Birmingham, AL, United States
Birmingham, AL, United States

McWane, Inc. is one of the world's largest manufacturers of iron water works and plumbing products and one of America’s largest privately owned companies. The company manufactures products including ductile iron pipe and fittings, fire hydrants, cast iron soil pipe and fittings, and related products. McWane is also a manufacturer of pressurized cylinders for the storage of propane and other gases through its Manchester Tank and Equipment Company division, and fire protection systems and extinguishers through its Amerex subsidiary.Based in Birmingham, Alabama, McWane is a privately held, family owned company employing almost 6,000 people in 25 facilities nationwide. In addition to the United States, the company has operations in Australia, Canada, Chile, China and Norway. Its operating revenues are estimated at approximately $1.5 to 2 billion as of 2011. Wikipedia.


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A method for manufacturing a plastic pipe including covering the teeth of a plurality of restraining segments circumferentially arranged and embedded within an annular gasket with a covering and placing the annular gasket on a mandrel with the covering arranged between the restraining segments and mandrel. The annular gasket and mandrel and are inserted into an end of a heated plastic pipe for forming a socket in the end of the plastic pipe, the socket including an annular cavity formed by the annular gasket. Upon removal of the mandrel from the socket, the covering functions to prevent acutely pointed teeth of the restraining segments from impinging upon the mandrel thereby allowing removal of the mandrel from the socket without removal of the annular gasket from the annular cavity.


BIRMINGHAM, Ala.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Protective Life Corporation (“Protective”), a wholly-owned U.S. subsidiary of Dai-ichi Life Holdings, Inc. (TSE:8750, “Dai-ichi”), announced today that its board of directors has elected John D. Johns (65), the company’s Executive Chairman and Richard J. Bielen (56) the Company’s President and Chief Executive Officer. These changes are effective July 1, 2017. Mr. Johns joined Protective in 1993 as the Company’s Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, and became CEO in 2002. During his tenure at Protective, the Company’s market value grew from approximately $580 million to approximately $5.6 billion in 2015 when it was acquired and became the United States platform for Dai-ichi Life of Tokyo, Japan. Under Mr. Johns’ leadership, Protective has earned a reputation as an industry-leading acquirer of life insurance policies, a leader in digital innovation in its customer-focused retail franchise, a respected supplier of product and services to its traditional distribution partners and a great place for employees to work and build careers. Mr. Johns has been extensively involved in civic and industry efforts, including service as chair of the American Council of Life Insurers (ACLI), Birmingham Business Alliance, Business Council of Alabama, McWane Science Center, Innovation Depot, Boy Scouts of America – Greater Alabama Council, and many other organizations. Mr. Johns was elected to the Alabama Academy of Honor in 2013. Mr. Johns has also been deeply engaged in fund raising and philanthropy, serving in a leadership role in capital campaigns in support of many non-profits, including Innovation Depot, Railroad Park, Children’s Aid Society, the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, Pre-School Partners and McWane Science Center. He is currently serving as the Co-chair of the $1 billion Campaign for UAB. During Mr. Johns’ time as CEO, the Protective Life Foundation has made cumulative contributions totaling almost $40 million to improve the quality of life in our communities. Mr. Bielen joined Protective in 1991 as Vice President, Securities. He became Chief Investment Officer in 2002 overseeing a portfolio that started at $13.3 billion and grew to $27.9 billion in 5 years before being named Vice Chairman and Chief Financial Officer in 2007. In addition to his responsibilities as CFO, Mr. Bielen had overall responsibility for the Stable Value, Asset Protection and Acquisitions businesses. He became a member of Protective’s Board of Directors in 2015. In 2016 he was named President and Chief Operating Officer and assumed additional overall responsibility for the Life and Annuity business, Operations and Information Technology. “ I am delighted by Rich Bielen’s election as the seventh CEO of Protective. Rich is immensely talented and has all the skills and attributes needed to successfully lead the Company in the future,” said Mr. Johns. “ I’m confident that Protective will continue to grow and prosper under Rich’s leadership and that Protective’s best days lie ahead.” “ I am deeply honored to be elected CEO of Protective,” said Bielen. “ With the solid foundation established under Johnny’s leadership, we are well positioned to continue to grow and deliver on the promises to our customers and the communities we serve. I look forward to working with Dai-ichi, our distribution partners and the talented and committed people of Protective.” Protective Life Corporation provides financial services through the production, distribution and administration of insurance and investment products throughout the U.S. The flagship subsidiary, Protective Life Insurance Company, was founded in 1907. Protective’s home office is located in Birmingham, Alabama. As of December 31, 2016 the Company had assets of approximately $75.0 billion. Protective Life Corporation is a wholly owned subsidiary of Dai-ichi Life Holdings, Inc. (TSE:8750, “Dai-ichi”) For more information on Protective, please visit www.Protective.com. For more information about the impact of John D. Johns on Protective and the community, please visit the Leadership section of Protective’s website or click here.


