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Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

Richard Danielson, PhD, to receive National Hearing Conservation Association’s Outstanding Hearing Conservationist Award

Westminster, CO February 4, 2014 — The National Hearing Conservation Association (NHCA) will recognize audiologist and educator Richard W. Danielson, PhD, with its Outstanding Hearing Conservationist Award in Las Vegas in March 2014. This prestigious award, established in 1990, recognizes outstanding contributions and achievements in the field of hearing conservation. The NHCA is pleased to honor Dr. Richard Danielson for his distinguished career as an enthusiastic educator and his productive contributions to national efforts to prevent noise-related hearing loss.

Dr. Danielson is an Associate Professor at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, with dual appointments in the Department of Otolaryngology — Head and Neck Surgery and in the Center for Space Medicine. Since 2003, he has been the Manager for Audiology and Hearing Conservation at NASA-Johnson Space Center. There, he leads a NASA program aimed at preventing noise-induced hearing loss (during spaceflight and ground-based missions) among NASA’s astronauts, pilots, and other employees. He also collaborates with NASA and international partners towards resolution of auditory and acoustic issues on the International Space Station.

Prior to his work with NASA, Colonel (Ret.) Danielson held several senior leadership positions in the U.S. Army during his 28-year career, which included serving during Operation Desert Storm as the Officer-in-Charge of the first Audiology Task Force ever deployed to a combat theater. In addition to his exceptional military career, Dr. Danielson has held numerous national leadership roles in several audiology-related professional organizations.  He has chaired the Council for Accreditation in Occupational Hearing Conservation (CAOHC) and served for 13 years on its national council, where he was instrumental in revising CAOHC’s curricula for certification and recertification of course directors and professional supervisors of audiometric monitoring. Dr. Danielson recently served as Chair of the American Academy of Audiology Foundation Board of Trustees, and has been the president of the Texas Academy of Audiology, the Washington Society of Audiology, and the Military Audiology Association, He has held faculty appointments at 11 universities, where he has taught, supervised research, published, and mentored doctoral candidates, graduate students, medical residents, and audiology interns.

NHCA’s presentation of the Outstanding Hearing Conservationist Award recognizes Dr. Danielson’s lifelong campaign to persuade others to become, what he calls, “evangelists for hearing conservation,” sharing a truly devoted enthusiasm for hearing loss prevention.

Dr. Danielson’s acceptance of the Outstanding Hearing Conservationist Award will take place at an awards luncheon during the NHCA’s 39th Annual Conference, to be held March 13-15, 2014, in Las Vegas. Many of his colleagues and associates will be on hand to honor and recognize this prestigious achievement. For more information about the NHCA Conference, “Stop Gambling With Your Hearing,” go to http://www.hearingconservation.org.

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.

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.


Friday, July 27th, 2012

First Commons Bank Recognizes Deferred Tax Asset to Deliver More Than $2.8 Million in Profitability, While Growing to $194 Million in its 12th Qtr

For Immediate Release

First Commons Bank Recognizes Deferred Tax Asset to Deliver More Than $2.8 Million in Profitability, While Growing to $194 Million in its 12th Qtr

— After 12 Quarters of Operations, Mass. Bank is Now Larger than 56% of All FDIC-Insured Banks Nationally —

NEWTON, MASS. — July 27, 2012 — First Commons Bank of Newton, Mass., today reported Net Income of $2,879,000 for the quarter ended June 30, 2012, reflecting the recognition of a Deferred Tax Asset in the amount of $2,750,000 after the bank experienced seven (7) consecutive months of sustained operating profitability. Assets grew to more than $194 million during the 12th quarter of operations ended June 30, 2012. This reflects a 45% increase, or an increase of more than $57 million, versus the asset level of $136 million reported last year for the quarter ended June 30, 2011.

