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Steam from A to Z: a CERTUSS – Maxi-Therm Seminar and Training

From May 4th to May 5th Holger Deimann, President of CERTUSS America L.P., represented CERTUSS at the Steam Seminar & Training organized in Montreal, Canada by our business partner Company Maxi-Therm. The Seminar took place at Maxi-Therm’s pioneering Laboratories with a total of 16 learning hours. Presentations were held by Mr. Raymond Lach (Founder and President of Maxi-Therm), Mr. Patrick Lach (Sales & Marketing Manager), Eng. Gabriel Cossette (Project Manager and Technical Support) and Holger Deimann himself – covering a wide spectrum of topics around steam: steam basics, sterilization and humidification solutions, advantages of steam compared to hydronic systems, as well as grades in steam quality and purity.

At the seminar participated several engineering firms offering business solution services from New Jersey, New York and Texas, as well as the technical and maintenance officers of the University of Connecticut and the Montclair State University. Together with them, the sales and service local representatives of Maxi-Therm and CERTUSS.

Besides the state-of-the-art laboratory and the exceptional hospitality of the hosts, the training seminars hosted regularly by Maxi-Therm are distinguished for their efficiency, competence, their explanatory and very direct approach. The discussions during and after the learning hours are in-depth and enriched with examples in the field, gained through the several years of experience in the steam applications that all participants bring together.

Holger Deimann underlined the importance of CERTUSS participation in the seminars as they constitute an excellent occasion for both companies to identify common business opportunities and grow synergies in sales as well as technical developments. Furthermore, they contribute enormously to networking, thus strengthening the presence of CERTUSS in the market.

Maxi-Therm has already announced two more seminars to come in 2017, June 15-16 and October 12-13. CERTUSS will be represented to the June seminar by Mr. Jacek Grob, VP Business Development at Boilersource, a Division of Meilner Mechanical Sales Inc. and representative of CERTUSS for Illinois, Wisconsin and Northern Indiana since Jan 2015. Mr. Grob is a Sales Engineer (Degree in Medical Engineering, Oakton Community College) with a more than 20 years’ professional experience in steam. For interest in participating at one of the upcoming seminars, please fill in the online form.

Mr. Raymond Lach, Founder and President of Maxi-Therm.

Inside the Maxi-Therm Laboratory, the technical seminar of Mr. Gabriel Cossette.

Mr. Holger Deimann illustrates the advantages of the CERTUSS rapid and highly efficient steam generators.

Some of the participants of the latest Steam Seminar & Training at Montreal, Canada. CERTUSS thanks all participants for the numerous questions and the vivid discussions held May 4-5, 2017.

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54th ASHE Annual Conference & Technical Exhibition

Visit us at the national conference and trade show for health care facility management and engineering professionals and discover our innovative solutions for the chemical, healthcare and pharmaceutical applications.

August 6-9, 2017 / Indianapolis, IN

Indiana Convention Center

Visit us at Booth #1223

Click here to learn more about the Show.

Contact us  if you have any questions to the Show!

Check here with case studies from the Healthcare and Pharmaceutical industries.


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Process EXPO 2017

CERTUSS America, Member of the Food Processing Suppliers Association (FPSA), renews the appointment with business partners, existing and potential customers at the PROCESS EXPO 2017:

September 19-22, 2017 / Chicago, IL

McCormick Place

Visit us at Booth # 2456

No matter from which industry sectors you are coming (beverages, dairy, bakery, ready foods, fruit and vegetable processing, meat & seafood, confectionary, pet foods), we have the experience, the know-how and the solution to every challenge. Talk to our team of experts and it will be our pleasure to provide the most efficient solution to your needs. Read here about the role of steam in the food processing and the two major recent advances in industrial steam generation: remote monitoring of equipment and condition-based maintenance. Both made possible with the IoT (Internet of Things).

Contact us  if you have any questions to the Show!

Check here with case studies from the Food & Beverage industries.


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Thank you for making CBC a great event for CERTUSS!

CERTUSS has been from April 10th to 13th at the nation’s capital, participating in the 2017 Craft Brewers Conference & BrewExpo America. Not only we have been present for the second time together with our business partner Allied Beverage Tanks (http://www.alliedbeveragetanks.com), but we could count on the vast attendance and the wholehearted support of our sales & service partners and our clients who visited our shared Booth.

