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May 26th, 2015

Dr. John Spengler to Receive ASHRAE’S 2015 Environmental Health Award

SpenglerJ_1Needham, Mass. — May 26, 2015 — Dr. John D. Spengler, co-founder and Principal of Environmental Health & Engineering (EH&E), a leading provider of environmental and engineering consulting services, and Director of the Center for Health and the Global Environment, and Professor of Environmental Health at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, will receive the 2015 Environmental Health Award from the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE).

Dr. Spengler, was selected for the award to recognize his excellence in volunteer service focused on environmental health issues.

Dr. Spengler is one of the foremost ambient and indoor air experts in the country, with more than 30 years of experience in developing and managing large-scale, multidisciplinary studies to assess human exposures to environmental pollutants. He has developed innovative sampling and analysis methods, large-scale personal monitoring studies, and receptor modeling techniques. He is a member of numerous professional organizations, is widely published in peer-reviewed literature, and continues to frequently present his ground-breaking work at conferences around the world.

ASHRAE, founded in 1894, is a global society advancing human well-being through sustainable technology for the built environment. The Society and its members focus on building systems, energy efficiency, indoor air quality, refrigeration and sustainability within the industry. Dr. Spengler has been a member of ASHRAE since 2000.

Dr. Spengler will travel to the Society’s annual conference in Atlanta, Georgia, on June 27, 2015, to receive the award.

About EH&E

EH&E a leading provider of environmental and engineering consulting services, guarantees that its application of science and engineering best practices will deliver measurable, quantifiable benefits in all aspects of the built environment. EH&E’s focus on evidence-based decision making and advanced capabilities in analytics and technology innovation help its clients achieve and quantify optimal performance from their people and assets. For more information, visit the EH&E website at www.eheinc.com.

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May 19th, 2015

Miller Fall Clearance App for Android and Apple

MIllerAppShowcase_V2Optimize your safety when working at heights with the new Miller Fall Clearance App from Honeywell for Apple or Android mobile devices.

Use the Miller Fall Clearance App to generate real-time critical fall clearance and swing fall calculations for self-retracting lifelines (SRLs) and shock-absorbing lanyards. The app includes multilingual support in English, Spanish and French with metric conversion — and even allows you to email the results.

Optimized for use on smartphones and tablets, get the new Miller Fall Clearance App from Honeywell on Google Play at hwll.co/MFCPlay or download on iTunes at hwll.co/MFCApple.

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April 23rd, 2015

New Numatics 501 Series Panel Mount Adapter Plate Saves Space Plus Eliminates Tubing and Fittings

Numatics 501 Panel MountNOVI, MICHIGAN, USA, April 23, 2015 — ASCO Numatics, the world’s leading manufacturer of comprehensive fluid automation, flow control, and pneumatics solutions, has introduced the Numatics 501 Series panel mount adapter plate. The new product brings the Numatics 501 Series directional valve’s high flow characteristics and compact size to pneumatic panel applications.

“The 501 Series panel mount adapter plate fulfills our customers’ needs for space savings and easy panel construction and assembly,” said Robert W. Kemple, Jr., executive vice president, sales and marketing – Americas, ASCO Numatics. “It eliminates the need for complex tubing routing and bulkhead fittings, reduces custom machining and drilling, and simplifies panel layout.”

The mounting plate adapter allows original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and end users to directly connect the 501 Series valve manifold to a panel in the wall or floor of a cabinet. All panel strength, integrity, and certifications are maintained. The panel mount adapter plate is ideal for applications in the process industries where directional control valves are installed in a cabinet due to environmental or packaging constraints. These applications include food and beverage, pharmaceutical, and packaging machinery, plus general machine automation.

“The 501 Series valve provides the flow of a 15 mm to 20 mm valve in a compact 11 mm size, offering a distinct advantage to the OEM engineer designing panels where space is at a premium,” said Kemple.

Additional customer benefits include:

  • Minimized leaks and air loss
  • Lower labor cost of assembling and installing custom tubes, fittings, and connections
  • Cabinet size reduction
  • Better equipment aesthetics
  • Simplified maintenance and troubleshooting

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The 501 Series has a unique shut-off configuration that allows for easy isolation (hot swapping) and replacement of a valve without disrupting operations. It comes in three sizes — for 8, 12, and 16 valves — and is available in stainless steel and anodized aluminum.