Dublin, July 21, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The "The HetNet Ecosystem (Small Cells, Carrier Wi-Fi, C-RAN & DAS): 2017 - 2030 - Opportunities, Challenges, Strategies & Forecasts" report from SNS Research has been added to Research and Markets' offering. The global investments on small cells, carrier Wi-Fi, C-RAN and DAS will reach more than $15 Billion by the end of 2017, as mobile operators remain committed to tackle the continued growth of mobile data traffic and evolving coverage requirements. Driven by the growing demand for in-building wireless coverage and the huge influx of mobile data traffic, conventional macrocells alone are no longer deemed sufficient to handle the needs of today's wireless subscribers. In addition, the imminent adoption of centimeter and millimeter wave spectrum, to support higher data rates in 5G networks, necessitates the usage of much smaller cell sizes. To cope with growing capacity and coverage requirements, mobile operators are significantly increasing their investments in a variety of Heterogeneous Network or HetNet infrastructure technologies such as strategically deployed small cells, carrier Wi-Fi and DAS (Distributed Antenna System) networks. Adding further to the heterogeneity is the shift towards C-RAN (Centralized RAN) architecture, where centralized baseband functionality is shared across a large number of distributed radio nodes to deliver benefits such as resource pooling, multi-cell coordination, network extensibility and energy efficiency. At present, the HetNet market is facing a paradigm shift with multiple advancements ranging from small cell virtualization and neutral hosting to the adoption of unlicensed and shared spectrum. In conjunction with 5G and LTE Advanced network rollouts, these advancements will fuel the market to grow at a CAGR of over 18% between 2017 and 2020. The HetNet Ecosystem (Small Cells, Carrier Wi-Fi, C-RAN & DAS): 2017 - 2030 - Opportunities, Challenges, Strategies & Forecasts report presents an in-depth assessment of the HetNet ecosystem including enabling technologies, key trends, market drivers, challenges, standardization, regulatory landscape, deployment models, use cases, vertical markets, service provider case studies, opportunities, future roadmap, value chain, ecosystem player profiles and strategies. The report also presents forecasts for HetNet infrastructure investments from 2017 till 2030. The forecasts cover 6 individual submarkets and 6 regions. The report comes with an associated Excel datasheet suite covering quantitative data from all numeric forecasts presented in the report. Key Questions Answered - The report provides answers to the following key questions: - How big is the HetNet opportunity? - What trends, challenges and barriers are influencing its growth? - How is the ecosystem evolving by segment and region? - What will the market size be in 2020 and at what rate will it grow? - Which submarkets will see the highest percentage of growth? - How can HetNet infrastructure investments improve wireless coverage and alleviate congestion in mobile operator networks? - Can virtualized small cells reduce the TCO (Total Cost of Ownership) of HetNet deployments? - How are mobile operators leveraging small cells to deliver cost-effective wireless coverage in rural areas? - What is the commercial status of unlicensed and shared spectrum technologies? - How are small cell, DAS and Wi-Fi specialists addressing requirements for multi-operator neutral host networks? - What are the prospects of microwave and millimeter wave transport networking platforms for small cell backhaul and C-RAN fronthaul? - Will mobile operators adopt WiGig and other non-3GPP technologies to complement 5G network rollouts? - Who