“I am delighted to report that we achieved net operating income in every month since December 2011 — allowing us to recognize a Deferred Tax Asset of $2,750,000 this quarter,” said Tony Nuzzo, Chairman, President, and CEO of First Commons Bank.

“Although it has been only three years since we received our national bank charter from the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency on July 22, 2009, we have already grown to be a $194 million bank while delivering sustained profitability,” he said.

“With more than 7,200 FDIC-insured banks in the U.S. filing reports for the quarter ended March 31, 2012, First Commons Bank’s assets have now surpassed the assets of more than 4,000 other banks — or more than 56% of all FDIC-insured banks nationally in just three years,” Nuzzo noted.

The bank reported net loans grew to $160 million, compared to $94 million as of June 30, 2011, representing an increase of 70% or $66 million. The bank’s net interest margin increased to 3.45%, compared to 3.01% as of June 30, 2011.

First Commons Bank’s financial results are available on the FDIC’s Web site at http://goo.gl/7tIUX.

About First Commons Bank

First Commons Bank, N.A., is a nationally chartered, FDIC-insured full-service community bank, dedicated to serving the businesses and individuals of Newton, Wellesley, Waltham, and eastern Massachusetts. The bank, which opened for business on July 22, 2009, reports total assets of more than $194 million, making it larger than 56% of all FDIC-insured banks in the U.S.

First Commons Bank provides clients with superior, personalized service and the highest quality banking through its onsite management team, experienced staff members, a unique and welcoming branch environment, and advanced banking technologies. Of note: Tony Nuzzo, Chairman, President, and CEO, was named Financial Services Executive of the Year in the prestigious 2010 American Business Awards. First Commons Bank locations include its headquarters at 718 Beacon St. in Newton Centre, Mass., and 61 Linden St., Linden Square, in Wellesley, Mass.

Visit First Commons Bank on the Web at http://www.firstcommonsbank.com. Follow the bank on Facebook at http://facebook.com/firstcommonsbank and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/firstcommonsbnk.


Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011

New Scope of Reusable Medical Device Cleaning Validations is Examined in New White Paper from Microtest Laboratories

AGAWAM, MASS. – Nov. 2, 2011 – A new white paper detailing the new scope of reusable medical device cleaning validations is available free from Microtest Laboratories on the Web at http://www.microtestlabs.com/new-scope-cleaning-validation-paper.

“Cleaning validation for reusable medical devices is an important step in proving their safety. Available guidance documents now indicate that the traditional method of validating cleanliness, spore log reduction, will no longer be acceptable. Analytical assays capable of providing quantitative results will now be required instead,” writes white paper author Patrick Kenny, Manager of Analytical Services, Microtest Laboratories.

In the new white paper, “The New Scope of Reusable Medical Device Cleaning Validations,” Kenny notes that “although a new requirement for reusable medical devices, these tests are traditional analytical assays that are performed routinely on other types of samples.”

“An effective protocol and report that includes justifications for the test soil and assays chosen, as well as thorough documentation of all parameters used in the validation, will help ensure success for the device’s submission,” he notes.

In the paper, Kenny also discusses cleaning validation analytical assays as well as various methods and scenarios related to performing the validation. His recommendations are based on several key documents relating to reusable device cleaning validations that are either in draft or final form. They include AAMI document TIR30:2003, a comprehensive guide to medical device cleaning validations. TIR30 is currently in revision, and an updated version is scheduled for 2011 release.

Kenny holds a M.S. degree in Chemistry and has spent the past 13 years working in QC, R&D and manufacturing laboratories. At Microtest, Kenny leads the services group performing medical device and pharmaceutical analytical testing for companies worldwide.

Downloada free copy of the white paper, The New Scope of Reusable Medical Device Cleaning Validations,from the Microtest Laboratories website at http://www.microtestlabs.com/new-scope-cleaning-validation-paper.

Microtest’s broad portfolio of medical device and combination product testing services include sterilization validation, reusable device studies, endotoxin and sterility testing, and package validation.

