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QuickConnect: September 2012

News from NAHAD Members

NAHAD Members announce promotions, product anniversaries and mobile phone accessibility:

HBD Thermoid logoHBD Industries, Inc. announces the promotion of Mr. David D. Cawthon to the position of General Manager at the HBD/Thermoid, Inc., Chanute, KS, Manufacturing Plant.

“We are very pleased to promote David D. Cawthon to General Manager for the Chanute Operations of HBD/Thermoid, Inc.,’’ said Randy L. Greely, Chairman and CEO of HBD Industries, Inc. “David’s extensive experience gained through several prior positions with HBD/Thermoid in operations, shipping/receiving, quality management and process improvement will help him in directing the operations of the Chanute Plant and assisting the company in our efforts to produce the best quality and most reliable industrial rubber products available.” 

David CawthonMr. David D. Cawthon has been an employee at the HBD/Thermoid- Chanute, KS Manufacturing Plant for 38 years. Most recently, Mr. Cawthon was responsible for and managed the company’s compliance with AS 9100C, other quality management systems, customer audits and recertification audits.  He is a Certified Lean Six Sigma Green Belt with formal training in quality control, process improvement, root cause analysis and maintenance. Mr. Cawthon was raised in Chanute, KS and resides nearby with his wife. 

The HBD/Thermoid Chanute, KS plant produces Aeroduct ®, a complete line of aviation ducting, hose and ground support products, as well as industrial ventilation, fume control and material handling ducting products. HBD/Thermoid’s other manufacturing plants produce a complete line of standard and custom industrial Thermoid ® brand rubber products, including conveyor belting, hose (aviation, automotive, chemical, marine and petroleum), power transmission belts, rubber bands, rolls and roll coverings.

NewAgeFifty years is a long time for a product to be in existence. NewAge’s Clearflo® PVC tubing was introduced in the spring of 1962, and the company is pleased to note its 50th anniversary. Clearflo is now used for fluid and air transfer and for protective jacketing, just as it has been for the past five decades.

Two other products from NewAge Industries, Newflex® reinforced PVC hose and Silbrade® reinforced silicone hose, have also reached special occasions, namely 25th anniversaries. Introduced in 1987, they too serve a function similar to Clearflo, although their market focus differs.

As with most of NewAge’s tubing and hose, the catalyst for these products was customer need. The company had been offering Nylobrade® reinforced PVC hose for several years but found that customers did not always need such a robust hose – something without the braid reinforcement would do. Clearflo clear, unreinforced PVC tubing became part of the company’s offering. It could (and still does) handle many of Nylobrade’s applications, such as water and fluid feeds, chemical transfer, food and beverage handling, lines for instrumentation and pneumatics, and medical device components, but without the extra weight and expense of polyester braid reinforcement for higher pressure carrying capabilities.

Newflex offers a different kind of reinforcement. It gets its added strength from PVC material spiraled within its tubing walls, making it an ideal lightweight, corrosion-resistant hose for both positive and negative pressure applications. The spirals also enhance the product’s flexibility and help prevent kinking. Three styles – light, standard, and heavy duty – are available, and two grades are offered: food, made from ingredients that conform to FDA and 3-A standards, and industrial.

Silbrade, the company’s braid reinforced silicone hose, meets application needs in the industrial, food, and medical device industries. Offering features unlike PVC – temperature usage up to 350°F / 176°C, extreme flexibility, and ozone and U.V. resistance – Silbrade i

s used in beverage service, hot filling, resin and adhesive feeds, and other fluid-related applications, as well as oxygen and respirator lines and computer chip handling.

All three products are made in the U.S.A. and well stocked. Sizes range from 1/16” through 4” I.D. NewAge also offers a wide variety of fittings and clamps to mate with Clearflo, Newflex, and Silbrade.

 Penflex Mobile WebsitePenflex is pleased to announce the launch of their new "mobile website". Visit www.penflex.com from a smart phone to be automatically directed to this site. A customer will be able to go to the full site by clicking "view full website" link.

This website can be viewed practically from any "smart" mobile devices as iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Android, Samsung Galaxy Tablet 2, the Kindle Fire etc.

The site is designed with "customer's convenience" in mind. The technical information for a specific product (hose series) can be viewed and downloaded as one page document. All technical tools such as - Temperature Adjustment Factors Calculator, Maximum Working Pressure and Braid Coverage Calculator, Flow Velocity Calculator, Minimum Live Hose Length Calculators and others are also available for use on this mobile website. Contact information of Sales, Customer Support and Engineering team are also available.

“This latest development illustrates our continued dedication to our customers as we strive to be your trusted source for the highest quality corrugated metal hose and braid products,” states Robert Barker, company president.



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