News Article | May 9, 2017
"This is truly a historic moment for our company but especially for the entire aviation industry," says Nico Nijenhuis, CEO of Clear Flight Solutions. "We currently operate our Robirds in a variety of places, but taking the step towards full integration within daily operations at an airport is huge. For years, there has been a lot of interest from airports. To now officially start integrating our operations at a major Canadian airport is absolutely fantastic." As part of the integrated suite of services, CFS AERIUM will be providing UAS mapping and inspections services to support EIA's maintenance programs and future economic development efforts. These operations will continue from the flight missions that have been diligently conducted prior to this release. The missions were completed to satisfy Safety and Hazard Identification Risk Assessments requirements in addition to demonstrating competency. UAS missions have been conducted under tight supervision within 400m of active runways. CFS AERIUM will continue working towards full integration into airside operations in a professional, safe, and effective manner. "The Robird was the missing link in our integrated service model," says Jordan Cicoria of AERIUM. "Our relationship with Clear Flight Solutions has created an opportunity to have a positive ecologically-friendly impact on local industries at and surrounding the airport. In a world so focused on innovation Edmonton International Airport is an industry front runner and we are proud to have a partnership with Clear Flight Solutions that allows us to actually translate innovation into value," says Tim Bibby of AERIUM. Edmonton International Airport is Canada's fifth-busiest airport by passenger traffic and the largest major Canadian airport by land area. It is a self-funded, not-for-profit corporation whose mandate is to drive economic prosperity for the Edmonton Metro Region. Historically, EIA has been an early-adopter of promising technologies that can add economic value. It has always taken great care to ensure that technology is implemented strategically and safely. "EIA is excited to trial this new technology. We will ensure that all of the airports regulatory requirements are met as part of our Safety Management System, including risk assessments etc. to ensure that the testing is completed in a safe manner," says Steve Rumley, VP of Infrastructure at EIA. EIA also houses the Alberta Aerospace and Technology Center ("AATC"). Since 2015, the AATC has been focused on the development and attraction of Aerospace and Technology companies to Alberta. In 2016, the AATC joined up with AERIUM to focus on the growth and development of UAV technologies in Alberta. "The partnership between AERIUM Analytics and Clear Flight Solutions is exactly the types of companies and solutions we look to foster under the Alberta Aerospace and Technology Center. We look forward to supporting and promoting this incredible integration of UAS services into airport operations around North America." said Myron Keehn, VP of Commercial Development at EIA. Clear Flight Solutions is a Dutch company combining expert knowledge of unmanned aerial vehicles with extensive expertise in the ecological domain. Whether the situation requires a robotic bird of prey or a stable multicopter, the Company provides a working solution. With the Robirds, flying on unique patented flapping wing technology, the Company offers unmatched effectiveness in the field of bird control. Clear Flight Solutions also offers unique platforms for wildlife observation and protection, safety and surveillance, and surveying and mapping. After winning the UVS International Innovation Award in 2011, the Company was founded in 2012 as a spin-off of the University of Twente. Clear Flight Solutions has obtained a $1.7 million investment from the Cottonwood Euro Technology Fund early 2015. The Company was elected Startup of the Year in the Twente region in 2015 and has recently been awarded with the euRobotics Technology Transfer Award, the ASME Young Technology Award, as well as the first ever EU Drone Award for best drone-based solution. For further information about our services please visit http://www.clearflightsolutions.com AERIUM Analytics (AERIUM) is a Canadian 'UAV-As-A-Service' provider with a strong focus on data. AERIUM's value lies in its ability to build an integrated service model offering UAV flight services, data processing, and enhanced data visualization. This model creates an alignment with clients and builds value from exploring UAV technology. As the world embraces UAV technology, AERIUM will be at the forefront of this next technological wave. Our mission is to inspire innovation, transform data, and realize opportunity in the world around us. For further information about our services please visit http://www.aeriumanalytics.com EIA offers non-stop connections to 60 destinations across Canada, the US, Mexico, the Caribbean and Europe. EIA is a major economic driver, with an economic output of over $2.2 billion, supporting over 12,600 jobs. For further information about Edminton