New Provincial Funding Supports Small Business Export Sales

first_img For more information on NSBI’s export growth programs, visit www.novascotiabusiness.com. $500,000 more for the Export Growth Program (total $1.5 million) $500,000 to double the Small Business Development Program (total $1 million) $250,000 commitment to the Atlantic Trade and Investment Growth Strategy, including the development of an Export Growth Accelerator Program (total $440,000). A Nova Scotia sign company is experiencing growing export sales, contributing to increased staffing here at home. Eyecandy SIGNS INC. of Halifax expanded its products and hired more people thanks in part to export support from Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI). “eyecandy SIGNS INC., based in the vibrant north end of Halifax, is proud to be a local business that’s going global,” said Allison Moz, partner, eyecandy SIGNS INC. “We expanded our product line in 2006 from the artistic boutique sign we’re so well known for to now include navigation systems. With the support of the Export Growth Program we’ve developed an export marketing plan, travelled into new markets with NSBI, and we’ll be heading into export markets again this year at a time when accessibility requirements are being legislated across Canada.” Now competing on a national stage eyecandy SIGNS INC. recently supplied more than 4,000 braille signs to the Oakville Hospital in Ontario. The company has recruited new talent to support this growth and today employs 12 staff. “Small businesses are exporting, growing, and creating jobs. When we help small businesses grow, we build a stronger Nova Scotia,” said Geoff MacLellan, Minister of Business. “We want to be an enabling partner to encourage small businesses to export and to help exporting companies increase their exports because this leads to the kind of growth we all want.” The province recently invested more money in the Export Growth Program so more businesses can find customers in other markets. This support will help with the cost of trade shows and conferences, travel to markets, and partnering on trade missions. “We want Nova Scotian companies to begin selling or increase their sales outside our province,” said Laurel Broten, president and CEO of NSBI. “We have seen a number of success stories already, with companies like eyecandy SIGNS INC. creating new markets for their products. We want that number to grow, so companies make more sales, have higher profits, and stay in business longer.” Increased and new export programs offered by NSBI include the following: last_img read more

New dust collector design helps reduce power consumption

first_imgA new insertable dust collector that features improved filtering and a smaller footprint should help bulk material handlers minimise airborne dust at belt conveyor loading points. The Martin Insertable Dust Collector is an automatic, self-cleaning filter designed to remove dust from the air in conveyor loading and transfer points, silo vents, bucket elevators and screens. The collector design employs filter elements that are approximately one-eighth the size of filter envelopes in the previous system. The smaller filter elements allow a significant reduction in the dust collector’s footprint, so it can be installed in locations where tight quarters complicate the installation of other systems.The mesh-like material filters better and lasts longer — while consuming less energy — than conventional filter bags. The new filters also allow a reduction in fan size to move air through the elements, helping to reduce the overall power consumption of the collection system.Martin Insertable Collectors feature a pulse cleaning system, which uses a short burst of air sent back through the filter to dislodge accumulated material. Filter changes are a no-tool procedure from the clean side of the dust collector.“These new insertable dust collectors can eliminate many of the problems seen with central ‘baghouse’ collection systems, including long runs of ducting, large enclosures, maintenance difficulties and high power consumption,” said Martin Product Engineer Dan Marshall. “They help solve airborne dust problems by keeping fine particles in the load or returning them to the material stream.”The new line of insertable collectors was developed to handle the heavy dust concentrations and air volumes arising from material transfer points. They are designed to remove 99.9% by weight of all dry particulates 0.5 micron and larger (based on a time-weighted average of a properly-installed, operated and maintained unit).The automated “reverse jet” cleaning sequence facilitates continuous operation, keeping filters working effectively with a minimum of compressed air. The small integrated fan runs only when the conveyor is operational, further improving energy efficiency.“These systems eliminate the need for installing or maintaining ductwork, and there’s no haulage or cleanup costs for waste disposal, since fugitive material is returned to the process,” Marshall added. “Probably its most popular feature with operators is the clean-side access for inspection and filter changeouts,” he said. “It’s a quick and easy process, saving further on time and maintenance costs.”last_img read more