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Canon Solutions America is proud to include COLORlynx Standard with every new Canon imagePRESS C10000/C8000, C850/C750 digital press with PRISMAsync and Fiery controllers. COLORlynx Profiler is available to any imagePRESS customer and provides a greater color management control for customers regardless of their choice of equipment, and uses the same wizard-driven approach as COLORlynx Standard. Drawing on the idea that digital press calibration should be a simple procedure that every operator can execute, Canon Solutions America developed the COLORlynx Color Management Suite with a simplified end-user interface and enhanced imagePRESS targets making it easy for customers to maintain color quality in their production. One of the key concepts of G7 is the idea of having a calibration target to achieve predictable print results, which allows for a much easier match from proof to print and across disparate technologies and substrates. The G7 Curve Connect feature of the COLORlynx Color Management Suite enables users to calibrate in minutes using a unique, wizard-driven procedure from a standard web browser. COLORlynx calculates G7 correction curves directly, simplifying the calibration process and simultaneously establishing a measurable and uniform color management process. A number of recent advancements were key to the certification of G7, Idealliance's industry-leading set of best practices for managing gray balance. Pivotal among these is the new G7 Curve Connect feature, which enables process colors to be curved to meet certified G7 standards, producing gray balance and tonal characteristics defined by the G7 specification. With this capability, users of ORIS Lynx now have independent verification of CGS technology for facilitating consistent, repeatable color across jobs, presses/printers and processes. COLORlynx Standard requires no additional investment in software or hardware, and enables the average end user to achieve the highest level of G7 compliance for quality and color consistency.  Because it is easy to use, customers are able to get their digital presses up to color in a short period of time, helping generate revenue potential with more print time per day.  COLORlynx Profiler uses the same methodology, and supports a wider range of print targets and additional color settings, including the ability for customers to use house targets in their workflow. The COLORlynx Color Management Suite allows any Canon Solutions America customer to easily enjoy the benefits of G7 in their workflow, regardless of their choice in printing equipment. "Since the 2006 launch of the G7 methodology by Idealliance, CGS has created innovations to build G7 into the print workflow. The COLORlynx process of cloud-based G7 calibration ranks as a key development in furthering the evolution of our industry's leading print quality and validation program," commented Cory Sawatzki, director of Digital Printing Technology at CGS Publishing Technologies International, LLC. "In winning G7 System Certification, CGS has achieved a further significant milestone in its quest to keep pushing the boundaries of quality assurance for print providers worldwide. The aim of CGS is the development of powerful proof and workflow software solutions to color manage every step from prepress to print production. Consistently and seamlessly producing repeatable color, day after day, is a core need of our customers. They need to be able to trust the tools that they use – this G7 Certification is a powerful endorsement of our own efforts here at CGS and the benefit of peace-of-mind to our customers." "We are honored that Idealliance has recognized Canon Solutions America and COLORlynx with G7 System Certification. This distinction demonstrates our commitment toward providing solutions that can help users achieve more print time per day, through fewer make-up prints, easy re-prints and fast proofs," said Naoki "Mike" Sannomiya, senior vice president of Marketing, Enterprise Services and Solutions, Canon Solutions America. "Calibration is the foundation upon which good digital print output quality is built. As technology and standards in the industry advance, we expect COLORlynx's G7 Curve Connect to increase the accessibility of G7 calibration for printers using digital presses and decrease barriers to achieving the highest levels of G7 compliance for users. This accessibility will empower even small print shops to keep up and adapt quickly, raising the bar on consistency and quality, all in as little as five minutes." About CGS Established in 1985, CGS Publishing Technologies International GmbH, Hainburg, Germany, is a world leader in color proofing, productivity, and production systems for the professional graphic arts market. Headquartered near Frankfurt, CGS also has operations in the Americas, as well as sales and support partners throughout the world. More information can be found on the CGS website: www.cgs-oris.com. About Canon Solutions America, Inc. Canon Solutions America provides industry leading enterprise, production, and large format printing solutions, supported by exceptional professional service offerings. With the technology offerings of the Canon and Océ brands, Canon Solutions America helps companies of all sizes improve sustainability, increase efficiency, and control costs through high volume, continuous feed, digital and traditional printing, and document management solutions. A wholly owned subsidiary of Canon U.S.A., Inc., Canon Solutions America is headquartered in Melville, N.Y. and has sales and service locations across the U.S. For more information on Canon Solutions America, please visit csa.canon.com. Canon is a registered trademark of Canon Inc. in the United States and elsewhere. Océ is a registered trademark of Océ-Technologies B.V. in the United States and elsewhere. All other referenced product names and marks are trademarks of their respective owners and are hereby acknowledged. