Tuesday, April 1, 2014

A word from our service department

Norland International's service department has noticed that many Customers have not been maintaining the Ozone Systems properly with scheduled maintenance.
This results in low levels of Ozone in the Water and possible problems with their Customers. Also will result in more costly repairs to the Ozone Generator in the Future
Due to stress on the Electrical components or possible water entering the Ozone Generator.
Most important is the yearly maintenance as follows:
Annual (Yearly) Service
  1. Replace the Intake Fan Filters on the Ozone Generator and Oxygen Concentrator.
  2. Replace the air inlet desiccant/particulate filter in the Ozone Generator.
  3. Replace all the Check valve(s).
  4. Remove and clean the glass dielectric in Ozone Generator Reaction Chamber.
  5. Rebuild or replace Ozone Safety Solenoid Valve.
  6. Replace Ozone Sensor Membrane and Check Fluid Level in the Sensor. Recalibrate Ozone Monitor.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Norland's Triton 450
An interview with Billy Cotter.

Billy Cotter.

-When was Amacola Bottled Water Company established?

It was as founded in 2001. Our 565 foot artesian well was drilled in May of 2002. Shortly thereafter we received our permit to bottle Artesian Spring Water from the State of Georgia. 

I operated the business for 6 years and sold it in 2008. In 2013, I decided to purchase the business back. After acquiring the business, I noticed the previous owners had purchased Norland equipment for their small bottle operation and moved the Italian made filling equipment I had previously owned to the side. Obviously I had questions as to why they made that decision, but after operating the Norland equipment, for just a short time, I came to understand why.  Within a few months of operating the Norland equipment, I purchased the Norland Triton 450and RackStacker 600. I consider this combination to be the most preeminent 5 gallon bottling equipment available.

-What first brought you to Norland and why did you choose the Norland Triton 450?

Having repurchased the business I previously sold. I inherited the Norland SpectraPak lines and blow molding unit.  This allowed me to get to know the Norland products very well and see them in action. I also was able to work with the people in Lincoln, Nebraska and I came to understand their dedication to the customer. Working with Bruce and Chris at Norland, I realized the people in Nebraska really know what they are doing. Not only that, but what really interested me was their efforts to move the industry forward, with great service and innovated ideas. The experience and knowledge I gained from my dealings with Norland and their team, lead me to my decision to purchase the Norland TR450 3 & 5 gallon filler and RS600 rack loader.

-How user friendly did you find the Triton 450?

It was easy to set up. The computer, which is the brain of the Triton 450, makes everything simple to operate and work with. The owner’s manual is well organized, very thorough and easy to follow. It’s great that Norland uses actual machine photographs, with component call-outs, to help the user understand nearly every part of their equipment.

-What are the main benefits of operating the Triton 450?

The Triton’s ability to produce TR450 / 3 or 5 gallon bottles per hour is huge advantage to our business because of the equipment’s productivity. When you incorporate a Triton 450 with the Rackstacker600, the labor savings and reduction of liability issues combine to make a very efficient and powerful package.

-Would you recommend Norland’s products and service to other looking to purchase filling equipment?

Absolutely! If somebody called me on the phone and asked me, what I thought of the TR450 and RackStacker600,I would definitely tell them this is the product you need to buy. The Triton 450 and the RackStacker 600 go hand in hand. Who wants to load bottles all day by back breaking physical labor?


-Is there anything you would like to add this interview, we did not cover?

Yes, I know this unrelated to the Triton450 and RackStacker, but I also own a Norland Liberty 150 Unscrambler and it is one of the finest pieces of equipment we have. I guess what I’m trying to say I; I’m extremely happy that I have Norland equipment. Norland’s product line is put together very well.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014


1. Drink six to eight 8-ounce glasses of water per day.  Pregnant and lactating women and athletes need more.   Coffee, tea, and sodas do not count toward your daily water requirement.  These drinks act as diuretics and lower the amount of water in your body.

2. A lack of water can significantly decrease work performance.  It can also cause constipation, and can increase the risk to kidney problems and urinary tract infections.

3. Don't drink unfiltered tap water.  Chlorine is the most dangerous element in most water supplies. It has been implicated in cancer causation, heart disease, and other health problems.  Fluoride may also increase cancer risk.


Source: www.health-care-articles.info.

Monday, December 30, 2013

Liberty 150 Automatic Bottle Unscrambler.

Liberty 150 Unscrambler
The Liberty 150 Automatic Bottle Unscrambler from Norland International is the perfect labor-saving component to meet the demands of high-speed small bottling lines in a wide range of industries. No longer are employees required to manually sort bottles and stand them upright on a conveyor or feed table – an otherwise tedious and time consuming task.

The Liberty 150’s heavy-duty design and durable construction requires minimal maintenance, thus assuring many years of dependable operation. Changeovers from one size bottle to another are as easy as pushing a single button on the control panel.

Liberty 150 Automatic Bottle Unscrambler Benefits
  • High Speed and Fully Automated
  • Increases efficiency and productivity for production lines
  • Saves money through efficient use of personnel
  • Requires Minimal operator training
  • Designed to accommodate various bottle shapes and sizes
  • Fast changeovers reduce downtime and maximize uptime
  • Built to be reliable, trouble-free and dependable for years of operation
  • USA made - easy access to spare parts and service assistance

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Hate water? You're missing key health benefits

Why is it so hard for us to drink plain water? 

