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Tuesday, April 6th, 2010

Numatics Knife Gate Valve Actuator Offers Mounting Customization Without Extending Delivery Times

numatics21NOVI, MICHIGAN, U.S.A., April 6, 2010 – ASCO Numatics, the world’s leading manufacturer of comprehensive fluid automation, flow control, and pneumatics solutions, has introduced the Numatics KG Series knife gate valve actuator line. The KG Series is the first knife gate valve actuator that offers the flexibility for fully customizable mounting without extending lead times.

knifegate_shot_ad“Customers can tailor our KG Series actuators specifically to their valve’s mounting requirements while still benefitting from Numatics’ industry-leading delivery times,” said Robert W. Kemple, Jr., executive vice president, sales and marketing – Americas, ASCO Numatics. “Now, project engineers requiring fast lead times will not have to incur additional cost and time making their valves fit to standard actuators’ specifications.”

The KG Series line expands ASCO Numatics’ capability to offer all of the components for knife gate valve automation solutions. Customers can buy both the directional control air valve and valve actuator from one global supplier and benefit from ASCO Numatics’ worldwide sales and technical support.

The new knife gate valve actuator is ideal for the harshest process applications in the chemical, food and beverage, mining, oil and gas, petrochemical, wastewater treatment, and power industries.

Customers can specify mounting hole locations and rod styles for KG Series actuators without lengthening leads times. Actuators with 1.5-inch to 10-inch bore sizes are available in 2 to 3 weeks while models with 12-inch and 14-inch bores are available in 3 to 4 weeks.

The KG Series comes with ASCO Numatics’ global reputation for quality. Its proprietary wear band improves cylinder life by locating piston load at the optimum point and providing maximum column strength at full extension. In addition, the actuator’s popular composite tubing option significantly reduces overall cylinder weight for smoother operation and longer life.

“The KG Series is the ideal choice for design and project engineers desiring the most reliable knife gate actuators with customized mounting options and rapid delivery,” said Kemple.

For more information, contact Numatics at 1-888-NUMATICS (1-888-686-2842) or visit

About ASCO Numatics
ASCO Numatics, formed by the merger of ASCO and Numatics, is a business unit of Emerson Industrial Automation. ASCO Numatics offers comprehensive fluid automation solutions, flow control and pneumatics 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

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 to customers through its network power, process management, industrial automation, climate technologies, and appliance and tools businesses. Emerson’s sales in fiscal 2009 were $20.9 billion. The company is ranked 94th on the Fortune 500 list of America’s largest companies. For more information, visit

Tuesday, August 25th, 2009

Howard Leight Participates in MSHA-Yale Field Study of Technologies to Prevent Hearing Loss Among Mine Inspectors

SMITHFIELD, RHODE ISLAND, USA—August 25, 2009—Howard Leight®/Sperian Hearing Protection, LLC, the leading global provider of passive and intelligent hearing protection solutions, is participating in a field study conducted by the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) in collaboration with Yale University that is evaluating the effectiveness of new technologies to prevent occupational noise-induced hearing loss among mine inspectors.

“Based on the data, mine workers and inspectors are especially at risk for noise-induced hearing loss,” said Theresa Y. Schulz PhD., Lt. Col. USAF (retired), Hearing Conservation Manager, Howard Leight/Sperian Hearing Protection, LLC, and former team leader of the Hearing Loss Prevention Branch at The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).

By age 50, about 90% of coal miners, and 49% of metal/nonmetal miners, have a hearing impairment, versus 10% of non-miners, according to NIOSH.

The MSHA study now underway is evaluating a variety of new hearing loss prevention technologies. The research is being conducted in the field, with on-the-job MSHA mine inspectors, in cooperation with the Yale Occupational and Environmental Medicine Program of the Yale University School of Medicine.

It’s expected that a report on the findings will be produced for MSHA by year-end.

Howard Leight is providing three advanced technologies for evaluation in the study:

  • QuietDose™ personal dosimeter that measures and records a worker’s actual in-ear exposure to noise over an entire work shift
  • VeriPRO® technology that measures real-world attenuation of unmodified earplugs and can be used to improve individual employee training and enhance the overall effectiveness of Hearing Conservation Programs
  • Electronic earmuffs that manage impulse/impact noise, limiting ambient sound amplification to safe levels, revert to passive protection when noise reaches unsafe levels

Additional technologies, provided by other manufacturers, for the study include custom-fit earplug technology, and traditional foam earplugs.

“Miners and mine inspectors work in extremely difficult conditions. The goal is to better protect MSHA inspectors, and we at Howard Leight are extremely proud to participate in this crucial initiative to evaluate the application of the latest technologies to the very real problem of occupational hearing loss among mine inspectors,” said Dr. Schulz.

About Howard Leight

Howard Leight®/Sperian Hearing Protection, LLC 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 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:

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