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Thursday, October 30th, 2014

ASCO Numatics Offers 2-Day Shipping for Numatics 449, 450, and 453 Series ISO Cylinders

Novi, Michigan, U.S.A. — October 30, 2014 — ASCO Numatics has announced that its Numatics 449, 450, and 453 Series ISO cylinders are now available for 2-day delivery through its Numatics Express quick-shipment program.

“Our North American-made, ISO-certified 449, 450, and 453 Series cylinders can now be ordered with 48-hour shipping — a dramatic improvement over competitors’ 10-day delivery times for comparable ISO products,” said Robert W. Kemple, Jr., executive vice president, sales and marketing — Americas, ASCO Numatics. “This rapid delivery will help our customers reduce asset downtime and will provide OEM customers with additional time and flexibility for design changes.”

The short-stroke 449 Series cylinder is ideal for compact automation applications. The 450 Series is a robust tie rod design made for heavy-duty applications. The 453 Series is a profile tube design that is optimal for packaging and clean aesthetic requirements. All three of these new cylinders are perfect fits for the material handling, food and beverage, automotive, and packaging industries.

“Affordably priced, our ISO cylinder line offers a wider selection of accessories, stroke ranges, and mounting options than competitive products, giving engineers more flexibility and choices to meet their specific requirements,” said Kemple.

The Numatics ISO cylinders are designed with a clean profile tube and hygienic appearance that create more attractive, modern-looking equipment. They also have fewer grooves for less corrosion buildup and maintenance, and incorporate ASCO Numatics’ industry-leading quality for high reliability and low maintenance.

“The Numatics 449, 450, and 453 lines, with their globally recognized ISO certification, reduce a user’s inventory requirements by providing products that enable interchangeability and drop-in replacement on a worldwide basis,” Kemple said.

Numatics’ ISO cylinders are designed for a variety of motion control applications such as pusher stations, sorting conveyors, product transfer and ejection, measuring indicator and stop, and plastic pack cutting.

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

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, October 7th, 2014

How to Harness Microsoft SharePoint as a Powerful Solution for Environmental Health & Safety Management — New EH&E White Paper

How to Harness Microsoft SharePoint as a Powerful Solution for Environmental Health & Safety Management — New EH&E White PaperNeedham, Mass.— October 7, 2014 — A new whitepaper details how Environmental Health & Safety managers can use Microsoft® SharePoint®to cut administration time and costs by automating routine EHS program tasks. The paper shows how, with SharePoint, EHS managers are automating the grossly inefficient burdens of manually transcribing, entering, processing, and reporting the data throughout an organization. Titled Microsoft SharePoint: A Powerful Solution for Environmental Health and Safety,” the new whitepaper is available to download from EH&E, Inc. at http://www.eheinc.com/sharepoint_ehs_wp.htm.

The paper demonstrates how EHS managers can easily use SharePoint — already available in many companies — to share and track compliance schedules and documentation; automate processes; collect data; and manage reviews, approvals, and reports that provide a complete picture of EHS program compliance. Tightly integrated with Office, SharePoint easily absorbs Word® and Excel® files, and synchronizes calendars with Outlook® — streamlining both use and communication.

Written specifically for EHS managers, the new paper includes overviews on the overall power of SharePoint, harnessing SharePoint for EHS management; utilizing mobile devices for data capture and integration; and numerous additional benefits for EHS applications. Download Microsoft SharePoint: A Powerful Solution for Environmental Health and Safety from EH&E, Inc. at http://www.eheinc.com/sharepoint_ehs_wp.htm.

The paper is authored by EH&E, a leading provider of environmental and engineering consulting services. Its EHS Automation Consulting services 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 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.

 


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.


Monday, September 26th, 2011

Fluid Automation: Unsung Contributor to Plant Economic Performance — New Management Brief from ASCO Numatics

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Sept. 26, 2011 — While fluid automation products — valves, pneumatics actuators, and similar components — control the flow of a process liquid or a supply of compressed air, they can also help control the flow of profits, according to a new management brief from ASCO Numatics.  Titled “Fluid Automation: The Unsung Contributor to Plant Economic Performance,” the brief is available for download at http://goo.gl/9MMkH.

