News Article | May 16, 2017
"The MMDx is a truly innovative way of assessing transplant rejection. There is a lot of contention with the results from the current technology," said Dr. Jon Kobashigawa, Cardiologist and Director of the Heart Transplant Program at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles. The MMDx system complements conventional biopsy processing to improve the assessment of rejection and injury in transplanted organs. In addition, it can provide theranostics support for drug development and use. Kashi Clinical Laboratories, Inc., a CLIA licensed CAP accredited laboratory located in Portland, Oregon, has recently adopted this technology. This Laboratory Based Service will be offered by Kashi in collaboration with TSI for processing of sample biopsies in the US. Kashi Clinical Laboratories is licensed in all states, including New York, California and Florida. Visit www.molecular-microscope.com for more information on the MMDX tests provided by Kashi Laboratories. One Lambda, a Thermo Fisher Scientific Brand, is the worldwide leader in HLA typing and antibody detection assays. Known for its commitment to quality, service, and innovation, the company develops and distributes several lines of HLA typing and antibody detection tests utilizing serological, molecular, ELISA, Flow, Luminex xMAP, & NGS technologies. In addition, One Lambda also manufactures laboratory instrumentation and computer software that are used to simplify and automate testing procedures and final test evaluations. For more information, please visit www.onelambda.com Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. is the world leader in serving science, with revenues of $18 billion and more than 55,000 employees globally. Our mission is to enable our customers to make the world healthier, cleaner and safer. We help our customers accelerate life sciences research, solve complex analytical challenges, improve patient diagnostics and increase laboratory productivity. Through our premier brands – Thermo Scientific, Applied Biosystems, Invitrogen, Fisher Scientific and Unity Lab Services – we offer an unmatched combination of innovative technologies, purchasing convenience and comprehensive support. For more information, please visit www.thermofisher.com To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/thermo-fisher-scientifics-one-lambda-brand-signs-exclusive-licensing-agreement-with-transcriptome-sciences-inc-for-access-to-molecular-microscope-diagnostic-system-300458149.html
News Article | May 23, 2017
ClinicTracker, a robust, future-proof mental health and substance abuse EHR, announced that it is partnering with TSI to provide an automated collections interface for users seeking a more productive collections process. The integrated system lets practices identify, select, and electronically transfer delinquent patient accounts to TSI for collections. TSI’s proprietary collections platform expedites the payment process, lowering internal costs and increasing cash flow for revenue cycle management. ClinicTracker users will be able to view the entire collections/activities log through TSI's portal. “The major advantage for our users is that clinics will be able to push a few buttons in ClinicTracker’s billing module to forward bad debt claims directly for TSI to resolve,” said Alycia Basile, Director of Customer Success at ClinicTracker. “As part of our ongoing strategic initiative to develop interfaces with technology companies and organizations in 2017 and beyond, we are extremely excited to join forces with ClinicTracker. Our best-in-class solution for mental health and substance abuse organizations will now be available to users of ClinicTracker software as an extension of their normal workflow,” said Howard Schnuer, Chief Marketing Officer at TSI. “ClinicTracker is glad to have TSI on board as one of our strategic partners. We strive to create easy workflows for our users in every way possible. Aside from the high quality of their services, we selected TSI because they put a premium on maintaining positive patient relationships – a particularly important factor within the world of behavioral health,” said Dr. Michael Gordon, ClinicTracker’s Co-founder. ClinicTracker is a robust, future-proof mental health and substance abuse EHR. It was founded in 2000 by Michael Gordon, a renowned clinical psychologist, and Joshua Gordon, an award-winning software engineer. ClinicTracker EHR’s powerful software empowers your agency to succeed. ClinicTracker will automate many of your clinic routines, boost staff productivity, increase billing efficiency, and provide the tools you need to manage your clinic effectively. While mental health and substance abuse agencies are our main focus, our software is compatible with foster care agencies, social services, equine assisted therapy, university clinics, academic counseling, family counseling services, and eating disorder clinics. TSI is the leading provider of outsourced accounts receivable management and student loan servicing solutions. Powered by their proprietary data analytics platform, TSI has injected more than $6 billion back into their client’s businesses over the past decade. TSI’s global operations are built to rapidly scale, accelerate cash flow, and minimize regulatory risk with a best-in-class compliance management system. Their clients include both B2B & B2C Fortune 100 corporations, national healthcare systems, financial institutions, state and federal government organizations, educational institutions, and small and medium-sized businesses.
