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December 16th, 2014

Brooks Introduces Tube Auditor 2.0 with Increased Throughput for Rapid, Non-Contact Volume Measurement of SBS-Format Microtubes

Tube AuditorCHELMSFORD, MASSACHUSETTS, USA, December 16, 2014 — Brooks Life Science Systems, the global leader in automated sample management for drug discovery and biostorage applications and a division of Brooks Automation, Inc. (Nasdaq: BRKS), has announced the introduction of the Brooks Tube AuditorTM 2.0.  Tube Auditor is a next-generation system for high-speed, non-contact sample volume and precipitate measurement of SBS-format microtubes. It dramatically increases lab productivity and helps remove uncertainty from the high-throughput screening process.

“Tube Auditor 2.0 enables rapid, non-contact sample volume measurement and precipitate detection in a single audit pass,” said Christopher McNary, vice president and chief commercial officer, Brooks Life Science Systems. “It minimizes downstream costs from the processing of empty plate wells, avoids damage to liquid-handling tips caused by failed de-cap operations, and increases confidence in the concentration of delivered output samples.

Auditing an entire 96-tube rack in approximately 90 seconds – over 13 times faster than the 20 minutes required by an automated weighing system, Tube Auditor 2.0 is compatible with nearly all SBS-format tube racks and can be used as a standalone instrument or integrated into an automated system. The instrument is exceptionally accurate — detecting sample volume changes to better than ±10μl. Tube Auditor 2.0 is ideal for compound management, high-throughput screening, and biobanking applications. It also can be used for sample quality control and empty tube and cap detection.

A case study is available that reviews how a global pharmaceutical firm employed a Tube Auditor to rapidly incorporate a sample library from an acquired company.

The Tube Auditor 2.0 is available for purchase from Brooks’s sales representatives. For more information, visit http://www.brooks.com/products/life-science-systems, e-mail blss.sales@brooks.com,  call 1-858-527-7000 or follow us on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook

About Brooks Automation

Brooks is a leading worldwide provider of automation, vacuum, and instrumentation solutions for multiple markets including semiconductor manufacturing, life sciences, and clean energy. Our technologies, engineering competencies, and global service capabilities provide customers speed to market, and ensure high uptime and rapid response, which equate to superior value in their mission-critical controlled environments. Since 1978, we have been a leading partner to the global semiconductor manufacturing market and through product development initiatives and strategic business acquisitions; we have expanded our reach to meet the needs of customers in the life sciences industry, analytical & research markets, and clean energy solutions. Brooks is headquartered in Chelmsford, MA, with direct operations in North America, Europe, and Asia. For more information, please visit www.brooks.com.

 

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December 15th, 2014

How New Solenoid Valve Technology Improves Compliance, Performance, Savings in Upstream Oil & Gas Heating Equipment: Whitepaper

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — December 15, 2014 — A new whitepaper from ASCO Numatics explains how the introduction of new solenoid valve technology in upstream oil and gas heating equipment is eliminating the problems associated with older pneumatically-operated shutoff valves — while improving regulatory compliance, performance, and savings. The paper is available to download at http://bit.ly/ASCOUpstreamOilGasWP.

Low-temperature stainless steel fuel shutoff valves are usually utilized for on/off control of fuel gas within gas fuel trains in process heating system burners. These systems are widely used by oil and gas firms as well by as original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) that produce gas heating equipment or burner management systems (BMSs) and controls in upstream oil and gas pipelines and tanks.

In recent years, a new generation of solenoid valve technology has dramatically advanced shutoff valve designs to provide pipeline and tank heating systems with robust, durable performance; safety; and regulatory compliance — all while increasing efficiency and productivity.

Exploring these technological advancements, the whitepaper, titled, “Breakthrough Solenoid Valve Technology for Upstream Oil and Gas Heating Equipment,” discusses:

  • How safety shutoff valves based on solenoid technology can offer substantial improvements over older air-operated models;
  • Why not all solenoid shutoff valves offer the same level of performance;
  • Important capabilities to consider when selecting a solenoid shutoff valve: operating temperatures, pressure ranges, power consumption, reliable performance, and proof of closure; and
  • How to evaluate prospective solenoid shutoff valve models closely to ensure regulatory compliance with location and application.