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, U.S.A., 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.


Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

Building, Validating & Maintaining Controlled Environment Facilities is Focus of Oct. 18th Seminar in Boston Hosted by Microtest Laboratories

AGAWAM, Mass. — Building, validating, and maintaining a controlled environment facility is the subject of a daylong seminar on Oct. 18, 2011, hosted by Microtest Laboratories at the MIT Endicott House in Dedham, Massachusetts.

Titled “Keeping It Clean? The Building Blocks of Facility Control,” the seminar will focus on the clean room testing, disinfection validation, and related contamination testing issues that arise from manufacturing of medical devices or pharmaceuticals, as well as sterile compounding in hospital pharmacies.

In each seminar program, industry experts will present practice advice and sound solutions in an interactive format that will encourage a high level of engagement by participants for questions, answers and discussion. The topics will include:

  • Killing The Bugs Without Killing Yourself: Disinfectant Qualifications
  • Feeling Like A Fish Out of WFI?: Water System Validation and Maintenance
  • Got A Lot On Your Plate: Clean-room Validations and Maintenance
  • The Old In & Out: Considerations On Insourcing vs. Outsourcing

Keeping It Clean? The Building Blocks of Facility Control” will be presented 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2011, at the MIT Endicott House, 80 Haven Street in Dedham, Mass., just outside of Boston. Registration and a complimentary continental breakfast is at 8 a.m. Lunch will be served at Noon. The cost is $149 per person and includes meals, refreshments, and workshop handouts.

To register or for more information, contact Julie Adamski at 413-786-1680, toll-free at 1-800-631-1680, or at jadamski@microtestlabs.com.

About Microtest Laboratories

Microtest Laboratories is a leader in controlled environment facility testing, laboratory testing, and contract manufacturing services 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, Tiziani Whitmyre, 1-781-793-9380, dgoncalves@tizinc.com

 


Thursday, July 28th, 2011

First Commons Bank Assets Top $136 Million in Eighth Quarter of Operations


- New Newton-Based Bank Surpasses More Than 45% of All FDIC-Insured Banks Nationally in Less Than Two Years -

Newton Centre, Massachusetts – July 28, 2011 – First Commons Bank of Newton, Mass., today reported that its assets have grown to more than $136 million during its eighth quarter of operations ending June 30, 2011. This reflects a 44% increase or over $42 million versus the asset level of $94 million for the quarter ending June 30, 2010. The bank began operations on July 22, 2009 and serves businesses and individuals in Newton, Wellesley, Waltham, and eastern Massachusetts.

“With more than 7,500 FDIC-insured banks in the U.S. filing reports for the quarter ended March 31, 2011, First Commons Bank assets have now surpassed those of more than 3,400 other banks, or more than 45 percent, after just 8 quarters of operations,” said Tony Nuzzo, Chairman, President and CEO.

“Although we are pleased with our asset growth over the first 23 months of operations, we remain focused on achieving sustained profitability. Within this context, we are very pleased that our net loans have grown to $93.8 million versus $37.5 million at the end of June in 2010 for a 149% increase or over $56.2 million. This has resulted in a loan to deposit ratio of 80.3% versus 47.2% last year,” Nuzzo said.

“First Commons Bank will open its second branch in Wellesley, Massachusetts later this summer which will allow us to expand our ability to fill the consumer and business voids created by the large banks,” Nuzzo said.

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

About First Commons Bank

First Commons Bank, N.A., is a new, nationally chartered, FDIC-insured full-service community bank, dedicated to serving the businesses and individuals of Newton, Wellesley, Waltham, and eastern Massachusetts. The bank, which opened for business in 2009, reports total assets of more than $136 million, making it larger than 45% of all FDIC-insured banks in the U.S.

