wide. Finalists presented their projects on October 12, 2017 before a panel of judges and McWane Ductile Ohio was awarded first place. Their project eliminated almost 90 tons of greenhouse gases per year, 30 tons of landfill waste, and over 850 hours of labor per year not to mention increased worker safety and morale.
Amerex came in second place with a project on compressed air monitoring and McWane Ductile Utah came in third with a building station paint mat project. The winners of the Why Didn’t’ I Think of That award this year for their innovative, simple and low cost solutions that produced relatively small but important environmental benefits were Manchester Tank Elkhart for a lubricant reduction project and McWane Ductile Utah for a project that reduced wood dunnage.
Congratulations to this year’s winners!
May 21, 2014
Press Release – Global Release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Solberg Receives THINC! Innovation Award
Company Recognized for RE-HEALING™ Foam Product Innovation
Green Bay, Wisconsin – The Solberg Company, the world’s foremost innovator of firefighting foam concentrates and systems hardware, announced the company was one of five Northeast Wisconsin regional companies and organizations named winners of the first Insight Innovation Awards at the 3rd Annual THINC! Event held May 20, 2014.
Recognized globally for its environmentally-friendly firefighting foam concentrates and foam suppression systems hardware used in industries ranging from aerospace and aviation to petrochemical and utilities, The Solberg Company caught the eye of the judges and received the Innovation Award for “Product.”
“We are honored to receive this award,” said Dave Pelton, Vice President – Global Marketing of Solberg. “We are profoundly committed to developing high performing foam products that have an environment-friendly profile to protect and safeguard life, property and the environment.”
Called RE-HEALING™ Foam, the high-performance, environmentally-friendly foam concentrate is the first significant innovation in firefighting foam since the 1960s, when synthetic-based foam concentrates replaced foams based of animal proteins for use on Class B fuel fires. RE-HEALING Foam is also used to prevent re-ignition of exposed fuels and provides vapor suppression.
“We felt it was a necessary step in the evolution of firefighting foam products that a new technology was brought forward. Something new and innovative that moved the fire protection industry in a different direction. It’s been our goal to take those kinds of innovations and couple them into existing products and new product that we develop in order to make the most sustainable and cleanest products that we can for our customers,” said Solberg’s General Manager, Steve Hansen.
Coordinated and hosted by Insight Publications LLC, Appleton, THINC! (Technology & Human Innovation Networking Conference) was designed to shine the spotlight on innovation in the New North (Wisconsin) region. A total of 43 companies were nominated for the Insight Innovation Award. Other award categories were: People, Process, Planet and Integrating Innovation.
Based in Green Bay, Wisconsin, with operations in Bergen, Norway, and Sydney, Australia, Solberg (an Amerex Corporation company) has been involved with the manufacture of firefighting foams since the mid-1970s. Solberg’s unique technology and foam systems hardware is preferred by customers in the aerospace, aviation, chemical, defense, energy, fire services, marine, mining, oil and gas, petrochemical, pharmaceutical, pipeline, solvent & coatings and utilities industries.
Solberg is an Amerex Corporation company with a European heritage. The company is a global one-stop resource for firefighting foam concentrates and custom-designed foam suppression systems hardware and accessories. Solberg offers environmentally sustainable fluorosurfactant and fluoropolymer-free foam concentrate products, an innovation in Class B firefighting foam and traditional firefighting foam concentrates. Solberg’s people and processes are committed to quality, service and safety along with environmental responsibility. This philosophy enables the company to flourish while delivering innovations and value. More information can be found at: www.solbergfoam.com