are the key market players, what is their market share and what are their strategies? - What strategies should HetNet infrastructure vendors and mobile operators adopt to remain competitive? Key Findings - Estimates suggest that global investments on small cells, carrier Wi-Fi, C-RAN and DAS will reach more than $15 Billion by the end of 2017, as mobile operators remain committed to tackle the continued growth of mobile data traffic and evolving coverage requirements. - At present, the HetNet market is facing a paradigm shift with multiple advancements ranging from small cell virtualization and neutral hosting to the adoption of unlicensed and shared spectrum. - In conjunction with 5G and LTE Advanced network rollouts, these advancements will fuel the market to grow at a CAGR of over 18% between 2017 and 2020. - By virtualizing small cells, mobile operators can immediately evaluate the benefits of RAN virtualization with no major impact on their larger macrocell RAN footprint. Estimates suggest that global spending on virtualized small cells will surpass $1 Billion annually by 2020. - Unlicensed and shared spectrum small cells are also beginning to gain traction, with shipment revenues potentially reaching $240 Million by the end of 2020. - The vendor arena is continuing to consolidate with several prominent M&A deals such as CCI's (Communication Components, Inc.) acquisition of BLiNQ Networks and Mavenir's merger with Ranzure Networks. Key Topics Covered: 1. Introduction 2. An Overview of Small Cells, Carrier Wi-Fi, C-RAN & DAS 3. Integration & Offloading Technology 4. Key Trends in Next-Generation HetNet Infrastructure 5. Industry Roadmap and Value Chain 6. HetNet Deployment Models, Use Cases & Vertical Markets 7. HetNet Backhaul & Fronthaul 8. Standardization & Regulatory Initiatives 9. Service Provider Case Studies 10. Wireless Network Infrastructure Incumbents 11. Macrocell RAN, Small Cell, C-RAN & Mobile Core Specialists 12. Antenna, DAS, RRH, Repeater & Site Solution Specialists 13. Carrier Wi-Fi Specialists 14. Enabling & Complementary Technology Providers 15: Mobile Backhaul & Fronthaul Solution Providers 16: Market Analysis and Forecasts 17: Conclusion and Strategic Recommendations Companies Mentioned - 3GPP (3rd Generation Partnership Project) - 3GPP2 (3rd Generation Partnership Project 2) - 3Roam - 4ipnet - 4RF - 6Harmonics - 6WIND - AAS (Amphenol Antenna Solutions) - ABB - Accedian Networks - Accelink Technologies Corporation - Accelleran - Accuris Networks - Accuver - Ace Technologies Corporation - AceAxis - ACOME - Actelis Networks - Actiontec Electronics - Actus Networks - Adax - ADB - ADI (Analog Devices Inc.) - ADLINK Technology - ADRF (Advanced RF Technologies) - ADTRAN - ADVA Optical Networking - Advantech - Advantech Wireless - Aerohive Networks - AeroMobile - Affarii Technologies - Affirmed Networks - Agema Systems - Airgain - AirHop Communications - Air-Lynx - Airrays - Airspan Networks - AKM (Asahi Kasei Microdevices Corporation) - Akoustis Technologies - ALAXALA Networks Corporation - ALBEDO Telecom - Albis-Elcon - ALCOMA - Allied Data Technologies - Allied Telesis - Allot Communications - Alpha Networks - Alpha Wireless - Alphabet - Altai Technologies - Altiostar Networks - Altran - Alvarion Technologies - Amarisoft - Amdocs - América Móvil Group - American Tower Corporation - Anertai Communications - Anritsu Corporation - APRESIA Systems - Aptilo Networks - Aquantia Corporation - Arcadyan Technology Corporation - Argela - ARIB (Association of Radio Industries and Businesses, Japan) - Aricent - ARM Holdings - Arqiva - ARRIS International - Artemis Networks - Artesyn Embedded Technologies - Artiza Networks - Aruba Networks - Aselan - Askey Computer Corporation - ASOCS - Astellia - ASTRI (Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute) - AT&T - ATDI - Athonet - ATIS (U.S. Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions) - AttoCore - Autelan - Avanti Communications Group - Aviat Networks - AVM (AVM Computersysteme Vertriebs) - Axiata Group - Axxcelera Broadband Wireless - Azcom Technology - Baicells Technologies - BandwidthX - BATM Advanced Communications - Baylin Technologies - Beeline - Belkin International - Benetel - Bharti Airtel - Bird Technologies - Black Box Corporation - BLiNQ Networks - Blu Wireless Technology - Blue Danube Systems - BlueWaveTel - BluWan - Boingo Wireless - Boomsense/Bangxun Technology - BoostEdge - BridgeWave Communications - Broadband Forum - Broadcom - Brocade Communications Systems - Browan Communications - BSG Wireless - BT Group - BTI Wireless - C Squared Systems - CableFree (Wireless Excellence) - CableLabs - Cadence Design Systems - Calix - Cambium Networks - Cambridge Consultants - Canoga Perkins Corporation - Carlson Wireless Technologies - Carnegie Technologies - CarrierComm - Casa Systems - Cavium - CBNL (Cambridge Broadband Networks Ltd.) - CBRS Alliance - CCA (Competitive Carriers Association) - CCI (Communication Components, Inc.) - CCI (Competitive Companies, Inc.) - CCI Systems - CCN (Cirrus Core Networks) - CCS (Cambridge Communication Systems) - CCSA (China Communications Standards Association) - CeedTec - Cellcom (New-Cell) - Cellcomm Solutions - CellMax Technologies - CellMining - Cellnex Telecom - Cellular One - Cellwize Wireless Technologies - cellXica - CelPlan Technologies - Celtro - Ceragon Networks - CEVA - China Mobile - China Telecom - China Unicom - Chunghwa Telecom - Cielo Networks - Ciena Corporation - Cisco Systems - Clavister - ClearSky Technologies - Cloudberry Mobile - CND (Core Network Dynamics) - Cobham Wireless - Cohere Technologies - Coherent Logix - Collinear Networks - Collision Communications - Colt Technology Services Group - Comba Telecom - Comcores - CommAgility - CommScope - Comtech EF Data Corporation - Comtech Korea - Comtech Telecommunications Corporation - Comtrend Corporation - Contela - Corecess - Coriant - Corning - Cox Communications - CPqD (Center for Research and Development in Telecommunications, Brazil) - Creanord - Crown Castle International Corporation - CS Corporation - CTIA - D2 Technologies - Dali Wireless - DASAN Zhone Solutions - Datang Mobile - Datang Telecom - Dell Technologies - Delta Electronics - DENGYO (Nihon Dengyo Kosaku) - DigitalGlobe - Direct Beam - D-Link Corporation - DragonWave - Druid Software - DSA (Dynamic Spectrum Alliance) - DT (Deutsche Telekom) - DYNE TECH - Eahison Communication - eASIC Corporation - E-Band Communications - EBlink - EchoStar Corporation - ECI Telecom - Edgewater Wireless Systems - EDX Wireless - EION Wireless - Ekinops - ELVA-1 - Endaga - ENENSYS Technologies - Eoptolink Technology - Ercom - Ericsson - Ethernity Networks - Ethertronics - ETRI (Electronics & Telecommunications Research Institute, South Korea) - ETSI (European Telecommunications Standards Institute) - Eutelsat Communications - EVOLVE - Exalt Wireless - EXFO - Expeto Wireless - Expway - ExteNet Systems - Extreme Networks - Facebook - Fairwaves - Faraday Technology Corporation - FastBack Networks - FCC (U.S. Federal Communications Commission) - Federated Wireless - FiberHome Technologies - FibroLan - Filtronic - Finisar Corporation - Firetide - Flash Networks - Flex Logix Technologies - Fon - Forsk - Fortinet - Foshan Anderson Communication Equipment - Foxcom - Fraunhofer FOKUS (Institute for Open Communication Systems) - Fraunhofer HHI (Heinrich Hertz Institute) - Frog Cellsat - Fujian Helios Technologies - Fujian Sunnada Network Technology - Fujitsu - Furukawa Electric Group - Furuno