International Airport please visit http://www.flyeia.com The AATC is a joint venture founded by Canadian Helicopters (an HNZ company), Canadian North, Edmonton Economic Development Corporation (EEDC), the Government of Alberta and EIA. As part of AATC, Canadian North operates a 737 training simulator in the airport's Cargo Village, HNZ Topflight operates a helicopter training simulator in the main terminal building and the Alberta Motor Transport Association (AMTA) will begin construction of a new educational facility in the north part of EIA. The official contract signing will take place during AUVSI Xponential in Dallas, Texas. There will be an opportunity for the press to ask questions during the accompanying press conference. This will take place Tuesday May 9th in the Drone Stars Club in Dallas, Texas. The press conference will start at 12.00, noon, local Dallas time (UTC -5). Access to the Drone Stars Club is limited to people registered as press to AUVSI Xponential and persons individually invited to the Drone Stars Club. An invitation can be obtained by registering through sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. More details can be found here: http://xponential.vporoom.com/AERIUMAnalytics-ClearFlightSolutions The address of the Drone Stars Club is: To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/robird-and-integrated-drone-solutions-deployed-at-major-international-airport-300453338.html
News Article | May 17, 2017
Esco Tool has introduced an easy to use, manually operated tool for re-facing damaged flanges and restoring them to like-new condition with a phonographic finish, virtually anywhere. The Esco FLANGE HOG 110® is a manually operated hand tool with a rigid I.D. clamping system and a 1” to 10” I.D. range that provides a facing diameter up to 14”. Suitable for re-facing a variety of flange materials including cast iron, carbon steel, stainless steel, aluminum, and many alloys, a user simply swings the tool in a circular motion which advances the facing blade outward and creates a perfectly precise phonographic finish. Featuring 0.005” alignment accuracy, the Esco FLANGE HOG 110® incorporates a worm gear that smoothly drives a lead screw to produce a continuous and true spiral finish. Two interchangeable cross feeds are available for both a smooth and stock finish in accordance with ASME B16.5 standards. Supplied as a complete kit, the tool includes a sturdy carrying case, straight and 90 degree tool bit holders, and all necessary wrenches. The Esco FLANGE HOG 110® is priced at $5,995.00 and is available for rent. For over 60 years, Esco Tool has worked closely with end-users on the toughest tube and pipe cutting and end prep applications in the power generation and metalworking industries. Their experience has allowed them to invent and manufacture high quality, torque-free end prep tools that work efficiently and require no special operator training. The Esco product line features their robust line of MILLHOG® pipe milling end prep tools and Air-Powered Saws and specialty mount systems, High-Speed Hand-Held Bevelers, and accessories. Offered for sale or rent, with 24 hour shipment or less usually available, these field-proven tools are built tough and precision machined from the finest materials to make sure that you get your job done properly, on time, and under budget.
News Article | May 23, 2017
-- Theta Holding Company, LP has completed its multi-million-dollar renovation of Overlook Corporate Center in Little Falls with the addition of tenant amenities including a state-of-the-art conference center, a full-service fitness center and airport-style lounge areas for meetings and social gatherings. Commercial real estate services firm Colliers International Group Inc. serves as exclusive leasing agent for the 415,000-square-foot Class A office property, located at 150 Clove Road.The Colliers team of Richard Mirliss and Richard J. Madison, executive managing directors, and associates Alex Vitro and Jack Callahan represents the building's ownership, which is based in Little Falls."Theta Holding has long been committed to repositioning this valuable asset, and the sustained momentum we've seen in terms of leasing activity is proof that their investment is paying off," said Mirliss. "The capital improvement initiative focused not only on upgrading the property's aesthetics, but on delivering the amenity-rich environment that today's office tenants demand," said Madison.Additional building-wide improvements included the renovation of the property's three-story atrium lobby and common areas and the replacement outdated green marble and brass railings. The cafeteria was also remodeled and a new grab-n-go coffee and juice bar installed.Conveniently situated at the juncture of Routes 46 and 3, Overlook Corporate Center is minutes from major road networks including the Garden State Parkway and I-80. The property is also adjacent to New Jersey Transit's Montclair State University train station, which provides direct access for employees who commute between New Jersey and New York City.The building's diverse tenant mix includes Morgan Stanley, Milliman