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September 15th, 2014

Four Honeywell Products Named “New Product of the Year” by OH&S magazine — Most of any PPE Manufacturer

Four Honeywell (NYSE:HON) safety products have been named “New Product of the Year” in their respective categories in Occupational Health & Safety (OH&S) magazine’s sixth annual new product competition.

The four top honors — the most awarded in the contest this year to a single personal protective equipment (PPE) manufacturer — represent the continuing dedication of Honeywell Safety Products to introducing innovations that keep workers safe and support workplace cultures of safety around the world.  The OH&S contest attracted more than 60 products in 22 award categories, with an independent panel of three highly qualified judges choosing the winners.

The four Honeywell “New Products of the Year” are:

  • The award winning Miller AirCore™ family of harnesses, lightweight, full-body harnesses designed with breathable, open-core padding technology to improve air flow and keep workers drier and cooler. Now available in a variety of configurations, these innovative harnesses provide superior comfort and safety for a range of industries, including Construction, General Industry, Utilities, Oil & Gas, and Wind Energy. Visit: http://hwll.co/nwkh.
  • Uvex Livewire™ sealed eyewear, which deliver the fit, performance and protection required in extreme environments, to protect workers against intense wind, sun, dirt, dust and debris, as well as high heat and humidity. Based on extensive research and fit-testing, the Uvex Livewire precision-engineered frame ensures a superior, gap-free fit that seals out debris, while the high-performance Uvextreme® Plus lens coating delivers 10 times longer anti-fog protection and two times better scratch resistance than competitive anti-fog coated products. Visit: http://hwll.co/vrqz.
  • The new North® CF7000 Series Abrasive Blast Respirator, developed to solve the tough environmental and physical challenges workers encounter during abrasive blasting operations. The Respirator features an innovative, lightweight design with 160˚ panoramic range of vision and a distortion-free lens replacement system that improves worker safety and productivity. The CF7000 Series is NIOSH-approved as a Continuous Flow Supplied Air and Air Purifying Respirator (when used with North P100 filters). Visit: http://hwll.co/7czb.
  • Oliver Footwear, which offers work boots that combine stylish leather craftsmanship with superior protection from harsh chemicals, temperatures, slippery conditions, and unexpected contact with abrasive surfaces or heavy machinery. Technologically advanced features like PORON® XRD® metatarsal guards, wider profile steel toe caps, PORON inserts and NONOlite footbed make Oliver footwear one of the most comfortable safety work boot lines in the marketplace.  Visit: http://hwll.co/l94s.

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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September 15th, 2014

How to Achieve Effective Compliance with IEC 61508 in Selection of Solenoid Valves for Safety Systems is Subject of New White Paper from ASCO Numatics

Help for safety engineers to ensure effective compliance with IEC 61508 when selecting solenoid valves for safety systems is available in a new white paper available to download at http://goo.gl/VZaFnh from ASCO Numatics.

Regulatory modifications in 2010 have raised important issues in design and use of industrial safety systems. Certain changes in IEC 61508 — now being widely implemented — mean that designers and users who desire full compliance must give new consideration to topics such as SIL levels and the transition from 1H to 2H methodologies.

The new paper, “Effective Compliance with IEC 61508 When Selecting Solenoid Valves for Safety Systems,” discusses how these issues can impact users’ selection of solenoid valves and prepackaged redundant control systems (RCS) for implementation in a safety instrumented system (SIS). Topics include: Safety in process, Evolving standards, Evaluating solenoid valve redundancy and SIL, Evaluating routes 1H and 2H, and Evaluating suppliers and their ability to deal with such complex new compliance methodologies.

The issues discussed are especially applicable to the oil, gas, chemical, and power industries in applications such as safety shutdown systems, boilers, furnaces, high-integrity protection systems (HIPS), and more. They’re of concern to safety engineers and reliability engineers, as well as to process engineers, engineering executives, and plant managers.

Making the right choices in safety system planning and in valve supplier selection can affect design time, costs, and effort — as well as the safety of the plant itself, the paper notes.

Download the free whitepaper, “Effective Compliance with IEC 61508 When Selecting Solenoid Valves for Safety Systems, at http://goo.gl/VZaFnhfrom ASCO Numatics, the worldwide leader in the design and manufacture of quality solenoid valves.

For more information, contact ASCO at 800-972-ASCO (2726), by e-mail at info-valve@ascovalve.com, or visit www.ascovalve.com.