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/canon-solutions-americas-colorlynx-color-management-suite-secures-the-idealliance-g7-system-certification-300470953.html


NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - Jun 15, 2017) - CGS, a global provider of business applications, enterprise learning and outsourcing services, today announced that NYC Alliance Holdings, Inc., a multi-platform apparel company, selected BlueCherry® Product Lifecycle Management (PLM), an essential module within the BlueCherry Enterprise Suite of solutions, providing end-to-end capabilities for apparel and consumer lifestyle brands. NYC Alliance Holdings sought to advance its visibility into product development data and remove manual processes to improve workflow speed and gain insight into product design adoption. The company also wanted a solution that provided triggers and alerts that would enable the team to address production issues. With the CGS team's extensive expertise and resources in the consumer lifestyle products market, the implementation of BlueCherry PLM will help support NYC Alliance Holdings' growth, bring end-to-end visibility to its product lifecycle and improve its timeline to bring goods to market. "Having been a BlueCherry ERP customer for five years now, we wanted to add a solution to improve our product lifecycle visibility and remove manual processes," said Kevin Lowney, supply chain and logistics manager, NYC Alliance Holdings. "We felt that CGS's BlueCherry PLM would be the perfect fit to enable full integration across our other BlueCherry implementations. We're excited that BlueCherry PLM will offer better visibility into product development, improving our processes, eliminating silos and enabling us to bring goods to market faster." "With over 30 years of experience in the fashion, footwear and consumer product market, CGS understands the value of having the right solutions in place to efficiently and effectively run business operations," said Paul Magel, president, Business Applications and Technology Outsourcing division, CGS. "NYC Alliance Holdings has been a valued customer for several years. We're excited that they chose to continue to implement BlueCherry solutions to support their growing operations." CGS's BlueCherry® PLM is a best-in-class product lifecycle management solution for fashion and consumer lifestyle products companies, providing a comprehensive set of tools to manage the entire product lifecycle. In addition to core product data management (PDM), bill of materials (BOM), technical specifications and other commonly available PLM tools, BlueCherry PLM draws from its enterprise solution heritage to deliver a broader set of integrated line planning, design, product development, sourcing and production capabilities to meet the demands of today's rapidly changing marketplace. About NYC Alliance Holdings Founded in 2009, NYC Alliance is a privately owned woman's multi-platform apparel company. We are design centric, with superior quality and competitively priced. Our focus is on diversified product classifications catering to the needs of a woman's lifestyle in sweaters, knits, wovens and active. Our reputation for being trend-right is built on seven in-house design teams creating original designs for Missy, Petite and Plus. Our cross-functional teams are innovative and agile from sourcing raw materials to our manufacturing and distribution capabilities. Our end-to-end supply chain allows us to impact the market place with the highest quality and flexibility to produce over 40 Million Units annually. Our corporate philosophy has enabled us to continuously diversify our portfolio and adapt our business profile and product offerings in vertical manufacturing seasonally. We are committed to strong visual identity, quality assurance, and value delivering products that inspire loyalty. About CGS For nearly 35 years, CGS has enabled global enterprises, regional companies and government agencies to drive breakthrough performance through business applications, enterprise learning and outsourcing services. CGS is wholly focused on creating comprehensive solutions that meet clients' complex, multi-dimensional needs and support clients' most fundamental business activities. Headquartered in New York City, CGS has offices across North America, South America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. For more information, please visit www.cgsinc.com and follow us on Twitter at @CGSinc and @BlueCherryCGS and on Facebook.


