News Article | May 16, 2017
MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - May 16, 2017) - Pioneering Technology Corporation (TSX VENTURE:PTE)(OTC:PTEFF), ("Pioneering" or the "Company"), North America's leader in cooking fire prevention technologies and products, is pleased to announce that the new UL858 industry standard for electric coiled cooktops and ranges which now includes a new cooking fire prevention requirement, has been published; and that Pioneering's SmartBurner has passed this new testing requirement and is now listed as meeting the new industry standard for sale in the United States. To date, Pioneering has only been selling its SmartBurner and Safe-T-element products into the aftermarket - a multi-billion-dollar business opportunity in the United States alone. These new changes will help increase awareness for both the problem and Pioneering's solutions across the marketplace and accelerate growth. In addition, these changes create opportunities for the Company's technology(s) to be installed "at source" which means there is now the opportunity for Pioneering to capture revenue from both the aftermarket and from new electric coiled cooktop and range sales. Pioneering's SmartBurner and Safe-T-element with their patented temperature limiting control (TLC) sensor technology have a long track record of success in helping eliminate cooking fires. "SmartBurner meets the new industry standard and we believe it is the only solution available today that currently meets this new standard," stated Pioneering CEO, Kevin Callahan. The SmartBurner received its listing for meeting the new UL858 standard from nationally recognized testing lab (NRTL), ETL/Intertek, a global testing organization whose listing marks are recognized around the world. "These are game-changing milestones for our Company and the industry. We are proud to have played a significant role," said Mr. Callahan. "With this new standard and exclusive listing, Pioneering has helped set a new benchmark for household cooking fire safety." Cooking is the leading cause of household fires and fire injuries in North America. Data show it is responsible for almost half of all household fires. Pioneering products have been rigorously field-tested and proven to deliver on the promise of helping to eliminate electric coil cooktop/range fires. Mr. Callahan further commented, "While this is a major milestone for the Company, it is those who are most vulnerable to cooking fires who are the real winners. And we are not done yet. Pioneering is developing additional technologies and products that will help protect people, property and firefighters, while saving taxpayers billions of dollars annually." Some background regarding the new Industry standard change: All cooking appliances sold in North America are subject to testing and meeting established industry standards for safety. Until now there has never been a testing requirement for helping prevent stovetop cooking fires, especially in those instances where the stovetop is left unattended (the leading reason for these fires). The new UL858 (60A) standard published by Underwriters Laboratories includes a new test requirement for cooking oil ignition. To be listed for sale anywhere in the United States, all new household electric coiled cooktops/ranges must meet the new test requirement by April 2019. In its simplest form this new test requires that an electric coil stovetop be turned to its maximum heat setting with a pan of oil on the element and allowed to operate for 30 minutes or until the cooking oil ignites, whichever comes first. If there is ignition, then the product fails and cannot be listed for sale in North America. In late 2014, acknowledging the technology advances related to cooking fires on electric coil ranges, the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM), the organization representing most kitchen range and cook top manufacturers selling in North America, announced a plan to help reduce the potential for unattended cooking fires. In 2015, AHAM proposed to the two major North American certification services, Underwriters Laboratories (UL) and Canadian Standards Association (CSA), a change to industry safety standards for coil element cooktops/ranges centred on revising UL 858 and CSA C22.2 No. 61. The change would include a test procedure to evaluate sensors and other devices designed to prevent cookware from reaching the ignition temperatures associated with common cooking oils. This newly published UL858 standard and test procedure will, for now, apply only to electric coil cooktops/ranges. Going forward AHAM has committed to working together with industry, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Health Canada, as well as UL and CSA, to determine how similar tests and requirements can be applied to radiant glass ceramic, induction, and gas cooktops and ranges in future. About Pioneering Technology Corp: Pioneering, based in Mississauga, Ontario is an "energy smart" technology company and North America's leader in innovative cooking fire prevention technologies. Pioneering engineers and brings to market energy-smart solutions for everyday consumer appliances making them safer, smarter, and more efficient. The company's patented technologies/products address a multi-billion-dollar problem - cooking fires. According to the National Fire Protection Association, stovetop cooking is the number one cause of household fire and fire injuries in North America (48% of all household fires - up from 20% in 1980). Pioneering's temperature limiting control (TLC) technology is now installed in approximately 200,000 multi-residential housing units across North America without a single cooking fire being reported and delivering a return on investment for its customers. Pioneering has proprietary cooking fire prevention solutions, including its trademarked Safe-T-element, SmartBurner, RangeMinder & Safe-T-sensor, for most of the more than 140 million stoves/ranges and over 140 million microwave ovens throughout North America. For more info go to www.pioneeringtech.com. This news release contains certain forward-looking statements that reflect the current views and/or expectations of the Company with respect to its performance, business and future events. Such statements are subject to a number of risks, uncertainties and assumptions. Actual results and events may vary significantly. The TSX Venture Exchange Inc. has neither approved nor disapproved the contents of this press release.