"Some people say they don't like the taste of water.  Others get busy and sometimes ignore the body's need until it makes the message loud and clear," Norback says.

To encourage more water drinking, Norback suggests serving a glass of water at mealtimes and keeping a fresh bottle of water in the cup holder of the car.

Two years ago, Jeff Satz of San Jose began making those types of lifestyle changes when he decided to "get healthy," start cycling, and drink more water.  At the urging of his doctor, Satz, an engineer, increased his water intake to 10 glasses per day as a way to ease joint pain and squelch fatigue. I took a few months to "remind" himself to drink it.  Now, he realizes how dehydrated he was.

"I feel more energetic," says Satz, who is 47 and drinks his water from a refillable glass bottle.  He says having a bright-colored bottle on his desk and access to a water cooler at work helped him meet his goals.  "I crave the crisp taste, and when I drink something else, like juice or coffee, I have to drink water after it to quench my thirst."

Anisha Patel, an assistant professor in the Division of General Pediatrics at UCSF, says starting early, as a youngster, is a good way to make the water habit stick.  The water requirements for adolescents are less than they are for adults, but not by much: For young males (ages 4-18), the Institute of Medicine suggests 1.3 to 3.3 liters; for females in the same age group, 1.3 to 2.3 liters.

But, according to a 2011 study using data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, among adolescents, plain water accounted for only 33 percent of total fluid intake, with the remainder coming from sugary beverages, like soda and energy drinks.  That's cause for concern, Patel says.

"Even mild dehydration can cause reduced cognition and physical performance in children," says Patel, whose research on water accessibility has helped get more clean, fresh drinking water onto school campuses.

So, how does Patel encourage her daughters, 2 and 7, to drink more water at home?  She uses the same strategy as Norback.

"I put citrus slices into a big jug of water and chill it in the fridge," she says.  "It makes it more palatable and refreshing to them."

Source: Jessica Yadegaran, Bay Are News Group Thunderdome

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Hate water? You're missing key health benefits

But, how much water do we need? We've all heard eight to 10 glassess, but it actually depends on the individual and his or her needs.  Norback says to let thirst and the color of your urine be your guide.  She also suggest following the Institute of Medicine's guidelines for fluids: 2.7 liters (91 ounces; about 11 cups) for women; and 3.7 liters (125 ounces, about 15 cups) for men, per day.

"I would suggest about two thirds of total fluid intake come from good old water," she says.  "the remainder could come from milk or milk substitutes, noncaloric beverages such as plain tea or coffee, as well as the fluid that naturally occurs in food."  About 20 percent of our fluid intake can come from hydrating foods, like lettuce and watermelon, she says.

Food aside, most Americans don't meet the guidelines.  According to the centerts for Disease Control (CDC), 35 percent of Americans drink four to seven cups a day while 22 percent drink eight cups or more. The rest of us drink zero to three cups daily.

Source: Jessica Yadegaran, Bay Are News Group Thunderdome

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Hate water? You're missing key health benefits

It can help you lose weight.
It can increase mental clarity.
And, when you drink enough, it can promote energy and stamina.
Plain water is having what appears to be its moment in the spotlight. With the ongoing debate about sugary sodas in the news and Michelle Obama's recently launched Drink Up campaign, more people are talking about H20.
The first lady's timing is good: By the end of this decade, if not sooner, sales of bottled water — plain and fizzy — are expected to surpass those of carbonated soft drinks, according to the Beverage Marketing Corporation. The shift is the result of many factors, including innovations in bottling technology that have helped lower the price of water. If the estimated drinking of water from the tap is included, water consumption actually began exceeding soda consumption around 2008, according to the report.
But just because we're buying more water doesn't necessarily mean we're adequately hydrated. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and a study it conducted earlier this year, most Americans aren't meeting the recommendations for water intake.
Even people who drink water regularly, like Kelly Grey, a personal assistant in Lafayette, admit it is hard to keep up the habit week to week. “I get busy and forget,” says Grey, 37. However, when she does reach her goal — about 32 ounces from the tap chilled and sipped by the glass daily — Grey says she notices a difference in her health and appearance.
“The more water I drink, the more I realize how good it is for me,” says Grey, who likes the taste especially when it's filtered. “My skin looks plumper, the (under-eye) dark circles disappear and my stomach's flatter.”
Registered dietitian Nora Norback confirms water's status as “the nectar of the gods.”
According to Norback and numerous medical studies, including one published in 2010 by obesity researcher and University of North Carolina nutrition professor Barry Popkin, proper hydration is linked to better overall health, improved cognitive function, agility, and weight control, or, in some people, weight loss.
“Sometimes, you think you're hungry when you're really just thirsty, so if you just drink water, you might find yourself satiated,” says Norback, who works at Kaiser Permanente Richmond Medical Center. “Water is filling.”
But, and this is an important note: If you're already hydrated, drinking more water won't make much of a difference in your health. “It will make you go to the bathroom more and probably make your urine lighter than the light yellow we aim for,” Norback says.
Water, quite literally, is life: Sixty to 70 percent of our body is made of water and the majority of our blood is water, so when that volume dips, functionality is thrown off, she explains. Water protects our organs, keeps our tissues moist, prevents constipation and dissolves minerals and other nutrients to make them accessible to the body. Deprive your body even a little and you might feel dizzy or suffer from headaches and a sticky mouth.  (Continued)

Source: Jessica Yadegaran, Bay Are News Group Thunderdome