"We are pleased to continue to expand the network of compatible RIP solutions to our line of imagePROGRAF PRO Series devices with the CGS Color Tuner // Web software," said Toyotsugu Kuwamura, executive vice president and general manager, Business Imaging Solutions Group, Canon U.S.A., Inc. "This brings a powerful set of capabilities to enable end users to pursue additional diverse and targeted applications - all while maintaining a convenient and seamless workflow with their PRO Series devices." The Canon imagePROGRAF PRO Series of large-format printers ranges from 17-60 inches and features 12-ink channels, as well as embedded color calibration, to deliver output solutions for photographers and graphic artists who are "equally obsessed" with the printed image. Combining Canon's imaging technology with CGS's award-winning Color Tuner // Web software, a web-based workflow solution provides users with both soft and hardcopy proofing in one, easy-to-use package for advanced color management to help meet the high-quality standards demanded by the fine art and proofing communities. Publishing companies, photographers, fine art professionals, and those requiring exacting color matching can now utilize all the features of the Color Tuner // Web software with their imagePROGRAF PRO Series devices. CGS Color Tuner // Web is now compatible with all 5 models of the PRO Series line: In addition, imagePROGRAF PRO Series users can now take advantage of new features through the Color Tuner // Web software including: "Combining ORIS Color Tuner // Web software with Canon's PRO Series inkjet printers offers customers a streamlined workflow that can help enable graphic arts professionals to produce large format prints or proofs with extraordinary quality, accuracy and consistency," commented David Palmieri, Director of Strategic Accounts & Business Alliances for CGS. Both the imagePROGRAF PRO Series devices and the CGS Color Turner // Web software are now available. For more information and pricing, please visit https://www.usa.canon.com. About CGS CGS Publishing Technologies International, LLC is a world leader in digital proofing, color management and 3D packaging software, as well as in high-quality mockups and proofs.  Whether you have one press or one hundred presses worldwide, live in the packaging world or are a designer for the brands – CGS has the solution you need. CGS's award-winning products are turnkey solutions, saving our customers time and money without compromising quality. Learn more at http://www.cgsusa.com/about-cgs/. About Canon U.S.A., Inc. Canon U.S.A., Inc., is a leading provider of consumer, business-to-business, and industrial digital imaging solutions to the United States and to Latin America and the Caribbean markets. With approximately $29 billion in global revenue, its parent company, Canon Inc. (NYSE: CAJ), ranks third overall in U.S. patents granted in 2016† and is one of Fortune Magazine's World's Most Admired Companies in 2016. Canon U.S.A. is committed to the highest level of customer satisfaction and loyalty, providing 100 percent U.S.-based consumer service and support for all of the products it distributes. Canon U.S.A. is dedicated to its Kyosei philosophy of social and environmental responsibility. In 2014, the Canon Americas Headquarters secured LEED® Gold certification, a recognition for the design, construction, operations and maintenance of high-performance green buildings. To keep apprised of the latest news from Canon U.S.A., sign up for the Company's RSS news feed by visiting www.usa.canon.com/rss and follow us on Twitter @CanonUSA. For media inquiries, please contact pr@cusa.canon.com. †Based on weekly patent counts issued by United States Patent and Trademark Office. Actual pricing set by dealers and may vary. Availability dates subject to change without notice. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/canon-usa-and-cgs-publishing-technologies-international-announce-the-compatibility-of-imageprograf-pro-series-printers-with-color-tuner--web-software-300477562.html


News Article | February 14, 2017
Site: www.sciencemag.org

Amid the uncertainty over U.S. immigration policy, one fact is sending a chill through U.S. higher education: Some U.S. graduate programs in engineering, Science has learned, are seeing a sharp drop this year in the number of applications from international students. University administrators worry that the declines, as much as 30% from 2016 levels in some programs, reflect heightened fears among foreign-born students that the United States is tightening its borders. A continued downturn, officials say, could threaten U.S. global leadership in science and engineering by shrinking the pool of talent available to carry out academic research. It could also hinder innovation in industry, given that most foreign-born engineering students take jobs with U.S. companies after graduation. “It’s a precipitous drop,” says Philippe Fauchet, dean of engineering at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, of the 18% decline his department has seen in international graduate applications as last month’s deadlines passed. “Your first thought is, ‘Is it just us?’” adds Tim Anderson, engineering dean at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, where international applications for the electrical and computer engineering departments fell 30% this year. But after speaking with other deans, Anderson believes “it’s a pattern.” Given the timing, he and others suspect the cause is President Donald Trump’s anti-immigrant rhetoric during the campaign and his election, rather than the White House’s 27 January travel ban against seven Muslim-majority countries, which is now in legal limbo. And the deans wonder whether the impact will ripple through the next step in the admissions process. Acceptance letters are going out in the coming weeks, Fauchet notes, “and when we make the offers, who knows how many [students] will show up?” The 200 or so colleges and universities