Inc., American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), Roche/Genentech, Cantel Medical, The Marcus Group and Montclair State University's administration offices. Transactions completed during the fourth quarter of 2016 included marketing and printing solutions company Federal Direct and accounting firm Buchbinder Tunick & Co, each of whom inked leases for 10,000 square feet.The Colliers team has secured 200,000 square feet in lease commitments to date and is currently marketing the remaining 100,000 square feet of available space at the property. This includes 3,000 to 50,000 contiguous square feet as well as the 20,000-square-foot penthouse featuring 14-foot ceilings and views of Manhattan."We are seeing a robust level of interest and expect leasing to continue at a brisk pace," noted Mirliss.###Colliers International ( http://www.colliers.com/ ) Group Inc. is an industry leading global real estate services company with more than 16,000 skilled professionals operating in 66 countries. With an enterprising culture and significant employee ownership, Colliers professionals provide a full range of services to real estate occupiers, owners and investors worldwide. Services include strategic advice and execution for property sales, leasing and finance; global corporate solutions; property, facility and project management; workplace solutions; appraisal, valuation and tax consulting; customized research; and thought leadership consulting.Colliers professionals think differently, share great ideas and offer thoughtful and innovative advice that help clients accelerate their success. Colliers has been ranked among the top 100 outsourcing firms by the International Association of Outsourcing Professionals' Global Outsourcing for 11 consecutive years, more than any other real estate services firm.For the latest news from Colliers, visitColliers.com or follow us on Twitter ( https://twitter.com/ Colliers ): @Colliers andLinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/company/colliers-international). To see the latest news on Colliers International in New York, follow @Colliers_NYC and Twitter (https://twitter.com/colliers_nyc)
News Article | May 23, 2017
Dennis L. Siebers, PhD, a retired diesel researcher at Sandia National Laboratories, has been named the 2017 recipient of the John Johnson Award for Outstanding Research in Diesel Engines. He was recently presented with the award at the WCX 17: SAE World Congress Experience in Detroit. Established in 2008 and honoring Dr. John H. Johnson, a Presidential Professor with the Department of Mechanical-Engineering Mechanics at Michigan Technological University (MTU), this award recognizes an outstanding leader whose professional career has focused on advancing the field of diesel engines. In addition, the award recognizes technical innovations through experimental studies and modeling research of the engine, fuel and/or after treatment systems. Dr. Siebers, of Livermore, Calif., was a researcher and leader in the engine combustion research program at Sandia’s Combustion Research Facility for 38 years. His research led to new understanding of diesel combustion and the structure and development of diesel fuel jets, and new facilities and techniques for exploring diesel combustion. From 2002-2014, Dr. Siebers managed Sandia’s Engine Combustion Research Program. During his career, Dr. Siebers provided technical management support to DOE’s advanced engine research programs and related university projects, and led a consortium of 15 engine and energy companies and six national laboratories on advanced engine combustion research. He has authored or co-authored more than 80 papers, receiving several best papers awards from SAE International, ASME, and the Combustion Institute Dr. Siebers is a fellow of both SAE International and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. He was the recipient of the Distinguished Achievement Award from the Department of Energy for lifetime achievement in the field of engine research. He holds a doctorate degree in mechanical engineering from Stanford University. Dr. John Johnson is a fellow of SAE International and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. His experience spans a wide range of analysis and experimental work related to advanced engine concepts, emissions studies, fuel systems and engine simulation. Prior to joining MTU, he was a Project Engineer at the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Center and Chief Engineer of Applied Engine Research at International Harvester Company. SAE International is a global association committed to being the ultimate knowledge source for the engineering profession. By uniting over 127,000 engineers and technical experts, we drive knowledge and expertise across a broad spectrum of industries. We act on two priorities: encouraging a lifetime of learning for mobility engineering professionals and setting the standards for industry engineering. We strive for a better world through the work of our philanthropic SAE Foundation, including programs like A World in Motion® and the Collegiate Design Series™.