News Article | May 24, 2017
CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwired - May 24, 2017) - Mkango Resources Ltd. (TSX VENTURE:MKA) (AIM:MKA) (the "Corporation" or "Mkango"), announces results from recent sampling at the Thambani Project in southern Malawi: Alexander Lemon, President of Mkango, said: "These results further support Thambani's exploration potential. Not only are the uranium results highly encouraging, but the equally positive tantalum and niobium results support that Thambani has significant multi-commodity potential." Assays from the 20 highest grade U O samples from the Thambani sampling programme Sampling was primarily focused on zones of anomalous uranium and associated niobium and tantalum targets across the Thambani Massif, a nepheline-bearing syenite gneiss which dominates the north-eastern part of the licence. Grab samples are selective samples and are not necessarily representative of the mineralization hosted on the property. The average grades for the 85 samples were 1,892 ppm U O , 1,029 ppm Ta O and 4,562 ppm Nb O . The median grades for the 85 samples were 343 ppm U O , 222 ppm Ta O and 958 ppm Nb O . The ranges of grades for the 85 samples were 1 - 32,590 ppm U O , 2 - 19,029 ppm Ta O and 0 - 60,055 ppm Nb O . Mkango is currently evaluating strategic options for Thambani, including opportunities to joint venture or spin-off the project, and other potential avenues to create value. Mkango's exploration activities to date include acquisition of Landsat7 and ASTER satellite imagery for the licence area, interpretation of airborne geophysical data, systematic ground radiometric surveys, reconnaissance geological mapping and litho-geochemical sampling programmes. The work has identified a number of potential uranium and associated niobium-tantalum targets over the Thambani Massif, which is mainly composed of nepheline-bearing syenite gneiss, forming two prominent ridges known as Thambani East Ridge and West Ridge. Radiometric surveys revealed two distinct uranium anomalies occurring across the Thambani East and West Ridges: a strong uranium anomaly, measuring approximately 3 kilometres ("km") by 1.5 km, occurs along the length of the Thambani East ridge, with a north-south trend, and a second NW-trending uranium anomaly, measuring approximately 1.5 km by 0.4 km, occurring along the foot of the West Ridge coincident with the western contact of the nepheline-bearing syenite body with granodioritic augen gneiss. Scientific and technical information contained in this release has been approved and verified by Dr. Scott Swinden of Swinden Geoscience Consultants Ltd, who is a "Qualified Person" in accordance with National Instrument 43-101 --Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects. Sample preparation and analytical work for the sampling programme is being provided by Intertek-Genalysis Laboratories (Johannesburg, South Africa and Perth, Australia) employing assay methods suitable for the analysis of uranium, niobium and tantalum. Mkango inserted its own blanks and standards into the sample stream, and internal laboratory QAQC was also completed to include blanks, standards and duplicates. Mkango's primary business is the exploration for rare earth elements and associated minerals in the Republic of Malawi, a country whose hospitable people have earned it a reputation as "the warm heart of Africa". Mkango holds, through its wholly owned subsidiary Lancaster Exploration Limited, a 100% interest in two exclusive prospecting licences in southern Malawi, the Phalombe licence and the Thambani licence. The main exploration target in the Phalombe licence is the Songwe Hill rare earths' deposit, which features carbonatite hosted rare earth mineralisation and was subject to previous exploration in the late 1980s. Mkango completed an updated Pre-feasibility Study for the project in November 2015. Mkango's strategy for Songwe is to further optimise the project with a view to maximising efficiency and reducing costs, thereby providing a strong platform for entering into partnerships, marketing and offtake arrangements. In December 2016, Mkango entered into an agreement with Noble Resources International to collaborate in the rare earths sector. In March 2017, Mkango entered into a MOU with Metalysis Limited to jointly research, develop and commercialise novel rare earth metal alloys for use in three-dimensional (3D) printed permanent magnets. The main exploration targets in the Thambani licence are uranium, niobium, tantalum and other associated minerals. This news release may contain forward-looking statements. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements, as there can be no assurance that the plans, intentions or expectations upon which they are based will occur. By their nature, forward-looking statements involve numerous assumptions, known and unknown risks and uncertainties, both general and specific, that contribute to the possibility that the predictions, forecasts, projections and other forward-looking statements will not occur, which may cause actual performance and results in future periods to differ materially from any estimates or projections of future performance or results expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Such factors and risks include, without limiting the foregoing, delays in obtaining financing or governmental or stock exchange approvals. The forward-looking statements contained in this press release are made as of the date of this press release. Except as required by law, the Company disclaims any intention and assumes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by applicable law. Additionally, the Company undertakes no obligation to comment on the expectations of, or statements made by, third parties in respect of the matters discussed above. The TSX Venture Exchange has neither approved nor disapproved the contents of this press release. Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release. This press release does not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy any equity or other securities of the Company in the United States. The securities of the Company will not be registered under the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "U.S. Securities Act") and may not be offered or sold within the United States to, or for the account or benefit of, U.S. persons except in certain transactions exempt from the registration requirements of the U.S. Securities Act.