that do the bulk of federally funded research compete for a talent pool that is increasingly international. At Cornell University, for example, the number of applications from international students has increased by 30% annually for the past 5 years, says Graduate School Dean Barbara Knuth, whereas domestic applications have dropped by 9% a year. As a result, she says, international students now make up two-thirds of Cornell’s graduate applicants. Schools of engineering and computer science programs are especially reliant on international students, in some cases drawing up to 90% of their applicants from abroad. And though students on temporary visas make up only 19% of all U.S. graduate students, they compose 55% of those studying engineering and computer science, according to 2015 enrollment data from the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) in Washington, D.C. It will be several months before CGS compiles final statistics on international applications for 2017. And some universities declined to provide Science with their numbers, perhaps out of fear that it could damage their reputation and give competitors a recruiting edge. But many schools told Science that they are concerned. At Vanderbilt, the overall number of international students applying for engineering master’s programs is down 28% from 2016, and the number seeking engineering Ph.D.s dropped 11%. Dartmouth College saw a 30% plunge in international applications for its venerable master’s program in engineering management (MEM), a professional degree. “That’s never happened before” in the program’s 25-year history, says engineering dean Joseph Helble. At Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, one of the nation’s largest engineering schools, engineering applications overall are up 3%, says Director of Graduate Admissions Lee Gordon. But applications for the electrical and computer engineering department fell by 8.2%, and applications from Middle Eastern students interested in engineering are down by 12%. At the University of California (UC), Irvine, overall international applications “are on par with last year,” says Frances Leslie, dean of the graduate school. International applications to its school of information and computer sciences are actually up by 9%, thanks to a new professional master’s program. But engineering has seen a drop of 10%. Cornell’s Knuth says that international applications are up 2% across the university. She didn’t provide a breakdown for engineering but noted that applications from Iran and Pakistan were down 10% and 23%, respectively. Such declines could have a major impact on a university’s bottom line, although calculating its magnitude is not straightforward. The federal government heavily subsidizes graduate education in the sciences and engineering, so most doctoral students don’t have to worry about tuition bills. But universities generate considerable revenue from professional master’s degree programs, a subset of all master’s training. And in those programs, international students at public universities pay tuition rates that are much higher than for in-state students. Kevin Moore, engineering dean at the Colorado School of Mines (CSM) in Golden, explains how things could play out on his campus. This year, CSM’s international applications are down 19%, he says. And almost 9% of the 698 foreign applicants hail from the seven countries fingered in Trump’s travel ban, reflecting the school’s strong history of attracting students from oil-rich nations. If some form of the ban is upheld, those students won’t be able to enroll. And if the proportion of applicants who wind up on campus this fall holds steady, “we could be down almost 60 students,” Moore says. “And I’ve been told that 30 students equals $1 million in tuition revenue.” University officials do have some options, as demand far exceeds supply at top graduate programs. Even with this year’s sharp decline, for example, Dartmouth’s Helble has almost six applicants for each one of the MEM program’s 50 slots. Such ratios give administrators the option of admitting students who previously might not have made the cut, including more domestic students. But educators are loath to move the bar if it would lower the quality of the talent pool. Instead, some deans plan to step up the wooing of top applicants. “We’re going to do more touches,” says Anderson, such as having an adviser or a current student contact a foreign applicant who has been accepted. “We’ll be trying to reassure folks that the United States is still a free country,” he says, “and that we’d love to have them attend our institution.” At the same time, they don’t want to make promises they can’t keep. “Our legal counsel has told us to continue the admissions process as normal and that it’s illegal to discriminate by nationality,” says UC Irvine’s Leslie, who notes that the 400 Iranian students are part of this year’s pool of nearly 15,000 graduate applications. “But we have no control over what happens in Washington. And we have warned our faculty to expect a lower yield.” (The yield is the number of accepted students who end up enrolling.) A few months away from earning his Ph.D. in electrical engineering at Vanderbilt, Stanley Lo knows what it is like to be an international student weighing an offer from a U.S. institution. Lo says he didn’t worry about negative public attitudes toward immigrants when he came in 2011 from Hong Kong, China, to work with Fauchet, then at the University of Rochester in New York. “It was a big step, but I thought the United States was the best place for me to reach my potential,” Lo says. He believes that’s still the case, but notes the political culture has changed. “I would tell them to come here if they want to,” Lo says. “There are so many students from around the world, and there are still many opportunities to make the world a better place through innovation. I think tech companies are still welcoming to immigrants. But the problem is the larger U.S. policy.”


