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Rio Dell, CA, United States

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Rio Dell, CA, United States
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News Article | May 16, 2017
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DES MOINES, Iowa--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Principal Financial Group® today announced the Board of Directors, as part of a planned succession, has elected Amy C. Friedrich president of United States Insurance Solutions effective immediately. She succeeds Deanna Strable-Soethout who became chief financial officer in February of this year. “Amy brings more than 20 years of business experience, and more recently, 13 years of increasing responsibility within our Specialty Benefit Division,” said Daniel J. Houston, chairman, president and chief executive officer at Principal®. “Her strong leadership skills, background in strategy development, and drive for innovation will help her be successful in this expanded role.” Additionally, the Principal Board of Directors, has named Gary P. Scholten chief digital officer effective immediately. The new role for the enterprise focuses on driving and accelerating digital technologies across the enterprise. He remains executive vice president and chief information officer. “Digital technologies are critical when it comes to producing results and delivering an experience that meets the changing needs of our customers,” says Houston. “They’re changing interactions and expectations everywhere and this signals our commitment to having them change Principal, too. Gary will do an outstanding job moving our digital strategy forward.” Friedrich background Friedrich, 46, joined the company in 2000 in a performance improvement role for Corporate Strategic Development. Friedrich was promoted to corporate strategic development director in 2003. In 2004, Friedrich moved to the Specialty Benefits business unit. She was promoted to second vice president of Specialty Benefits in 2006 and named vice president of Specialty Benefits in 2008 before assuming her current most recent position of SVP of Specialty Benefits Division in 2015. Prior to joining the company, she was a change management manager with Accenture. Friedrich earned her bachelor’s degree from Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa and her master’s from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. Scholten background Scholten, 59, joined the company in 1980 as an assistant planning analyst. He held multiple IT positions, was promoted to senior vice present and chief information officer in 2002, and to his present position, executive vice president and chief information officer in 2014. Scholten is a fellow of the Life Office Management Institute and is past chair of the LOMA Individual Product Systems Committee. He chairs Principal Global Services, Private Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Principal Financial Group located in Pune, India. Scholten currently serves on two Principal International Chilean Boards: Principal International de Chile S.A, and Principal Asset Management Chile S.A. Scholten has served as the chairman of the board for the Technology Association of Iowa. In 2011, he was appointed to serve on the Iowa Governor’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Advisory Council, and joined the group’s executive committee in 2013. Scholten received his bachelor's degree from the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls. About Principal® Principal helps people and companies around the world build, protect and advance their financial well-being through retirement, insurance and asset management solutions that fit their lives. Our employees are passionate about helping clients of all income and portfolio sizes achieve their goals – offering innovative ideas, investment expertise and real-life solutions to make financial progress possible. To find out more, visit us at principal.com. Principal, Principal and symbol design and Principal Financial Group are trademarks and service marks of Principal Financial Services, Inc., a member of the Principal Financial Group.


Bagnall C.,Product Systems Inc. | Holp C.R.,FirstEnergy Nuclear Operating Co. | Moorhead W.J.,Product Systems Inc.
Materials Performance and Characterization | Year: 2016

Knuckle connectors on railcars are required to sustain thousands of cyclic stress events. Manufacturers continue to develop, test, and improve the life of these castings, which are now designed to exceed 400,000 cycles when subjected to tests involving cumulative cyclic sinusoidal load range settings varying between 6800 and 127,000 kgf at room temperature. This paper addressed real-world difficulties of differentiating between component failures due to overload and casting defects, and those that result from fatigue damage. Fatigue fractures in castings are rarely planar and comprise areas where solidification kinetics are different, and locations where porosity or large inclusions are present. The cumulative effect these factors have on fracture is to generate a rough topography, which may exhibit no beachmarks or other outward sign by which a fatigue fracture is commonly recognized. In this paper, an advantage was gained over a field failure because the fracture was produced in a laboratory test. Cycles to failure was recorded and details of the applied cyclic stress were also known. The difficulty regarding scanning electron microscope (SEM) analysis was that classic fatigue features normally visible to the naked eye, such as beachmarks, thumbnail initiation sites and planar areas, were not evident on the fracture face. In addition to documentation of numerous defect features on the fracture surface, SEM analysis revealed a rare but proof-positive form of evidence for propagation of the early stages of fracture by fatigue. The feature has been described in the literature as "tire tracks," alluding to their similarity to ATV tire impressions or Lunar Rover tracks on the moon. A brief review of earlier literature examples of tire track features is provided, and the generally accepted mechanism for their formation is assessed. © 2016 by ASTM International, 100 Barr Harbor Drive.


A simple method to resolve the features that are characteristic of hydroxyl radicals in sonoluminescence (SL) spectra from aqueous solutions has been developed. Using a modified version of cavitation threshold (CT) cell in which single band filters were sandwiched between the UV grade fused silica window and the photomultiplier tube (PMT) in the cell, photon emission in the wavelength range of 280 to 400 nm was measured. Four different single band filters, 280-305.5 nm, 300-340 nm, 335-375 nm and 374.5-397.5 nm were used. The results for air and Ar saturated DI water are consistent with those reported in the literature and obtained using expensive spectrometers. The SL signal collected in ammonium hydroxide solutions indicated that at higher power densities the signal intensity may not be relatable to the generation rate of hydroxyl radicals in their ground state. © The Electrochemical Society.