The whitepaper, authored by ASCO Numatics experts Bob Cadwell, Gerry Longinetti, and James Chiu, is available to download from http://bit.ly/ASCOUpstreamOilGasWP.

The whitepaper is presented ASCO Numatics, the world’s leading manufacturer of comprehensive fluid automation, flow control, and pneumatics solutions. For more information, contact ASCO Numatics at 1-800-972-ASCO (2726) or visit http://www.ascovalve.com.

Follow ASCO Numatics on Twitter at http://twitter.com/asconumatics. Find ASCO Numatics on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/asconumatics.

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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December 12th, 2014

Geological Material Analysis with Various Techniques is Subject of Complimentary Webinar for Geoscientists on Dec. 17

Kleve, Germany, December 12, 2014 — Geoscientists are challenged to delve into the deeper layers of geological sample analysis and laboratory sample processing optimization in a complimentary webinar on Wednesday, December 17, 2014.

In the webinar titled, “Geological materials analysis using ICP-OES, EDXRF, and ICP-MS,“ experts will explore the strengths and weaknesses of a full range of XRF instruments such as the handheld xSORT, frequently employed for fast onsite analyses; the uniquely portable SPECTROSCOUT, that brings lab caliber analysis out into the field; and the SPECTRO XEPOS, a powerful laboratory workhorse that is the ideal instrument for fast accurate geological sample analysis.

Because of their high sensitivity and high sample throughput, two other techniques for geological material analysis will also be explored: ICP-OES and ICP-MS. The new SPECTRO-MS for geological applications will be discussed — since with its direct charge semi-conductor detection system, this sector field ICP-MS can capture the entire mass spectrum fully simultaneously.

The complimentary webinar, “Geological materials analysis using ICP-OES, EDXRF, and ICP-MS,” will be offered on Wednesday, Dec. 17, at 11 a.m. EST.

Register for the webinar online at: http://goo.gl/GdlggP.

The webinar will be presented by SPECTRO Analytical Instruments, a leading global supplier of analytical instruments for optical emission and X-ray fluorescence spectrometry.

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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December 12th, 2014

Rapid Bacterial Assay Enables Compliance with FDA Guidance for Enhancing Platelet Transfusion Safety

BacTX-mdBOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, U.S.A. — December 12, 2014 — Immunetics Inc., a leading clinical test provider, announced today that its newly commercialized BacTx® Rapid Assay will enable blood banks and transfusion centers to comply with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) recently released draft guidance for the testing of platelets for bacterial contamination to enhance transfusion safety.

In its draft guidance for industry (December 2014), the FDA cited the risks of bacterial contamination of platelets and the critical need for means to mitigate these risks.  In particular, FDA recommended that all pooled whole blood-derived platelets be subjected to rapid bacterial testing prior to transfusion. The agency also expressed concern over the safety of 4- to 5-day-old platelets – noting that the majority of sepsis incidents and fatalities were associated with these higher-risk units. Following recommendations of its Blood Products Advisory Committee, FDA suggested that testing of 4- to 5-day old units with a rapid, point-of-issue assay would be an effective way to detect and interdict contaminated platelet units.

The BacTx test from Immunetics is cleared by the FDA for the rapid testing of platelets for bacterial contamination prior to transfusion. It relies on a unique, patented detection chemistry that is specific for bacteria.

“The FDA has acknowledged the effectiveness of rapid testing in protecting patients from transfusion of contaminated platelets. The BacTx system is designed to detect the lower levels of bacteria of all types that can proliferate over time and may escape detection by other testing methods,” said John Yonkin, chief executive officer of Immunetics.

To facilitate compliance with FDA’s recent guidance, the BacTx test is designed for easy integration with lab workflows. “We realized that rapid bacterial testing for platelets would be a new activity for many labs, so assisting them with easy workflow and data management became a key goal of the BacTx system,” Yonkin said. “We had to ensure that BacTx delivered a highly sensitive test that was truly manageable within a demanding laboratory work environment.”

The BacTx test provides assay results and interpretation within 30 minutes. Test monitoring and interpretation rely on an automated random access analyzer and software with bar code scanner input that enable data entry, tracking, traceability and analysis for up to 8 samples per run.

