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Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

April 9th Webinar Will Show Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) Managers How to Automate Tasks, Save Costs with Microsoft SharePoint; Presented by EH&E

Needham, Mass.— March 25, 2014 — A free April 9th webinar will show environmental health and safety managers how to streamline their EHS programs —saving costs and time — by automating key administrative tasks with Microsoft® SharePoint®, a software platform available within most companies and institutions.

EHS programs involve numerous repetitive administrative tasks — information transcription, information transfer to responsible personnel, and follow-up notifications. These consume a significant amount of valuable labor — and take away from time spent on important EHS initiatives.

By using SharePoint’s powerful workflow tools, environmental health and safety managers can automate most routine tasks related to information processing and maintaining compliance — saving countless hours and costs while improving both program efficiency and compliance.

The webinar — “SharePoint – More than Data Storage: Workflows Automate Key EHS Administrative Tasks” — will feature real-world examples to demonstrate how SharePoint workflows can be applied to:

  • Data screening and calculations — automatically flag deficiencies, calculate and compare data to pre-determined limits
  • Task notifications — send automated alerts of pending deadlines or overdue tasks
  • Approvals — automate the routing of forms and reports for review (incident reports, risk assessments, etc.)
  • Corrective Actions — manage documentation and track completion

The webinar is designed for EHS managers and directors, safety officers, biosafety officers, laboratory managers, and administrators and IT personnel. It will be held on Wednesday, April 9, 2014, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Eastern Time. To register, visit http://www.eheinc.com/news_workshops/sharept_workflows_ehs.htm. There is no cost to register nor attend.

“SharePoint – More than Data Storage: Workflows Automate Key EHS Administrative Tasks” will be presented by EH&E, a leading provider of environmental and engineering consulting services. Its EHS Automation Consulting services to help companies and institutions achieve greater compliance, time and cost savings by 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.

About EH&E

EH&E (www.eheinc.com) has provided an extensive range of environmental and engineering consulting services for 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 has a depth of knowledge and credibility unmatched in the industry.

Microsoft® and SharePoint® are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation.


Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

Webinar Exploring “What’s the Risk? Fearing the Failure in Environmental Monitoring Systems” is Offered for Life Science Companies

AGAWAM, MASS. — March 11, 2014 — A webinar to help life science companies explore the importance of a well-implemented and understood environmental monitoring program, and its ability to generate valuable data, will be offered on Wednesday, March 26, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. EST. The online event will identify the common mistakes and misconceptions regularly encountered when managers “fear the failure” of environmental excursions.

Environmental monitoring systems demonstrate that a company’s various contamination control strategies are operating properly. Such systems can illustrate whether operations are in a state of control. Variations in the data can indicate a drift which could potentially impact product and patient safety.

But the data generated by environmental monitoring system may become skewed when a culture is created which fears environmental failures or excursions. The webinar, What’s the Risk? Fearing the Failure in Environmental Monitoring Systems,” will detail how key life science company management can work to avoid such cultures.

Webinar topics — tailored for quality assurance and control, manufacturing, microbiology, and facilities management in pharmaceutical, biotech, and medical device organizations — will include:

  • The big picture: what systems need to be monitored and why the data is valuable
  • Risk-based environmental monitoring program implementation
  • Culture and “buy-in:” how to create a culture of employee acceptance for contamination control programs
  • Responding to data: how to identify trends in the data and respond with appropriate actions

The webinar will be offered Wednesday, March 26, 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. EST. Featured speakers include Valerie Montgomery, environmental services manager, and Alison Zulick, environmental services leader, both of Microtest Laboratories, a leading provider of testing services and contract manufacturing for the life science industries.

To register or for more information about the webinar, What’s the Risk? Fearing the Failure in Environmental Monitoring Systems,” visit http://www.microrite.com/training/environmental-monitoring-systems-fearing-the-failure.

About Microtest Laboratories

Microtest Laboratories is a leader in testing services and contract manufacturing for the medical device, pharmaceutical, and compounding pharmacy industries. Based in Agawam, Massachusetts, USA, Microtest leverages its 30 years industry experience to help its clients meet their regulatory requirements.  For more information, visit http://www.microtestlabs.com or toll-free 1-800-631-1680.

