News Article | July 17, 2017
APG Cash Drawer, LLC is proud to have participated for the third time in the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide. The innovative hospitality solution on display included APG’s all-white Vasario™ cash drawers and Square iPad Stands which provided service for thousands of spectators at the Tournament. The prestigious event, hosted by golfing legend Jack Nicklaus, took place at the Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio May 29 through June 4, 2017. APG’s Vasario™ cash drawers were provided by APG and BlueStar, a Hebron, KY based distributor who specializes in Digital Identification, Mobility, Point-Of-Sale (POS), RFID, Digital Signage, and Security technology solutions. “We are pleased to partner with APG in providing cash drawer technology solutions at Muirfield Village Golf Club during the Memorial Golf Tournament,” stated Dean Reverman, V.P. of Global Marketing at Bluestar. “Curtailing the time fans spent in lines while eliminating errors at the point of sale were expectations we set going into the Tournament and we were able to successfully achieve those objectives with APG’s cash drawers.” “The product, quality and service provided by APG Cash Drawer and BlueStar exceeded our expectations,” said Nick N. Ailabouni, Controller of Muirfield Village Golf Club and the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide. “APG has been dedicated to delivering the best POS solutions for concession operations at the Memorial from the beginning of what has been a mutually beneficial relationship.” “Working with the Memorial Tournament is always an enjoyable experience and this year was no exception,” stated Stephen Bergeron, V.P. of Global Marketing at APG Cash Drawer. “Our experience at the Memorial validates that the global usage of hard cash is at the highest since the 1950’s. As consumer behavior and expectations continuously change, creating the right products and services to meet these needs are pertinent to our industry. APG’s solutions are created to be leveraged across all landscapes and environments, simplifying transactions at POS terminals regardless of venue or location.” “Our all-white Vasario™ cash drawer solution provides a modern feel that aesthetically appeals to specialty environments such as PGA TOUR events,” stated Bergeron. “With the innovation and capacity of delivering a seamless transaction at the point of sale, our cash drawers allow vendors at the Tournament the ability to create the best customer experiences regardless of the location.” For more information about the all-white Vasario™ cash drawer, please contact sales(at)us.cashdrawer(dot)com or contact your distributor for pricing and availability. ABOUT APG CASH DRAWER Retail payments are changing, yet there is still $1.5 trillion in cash in circulation. In fact, cash represents between 30 to 45% of all global transactions. APG has been designing and delivering cash management solutions with a variety of size, color, interface, and integration options for over 39 years. Whether you need a custom design, general application cash drawer or a product for a mobile shopping experience, APG has a solution. With our durable and dependable products installed, an APG cash drawer will provide years of smooth, trouble free service with virtually no downtime, no preventative maintenance, and no headaches. To learn more about our products, visit http://www.cashdrawer.com or call 763-571-5000. Follow us on Twitter at @apgcashdrawer and on Facebook. ABOUT BLUESTAR BlueStar is the leading global distributor of solutions-based Digital Identification, Mobility, Point-of-Sale, RFID, Digital Signage, and Security technology. BlueStar works exclusively with value-added resellers, providing them with complete solutions, business development and marketing support. The company brings unequaled expertise to the market, offers award-winning technical support and is an authorized service center for a growing number of manufacturers. BlueStar is the exclusive distributor for the In-a-Box Solutions Series, delivering hardware, software and critical accessories in one bundle with technology solutions across all verticals. For more information, please contact BlueStar at 1-800-354-9776 or visit http://www.bluestarinc.com.