The BacTx system meets AABB standard 5.1.5.1.1. and is cleared for quality-control testing of leukocyte-reduced apheresis platelets (LRAP) within 24 hours of transfusion, and pools of up to six units of leukocyte-reduced whole-blood derived platelets that are pooled within 4 hours of transfusion.

The FDA draft guidance also described a future pathway to extending platelet dating to 7 days from the current 5-day standard, contingent upon the use of an approved rapid test late in the storage period. Such an extension in dating will allow blood banks and transfusion centers to use platelets that would otherwise be discarded solely due to outdating, saving money and avoiding shortfalls in platelet inventory.“Immunetics is committed to supporting this initiative with the BacTx test,” said Yonkin.

For more information on the BacTx Rapid Assay, visit the Immunetics Website at http://immunetics.com/bactx.html or contact Immunetics at 1-617-896-9100 or toll-free at 1-800-227-4765.

About Immunetics

Immunetics, Inc. offers state-of-the-art assay technology for infectious disease diagnosis and blood screening, and for more than 10 years, has been a leading innovator of tests for bacterial, viral, and parasitic diseases. The company produces and markets a range of infectious disease assay kits and instruments. The company has issued patents on its BacTx test for bacterial contamination of platelets. It has developed and markets other FDA-cleared products, including a test for Lyme disease, and is actively working on new tests for Babesiosis and Chagas disease — both of which are emerging risks to the blood supply. Immunetics is headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts. The company’s mission is to deliver better cost-efficient care through more accurate diagnosis. For more information, visit the Immunetics website at http://immunetics.com.

BacTx® is a registered trademark of Immunetics, Inc.BacTX-md

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December 1st, 2014

DECTRIS Ltd. Introduces Hybrid Photon Counting (HPC) Detection for use in Medical Imaging Equipment

Phase contrast image - fusion of absorption and dark field images. Thomas Thuering et al, PSI, Switzerland.

Phase contrast image – fusion of absorption and dark field images. Thomas Thuering et al, PSI, Switzerland.

Chicago (USA), December, 1, 2014:DECTRIS Ltd. is introducing its hybrid photon counting (HPC) detection technology to enable the next generation of medical imaging equipment — and transform everything from mammography to computerized tomography (CT).

Until now, X-ray detection in medical imaging has mainly relied on the indirect methods utilized by traditional integrating detectors lacking energy discrimination. Unlike these less sensitive devices, HPC detectors provide direct sensing of every single photon in an X-ray — made possible by innovations including optimized solid-state sensors and CMOS readout ASICs using hybrid pixel technology.

Given these properties alone, HPC should far surpass the performance of older technologies in terms of dose and resolution. Paired with advanced new imaging equipment and analysis algorithms, the additional spectral information will open up a new dimension in specificity.

“Designers and radiologists in the medical imaging world have been anticipating the arrival of detection techniques based on Hybrid Photon Counting — it shall allow best possible image quality and the highest sensitivity at the lowest dose.”, said Willi A. Kalender, Professor at the Institute for Medical Physics in Erlangen, Germany.

[Visit DECTRIS Ltd. at the RSNA 2014 Annual Meeting,
in North Hall B: 8047.]

DECTRIS is the world’s acknowledged leader in HPC detection, having produced more than 6,000 HPC detector modules to date — far more than any other source — for a variety of applications in science and industry. DECTRIS’ unique, pioneering HPC technology delivers:

  • Very high resolution — achieving the best signal-to-noise ratio via a noise-free signal with no dark current
  • Very high data rates — via dedicated ASIC and electronic design
  • Exclusive spectral information — via energy analysis, for simple color imaging
  • Highest (almost perfect) spatial resolution — via direct detection, without scintillators, fiber optics, etc.

As the leader in HPC technology, DECTRIS is ready to work with medical imaging OEMs to help realize such new possibilities as:

  • Highlighting microcalcification in breast tissue — with color images produced by new capabilities for energy analysis
  • Highlighting contrast agents such as iodine in mammography

In addition, tissue differentiation is improved for better-informed diagnosis — with phase-contrast imaging used in combination with HPC.