First Commons Bank provides clients with superior, personalized service and the highest-quality banking through its onsite management team, experienced staff members, a unique and welcoming branch environment, and advanced banking technologies. Of note: Tony Nuzzo, Chairman, President, and CEO, was named Financial Services Executive of the Year in the prestigious 2010 American Business Awards. First Commons Bank (http://firstcommonsbank.com) is headquartered at 718 Beacon Street in Newton Centre, Massachusetts.

Follow First Commons Bank on Facebook at http://facebook.com/firstcommonsbank and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/firstcommonsbnk.

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Press contact: Don Goncalves, Tiziani Whitmyre public relations, Inc., 781-793-9380, dgoncalves@tizinc.com

Company contact: Tony Nuzzo, First Commons Bank, 617-243-4410


Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

Tiziani Whitmyre Client Howard Leight Receives ISHN Advertising Excellence Award

SHARON, MASSACHUSETTS, USA — June 19, 2011 — Tiziani Whitmyre, Inc., a Boston-area interactive marketing, advertising, and public relations firm, announced today that Howard Leight®/Honeywell Safety Products, an agency client, has been honored with an Industrial Safety & Hygiene News (ISHN) Advertising Excellence Award.

Its advertisement, titled “VeriPRO®: Fit for the real world,” was honored for its high level of recognition, recall, and content based on a study of ISHN readers.

Howard Leight is a leading global provider of passive and intelligent hearing protection solutions. The ad features a hardworking factory employee wearing hearing protection, and reminded readers how the Howard Leight VeriPRO earplug fit testing system makes it easy for employers to get an accurate, real-world picture of their employees’ hearing protection effectiveness.

Nearly three-fourths (73%) of the respondents who indicated purchasing influence in the Safety Products category recalled noticing the advertisement. Readers scored the ad high in all key criteria — being informative; having a positive impact on readers’ impression of the company; influencing readers to more likely recommend the company; and addressing a current information need or want of readers.

Renee S. Bessette, COHC, Global Brand Manager for Howard Leight/Honeywell Safety Products, praised Tiziani Whitmyre for the agency’s “creative contributions and strategy for our integrated media plan. We have come a long way in gaining mindshare — and programs — of safety and hearing conservation professionals.”

Bob Tiziani, Chief Executive Officer, Tiziani Whitmyre, said the award “once again demonstrates the results of a strong strategic, collaborative client partnership; an innovative product; and imaginative creative presentation to influence audience acceptance and drive positive behavior.”

About Tiziani Whitmyre
Tiziani Whitmyre (http://www.tizinc.com) is a Boston area marketing services agency that builds brands, generates sales leads, and delivers a measurable ROI for its clients’ marketing communications budget. Services include public relations (PR), Internet marketing (including search engine optimization, affiliate marketing, and Web design), advertising, direct marketing, graphic design, and corporate branding strategy.


Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

Free Seminar to Help Connecticut Employers Improve Hearing Conservation Programs

— AIHA and ASSE members are eligible to receive CEUs —

A free seminar is scheduled for June 6, 2011 to help employers improve their Hearing Conservation Programs and prevent noise-induced hearing loss among their workers.

The seminar, titled “HearForever™: Best Practices in Hearing Conservation,” will provide practical information on noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) and the latest research and technologies that can help enhance employers’ Hearing Conservation Programs – as well as their bottom line, said noted Hearing Conservation expert Dr. Theresa Y. Schulz (Lt. Col., retired, U.S. Air Force).

Dr. Schulz, Hearing Conservation Manager at Howard Leight/Honeywell Safety Products, will present the seminar.

AIHA and ASSE members are eligible to receive CEUs.

Designed for industrial hygienists, occupational health and safety professionals, safety managers, audiologists, and liability and risk management professionals, the seminar will address the following topics:
• Basics of Noise-Induced Hearing Loss
• Key Elements of an Effective Hearing Conservation Program
• Impending Changes to the Noise Reduction Rating (NRR) and How They Affect Employers
• Selection and Fitting of Hearing Protectors
• Employee Motivation and Training Techniques/Resources
• New Hearing Conservation Innovations and Technologies

The seminar will run from 9 a.m. to noon, with registration and a complimentary breakfast starting at 8 a.m.