Electric - Galgus - Galtronics Corporation - Gamma Nu - GCI (General Communication, Inc.) - Gemtek Technology - GENBAND - General Dynamics Mission Systems - Genmix Technology - GenXComm - GigaLight - GIKO GROUP Telecomunicaciones - Gilat Satellite Networks - Global Invacom Group - GlobalFoundries - GoNet Systems - Goodman Networks - Google - GRENTECH - GSMA - GTI - Guangzhou Iplook Technologies - GWT (Global Wireless Technologies) - Handlink Technologies - Hansen Technology - Harris Corporation - HCL Technologies - Hefei Maniron Electronic and Technology - HetNet Forum - HFR - Hilinks Technology - Hisense - Hitachi - HPE (Hewlett Packard Enterprise) - Huahuan - Huawei - HUBER+SUHNER - Hughes Network Systems - HXI - IBM Corporation - iBwave Solutions - IDT (Integrated Device Technology) - IDY Corporation - IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) - IM Technology - Imec International - Impower Technology - InCoax - Infineon Technologies - Infinera - InfiNet Wireless - Infinite Electronics - InfoVista - Inmarsat - Innertron - InnoLight Technology - InnoWireless - Intel Corporation - Intelsat - InterDigital - Intracom Telecom - IP Light - ip.access - IPITEK - iPosi - Iskratel - IS-Wireless - ITRI (Industrial Technology Research Institute, Taiwan) - ITU (International Telecommunications Union) - Jiangsu Hengxin Technology - Jiangsu Zhengkai Electronics Technology - JMA Wireless - JQL Electronics - JRC (Japan Radio Company) - Juni Global - Juniper Networks - Kaelus - Kathrein-Werke KG - KDDI Corporation - Keima - KEYMILE - Keysight Technologies - Kisan Telecom - Kleos - KMW - Knowles Corporation - Koonsys Radiocommunications - KPN - KT Corporation - Kumu Networks - Kyrio - Lattice Semiconductor - Lemko Corporation - LG Uplus - LGS Innovations - Ligado Networks - LightPointe Communications - LigoWave - Lime Microsystems - Lindsay Broadband - Linker Networks - Linksys - Lockheed Martin Corporation - Loea Corporation - LTE-U Forum - Lumentum - Luminate Wireless - Luminet - LuxCarta - MACOM Technology Solutions Holdings - Maja Systems - Mathworks - Maven Wireless - Mavenir Systems - MAX4G - Maxim Integrated - MaxLinear - McWane - MDG (Mobility Development Group) - MEF (Metro Ethernet Forum) - MegaFon - Mellanox Technologies - MER Group - Microlab - Microsemi Corporation - Microwave Networks - MIMOon - MIMOtech - MitraStar Technology Corporation - Mitsubishi Electric Corporation - Mitsubishi Group - Mobiveil - Mojo Networks - Molex - Mosaik - Moseley Associates - MRV Communications - MTI (Microelectronics Technology, Inc.) - MTI Wireless Edge - MTS (Mobile TeleSystems) - MulteFire Alliance - Multiwave Sensors - N.A.T. - Nash Technologies - NEC Corporation - Netas - NETGEAR - Netonomics - NETSCOUT Systems - New Postcom Equipment - NewNet Mobile Communications - Nexcomm Systems - Nextivity - NexxCom Wireless - NGMN (Next Generation Mobile Networks) Alliance - NI (National Instruments) - Node-H - Nokia - Nokia Networks - Nokia Technologies - Nomadix - Nomor Research - NTT DoCoMo - NuRAN Wireless - Nutaq Innovation - NXP Semiconductors - O3b Networks - Oceus Networks - Octasic - OE Solutions - OFS - Omnitron Systems - Omoco - ON.Lab (Open Networking Lab) - OneAccess Networks - OneWeb - ONF (Open Networking Foundation) - OpenCell - Optulink - Optus - Orange - OSA (OpenAirInterface Software Alliance) - OZC (Optical Zonu Corporation) - P.I. Works - Panasonic Avionics Corporation - Panasonic Corporation - Panda Electronics Group - Panorama Antennas - Parallel Wireless - Patton Electronics - Peraso Technologies - Phluido - Plasma Antennas - Pletronics - PMN (Private Mobile Networks) - Polaris Networks - Polewall - Polystar - Positron - Potevio - PRISMA Telecom Testing - Procera Networks - Proxim Wireless Corporation - pureLiFi - Qorvo - Qualcomm - Quanta Computer - Qucell - Qulsar - Quortus - Qwilt - RACOM - RAD Data Communications - RADCOM - Radio Gigabit - Radisys Corporation - RADWIN - Raisecom - Rakon - Range Networks - Ranplan Wireless Network Design - Raycap - Rearden - Red Hat - RED Technologies - Redline Communications - REMEC Broadband Wireless Networks - Renaissance Electronics & Communications - RF DSP - RF MORECOM KOREA - RF Window - RFS (Radio Frequency Systems) - Rivada Networks - Rohde & Schwarz - Rosenberger - R-TRON - Ruckus Wireless - SAF Tehnika - Sagemcom - Saguna Networks - SAI Technology - Samji Electronics - Samsung Electronics - Samsung Group - Sarokal Test Systems - SAT (Smart Antenna Technologies) - SCF (Small Cell Forum) - SDP Telecom - Senao Networks - Seontech - SerComm Corporation - SES - Sevis Systems - SevOne - SFR - Shared Access - Shenzhen Huaptec - Shyam Group - Shyam Networks - Shyam Telecom - SIAE Microelectronica - Siklu Communication - Silicon Labs (Silicon Laboratories) - Singtel - SIRADEL - SiRRAN Communications - Sistelbanda - SITRONICS - Sivers IMA - SK Telecom - SK Telesys - Skybird Electronic Science & Technology - SkyFiber - Skyview Capital - Skyworks Solutions - SMC Networks - Smith Micro Software - SoftBank Group - Solectek Corporation - SOLiD - Sonus Networks - Sooktha - Source Photonics - Space Data Corporation - Spectronite - SpiderCloud Wireless - Sprint Corporation - SRS (Software Radio Systems) - ST Engineering (Singapore Technologies Engineering) - Star Microwave - Star Solutions - Starry - STMicroelectronics - Sumitomo Electric Industries - Sunwave Solutions - SuperCom - Suzhou Hexagon Communication Technologies - Syniverse Technologies - Tarana Wireless - Tata Elxsi - Tech Mahindra - Technicolor - Teco Group - Tecom - Tecore Networks - TEKTELIC Communications - Telco Systems - Telecom Italia Group - Telefónica Group - Telenor Group - Telia Company - Tellion - Tellumat - Telnet Redes Inteligentes - Telrad Networks - Telsey - Telstra - Telum - Telus Corporation - TEOCO Corporation - TESSCO Technologies - Thuraya Telecommunications Company - TI (Texas Instruments) - Tieto Corporation - Tilgin - TIM (Telecom Italia Mobile) - Towerstream Corporation - TP-LINK Technologies - Trango Systems - Transition Networks - Tranzeo Wireless Technologies - Tropico - TruConnect Technologies - TSDSI (Telecommunications Standards Development Society, India) - TSMC (Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company) - TTA (Telecommunications Technology Association, South Korea) - TTC (Telecommunication Technology Committee, Japan) - TTP (The Technology Partnership) - Tulinx - Turk Telekom - Ubiquiti Networks - Ubiquoss - U-blox - UNICOM Global - UTStarcom - Vanu - Vasona Networks - Vectron International - Vencore Labs - VEON - Verizon Communications - ViaSat - Viavi Solutions - Virgin Media - Virtuosys - VMware - VNL (Vihaan Networks Limited) - Vodafone Group - VT iDirect - VT Systems (Vision Technologies Systems) - Vubiq Networks - Wave1 - Wavesight - WBA (Wireless Broadband Alliance) - Webpass - Westell Technologies - Wevercomm - WIA (Wireless Infrastructure Association) - Wi-Fi Alliance - WiFiForward - Wilson Electronics - WiMAX Forum - Wind Tre - WinnForum (Wireless Innovation Forum) - WiPro - Wireless Telecom Group - WiSig Networks - WNC (Wistron NeWeb Corporation) - WTL (World Telecom Labs) - Wuhan Fingu Electronic Technology - Wuhan Gewei Electronic Technologies - Wytec International - XAVi Technologies Corporation - XCellAir - Xelic - Xilinx - xRAN Consortium - Yamaha Corporation - Zayo Group - Z-Com - Zinwave - ZTE - Zyxel Communications Corporation For more information about this report visit https://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/hxvfbl/the_hetnet