For more information, visit DECTRIS Ltd. at RSNA 2014 in North Hall B: 8047. Or visit the DECTRIS website at http://medical.dectris.com or call 0041.56.500.2180

About DECTRIS

As the technology leader in X-ray detection, DECTRIS aims to continuously improve measurement quality to enable new findings and innovative results in science, industry, and medicine. DECTRIS X-ray detectors make optimum use of the company’s pioneering hybrid photon counting (HPC) technology. It has transformed basic research at synchrotron light sources, as well as in laboratory and industrial X-ray applications worldwide. For more information, visit http://medical.dectris.com or call 0041.56.500.2180

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December 1st, 2014

Honeywell Safety Products Announces Free Upgrade for VeriPRO Earplug Fit-Testing Technology

Honeywell today announced a free software upgrade for its VeriPRO® earplug fit-testing system. Based on user experience with thousands of earplug fit-tests, the upgrade to VeriPRO 3.0 offers users a more efficient, versatile, and user-friendly experience.

Honeywell today announced a free software upgrade for its VeriPRO® earplug fit-testing system. Based on user experience with thousands of earplug fit-tests, the upgrade to VeriPRO 3.0 offers users a more efficient, versatile, and user-friendly experience.

SMITHFIELD, R.I., (December 1, 2014) —  Honeywell’s VeriPRO system enables safety managers to easily create an accurate, real-world picture of their employees’ hearing protection. With VeriPRO, managers can determine the individual protection level of a worker fitted with any earplugs through a simple listening test — and then decide whether the employee is receiving optimal protection from the earplugs, requires additional fit training, or needs to try a different model.

VeriPRO features include:

  • Measures each employee’s Personal Attenuation Rating (PAR) – the individual protection level for that worker wearing a particular earplug
  • Works with any earplug, corded or uncorded, from any manufacturer
  • Fulfills regulatory requirements to ensure proper initial fitting of hearing protection
  • Documents training and proper fit for new or existing employees
  • Provides an ideal opportunity for one-on-one education

The VeriPRO 3.0 upgrade ensures that hearing protection fit testing has never been easier by delivering:

  • More efficiency — as users can enter and edit any earplug from any manufacturer; earplug size is documented for many earplugs; and controls are improved for faster testing;
  • More versatility — as information uploading is easier; installation is available in 32-bit or 64-bit formats; and test results default to industry standard, or user-determined, measurements;
  • A more user-friendly experience — with simplified installation on Windows PCs, customized installation options, and a wider range of report formats.

The VeriPRO 3.0 upgrade is free for all currently registered VeriPRO users to download at http://www.howardleight.com/veripro/resource.

The VeriPRO 3.0 system is available from industrial safety distributors in the U.S. and Canada. For more information, visit http://www.howardleight.com/veripro.

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.

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.

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November 20th, 2014

How New Spectrometer Technologies Substantially Cut Operating Costs

 — New Whitepaper From SPECTRO Analytical Instruments —

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Kleve, November 20, 2014 — A new whitepaper detailing how new ICP-OES spectrometer technologies are substantially cutting operating costs in environmental, industrial, and academic is available to download from SPECTRO Analytical Instruments at http://icp-oes.spectro.com/blue.

Controlling costs associated with the operation of ICP-OES instruments is a continuing challenge for laboratories, regardless of application, given the variety of operational, maintenance and hidden expenses that dramatically increase their total cost of ownership.

Traditional spectrometers bear the burden of a number of inherent problems in their design. A new whitepaper, titled “How New Spectrometer Technologies Substantially Cut Operating Costs,” explores how engineering innovations have addressed design issues to enable significant savings while improving performance. The advancements, detailed in the paper, include:

  • New system designs that deliver improved uptime and throughput while reducing operating costs.
  • A unique sealed optical system that abolishes the need for the constant purging of argon or nitrogen, eliminating purge gas consumables cost and purging delays.
  • Improved spectrometer technology that removes the need for a separate, external, water-based cooling system along with the associated purchase, installation, power and maintenance costs.
  • Innovations in optical technology that improve performance measures such as sensitivity and stability.
  • A robust generator design that provides ample power reserves, so it can handle extreme plasma loads, and adapt to quickly changing demands.

Such advancements, according to the whitepaper, cut operating costs by enabling easier, less expensive installation, operation, and maintenance, while improving  both ICP-OES performance and usability. Download “How New Spectrometer Technologies Substantially Cut Operating Costs” at http://icp-oes.spectro.com/blue.