News Article | May 23, 2017
Headwall Partners LLC (“Headwall Partners” or “Headwall”), an independent corporate finance and strategic advisory firm focused on the steel metals & mining and paper packaging & building products industries, announced today that steel industry veteran Thomas A. Danjczek has joined as a Senior Advisor. “The addition of Tom Danjczek to the Headwall Partners team brings Tom’s more than four decades of steel industry knowledge and relationships to our firm,” said Peter J. Scott, Founder and Managing Partner of Headwall Partners. “Tom’s deep understanding of the sector’s competitive drivers including the impact of raw materials, production costs, personnel, power and other key issues, will allow Headwall to provide better advice to our clients as they navigate the steel sector’s highly competitive landscape.” Mr. Danjczek brings to Headwall his extensive strategic and operational leadership experience, including 15 years as President of the Steel Manufacturers Association (SMA), from which he retired in 2014. During his tenure at the SMA, Tom represented the interests of companies in the US EAF mini-mill industry on matters related to trade, the environment, operations, raw materials, power, antitrust, labor and safety. Prior to joining the SMA, Danjczek was General Manager of Wheeling-Pittsburgh’s integrated steel mills and President of one of its subsidiaries. Earlier in his career, he served as a Superintendent at Kaiser Steel and as an Engineer at Bethlehem Steel. Danjczek served for 5 years on the Boards of Directors of formerly Nasdaq-listed Globe Specialty Metals, formerly NYSE-listed GrafTech International, Mineral Services, Trinity Health System and he currently serves on the Board of Directors of both Walker Magnetics and Byer Steel. “I am delighted to join the team Peter is building at Headwall, and I look forward to working with Headwall’s clients to deliver differentiated senior-level strategic advice,” said Danjczek. “After several difficult years, the sentiment in the steel industry has turned far more optimistic, creating an opportunity for our clients to evaluate alternative strategies for growth. I look forward to assisting Headwall’s clients by leveraging the breadth of our industry relationships, our in-depth sector knowledge, and our team’s financial acumen.” Danjczek earned a Master’s degree in industrial management from Purdue University’s Krannert School of Management, a Bachelor’s Degree in mechanical engineering from Villanova University, and he participated in the University of Michigan’s Manufacturing Executive Program. Danjczek twice received the prestigious AMM Advocate/Ambassador of the Year Award, as well as Villanova University’s Engineering Merit Award, ASME Outstanding Achievement Award, the Jefferson Technical College Partnership Award, and he was named by the Department of Energy Industries of the Future as a Hall of Fame Recipient. Headwall Partners LLC is a corporate finance and strategic advisory firm focused on the steel metals & mining and paper packaging & building products industries. Led by veteran investment banker Peter J. Scott, Headwall Partners provides strategic advice on mergers and acquisitions, debt and equity private placements, restructurings, valuations, and other financial services. Clients rely on Headwall Partners for its in-depth industry knowledge, candid advice, and intellectual rigor. Headwall Partners conducts its business in alliance with affiliate firms in order to augment Headwall’s industry expertise with the specific product expertise of its affiliates. Headwall Partners is based in Greenwich, Connecticut, and serves clients globally. To learn more about Headwall Partners, please visit www.headwallpartners.com. Transactions in securities are executed by a registered broker dealer.