The panel mount adapter plate is available through Numatics distributors and sales representatives. For more information, contact Numatics at 1-888-NUMATICS (686-2842), by e-mail at insidesales@numatics.com, or visit www.numatics.com/501Panel.

About ASCO Numatics

ASCO Numatics, an Emerson company, offers comprehensive fluid automation solutions, including fluid control and fluid power products, for a wide range of industry-focused applications. The ASCO Numatics product line in North America consists of more than 50,000 valves, an extensive selection of air preparation equipment, and a full line of actuation products. ASCO products include solenoid pilot valves, angle body piston valves, linear indicators, redundant control systems, and pressure sensors. The Numatics line covers valve manifolds, cylinders, grippers, filters, regulators, and lubricators. For more information about ASCO Numatics products, visit www.asconumatics.com.

About Emerson

Emerson (NYSE: EMR), based in St. Louis, Missouri (USA), is a global leader in bringing technology and engineering together to provide innovative solutions for customers in industrial, commercial, and consumer markets around the world. The company is comprised of five business segments: Process Management, Industrial Automation, Network Power, Climate Technologies, and Commercial & Residential Solutions. Sales in fiscal 2014 were $24.5 billion. Emerson Industrial Automation (www.EmersonIndustrial.com), a business of Emerson, provides automation and power generation technologies and services to a wide range of industries. With its global capabilities and deep industry expertise, Emerson Industrial Automation is a trusted partner for products and solutions that increase machine performance, efficiency, reliability, and availability. Its industry-leading brands include Appleton®, ASCO®, Branson®, Browning®, Control Techniques, Kop-Flex®, Leroy-Somer®, McGill®, Morse®, Numatics®, O-Z/Gedney, Rollway®, SealMaster®, and System Plast™.

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April 23rd, 2015

First Commons Bank Reaches $271 million in Total Assets — A New High Point

NEWTON, MASS. – April 23, 2015  — First Commons Bank of Newton, Mass., today reported that it achieved a new high point in Total Asset level with $271,627,000 as of March 31, 2015, a $16 million or +7.0% increase over the December 31, 2014 Total Asset level of $253,932,000. Total deposits of $229 million reflect an increase of $16.0 million or +7.5% versus the last quarter of 2014. Net Loans of $223 million reflect an increase of $10.5 million or +5.0% versus last quarter.

Tony Nuzzo, Chairman, President and CEO of First Commons Bank said, “We are pleased that the growth of our bank has resumed with vigor after we raised $6.7 million in new capital during four months ending in January 2015. We are also happy to report that after reaching a new high point in Total Assets with $271 million on March 31st, we are now in the top 37% of the over 6,400 banks in the US filing FDIC Call Reports on December 31st.”

Net income for the 3-month period ended March 31, 2015 was $206 thousand, compared to $293 thousand for the 3-month period ended December 31, 2014.

Tangible Book Value on March 31st was $9.85 per share with nearly $31 million in equity and a Tier 1 Capital Ratio of 11.86%.

Mr. Nuzzo further noted that “We are also very proud that Sageworks, a national financial research firm, recognized First Commons Bank in March as one of the ‘Healthiest Banks’ in the United States principally due to our continued absence of non-performing loans.”

First Commons Bank’s financial results are available on the FDIC’s Web site at: http://goo.gl/GWPXJF.


About First Commons Bank

First Commons Bank, N.A., is a nationally chartered, FDIC-insured full-service community bank, dedicated to serving the businesses and individuals of Newton, Wellesley, Waltham, and eastern Massachusetts. The bank opened for business on July 22, 2009. Locations include its headquarters at 718 Beacon Street in Newton Centre, Mass., and 161 Linden Square in Wellesley, Mass. Visit the First Commons Bank website at http://www.firstcommonsbank.com. Follow the bank of Facebook at http://facebook.com/firstcommonsbank and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/firstcommonsbnk.

