FALLS CHURCH, Va., Oct. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Curtiss-Wright Flow Control Company announced today that its business unit, Benshaw, has been awarded contracts by MicroBlend for custom automated controls for its Automated Paint Machine™ system that revolutionizes the paint sales process. Under the initial order, Benshaw will supply the first three units for in-store testing with an international home improvement center retail chain. Worldwide potential for the Benshaw units is projected to be in excess of 5,000 units. Upon successful completion of the test, additional orders are expected to begin in late 2011.
"We are pleased to have earned this opportunity and look forward to being a strategic partner with MicroBlend in this revolutionary automation process that exceeds current industry standards," said David Linton, President of Curtiss-Wright Flow Control Company and Co-Chief Operating Officer of Curtiss-Wright Corporation. "Benshaw's custom automated controls reduce setup time and improve process consistency. MicroBlend's system reduces paint inventory while increasing availability. This is another example of how our pioneering, innovative solutions deliver high value to our customers and enable them to transform the way they do business."
MicroBlend's Automated Paint Machine™ system successfully revolutionizes the paint industry's historic cost model and dispensing methodologies. These advancements are enhanced with the application of Benshaw's cutting-edge hardware and software. Benshaw pioneered the use of Variable Frequency Drive technology, replacing the air-driven pumps in older conventional systems with electric peristaltic pumps that prevent overpressure from affecting the system's dispense accuracy. Custom ladder logic and object-oriented software also developed by Benshaw enables the MicroBlend system to display tank level, current operational status, and head pressure in real-time. The Automated Paint Machine's robust design ensures greater process repeatability, dispensing accuracy and system reliability.
About Curtiss-Wright Flow Control Company
Curtiss-Wright Flow Control (CWFC) specializes in the design and manufacture of highly engineered valves, pumps, motors, generators, electronics and related products for the commercial nuclear power industry, oil and gas processing facilities, a range of critical military programs and the industrial controls market. CWFC's innovative, high-performance products play an integral role in our nation's defense, and in the safe, efficient operation of power plants and other industrial sites worldwide. Based in Falls Church, VA, the company has over 3,400 employees worldwide and is the Flow Control operating segment of Curtiss-Wright Corporation (NYSE: CW). For more information, visit www.cwfc.com.
Benshaw, located in Pittsburgh, PA, is a business unit of Curtiss-Wright Flow Control Company and specializes in the design, development and manufacture of mission critical controls and drives. Through extensive research, in-depth testing and real-world experience, Benshaw is the industry leader for high-performance industrial drives, motor starting and protection products, full voltage controls, power factor correction products and low and medium voltage solid state starters. The company also provides services and support capabilities to meet the motor control needs of a broad range of industries and applications. For additional information, visit http://benshaw.cfwc.com.
About MicroBlend Technologies
MicroBlend Technologies, a paint and technology company based in Gilbert, AZ, offers innovative paint systems and solutions for consumers, retailers, contractors, homebuilders and resort and hospitality companies. The company has developed patented technologies that dramatically improve performance, convenience and service. Its patented process utilizes the numerous chemicals and raw materials found in conventional paint manufacturing, and blends them into unique combinations of chemical components. The Automated Paint Machine system then dispenses these components to produce paint at the point-of-sale or use, dramatically reducing paint inventory and valuable floor space required in retail paint outlets.
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