The speed and reliability of fluid control products can provide competitive economic advantages in industrial operations worldwide. This is due to their ability to extend overall equipment service life, reduce warranty costs, cut maintenance/repair/operations (MRO) inventories, and increase production uptime and productivity.

But the choice of fluid automation technology is critical. For end users, judicious selection of fluid automation components must play a key role in their performance improvement plans. For original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), the right fluid automation choices provide significant cost, time-to-market, and product competitive advantages.

The new management brief examines available solutions and discusses how they  have maximized both speed and reliability — and provided surprisingly strong contributions to the economic performance of industrial operations.

The contents of the brief include:

  • Changing the Rhythm
  • Feeding the Bottom Line
  • The Benefits of Reliability
  • The Power of Speeds
  • Advantages for the OEM
  • Advances for the End User

Download the new management brief, “Fluid Automation: The Unsung Contributor to Plant Economic Performance,” from http://goo.gl/9MMkH.

Follow ASCO Valve on Twitter at http://twitter.com/ascovalve and on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/ascovalve.

About ASCO Numatics

ASCO Numatics, a division of Emerson, offers comprehensive fluid automation solutions, including fluid control and fluid power products, for a wide range of industry-focused applications. The ASCO Numatics product line in North America consists of more than 50,000 valves, an extensive selection of air preparation equipment, and a full line of actuation products. ASCO products include solenoid pilot valves, angle body piston valves, linear indicators, redundant control systems, and pressure sensors. The Numatics line covers valve manifolds, cylinders, grippers, filters, regulators, and lubricators. For more information about ASCO Numatics products, visit www.asconumatics.com

About Emerson

Emerson (NYSE: EMR), based in St. Louis, Missouri (USA), is a global leader in bringing technology and engineering together to provide innovative solutions for customers in industrial, commercial, and consumer markets through its network power, process management, industrial automation, climate technologies, and tools and storage businesses. Sales in fiscal 2010 were $21 billion. For more information, visit www.Emerson.com.

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

 


Tuesday, August 9th, 2011

ASCO Introduces Stainless Steel Pilot Valves for Offshore Applications

FLORHAM PARK, NEW JERSEY, U.S.A., August 9, 2011 – ASCO Numatics, the world’s leading manufacturer of comprehensive fluid automation, flow control, and pneumatics solutions, has introduced the 8361 Series of stainless steel pilot valves. The series’ unique design eliminates the dormancy or “sticking” problems that can occur in control valves installed in the pneumatic logic panels that control monitoring safety systems in offshore oil and gas production facilities. In addition, the valve line was launched with online tools that permit rapid product configuration and ordering.

“Corrosion-resistance and reliability are essential for safe operation in harsh offshore environments,” said Robert W. Kemple, Jr., executive vice president, sales and marketing – Americas, ASCO Numatics. “The 8361 Series’ innovative, highly reliable, and proven T-seal technology resists the dormancy issues that plague current valves using O-ring seals. O-ring designs can stick upon actuation in low-cycle demand control valve applications. Our research shows that many users routinely hammer the sides of these valves to ensure they function properly,” said Kemple.

The 8361 Series (¼-inch NPT, 3-way, 316L stainless steel) valves are offered in manually operated, air-piloted, and solenoid-piloted versions. They can be configured as breathing and nonbreathing. The non-breathing version isolates internal components from the atmosphere and is internally vented, preventing contaminants such as salt and dust to enter the valve and corrode internal components.

The valve’s balanced design maintains the same flow characteristics when the valve is used in a normally open or normally closed configuration. This provides symmetrical flow that enables more flexible setup of the control panel’s pneumatic logic. The 1.4 Cv provides almost double the flow of comparable spool technology. In addition, the valve’s innovative pilot-selector design allows the same unit to be used as an internally or externally piloted solenoid valve, simplifying ordering and reducing inventory.

The 8361 Series’ solenoid version comes with ASCO’s renowned RedHat solenoid – recognized as the most reliable in the industry. Its 0.55-watt power consumption is three times less than competitive valves.