Independent technology solutions provider TexTempo is leveraging extensive industry expertise and the best available technologies to speed production of apparel, automotive, home fashion and other textile-based products. Atlanta, GA, March 03, 2017 --( According to Hathcox, “We are helping manufacturers approach and achieve measurable business improvements in a smarter and better way. Unlike solutions vendors that are limited to only their brand, we are building relationships with multiple technology providers and consultants to deliver the most effective solutions and results for our clients.” “Our core focus is on improving productivity, visibility and process tracking at all levels of the shop floor through executive levels,” added Denny-Lybbert. “Our initial customers are pleased to learn that we bring greater and more diverse experience to the sales and implementation cycle. They value our unique ability to deliver the most advanced and industry-focused production solutions available.” Due to strong market pressure to reduce manufacturing throughput time, TexTempo has already forged its first reseller relationship with Shop Floor Control (SFC) solutions provider Shopfloor Control LLC. This state of the industry solution leverages wireless tablet technology, an Android® app, and cloud-based production management controls to drive improved productivity, visibility and tracking capabilities at the operator, supervisor and management levels of the organization. Alliances with other cutting room, production floor, engineering, payroll and other technology and consulting providers are also under development. Greg Hathcox brings more than 29 years of experience in growing revenue and developing VP and C-level relationships at key accounts for international companies. Through his work at Lectra, Lacent Technologies, Assyst Inc., Investronica and Kuris, he has amassed extensive knowledge in a variety of sewn products market verticals, including textiles, composites, leather, energy and assorted flexible materials. This experience has led to high-level relationships with global automotive seating/interiors, airbag, and wind energy manufacturers. Gene Denny-Lybbert brings 30 years of experience in customer-centric selling and other contributions to retailers, brands, and manufacturers. In previous positions with technology providers Simparel, Lectra, Gerber Technology and Computer Generated Solutions (CGS), he assisted medium and large companies in identifying and developing solutions that can be implemented with the desired results; on-time and on budget. He has also held a variety of positions with brand manufacturers Carter’s, Aileen Inc. and Riverside Manufacturing. TexTempo - Accelerating Your Success Android is a trademark of Google, Inc. Atlanta, GA, March 03, 2017 --( PR.com )-- Newly-formed solutions provider TexTempo, LLC ( http://www.textempo.com ) is coupling its decades of industry expertise with the latest information and automation technologies to help producers of apparel, automotive interiors, home furnishings and other consumer and industrial textile-based products achieve greater operational efficiencies and speed. Recognizing the importance of a more consultative approach to selecting and successfully implementing new shop floor processes and technologies, founders Gene Denny-Lybbert and Greg Hathcox are focusing on curating best-fit solutions for individual client needs and maximizing the return-on-investment (ROI) of these investments.According to Hathcox, “We are helping manufacturers approach and achieve measurable business improvements in a smarter and better way. Unlike solutions vendors that are limited to only their brand, we are building relationships with multiple technology providers and consultants to deliver the most effective solutions and results for our clients.”“Our core focus is on improving productivity, visibility and process tracking at all levels of the shop floor through executive levels,” added Denny-Lybbert. “Our initial customers are pleased to learn that we bring greater and more diverse experience to the sales and implementation cycle. They value our unique ability to deliver the most advanced and industry-focused production solutions available.”Due to strong market pressure to reduce manufacturing throughput time, TexTempo has already forged its first reseller relationship with Shop Floor Control (SFC) solutions provider Shopfloor Control LLC. This state of the industry solution leverages wireless tablet technology, an Android® app, and cloud-based production management controls to drive improved productivity, visibility and tracking capabilities at the operator, supervisor and management levels of the organization. Alliances with other cutting room, production floor, engineering, payroll and other technology and consulting providers are also under development.Greg Hathcox brings more than 29 years of experience in growing revenue and developing VP and C-level relationships at key accounts for international companies. Through his work at Lectra, Lacent Technologies, Assyst Inc., Investronica and Kuris, he has amassed extensive knowledge in a variety of sewn products market verticals, including textiles, composites, leather, energy and assorted flexible materials. This experience has led to high-level relationships with global automotive seating/interiors, airbag, and wind energy manufacturers.Gene Denny-Lybbert brings 30 years of experience in customer-centric selling and other contributions to retailers, brands, and manufacturers. In previous positions with technology providers Simparel, Lectra, Gerber Technology and Computer Generated Solutions (CGS), he assisted medium and large companies in identifying and developing solutions that can be implemented with the desired results; on-time and on budget. He has also held a variety of positions with brand manufacturers Carter’s, Aileen Inc. and Riverside Manufacturing.TexTempo - Accelerating Your SuccessAndroid is a trademark of Google, Inc. Click here to view the list of recent Press Releases from TexTempo, LLC


News Article | February 21, 2017
Site: www.greencarcongress.com

« Toyota unveiling i-TRIL Concept at Geneva; electric and autonomous urban mobility | Main | California Energy Commission selects 16 hydrogen station projects for up to $33.4M in funding » The Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI)—a 100+ member, University of Tennessee, Knoxville and Department of Energy led consortium committed to increasing domestic production capacity and manufacturing jobs across the US composites industry—launched the first technical collaboration project in the compressed gas storage focus area. The project will combine partnership efforts from DuPont Performance Materials (DuPont), the University of Dayton Research Institute (UDRI), Composite Prototyping Center (CPC) and Steelhead Composites. The target objective of the project is to provide unique advantages to the storage of compressed natural gas with the use of thermoplastic composite technologies to achieve better durability, weight reduction and recyclability. The project plan will take advantage of several unique technologies combined with the expertise of each partner. The project proposal begins with the design of a prototype CGS tank based on measured mechanical properties of polyamide composite panels produced by AFP. Pending successful results from two initial phases, the project will conclude with the production of full size tanks. DuPont Performance Materials (DPM) is a leading innovator of thermoplastics, elastomers, renewably sourced polymers, high-performance parts and shapes, as well as resins that act as adhesives, sealants, and modifiers. DPM supports a globally linked network of regional application development experts who work with customers throughout the value chain to develop innovative solutions in automotive, packaging, construction, consumer goods, electrical/electronics and other industries.


