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Wednesday, 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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Monday, 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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Microsoft® and SharePoint® are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation.


Thursday, 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


Tuesday, 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™.


Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

United Electric Controls’ Electromechanical Switches: Certified Worldwide to Meet Demanding Requirements Oil & Gas, Petrochemical, Refining industries

WATERTOWN, MASSACHUSETTS, USA — June 17, 2014 — United Electric Controls’ electromechanical switches are certified worldwide to meet the safety, alarm, and shutdown requirements of the oil & gas, petrochemical, and refining industries.

The rugged, vibration resistant, 316 Stainless Steel 12 Series Switchmeets the demanding requirements of critical hazardous area applications worldwide — as evidenced by its UL, cUL, ATEX, and pending IECEx compliance for Class I, Div. 1, Zone 1 areas.

The 12 Series is marked “dual seal” and complies with ANSI/ISA 12.27.01, regarding secondary seal requirements for sealing between electrical systems and flammable or combustible process fluids. Having the 12 Series certified “dual seal” and designing it as an integral safety measure, eliminates the cost and labor of connecting an external secondary seal between the process and electrical system for safety.

All metal wetted parts comply with NACE MR-0175, and the 316 stainless steel enclosure is certified to IP66 rating for long-term performance in the harshest environments.

At the heart of the 12 Series is a Belleville spring assembly – a small, conical washer – that snaps over when pressure is applied and snaps back upon pressure release. The fast, positive action provides set point stability, vibration resistance, and excellent repeatability and performance life.

Typical industries using 12 Series pressure, differential pressure, and temperature switches are oil & gas, and chemical & petro-chemical. Applications include safety control panels, line heaters, top drives, fire suppression, and rotating equipment.

The versatile electromechanical 120 Series Division 1/Zone 1 Pressure & Temperature Switch performs critical safety, alarm and shutdown functions in oil & gas, petrochemical, and refining industries.

Worldwide certifications include North America (cULus), Europe (ATEX, CE, IECEx), Russia (GOST), and more.

The 120 Series serves as its own junction box, allowing electrical termination via a terminal block inside the explosion proof enclosure. Various process connections and wetted materials, including NACE MR-0175 compliant sensors, meet most application requirements.

Additional features include:

  • Choice of one or two SPDT, optional DPDT output
  • Dual electrical conduit openings
  • Welded diaphragm or bellows sensor
  • Ultra-low pressure ranges

For more information, visit United Electric Controls at the Global Petroleum Show 2014, Booth 4511. Or, visit the United Electric Controls website at http://www.ueonline.com/st or call +1-617-926-1000.

About United Electric Controls

United Electric Controls (UE), and its divisions, Applied Sensor Technologies and Precision Sensors, are international manufacturers of durable and reliable pressure and temperature switches, controls and sensors. UE is a privately held corporation headquartered in Watertown, Massachusetts, USA. Visit the UE website at www.ueonline.com.

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Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

Fish Embryo Toxicology Testing is Better Alternative for Whole-Effluent Testing, Advises New Whitepaper from Microtest Laboratories

AGAWAM, MASS. – June 17, 2014 – As pharmaceutical, chemical and other manufacturers come under increased scrutiny for their Whole Effluent Toxicity (WET), a new methodology to measure WET — fish embryo toxicity (FET) testing — promises to better determine the potential environmental impact of their products and waste water on the environment.

Developed for environmental and hazard classification applications, FET testing provides many advantages in the testing of pharmaceuticals, chemicals, and pesticides — from their application in the field to their impact in sewage and water runoff from manufacturing facilities.

A new whitepaper titled Fish Embryo Toxicology Testing: The Better Alternative for Whole-Effluent Testing discusses FET testing, how it works, and its benefits. The paper is available for download at http://microtestlabs.com/fish-embryo-toxicology-testing from Microtest Laboratories.

FET testing utilizes the embryo of the Zebrafish and exposes it to various compounds to observe potential toxic effects, thus making the test ideal for use in monitoring or investigating environmental cases. FET is an approved OECD (Organization for Economic Co-Operative Development) guideline published in 2013.