News Article | March 1, 2017
Sometimes good things come to those who wait. Two faculty advisers - Engineering Professors Panos Shiakolas and Pranesh Aswath - supervised a student team, led by Letia Blanco, about five years ago in designing and building a smart bandage, which allowed more efficient healing of wounds and delivery of multiple drugs on their own time schedules to the wound, she wasn't sure what would become of it. That design team now has a patent on their invention, which is titled, Controlled Release Nanoparticulate Matter Delivery System. "Our goal was to protect the wound and increase infection control," said Blanco, who is a lead engineer at Raytheon, after graduating from UTA with a degree in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. "Raytheon teamed up with UTA to secure the patent. It's very exciting." Blanco led the team that senior year in 2010. Also on the team were: Christopher Alberts, Kyle Godfrey, Andrew Patin and Chris Grace, all Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering graduates; Panos Shiakolas, UTA associate professor in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department; and Pranesh Aswath, UTA professor in the Materials Science and Engineering Department and vice provost for academic planning and policy. In addition, the team presented its findings through a refereed conference paper at the 2012 American Society of Mechanical Engineers Winter Annual Meeting conference and at a 2011 Biomedical Engineering Conference. More than half a million people in the United States seek medical treatment for burns every year and 40,000 of those have injuries severe enough to require hospitalization. In addition to the millions who suffer from burns, Blanco said the project appealed to the team because it had the ability to help soldiers in the field. "Many times, soldiers' dressings would have to be applied over and over again because health care providers would have to apply medicine," Blanco said. "Every time they had to do that, they had to undress and redress the wound. That process of changing the dressings was more dangerous than the technology we designed and developed." The device the student team designed increases the amount of time between dressing changes in two ways. First, a hydrogel is used to control the wound's temperature and that enables better, controlled drug delivery. Second, the device consists of many separate modules, which are connected by a flexible plastic allowing the bandage to comfortably conform to any wound. A lateral wiring scheme allows for bandage size customizing. Removable medicine trays allow used hydrogel to be removed and the electrical components sterilized, then recharged and reused. The team showed in its research that the device could be a profitable product that would reduce infections, ease patient discomfort, shorten hospital stays, lower medical costs and save lives. Just for the record, this is Patent No. 9,522,241 and was issued on Dec. 20, 2016. The entry also won the only award given out in 2011for the prestigious American Society for Materials International Undergraduate Design Competition. In addition, the students presented the findings at a 2012 ASME conference. Aswath, one of the senior design project's advisers, said the project shows the value of undergraduate research. "This is just one example of outstanding work done by our undergraduate students who can compete at the highest level and win competitions and get patents awarded," Aswath said. "They are all now successful in their careers and we are still in touch with the lead of the team, Letia Blanco, who is a rising star at Raytheon." Aswath said the patent embodies UTA's theme of health and the human condition within the University's Strategic Plan Bold Solutions | Global Impact. Shiakolas said the University is working with Blanco and Raytheon to look at future steps of commercializing the product. About The University of Texas at Arlington The University of Texas at Arlington is a Carnegie Research-1 "highest research activity" institution. With a projected global enrollment of close to 57,000, UTA is one of the largest institutions in the state of Texas. Guided by its Strategic Plan 2020 Bold Solutions|Global Impact, UTA fosters interdisciplinary research and education within four broad themes: health and the human condition, sustainable urban communities, global environmental impact, and data-driven discovery. UTA was recently cited by U.S. News & World Report as having the second lowest average student debt among U.S. universities. U.S. News & World Report ranks UTA fifth in the nation for undergraduate diversity. The University is a Hispanic-Serving Institution and is ranked as the top four-year college in Texas for veterans on Military Times' 2017 Best for Vets list.
News Article | February 26, 2017