News Article | February 21, 2017
Site: www.marketwired.com

PLAINVIEW, NY and SAN JOSE, CA--(Marketwired - February 21, 2017) - Veeco Instruments Inc. ( : VECO), a global leader of advanced thin film etch and deposition process equipment, and Ultratech, Inc. ( : UTEK), a leading supplier of lithography, laser-processing and inspection systems used to manufacture semiconductor devices and LEDs, today announced that, on February 17, 2017, Veeco Instruments Inc. ("Veeco") and Ultratech, Inc. ("Ultratech") received notice from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission that it had granted early termination, effective immediately, of the applicable waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 (HSR Act) for Veeco's pending acquisition of Ultratech. The early termination of the waiting period under the HSR Act satisfies one of the conditions to the closing of the transaction. The transaction is expected to close in second calendar quarter of 2017, subject to approval by Ultratech shareholders as well as other closing conditions. About Veeco Veeco's process equipment solutions enable the manufacture of LEDs, displays, power electronics, compound semiconductors, hard disk drives, semiconductors, MEMS and wireless chips. We are the leader in MOCVD, MBE, Ion Beam, Wet Etch single wafer processing and other advanced thin film process technologies. Our high performance systems drive innovation in energy efficiency, consumer electronics and network storage and allow our customers to maximize productivity and achieve lower cost of ownership. For information on our company, products and worldwide service and support, please visit www.Veeco.com. About Ultratech Ultratech designs, builds and markets manufacturing systems for the global technology industry. Founded in 1979, Ultratech serves three core markets: frontend semiconductor, backend semiconductor, and nanotechnology. The company is the leading supplier of lithography products for bump packaging of integrated circuits and high-brightness LEDs. Ultratech is also the market leader and pioneer of LSA technology for the production of advanced semiconductor devices. In addition, the company offers solutions leveraging its proprietary CGS technology to the semiconductor wafer inspection market and provides ALD tools to leading research organizations, including academic and industrial institutions. Visit Ultratech online at: www.Ultratech.com. Additional Information and Where to Find It In connection with the proposed acquisition of Ultratech, by Veeco pursuant to the terms of an Agreement and Plan of Merger by and among Ultratech, Veeco and Ulysses Acquisition Subsidiary Corp. ("Merger Sub"), Veeco will file with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") a Registration Statement on Form S-4 (the "Form S-4") that will contain a proxy statement of Ultratech and a prospectus of Veeco, which proxy statement/prospectus will be mailed or otherwise disseminated to Ultratech's stockholders when it becomes available. Investors are urged to read the proxy statement/prospectus (including all amendments and supplements) because they will contain important information. Investors may obtain free copies of the proxy statement/prospectus when it becomes available, as well as other filings containing information about Veeco and Ultratech, without charge, at the SEC's Internet site (http://www.sec.gov). Copies of these documents may also be obtained for free from the companies' web sites at www.Veeco.com or www.Ultratech.com. Participants in Solicitation Veeco, Ultratech and their respective officers and directors may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies from the stockholders of Ultratech in connection with the proposed transaction. Information about Veeco's executive officers and directors is set forth in its Annual Report on Form 10-K, which was filed with the SEC on February 25, 2016 and its proxy statement for its 2016 annual meeting of stockholders, which was filed with the SEC on March 22, 2016. Information about Ultratech's executive officers and directors is set forth in its Annual Report on Form 10-K, which was filed with the SEC on February 26, 2016, Amendment No. 1 to its Annual Report on Form 10-K, which was filed with the SEC on April 22, 2016, and the proxy statements for its 2016 annual meeting of stockholders, which were filed with the SEC on June 10, 2016 and June 13, 2016. Investors may obtain more detailed information regarding the direct and indirect interests of the Veeco, Ultratech and their respective executive officers and directors in the acquisition by reading the preliminary and definitive proxy statement/prospectus regarding the transaction, which will be filed with the SEC. Forward-Looking Statements This written communication contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties concerning Veeco's proposed acquisition of Ultratech, Ultratech's and Veeco's expected financial performance, as well as Ultratech's and Veeco's strategic and operational plans. Actual events or results may differ materially from those described in this written communication due to a number of risks and