The seminar will held in Milford on Monday, June 6, 2011, at the Hilton Garden Inn.

All attendees will receive a free gift bag with training materials, literature and hearing-protection samples from Howard Leight and other Honeywell Safety Product groups. VeriPRO® and QuietDose™ demonstrations will be available following the seminar.

Dr. Schulz is a past president of the National Hearing Conservation Association (NHCA), and also past chair of the Council for Accreditation in Occupational Hearing Conservation (CAOHC). During her 20-plus-year career in the U.S. Air Force, she was twice recognized as USAF Outstanding Audiologist of the Year. Most recently, she served as a senior service fellow at the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health’s (NIOSH’s) Hearing Loss Prevention Program. Dr. Schulz holds a Ph.D. in hearing science from Ohio State University.

To register, visit: http://www.hearforever.org/northeastseminar.

Howard Leight Hearing Conservation seminars have been presented to more than 2,500 safety professionals on five continents over the past five years. They are part of Howard Leight’s industry-leading HearForever initiative to raise awareness of the dangers, risks and consequences of noise-induced hearing loss.

Follow us on Twitter: @HearForeverOrg at http://twitter.com/HearForeverOrg.

About Howard Leight
Howard Leight / Honeywell Safety Products, is a leading global provider of passive and intelligent hearing protection solutions, and the founder of the HearForever® initiative. For over 30 years, Howard Leight has pursued the prevention of occupational noise-induced hearing loss through innovation in hearing protection design, technology, performance and comfort, and the promotion of progressive Hearing Conservation Programs. Leading solutions include the highest attenuating Max® single-use earplug; patented Air Flow Control™ technology for optimal earmuff attenuation; QuietDose™ personal in-ear dosimetry; and the industry-changing VeriPRO® earplug fit testing system.

Visit the Howard Leight website at http://www.howardleight.com. Follow us on Twitter: @HowardLeight at http://twitter.com/HowardLeight.

About Honeywell
Honeywell International (http://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; automotive products; turbochargers; and specialty materials. The company is 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 http://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.

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• Press contact: Don Goncalves, 1-781-793-9380, dgoncalves@tizinc.com
• Download photos for publication: http://goo.gl/XC7t6


Monday, January 10th, 2011

New “Advanced Biosafety Webinar Series” Tackles Challenges of Rapidly Changing Research Techniques

Needham, MA – January 10, 2011 – A series of webinars on cutting edge research topics to help biosafety officers manage risks and meet regulatory requirements is planned by EH&E, a leading environmental and engineering firm.

Biosafety Officers, Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) members and Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) staff at public and private research institutions nation-wide are challenged with reviewing safety protocols for biological research involving an ever expanding array of techniques and biological materials. EH&E’s three-part webinar series, “Advanced Biosafety Webinar Series – Meeting the Challenges of Today’s Research” identifies and addresses the biosafety issues presented by today’s research techniques.

“A solid understanding of the procedures and techniques being used in today’s research labs is needed in order to best address safety and regulatory concerns,” says Dr. Ted Myatt, Senior Scientist at EH&E. “Therefore, we’ve asked leading researchers to discuss their research in a format that promotes discussion of new safety and regulatory challenges the research may pose.”