News Article | February 15, 2017
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Nighthawk announced the launch of its Adaptiv AMI solution for Electric, Water and Gas utilities. Adaptiv is the most effortless AMI system to deploy and operate incorporating both public infrastructure and cloud computing. The Adaptiv system enables a broad range of advanced AMI features while using existing utility staff to implement, own and operate with no additional technical training. With no infrastructure required the system allows the utility to immediately address specific needs on a strategic basis as it’s built out over time. Customers can address critical items such as Remote Disconnect, End of Line Voltage Monitoring, and Outage Management on a tactical basis as time and capital allow. Net-metering and Prepay also plug and play seamlessly into the Nighthawk Adaptiv solution. This flexibility empowers utilities to extract maximum value from existing investments while transitioning to two-way AMI technology as permitted by time or budgetary restraints. Adaptiv utilizes existing cellular networks and next generation Mesh architecture eliminating the need to construct and maintain communications towers and proprietary wireless networks which traditional two-way metering systems require. Utilities can begin rolling out meters anywhere in their service territory whether urban, suburban or rural. Nighthawk will work with the customer to find the best blend of cellular and mesh endpoints. All of the communications are under the glass so the implementation is as simple as installing a meter. The Mesh communications provide a self-creating and self-healing network with daily health checks to ensure the system is always reachable and reporting. This communications flexibility and Nighthawk’s cloud-based head-end software enable MDM and billing integration while allowing for any deployment strategy. Nighthawk’s award-winning hosted solution provides a feature rich environment allowing full control and read capability. From the day meters are installed they are fully functional and ready for operation in the system. Over the air features can be activated or deactivated to meet the utility’s needs. System alerts and notifications are readily available providing proactive information for events such as outage and low voltage. Using common protocols and definable API’s the Adaptiv software can provide reads and other critical information to any billing or back-office system. Adaptiv has been praised for its robust security and ease of use. Billing and IT departments love the Nighthawk Adaptiv solution because our cloud based software requires no internal support and is always up to date with the most advanced security features. Adaptiv was developed for utilities who are looking for advanced AMI features but don’t have the resources or staff to manage a complicated and expensive system. This solution allows utilities to enjoy the benefits of AMI without the full upfront investment of time and money required by traditional systems. Utilities will enjoy the ability of rolling out AMI as time and budgets allow while realizing the rewards of a next generation system immediately. About Nighthawk Nighthawk designs and manufactures Mesh-Cellular Smart Grid AMI solutions for the utility industry. The Nighthawk approach allows for incremental roll outs so cities can develop system wide solutions as time, money and needs allow. This incremental approach attacks the areas of greatest need first and deploys the latest technology at each step of the plan providing unmatched stewardship of public funds. Nighthawk is a subsidiary of McWane Inc., a leading manufacturer of ductile iron pipe, valves, hydrants, and fittings. McWane products make up the backbone of vital water distribution and wastewater treatment systems throughout North America, dependably providing the U.S. with clean drinking water. The company operates 25 manufacturing plants including 13 iron foundries across the United States, Canada, Australia, and China, Norway, India, and the United Arab Emirates.