uncertainties. The potential risks and uncertainties include, among others, the possibility that Ultratech may be unable to obtain required stockholder approval or that other conditions to closing the transaction may not be satisfied, such that the transaction will not close or that the closing may be delayed; the reaction of customers to the transaction; general economic conditions; the transaction may involve unexpected costs, liabilities or delays; risks that the transaction disrupts current plans and operations of the parties to the transaction; the ability to recognize the benefits of the transaction; the amount of the costs, fees, expenses and charges related to the transaction and the actual terms of any financings that will be obtained for the transaction; the outcome of any legal proceedings related to the transaction; the occurrence of any event, change or other circumstances that could give rise to the termination of the transaction agreement. In addition, please refer to the documents that Veeco and Ultratech file with the SEC on Forms 10-K, 10-Q and 8-K. The filings by Veeco and Ultratech identify and address other important factors that could cause its financial and operational results to differ materially from those contained in the forward-looking statements set forth in this written communication. All forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this written communication nor, in the case of any document incorporated by reference, the date of that document. Neither Veeco nor Ultratech is under any duty to update any of the forward-looking statements after the date of this written communication to conform to actual results.


News Article | February 23, 2017
Site: www.eurekalert.org

A new mouse model with a working immune system could be used in laboratory research to improve understanding of Zika virus infection and aid development of new treatments, according to a study published in PLOS Pathogens. The ongoing Zika pandemic has caused infection in millions of people in the Americas and spurred new research using laboratory animals to study the virus. However, most of this research has been performed in mice with defective immune systems, resulting in limited understanding of the immune response to Zika virus and slowing efforts to develop potential vaccines and antiviral treatments. Researchers are working to develop Zika virus models in mice with functioning immune systems. In the new study, a team led by Dr. Martin Richer and Dr. Selena Sagan at McGill University successfully caused Zika infection in adult mice with healthy immune systems and studied the immune response to infection. The scientists employed a mouse strain called C57BL/6, which is often used to study other diseases. They showed that adult C57BL/6 mice could be infected with Zika virus, with most mice experiencing mild symptoms--similar to most infected humans. Like other viruses, Zika virus caused an innate and adaptive immune response in the mice. The researchers used a technique known as the "surrogate marker" approach to indirectly track how immune system cells called T cells responded to infection. This approach led to identification of a specific portion ("epitope") of a Zika virus protein that is recognized by mouse T cells. The new mouse model could be used in further research to investigate the immune response to Zika virus. In particular, the newly identified Zika virus epitope could point the way to specific molecular strategies for studying T cell responses to infection and could aid vaccine development. "Our findings are particularly exciting because we now know that we can study the immune response to Zika virus in mice with a normal immune system," the authors explain. "Importantly, this model, as well as the discovery of a specific part of the virus recognized by mouse T cells, provides us with tools that will allow us to advance the understanding of this emerging human pathogen." In your coverage please use this URL to provide access to the freely available article in PLOS Pathogens: http://dx. Citation: Pardy RD, Rajah MM, Condotta SA, Taylor NG, Sagan SM, Richer MJ (2017) Analysis of the T Cell Response to Zika Virus and Identification of a Novel CD8+ T Cell Epitope in Immunocompetent Mice. PLoS Pathog 13(2): e1006184. doi:10.1371/journal.ppat.1006184 Funding: This work was supported by start-up funds from McGill University (SMS and MJR) as well as operating funds from the Fonds de Recherche du Québec Nature et Technologies (SMS) (#189120, http://www. ). SMS is a Tier II Canada Research Chair in RNA Biology and Viral Infections. MJR received salary support from the Fonds de Recherche du Québec Santé - Chercheurs-Boursiers Junior 1 (#32807, http://www. ). MMR would like to thank the McGill University Faculty of Medicine Max E. Binz Fellowship for graduate training. RDP would like to thank the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Canada Graduate Scholarship - Masters (CGS-M) for graduate support (http://www. ). The funders had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript. Competing Interests: The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.