Tampa Tank Inc.-Florida Structural Steel (TTI-FSS), a globally recognized steel fabrication company, has completed installation of a 507-kilowatt solar photovoltaic (PV) system at one of its three Tampa-based manufacturing facilities. At a half a megawatt, this is the largest solar installation for an industrial plant in Hillsborough County, Florida, and one of the largest in the state. Solar Advantage installed the 1,492 Canadian Solar 340 panels and 51 inverters for property developer Shepard Capital Partners, from whom TTI-FSS leases the facility. TTI-FSS expects to save some $75,000 – 80,000 in energy costs the first year by drawing power first from the solar installation and secondly from local supplier TECO Energy. David Reed, principal at Shepard Capital Partners, member of TTI-FSS' advisory board and founder of the nonprofit Sustany Foundation, explained, “Solar energy is an appealing alternative power source because it substantially reduces operating costs while securing a large portion of the company’s power needs for 25 years at a lower fixed price, from 13 cents per kilowatt currently to 3 cents per KW. In addition, TTI-FSS will benefit from a federal investment tax credit worth 30 percent of the system’s cost and the Modified Accelerated Cost Recovery System (MARCS) bonus depreciation of 50 percent the first full year of operation.” He added, “We were looking for an opportunity to demonstrate how we can move away from carbon-based fuel use in a heavy industrial operation. Having worked with Solar Advantage President Martin Clewis at the Sustany Foundation, we quickly recognized the economic benefits of using solar power for TTI-FSS. Keeping our investment with a local company was also an appealing aspect of this project.” According to TTI-FSS founder Cal Reed, “We’re all concerned about the environment, so we were willing to consider solar energy as an alternative resource after evaluating three important factors: One, the return on investment; two, the viability of the manufacturing plant structure itself to support the number of solar cells necessary without having to reinforce it; and, three, the proposal from Solar Advantage to provide the quality and savings we expected at a reasonable cost. Fortunately, all three factors aligned to make this project possible.” The solar power cells capture sunlight and turn it into direct current (DC) electricity, which flows to the inverters to convert it into alternating current (AC) electricity. The AC electricity moves to the breaker box, where it is used to power the facility’s lights, tools and other manufacturing equipment. The installation is complete and will be put in operation within the month once the bi-directional solar meter is installed by Tampa Electric. Solar Advantage President Martin Clewis emphasized the customized solutions his company employs for clients. “We used a diversified approach for the inverters in this particular project. Instead of one huge truck-sized inverter, we installed 51 small solid-state inverters, made in California, scattered throughout the array of panels. This minimizes the size of the system footprint and cuts down on potential service and repair-related down time.” About TTI-FSS Tampa Tank Inc. and Florida Structural Steel (formerly Florida Miscellaneous Steel Company) have been in the industrial steel business for more than 60 years. The company provides complete design, shop fabrication, shipment, field erection, inspection and testing of welded steel products for the petroleum, chemical, pulp and paper, mining, electric power, water and waste water industries. TTI-FSS is a major participant in the fabrication of major and minor bridges, including fracture-critical, movables and railroad, as well as standard plate girder and box girder bridges. With a sophisticated paint endorsement, the company can provide modular steel fabrications and structural steel components for the commercial, industrial and transportation sectors. The company operates across North America, Central and South America and in the Caribbean, including Bermuda, the Bahamas, Suriname and Guyana. TTI-FSS can ship every possible option, including massive products, from its deep-water port. TTI-FSS is American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) certified. For more information, visit the company’s web site at http://www.tti-fss.com . About Solar Advantage Solar Advantage was established in 2011 by Martin Clewis, who created a solar power generation system for his company’s soybean extrusion facility. Solar Advantage has years of experience in solar projects, including industrial, commercial and residential installations. The company has installed solar energy systems in Florida, the Caribbean and Asia. Solar Advantage is a state certified solar and master electrical contractor, which gives it the ability to manage nearly every aspect of any solar project. The team includes several financial experts to help businesses and homeowners take advantage of solar tax credits financing and utility incentives. Mr. Clewis is a member of the National Association of Certified Energy Practitioners in the PV Installation category. The firm has received stop service awards from Angie’s List and excellent reviews from Solar-Reviews, EnergySage and Google. Learn more at http://www.solaradv.com . About Shepard Capital Partners Shepard Capital Partners, LLC invests proprietary and investor funds in lower middle market companies, primarily in Florida and the Southeast. The firm seeks to partner with established, cash flowing businesses where the primary constraint to growth is access to capital. Investments are optimally structured to provide the portfolio company with the growth capital it requires in an efficient, flexible manner. Go to http://www.shepardcap.com for more details. About the Sustany Foundation The Sustany Foundation mission is to enhance the quality of life in the Tampa Bay community by promoting sustainability. Founded in 2007, Sustany supports sustainability through education and programs which advance economic prosperity, environmental stewardship and social responsibility via efficient and effective aggregation and investment of resources. Learn more at http://www.sustany.org .