Microtest Laboratories is deeply experienced in providing fish embryo toxicity testing, due to the expertise the company developed from creating its own Zebrafish Embryo Toxicity (ZET) test, which it provides as a preliminary screening method in the biocompatibility testing of medical devices and polymers.

For details on the benefits of FET testing, download the whitepaper, “Fish Embryo Toxicology Testing is the better alternative for whole-effluent testing,” from: http://microtestlabs.com/fish-embryo-toxicology-testing. For information on FET testing services from Microtest Laboratories, visit http://www.microtestlabs.com/zebrafish-embryos-testing, or call 1-413-786-1680, or toll-free 1-800-631-1680.

About Microtest Laboratories

Microtest Laboratories is a leader in testing services and contract manufacturing for the medical device, pharmaceutical, and biotechnology industries. Based in Agawam, Massachusetts, USA, the company provides expertise and flexible processes that enhance product safety and security, accelerate time to market, and minimize supply chain disruption. For more information, visit http://microtestlabs.com or call 1-413-786-1680 or toll-free at 1-800-631-1680. Follow Microtest Laboratories on Twitter @MicrotestLabs at http://twitter.com/MicrotestLabs.


Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

New Honeywell Solutions Demonstrate Ongoing Innovation in Worker Safety and Protection

ORLANDO, Fla., June 10, 2014 — The new personal protective equipment products introduced today by Honeywell (NYSE: HON) at ASSE Safety 2014 represent a “fervent dedication to innovation” in worker safety by the world’s largest provider of PPE, said Sach Sankpal, president, Honeywell Safety Products.

“The new products announced today are the latest among the dozens of new solutions that we’ve introduced to date in 2014. Each represents a new approach or improvement in technology, materials, design, comfort, style, or application,” Sankpal said. “This dedication to innovation demonstrates our continuing mission to be the undisputed leader in support for safety professionals responsible for building successful safety cultures in their workplaces that ensure workers in hazardous situations everywhere remain safe and well.”

At ASSE Safety 2014, Honeywell Safety Products today introduced:

  • New online tools from Miller Fall Protection that make it easier for engineers and architects to design, specify, and select fall protection systems for different projects. The new interactive tools include engineering specifications and Computer Aided Drawings (CAD), system comparison charts, a fall clearance calculator, a ShockFusion kit selection guide, and “Ask the Expert” and additional resources. The new tools are online at http://hwll.co/EngineerTools. Download a high-resolution product image for publication from: http://hwll.co/2rhw.
  • Uvex Instinct™ high-performance protection with a sleek design and a variety of adjustability features for a customized fit. Uvex Instinct provides high-performance protection with a sleek design and lightweight frame, featuring a variety of adjustability features for a comfortable, customized fit. The soft, flexible fingers on the nosepiece help to minimize slippage, while the slim, curved temples provide a secure fit with minimal tension around the ears. For more information: http://www.uvex.us/instinct. Download a high-resolution product image for publication from: http://hwll.co/xfdu.
  • Uvex Tirade™ Sealed Eyewear features closed cell foam, removable temples and adjustable headband for a comfortable, gap-free fit. Uvex Tirade sealed eyewear protects workers in high particulate environments where dust, dirt and debris present the risk of eye injury. The large unilens design provides a wide field of unobstructed peripheral vision, with a soft foam subframe to ensure a comfortable gap-free fit. For more information: http://www.uvex.us/tirade. Download a high-resolution product image for publication from: http://hwll.co/7nwu.

For more information on any product or resource, visit Honeywell Safety Products at ASSE Safety 2014 in booth #1201, or the Honeywell Safety Products website at http://www.honeywellsafety.com.

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. Based in Morris Township, N.J., Honeywell’s shares are traded on the New York, London, and Chicago Stock Exchanges. For more news and information on Honeywell, please visit www.honeywellnow.com.


Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

New Interactive Tools Make It Easy For Engineers, Architects to Specify Miller® Fall Protection Systems

ORLANDO, FLORIDA, USA — June 10, 2014 — Honeywell (NYSE:HON) announced today at ASSE Safety 2014 that it has launched new online tools designed to make it easier for engineers and architects to specify Miller fall protection systems into almost any project or plan.

Online at http://hwll.co/EngineerTools, these interactive tools ease the process of designing, specifying, and selecting fall protection systems for different projects. Located on a brand new area of the www.millerfallprotection.com site, the availability of these resources demonstrates the breadth of knowledge and experience Miller offers engineers and architects, as a world leading brand in fall protection solutions and services.

Information and tools available on this new area of www.MillerFallProtection.com include:

  • Engineering Specifications and Computer Aided Drawings (CAD) to help with design and specification requirements.
  • System Comparison Charts that allow visitors to compare features of different Miller fall protection systems at-a-glance.
  • An interactive Fall Clearance Calculator – for use on a computer desktop, smart phone or tablet – allowing users to quickly determine fall clearance and swing fall.
  • An interactive ShockFusion Kit Selection Guide that allows users to select components for a rooftop horizontal lifeline and request a quote for a Miller ShockFusion Kit  in just 7 easy steps.
  • Information on how to “Ask The Expert” for assistance with engineering questions, system specifications, fall protection system designs, or other technical issues.
  • Links to more information about Miller Custom Engineered Systems and Do-It-Yourself Kits.

For more information, visit Honeywell Safety Products at ASSE Safety 2014 in booth #1201; visit the Miller Fall Protection website at www.millerfallprotection.com; contact your nearest Miller/Honeywell distributor; or call Honeywell Customer Care at in the US at 800-430-5490 or in Canada at 888-212-7233.

Download a high-resolution product image for publication from: http://hwll.co/2rhw.

About Miller® Fall Protection Products

Miller is a world leading brand in fall protection solutions, including: personal fall protection equipment; engineered fall arrest systems; collective fall prevention/barrier solutions; and professional services including training, audits, consulting, product inspection and repairs. For over 65 years, products labeled with the Miller brand have protected those working at height in a wide range of industries including construction, oil and gas, telecommunications, wind energy, transportation, mining, general industry, utilities and 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. Based in Morris Township, N.J., Honeywell’s shares are traded on the New York, London, and Chicago Stock Exchanges. 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.

This release contains certain statements that may be deemed “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. All statements, other than statements of historical fact, that address activities, events or developments that we or our management intends, expects, projects, believes or anticipates will or may occur in the future are forward-looking statements. Such statements are based upon certain assumptions and assessments made by our management in light of their experience and their perception of historical trends, current economic and industry conditions, expected future developments and other factors they believe to be appropriate. The forward-looking statements included in this release are also subject to a number of material risks and uncertainties, including but not limited to economic, competitive, governmental, and technological factors affecting our operations, markets, products, services and prices. Such forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance, and actual results, developments and business decisions may differ from those envisaged by such forward-looking statements. We identify the principal risks and uncertainties that affect our performance in our Form 10-K and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.


Monday, May 19th, 2014

Fundamentals of Endotoxin Testing for Medical Device Manufacturers are Detailed in New Technical Brief

AGAWAM, MASS. — May 19, 2014 — The fundamentals of endotoxin testing for medical device manufacturers — from definition to assay acceptance criteria —are detailed in new technical brief available from Microtest Laboratories.

Bacterial endotoxins cause fever, septic shock, and other disease symptoms — and thus attract considerable regulatory scrutiny from such organizations as the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) and the United States Pharmacopeial Convention. Regulations require that devices that contact circulating blood or cerebrospinal fluid, or are used with intraocular products or in vitro fertilization procedures, are required to be endotoxin-free.

The Fundamentals of Endotoxin Testing,” available for download at http://microtestlabs.com/endotoxin-testing, is a step-by-step information resource for medical device manufacturers discussing and detailing the:

  • Definition of endotoxins;
  • Various tests used for their detection;
  • Use of depyrogenation and other ways to remove endotoxins;
  • Types of devices that should be tested;
  • Preparation and testing of samples;
  • Options for sampling containers;
  • Acceptance criteria for each of the assays; and
  • Sources of official information, reference, and guidance.