The paper is authored by SPECTRO Analytical Instruments, a leading global supplier of analytical instruments for optical emission and X-ray fluorescence spectrometry.

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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November 20th, 2014

New EH&E Inc. Program Improves Fire & Life Safety Compliance During & After Construction at Hospitals

EH&E LogoNeedham, Mass., November 20, 2014 — EH&E, a leading provider of risk management, environmental and engineering consulting services, has introduced a new inspection service that assists hospitals to improve firestopping and life safety compliance during and after construction projects.

Construction, renovation, maintenance, and tele-data upgrades are constant at hospitals. The complexity and pace of these projects can lead to unexpected compromises in firewall barriers — creating both compliance problems and safety issues.

EH&E’s new Firestopping and Life Safety Management program, designed in conjunction with Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), shows hospitals how to cost effectively resolve construction-related compliance deficiencies and set the foundation for maintaining life safety and firewall barrier systems throughout the life of their buildings.

By addressing the root causes of firewall breaches and enabling the proactive identification and resolution of fire and life safety deficiencies during construction, the hospital starts with a safe and compliant building at the time of occupation. The hospital saves costs because rather than inheriting fire safety deficiencies from construction, the responsibility for repairs is placed with the contractor. In addition, the program’s “continuous compliance” focus ensures that proper procedures will be followed during ongoing maintenance and future renovations. Field inspectors utilize mobile devices to note conditions and provide photographic documentation that is instantly uploaded to a secure website for real-time notification to the contractors followed by auto-tracking of resolution, acceptance and record keeping.

At BWH, program results included greater than 96% compliance with The Joint Commission, and an estimated savings of more than $1 per square foot of floor area through the repair of firewall deficiencies prior to occupancy.

This summer, the program won the 2014 IFMA Boston Excellence Award for Best Practices in Sustainability, honored for setting “a new benchmark” and establishing “a model of best practices.”

For more information on EH&E’s new Firestopping and Life Safety Management program, or to download a case study detailing the BWH project, visit http://www.eheinc.com/firesafety_hospital_wp.htm.

About EH&E

EH&E (http://www.eheinc.com) has provided an extensive range of risk management, environmental and engineering consulting services for over 25 years. Our team consists of more than 60 experts with an outstanding record of providing business-focused solutions for issues that affect the built environment. Our focus on “evidence-based decision making” and advanced capabilities in analytics and technology innovation enables clientsto achieve and quantify optimal performance from their people and assets. EH&E is the partner of choice for reduced organizational risk, improved business outcomes, faster time to problem resolution and greater stakeholder satisfaction.

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November 12th, 2014

Available Time to Train Staff, Certifications to Ship Hazardous Materials are Top Challenges Facing Hospitals in Ebola Preparedness, States EH&E Survey

Needham, Mass. — Nov. 12, 2014 — The lack of available time to train staff, and uncertainties about certifications to ship infectious substances, are the top challenges facing hospitals undertaking Ebola preparedness and safety precautions, according to a recently conducted survey by EH&E, Inc., a leading provider of environmental and engineering consulting services.

“Nearly half (48%) of the hospitals responding to the survey stated that ‘available time for patient care staff’ was the most important limitation in providing hands-on Ebola virus disease training to clinical staff, including hands-on PPE donning/doffing procedures,” according to Bryan Connors, MS, CIH, Healthcare Practice Director, EH&E.

Another 20% cited money or lack of qualified staff and internal resources to support training as their key limitation.

EH&E surveyed hospital environmental health and safety (EHS) managers, risk managers, and facilities mangers in 41 U.S. hospitals. The “EH&E Hospital Ebola Preparedness Surveyfocused on issues relating to personal protective equipment (PPE) training, Ebola-specific training, and hazardous waste management. The survey was conducted in late October.

“EH&E recommends selecting a small number of staff to be highly trained in Ebola preparedness and safety precautions. This group may include a select number of nurses, physicians, respiratory therapists, ‘safety monitors,’ and environmental services staff to participate in initial and periodic retraining sessions, including PPE donning and doffing procedures,” said Bryan Connors, MS, CIH, Senior Scientist and Healthcare Division Practice Leader, EH&E, Inc.

“The ‘safety monitor’ role is critical to staff safety, which works like a ‘Buddy System’ assuring front line clinical staff don and doff PPE appropriately and any safety issues are addressed in real time,” Connors noted.