Among the ca. 13,300 attendees making this event great for all, a special thanks to all the brewing specialists who stroke off from even as far as Montana, California or Florida to meet with us and share their current projects and new facilities’ plans with CERTUSS!

Save the Date for April 30-May 3, 2018 for the Craft Brewers Conference & BrewExpo America® moving from the nation’s capital to the music’s capital, Nashville (TN). More details to follow.

Tim Roberts, Brew Master of Yards Brewing Company (Philadelphia, PN) visiting our Booth between Holger Deimann, President of CERTUSS America LP (left) and Steven Lorber, President of J. Lorber Co., our Sales & Service Partner for New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware.

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The Cannoli secret

Welcome, Benvenuti and Willkommen to the first US-Installation of CERTUSS!

The first CERTUSS steam generator operating in the United States was successfully installed in March 2017. Our client is Serpe & Sons Bakery in Elsmere, Delaware. The first CERTUSS installation took place in the “First State”. A coincidence? Perhaps. But this is what happens when the steam specialists from Germany celebrating 60 years’ jubilee meet the baking specialists from Italy celebrating 65 years’ in business. When too many coincidences occur, this means you are on the right path, someone said.

Do you want to know more? Please check with the Serpe & Sons Bakery Case Study

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Save the Date!

Craft Brewers Conference 2017 – April 10-13, 2017

CERTUSS would not miss America’s Largest Craft Brewing Industry Gathering! We renew the appointment with professionals of the brewing industry participating in the Craft Brewers Conference (CBC) & BrewExpo America® in Washington D.C. from April 10-13, 2017. You will find us at Booth 2601 together with our business partner Allied Beverage Tanks: http://www.alliedbeveragetanks.com

Come over and share with us your current projects, your technical issues, your quality problems, your production enhancement targets, your new facilities’ plans: no matter what occupies too much of your thoughts, we have the steam solution for it!

See you there! Booth 2601

Do you want to know more about CERTUSS latest brewery installation? Check with this case study: http://www.certuss-america.com/case-studies/yards-brewing/

For more information about the Show check with: http://www.craftbrewersconference.com

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BONDHealthcare Forum 2017

The BONDHealthcare Forum 2017 took place at The Ritz – Carlton, Orlando, Grande Lakes, Florida from March 16th to 19th. A wonderful venue to host the coming together of, on one hand approximately 40 of the largest suppliers for the healthcare sector and on the other hand over 100 among America’s leading healthcare designers from the most renowned firms, such as Array Architects, HKS,Inc., Page, The SLAM Collaborative and many more.

CERTUSS America participated to the Forum for the second time represented by their President Mr. Holger Deimann. Mr. Deimann delivered a positive summary of the event, underlying the importance of been given the opportunity to get to know personally the directors and principals of the most respected architecture firms, major players in the healthcare sector. “The participation though to the Forum is more than that: it is about “bonding”, discussing concrete projects, proving you are a consistent and trustworthy solution provider to major projects on which the life and health of many depends. The three days at the Ritz-Carlton have been intense, productive and enjoyable. The true work though commenced afterwards: from getting to know up to delivering a project there is a lot of work and team effort, which has started right away by communicating the vital information to our local sales and service partners who now are involved and will (with our support) follow-up through the next stages on each and every project in their area.”

After an impressive start in the North American Market in the Food & Beverage Sector, CERTUSS America is at the moment in the project finalization stage with installations in the Process Sector and targeting the Healthcare. To support them in the effort, there is a heavy heritage of successful projects completed by the German mother-company all over the world: from the Community Hospital and the Krankenhaus Nord in Vienna, Austria , through the Gaziosmanpasa and the Avrasya Hospitals in Istanbul, Turkey up to the Ningbo No.6 and the Shanghai No.6 Hospitals in China, among others.

CERTUSS America is looking forward to work closely with America’s leading Healthcare Designers and Architects and provide a highly-engineered, sustainable, efficient product in a modern design meeting all national and international standards and properly serving its end with respect for the entity, the operator, the environment and the future generations.

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AHR Expo exceeds CERTUSS expectations

AHR Expo exceeds CERTUSS expectations!