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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September 4th, 2014

First Commons Bank Announces First Stand-Alone ATM; Located in Chestnut Hill Square

NEWTON, MASS. —September 4, 2014 — First Commons Bank has announced its first stand-alone branded automated teller machine (ATM) — which is located in the mall at Newton’s Chestnut Hill Square. The ATM is situated slightly into the mall’s parking garage on the Route 9 street level up the outdoor stairs from Wegmans Supermarket and visible from the entrance of the Equinox Fitness Club. Visitors to the mall at Chestnut Hill Square will now have easier access to their cash. First Commons Bank clients will enjoy that access surcharge-free.

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Tony Nuzzo, Chairman, President and CEO of First Commons Bank said, “The new ATM coincides with the bank’s fifth anniversary of operations and, as such, it is a clear re-affirmation of the bank’s ongoing commitment to providing clients with the ultimate in convenience and service.”

Featuring the bank’s trademark green color and treed logo with the headline, “Home of Common Sense Bank

In addition to the Chestnut Hill Square location, First Commons Bank customers may also continue access their cash — surcharge-free — at any of over 56,500 Allpoint and SUM™ network ATM machines throughout Massachusetts, across the U.S., and around the world.ing,” the ATM is instantly recognizable to First Commons Bank customers.

In the above photo (Left to Right), Tony Nuzzo, First Commons Bank Chairman, President & CEO; Peter Lee, Vice President of Information Technology; Oscar I. Moreno, Senior Vice President of Retail and Business Banking; and Russell Gilmore, Assistant Vice President and Operations Specialist examine the bank’s new Chestnut Hill Square ATM during installation.

About First Commons Bank, N.A.

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 http://www.firstcommonsbank.com. Follow the bank on Facebook at http://facebook.com/firstcommonsbank and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/firstcommonsbnk.

 

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August 27th, 2014

ASCO Numatics Introduces Numatics 501 Series Directional Control Valve; Features High Flow in Compact Package

FLORHAM PARK, N.J., August 26, 2014 — ASCO Numatics has introduced its Numatics 501 Series directional control valve. The general purpose automation valve is designed for directional control and piloting applications requiring compact size, high flow capability, and energy savings.

“Our new 501 Series valve delivers up to two times greater flow than previous models,” said Robert W. Kemple, Jr., executive vice president, sales and marketing – Americas, ASCO Numatics. “Now, engineers can achieve the flow of a 15 mm to 20 mm valve in a more compact package, saving space, cost, and energy in their machine designs. In addition, no other valve in its class offers such a broad range of pressure regulator, pressure shut-off, and exhaust flow control accessories,” Kemple said.

The pressure shut-off option permits users to replace individual valves without stopping their production process — reducing line downtime and maintenance. The combination of the pressure regulator and the Numasizing® engineering tool can dramatically minimize air and energy consumption. The valve’s modular design also permits easy configuration and modification.

The new sub-base mounted valve is well suited for in-panel valve piloting applications. Its high flow rate, compact size, and optional mounting plate enable efficient use of cabinet space. A dual three-way version enables the placement of two, three-way valves in the space of a four-way valve.

New 580 Electronics Platform Features Fieldbus Networking

ASCO Numatics also has introduced an affordable electronics platform for the Numatics 501/503 Series valves. This new 580node platform allows the use of a fieldbus network to control the valve manifold. Its compact footprint makes it highly functional for in-panel environments. The 580 platform incorporates a plain-language digital display and diagnostics that indicate status for easy configuration and commissioning.

The 501 Series directional control valve and 580 electronics platform are ideal for applications in the life science, food and beverage, high-technology, and light packaging equipment industries.

For more information, contact Numatics at 1-888-NUMATICS (686-2842), by e-mail at insidesales@numatics.com, or visit www.numatics.com/501.

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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August 4th, 2014

How to Automate EHS Form Processing & Reporting with Microsoft SharePoint — New EH&E White Paper

Needham, Mass.— August 4, 2014 — A new white paper — detailing how Environmental, Health and Safety managers can use Microsoft® SharePoint® to easily automate and streamline the processing and reporting of EHS forms throughout a company — is available to download at http://www.eheinc.com/auto_report_forms.htm.

Environmental, health and safety programs require the ongoing processing of routine paperwork to properly document and report events and initiatives such as accidents or incidents, risk assessments, or other forms requiring approvals. The process commonly involves collecting data in a standard format and then managing it through a variety of internal reviews, approvals and reports.