The webinars will be held monthly from January through March 2011. Each webinar will include a one-hour presentation of the research topic followed by 15 minutes for live Q&A. The series includes:

Learn about the development of new viral vectors and how they are being used in current neurobiological research. Presenters:

o Constance L. Cepko, PhD, Co-Director, Leder Program in Human Biology and Translational Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Professor of Genetics and Ophthamology at Harvard Medical School, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator

o Ted Myatt, ScD, RBP, Senior Scientist / Biosafety and Biological Hazards Practice Leader, EH&E

· Coping with Exponential Improvements in Reading and Writing DNA: Understanding the Safety and Regulatory Aspects of Genomic Research, February 22, 2011, 1:00 – 2:15 p.m. EST

A current view of genomic research techniques and unique challenges relating to potential exposure to both chemicals and synthetic DNA. Presenters:

o Alexander Wait Zaranek, PhD, Research Fellow in Genetics, George Church Laboratory, Harvard Medical School

o Ted Myatt, ScD, RBP, Senior Scientist / Biosafety and Biological Hazards Practice Leader, EH&E

Discuss the unique challenges present in working with the non-human primate model in HIV vaccine research. Presenters:

o David Ross Kaufman MD, PhD, Physician, Division of Vaccine Research and Infectious Diseases, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

o Ted Myatt, ScD, RBP, Senior Scientist / Biosafety and Biological Hazards Practice Leader, EH&E

Cost is $179 per webinar. For more information, or to register for any, or all, of EHE’s three-part “Advanced Biosafety Webinar Series – Meeting the Challenges of Today’s Research, visit: http://www.eheinc.com/news_workshops.htm.

About EH&E

EH&E (http://www.eheinc.com) has provided an extensive range of environmental and engineering consulting services for over 20 years. Our team consists of more than 60 experts with an outstanding record of providing business-focused solutions for issues that affect the built environment. EH&E has a depth of knowledge and credibility unmatched in the industry and our wealth of readily-accessible information has become a powerful resource for our clients.

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


Thursday, September 9th, 2010

U.S. Energy Secretary Chu Interacts with Virtual Reality Simulator from Invensys

September 9, 2010 – Charleston, W.Va. — Dr. Steven Chu, United States Secretary of Energy, and Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-WV), donned virtual reality goggles yesterday and experienced the future of clean-coal plant technology when they interacted with the EYESIM training simulator from Invensys Operations Management. Chu and Rockefeller were at the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) in Morgantown, W.Va., prior to participating in a University of Charleston Forum on the Future of Coal. Invensys Operations Management is supplying its EYESIM and DYNSIM solutions to the NETL and the United States Department of Energy to facilitate development and training for clean-coal plant operations.

Chu attended the forum to speak on the capture and disposal of carbon dioxide emitted in the burning of coal, a process known as carbon capture and storage or CCS. Coal generates about ninety-eight percent of West Virginia’s electricity, and about forty-eight percent of the electricity generated in the United States. The continued large-scale use of coal to supply electricity in the United States could ultimately depend on the successful development of CCS technology. The Secretary was on hand to break down the impact CCS can have and what the United States is doing to pioneer this innovative technology.

The Invensys EYESIM and DYNSIM solutions will assist in the development of new-generation zero-emission integrated gasification combined cycle (IGCC) power plants with carbon capture. The Advanced Virtual Energy Simulation Training and Research Center, or AVESTAR™, in Morgantown is part of the Department of Energy’s initiative to develop new clean-coal power plants that burn fuel more efficiently to produce environmentally friendly electric power. EYESIM and DYNSIM provide a high-fidelity and virtual reality simulated environment in which prospective plant personnel learn to operate and interact with a clean-coal facility, much like an airplane pilot trains on a flight simulator.

“Invensys has been working as a development partner with the NETL to create a combined control panel and field operator training solution for IGCC with carbon capture,” said Alastair Fraser, vice president, Invensys Operations Management. “Its innovative capabilities and additional operational benefits will enable more rapid development of clean-coal power generation to meet demand, as well as enhance training for new clean-coal plant operations teams. We are pleased that Secretary Chu and Senator Rockefeller were able to witness some of the new virtual reality training and simulation capabilities we have helped develop at the new NETL training center in Morgantown.”