AHR Expo is the international Air-conditioning, Heating and Refrigerating Exposition with an 85 years’ history. Meanwhile the Show has developed into the HVACR event of the year held in different major cities across the States. The 2017 Show took place in Las Vegas, NV from January 30th to February 1st, hosted more than 2,000 exhibitors and attracted more than 60,000 visitors, from product designers and engineers to installers and end users, all professionals working with HVACR-related products and services. According to the Organization’s tweets, this year’s Show was by far the largest, breaking several records for most visitors, highest total attendance and largest square footage.

CERTUSS America participated for the first time to the AHR as an Exhibitor with a small Booth which nonetheless sufficed to attract many visitors and host interesting discussions upon new projects and technologies. Potential clients, installers and end users from the US and abroad got to know the CERTUSS range of products and discuss their projects and technological issues directly with the CERTUSS specialists and our sales and service partners from all over the States.

We would like to thank first of all our partners who strengthened our participation in the AHR Expo with their valuable presence and their commitment to our products. Furthermore, all visitors who stopped by and exchanged ideas with us: your feedback and input is the most important to keep us going. See you in one of our next Shows, stay tuned for more details to come!

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CERTUSS: Steaming across the Atlantic

CERTUSS America meets Rep. William F. Keller and Lieut. Governor Mike Stack at the Pennsylvania Main Capitol!

CERTUSS Germany is historically positioned in the heart of Europe. Whether talking of geography, economy or demographics, CERTUSS have their finger on the pulse of Europe, in Krefeld North Rhine-Westphalia and Rhine-Ruhr, the largest metropolitan region in Germany. Today, the Rhine-Ruhr accounts for roughly 15% of the GDP of the German economy, which would place it as the 3rd largest gross regional product of metropolitan area in the European Union and the 16th largest GDP in the world*.

CERTUSS UK was founded in Birmingham in 1989. Birmingham not only belongs to the “Blue Banana” (or Manchester – Milan Axis), but its wider metropolitan economy is the second-largest in the United Kingdom and its GVA is in continuous growth, in the services sector, but most importantly in the engineering and healthcare sectors, where key steam applications take place.

CERTUSS crossed the Atlantic Ocean first in 2014 grounding CERTUSS America in Philadelphia Pennsylvania – among other reasons, because Philadelphia belongs to the Philadelphia–Camden–Wilmington, PA–NJ–DE–MD MSA metropolitan area (aka. Delaware Valley), one of the Top-10 US metropolitan areas by GDP*.

2017 marks a milestone in the history of CERTUSS: a family owned company gone global celebrates its 60th anniversary! Tradition meets innovation and the CERTUSS deeply rooted principles and standards of quality and ethical supply management conduct go global. The 60th anniversary celebration is the proof that only by such principles and standards a medium-sized company can grow and establish a name worldwide synonymous of high quality and reliability.

CERTUSS America has proudly been a resident of the CBEI Commercialization Center at the Philadelphia Navy Yard right from its establishment. Pennsylvania constitutes a strategic location along the East Coast Corridor and provides a perfect transportation infrastructure. Those, together with the great support provided by the State of Pennsylvania as well as local economic developers have been the main themes in the meeting of 01/26/2017 of Mr. Mathias Brauner, Managing Director of CERTUSS GmbH & Co.KG and sole stockholder of CERTUSS America and Mr. Holger Deimann, President of CERTUSS America, with Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania Mike Stack and Rep. William F. Keller, Democratic Chairman, Transportation Committee.

During the official visit of CERTUSS at the Pennsylvania Main Capitol in Harrisburg (PA), Mr. Brauner and Mr. Deimann had also the opportunity and the honor to meet with Mr. Matthew Franchak (Chief of Staff at Lieutenant Governor’s Office), Mr. Lawrence M. Farnese Jr. (State Senator – 1st District), Mr. Sally M. Keaveney (Chief of Staff at State Senator’s Office), Mr. Joseph D. Burke (Deputy Secretary for International Business Development) and Mr. Leigh L. Walter (Deputy Director for Legislative Affairs) both in the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development.

In a world changing rapidly from both sides of the Atlantic, economically, politically and socially, voices of concern rise in both continents with regards to the economic and political stability and the future prospects within the European Community as well as between Europe and the States and their bilateral relations. In the discussions held, CERTUSS had the opportunity to express their gratitude to the State of Pennsylvania for the ongoing support and to ensure they will sustain all efforts contributing to the economical development and business growth, raising thus a stable voice of optimism with regards to stability, creation of employment and strengthening of the relations between the two countries.