News Article | February 15, 2017
The book, which is provided free of charge from Crane Inspection & Certification Bureau (CICB) is designed to provide operators with a convenient place to record their seat time and details of their crane experience. This convenient, pocket-sized log book is helpful in the tracking of jobs, locations, crane make/model, capacity of the crane, time of operation, and other information. The pages are not pre-dated so that the operator is able to start using the book at any time during the year. There is also a quick reference chart from ASME B30.5 showing the standard mobile crane operating hand signals. “A recent survey of CCO-certified operators showed that nearly three-quarters of operators polled used log books at least weekly” said Camille Singletary, Open Enrollment Manager at CICB, “the use of this book is optional, but it may assist NCCCO Certified Operators in recording the 1,000 hours of crane experience required for recertification. While the log book is not required to record the 1,000 hours of crane experience necessary for recertification, it does provide a convenient and centralized place for doing so. To receive you free Crane Operator Experience Log Book email your name and address to CICB. One per person, US Addresses only. Headquartered in Orlando, FL since 1969 with a second training facility in Houston, TX, Crane Inspection & Certification Bureau (CICB) provides customized training for every type of lifting equipment and inspection services worldwide. CICB’s professionally trained instructors and subject matter experts are not only NCCCO Accredited Practical Examiners, but are NCCCO Certified as Mobile, Overhead & Articulating Crane Operators, Riggers, Signalpersons, Lift Directors and Crane Inspectors. CICB’s instructors have been awarded the prestigious Top Trainer Award in 2016, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011 and 2009.
News Article | February 15, 2017
MEA and Devtech are hosting a training event for workers in the energy industry February 21-22, 2017 in Avon Park, Fl. The two-day course is intended for foremen, crew leads, craft and shift supervisors. The event, entitled Field Leader Training, gives line crew leaders practical, hands-on experience in how to effectively lead their crews. The job of a utility industry crew leader differs from that of the crew worker and require non-technical leadership skills. Additionally, crew leaders are responsible for the work of others, not just themselves. The training features work on self-awareness to build trust, communication skills to navigate team dynamics, and resolution tools for workplace conflict. Using real-life energy delivery examples, front line team leaders receive practical, hands-on experience in how to effectively direct the activities of their crew and communicate with management. The situations and cases will be similar to those they encounter on the job all the time. The instructor, Frank Liedtky, has over 25 years’ experience as a Central Dispatch Supervisor, Gas Superintendent. Kelly O'Keefe, product manager, at CenterPoint Energy says, "I highly recommend the Field Leader Training Program. The role-playing exercises were extremely helpful. It should be required training for all supervisors and managers, regardless of how long they have been on the job." On Tuesday evening, MEA and Devtech are offering an opportunity to talk with Richard Stump, MEA’s compliance director. Stump is responsible for the overall management of the compliance issues that affect MEA’s members. He is a member of the ASME B31Q committee and speaks on the state of the OQ rule and other compliance issues at compliance and gas operations conferences throughout the country. Prior to joining MEA, Stump worked for 35 years at Consumers Energy, where he held leadership positions in a number of areas including planning, project management, and various compliance and quality programs. His work experiences include both gas and electric, and generation, transmission and distribution. Stump earned an MBA from Wayne State University. Visit http://www.midwestenergy.org/field-leader-training.html to register for MEA’s Field Leader Training at Devtech. For questions or to schedule a customized Field Leader Training session, contact Chad Shannon at chads (at) midwestenergy (dot) org or call (651) 289-9600 x112. About Devtech: Devtech Sales, Inc. was founded 1/1/11 by Charles Devlin. The Devtech Team is made up of devoted industry professionals with decades of experience. As our product lines signify, Devtech is focused on the natural gas, propane gas, power and industrial markets. We provide a variety of engineered measurement and control products in these industries such as gas meters, valves, odorizers, filters, instruments, flow correctors and computers, gauges, prefabricated meter & regulator sets & stations/skids, and automatic meter reading systems. Our customers can be assured of one important fact, Devtech stands behind every product we sell. Devtech has an experienced sales and service staff as well as an in-house training center where industry related seminars and schools are hosted year round. Devtech's President and Owner Charles Devlin has been in the industry for over twenty-five years having served as co-owner and President of a rep. company from 1992-2010. We are proud members of the Florida Natural Gas Association and Florida Energy Pipeline Association. Lastly and most importantly we are respectful and proud of our heritage, and we are committed to representing both our principals and customers in a professional, Christian manner. About MEA: MEA serves the people that deliver electricity and natural gas to homes and businesses. MEA (Midwest ENERGY Association) was founded as a trade association over 100 years ago by distribution utilities, whose vision was to improve safety and efficiency. Today, energy delivery companies and their contractors around the globe benefit from MEA's industry learning seminars, operations summits, and other events. Members collaborated to develop EnergyU, the world's premier online training and testing system for gas and electric distribution utilities.