 

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Press contact: Don Goncalves, 1-781-793-9380, dgoncalves@tizinc.com


Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

March 31st is Deadline to Apply for ASCO Numatics Industrial Automation Engineering Scholarships

FLORHAM PARK, NEW JERSEY, USA — March 5, 2014 — March 31st is the deadline for U.S. students pursuing a degree in engineering to apply to the 2014 ASCO Numatics Industrial Automation Engineering Scholarship program, sponsored by ASCO Numatics, the world’s leading manufacturer of comprehensive fluid automation, flow control, and pneumatics solutions.

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 in Chicago in November.

Details and forms are available at: www.asconumatics.com/scholarship.

“The ASCO Numatics Scholarship program provides talented U.S. students with the financial support they need to pursue their education, enhance their skills, and position them for a successful career in engineering,” said Robert W. Kemple, Jr., executive vice president, sales and marketing – Americas, ASCO Numatics.

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 2014/2015 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 March 31, 2014. Details and forms are available at www.asconumatics.com/scholarship.

Over the past 7 years, ASCO Numatics has awarded $60,000 in scholarships to 12 students based on their potential for leadership and for making a significant contribution to the industrial automation engineering profession. In addition, ASCO Numatics has provided another $12,000 in grants to 10 U.S. schools of engineering.

ASCO Numatics will award the scholarships at “The Amazing Packaging Race” at PACK EXPO International, to take place in Chicago from November 2-5, 2014. 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 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™.


Thursday, February 20th, 2014

Honeywell Safety Institute Announces 2014 Open Enrollment Course Listing; Featuring Miller Fall Prevention and Protection Training

SMITHFIELD, R.I., USA — February 19, 2014 — Honeywell Safety Products announced the 2014 open enrollment schedule, featuring Miller® fall prevention and protection training.  This comprehensive offering of fall prevention and protection classes is part of the Honeywell Safety Institute, an initiative aimed at providing educational tools, resources, and training programs that inspire workers to implement good safety practices in industries around the globe.

The 2014 open enrollment schedule includes courses in more than 30 cities throughout the U.S. and Canada, as well as courses at state-of-the-art Honeywell training facilities in Franklin, PA, and Houston, TX, which feature catwalks, climbing towers, confined space simulators, wind simulators and other equipment to protect from hazardous environments in a range of industries.

“Training is an integral part of our Total Solution in fall protection, since no fall protection equipment – regardless of how effective – can save an employee who is not trained in its use. To meet this crucial requirement, Miller Training provides the knowledge and skills necessary to achieve a safer, more productive work environment,” said Lisa Burns, US technical training and operations manager, Honeywell Safety Products.

All open enrollment training courses feature experienced instructors, live demonstrations and hands-on training. Course goals include enabling employees working at heights to recognize fall hazards, evaluate the risk posed by each hazard, and control the hazard through preventive or protective measures. The sessions are further customized by location to address site-specific variables and performance requirements of fall prevention and protection.

Topics include:

  • At-Height Training, including Fall Protection Rescue, Advanced Fall Protection Rescue, and Competent Tower Climber
  • Competent Person Training
  • Fall Protection Inspection Training
  • Confined Space Training, including Confined Space & Confined Space Entry, and Confined Space Rescue
  • OSHA Training, including Construction, General Industry, and Residential Fall Protection training
  • Train the Trainer, including Fall Protection Train the Trainer, Wind Energy Train the Trainer, and Confined Space Train the Trainer
  • Wind Energy Training, including Basic Height Safety and Competent Climber
  • DOT Hazmat Training
  • First Aid, CPR & AED Training

Honeywell Safety Products also offers:

For more information, download the 2014 Open Training Schedule from https://www.millerfallprotection.com/pdfs/2014TrainingSchedule-web.pdf.  Or, visit the Miller Fall Protection Training website www.millerfalltraining.com. The website’s new Online Booking Tool enables users to review and reserve available courses with a few simple clicks.

High resolution images of Honeywell Safety Institute training are available for download from http://honeywell.northplains.com/invitee_view/collection/?urltoken=823ee67b-beb7-4e39-a03e-03184bc6f9e0.

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 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.

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.


Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

EH&E Announces Services to Help Manufacturers Automate their EHS Programs with Microsoft SharePoint

Needham, Mass.– February 18, 2014— EH&E (www.eheinc.com), a leading provider of environmental and engineering consulting services, has announced its EHS Automation Consulting services to help manufacturers achieve greater compliance, time and cost savings by automating their environmental health and safety (EHS) programs with Microsoft® SharePoint®.