Just a couple of days before the Company’s first public event of the year, the participation at the AHR in Las Vegas Jan. 30. – Feb. 01., the official visit at the Pennsylvania Main Capitol has been the first event in a series to underline 60 years of quality, reliability, dedication and solemnity.

*Source: wikipedia

Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania Mike Stack with Mr. Mathias Brauner, sole stockholder of CERTUSS America and Mr. Holger Deimann, President of CERTUSS America


Rep. William F. Keller, Democratic Chairman, Transportation Committee with Mr. Brauner and Mr. Deimann during the visit of 01/26/2017 at the Pennsylvania Main Capitol

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Food Processors Gain Steam with the Internet of Things

Steam plays a crucial role in industrial processes ranging from food and beverage manufacturing to healthcare, automotive, and beyond.

In food processing, steam is used primarily for three purposes. It provides indirect heat. It sterilizes equipment. And it’s used for food applications, such as in an oven to make bread crusty.

As you can see, steam is pretty important. And when your boiler breaks down, halting production, it can cost you big time. Traditional steam systems are typical culprits for high maintenance costs, low efficiency, and poor steam quality. All of these things can eat into your bottom line.

To learn what a better solution might look like, we spoke with Holger Deimann, an industrial engineer and current president of CERTUSS America, a company that manufactures steam generators for many industrial uses, including food and beverage.

Deimann described two major recent advances in industrial steam generation: remote monitoring of equipment and condition-based maintenance. Both of these advances are made possible by the Internet of Things. These factors help solve the problems identified above, allowing manufacturers to better focus on what they do best: creating fabulous food.

The Internet of Things: The future is now

Over the past few years, there’s been a lot of talk surrounding the Internet of Things (IoT) — a vast network where almost any device can be connected to the internet and to other devices via sensors.

These devices communicate with one another, sharing data so that they (and we) can respond to the immediate environmental conditions. For example, a connected refrigerator could tell you when you’re out of eggs or when that opened jar of pasta sauce you forgot about finally goes bad.

The consumer IoT (i.e., the one that your refrigerator is connected to) has been slower to take off than initially predicted. But the Industrial IoT (IIoT), which applies the same principles to industrial equipment, is already proving to be a game-changer. According to an analysis by the McKinsey Global Institute, factories will be, by far, the biggest beneficiaries of the Internet of Things through 2025.

This shift toward smarter facilities is particularly evident in the food industry. A recent article in Food Industry Executive highlights two main areas where the IIoT is having the greatest impact:

  • Food safety. Perhaps the biggest implication of FSMA for processors across the board is the new monitoring and documentation requirements. These might be summed up as “data or it didn’t happen.” We explored the food safety benefits of the IoT earlier this year in an article about wireless temperature monitoring, which allows companies to know exactly what temperatures their products are exposed to across their entire supply chain and distribution channels.
  • Logistics. This is the area where the IIoT is really ahead of the game. Many food manufacturers are already leveraging machine-to-machine communications to:
    • track their inventory in real time,
    • monitor system performance to implement proactive maintenance (an approach known as predictive or condition-based maintenance), and
    • monitor plant and transport conditions to ensure safety and quality.

As you can see, the IoT has the potential to help processors solve some of their biggest pain points. Let’s look at how CERTUSS is making this happen in steam generation via remote monitoring and condition-based maintenance.

Remote monitoring boosts stability, reduces downtime

The basic idea behind the IIoT is that sensors on various devices send real-time data back to a cloud database. This allows you to monitor system performance and flag potential problems before they occur.

CERTUSS has developed their network using SIM cards, the same technology that’s in your cellphone. Deimann notes: “Everyone’s already running around in the plant with their cellphones. So why not put a cellphone card into a steam generator? We can then collect the data from there.”

Using the SIM cards, the generators collect and send data for 60 operational parameters, including temperature, steam pressure, and flame signal, to a cloud database in Germany, the company’s main headquarters.

“By using the technology we have nowadays, we can greatly reduce problems due to operator error,” Deimann says. “Everything can run more stably, with reduced downtime losses and maintenance.”