Dussault D.,Product Systems Inc. | Dragoi V.,EV Group
Materials Research Society Symposium Proceedings | Year: 2012

The use of non-standard materials (e.g. specific substrates shapes and dimensions or polymer materials) for MEMS applications imposed a requirement for the development of new techniques for even well-established processes. Acoustic energy in the MHz frequency range has been used in the semiconductor industry for various processes such as photoresist development, substrate cleaning and electro-plating enhancement. The work presented here is focusing on single wafer cleaning and on photoresist development. The cleaning process developed addresses mainly wafer cleaning prior to wafer bonding processes, in which particle contamination is of crucial importance. The photoresist development process was developed mainly for thick resist layers development (few hundreds of μm) in order to improve definition of high aspect ratio features but was used as well as a significant process time reduction factor for development of regular thickness resists (few μm). © 2012 Materials Research Society.


Dragoi V.,EV Group | Mittendorfer G.,EV Group | Flotgen C.,EV Group | Dussault D.,Product Systems Inc. | Wagenleitner T.,EV Group
Proceedings of the International Semiconductor Conference, CAS | Year: 2011

Wafer bonding is a very attractive technology for applications in wafer-level 3D integration. However, most of the bonding processes are not compatible with CMOS technology in terms of process temperature and contamination levels. A low temperature fusion bonding process is presented as an example of how the wafer bonding issues were successfully solved and applied to manufacturing processes. © 2011 IEEE.


Dussault D.,Product Systems Inc. | Dragoi V.,EV Group
Proceedings of the International Semiconductor Conference, CAS | Year: 2011

MEMS-specific processes have had to adapt standard IC manufacturing technologies in order to accommodate its custom requirements. Photolithography is one of the standard techniques which had to adopt the use of thick resists (between few tens and up to few hundreds of m) needed for high aspect ratio features fabrication, and to adapt to the specific high volume manufacturing yield requirements demanded by developing new processing techniques. This paper introduces a new development technique based on the use of a megasonic transducer for yield improvement and process time reduction. © 2011 IEEE.


Dragoi V.,EV Group | Bartel J.,EV Group | Dussault D.,Product Systems Inc.
ECS Transactions | Year: 2010

MEMS-specific processes required to adapt standard IC manufacturing technologies in order to accommodate its custom requirements. Photolithography is one of the standard techniques which had to adapt particularly to the use of thick resists needed for high aspect ratio features fabrication. In order to work with resist thickness varying between few tens and up to few hundreds of micrometers the standard process flow had to be changed to multiple-layers coating, customized (and very long) baking times, special exposure techniques and development. This paper introduces a megasonic-enhanced method used for developing resists. In case of MEMS applications this method brings not only a major yield improvement (better quality features) but also a major decrease of process time. ©The Electrochemical Society.


Han Z.,University of Arizona | Keswani M.,University of Arizona | Liebscher E.,Product Systems Inc. | Beck M.,Product Systems Inc. | Raghavana S.,University of Arizona
ECS Journal of Solid State Science and Technology | Year: 2014

A simple method to resolve the features that are characteristic of hydroxyl radicals in sonoluminescence (SL) spectra from aqueous solutions has been developed. Using a modified version of cavitation threshold (CT) cell in which single band filters were sandwiched between the UV grade fused silica window and the photomultiplier tube (PMT) in the cell, photon emission in the wavelength range of 280 to 400 nm was measured. Four different single band filters, 280-305.5 nm, 300-340 nm, 335-375 nm and 374.5-397.5 nm were used. The results for air and Ar saturated DI water are consistent with those reported in the literature and obtained using expensive spectrometers. The SL signal collected in ammonium hydroxide solutions indicated that at higher power densities the signal intensity may not be relatable to the generation rate of hydroxyl radicals in their ground state. © 2014 The Electrochemical Society. All rights reserved.


Yang W.,Product Systems Inc. | Li Y.H.,General Electric | Sellars C.M.,University of Sheffield
Journal of Testing and Evaluation | Year: 2012

Simple cantilever bend testing to assess mechanical descaling of industrial hot-rolled steel rods has been developed and analysed. This test method has no contact damage to the scale, and produces a range of strains along the rod, which always include those for scale behaviour from crack initiation to complete spallation. A series of methods has been used to assess the variation of the plastic strain along the bent rods and the results have been compared with finite element modelling. Using a cyclone scanner for these measurements provides an accurate and efficient testing procedure. To compare with industrial practice, constrained bending around cylinders was also carried out. Copyright © 2012 by ASTM Int'l all rights reserved.


Roach S.,Product Systems Inc.
143rd Technical Conference and Exhibition | Year: 2016

This paper presents an alternative use for Standard video pipelines and transport layers. It suggests taking advantage of SMPTE 292m serial digital video connections for highspeed data transport within a traditional video environment and its subsequent use, storage and transfer with non-traditional platforms. A new transport medium for film data images is introduced. The proposal includes how data images can be viewed, stored, and processed, and how standard video connections can move the data transparently. The format is described as a video-compliant data structure with variable resolutions and aspect ratios. Existing installations are described as application examples. © 2001 Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers, Inc.

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