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News Article | August 3, 2017
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OEConnection LLC (OEC), the leading automotive technology provider for original equipment manufacturers’ (OEM) distribution networks, announced that Kia Motors America has added CollisionLink to its collision parts marketing program. The CollisionLink parts ordering and fulfillment solution will allow Kia’s dealer network to access competitive pricing on eligible OE parts and expand their market penetration in the U.S. Kia is the 23rd automotive dealer network in North America to use CollisionLink to facilitate their parts marketing program. With the addition of Kia, virtually 100 percent of all consumer vehicles on the road in the U.S. are now supported by CollisionLink. “We are excited to bring Kia on board and to assist with their collision parts program,” said Bill Lopez, OEC Vice President & General Manager, Collision. “With our CollisionLink solution, Kia dealers can compete more effectively and increase their OE part sales while also improving order processing efficiency and customer satisfaction.” “Selecting CollisionLink will provide our retailers with competitively priced OE parts,” said Greg Silvestri, Executive Director, Service Operations. “We chose CollisionLink because it has become a standard operating procedure among body shops who prefer to use OE parts at competitive prices. CollisionLink also streamlines the dealers’ workflow when processing orders to better serve their customers.” By the fourth quarter of 2017, all Kia dealers will have access to their collision parts marketing program via CollisionLink. About OEC OEConnection (OEC) is the leading automotive technology provider for OEM distribution networks, enabling automakers and dealerships around the world to deliver parts and service information quickly and accurately into the hands of repairers in collision, fleet, mechanical and retail segments, as well as their own service lanes, through a suite of parts cataloging, supply chain, pricing, ecommerce, service and business intelligence solutions. OEC serves nearly 70 international auto brands and fleet companies, and more than 100,000 dealership and repair customers worldwide. OEC is headquartered in the greater Cleveland area at 4205 Highlander Parkway, Richfield, Ohio, USA, 44286. Additional information is available at http://www.oeconnection.com or by emailing Geo Money at Geo.Money(at)oeconnection(dot)com. About Kia Motors America Headquartered in Irvine, California, Kia Motors America continues to top quality surveys and is recognized as one of the 100 Best Global Brands and 50 Best Global Green Brands by Interbrand. Kia serves as the "Official Automotive Partner" of the NBA and LPGA and offers a complete range of vehicles sold through a network of nearly 800 dealers in the U.S., including cars and SUVs proudly built in West Point, Georgia.* For media information, including photography, visit http://www.kiamedia.com. To receive custom email notifications for press releases the moment they are published, subscribe at http://www.kiamedia.com/us/en/newsalert. *The Sorento and Optima GDI (EX, SX & Limited and certain LX Trims only) are assembled in the United States from U.S. and globally sourced parts.


News Article | July 11, 2017
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OEConnection LLC (OEC), the leading automotive technology provider for original equipment manufacturers’ (OEM) distribution networks, is pleased to announce that its purchase of Clifford Thames Group (CT) was completed on June 30, 2017. The unified company creates a global parts and service business unmatched in the auto industry, with 13 offices spread across four continents, providing solutions that help OEMs and their dealer networks grow market share and increase sales of original equipment (OE) parts in every market segment. OEC is the auto industry’s leading provider of supply chain and ecommerce technology solutions for OE parts. CT is the leader in creating and managing the data needed to repair and maintain vehicles for manufacturers, repairers, leasing and fleet companies, and their partners. CT brings complementary products and services to the OEC portfolio, as well as an extensive international footprint and unrivaled heritage that will help drive global growth for the company. “The combination of CT and OEC means great opportunity for the industry,” remarked Chuck Rotuno, Chairman & CEO of OEC. “The new OEC is the only global one-stop shop that provides the means for automakers and dealerships around the world to deliver parts and service information quickly and accurately into the hands of repairers in collision, fleet, mechanical and retail segments, as well as their own service lanes, through a suite of parts cataloging, supply chain, pricing, ecommerce, service and business intelligence solutions.” “Separately, OEC and CT were leaders in our respective categories,” added Calvin Barnett, President of CT. “Together, we now lead across all categories, with solutions and innovations that work together in synergy to enable us to enhance our offering to both our current and future customers.” “We are excited to once again make a significant investment in OEC that is not only highly synergistic, but transformational to the business,” said Davis Noell, Managing Director of Providence Equity Partners, majority owner of OEC. “Both OEC and CT had record years in 2016 with revenue growth in excess of 20% and combined now have over $130m in revenues, setting up OEC to capitalize on further opportunities ahead.” The expanded OEC company will continue to operate from its numerous offices around the globe and will maintain its headquarters in Cleveland, Ohio, as well as CT’s main office in Chelmsford, UK. About OEC OEC is the leading global parts ecommerce technology provider for OEMs and their distribution networks, serving over 30 global OEMs and leasing companies in over 120 countries, and more than 100,000 dealership and repair customers. OEC facilitates an estimated $26 billion in annual replacement parts trade by helping our customers access real-time, dynamic pricing; creating and managing the data needed to repair and maintain vehicles; and educating customers on how to best market, manage and move original equipment parts. The company is headquartered in the greater Cleveland area at 4205 Highlander Parkway, Richfield, Ohio, 44286. Additional information is available at http://www.OEConnection.com or by emailing Geo Money at Geo.Money(at)OEConnection(dot)com.