“Every aspect of this valve has been designed for the highest reliability, minimal maintenance, and lowest cost of ownership,” said Kemple. “For example, the valve’s body is made entirely of 316L stainless steel, and the Elgiloy® and stainless steel spring is designed for corrosion resistance and severe service beyond 1 million cycles.”

Online Tools Enables Rapid Configuration and Ordering

An 8361 Series online toolset is available that allows customers to quickly build a valve that meets a set of specific requirements. It then displays the list price, availability, 3D CAD drawings, and specifications for the configured product. The configurator generates an order code for the valve that permits an immediate online purchase, plus greatly simplifies the reordering process.

The 8361 Series valves can be purchased from ASCO distributors or directly from the company. Most of the valve’s configurations are available through the ASCO Today or 5-day shipping programs.

For more information, contact ASCO at 800-972-ASCO, by e-mail at info-valve@asco.com, or visit http://www.ascovalve.com/Offshore.

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 http://www.asconumatics.com

About Emerson

Emerson (NYSE: EMR), based in St. Louis, Missouri (USA), is a global leader in bringing technology and engineering together to provide innovative solutions for customers in industrial, commercial, and consumer markets through its network power, process management, industrial automation, climate technologies, and tools and storage businesses. Sales in fiscal 2010 were $21 billion. For more information, visit http://www.Emerson.com.

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Elgiloy is a registered trademark used for metal alloys and owned by Combined Metals of Chicago, L.L.C., Elgin National Watch Company.

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Wednesday, April 6th, 2011

Seminar to Help Manufacturers Accelerate the Process of Bringing Reusable Medical Devices to Market

AGAWAM, Mass. – Medical product manufacturers can learn how to accelerate the process of bringing their reusable devices to market in a day-long seminar on May 3, 2011, in Dedham, Massachusetts.

Titled “Bringing Your Reusable Device To Market: Just Because Your Device Lasts Forever Doesn’t Mean The Process of Bringing It To Market Has To,” the seminar will provide an extensive look at the process of introducing such products and help manufacturers answer critical questions such as: “What is required?”; “How much will it cost?”; and “How long will it take?”

The seminar will cover the product introduction process from manufacture of the sterilization tray to the testing that’s required for regulator submittal. Presentations will include:

  • Flushing It Out: New Analytical Methods of Testing on Protein, Hemoglobin, and Carbohydrate
  • Don’t Get Stuck in a Groove: Cleaning Validations Using Microbial Methods
  • What is the Good in Good Laboratory Practices (GLP): Understanding the Process
  • Packaging Your Idea Into Reality: A Look at the Process of Tray Manufacturing
  • One Cycle, Two Cycle, Three Cycle, More?: Sterilization of Your Reusable Devices

The event will run from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., with registration and a complimentary continental breakfast starting at 8 a.m. The seminar will be held on Tuesday, May 3, 2011, at the MIT Endicott House, 80 Haven Street, Dedham, Massachusetts. The cost is $149 per person and it includes breakfast, lunch, and workshop handouts.

The seminar is sponsored by Microtest Laboratories, a leader in testing services and contract manufacturing for the medical device, pharmaceutical, and biotechnology industries.

To register, contact Julie Adamski at 413-786-1680, toll-free at 800-631-1680, or at jadamski@microtestlabs.com.

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://www.microtestlabs.com or call 1-413-786-1680 or toll-free 1-800-631-1680. Follow Microtest Laboratories on Twitter @MicrotestLabs at http://twitter.com/MicrotestLabs.

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


Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

H&V Introduces Energy-Saving Hydraulic Filter Media With 50% Reduction in Pressure Drop

EAST WALPOLE, MASSACHUSETTS, U.S.A. - February 2, 2011 – Hollingsworth & Vose (H&V) has introduced a new family of energy-saving hydraulic filter media products that provides a 50% reduction in pressure drop without compromising other filter performance metrics.

“The hydraulic system on most construction and off-highway equipment is the largest consumer of energy. Rising fuel costs, plus new fuel economy regulations, have magnified the fluid power engineer’s focus on system efficiency,” said Andrew Shepard, Director, Global Market Management, H&V’s Engine and Industrial Filtration business unit. “Our filter media’s remarkable reduction in fluid flow restriction permits customers to cut overall system energy requirements. At the same time, it lowers the total cost of ownership by increasing reliability, reducing maintenance, and improving filter and pump life.”