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April 14th, 2015

Honeywell Announces Miller Rigid Rail Fall Arrest Systems — for Mobility and Safety While Working At Heights On Vehicles, Elevated Machinery

Honeywell Announces Miller Rigid Rail Fall Arrest Systems — for Mobility and Safety While Working At Heights On Vehicles, Elevated Machinery

SMITHFIELD, RHODE ISLAND, USA — April 14, 2015 — Honeywell (NYSE:HON) today announced new Miller®Rigid Rail Fall Arrest Systems to provide workers with exceptional mobility and fall protection while working at heights on or above vehicles or elevated machinery.

Featuring an open track design, Miller Rigid Rail Systems are engineered to enable easy movement while reducing the risk of injury in elevated work environments on such applications as truck tarping, machinery maintenance, rail loading and unloading, and vehicle maintenance.

Three types of Miller Rigid Rail Fall Arrest Systems are available in various configurations and support center distances — making fall protection easily customizable and cost-effective:

  • The Inverted “L” System (single rigid rail) provides fall protection coverage for working at heights on vehicles or elevated machinery. The single foundation design is ideal where space for a foundation is limited.
  • The “T” Dual Track System (dual rigid rail) delivers dual fall protection coverage for working side-by-side on top of vehicles or elevated machinery. The single foundation design and parallel tracks make this system ideal for railroad tracks running parallel in close proximity — or two truck loading stations.
  • The “P” Series System (portable single rigid rail) is an economical solution for applications requiring temporary protection for working at heights. The modular design enables the system to be transported by forklift to a new location in just minutes.

The patented truss-integrated rigid rail on the Inverted “L” and “T” Dual Track systems allows for a single support column/foundation — for quicker and more flexible installation and reduced cost. Additional features include continuous lateral fall arrest protection along the full length of the system — which greatly reduces swing fall hazard. In addition, the system’s reduced fall clearance requirements, as compared to cable lifeline systems, enable workers to work on applications low to the ground. The systems may be self-installed — or installation services are available from Honeywell Technical Service by calling 800-873-5242.

These new Miller Rigid Rail Fall Arrest Systems are available immediately. For more information, visit http://hwll.co/rigid-rail, contact your nearest Miller/Honeywell distributor, or call Honeywell Customer Care in the US at 800-430-5490 or in Canada at 888-212-7233.

About Miller® Fall Protection Products

Miller is a world leading brand in fall protection solutions, including: personal fall protection equipment; engineered fall arrest systems; collective fall prevention/barrier solutions; and professional services including training, audits, consulting, product inspection and repairs. For over 65 years, products labeled with the Miller brand have protected those working at heights in a wide range of industries, which today include construction, oil and gas, telecommunications, wind energy, transportation, mining, general industry, utilities and more.

About Honeywell Safety Products

Honeywell Safety Products (HSP), a global manufacturer of leading personal protective equipment (PPE) and provider of safety solutions, helps company employees make safer decisions on their own and build an enduring culture of safety. With world class brands such as Honeywell®, Uvex®, North®, Howard Leight®, Miller®, Fibre-Metal® and Servus®, HSP offers a full range of quality PPE, including: protective clothing; fall and hearing protection products; solutions that protect hands, head, feet, eyes and face; along with respiratory, welding, first-aid, lockout/tagout and traffic safety equipment. Lead them to safety — visit www.honeywellsafety.com/culture to learn more.

About Honeywell 

Honeywell (www.honeywell.com) is a Fortune 100 diversified technology and manufacturing leader, serving customers worldwide with aerospace products and services; control technologies for buildings, homes, and industry; turbochargers; and  performance materials.  For more news and information on Honeywell, please visit www.honeywellnow.com.

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April 8th, 2015

First Commons Bank Named as One of “America’s Healthiest Banks”

NEWTON, MASS. — April 8, 2015 First Commons Bank of Newton, Mass., was named as one of the 3 healthiest banks in Massachusetts, and one of the 13 healthiest in the Northeast U.S. by Sageworks, a financial information company.