News Article | July 7, 2017
BlueStar®, manufacturer of high-performance appliances for the home, is now offering a 36-inch Induction Cooktop, featuring advanced cooking technology with maximum power and precision, a coveted option for serious home cooks who no longer have to sacrifice performance when electric cooking is the only or preferred choice. “Our new cooktop is the closest you can get to a professional experience in induction cooking,” says BlueStar® President Eliza Sheffield. “From our powerful Platinum gas range to our commercial-style wall oven, and now precise and powerful induction cooktop, BlueStar continues to set new standards in cooking performance for serious home cooks.” Induction technology is becoming more commonplace in the appliance industry and consumers are becoming more educated, familiar and comfortable with this smart cooking option. Induction cooking harnesses the power of magnets, generating heat directly in the cooking vessel rather than the cooktop, to create a defined and efficient control of heat. The BlueStar® 36-inch Induction Cooktop combines the sleek design and efficient performance of induction with the precise control and power that is the hallmark of the BlueStar® brand. The induction cooktop offers the most powerful single burner in the industry, thanks to the exclusive Power Boost feature: a 5,500 Watts burner can bring one gallon of water in a large pot to a rolling boil in only three and half minutes. The seamless two burner bridging technology is perfect for grilling or searing with the unique dual zone plancha/grill, sold separately. The cooktop offers exceptional temperature control with 12 cooking settings. BlueStar’s induction cooktop features Smart Power Management that automatically calculates and disperses the maximum amount of power across the number of burners in use. The home chef also has the ability to kick start the cooking process on all cooking zones, boosting the power immediately for no-wait cooking and optimal flexibility. There are two levels of even, low temperatures, a true simmer burner at 200 degrees and a warming burner at 150 degrees. Foods like sauces and melted chocolate can be held at a simmer for hours without scorching. Robust safety features include a “knob lock” and pan detection technology so the unit will not start unless a pan is on a burner. No heat is wasted during cooking because energy is supplied only to the cooking receptacle. The simple, yet stunning design offers unmatched customization in the category, with the opportunity to personalize the unit with 190 colored knob options and 10 different metal trims, including brass, copper and stainless steel. The cooktop comes standard with sleek, easy-to-use stainless steel knobs and “natural white” display lighting. Inspired by Chefs, Powered by BlueStar®, for Seamless Cooling to Cooking BlueStar® cooking and refrigeration products are designed for discerning home cooks who demand high performance and great design in their own kitchens. The company’s spectrum of highly innovative appliances stays true to an authentic commercial-style kitchen experience at home. In business since 1880, the Pennsylvania-based manufacturer specializes in handcrafted gas ranges, cooktops, electric and gas wall ovens, complementary kitchen ventilation hoods, premium refrigeration, and now induction. Available in over 750+ colors and finishes, and with almost infinite configuration possibilities, BlueStar® offers unmatched options for customization. Discover the possibilities with the “Build Your Own BlueStar” online too. For more information, visit http://www.bluestarcooking.com. Tweet this: Max Power & Precision from @Bluestarcooking now available in induction cooktops http://bit.ly/2rG4Hpe
Lu Z.,Fujian Agriculture and forestry University |
Zheng H.,Fujian Agriculture and forestry University |
Fan L.,Fujian Agriculture and forestry University |
Liao Y.,Fujian Agriculture and forestry University |
And 2 more authors.
Bioresource Technology | Year: 2013
Acidic ionic liquids (AILs) as a novel catalyst in biomass liquefaction can accord with the demand of green chemistry and enhance the development of biomass thermal chemical conversion. A series of AILs containing HSO4- were synthesized by the imidazolium cation functionalization and applied to the Chinese fir sawdust liquefaction in 1-octanol in this paper. The experimental results showed that the liquefaction rate was gradually improved with the AILs acidity increasing, and reached 71.5% when 1-(4-sulfobutyl)-3-methylmidazolium hydrosulfate was used as catalyst with the 6:1 mass ratio of 1-octanol to sawdust at 423. K after 60. min. Lignin, hemicellulose and cellulose were orderly desquamated, and then depolymerized and liquefied with the catalyst acidity increasing in the sawdust liquefaction process. The light oil was mainly composed of the octyl ether and the octyl ester compounds, suggesting that the solvent may play an important role in producing the high octane rating biofuel. © 2013 Elsevier Ltd.
Bai Y.,University of Chinese Academy of Sciences |
Peng L.,CAS Institute of Process Engineering |
Zhu Q.,CAS Institute of Process Engineering |
Hao Z.,National Bluestar Group Co.
Journal of Non-Crystalline Solids | Year: 2016
In this study, a rapid and simple calculation procedure to determine the non-isothermal crystallization kinetic parameters of a glass was proposed based on the work of Matusita et al. The crystal growth index (n) was firstly determined with the equation proposed by Matusita in 1979 and the value of morphology index (m) could be determined according to the relationship between n and m. The activation energy for crystal growth was determined using the modified-Kissinger equation proposed by Matusita in 1980. To verify the validity of this efficient and rapid method, four compositions in the Li2O-SiO2-Al2O3-P2O5 glass system were investigated by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and X-ray diffractometry (XRD). The crystallization mechanisms as identified by the characterization show good agreement with those predicted by the new calculation procedure, verifying the validity of the calculation procedure. © 2016 Elsevier B.V.
