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PRODUCT NEWS Text on this page is written and submitted by suppliers. Please email product news to nick@mcleanevents.com ISTOBAL increase R&D investments by 50% OVER LAST 5 years A pioneer in the development of technologies focused on efficiency, safety, quality, cost effectiveness, and the environment, Istobal designs include 30 registered patents which account for just a small share of its innovations. ISTOBAL is above the Spanish and European average R&D investment, according to Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. From 2012 to 2015, Spain’s R&D investment reached 1.25% of its GDP, Europe’s 2.03%, and ISTOBAL’s 2.14%, for the same period. Last year, ISTOBAL allocated over €2.4 million to R&D&i while investment in 2012 came to €1.6 million. Figures have steadily risen year after year, the growing trend continuing in coming years based on the company’s commitment to improving vehicle care holistically, adding value to car wash equipment, and minimising environmental impact. One of its technological innovations is a revolutionary multi-disk wheel-wash brush that reaches all grooves on rims and ensures optimum cleaning results, unlike standard brushes, thanks to eight satellite brushes that spin independently. To improve safety, ISTOBAL has filed a patent application for a specific system that ensures the safe assembly of commercial vehicle wash equipment. Regarding innovations that contribute to equipment savings and environmental protection, ISTOBAL has presented its mono-dosing valves for jet washes, controlling the pace and amount of product dosing in line with the requirements of each individual program on the bays in operation. The system simplifies the dosing of chemical products, supplying the exact amounts needed and allowing the carwash owner to save in equipment costs. As for innovations targeted at end users, ISTOBAL has developed a virtual assistant who advises customers about the best wash program in a personalised way, based on their needs and preference and on the vehicle’s dirt level. A fragrance-injection system during the automatic wash gives users a fragrance choice with different scents to improve the carwash experience. Gilbarco offers Enhanced features for Insite360 Gilbarco Veeder-Root has announced the release of the new Insite360 Portal Dashboard with enhanced features and options for fuel station operators already using their wet-stock management and analysis services. The enhanced dashboard provides an easy to understand overview of the whole network, with clear icon based graphics presenting a clear status of all monitored sites. “The new dashboard layout has been carefully designed to give the users of our wet-stock management services an intuitive online management tool to control their business with minimum effort. A high level of customisation has been built in so our customers can see as much or as little as they need,” Rick Bardsley, EU Product Manager for Insite360 said. With overall site status, Highchart map, sales history and stock history, the main screen provides comprehensive network oversight. Sites displayed can be filtered by multiple parameters specific to individual users. Widgets display current week sales volume and combined inventory level and ullage details by fuel grade across all sites, with direct access to more detailed graphical report screens. A completely new optional feature accessible from the dashboard is document management. The new Dashboard and Document Management feature is available to anyone with Insite360 wet-stock management services using supported browsers IE10+, Firefox and Chrome. OPW celebrates 125th anniversary In 2017 OPW, a Dover company and a global leader in fluid-handling solutions, is proud and honoured to announce that it will observe a yearlong celebration of the company’s 125th anniversary in 2017. OPW was founded as the Ohio Pattern Works & Foundry Company in Cincinnati, OH, and was officially incorporated in 1892. OPW has planned a number of exciting and fun events that will take place during the course of 2017. Additional information will be posted on www.opwglobal. com/125-years as it becomes available. Applelec signs distributor deal with SloanLED Applelec has announced that it is now an official UK distributor for Sloan LED’s lighting technology, such as Prism modules, Poster Box 3, Flexibrite, and Colour Line. Sloan LED’s solutions represent environmentally friendly signage with LED alternatives to the ‘neon look’, as well as highly efficient products. “We are pleased to announce Applelec has been appointed to our UK distributor network,” comments Barry Blythe, Sloan LED sales director, adding: “The team at Applelec have a wealth of sign making expertise along with a long history of working with our LED systems. “The agreement unites Sloan LED’s expertise in designing and manufacturing high quality solid state lighting products for corporate identity solutions with Applelec’s marketing, distribution and servicing network here in the UK. The upgrade to full distributor status allows Applelec to commence selling our product range to the UK Sign POS and lighting industries” Blythe continues: “Applelec have been partners of Sloan LED for the past five years and had previously been using our product range under an OEM trade agreement. Applelec will take on two new members of staff to support the new distribution. Ian Drinkwater, Applelec’s managing director, adds: “With our field sales staff located around the country, Applelec will be focusing on oneto one support for customers working with the Sloan LED range. “Applelec has been using Sloan LED systems within the fabricated signage and lettering we manufacture for many years, which means we have a solid understanding of the products and how to get the best from them.” C4T Group manages truck stop in Calais via XPetro from ICASA The C4T Group acquired its first truck stop in France earlier this year; just outside of Calais. After evaluating various options on the market C4T chose XPetro, the back-office cloud solution provided by ICASA, for the operational and financial management of the truck stop, which incorporates a fuel facility, parking for over 300 HGVs, a restaurant and service and leisure facilities for drivers. Stuart Madden, COO of the C4T Group, and the one responsible for the implementation of XPetro at the truck stop said: ‘To be able to control all of this, we went looking for a partner who could effectively meet our initial needs but who would also be able to accompany and support us in the long run. That is exactly what we found in ICASA Group, a Belgian software supplier who has been active in the energy sector for more than 30 years’, Stuart explains. ‘With XPetro Stations and XBook Accounting, their back- and head office cloud solutions, they offered us a solution that enables us to manage everything from a to z. “ 16 erpecnews is published by McLean Events, Conferences and Media Ltd.


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