“EHS programs, despite their critical role in manufacturing, are often managed outside a company’s information technology network. Many EHS programs, although requiring data input from many sources, and often from a variety of locations, are managed using Word documents and Excel spreadsheets. This is costly, time-consuming, and grossly inefficient,” said Bob Foster, Director of Automation Services.

“For many manufacturers, the solution can be found in their existing Microsoft SharePoint platform — the ubiquitous web-based information management platform that’s already in use for communications between people and departments throughout their company,” Foster said.

EH&E’s EHS Automation Consulting services team works with manufacturers to develop SharePoint-based applications that automate the process of collecting, analyzing, processing, and displaying information across the organization. EH&E is a leader in EHS consulting, providing EHS program development, compliance, and oversight services across a wide range of industries for 25 years.

EH&E works closely with EHS managers to seamlessly automate their current EHS processes using the SharePoint platform. For users, there’s virtually no change in workflow as they continue to access familiar Microsoft solutions. Data entry is streamlined across locations and devices — from desktop to mobile devices to electronic forms.

The greatest benefits of the system are reaped from the use of SharePoint functionality to auto-administrate work processes to vastly improve operational efficiency. Such automation can include managing multi-step workflows that can eliminate many administrative hours — including automatically initiating processes such as reviewing data for significant patterns, sending documents and forms to responsible parties for review, and ensuring that reports are properly completed in the required time.

Specific applications can range from the management and reporting of accidents and incidents, to safety inspections, chemical inventories, and training records.

“Tracking the due dates and the completion of various EHS tasks is a huge administrative burden in itself, and frequently consumes much of the manager’s time — to the extent that beneficial program initiatives often lay dormant as efforts are focused on maintaining basic compliance,” noted Foster.

By leveraging the SharePoint platform, EH&E provides manufacturers with a single software solution to address and integrate various program information and task requirements to produce a single program dashboard — for centralized reporting and analysis.

For more information about utilizing Microsoft SharePoint applications for managing environmental health and safety programs, download the free whitepaper, “Microsoft SharePoint: A Powerful Solution for Environmental Health and Safety Programs,” at http://www.eheinc.com/sharepoint_ehs_wp.htm

For more information about EH&E’s EHS Automation Consulting service, contact EH&E by phone at 1-800-825-5343 or visit the website at http://www.eheinc.com/ehe_web_solutions.htm.

About EH&E

EH&E (http://www.eheinc.com) has provided an extensive range of environmental and engineering consulting services for 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 has a depth of knowledge and credibility unmatched in the industry.

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Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

Updated International Standard ISO 11816-1 IDF 155-1 for Monitoring Proper Pasteurization of Dairy Products Reconfirms Fluorimetric Method as the Official EU Reference Method Using Advanced Instruments’ Fluorophos® ALP Test System

NORWOOD, MASSACHUSETTS, USA — February 4, 2014 — Joint work between the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Dairy Federation (IDF) has resulted in an important update to a key analytical standard for monitoring raw milk contamination in pasteurized dairy products, further reducing risks to public health. The International Standard for the determination of alkaline phosphatase activity in milk and milk products has been updated, reporting even greater precision in use of the fluorimetric testing method — as delivered by the Advanced Instruments’ Fluorophos® ALP Test System — and reconfirming the method as the International Pasteurization Test Standard.

“In 2006, the fluorimetric method received unanimous approval as a full International Standard method by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), International Dairy Federation (IDF), and CEN European Standards Organization after having been intensively studied and investigated by experts internationally, and subjected to a series of trials. Since then, additional collaborative studies were undertaken by a joint ISO-IDF project group which proved that the fluorimetric method delivered even better precision. These findings resulted in the adoption of the new standard, ISO 11816-1|IDF 155-1, in November 2013,” explained Eileen Garry, project leader of the Joint ISO-IDF Project Group.

“The new ISO/IDF standard not only reconfirms the fluorimetric method as the EU Commission’s choice as the official EU reference method against which all other methods must be validated for use, but demonstrates even greater precision of the Fluorophos fluorimetric method for assessing the proper pasteurization of milk,” Garry said.

“Once again, the collaborative studies resulting in this International Standard update have determined that the Advanced Instruments Fluorophos ALP Test System is the method of choice for confirming pasteurization, with its superior sensitivity and precision,” she stated.