“This essentially manual process places a significant strain on already stretched EHS resources,” explains Robert Foster, Director, Automation Services, EH&E. “By employing Microsoft SharePoint — already available in many companies and institutions — EHS managers can automate the process to cut both processing time and costs.”

Titled “Automate the Processing and Reporting of EHS Forms,” the new white paper discusses how, using SharePoint’s built-in web-based capabilities, the software can easily be configured to:

  • Allow employees to complete the forms in an electronic format from their desks or mobile devices.
  • Automate and track the workflow process involved in completing and approving the forms.
  • Automate the reporting process to generate and display key metrics in a master dashboard.

“The resulting automated system frees considerable EHS program hours and resources by eliminating the costly, time-consuming, and grossly inefficient burdens of transcribing, entering, processing, and reporting the data throughout an organization”, Foster said.

To download the new whitepaper, “Automate the Processing and Reporting of EHS Forms,” visit http://www.eheinc.com/auto_report_forms.htm

About EH&E

EH&E (www.eheinc.com) has provided an extensive range of environmental and engineering consulting services for over 25 years. The EH&E 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’s EHS Automation Consulting services help companies and institutions achieve greater compliance, time and cost savings by fully automating their environmental, health and safety programs with Microsoft SharePoint. For more information, call 1-800-825-5343 or visit www.eheinc.com/ehe_web_solutions.htm.

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July 24th, 2014

ASCO Introduces 068 Series Flapper Isolation Valve; Improves Throughput, Reduces Sample Size in Clinical and Analytical Instruments

ASCO 068 Series Flapper Isolation Valve-01FLORHAM PARK, N.J., July 24, 2014 — ASCO Numatics has introduced its 16mm ASCO 068 Series flapper isolation solenoid valve, the first in its class with technology that offers greater throughput, smaller sample sizes, and reduced calibration requirements for clinical and analytical instruments.

“Our new ASCO 068 Series valve’s 20 ms response time and exceptional volume control mean original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) can design instruments with higher productivity, better flushability, and more precise measurements,” said Robert W. Kemple, Jr., executive vice president, sales and marketing – Americas, ASCO Numatics. “End users will benefit from much greater measurement repeatability, smaller sample and reagent requirements, and reduced calibration frequency.”

The ASCO 068 Series valve is ideal for OEMs serving the clinical diagnostic, life science, sterilization, and dental markets.

The valve is designed for use with neutral and aggressive liquids and gases. Its flapper technology allows high pressures to be achieved (up to 116 psi) at large orifice sizes while preventing the fluid contamination that can result from spikes in back pressure inherent in analytical devices. The highly reliable valve has been tested to well over 10 million cycles for extended product life.

The solenoid isolation valve also features:

  • Excellent operating characteristics under vacuum conditions
  • Low pumping effects
  • Self-draining capability and easy-to-flush internal cavity
  • Low heat transfer between control mechanism and media
  • Optional onboard power saver mode

In isolation valves, hermetic separation of the control mechanism and fluid prevents particulate contamination caused by friction of the mechanical components. This ensures maximum purity of the fluids or gases in all isolation applications.

ASCO’s 068 Series valves can be ordered as a turnkey fluid automation solution that includes a manifold with fittings and special connections. “These plug-and-play assemblies provide OEM’s with lower manufacturing costs and faster production cycles,” said Kemple. “Our valves were specifically designed for use in hematology, oncology, chromatography, chemical sterilization, water quality monitoring, DNA sequencing, and liquid-handling equipment applications.”

The 068 Series valves are available through the ASCO Today same-day shipping program and can be ordered through ASCO distributors and sales representatives. For more information, contact ASCO at 800-972-ASCO (2726), by e-mail at info-valve@ascovalve.com, or visit www.ascovalve.com/068.

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™.

 

Press Contacts: Don Goncalves, 781-793-9380, dgoncalves@tizinc.com

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July 22nd, 2014

EH&E and Brigham and Women’s Hospital Win IFMA Excellence Award for Advancing Fire, Life Safety in Construction Practices

IFMA award ceremony 2014.cNeedham, Mass., — July 22, 2014 — EH&E, a leading provider of environmental and engineering consulting services, has won the 2014 IFMA Boston Excellence Award for Best Practices in Sustainability for a joint project conducted with Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH). The award honors a new approach — commissioned by BWH and designed by EH&E — that “sets a new benchmark” and establishes a “model of best practices” for the improvement of fire and life safety compliance during and after construction of healthcare facilities.