The media’s lower differential pressure means that the hydraulic system need not divert valuable energy to push fluid through a highly resistant filter. For example, when compared against comparable existing high-performance 10-micron media at beta 200 efficiency, the new H&V media reduces resistance from 6.8 mm to 3.5 mm of water at 5.3 cm/sec flow.

“The performance of H&V’s next-generation hydraulic filter media permanently redefines the capacity/permeability relationship at each micron rating,” said Shepard. “When combined with H&V’s renowned quality and global presence, it delivers all the filter performance and service a hydraulic system requires, plus the energy savings that design engineers dream of.”

Product designers are able to use the media in two ways: to produce a premium product with 50% lower delta pressure and an increased lifetime or to reduce the size of the filter and maintain the equivalent performance.

The new filter media comes in 5-, 10-, and 20-micron ratings. Each retains the filter manufacturer’s existing caliper requirements and runs on production lines without alteration.

H&V’s energy-saving hydraulic filter media is ideal for construction, agriculture, industrial equipment, material handling, automotive, steel, marine, power station, and wind turbine applications.

For additional information or flat sheet samples, please contact Greg Green, Hollingsworth & Vose, at 508-850-2101 or visit http://www.hollingsworth-vose.com/products/new-products/next-generation-hydraulic-filter-media.htm.

About H&V

Established in 1843, Hollingsworth & Vose Company (www.hollingsworth-vose.com) is a global leader in the supply of technically advanced nonwovens for electronics and industrial applications; engine, high efficiency, and liquid filtration media; and battery separator materials. H&V’s expertise and process capabilities include wet-laid, dry-laid, meltblown, and composite technologies. The company operates manufacturing sites and research centers in the Americas, Europe, and Asia.

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Thursday, January 6th, 2011

Century Park Capital Partners Announces the Recapitalization of Cirtec Medical Systems, LLC

January 6, 2011, LOS ANGELES – Century Park Capital Partners is pleased to announce that it led the recapitalization of Cirtec Medical Systems LLC (“Cirtec”) along with Charter Oak Equity and the company’s founders. Cirtec is a leading provider of client focused, comprehensive medical product design, engineering and manufacturing solutions. Cirtec provides its customers with highly technical solutions, utilizing its expertise in minimally invasive systems, active and passive implants, and medical electronics. Cirtec was formed in 2009 from the merger of Circle Medical Devices and Texcel Medical. The company operates out of locations in Los Gatos, California and East Longmeadow, Massachusetts.

“We chose to partner with Century Park because of their philosophy of collaborating with management and their track record of successfully helping businesses grow,” stated Barry Smith, CEO of Cirtec. “Century Park’s leadership and access to resources will allow us to maintain our industry leading position in the outsourced medical device design and manufacturing industry as we take our business to the next level.”

Larry Derose, one of the founders of the company said, “This partnership with Century Park is the next step in our company’s evolution. By coupling our success in the market with Century Park’s proven experience helping businesses of our size grow, we have become exceptionally well positioned to capture the tremendous opportunities that exist in our marketplace.”

Century Park Capital Partners has experienced success in the medical device arena through prior investments in the medical contract manufacturing sector.

Chip Roellig, a Managing Partner of Century Park, stated, “We are very enthusiastic about our new partnership with Cirtec. Cirtec’s reputation as the market leader and its customer relationships with major medical device OEMs in the neurostimulation and cardiovascular markets set the company apart from other medical device design and manufacturing firms. Cirtec is especially attractive because they offer their customers a range of highly technical capabilities that improve device design and reduce time to market for new devices, while offering a superior economic value proposition. Furthermore, Cirtec is well positioned to take advantage of the trend in increased outsourcing of medical device design and manufacturing. As neurostimulation and cardiovascular devices evolve and gain further acceptance, Cirtec is primed for growth.”

Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. The investment by Century Park was made from its latest fund, Century Park Capital Partners II, L.P.