The Fluorophos ALP Test System employs a fluorimetric assay for the measurement of Alkaline Phosphatase levels in milk and other dairy products. The Fluorophos ALP Test System is extremely precise and rapid, with test results available in just 3 minutes; extremely sensitive, detecting as little as 0.003% raw milk contamination; and is HACCP ready for use with a Hazard Analysis & Critical Control Points programs. The System is certified globally with approvals by AOAC, ISO/IDF and FDA/NCIMS for confirming proper pasteurization.

The new standard, ISO 11816-1:2013 (IDF 155-1), Milk and milk products — Determination of alkaline phosphatase activity — Part 1: Fluorimetric method for milk and milk-based drinks, was published November 1, 2013. It specifies a fluorimetric method for the determination of alkaline phosphatase (ALP, EC 3.1.3.1) activity in raw and heat-treated whole milk, semi-skimmed milk, skimmed milk and flavoured milks. This method is applicable to milk and milk-based drinks from cows, sheep and goats. It is also applicable to milk powder after reconstitution. The instrument can read activities up to 7,000 milliunits per litre (mU/l). If the activity is higher than 7,000 mU/l, it is diluted with alkaline phosphatase-free milk so as to obtain a measurement not higher than 7,000 mU/l.

For more information about the Advanced Instruments Fluorophos ALP Test System, contact Advanced Instruments at www.aicompanies.com/ai_products/alp/alp.htm, or by telephone +1-781-320-9000.

About Advanced Instruments, Inc.

Advanced Instruments, Inc., is a leading supplier of instrumentation for clinical, pharmaceutical, biotechnology, microbiology and food laboratories around the world. Quality, reliability, service and support have been the company’s guiding principles since our founding in 1955. Our innovative application of technology helps healthcare organizations improve the quality of care and industrial companies enhance quality and productivity. Advanced Instruments products are available from a worldwide distributor network. For more information on products and services, or to find the nearest distributor, visit the website at http://www.aicompanies.com or e-mail info@aicompanies.com.


Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

ASCO Numatics Announces 2014 Industrial Automation Engineering Scholarships

FLORHAM PARK, NEW JERSEY, USA — January 23, 2014 — U.S. students pursuing a degree in engineering are urged to apply to the 2014 ASCO Numatics Industrial Automation Engineering Scholarship program, sponsored by ASCO Numatics, the world’s leading manufacturer of comprehensive fluid automation, flow control, and pneumatics solutions.

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 in Chicago in November.

The application period begins on January 23, 2014. The deadline to apply is March 31, 2014. Details and forms are available at: www.asconumatics.com/scholarship.

“The ASCO Numatics Scholarship program provides talented U.S. students with the financial support they need to pursue their education, enhance their skills, and position them for a successful career in engineering,” said Robert W. Kemple, Jr., executive vice president, sales and marketing – Americas, ASCO Numatics.

“Over the past 7 years, ASCO Numatics has awarded $60,000 in scholarships to 12 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 $12,000 in grants to 10 U.S. schools of engineering,” he noted.

William (Daniel) Whitten, of Tulsa, Okla., a recipient of a 2013 scholarship and now a senior at Texas A&M University in College Station, said, “The ASCO Numatics scholarship provided a valuable source of funding that is helping me pay for my education and pursue opportunities I might not have otherwise been able to afford. Winning the award also encouraged me to continue seeking excellence in the engineering discipline through leadership and innovation. In addition, traveling to Las Vegas and attending the Pack Expo gave me an extremely memorable and unique perspective on the automation industry.”

Meghan Borz, of Buena, N.J., a recipient of a 2013 scholarship, said, “The generous scholarship from ASCO Numatics helped me pay for my tuition and receive my degree in mechanical engineering from Rowan University (Glassboro, N.J.). I have been able to focus more time on my coursework, athletics, applying to graduate schools, and applying for future career opportunities because I did not have the financial stress I had in previous semesters. The scholarship has enabled me to pursue my academic and career aspirations.”

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 2014/2015 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 March 31, 2014. 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 Chicago from November 2-5, 2014. 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 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, January 14th, 2014

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

AGAWAM, MASS. — January 14, 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.