The IFMA Award for Best Practices in Sustainability was one of four Facility Management Achievement awards presented at a ceremony in June 2014.

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 firewall barriers – a broadly recognized problem in hospitals.

The new approach to fire stopping and life safety management, designed by EH&E and BWH, shows hospitals how to cost effectively resolve these deficiencies and how to set the foundation for maintaining life safety and firewall barrier systems throughout the life of their buildings.

EH&E and BWH collaborated on a program to address root causes of firewall breaches and permit proactive identification and resolution of fire and life safety deficiencies during construction. The program ensures issues are addressed during construction so the hospital starts with a safe and compliant building at the time it is occupied. The hospital saves costs because they are not inheriting fire safety deficiencies — responsibility for repairs is put back on the contractor. The program also includes implementation of a “continuous compliance” program to insure proper procedures are followed during renovation and maintenance activities throughout the life of the building.

This new fire stopping and life safety management program was implemented on new construction and renovation projects at BWH. The result is greater than 96% compliance with The Joint Commission and an estimated savings of more than $10,000 per each 10,000 square feet of floor area through the repair of firewall deficiencies prior to occupancy.

“This program improves our construction and maintenance performance and fosters collaboration amongst the teams, provides the documentation to have confidence in our continuous compliance, and maintains budget neutrality when we account for the significant costs avoided in having to address corrective actions after occupancy. This program is a home run for patients, employees, first responders and BWH,” said Stephen Dempsey, Director of Facilities Planning and Construction at Partners HealthCare, the umbrella organization for BWH.

The award submission detailing this groundbreaking project is available for download at: http://www.eheinc.com/firesafety_hospital_wp.htm.

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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July 22nd, 2014

First Commons Bank Posts Record Earnings While Increasing Tier 1 Capital Ratio

NEWTON, MASS. – July 22, 2014 – First Commons Bank of Newton, Mass., today reported that it posted record profits for the quarter ended June 30, 2014. Net Income for the quarter was $348 thousand, compared to $340 thousand for the first quarter of 2014. Year-to-date income for the period January 1 to June 30, 2014 was $688 thousand, compared to $523 thousand for the same period of 2013. Net Income results for 2013 were impacted by Gains on Sale of Securities of $262 thousand, while 2014 results are all from banking operations.

The Bank’s Return on Average Assets for the six-month period ended June 30, 2014 was 0.53%, compared to 0.48% for the six-month period ended June 30, 2013. The Bank’s Tier 1 Regulatory Capital Ratio also improved from the 8.34% on March 31, 2014 to 9.37% on June 30, 2014, as a result of total assets decreasing from $267 million on March 31 to $237 million on June 30.

“We are particularly pleased with our continued improvement in the Bank’s core earnings since earnings from Bank operations have grown over 150% — from $261 thousand to $688 thousand — for the first half of 2014 compared to the first half of 2013,” said Tony Nuzzo, Chairman, President and CEO of First Commons Bank. “We are also pleased with the improvement in our Tier 1 Capital Ratio, which principally resulted from the reduction of non-relationship certificates of deposit.”

Total Interest Income increased by approximately $810 thousand for the six month period ended June 30, 2014 vs. 2013. Interest Expense increased by approximately $285 thousand for the six months ended June 30, 2014 vs. the six months ended June 30, 2013. Noninterest operating expenses increased by approximately $144 thousand for the six month period ended June 30, 2014 compared to the six month period ended June 30, 2013.

“We continue to be pleased that our ratio of non-performing loans to total loans remains at 0.00% as of June 30, 2014,” Mr. Nuzzo said.

Of note, First Commons Bank is celebrating its fifth anniversary of operations on July 22, 2014. The bank opened for business on July 22, 2009, in Newton, Mass.

First Commons Bank’s financial results are available on the FDIC’s Web site at: http://goo.gl/ZFBEi7.

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 St. 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 on Facebook at http://facebook.com/firstcommonsbank and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/firstcommonsbnk.


July 21st, 2014

NoInjuries.com Offers Free Support Kit to Help Prevent Healthcare Injuries to Caregivers, Patients

photo_kitLehigh Valley, Penn. – July 21, 2014 — The non-profit NoInjuries.com initiative is offering a free support kit to help prevent healthcare injuries to both caregivers and patients. The kit, which contains useful tools and tips for implementing and sustaining a facility-wide healthcare injuries prevention program, is available to download at http://www.noinjuries.com/resources/facility-support-kit.