Su Y.,National Bluestar Group Co. |
Yu F.,Beijing Institute of Technology
Proceedings of the World Congress on Intelligent Control and Automation (WCICA) | Year: 2016
This article discusses MPCA (Multi-way Principal Component Analysis) and MPLS (Multi-way Partial Least Squares) have been used to compress the information into low-dimensional spaces and pinpoint the root causes of batch-to-batch difference. From engineering perspective, this paper focuses on applying MPCA and MPLS to data analysis of batch process combining with operation experiences to find 'golden batch benchmark' that describes the best operation of historical batches. This work includes data pre-treatment, batch process modelling and chemical reaction initiation status decision. Finally, optimizing control strategies and batch process improvement are also been discussed. Process and control engineers are be able to obtain the valuable data analyzing and control optimization methods for batch process from this study. © 2016 IEEE.
Chen L.,CAS Institute of Process Engineering |
Chen L.,University of Chinese Academy of Sciences |
Zhu Q.,CAS Institute of Process Engineering |
Hao Z.,National Bluestar Group Co. |
And 2 more authors.
International Journal of Hydrogen Energy | Year: 2010
A novel nano-sized Co-Ni bimetallic aerogel catalyst was synthesized via the sol-gel process followed by the supercritical drying method. The catalyst exhibited at least 28% higher activity and 15% higher H2 selectivity than those of a monometallic cobalt aerogel catalyst in methane oxidative CO2 (Oxy-CO2) reforming. Cold-model experiments revealed that channels were alleviated and the agglomerate size was reduced when the catalyst was applied in a magnetic assisted fluidized bed (MAFB). Owing to the improved fluidization quality of the catalyst in the MAFB reactor, CH 4 conversion was raised by 12% and 7% as compared with those in the fixed bed reactor and the conventional fluidized bed reactor, respectively. Furthermore, the catalytic performance was quite stable during a 50 h reaction. This stable performance can be illustrated both by the superior catalytic property of the Co-Ni bimetallic aerogel catalyst and the intensified gas-solid interaction in the MAFB reactor. © 2010 Professor T. Nejat Veziroglu. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Zhang H.,Tsinghua University |
Yin S.,Tsinghua University |
Yao D.,Tsinghua University |
Su Y.,National Bluestar Group Co.
IEEE Intelligent Vehicles Symposium, Proceedings | Year: 2012
This paper focuses on the influence on traffic flow characteristics of distance between on-ramp and off-ramp in expressway. In this research, those characteristics include traffic flow rate, average speed and average density. Based on VISSEVI, we calibrated key parameters and a calibrating procedure is proposed. Then we simulated scenarios with different distances from 100m to 1000m. Analyses of the distance's influence on traffic flow characteristics are studied using simulation results. A step further, 3 modes are classified out of different distances and 2 thresholds are proposed. The two thresholds are within 100-200m and 500-600m and if distance varies through these, traffic flow characteristics will change significantly. Finally, as for verification, we compared 3 scenarios of simulation with reality. In the future, different control strategies may be applied due to different conditions. © 2012 IEEE.
National Bluestar Group Co. | Date: 2012-09-04
Chemicals made with silicone, namely, silicone fluids, resins, pastes, dispersants and emulsions all for use in the manufacture of lubricants, sealants, release agents, anti-foam and stabilizing agents, coatings, paints and varnishes, adhesives and anti-adhesives, pad printing, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, medical and dental items, agrochemicals, food contact parts, construction and building materials, insulating, waterproofing, insulation and protection materials, and for treatment of paper, textiles, furs and leather; Coating chemicals made with silicone for use in the manufacture of paints, varnishes, films, papers, textiles, leathers, adhesives, film and paper release coatings, anti-fouling coatings, food grade release coatings, pad printing, de-moulding agents, building, construction and decorative coatings; Chemical agents made with silicone for impregnating, binding or coating textiles, furs, leather and paper; Chemical agents made with silicone for softening textiles; Chemical impregnating agents made with silicone to soften leather and textiles and make them waterproof; Chemicals for treating leather; Chemical agents for finishing leather, namely, chemical products to level and glaze leather, enhance and improve abrasion resistance and repellency; Chemical oils for curing leather; Waterproofing chemical compositions for articles of masonry, wood and other building and/or construction surfaces; Anti-microbe, antibacterial and anti-fungal chemical additives for use in the lifestyle and healthcare industries, namely, in the manufacture of food, pharmaceuticals, medical and dental products, agrochemicals, cosmetics, detergents, textiles, clothing and furs; Water repellant chemicals used to treat textiles, furs, building and construction materials. Waterproofing chemical compositions for cement; Preserving chemical composition for cement; Chemical additives for the manufacture of personal care and hygiene preparations; Chemical additives for the manufacture of domestic and