A custom-crush winery has shaken up the local industry by accelerating a handful of notable new labels to market No one has shaken up Okanagan winemaking more than Christine Coletta and Steve Lornie, the husband and wife team who launched Okanagan Crush Pad Winery in 2010. The Crush Pad winery in Summerland is a custom-crush [...]
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A custom-crush winery has shaken up the local industry by accelerating a handful of notable new labels to market
No one has shaken up Okanagan winemaking more than Christine Coletta and Steve Lornie, the husband and wife team who launched Okanagan Crush Pad Winery in 2010.
The Crush Pad winery in Summerland is a custom-crush facility, which means that in addition to making its own brands, it’s a channel through which growers without wineries can produce and market their brands. What sets Crush Pad apart from earlier custom-crush operators is its ability to offer everything from state-of-the art winemaking to sophisticated marketing.
Marketing has been Coletta’s forte since 1990, when she became executive director of the B.C. Wine Institute and established the Vintners Quality Alliance brand. Sales of VQA wines—by definition, wines made from grapes grown in B.C.—totalled only $6.8 million in the 12 months that ended March 1992. Sales had grown to $42.1 million in the year that ended March 1999, when she left to set up Coletta Consultants Ltd., the wine industry marketing firm she still runs. Her clients have included Canadian wineries, notably the Vincor group of wineries, as well as international producers, including some in the Chilean wine industry.
Coletta got into wine production on a whim. In 2005, while on a break from building a house, she and Steve Lornie (a successful construction contractor) were meandering along the back roads in Summerland when they came across a four-hectare orchard for sale. “We just stumbled on this piece of land and made an offer out of the blue and it got accepted,” she recalls.
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LogixSim is a suite of simulation software products designed to provide “real world” laboratory simulation of electricity, electronics, robotics, and programmable logic controllers. The suite of four simulators provides unlimited possibilities for the design, testing, and debugging of control devices and automated equipment as well as circuit schematics and systems. From the simplest control circuits to the most complex, LogixSim has the versatility to suit almost any requirement for real-world simulation. Each simulator in LogixSim has an operating environment or “world”. Some, like CircuitLogix, are 2D schematic circuits and diagrams while others such as 3DLab and RoboLogix have single 3D environments including a workbench with shelves, or a robot arm and conveyor system. Multiple operating environments are presented in PLCLogix, which utilizes 12 distinct “worlds” ranging from car washes, to traffic lights, to packaging systems.
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PLCLogix is a Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) simulator that emulates the operation of a Logix 5000 PLC. PLCLogix is an ideal tool for learning the fundamentals of ladder logic programming. It will allow you to practice and develop your programming skills using the industry-standard Logix 5000 PLC. It provides users with the ability to write, edit and debug programs written using a tag-based format. Unlike other PLCs, the Logix 5000 uses tags, which is a far more powerful method of programming PLCs but also more complex. PLCLogix provides a method of learning and understanding the operation of a sophisticated tag-based PLC in a realistic simulated manufacturing environment.
CircuitLogix allows users to simulate any combination of analog and digital components. Mixed-model simulation is as easy and the speed and accuracy rivals EDA tools costing thousands of dollars. CircuitLogix features a device library of over 10,000 devices, easy SPICE model import, and no limit on the number of pins for an individual device. CircuitLogix features a proven, accurate 32-bit SPICE3f5/XSpice-based simulator for analog and mixed-signal circuits, and a fully interactive digital logic mode when only logic simulation is needed. The simulations give real-world results designers can trust. CircuitLogix allows for testing and trouble-shooting in a “virtual electronics lab”, without worrying about bad parts or faulty connections that often plague traditional prototyping. And with a click of the free-floating Probe tool, users can instantly see waveforms and measurements on virtual instruments like the digital oscilloscope, curve tracer, bode plotter or digital multimeter.
3DLab is intended for the study of basic electricity and electronics, including DC fundamentals, AC circuits and troubleshooting techniques. The user-friendly interface provides a highly intuitive method of observing circuit behaviour through use of laboratory experiments and procedures. 3DLab provides a virtual electronics lab where you can design, build, and test electrical and electronic circuits.
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