Sageworks analyzed data from more than 6,500 banks across the U.S. and listed the healthiest for each region according to their “Texas Ratios” — a key performance indicator in the banking industry used to assess an individual bank’s health.  The ratio gauges a bank’s ability to cover its bad debts with its tangible equity capital.  The dataset used the most recent federal data via Sageworks Bank Information for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2014.  A low Texas Ratio is an indicator of a healthy bank

First Commons Bank had a ratio of exactly zero, reported Sageworks.

In a March 20th announcement, James Noe, an analyst at Sageworks, explained that “The institutions on each of these regional lists have taken on no or relatively low levels of problem loans and have adequate amounts of capital to cover them when there are any, which is a good indication of how these institutions are run.”

Tony Nuzzo, Chairman, President and CEO of First Commons Bank said he was pleased, but not surprised that First Commons Bank was rated among the healthiest banks in the U.S. “We are pleased to share this national recognition with our clients, employees, and shareholders,” he said.

The complete announcement from Sageworks announcing their listing of “America’s Healthiest Banks by Texas Ratio” is available at http://goo.gl/uX3AP8

About First Commons Bank

First Commons Bank, N.A., is a nationally chartered, FDIC-insured full-service community bank, dedicated to serving the businesses and individuals of Newton, Wellesley, Waltham, and eastern Massachusetts. The bank opened for business on July 22, 2009. Branch and office locations include its headquarters at 718 Beacon St. in Newton Centre, Mass., and 161 Linden Square in Wellesley, Mass. It also has a stand-alone branded ATM in the mall at Newton’s Chestnut Hill Square. Visit the First Commons Bank website at firstcommonsbank.com. Follow the bank on Facebook at facebook.com/firstcommonsbank and on Twitter at twitter.com/firstcommonsbnk.

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April 7th, 2015

SPECTRO Launches New Service & Support Website for North American Customers

SPECTRO North American Service SupportKleve, Germany — April 7, 2015 — SPECTRO Analytical Instruments has launched a new website consolidating service, training, and application and technical support for the benefit of its North American customers. The website is located at http://representatives.spectro.com/spectro-support-usa.

A member of the AMETEK Materials Analysis Division, SPECTRO is one of the worldwide leading suppliers of analytical instruments, employing optical emission and X-ray fluorescence spectrometry technology, used for the elemental analysis of materials in industry, research and academia.

The new SPECTRO website is designed to provide customers in North America with a full range of service and support options to ensure their SPECTRO instruments are operating to optimal factory specifications — and providing accurate results with as little downtime as possible.

The site is supported through the AMECARE program, which offers a complete suite of programs and products — and certified factory trained technical staff averaging over 15 years of experience per person — in support of SPECTRO customers.

The new website offers information, support and services specific to North America on:

  • Service and Support Contracts ranging from annual preventive maintenance to on-site service visits to keep instruments operating to factory specifications.
  • An Online Shop for the purchase of parts and accessories
  • Training Programs offering instruction on advanced techniques for particular instruments. The courses are offered throughout the year at SPECTRO’s training facility in Mahwah, NJ.
  • AMECARE Performance Services designed to ensure optimum performance and long equipment life. Services include preventive maintenance programs, application solutions, expert consultation, and targeted training classes.
  • Application Specialists who are available for consultation by customers to resolve technical and application issues regarding their particular analysis needs.
  • Technical Support contact information.

For more information, visit the SPECTRO North American Service and Support website at http://representatives.spectro.com/spectro-support-usa.

About SPECTRO:

SPECTRO, a unit of the Materials Analysis Division of AMETEK, Inc., manufactures advanced instruments, develops the best solutions for elemental analysis for a broad range of applications, and provides exemplary customer service.

SPECTRO’s products are known for their superior technical capabilities that deliver measureable benefits to the customer. From its foundation in 1979 until today, more than 30,000 analytical instruments have been delivered to customers around the world.

AMETEK, Inc. is a leading global manufacturer of electronic instruments and electromechanical products with over 15,000 colleagues at more than 120 manufacturing and sales and service operations in the United States and 30 other countries around the world.