household cleaning preparation; Chemical additives for cosmetics; Industrial glues; Chemical additives made with silicone for anti-adhesive systems; Chemical impregnating agents for building materials providing increased resistance to bad weather and wear; Chemical additives, namely, lubricating release agents; Chemicals, namely, mold release compounds for industrial use; Chemicals used in the manufacture of coating materials for non-stick paper for industrial purposes; Chemical anti-foaming agents for use in the food industry, the paper and pulp industries, namely, industries that produces paper, paperboard, paper and paperboard articles, pulp, insulation boards and hardboards, and in the treatment of effluents: Chemical foam stabilizers; Chemicals made with silicone acting as anti-flotation agents; Chemical additives for paints used to improve coating, adhesion, for scratch and mark resistance, for decorative effects, water repellency; Chemical coatings used in the manufacture of printed circuit boards; Fire extinguishing compositions. Binding preparations for paints, namely, binding agents for paints; Additives for paints to add water repellency, mildew resistance, breathability, scratch and mark resistance, and for special decorative effects; Coatings, namely, silicone based paints, sealants, and films for general and industrial use for weathering and anti corrosion purposes: Anti-rusting agents, namely, anti-rust oils; Products to prevent wood deterioration, namely, oils, stains and coatings; Paints, primers, bactericidal paints, flame-proofing paints, paints with anti-fouling properties; Lacquers; Non-insulating varnishes; Mastics for paints, namely, paints mixed with waterproof fillers and sealants. Degreasing, cleaning, and abrasive preparations for domestic use. Industrial silicone oils; Industrial silicone greases; Oils and greases for leather, namely, silicone based oils for softening and finishing leather; Oils for facilitating removal from molds, namely, silicone based mold releasing and lubricating oils for industrial use; Lubricating oils; Industrial oil; Lubricants, namely, silicone based industrial lubricants; Waxes; non-chemical additives for lubricants. Adhesives for dentures; Adhesives for medical purposes, namely, medical adhesive tape and strip; Glues for dentures; Products of silicone enabling the taking of impressions for dental purposes, namely, pastes and bodies for dental impressions. Semi-conducting materials of silicone, namely, silicone for manufacturing electric insulators, namely, semi-conductors. Adhesive bands for stationery or household purposes; Glues for stationery or household purposes; Articles for pad printing and impressions using silicone, namely, ink stamps and ink rollers of silicone for manual printing and office machines; Plastic materials for packaging, namely, plastic films and bags. Insulating materials; Insulating varnish; Insulating paints; Insulating plaster; Insulating oils; Sealing and insulating materials; Construction mastic adhesives for ceiling, wall and floor tiles, wood panels and asphalt; Sealant compounds for joints; Thermal insulators; Semi-processed plastic substances, namely, semi- finished molded products of silicone for use in a variety of industries. Building materials made with silicone, namely, building silicone profiles, windows silicone profiles, silicone building material for roof, tops and faade, pavement incorporating silicon, solar cell material for electrical energy generation; cement coatings, namely, protective sealing sold as an integral component of granite and stone. Synthetic fibers in the nature of silicone fibers made with silicone and silicone extracts for textile purposes. Chemical-fiber threads in the nature of silicone threads made with silicone or silicone coatings for textile purposes.
National Bluestar Group Co. | Date: 2014-07-29
Silicones, namely, silicone fluids, resins, pastes, dispersants and emulsions; silicone-based chemical products, namely, silicone liquids, unprocessed silicone resin in pastes, dispersants and emulsions form; unprocessed silicone resin in aerosol form; silicone solutions, in the nature of silicone fluids; silicone dispersions, in the nature of unprocessed silicone resins in spray form; emulsifiers for industrial purposes containing silicone; chemical products with a silicone-based coating for use in the manufacture of paints, varnishes, films, papers, textiles, leathers, adhesives, film and paper release coatings, anti-fouling coatings, food grade release coatings, pad printing, de-moulding agents, building, construction and decorative coatings; silicone-based chemicals for impregnating textiles, fur and paper; silicone-based chemicals for softening textiles; silicone-based chemicals for impregnating, softening and water-proofing leather and fabrics, chemical products for treating leather, in the nature of chemicals for finishing leather; chemical products for dressing and currying leather; chemicals for protecting faade materials for building and construction faade materials; anti-microbial, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal chemical additives for use in the lifestyle and healthcare industries, namely, in the manufacture of food, pharmaceuticals, medical and dental products, agrochemicals, cosmetics, detergents, textiles, clothing and furs; water-repellent silicone-based chemicals for use in industry; cement-waterproofing preparations, except for paints, namely, preservatives for cement for