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January 30th, 2015

First Commons Bank Earns More Than $1.2 Million in 2014 for a 42% Increase Versus a Year Ago, and Completes a New Capital Raise for Growth

NEWTON, MASS. — January 30, 2015 — First Commons Bank of Newton, Mass., today reported its results for the quarter ended December 31, 2014. Net income for the quarter was $282 thousand compared to $253 thousand for the 4th quarter of 2013. Net income for the period January 1 to December 31, 2014 was $1.255 million, compared to $884 thousand for the same period of 2013, an increase of 42%. Net income results for 2013 were positively affected by gains on sale of securities of $262 thousand, while 2014 results are all from banking operations.

The Bank raised $4.9 million, before expenses, in new common equity capital during 2014 at a price of $11.00 per share. The new capital will be used to fund further growth, as well as strengthen the Bank’s capital ratios. Book value of the Bank’s common stock was $9.71 per share as of December 31, 2014, compared to $9.00 as of December 31, 2013.

Of note, the Bank continued raising capital through January 21, 2015 and reached a total of $6.7 million, with an additional $1.8 million raised in 2015.

The Bank’s Return on Average Assets for the twelve month period ended December 31, 2014 was 0.50%, compared to 0.39% for the twelve month period ended December 31, 2013. The Bank’s Tier 1 Capital to Asset Ratio also improved from the 8.50% reported as of December 31, 2013 to 11.42% as of December 31, 2014. The improvement in the capital ratio is a combination of both earnings as well as the $4.9 million in capital raised in 2014.

Tony Nuzzo, Chairman, President and CEO of First Commons Bank said, “We are pleased that we earned $1.2 million in 2014, the first time the Bank has earned more than $1 million. We are also especially pleased with the capital raise which totaled $6.7 million at a price which was accretive to book value. We are confident that this capital raise will give us the ability to substantially grow in both size and profitability.”

Total Interest Income of $10.9 million increased by approximately $742 thousand, or 7.3%, for the twelve month period ended December 31, 2014 vs. 2013. Interest Expense of $2.2 million increased by approximately $257 thousand, or 13.1%, for the twelve months ended December 31, 2014 vs. 2013. The Bank’s Net Interest Margin of $8.7 million as of December 31, 2014 represents an increase of $485 thousand, or 5.9% over the twelve month period ended December 31, 2013. Noninterest operating expenses increased by approximately $344 thousand, or 5.4%, for the twelve month period ended December 31, 2014 compared to the twelve month period ended December 31, 2013.

Mr. Nuzzo further commented, “We are also pleased that our ratio of non-performing loans to total loans remains at 0.00% as of December 31, 2014, and we still do not have a loan that is more than 60 days past due.”

First Commons Bank’s financial results are available on the FDIC’s Web site at: http://goo.gl/s2DQAm.

 

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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January 21st, 2015

New SPECTRO ARCOS High-Resolution ICP-OES Spectrometer for Elemental Analysis Surpasses Performance Limitations

SPECTRO ARCOSKleve — January 21, 2015 — SPECTRO Analytical Instruments today announced its new SPECTRO ARCOS high-resolution ICP-OES spectrometer, the first and only spectrometer featuring the fast and convenient selection of axial plasma or radial plasma observation in a single instrument — without any optical compromise.

Designed for use in the most demanding elemental analysis applications in industry, science, and academia, the new SPECTRO ARCOS easily surpasses the performance limitations of conventional ICP-OES instruments — dramatically improving sensitivity, stability, and precision, while lowering operating costs with the introduction of innovative components, unique capabilities, and optimum flexibility.

The new SPECTRO ARCOS establishes a new ICP-OES performance class for complex analytical tasks — resolving a wide array of inherent problems in traditional spectrometer design — and caps 30 years of SPECTO experience in developing advanced solutions for the elemental analysis of metals, chemicals, petrochemicals and other materials.

Features of the new SPECTRO ARCOS include:

  • Axial or Radial Plasma Observation: SPECTRO’s unique new MultiView capability delivers unmatched performance improvements in accuracy and stability and allows for the fast and convenient selection of axial plasma or radial plasma observation with no optical compromise.
  • ORCA Optical System: The CCD optic system with a Paschen-Runge mount assembly delivers a matchless resolution of 8.5 picometer in the wavelength range from 130 to 340 nm.
  • Innovative Power Generator: A unique new solid-state generator design that provides the highest plasma power available for extreme or quickly changing plasma loads.
  • Elimination of the Need for Purge Gases: SPECTRO’s UV-PLUS sealed optical chamber ends the need for the purging of argon or nitrogen gases — along with the related supplies, maintenance costs, and downtime.
  • No External Cooling System: Air-cooled interface technology and the completely air-cooled generator eliminates the need for an external cooling system — along with the associated, and often substantial, equipment, power, and maintenance costs.