News Article | May 3, 2017
Dublin, May 03, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "Global Package Testing market - By Primary Material, Type, Regions - Market Size, Demand Forecasts, Industry Trends and Updates (2016-2022)" report to their offering. The Global Package Testing market is estimated to grow from $15.81 billion in 2016 to $31.44 billion by the end of 2022 at a CAGR of 12.14% for the forecasted period The packaging industry is constantly evolving with packaging becoming more than just a protective outer layer. Packaging serves as the primary face of the product and is very important in the promotion of the brand and attracting customers. Packaging is also being altered to suit the needs of the fast food consumer who are rapidly replacing traditional meals with packaged foodstuff. This has increased the need for testing the packaging of products to ensure higher shelf life and the reduction of costs normally associated with damaged goods. Packaging plays a significant part in the assurance of the quality and integrity of the product inside. It not only affects the product but also manifests itself in the end product in which the product is used. Governments across the world are implementing rigorous guidelines to ensure quality of the products. Testing is an integral part of these guidelines which makes it one of the core drivers in this market. The market is expected to register considerable growth in the APAC, Latin America and European regions. The market for package testing is still in growth stage. Consumers are now more informed than before. They are now demanding products which have better shelf life, meet regulations and norms set by different government agencies and have been procured ethically. Packaging and labelling helps increase in consumer's confidence in the product and increases the brand value of the company A business is no more entirely dependent on a country or a region. Deals are being signed across the continents and products are being sold in different regions. For such products to be transported and meet the requirements for sales, it is necessary that packaging is robust and follows certain parameters set by different agencies. Package Testing companies test packaging products by doing several tests on products like drop test, shock test, vibration test, shelf life testing to name a few. Only when a package passes through these tests, it is allowed to be shipped or used for commercial use. Products are being sourced and shipped worldwide to meet the global consumer demand. This has increased the need for durable packaging but at the same time, the push for more sustainable packaging is stronger than ever with emphasis on reducing the material used to ensure lighter cargo and decrease the ecological footprint. This has made package testing even more important as damaged or over-packaged products result in customer dissatisfaction and increased costs for retailers and manufacturers. Plastic is the most widely used packaging material with more than half of the current market share followed by paper. Metal and Glass are also widely used and tests are designed to check the packages durability, integrity, strength, shelf life and resistance to environmental factors. The integrity of a package is tested by performing various tests on it, drop, vibration and shock tests are the major ones which are mandated by the standards institutions like ASTM and ISTA. These standards are universally followed and are quite stringent in nature. Some of the major companies in package testing are DDL, Intertek, SGS, CSZ Testing Services Laboratories, CRYOPAK, Advance Packaging, Nefab, National Technical Systems, Turner Packaging and Caskadetek. Key Topics Covered: 1. Research Methodology 2. Market Overview Definition Value chain analysis Porter's 5 Forces Regulations 3. Market Dynamics Introduction Drivers Constraints Opportunities 4. Global Package Testing market Segmentation, Forecasts and Trends - by Revenue 5. By Primary Material Glass Paper Metal Plastics 6. By Type Drop tests Vibration tests Shock tests Temperature testing Atmospheric Pressure Shelf Life Compression Testing Others 7. By Region 8. Vendor Market Share Analysis 9. Company Profiles DDL Intertek SGS CSZ Testing Services Laboratories CRYOPAK Advance Packaging National Technical Systems Turner Packaging Nefab Caskadetek Others 10. Industry Structure Industry M&As, Consolidations Investment Opportunities Global Package Testing Market- Road Ahead Tables For more information about this report visit http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/gp4k36/global_package
Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP | Phase: ENV.2011.3.1.9-1 | Award Amount: 4.86M | Year: 2012
The present proposal contributes to improved eco efficiency in the global value chain in the electronics and automotive industries. The starting point is the rising demand for better eco-efficient products and services, provoked by public opinion, and being incorporated into legislation world wide. One leader of this movement is the European Union, but other major economic regions around the world are joining up (e.g. US regarding GHG Emissions ). Customer driven requirements and company strategic aims (eg. reduction of C02 emission) go beyond the law and are becoming integral to company policies. For global the electronic and automotive industries, eco efficient products within an efficient sustainability strategy combine to be a decisive point, ruling future developments on the market. Large OEM companies have internalized this global trend and passed the requirements on to their suppliers. Due to these complicated and dynamic requirements, suppliers are frequently overwhelmed. The lack of data and insufficient integration into operational internal processes lead to the rejection of these requirements. Therefore, until, now management of sustainability strategies across the supply chain has not been solved. SustainHub will provide a systematic and efficient approach to collect sustainability data for products and manufacturing processes through the supply chain and integrate these into the internal systems and processes of the companies. Target industries are electronic and automotive production sector. These are both essential pillars of the European economy, representing in the EU27, no less than 6 million employees and a 347 billion combined production value. Therefore, a better management of supply chain data and sustainability data will improve the eco efficiency performance of product design and production, but also preserve the European competitive position.