News Article | February 9, 2017
SALT LAKE CITY, Feb. 09, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Sera Prognostics, a women’s heath company, today announced that PreTRM®, the first and only clinically-validated blood test that provides an early and individualized prediction of preterm birth risk, has been named a 2017 Award Finalist by the internationally renowned Edison Awards™. These distinguished awards, inspired by Thomas Edison’s persistence and inventiveness, recognize leadership in innovation, creativity and ingenuity in the global economy. “It’s exciting to see companies like Sera Prognostics continuing Thomas Edison’s legacy of challenging conventional thinking,” said Frank Bonafilia, Edison Awards’ executive director. “Edison Awards recognizes the game-changing products and services, and the teams that brought them to consumers.” Award winners will be announced April 20, 2017 at the Edison Awards Annual Gala, held in the historic Ballroom of the Capitale in New York City. “We are honored to have been selected by the prestigious awards committee from hundreds of submissions as a finalist for Sera’s innovative PreTRM blood test,” said Gregory C. Critchfield, M.D., M.S., chairman and chief executive officer of Sera Prognostics. “The Edison Awards celebrate innovations that have a meaningful impact around the world. Sera’s goal of improving neonatal health and healthcare economics in the U.S. and worldwide is congruent with the Edison Awards mission. Through our PreTRM test, we are working to reduce the social and economic burden of prematurity by providing both physicians and patients the opportunity to intervene earlier, with the goal of improving the lives of women and their babies.” Edison Awards nominees are judged by more than 3,000 senior business executives and academics from across the nation whose votes acknowledge the Finalists’ success in meeting the award’s stringent criteria of quality. The voting panel includes members of: Chief Marketing Officer Council (CMO) Design Management Institute (DMI) American Productivity & Quality Center (APQC) American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Georgia State Marketing Roundtable (GSU) Product Development and Management Association (PDMA) Assoc. of Technology Mgmt & Applied Engineering (ATMAE) BPI Network Past Edison Award winners Marketing professionals Scientists Designers Engineers Academics The PreTRM® test is the first and only clinically validated blood test that provides an early and individual risk prediction for spontaneous preterm birth in asymptomatic, singleton pregnancies. The PreTRM® test measures and analyzes proteins in the blood that are highly predictive of preterm birth. The PreTRM® test can help physicians identify early in the pregnancy (as early as 19 weeks of gestation) which women are at increased risk for premature delivery, enabling more informed clinical decisions based on each woman’s individual risk. The PreTRM® test enables researchers to better understand the causes of preterm birth and to develop new therapies to improve newborn health. The PreTRM® test is ordered by a medical professional. For more information about the PreTRM test, please visit www.PreTRM.com and the PreTRM® test YouTube Channel. You can also join the conversation on Facebook and @PreTRM. Sera Prognostics, a women’s health company, develops innovative diagnostic tests focused on the early prediction of preterm birth (PTB) risk and other complications of pregnancy. Sera has launched its PreTRM® test, the first and only clinically validated blood test to accurately predict early in pregnancy the risk of premature birth. The test objectively reports to the physician the risk of premature delivery, enabling earlier proactive interventions designed to prolong gestation and improve neonatal health outcomes. Sera’s technology addresses both the health and economic challenges of PTB. The Company’s strong management team has significant clinical development and women's healthcare diagnostic experience. Sera is backed by highly respected healthcare investors, including Domain Associates, InterWest Partners, Catalyst Health Ventures, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and LabCorp, who recently entered into an agreement with the Company to become the exclusive US distributor of the PreTRM® test. Currently, Sera is working with the Gates Foundation to translate the Company’s discoveries into technologies well suited for low-income countries in its journey to improve maternal and infant health globally. Sera Prognostics is located in Salt Lake City, Utah. For more information, please visit the company's website at www.seraprognostics.com. The Edison Awards is a program conducted by Edison Universe, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to fostering future innovators. For more information about the Edison Awards, Edison Universe and a list of past winners, visit www.edisonawards.com.