Patent
McWane | Date: 2015-05-20

The present disclosure generally pertains to systems and methods for an improved pipe joint. The system includes a first pipe having a bell socket end and a second pipe having a male or spigot end. The bell socket end of the first pipe is configured to include an inner groove within which a sealing member may be inserted. The bell socket end of the first pipe further includes a pivot cavity. The spigot end of the second pipe may be inserted into socket end of the first pipe to form an unrestrained, push-fit, ring-seal assembly when operatively joined, such that a sealing member is located within the inner groove, the sealing member having a sealing surface that is longitudinally related with the pivot point of the two pipes thereby allowing a high joint deflection angle while maintaining a relatively small pipe bell and sealing member mass.


Patent
McWane | Date: 2016-03-24

An apparatus for covering or sealing Storz-type outlets is shown and described. The apparatus includes an outer cap portion having a continuous sidewall, a connector portion for connecting the outer cap portion to the water supply assembly and a sealing cap portion rotatably coupled to the outer cap portion and located at least partially within a void defined by the continuous sidewall, the sealing cap portion including a pliable sealing portion for forming a seal about the water supply outlet. The connector portion includes a pair of lugs and a pair of ramped lug guides associated with an inner surface of the continuous sidewall. The pair of ramped lug guides are provided for receiving a pair of lugs of the water supply assembly. A nut portion extends from an outer face of outer cap portion for engagement by a tool such as a wrench or socket for rotating the outer cap portion about the water supply outlet.


Patent
McWane | Date: 2013-11-06

An apparatus for covering or sealing Storz-type outlets is shown and described. The apparatus includes an outer cap portion having a continuous sidewall, a connector portion for connecting the outer cap portion to the water supply assembly and a sealing cap portion rotatably coupled to the outer cap portion and located at least partially within a void defined by the continuous sidewall, the sealing cap portion including a pliable sealing portion for forming a seal about the water supply outlet. The connector portion includes a pair of lugs and a pair of ramped lug guides associated with an inner surface of the continuous sidewall. The pair of ramped lug guides are provided for receiving a pair of lugs of the water supply assembly. A nut portion extends from an outer face of outer cap portion for engagement by a tool such as a wrench or socket for rotating the outer cap portion about the water supply outlet.


A system, method, apparatus, and computer program product for testing a vehicle fire suppression system are disclosed. A method may include testing components of the vehicle fire suppression system. The method may additionally include providing test results for each tested component.


Patent
McWane | Date: 2012-10-24

A gasket for preventing separation of interconnected pipes without damaging the pipes. The gasket includes a compressible body having a plurality of metal segments partially embedded therein. Each of the metal segments includes a row of exposed teeth configured for engaging a spigot end of a pipe and a trough configured for pivotably engaging a bead on a bell. The trough is further configured for shearing or deforming the bead and inhibiting over-pivoting of the segment about the bead when the pipes are partially withdrawn away from one another, for example, during over-pressurization of the pipes.


Patent
McWane | Date: 2015-06-08

The present invention relates to a soil pipe coupler that includes a body portion formed from a thermoplastic elastomer. The body portion includes an inner wall, an outer wall, and a first and second lip defined by the outer wall. The first lip is disposed proximate a first end, while a second lip is disposed proximate a longitudinally-opposed second end of the body portion. The body portion includes an annular seat and at least one rib member that extend radially inwards from the inner wall and further defines a channel extending from the first to the second end. The soil pipe coupler includes a sheathing member configured to wrap about the body portion and is disposed between the first and second lips. Additionally, the soil pipe coupler includes at least one clamp configured to operably engage the sheathing member. An associated method of installation is also provided.

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