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The Washington, DC-based American Council of Independent Laboratories (ACIL) announced  that ETS Laboratories would be receiving the nationwide 2012 ACIL Seal of Excellence (SOE) Award at the ACIL Annual Meeting in New York, NY.
Hanna Instruments announced the release of two new mini automatic titrators designed specifically for wine production.
The latest release of iCropTrak, available in the App Store for Apple iPad tablet devices, delivers an easy to use Farm Plan data management interface for documenting expected seasonal farming operations. Farm Plan content can be assembled in chronological sequence and viewed in a calendar format on a field by field basis for portions of a season or for an annual crop cycle. Plans can be duplicated and applied to subsequent seasons allowing users to easily propagate optimal practices. The user customizable interface gives farming company’s the opportunity to establish re-usable templates and also delivers the framework necessary to develop and refine detailed activity based costing budgets. The patent pending interface uses the concept of a virtual binder to let users add digital pages to the plan and easily arrange them.
The new technology 3-camera X-Tri optical sorting maching manufatured by Protec of Italy in a partnership with Defranceschi SPA as world wide distributor the machine is sold in the United States, Canada & Mexico through Valley Pipe & Supply INC. With many of the new technology 3-camera X-Tri optical sorting machines being used on olive, tomato's and grapes in Europe the first machine in the United States for grapes was purchased for this harvest and is running in Napa, CA. For more information call Valley Pipe & Supply INC at 559-233-0321 for more information.
Harvey Grant, CEO of Elypsis, a 25-year-old Napa-based winery software company, announced Monday its merger with Admiral IT, effective Oct. 1. “We are excited to take our winery solutions to the next level, which benefits our customers, and provides expanded opportunities for our employees,” said Grant, who created the company in 1987. Elypsis introduced software solutions for wineries beginning in 2000 and emerged as a wine industry solutions leader. The company has continued to lead through innovation by focusing on the consumer-direct, distribution, Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and Customer Relationship Management (CRM) needs of wineries. “We introduced and pioneered Microsoft Dynamics NAV for wineries, where it has become the standard accounting/ERP solution,” said Grant. “This is the time to again set our solutions apart by speeding up the delivery cycle of the newest software innovation and thereby solving the rapidly changing needs of our customers. “Technology advancements are accelerating at a much faster rate than previously seen and wineries are finding creative new ways to build their customer relationships, increase sales revenue and control costs. We need to deliver technology advances in a way that will allow wineries to get their hands on the pulse of their business to enable fast and smart decision making.” For example, Grant said, Elypsis will continue to deliver software solutions that are installed at the winery but will also deliver Software as a Service (SAAS), featuring software solutions that are sold as a monthly service rather than being installed at the winery. “We will take advantage of recent shifts to SAAS demand, which can eliminate a winery’s need to invest in server infrastructure,” said Grant. “Microsoft has also recently committed to a yearly release cycle of NAV and it is important to keep pace with that delivery of innovation and provide a defined roadmap that customers can depend on. This move will enable us to provide all of this at an early-adopter pace.” “Our customers will continue to have contact with each of us as they have in the past,” said Grant. Admiral IT, established in Denmark in 1981, has eight offices serving 3,500 customer installations in four countries and has developed multiple vertical software solutions in Retail, Accounts, ERP and CRM for various industries throughout the world, including fashion, electronics, retail, banking, payroll, golf, automotive repair and manufacturing. “Admiral IT has a great reputation, along with vast resources to facilitate making our goals a reality,” said Grant. “Developing expertise and knowledge in the Microsoft suite of products takes a great deal of time and gaining access to a large existing team is the most efficient way to leverage the knowledge and resources. We are also excited to bring this well established, global organization to Napa Valley.” The Elypsis winery team will continue to be headquartered at 1957 Sierra Ave. in Napa. Grant will transition from managing day-to-day corporate responsibilities to focusing on vertical strategy and growing the winery vertical, both in the U.S. and abroad. Elypsis Vice Presidents Jeremy Grant, ERP Solutions, and Ryan Grant, Retail Solutions, will continue in their current roles in managing their respective teams in the new company.
Branson Tractor has unveiled its 4520C and 5220C compact tractors and the 8050 utility tractor. The compact 20C series tractors offer 47 to 55 horsepower and a category 1 three-point hitch. The 8050 tractor is designed for almost any task with a 76 horsepower engine, fully enclosed air conditioned cab and category 2 hitch. Details: bransontractor.com
The new VineScout auto-steer system can be fitted for all types of tractors with hydraulic steering and used in vineyards with spacing of 60” to 138”. Developed by Clemens Vineyard Equipment, Inc., the system employs a 3D camera system to plot a course and a separate steering valve to control the tractor to within an accuracy of one inch. Details: clemens-online.com
Italian cooper Gamba USA has released 500, 600 and 700 liter oak rotary fermentors. The puncheons are set on racks with wheels and equipped with sturdy 22 cm stainless steel lids to facilitate barrel fermentation for red wines. To wet and break up the cap, the puncheons can be spun 360 degrees on the rotary rack, which can be moved with a forklift. Details: bottigamba.com
Grape Memories LLC has unveiled miniature bottles it’s dubbed “Viniatures” that wineries can sell in their tasting rooms as souvenirs. The bottles do not contain wine, but the labels and bottles are reproduced to winery specifications. Details: grapememories.com
Onset, a leading supplier of data loggers and weather stations, today announced the HOBO Wireless Temp/RH Monitoring Kit, an easy-to-use, wireless system that includes everything needed to make environmental monitoring fast, cost-effective, and convenient.
09/27/12
The new Vinrac System is a modular rack made from recycled ABS plastic that can fit most bottle sizes including Champagne bottles, according to a press release by the manufacturer. The racks are assembled with a simple peg and hole system that can store three racks of four bottles. Sets of racks can be stacked on top of each other, but the company advises securing a rack to a wall when stacking sets higher than 3 feet. Details: vinrac.com
Wine Improvement, Inc. released its “Wine Smoothing Drops” for consumers who find their red wine a tad too bitter. The drops contain gum Arabic and gelatin and when a few drops are added to a glass of wine the result is less bitterness and “a smoother finish.” Details: wineimprovement.com
Nomacorc, the world’s largest producer of synthetic wine closures, has initiated new research projects with three world-renowned academic institutions. The programs will be performed at DLR Rheinpfalz in Germany, Centro Ricerca e Innovazione (CRI) in Italy, and the University of Zaragoza in Spain and will contribute to the ever-growing database that Nomacorc has built to evaluate oxygen’s role in wine development and winemaking processes. In conjunction with ongoing programs at the Geisenheim Institute in Germany and Pontifica Universidad Católica de Chile, these new research initiatives are expected to broaden Nomacorc’s knowledge on wine and oxygen interactions.
As the leading producer of wine bottles in the U.S., Verallia North America continues to innovate in its service flexibility. Verallia’s FlexRunSM Service, the first of its kind in the North American wine market, provides any winery, large or small, increased flexibility to run specialty bottles with limited investment. Whether adding a customized embossment to a stock bottle or creating an entirely new bottle design, it has never been easier to make shelf impact through custom glass design.
Astro-Cooler Products introduced its Astro-Quilt, a new insulation product for shipping. The new quilts are similar in design to the company’s insulating blankets but come with two layers of bubble insulation. The added material makes the quilt a good option for shipments headed into extreme conditions for extended periods of time. The quilt is effective for heat or cold. Details: astrocooler.com

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