About Cirtec Medical Systems

Cirtec Medical Systems, through its partnerships with its customers, has become a leading single-source provider of comprehensive medical product design and manufacturing solutions from concept through high-volume finished goods across all therapeutic categories. Its technically-driven, 130-person team has particular expertise in minimally invasive systems, active and passive implants, and medical electronics. Cirtec Medical Systems is ISO-13485 (2003) and FDA certified and maintains locations in Los Gatos, California and East Longmeadow, Massachusetts. For more information about Cirtec, please visit www.cirtecmed.com.

About Century Park Capital Partners

Century Park Capital Partners is a Los Angeles-based private equity firm that partners with owner/managers to build successful companies. The firm specializes in facilitating owner liquidity and business expansion by providing equity for recapitalizations, buyouts, growth financings, and acquisitions. More information on Century Park Capital Partners can be found at www.centuryparkcapital.com.

About Charter Oak Equity

Charter Oak Equity is a Westport, CT based private equity firm. Charter Oak Equity focuses on niche manufacturing, packaging, medical products & services, specialty chemicals, consumer products and financial services companies ranging in size from $5 million to $150 million in enterprise value.  More information on Charter Oak Equity can be found at www.charteroak-equity.com.

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Public Relations contact, Boston:  Don Goncalves, dgoncalves@tizinc.com, 781-793-9380, for Tiziani Whitmyre Inc., http://www.tizinc.com/public-relations


Monday, December 20th, 2010

National Hearing Conservation Association (NHCA) Defends OSHA’s Decision to Change Interpretation of Noise Control Enforcement, Seeks to Address Misperceptions

Westminster, Colo. ― December 20, 2010 — The National Hearing Conservation Association (NHCA) is reiterating its support for the change in workplace noise control enforcement announced on October 19, 2010 by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). A number of concerns about this announced change have been raised by employers and industry groups. Unfortunately, it appears that many of these concerns may be based on misunderstandings regarding the proposed change. NHCA seeks to underscore the importance of OSHA’s proposed interpretation for American workers, and to address a number of misperceptions related to this interpretation.

NHCA endorses OSHA’s decision to revise the current lenient enforcement policy concerning noise controls. This policy – established over 25 years ago in the absence of rulemaking or public input – does not require employers to implement feasible engineering and administrative noise controls until workers’ eight-hour average exposures reach 100 dBA or greater, which is ten times more intense than the current Permissible Exposure Limit of 90 dBA. The current policy has made noise the only regulated health hazard in which OSHA has failed to acknowledge the primacy of engineering controls, and has resulted in a substantial increase in risk of hearing loss for some American workers. The alternative exposure reduction method currently allowed by OSHA for eight hour average exposures between 90 and 100 dBA is the use of earplugs or earmuffs, which have been demonstrated to provide insufficient protection for many workers, if they are used at all.

We see OSHA’s proposed change as a policy correction. That is, it does not represent the creation of a new regulation or a new policy. Rather, it represents a return to the original intent of OSHA’s noise regulation, which is to institute engineering or administrative controls for employees with eight-hour average exposures over 90 dBA. OSHA’s proposed definition of the word feasible (i.e., “capable of being done”) will make requirements for controls consistent with OSHA’s other health regulations.

Opponents of this policy correction have raised a number of objections. In the paragraphs below, NHCA seeks to address the misperceptions on which four of these objections are based:

The change proposed by OSHA is an attempt to alter an exposure limit outside of the rulemaking process. This proposed change will simply allow OSHA to enforce the original language and intent of the noise regulation. “It’s unfortunate that there’s such an outcry about this proposed change now.” said Rick Neitzel, PhD, CIH, Immediate Past President of NHCA. “The real outcry should have happened 26 years ago when OSHA first established a noise control enforcement policy that was legally questionable and that effectively gutted what would otherwise have been an important occupational health protection for American workers.”

All employers whose facilities have any areas with noise levels over 90 dBA will have to implement noise controls. The need for noise controls is determined by eight-hour average exposures over 90 dBA, not noise levels over 90 dBA. This means that far fewer workers will be subject to the control requirements than if only noise levels were measured. Workplaces can have areas with noise levels over 90 dBA – even levels up to 115 dBA, depending on the length of workers’ exposures – and still be in compliance with OSHA’s proposed policy correction. The noise control requirement is only triggered when workers have eight-hour average exposures over 90 dBA.