News Article | June 7, 2017
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OEConnection Holdings, LLC, the holding company whose portfolio includes OEC, the leading automotive technology provider for original equipment manufacturers’ (OEM) distribution networks, announced today that it has added to its portfolio by signing a definitive agreement to purchase Clifford Thames Group, a leader in automotive data creation and management. Headquartered in Chelmsford, England with offices in Detroit, Michigan; Melbourne, Australia; Krakow, Poland; Bonn, Germany; Paris, France; and Chennai, India, Clifford Thames (CT) creates and manages the data needed to repair and maintain vehicles for manufacturers, repairers, leasing and fleet companies, and their partners. CT works with many of the leading auto manufacturers around the world. As the auto industry’s leading provider of ecommerce technology for original equipment parts, OEC is known for its exceptional solutions across North America, Australia and New Zealand. CT brings complementary products and services to the portfolio of OEConnection Holdings, and an extensive international footprint and unrivaled heritage that will help drive global growth for the company. “CT provides a significant platform to drive global growth for our overall business,” remarked Chuck Rotuno, Chairman & CEO of OEConnection Holdings. “We look forward to adding their capabilities and products to our portfolio, alongside OEC, to support the global needs of our OEM and dealer network partners.” “This is a win not only for OEConnection Holdings but also for CT,” added Calvin Barnett, CEO of Clifford Thames Group. “This is one case where the whole is greater than the sum of the parts.” The deal is subject to customary conditions including receipt of required regulatory approval and is expected to close by the end of the second quarter 2017. About OEConnection Holdings LLC OEConnection Holdings’ portfolio includes OEC, the leading parts ecommerce technology provider for OEM distribution networks, serving over 20 OEMs and 100,000 dealership and repair customers. Providence Equity Partners is the majority stakeholder of OEConnection Holdings; Ford Motor Company and General Motors are minority stakeholders. The company is headquartered in the greater Cleveland area at 4205 Highlander Parkway, Richfield, Ohio, 44286. Additional information is available at http://www.OEConnection.com or by emailing Geo Money at Geo.Money@OEConnection.com. About Clifford Thames Clifford Thames is a technology-enabled company building on skills, knowledge and experience in automotive data creation and management. CT sits at the heart of the global automotive aftermarket, serving customers in over 120 countries. Creating and managing the data needed to repair and maintain vehicles for manufacturers, repairers, leasing and fleet companies and their partners, CT’s solutions help drive customer satisfaction and profitability. Additional information is available at http://www.clifford-thames.com.


Sahoo S.,KIIT University | Mohanty S.,OUAT | Sahoo T.,OEC
Souvenir of the 2014 IEEE International Advance Computing Conference, IACC 2014 | Year: 2014

This paper introduces a method of preference analysis based on electroencephalogram (EEG) analysis of prefrontal cortex activity. The proposed method applies the relationship between EEG activity and the Egogram. The EEG senses a single point and records readings by means of a dry-type sensor and a number of electrodes. The EEG analysis adapts the feature mining and the clustering on EEG patterns using a self-organizing map (SOM). EEG activity of the prefrontal cortex displays individual difference. To take the individual difference into account, we construct a feature vector for input modality of the SOM. The input vector for the SOM consists of the extracted EEG feature vector and a human character vector, which is the human character quantified through the ego analysis using psychological testing. In preprocessing, we extract the EEG feature vector by calculating the time average on each frequency band: θ, low- β, and high- β. To prove the effectiveness of the proposed method, we perform experiments using real EEG data. These results show that the accuracy rate of the EEG pattern classification is higher than it was before improvement of the input vector. © 2014 IEEE.