The Fundamentals of Endotoxin Testing” is authored by Steven Richter, Ph.D., said Steven Richter, Ph.D., president and scientific director of Microtest Laboratories — and a former FDA official.

Download the brief from: http://microtestlabs.com/endotoxin-testing.

The paper is one in a series about testing, manufacturing, and regulatory issues of concern for medical device manufacturers from Microtest Laboratories, a leader in testing services and contract manufacturing for medical devices, pharmaceuticals, and biotechnology.

About Microtest Laboratories

Microtest Laboratories is a leader in testing services and contract manufacturing for medical devices, pharmaceuticals, and biotechnology. It was founded in 1984. The company’s expertise and flexible processes enhance product safety and security, speed time to market, and minimize supply chain disruption. Microtest’s unique single-source capability to provide testing and manufacturing solutions allows the firm to support a full pharmaceutical or medical device product release. The company’s facilities in Agawam, Massachusetts, USA include state-of-the-art aseptic manufacturing areas; analytical chemistry, microbiological, and virological laboratories; Class 100 clean rooms; onsite steam and ethylene oxide sterilization, plus depyrogenation capabilities; purified water systems; and voice/data systems. For more information, visit http://www.microtestlabs.com or call 1-413-786-1680 or toll-free 1-800-631-1680. Follow Microtest Laboratories on Twitter @MicrotestLabs on Facebook at http://goo.gl/TndoBg.


Monday, May 12th, 2014

Disinfectant Qualifications in Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Environments is Focus of White Paper

AGAWAM, MASS. – May 12, 2014 – A white paper outlining the six steps that pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers must employ to qualify disinfectants used in their environmental cleaning processes is available from Microtest Laboratories. It is available for download from http://microtestlabs.com/6stepspaper-disinfectant-qualification.

“Sterile pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturing environments require an effective cleaning and disinfection program to maintain aseptic conditions and prevent the microbial contamination of the product. The qualification of the chemical disinfectants used in these environments is extremely important, yet it is often overlooked,” stated Deborah Ensign, supervisor, R&D of Microtest Laboratories, in the new white paper, “Six Steps to Qualifying Disinfectants.”

In fact, “disinfectant qualifications require more planning, time, and resources than many companies realize,” she said.

“Any time a new disinfectant is introduced into the cleaning process within the facility, a qualification should be performed. From start to finish, a disinfectant qualification can require from 2 to 12 months.

“The timeline for a disinfectant qualification will depend on a number of variables, including the number of disinfectants and challenge organisms being tested as well as the number of surfaces (for the coupon method) being evaluated,” Ensign noted.

“The bottom line is that no matter whether the disinfectant qualification is performed internally — or by an outside testing laboratory — these six steps must be addressed,” she warned.

Download a free copy of the white paper, “Six Steps to Qualifying Disinfectants” for pharmaceutical manufacturing companies from http://microtestlabs.com/6stepspaper-disinfectant-qualification.

Deborah Ensign is supervisor, R&D Lab, at Microtest Laboratories Inc. She has over 20 years of experience in regulatory microbiology and contract laboratory operations. Ms. Ensign supervises Microtest’s Specialized Microbiology department. She holds a bachelor of arts degree in microbiology and is a nationally registered microbiologist. Ms. Ensign oversees all reusable testing (cleaning, disinfecting, and sterilization) and serves as a resource for USP testing, specifically <51>, <61>, and <62>.

About Microtest Laboratories

Microtest is a leader in testing services and contract manufacturing for the medical device, pharmaceutical, and biotechnology industries. Based in Agawam, Massachusetts, U.S.A., the company’s expertise and flexible processes enhance product safety and security, accelerate time to market, and minimize supply chain disruption. For more information, visit http://www.microtestlabs.com or call 1-413-786-1680 or toll-free 1-800-631-1680.


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