WHAT: Demonstration of virtual reality training tools for clean- coal plant operations

WHEN: Wednesday, September 8, 2010

WHERE: National Energy Technology Laboratory, Morgantown, W.Va.

WHO: Dr. Steven Chu, Secretary, U.S. Department of Energy

MORE INFO:

Link to hi-res images of the event from Invensys Operations Management

Link to news release on EYESIM and the DOE

Link to news release on Invensys providing simulation solutions for the DOE

Background on EYESIM technology from Invensys Operations Management

Contacts:

Tom Clary, Invensys Operations Management, tom.clary@invensys.com t: 469-365-6651 m: 214-549-5629

John Nero, Tiziani Whitmyre, jnero@tizinc.com t: 781-793-9380 m: 401-486-3120


Wednesday, August 18th, 2010

AirPal Expands Line of Air-Activated Transfer Pads to include Multi-Purpose Patient Positioning Functionality

4c6bbb7a North Wales, Penn, August 18, 2010AirPal®, a leading innovator and supplier of lateral air transfer and positioning technology, has announced the expansion of its line of air-activated transfer pads to incorporate multi-purpose patient positioning functionality.
“This announcement marks the launch of an entire new series of AirPal Safe Anatomic Positioning™ systems,” said Jim Weedling, President AirPal, Inc. “Among other functions, these exciting new products will enable nurses, surgeons, anesthesiologists, and other caregivers to optimally adjust a patient’s angle of elevation for procedures that require precise airway positioning, and more easily transfer patients laterally before and after the procedure.”

Announced today was the AirPal RAMP® All-In-One, which stands for Rapid Airway Management Positioning All-In-One system. It is designed primarily for the Operating Room (OR) to facilitate airway management in applications such as pre-oxygenation prior to anesthesia intubation, airway axes alignment for tracheal tube insertion to improve POGO scores and optimize glottic exposure, assistance with extubation to minimize the threat of tissue trauma, and many other procedures that require precise ear to sternal notch positioning. Other potential application areas include use in intensive care situations, emergency medical transport, and certain clinical care procedures.

Safe Anatomic Positioning system

“The RAMP All-In-One is a Safe Anatomic Positioning system that combines lateral transfer technology and flexible patient positioning,” said Weedling. “Its objectives are to afford greater safety and comfort for the patient, provide new levels of convenience for surgeons and anesthesiologists, and to assist in the prevention of patient handling injuries.”

Injuries to nurses caused by transferring or repositioning patients have been cited as a significant factor behind the medical industry’s escalating worker’s compensation costs. AirPal pioneered the original concept of using air-activated pads to more safely and easily transfer patients from one surface to another.

Because the RAMP module enables the patient’s angle of elevation to be adjusted via a pneumatic AirPod™, OR staff will no longer be required to manually lift the patient and use linens or pillows to achieve the desired elevation. The RAMP differs from conventional patient positioning techniques because it offers continuous adjustability, unlike the static wedges or linen props that must be readjusted each time the patient is moved. The RAMP was developed over a period of several years in collaboration with leading medical practitioners.

For more information regarding AirPal Safe Anatomic Positioning systems and the newly introduced RAMP All-In-One, contact AirPal at 800-633-4725 or http://airpal.com.

About AirPal®-Patient Transfer Systems, Inc:

AirPal®-Patient Transfer Systems, Inc. is a privately held Pennsylvania Corporation with offices in Center Valley and North Wales, PA. Established in 1984, AirPal® was the first company to bring to market an air-assisted lateral patient transfer device and is most noted for their “Platform” line of lateral patient transfer pads. The new AirPal® RAMP® Safe Anatomic Positioning system integrates safe patient handling practices with patient positioning for airway management. AirPal holds multiple patents and has remained a leading innovator in the market that they created. AirPal can be reached at 800-633-4725.

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Press contact: James Weedling, President, jweedling@airpal.com, 800-633-4725 or 610-282-4849


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