News Article | February 22, 2017
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Recognized among the world's best outsourcing services providers for second consecutive year NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - Feb 22, 2017) - CGS, a global provider of business applications, enterprise learning and outsourcing services, was named to the 2017 Global Outsourcing 100® by the International Association of Outsourcing Professionals® (IAOP®), the global, standard-setting association and advocate for outsourcing professionals and the organizations they support. This is the second consecutive year CGS has received the recognition. The 2017 Global Outsourcing 100 (GO100) recognizes the world's best outsourcing service providers. The list is based on applications received, and judging is based on a rigorous scoring methodology that includes an independent review by an independent panel of IAOP customer members with extensive experience in selecting outsourcing service providers and advisors for their organizations. "Choosing the right partners is more important than ever. Companies that outsource, not only in the traditional sense but also through the wide array of the ever-changing collaborative business models are scrutinizing their providers very closely," said Debi Hamill, IAOP CEO. "The GO100 is the definitive guide to help companies research and compare service providers with whom they are considering relationships." CGS offers its customers innovative, scalable and flexible outsourcing solutions, helping them build fundamental relationships with multi-channel call center services including traditional business process outsourcing, technical support, customer care, outbound telesales and channel enablement and back office support, including finance and accounting. Its Technology Outsourcing team helps clients solve business challenges such as supporting mobile workforces, proactively maintaining technology and reducing risk of downtime by providing the technology backbone that allows businesses to have the flexibility and agility they need to compete and grow. "It is a privilege to once again have the IAOP recognize CGS among the Global Outsourcing 100 world's best service providers," said Michael D. Mills, Senior Vice President, Call Center Solutions at CGS. "Over the past year, we've experienced tremendous growth in our business as a result of our innovative solutions and continued focus on customer care and service. Our global contact center solutions have been implemented to cross-industry clients, providing a diverse set of technical and customer care services to drive both optimization and standardization. Yet, our primary focus has been and will always be dedicated to being a true partner to our customers, helping them achieve and maintain their technical and financial goals and objectives." About IAOP IAOP is the go-to association leading the way to improve outsourcing outcomes by bringing together customers, providers and advisors in a collaborative, knowledge-based environment that promotes professional development, recognition, certification and excellence. With over 120,000 members and affiliates worldwide, IAOP is not only on top of the latest trends but in front of them. Through its expansive global chapter network, premier training and certification programs, knowledge center, member community and more, IAOP helps members learn, grow and succeed. For more information and how you can become involved, visit www.IAOP.org. About CGS For over 30 years, CGS has enabled global enterprises, regional companies and government agencies to drive breakthrough performance through business applications, enterprise learning and outsourcing services. CGS is wholly focused on creating comprehensive solutions that meet clients' complex, multi-dimensional needs and support clients' most fundamental business activities. Headquartered in New York City, CGS has offices across North America, South America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. For more information, please visit www.cgsinc.com and follow us on Twitter at @CGSinc and @OutsourcingCGS and on Facebook.


News Article | February 24, 2017
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Retail businesses or anyone looking at add value to their property looking for more durable and stylish flooring can now take advantage of the new polished concrete flooring approach from Concrete Grinding Solutions Australia. Concrete Grinding Solutions owner Simon Paech is actually one of the founders to the modern day grinding industry, revolutionizing the approach and tools needed to help sculpt a more stylish concrete floor with a much longer life span. More to the point, this new grinding approach will deliver a polished concrete floor that will impress anybody who lays their eyes on it. Concrete Grinding Solutions Australia felt that in the years before HiPERFLOOR was developed, the concrete grinding process was slower and the end result required maintenance more often than the new with the grinding process. Concrete Grinding Solutions Australia is passionately excited to talk about the latest benefit of HiPERFLOOR, available for both home and business owners alike, as it’s specifically designed to meet more stringent requirements of highly glossy long lasting concrete polished floors. Alongside this, Simon Paech, Founder at Concrete Grinding Solutions Australia said: “Being one of the creators of this new grinding process, I am absolutely astounded and humbled that it has taken off, becoming the new industry standard”. Concrete Grinding Solutions Australia has made a point of listening to its customers and taking feedback wherever possible. Simon goes on to say “As a part of a growing business, we wanted to create a next level concrete grinding product and have a solid point of difference”. Having been in the concrete grinding industry now for over 20 years, Concrete Grinding Solutions Australia founder, Simon strives to be the number one concrete grinder in Melbourne and Australia, and believes that has been achieved. This level of dedication has made them known among customers as a hardworking business with a high level of integrity. Interested parties who would like to be among the first to experience the more durable and stylish flooring with CGS are encouraged to visit their website for full details. For more information, please visit http://www.concretegrindingsolutions.com.au/

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