“Of course, the strategy on how many staff to train will be dependent on many factors, including the type and size of the hospital,” he added.

The survey also identified a potential vulnerability in preparedness as more than half (55%) of hospitals reported not having or not knowing if they have staff trained to ship Category A Infectious Substances per IATA and DOT — such as patient specimens being sent for Ebola diagnosis or that are confirmed positive for Ebola.

“Workflow planning and procedures for Category A Infectious Substances shipments must be in place well in advance of their need,” said Connors. “This type of training can take upwards of eight hours to complete and must be properly documented. In practice, ‘on demand’ training is simply not an option.”

Overall, an overwhelming majority of hospitals reported meeting (76%) or exceeding (12%) CDC guidelines, with 12% replying they had not yet met requirements.

Nearly two-thirds (64%) of hospitals in the survey reported that they are actively conducting Ebola training, including specific PPE training. The reminder had either conducted training for other infectious diseases (21%) or training in Ebola preparedness but without training on specific PPE donning and doffing procedures (10%). Just 5% of hospitals reported not conducting Ebola specific training to date — at least as of October 21.

“It is highly likely that while training has increased in all categories since the survey was taken — the challenges remain as hospitals work to ensure not only the quality of care for patients, but the safety and well-being of caregivers and the public,” Connors noted.

A summary of the survey results, “EH&E Hospital Ebola Preparedness: Survey Results,” is available to download from http://www.eheinc.com/ebola_survey.htm.  Details are available by request by contacting Bryan Connors by phone 1-800-825-5343 or email contact@eheinc.com.

About EH&E

EH&E (http://www.eheinc.com) has provided an extensive range of environmental and engineering consulting services for over 25 years. Our team consists of more than 60 experts with an outstanding record of providing business-focused solutions for issues that affect the built environment. EH&E has a depth of knowledge and credibility unmatched in the industry and our wealth of readily-accessible information has become a powerful resource for our clients.

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November 5th, 2014

ASCO Numatics Announces 2014 Industrial Automation Engineering Scholarship Winners

FLORHAM PARK, NEW JERSEY, USA, November 5, 2014 – ASCO Numatics, the world’s leading manufacturer of comprehensive fluid automation, flow control, and pneumatics solutions, announced the recipients of the 2014 ASCO Numatics Industrial Automation Engineering Scholarship.

The recipients, Nicholas Aerni of Taylor Mill, KY, a senior at The University of Kentucky in Lexington, KY, and Kaitlyn A. Martin of Baytown, TX, a senior at the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, CO; were each awarded a $5,000 scholarship from ASCO Numatics towards their Bachelor’s program degrees in electrical/computer engineering and mechanical engineering.

ASCO Numatics will further support the winners’ studies with an additional $1,000 grant to the engineering departments at each of their universities.

“These students represent the next-generation of the engineering industry,” said Robert W. Kemple, Jr., executive vice president, sales and marketing – Americas, ASCO Numatics. “Their understanding of the renewable energy and green technology, and their commitment to community impressed us tremendously. We are very proud to support Mr. Aerni and Ms. Martin as they prepare for their future careers.”

ASCO Numatics announced the scholarship winners at PMMI’s annual Amazing Packaging Race at PACK EXPO 2014 in Chicago. The two students were guests at the Expo, courtesy of ASCO Numatics. Sponsored by ASCO Numatics, the Amazing Packaging Race is a fun and educational event that pits teams of packaging students, from programs around the country, against each other in a race to gather points by completing tasks at specific PACK EXPO booths. ASCO Numatics’ sponsorship of the race helps support the PMMI Education and Training Foundation, which provides scholarships to packaging students from PMMI partner schools.

The ASCO Numatics Industrial Automation Engineering Scholarship program, now in its seventh year, has awarded a total of $70,000 in merit-based scholarships to 14 students, based on their potential for leadership and for making a significant contribution to the industrial automation engineering profession, particularly as it relates to the application of fluid control and fluid power technologies. The company has provided an additional $14,000 in grants to 12 schools of engineering. For information on the scholarship program, visit www.asconumatics.com/scholarship.

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 and Emerson Industrial Automation

Emerson (www.Emerson.com) 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 2013 were $24.7 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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