Buttgereit F.,Charité - Medical University of Berlin | Mehta D.,Center for Arthritis and Osteoporosis | Kirwan J.,University of Bristol | Szechinski J.,Katedra i Klinika Reumatologii i Chorob Wewnetrznych AM | And 7 more authors.
Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases | Year: 2013

Objective: To assess the efficacy and safety of low-dose prednisone chronotherapy using a new modified-release (MR) formulation for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Methods: In this 12-week, double-blind, placebo-controlled study, patients with active RA (n=350) were randomised 2:1 to receive MR prednisone 5 mg or placebo once daily in the evening in addition to their existing RA disease-modifying antirheumatic drug (DMARD) treatment. The primary end point was the percentage of patients achieving a 20% improvement in RA signs and symptoms according to American College of Rheumatology criteria (ie, an ACR20 response) at week 12. Changes in morning pain, duration of morning stiffness, 28-joint Disease Activity Score and health-related quality of life were also assessed. Results: MR prednisone plus DMARD treatment produced higher response rates for ACR20 (48% vs 29%, p<0.001) and ACR50 (22% vs 10%, p<0.006) and a greater median relative reduction from baseline in morning stiffness (55% vs 35%, p<0.002) at week 12 than placebo plus DMARD treatment. Significantly greater reductions in severity of RA (Disease Activity Score 28) (p<0.001) and fatigue (Functional Assessment of Chronic Illness Therapy-Fatigue score) (p=0.003) as well as a greater improvement in physical function (36-item Short-Form Health Survey score) (p<0.001) were seen at week 12 for MR prednisone versus placebo. The incidence of adverse events was similar for MR prednisone (43%) and placebo (49%). Conclusion: Low-dose MR prednisone added to existing DMARD treatment produced rapid and relevant improvements in RA signs and symptoms.


Mohanty A.,Templecity Institute of Technology and Engineering | Mohanty P.P.,OSME Keonjhar | Mohanty S.,OEC
International Review on Modelling and Simulations | Year: 2013

The paper presents a comparison study of Transient Stability and Reactive Power Compensation Issues in a Wind Diesel Hybrid System with different FACTS Controllers. A Small signal model of the Hybrid System is taken with the use of Fuzzy Logic based PI Controller to compensate the Reactive power generated in an Isolated Wind Diesel hybrid system. Detailed analysis of the system is undertaken with varying loading conditions. Linearised small signal models of SVC, STATCOM and UPFC are taken to study the transient stability analysis of the proposed system with IEEE type 1 Excitation System. A Self tuned Fuzzy PI Controller is implemented to tune the parameters of KP and Ki of the Hybrid System which undergoes through Voltage Instability due to sudden change in load. Simulation result shows that the proposed controller attains steady state value with less time. © 2013 Praise Worthy Prize S.r.l. -All rights reserved.


Panda S.,VSSUT | Baliarsingh A.K.,OEC | Mahapatra S.,KIIT University | Swain S.C.,KIIT University
Mechanical Systems and Signal Processing | Year: 2015

This paper proposes to use gravitational search algorithm (GSA) to design a supplementary sub-synchronous damping controller for the static synchronous series compensator (SSSC) device to damp the torsional oscillations. The IEEE second benchmark model (SBM) which is a series compensated ac system is considered in this study for design and analysis purpose. The design problem is formulated as an optimization problem and GSA is employed to search for the optimal controller parameters. The dynamic performance of the system under study is evaluated at various levels of series compensation with different types of disturbances. Fast Fourier Transform (FFT) analysis and robustness analysis against operating point changes and system uncertainties are also investigated. For specific system studied in the paper, the superiority of the GSA optimization technique over genetic algorithm (GA) optimization technique is also shown by comparing the simulation results and various performance indexes. © 2015 Elsevier Ltd.