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March 24th, 2015

AMECARE M2M Service Remotely Monitors SPECTRO ICP Spectrometers to Ensure Integrity, Avoid Downtime

SPECTRO_ARCOSKleve, Germany — March 24, 2015 — SPECTRO Analytical Instruments’ AMECARE M2M service offers the continuous remote monitoring of select SPECTRO ICP spectrometers to proactively ensure their integrity of operation and reduce the risk of downtime. The service is offered in combination with SPECTRO’s AMECARE Preventative Maintenance programs.

SPECTRO ICP spectrometers are equipped with intelligent diagnostic capabilities that report on the integrity of critical system components. With these capabilities, the cause of an instrument breakdown can be isolated and identified to speed system recovery. The technology also provides information for use with preventative intervention.

With the AMECARE M2M (Machine-to-Machine) service, diagnostic information is transmitted from the SPECTRO ICP spectrometer to SPECTRO’s central M2M server, where it is analyzed to proactively identify and flag any potential component maladjustment, degradation, or failure. If an issue is identified, the local SPECTRO service organization is alerted about the situation and the customer is contacted directly — ensuring that potential problems do not go unnoticed and are addressed proactively.

Components monitored by the M2M system include the Plasma Generator (torchbox and sample introduction system); Optical System; ICALization process; Instrument power supplies, readout and other electronic components. Benefits of the continuous monitoring include dramatically reducing the risk of instrument failure and the cost of the resulting downtime — as well as extending the life of the instrument.

User confidentially is ensured throughout the design and operation of the M2M system. The service transmits only instrument hardware and ICAL process relevant information — while analytical methods and analytical results are excluded. The system is unidirectional and secure — other than the communication handshake, information cannot be transmitted to the instrument from the remote M2M server — thus ensuring instrument encapsulation for maximum system integrity.

The AMECARE M2M intelligent diagnostic service is available on the following SPECTRO ICP spectrometers:

  • SPECTRO ARCOS FHE12 / FHS12
  • SPECTRO ARCOS 165 FHE16 / FHS16
  • SPECTRO ARCOS FHE22 / FHS22 / FHM22
  • SPECTRO ARCOS 160 FHE26 / FHS26
  • SPECTROBLUE FME16
  • SPECTROBLUE FMS16
  • SPECTROBLUE FME26
  • SPECTROBLUE FMS26
  • SPECTROBLUE FMT26
  • SPECTRO GENESIS FES17
  • SPECTRO GENESIS FEE17
  • SPECTRO MS MSS01

For more information, visit http://ow.ly/KJNoC or email spectro.info@ametek.com.

About SPECTRO:

SPECTRO, a unit of the Materials Analysis Division of AMETEK, Inc., manufactures advanced instruments, develops the best solutions for elemental analysis for a broad range of applications, and provides exemplary customer service.

SPECTRO’s products are known for their superior technical capabilities that deliver measureable benefits to the customer. From its foundation in 1979 until today, more than 30,000 analytical instruments have been delivered to customers around the world.

AMETEK, Inc. is a leading global manufacturer of electronic instruments and electromechanical products with over 15,000 colleagues at more than 120 manufacturing and sales and service operations in the United States and 30 other countries around the world.

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March 11th, 2015

Whitepaper Details 15 Best Practices for Institutional Biosafety Committees to Improve Functionality, Compliance

Elizabeth Gilman Duane, M.S., RBP, CBSP; Practice Director, Life Sciences; Environmental Health & Engineering, Inc.

Elizabeth Gilman Duane, M.S., RBP, CBSP; Practice Director, Life Sciences; Environmental Health & Engineering, Inc.

Needham, Mass. — March 11, 2015 — Fifteen best practices to help Institutional Biosafety Committees (IBCs) improve their functionality and compliance — and better protect their workers, communities, and institutions — are detailed in a new whitepaper available to download at http://www.eheinc.com/ibc_practices.htm.

The whitepaper is titled “Best Practices for a Highly Functioning, Compliant Institutional Biosafety Committee.

“Last year there were several lapses in safety practices at Federal laboratories, drawing significant attention and compromising the public’s confidence in biomedical research,” said whitepaper author Betsy Gilman Duane, MS, RBP, CBSP, Practice Director, Life Sciences at Environmental Health & Engineering (EH&E).