“Healthcare is the largest and fastest-growing sector of the U.S. economy, employing approximately 17 million workers,” said Hans Sigvardsson, president of Handicare US. “Safety must be a priority on all fronts.”

Developed by Handicare US, “the NoInjuries.com initiative was launched to help stem the growing number of healthcare injuries — the vast majority of which are preventable,” he said. “Our goals is to make ‘no injuries’ a reality for patients, caregivers, and others.”

The NoInjuries.com “Facility Support Kit” includes handy assessment guides for conducting a facility self-assessment, helpful hints on organizing a team, changing the workplace culture, an early patient mobility guide — and ongoing updates.

The kit is one element of the NoInjuries.com initiative, Sigvardsson noted. Noinjuries.com features up-to-date news, educational materials, easy-to-implement tips, and tools and resources to use throughout the workplace. Six critical hazard areas are spotlighted: Patient Handling; Sharps & Sticks; Infections; Slips & Falls; Workplace Violence; and Patient Safety.

Download the NoInjuries.com “Facility Support Kit” kit at http://www.noinjuries.com/resources/facility-support-kit. For more information about the NoInjuries.com initiative on preventing healthcare injuries, visit the NoInjuries.com website at http://www.NoInjuries.com.

About Handicare 

Handicare was founded in 1986 and supplies safe handling and mobility solutions for hospital patients, elderly residents, and physically disabled individuals. Its products include wheelchairs, patient lifts, stairlifts, mobility equipment, bathroom safety products, and personal transfer and automobile adaptation solutions. Handicare products are distributed through a comprehensive network of professional dealers and distributors in 30 countries around the world. The company has subsidiaries in Sweden, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, England, Belgium, France, the USA, and Canada. For more information, visit the Handicare website at http://www.handicare.com.

About Handicare North America

Handicare NA is headquartered in Allentown, Pennsylvania, and works with over 400 partners in North America to provide Safe Patient Handling, Mobility and Accessibility equipment to people with disabilities, aging and elderly individuals residing at home or in hospitals and nursing homes. With significant growth over the past year, Handicare US is well positioned to assume leadership roles in safe patient handling and improved patient outcomes, both of which are areas of strategic concern for healthcare administrators and caregivers.

The company’s wide range of high-quality products include: Complete easy transfer systems and other patient handling aids, walkers, stairlifts, and bathing and toileting products. In 2012, RoMedic, Inc. (Ephrata, PA) and Sterling Stairlifts (Pocono Mountain, PA) merged to form the Handicare NA and provide solutions and support that allow people to work and live safely and independently.

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July 8th, 2014

White paper Explains New Lead-Free Water System Regulations – and How to Specify Valves to Comply

NOVI, MICHIGAN, USA, — July 8, 2014 — New Federal regulations governing lead content tightening safety restrictions dictate much lower lead content for certain potable water systems and components than in the past. A new whitepaper explains the new lead-free water system regulations for OEMs and contractors — and how to specify valves to comply. It is available to download at https://www.ascovalvenet.com/pdf/LiteratureRequest/Lead_Free_White_Paper.pdf.

Manufacturers of potable water equipment and systems — including drinking water fountains, R/O (reverse osmosis) systems, coffee machines, and commercial kitchen equipment — as well as equipment maintenance contractors are affected. Many in the industry remain uncertain how the new lead-free water regulations will impact their manufacturing and purchasing.

A new whitepaper, “Understanding the New Lead-Free Water System Regulations – and Choosing Valves to Comply,” provides useful information to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and contractors to ensure their equipment for potable water systems remains efficient, safe, and compliant.

The new paper outlines relevant sections of the new lead-free regulations, and then focuses on the choices facing specifiers and purchasers who need to select important components of the affected potable water equipment — two-way solenoid valves — to comply. The paper also considers the calculations that must be made to determine average lead content. Finally, it discusses the pros and cons of common valve materials (brass, composite/plastic, stainless steel, and lead-free brass), as well as other selection advantages for use in potable water systems.

Download the free whitepaper, “Understanding the New Lead-Free Water System Regulations – and Choosing Valves to Comply” — for OEM manufacturers and contractors of potable water systems — from https://www.ascovalvenet.com/pdf/LiteratureRequest/Lead_Free_White_Paper.pdf. 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 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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