Chakravarty S.,OEC | Mohapatra P.,IIT
2015 IEEE Power, Communication and Information Technology Conference, PCITC 2015 - Proceedings | Year: 2015

Classification plays an important role in various fields such as science, engineering, medicine and business. This paper proposes a cuckoo search based hybrid model i.e. Functional Link Neural Fuzzy Network named as CSFLNFN for classification of multi-class datasets. Both FLANN, as an efficient computational technique and fuzzy logic, as a basis of much inference system are combined to take the advantages from both the techniques. These two techniques are supplementary to each other in a way that one is helping other to overcome their limitations. The proposed CSFLNFN model uses FLANN to the consequent part of the fuzzy rules. The parameters of the models are optimized by the evolutionary algorithm, Cuckoo Search (CS). The CSFLNFN model is evaluated with one medical dataset, dermatology and three other frequently used multi-class datasets, wine, glass and iris. Further, to get more classification accuracy, Principal Component Analysis (PCA) has been used to extract the features from the datasets. Performance of the model is measured by number of measures like confusion matrix, accuracy, sensitivity, specificity, F-score, gmean and area under the receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curve. In this study, a comparison has been made between results before and after features extraction and it is seen that the classification accuracy increases with extracted features from the datasets. However the results demonstrate the superiority of the CSFLNFN compare to other models including CSMLP, CSFLANN, Naïve Bayesian and K-Nearest Neighbor irrespective of the feature extraction. © 2015 IEEE.


Lyu G.,OEC | He Q.,OEC
Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering | Year: 2015

Adaptive Gaussian Chirplet Decomposition (AGCD) is a time-frequency signal decomposition algorithm with high resolution. The Gaussian chirplet basis adopted has variable time width, frequency center with linear chirp, which has both good time and frequency energy localization. But this basis is not orthogonal, and the computation in searching basises when decomposing a signal is very huge. AGCD can reduce computation by convert the optimization process to a traditional curve-fitting problem. But the performance of the AGCD is highly dependent on the initial selection. Traditional energy based initial selection fails in some cases when two or more basis has deep cross. The proposed maximum matching based initial selection is a fast and accurate basis searching algorithm, which choose the best correlated basis each time within several candidates. Simulation results show that the new algorithm is much more stable and accurate than the energy based one without increasing computation. © 2015 SPIE.


News Article | December 6, 2016
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OEConnection LLC (OEC), the parts ecommerce technology leader for original equipment manufacturers’ (OEM) distribution networks, announced today that Hyundai Motor America has added CollisionLink to its Hyundai Go Genuine Collision Conquest program. The CollisionLink parts ordering and fulfillment solution will allow Hyundai’s network of dealers to access competitive pricing on eligible OE parts and expand their market penetration in the U.S. By the end of the first quarter, 2017, Hyundai dealers will have access to the Hyundai Go Genuine Collision Conquest program via CollisionLink. “We are excited to bring Hyundai on board and to assist with the Hyundai Go Genuine Collision Conquest program,” said Bill Lopez, OEC Vice President & General Manager, Collision. “With our CollisionLink solution, Hyundai dealers can compete more effectively and increase their OE part sales while also improving order processing efficiency and customer satisfaction.” Hyundai represents the twenty-second automotive dealer network in North America to use CollisionLink to facilitate their parts marketing program. With the addition of Hyundai, 99% of all consumer vehicles on the road in the U.S. are now supported by CollisionLink, and OEM parts marketing programs managed through CollisionLink now cover 3 out of every 4 U.S. consumer vehicles on the road. “CollisionLink is the missing puzzle piece. It will give us more complete coverage in the market,” said Frank Ferrara, Executive Vice President, Customer Satisfaction, Hyundai Motor America. “It will allow our dealers to offer their customers more competitive pricing and sell more Hyundai OE parts.” OEConnection (OEC) is the leading parts ecommerce technology provider for OEM distribution networks, serving over 20 OEMs and 100,000 dealership and repair customers. Customers use OEC solutions millions of times each month to access real-time, dynamic pricing and to market, manage and move original equipment parts, facilitating an estimated $20 billion in annual replacement parts trade. The company is headquartered in the greater Cleveland area at 4205 Highlander Parkway, Richfield, Ohio, 44286. Additional information is available at http://www.oeconnection.com or by e-mailing Geo Money at Geo(dot)Money(at)oeconnection(dot)com.

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