The new-generation SPECTRO ARCOS is available immediately from SPECTRO Analytical Instruments. For more information, visit http://www.spectro.com or email spectro.info@ametek.com. SPECTRO Analytical Instruments is a leading global supplier of analytical instruments employing XRF, Arc/Spark, ICP-OES, and ICP-MS technology for the elemental analysis of materials in industry, research, and academia.

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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January 20th, 2015

ASCO Numatics Announces 2015 Industrial Automation Engineering Scholarships

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ASCO Numatics Announces 2015 Industrial Automation Engineering Scholarships

FLORHAM PARK, NEW JERSEY, USA — January 20, 2015 — ASCO Numatics, the world’s leading manufacturer of comprehensive fluid automation, flow control, and pneumatics solutions, today announced it has begun accepting applications for its 2015 ASCO Numatics Industrial Automation Engineering Scholarship program.

ASCO Numatics will award two $5,000 scholarships to U.S. engineering students, provide $1,000 grants to their college’s engineering departments, and host the students at “The Amazing Packaging Race” at PACK EXPO International 2015 in Las Vegas in September.

The application period is now open and the deadline to apply is April 3, 2015. Details and forms are available at: www.asconumatics.com/scholarship.

“This year, we again are pleased to offer our support to America’s best and most driven engineering students through the ASCO Numatics Scholarship program,” said Robert W. Kemple, Jr., executive vice president, sales and marketing – Americas, ASCO Numatics. “We’re proud, as an industry leader, to support our next-generation of engineering leaders.”

Over the past 8 years, ASCO Numatics has awarded $70,000 in scholarships to 14 students based on their potential for leadership and for making a significant contribution to the industrial automation engineering profession. In addition, we have provided another $14,000 in grants to 12 U.S. schools of engineering.

The ASCO Numatics scholarship is merit-based and will be awarded on the candidate’s 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. A panel of ASCO Numatics executives and independent judges will select the finalists.

Applicants must be enrolled full-time in an undergraduate or graduate program in an instrumentation, systems, electrical, mechanical, or automation engineering discipline at an accredited U.S. educational institution for the 2015/2016 academic year. Candidates must also maintain at least a 3.2 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale, and be a U.S. citizen or legal U.S. resident. The deadline to apply is April 3, 2015. Details and forms are available at www.asconumatics.com/scholarship.

ASCO Numatics will award the scholarships at “The Amazing Packaging Race” at PACK EXPO International, to take place in Las Vegas from September 20-23, 2015. The race, sponsored by ASCO Numatics, 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.

About ASCO Numatics

ASCO Numatics, a division of Emerson, 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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January 15th, 2015

Whitepaper Shows Hospitals How to Investigate, Resolve Fire Wall Breaches to Advance Life Safety in Healthcare

Needham, Mass. — January 15, 2015 — An award-winning program that rapidly identified and resolved fire and life safety deficiencies during construction and renovation projects at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) is detailed in a new whitepaper from EH&E, a leading provider of environmental and engineering consulting services. The paper is available to download at http://www.eheinc.com/firesafety_hospital_wp.htm.

Construction, renovation, maintenance and tele/data upgrades are a constant in hospitals across the US. The complexity of these projects and the pace of the schedule can lead to unexpected compromises in fire barrier integrity. To address this broadly recognized challenge, BWH partnered with EH&E to develop a new approach to fire stopping and life safety management.

The resulting program set a “new benchmark” and established “a model of best practices” — winning the 2014 IFMA (International Facility Management Association) Boston Excellence Award for Best Practices in Sustainability. It is now detailed in the new whitepaper,  Ensuring Fire Barrier Integrity for Patients, Staff and First Responders: Continuous Compliance Through Information Management — presenting each step of the program in case study format.

Topics include: Root Cause Investigation of Fire Barrier Integrity Challenges, Financial Modeling of Fire Barrier Deficiencies, Implementation of an Information Management Solution and Results, and Successful Implementation of Construction Life Safety Information Management (C-LIM) Process.

Download the paper, “Ensuring Fire Barrier Integrity for Patients, Staff and First Responders: Continuous Compliance Through Information Management,” at http://www.eheinc.com/firesafety_hospital_wp.htm.

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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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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