“But each Institutional Biosafety Committee is unique. After satisfying the requirements of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and their local communities, the best practices recommended in the whitepaper can enhance the experience for IBC members, facilitate compliance as well as science, and provide opportunities for improvement for Institutional Biosafety Committees as the cornerstone of their institution’s Biosafety Management System,” she stated.

The 15 best practices addressed in the whitepaper involve the scope of the Institutional Biosafety Committee, data collection, training, leadership, conflicts of interest, project and procedure reviews and audits, biosafety officer qualifications, public communications, disposition of materials, and others.

Gilman Duane is past president of the American Biological Safety Association (ABSA), facilitated the establishment of the New England Biosafety Association (NEBSA), and is on the Board of the Eagleson Institute. At EH&E, she oversees biological safety and environmental health and safety programs for life science clients.

To download the whitepaper, Best Practices for a Highly Functioning, Compliant Institutional Biosafety Committee,” visit http://www.eheinc.com/ibc_practices.htm.

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About EH&E

EH&E a leading provider of environmental and engineering consulting services, guarantees that its application of science and engineering best practices will deliver measurable, quantifiable benefits in all aspects of the built environment. EH&E’s focus on evidence-based decision making and advanced capabilities in analytics and technology innovation help its clients achieve and quantify optimal performance from their people and assets. For more information, visit the EH&E website at www.eheinc.com.

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March 10th, 2015

March 24 Webinars to Focus on Use, Applications of New SPECTRO xSORT Handheld EDXRF Spectrometers

Kleve — March 11, 2015 — Two live webinars on March 24, 2015, will focus on the selection and applications of SPECTRO’s new family of xSORT handheld EDXRF spectrometers for affordable metals identification; advanced metals analysis, and fast element screening.

SPECTRO’s new xSORT family of energy dispersive X-ray fluorescence spectrometers deliver repeatable, laboratory-quality results in a matter of seconds for elemental analysis and spectrochemical testing — onsite in the plant or in the field. The March 24th webinars, titled “Choosing a handheld ED-XRF spectrometer,” will detail how each is a leader in its class for a broad spectrum of applications:

  • The SPECTRO xSORT Alloy handheld XRF is designed for affordable metals identification and is ideal for the quick incoming inspection of materials.
  • SPECTRO xSORT AlloyPlus is designed for advanced metals analysis and is ideal for use with scrap metals sorting and positive material identification (PMI).  Employing a top-of-the-line silicon drift detector (SDD), it performs an analysis for most alloys in 2 seconds and can sort alloys with “light” elements in just 10 additional seconds.
  • SPECTRO xSORT NonAlloy employs a large area SDD and delivers fast, reliable measurement and elemental analysis of nonmetallic materials with an outstanding level of performance. It’s ideal for environmental and RoHS compliance screening, as well as for geological exploration.

Optimized for ease-of-use and fatigue-free on-site measurements, all three SPECTRO xSORT EDXRF spectrometers offer low detection limits down to the ppm range for heavy metals, an interface bezel with operator-defined hot keys to maximize speed of common tasks, “live” analysis results to wireless LAN — and more.

Register for the free live webinars, “Choosing a handheld ED-XRF spectrometer,” on March 24th — offered at 4 a.m. EDT and at 12 p.m. EDT — at http://xrf.spectro.com/xsort/webinar.

Download a brochure about the new SPECTRO xSORT handheld EDXRF spectrometers from http://www.spectro.com/xsort.

About SPECTRO:

SPECTRO, a unit of the Materials Analysis Division of AMETEK, Inc., manufactures advanced instruments, develops the best solutions for elemental analysis for a broad range of applications, and provides exemplary customer service.

SPECTRO’s products are known for their superior technical capabilities that deliver measureable benefits to the customer. From its foundation in 1979 until today, more than 30,000 analytical instruments have been delivered to customers around the world.

AMETEK, Inc. is a leading global manufacturer of electronic instruments and electromechanical products with over 15,000 colleagues at more than 120 manufacturing and sales and service operations in the United States and 30 other countries around the world.

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