waterproofing cement; products for cement preservation, except for paints and oils, namely, preservatives for cement for use in cement preservation; chemical additives for maintenance products, namely, chemical additives for fuel, chemical additives for lubricants, chemical additives for oil; chemical additives for cosmetics; glue for industrial purposes; silicone-based chemical additives for non-stick systems in the nature of lubricants; impregnating chemicals for buildings materials for increasing resistance to weathering and wear; chemical additives for lubricants, chemicals for use in industry as release agents or lubricants; chemical products to facilitate mold-release; coating materials, namely, chemicals for the use as coating for anti-stick paper for industrial use; anti-foaming chemicals for use in industry and the manufacture of textiles; anti-skimming chemicals for use in industry and the manufacture of textiles; chemical froth stabilizers, namely, chemical preparations for stabilizing textiles, soil and dust, chemical stabilizer used for preserving foods; silicone-based chemical products with anti-flotation agents functionality for use in industry; chemical additives for paints; chemicals for use in industry for coating and encapsulating; fire extinguishing compositions. Chemical cleaners directed to the cosmetic and personal care industries, household care industry, textile and leather industries, with degreasing, cleaning, abrading, unjamming properties, namely, preparations for grease removal, cleaning, abrading, unjamming, namely, de-greasing preparations, cleaning preparations, abrasive preparations, abrasive pastes for use in the cosmetic and personal care industries, household care industry, textile and leather industries; chemical additive preparation for chemical cleaners directed to the cosmetic and personal care industries, household care industry, textile and leather industries, with degreasing, cleaning, abrading, unjamming properties, namely, additives for preparations for grease removal, cleaning, abrading, unjamming, namely, silicones for cleaning purposes. Adhesives for dental prostheses; adhesives used in medicine, namely, adhesive bands for medical purposes, adhesive plasters for medical purposes, medical adhesives for binding wounds; glues for dental prostheses; silicone products for making dental prostheses, namely, silicone-based dental abrasives, silicone-based dental alloys, silicone-based dental cement; silicone products for taking dental impressions, namely, silicone-based dental waxes, silicone-based lining materials for dental purposes, silicone materials for making dental impressions. Silicone semiconductor materials, namely, silicone semiconductor chips, silicone semiconductor devices, silicone semiconductors. Adhesive tapes for stationery or household purposes; glue for stationery or household purposes; pad printing and printing articles of silicones, namely, ink stamps and ink rollers of silicone for manual printing and office machines, rubber, date, marking stamps; plastic materials for packaging, namely, plastic bags for packaging, plastic bubble packs for wrapping or packaging, plastic film for packaging. Insulating materials; insulating varnish; insulating paints; insulating coatings; insulating oils; insulating joints, namely, expansion joint fillers, pipe joint sealant, sealant compounds for joints; sealing materials; materials for jointing and sealing, namely, jointing material for masonry and pavement, pipe jointing compounds, sealing materials; silicone rubber sealants for caulking and adhesive purposes; sealants for joints; silicone coating and molding compounds for sealing, caulking and insulating electric and electronic elements; silicone rubber compositions for the manufacture of seals; semi-finished silicone in the form of films, sheets, tubes, bars, or rods; semi-finished plastics and silicone rubber in the form of pads, extrudates, powders, sheets, films, rods, pipes, flexible tubes, fibers not for textile use; threads not for textile use in the nature of foams, rubber solutions, emulsions, dispersions, granules and synthetic silicone resins; semi-finished products of silicone rubber, namely, prefabricated rubber parts in the nature of rubber cords and laces, rubber bars and rods; thermal insulators; semi-worked plastic materials, namely, silicone molds in the nature of rubber for use in a variety of industries. Silicone-based construction materials, namely, silicone-based non-metal exterior boards and panels building silicone profiles, windows silicone profiles, silicone building material for roof, tops and faade, pavement incorporating silicone; silicone-based cement coatings, namely, cement mixes, filling cement, cement aggregates, protective sealing sold as an integral component of granite and stone. Silicone fibers made from silicone or silicone extracts for textile use. Threads made with silicone or silicone coating for textile use.
National Bluestar Group Co. | Date: 2010-12-28
Silicones enabling the gluing of photovoltaic and thermal solar panels; silicones for encapsulating, covering and protecting electrical and/or electronic components contained in solar panels; silicones for encapsulating, covering and protecting photovoltaic solar batteries. Sealing preparations made of silicone for photovoltaic and thermal solar panels, sealing preparations made of silicone for electrical and electronic component parts of solar panels and for photovoltaic solar batteries.