The change proposed by OSHA will have a broad and substantial economic impact that will eliminate jobs and reduce competitiveness. OSHA estimated that in 1981 about 19% of US manufacturing workers had eight hour average exposures above 90 dBA. This percentage is undoubtedly lower today because of outsourcing, automation, and other factors. Professionals in industrial hygiene and noise control engineering now estimate that about 10% of workers enrolled in hearing conservation programs are exposed to eight-hour average exposures greater than 90 dBA. These are the workers to which the new policy applies. The vast majority of US workplaces will not be affected by the proposed policy correction, though there are some industries with a higher percentage of over-exposed workers. “Those companies that are affected by the proposed change are probably experiencing ongoing problems with noise-induced hearing loss, and will benefit in the long run from exposure reduction through noise controls” said Neitzel. In addition, noise controls, which are often thought to be difficult to develop and complex to implement, can also be an inexpensive and expedient means of achieving compliance.

The change in policy isn’t needed because hearing conservation programs are working and hearing protectors are effective. Studies have shown that workers continue to lose their hearing in spite of the presence of hearing conservation programs. This is because many of these programs rely on workers’ use of hearing protectors rather than noise controls. Hearing protectors are often resisted by workers, are commonly worn for insufficient durations, and fail to provide the expected noise reduction.

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’s membership includes audiologists, researchers, industrial hygienists, physicians and occupational health nurses, educators, professional service organizations, safety 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 www.twitter.com/nhcaorg, on Facebook at http://bit.ly/vLRg5, and on LinkedIn at http://bit.ly/3X2DfT.

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Public Relations contact, Boston:  Don Goncalves, dgoncalves@tizinc.com, 781-793-9380, for Tiziani Whitmyre Inc., http://www.tizinc.com/public-relations


Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

CycleGuard Battery Separator for PSoC Applications is Introduced by Hollingsworth & Vose

EAST WALPOLE, MASSACHUSETTS, U.S.A. — CycleGuard(TM) battery separator, the first separator media designed exclusively for highly demanding partial state of charge (PSoC) applications, was introduced today by Hollingsworth & Vose (H&V).

“CycleGuard, H&V’s next-generation EnergyGuard® battery separator, sets new standards of performance for PSoC applications such as SLI start-stop, telecommunications, and grid storage. This high-strength, uniform separator increases a battery’s cycle life by up to 20% under PSoC conditions while providing dramatically better charge acceptance,” said Bob Cullen, vice president of sales and marketing in H&V’s battery products business unit.

CycleGuard battery separator media improves battery performance with a new proprietary synthetic glass technology. Its greater acid capacity, increased surface area, and exceptional media strength ensure longer battery life, plus the new separator’s high-strength AGM enables rapid processing and better puncture resistance.
“Our new separator’s patented technical properties increase the number of charge cycles over an extended battery life. They also improve the ability of the battery to cycle without charging. Batteries with this separator will perform significantly longer with a continued robust cycle rate,” Cullen said.

CycleGuard enhances charge acceptance capability over conventional AGM separators, and the battery’s ability to cycle without receiving a complete charge is dramatically improved. In addition, with CycleGuard, more of the battery’s capacity will return when charging from a dead battery state.

“Demanding applications, such as stop-start vehicle systems, require batteries to deliver power and accept charges at unprecedented rates. CycleGuard’s unique design is strong enough to handle the most extreme cycling conditions,” Cullen said.

CycleGuard battery separator will be available for delivery in mid-October 2010. For more information, e-mail cycleguard@hovo.com or call 1-508-850-2000.

About H&V
Established in 1843, Hollingsworth & Vose Company (http://www.hollingsworth-vose.com) is a global leader in the supply of technically advanced nonwovens for electronics and industrial applications; engine, high efficiency, and liquid filtration media; and battery separator materials. H&V’s expertise and process capabilities include wet-laid, dry-laid, meltblown, and composite technologies. The company operates manufacturing sites and research centers in the Americas, Europe, and Asia.

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Public Relations contact, Boston:  Don Goncalves, dgoncalves@tizinc.com, 781-793-9380, for Tiziani Whitmyre Inc., http://www.tizinc.com/public-relations

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