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Monday, December 16th, 2013

National Hearing Conservation Association Receives Award in Class Action Suit

Westminster, CO  December 16, 2013 – The National Hearing Conservation Association (NHCA) was the recipient of a cy pres award as a part of the settlement of a class action suit against Motorola and other Bluetooth manufacturers. A cy pres award is a dollar amount awarded to a non-profit organization which furthers the interests of those damaged by the possible wrong doing.  The NHCA was selected as a recipient due to wide-spread recognition of its long-standing mission of preventing noise-induced and other avoidable hearing loss in all sectors of society.

Although no admissions of guilt were made or implied, these manufacturers settled claims against them for violating rules and regulations which were in place to protect the hearing of consumers.  Specifically, the lawsuit claimed that consistent spikes in decibel levels, in conjunction with long term use of Bluetooth headsets could cause temporary and permanent hearing damage.  The claims alleged further that no warnings were properly made to alert consumers that their hearing was at risk.  The settlement requires all Bluetooth manufacturers to place visible warnings in the proper instruction books to alert users of the potential risks.

Evan Nass, Esq., lead plaintiff in the lawsuit, selected the NHCA as the recipient for the cy pres award, due to the organization’s “unyielding advocacy for the prevention of hearing loss.”  “Our hearing is a precious commodity.  The NHCA serves as a tireless guardian for this sense, which is too often ignored or neglected by society.”

The award will be utilized by the NHCA Scholarship Foundation to foster research and encourage student involvement in hearing loss prevention, and by the NHCA to further its efforts to prevent hearing loss.  These efforts include an annual conference, publication of new research in hearing loss prevention in The International Journal of Audiology, and outreach to both affiliated professions and the general public.

According to NHCA President Jennifer Tufts, “NHCA is a small organization with big ideas and a big mission.  With the cy pres award, we can put more of our ideas into action.  We are very grateful to Mr. Nass for selecting NHCA as the recipient of this award.”

 

About the National Hearing Conservation Association (NHCA)

The mission of the NHCA is to prevent hearing loss due to noise and other environmental factors in all sectors of society. NHCA provides networking, resources and professional development opportunities to improve skills, practices, and services in hearing loss prevention. NHCA’s membership includes audiologists, researchers, industrial hygienists, educators, professional service organizations, safety professionals, medical professionals, engineers, audio professionals, students, and others who have dedicated their work to the advancement of hearing loss prevention.

For more information about the National Hearing Conservation Association, visit the NHCA online at http://www.hearingconservation.org or call 1-303-224-9022. Follow the NHCA on Twitter at http://twitter.com/nhcaorg, on Facebook at http://bit.ly/vLRg5, and on LinkedIn at http://bit.ly/3X2DfT.


Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

United Electric Controls Introduces the One Series Safety Transmitter — the First SIL-Certified Transmitter Designed Solely for Safety System Applications

WATERTOWN, MASS. — December 10, 2013 — United Electric Controls has introduced the One Series Safety Transmitter — the first SIL 2-certified transmitter designed solely for safety system applications. Unlike costly, overcomplicated process transmitters that must be adapted for safety use, the One Series is engineered to protect, giving safety teams simple setup and fast, safer and affordable performance — from the start.

The new One Series Safety Transmitter is available in versions that monitor temperature and pressure. Its features include “an exclusive design that means fewer nuisance trips and greater safety and productivity, an internal high-speed safety relay for the fastest emergency shutdown, greater affordability than adapting a process transmitter for safety applications, and a higher safe failure fraction that simplifies SIL achievement,” said Wil Chin, Vice President of Marketing and Business Development, United Electric Controls.

The One Series transmitter provides 4-20 mA NAMUR standard output with exclusive “I Am Working™” diagnostics. A unique, high-speed safety relay output is incorporated for local alarm or emergency shutdown. Discrete outputs deliver diagnostics and relay status voting logic input to the safety PLC to determine appropriate action. The transmitter is certified for use in SIL 2 safety instrumented systems, and is capable of SIL 3 per IEC 61508. It has configurable self-diagnostics and achieves a safe failure fraction of 98.5%. Instrument response time is <100 milliseconds.

Additional features include:

  • A large digital display that provides process variable, status, self-diagnostics and field programming information
  • 100% programmable solid-state relay (switch set point & deadband)
  • Effectively replaces a gauge, transmitter and a switch to reduce potential leak paths
  • Certified for use in SIL 2 plant safety applications with FMEDA report available
  • Worldwide hazardous location approvals for Class I, Divisions 1 & 2 (Zones 0, 1 & 2)

For more information, 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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