Samsung and Intertek | Date: 2015-07-08
Provided are a display device and a method of fabricating the display device. The display device includes a display panel, a backlight unit, and a light emitting sheet. The backlight unit is disposed under the display panel to provide light to the display panel. The light emitting sheet is disposed between the display panel and the backlight unit. The light emitting sheet includes a lower film, a first light emitting resin pattern layer, an upper film, and a second light emitting resin pattern layer. The first light emitting resin pattern layer is disposed on the lower film and includes a plurality of first protrusions and a plurality of first grooves defined between the first protrusions. The upper film is disposed on the first light emitting resin pattern layer. The second light emitting resin pattern layer is disposed between the first light emitting resin pattern layer and the upper film.
Analyst | Year: 2010
Confocal Raman microscopy is a powerful tool for research and analysis in the chemical, materials and life sciences, particularly for non-destructive depth profiling of transparent systems. Unfortunately, many Raman microscopes are not optimally configured for this purpose, and so yield unnecessarily low signal-to-noise spectra with poor spatial resolution and grossly incorrect depth scales. This review discusses the aberrations and artefacts that can arise and describes how these can be avoided by adhering to a few basic principles that are well known to optical microscopists but which were largely ignored in the spectroscopic community for many years. © The Royal Society of Chemistry 2010.
Intertek | Date: 2012-07-02
An apparatus and method for assessing a hazard associated with an object are disclosed. The apparatus includes a haptic input/output device coupled to a computer with haptic modeling software and a display device. A virtual object and a virtual passageway are displayed on the display device. The virtual passageway includes a haptic layer along a surface thereof. Force applied by a user to the haptic input/output device causes a cursor on the display device to move the virtual object into the virtual passageway. An interaction of the virtual object with the haptic layer generates a virtual contact force which may be determined by the user sensing a corresponding tactile feedback force generated by the haptic input/output device and/or by the computer processor. The magnitude of the virtual contact force may be used to assess a hazard associated with the virtual object.
Intertek | Date: 2014-12-02
The invention relates to a method for analysing a blend of two or more hydrocarbon feed streams such as crude oils. These crude oils are blended in a facility such as a refinery. The method assesses the compatibility of a hydrocarbon feed in a blend to calculate the blend stability such that organic deposition is minimised. The method uses all of a plurality of hydrocarbon feeds to be blended for analysis. The method either selects a neat hydrocarbon feed, from a plurality of the hydrocarbon feeds included in a blend, as a titrant, wherein the or each other hydrocarbon in the hydrocarbon feed are used to make a pseudo-blend and titrating the pseudo-blend with said selected neat hydrocarbon feed for a plurality of different blend ratios. Alternatively the method involves preparing a reference hydrocarbon and making a blend from the plurality of hydrocarbon feeds and titrating the blend with the reference hydrocarbon. Measurements associated with the change in characteristics of the titrated blend are made and data recorded. The method then calculates, using said data, the stability of the blend.
Intertek | Date: 2013-03-15
A locking retractor is disclosed, as are stretchers and cots using the retractor to secure a patient. The retractor includes structure for locking the retractor spool to prevent rotation in both directions. However, a cam is coupled to the shaft and is arranged relative to the locking structure to prevent the spool from locking during an initial portion of the spools rotation, until a first locking point is reached. Once the first locking point has been reached, a clutch prevents the locking structure from engaging while the spool is still rotating, but the locking structure will engage to lock the spool in both directions once active rotation stops. A user-actuatable lever is provided externally that disengages the locking structure when actuated to allow the spool to extend and retract freely.
Intertek | Date: 2014-05-06
Provided are a complex optical film and a light source assembly including the same. The complex optical film includes a first substrate, a light shielding layer formed on a bottom surface of the first substrate, an optical pattern layer formed on a top surface of the first substrate and including concavo-convex portions, a second substrate disposed on the first substrate, and a first adhesive layer disposed under the second substrate, wherein the light shielding layer includes a binder and organic particles and inorganic particles dispersed in the binder, the convex portions of the optical pattern layer at least partially penetrate into the first adhesive layer to be combined with the first adhesive layer, and a low-refraction area having a lower refractive index than the optical pattern layer and the first adhesive layer is defined between the first adhesive layer and the optical pattern layer.