For example, he says, “we can see if a certain generator is out of range with anything—gas pressure, oil consumption, water supply, temperature. We can log on to the generator, call the client, and say, ‘Hey, something’s wrong: why don’t you press this, why don’t you do that.’ If there’s a problem, we can pinpoint its source and devise an exact solution. We can see whether they have the needed component on hand, whether we need to send a technician to fix the specific issue, or if we might be able to adjust a software problem remotely.”

The benefits of this type of system are obvious. First, as you likely well know, on-site maintenance calls can cost a pretty penny, especially after you factor in labor and travel expenses. And if the technician doesn’t have the required parts on hand, it could very well turn into two or three service visits. This is all time that your processing lines aren’t running.

As an example, one of CERTUSS’ clients is a bakery in Delaware, which uses the steam in its proofing system. “If something goes wrong with the system, they can’t use the steam for the proofer,” Deimann notes. “It affects their process right away. They can’t work.” Calling a service technician involves driving time, parts, mileage—all of which cost money. Bakeries can’t afford to be down for any substantial amount of time, especially during high-volume periods, like the holidays. Remote monitoring significantly reduces these costs.

The idea of remote monitoring can be a pretty radical one, especially for larger companies that are accustomed to keeping their data under tight control.  “Everybody’s talking about the Internet of Things,” says Deimann, “but only a few are doing it. Usually what we see are security concerns about their own IT system.”

CERTUSS directly addresses those concerns by installing separate T-Mobile cellphone cards on the equipment that don’t interact with a company’s IT network. “They only need to allow us either to put a cellphone card into the generator or to have Wifi access via their network or local internet provider.”

CERTUSS also offers an initial period of their remote monitoring service for free on all new equipment. “Our experience is that once they see the benefit of having that kind of system, they generally want to have a continuing maintenance contract,” says Deimann.

Of course, it isn’t just CERTUSS who can monitor and control the systems remotely. Their customers can as well. Just imagine how much energy (and money) you could save by moving your steam from always-on to on-demand.

For example, craft brewers don’t need to have their steam systems running 24/7. When they do need steam, they can turn on the generator from any internet-enabled device. “They don’t have to physically go there and switch it on,” says Deimann. “They can do it with any kind of internet connection, even with their cellphone.”

Condition-based maintenance: A data-driven approach

With roughly 14,000 generators operating in more than 127 countries, CERTUSS collects huge amounts of data on a daily basis. That data provides the foundation for another practice that can save processors time and money: condition-based, or predictive, maintenance.

There are three main approaches to maintenance:

  • Reactive = wait until something goes wrong and then fix it
  • Preventive = perform maintenance on a regular (e.g., annual) basis whether it’s necessary or not
  • Predictive = use data to predict when something might go wrong and fix it before it happens

Most processors have moved away from a purely reactive approach to maintenance because of the immense costs associated with unplanned downtime. But many still use preventive maintenance for many of their systems.

Preventive maintenance is still the best option for some equipment and components. For example, pressure relief devices aren’t operated regularly, but need to be kept in top shape in case of an overpressure event. In this case, annual preventive maintenance ensures the valves are ready if they’re needed.

But for equipment that’s used on an ongoing basis, regular planned maintenance isn’t always the best or the most cost-effective approach.

On one hand, it can result in equipment going too long between service calls. Suppose you have a machine that starts running slowly or using energy at an elevated level. That machine will cost you money every day it’s not operating at peak performance.

On the other hand, regular maintenance can also lead to service being performed too regularly. Suppose you have a machine that’s working perfectly. Do you really need to shut it down and service it just because of the date on the calendar?

Predictive maintenance solves both of these problems. Rather than scheduling maintenance based on time, companies can use data to schedule maintenance based on the actual condition of the machines.

For example, CERTUSS can use data from both an individual company and the thousands of steam generators it has installed to predict when problems might occur. “We can analyze the data and see problems coming up in advance,” says Deimann. “If we have seen a mistake earlier, then we can predict it later.”

This approach leads to reduced downtime, quick startup times, and cost savings, all of which benefit CERTUSS’ customers. “With years of data generated from business in Germany, we were able to reduce service deployments for our own technicians from roughly 18% down to 6%,” says Deimann. “In terms of cost/profit for the client, that’s a huge enhancement.”

Indeed it is. Food manufacturers of all sizes are looking for ways to cut costs and increase efficiency. And in today’s highly competitive market, wireless monitoring and predictive maintenance are the kinds of innovations that will make all of the difference.

Food Processors Gain Steam with the Internet of Things

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