News Article | May 18, 2017
TSI Healthcare, a national leader in the sales and support of NextGen® Practice Management and Electronic Health Record solutions, announced that it will be among the first EHR vendors in the nation to begin trials of Surescripts® National Record Locator Service, or NRLS network. Through this launch, TSI Healthcare will connect caregivers with more comprehensive, holistic patient insights by facilitating on-demand access to patients’ clinical history. Systems like the NRLS network build on a long succession of EHR developments, and TSI Healthcare is at the forefront of implementing Surescripts’ latest advancement. As the healthcare industry shifts from a fee-for-service model to a pay-for-performance model, TSI Healthcare’s deployment of the service will lay the groundwork for what will become a new standard for EHR usage. By allowing providers to exchange patient information through the NRLS network, TSI Healthcare ensures physicians can provide the next level of quality patient care. The NRLS network leverages Surescripts’ established infrastructure to grant medical professionals a comprehensive insight into their patients’ medical histories. With access to 230 million patient records and 4 billion caregiving interactions, practitioners will be able to learn more about prior care experiences and tailor treatment accordingly. These tools also streamline the process of identifying previous patient visit locations and requesting relevant clinical records. TSI Healthcare providers stand to gain many benefits from the company’s proactive stance on the NRLS adoption. By supporting this integration, the company is helping practitioners utilize national data repositories and share their knowledge of vital case information. With the ability to learn from more accurate care histories, TSI Healthcare clients will be able to decrease the incidence of medical errors while providing more informed care. Providers part of the TSI Healthcare family will be at the forefront of delivering high quality patient care as required under MACRA (The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015). "Our partnership with NextGen and the Surescripts NRLS network will prove vital to helping our clients reach new levels of success," said David Dickson, Jr., TSI Healthcare’s President and CEO. "This leading edge service highlights our dedication to establishing efficient and useful connections between our clients and practitioners throughout the nation.” About TSI Healthcare TSI Healthcare is a national leader in the sales and support of customized NextGen® Practice Management and Electronic Health Record solutions. The company's solutions are designed to meet the unique needs of practices through specialty specific EHR content, top ranked service, and award winning software. In addition to core products powered by NextGen®, TSI Healthcare also offers Patient Portal, Population Health Management, Revenue Cycle Management, cloud hosting and more. TSI Healthcare has approximately 180 employees and has provided services to more than 2,000 providers nationwide since inception in 1997. For more information, visit http://www.tsihealthcare.com, or call 800-354-4205. About Surescripts Surescripts® operates the nation’s largest e-prescription network and supports a rapidly expanding ecosystem of health care organizations nationwide. Surescripts was founded on the principles of neutrality, transparency, interoperability, efficiency, collaboration and quality. Surescripts connects prescribers in all 50 states through their choice of e-prescribing software to the nation’s leading payers, chain pharmacies and independent pharmacies. Available during emergencies or routine care, the Nation’s E-Prescription Network gives health care providers secure, low-cost, electronic access to prescription and health information that can save their patients’ lives, improve efficiency and reduce the cost of health care for all. For more information, go to http://www.surescripts.com.
News Article | May 23, 2017
« BorgWarner begins production of dual-clutch module for new ZF transmission | Main | Proposed 2018 Trump budgets cuts EPA funding 31.4%, DOE 5.6%, DOT 12.7%, NSF 10.7% » The all-new 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan arrives in US dealerships this summer powered by the most advanced version yet of Volkswagen’s EA888 four-cylinder engine, the Gen3B. The updated version of the four-cylinder, turbocharged and direct-injection engine uses a modified Miller cycle to offer an improved combination of power, efficiency and responsiveness. Audi engineers described the development of the Gen3B at the Vienna Motor Symposium in 2015. (Earlier post.) The Audi version of the EA888 Gen3B made its debut in the new A4. First introduced in the 2009 CC, the EA888 continued Volkswagen’s move toward smaller, turbocharged engines that offer the fuel economy benefits of downsizing with the power of a larger-displacement unit. Though EPA estimates are not yet available, compared with the 1.8-liter EA888 Gen 3 engine that is fitted in the current Passat, Jetta, Beetle, and Golf family models, the new 2.0-liter EA888 Generation 3B is expected to offer improved fuel efficiency along with a 20% boost in maximum torque to 221 lb-ft (300 N·m). The majority of the engine—from the cast-iron block to the aluminum-alloy pistons and cylinder head to the valve springs—has been updated along the way. During development, engineers focused on making the engine more efficient in the range of driving that most customers use every day, which led to the introduction of a modified Miller combustion cycle that is unique to the Volkswagen Group. Whereas the traditional Miller cycle closes the intake valves just before the end of the intake stroke, the so-called Budack-cycle (Dr. Ralf Budack is a thermodynamicist at Audi and was one of the developers of the Gen3B engine) closes the intake valves much earlier. This results in longer effective combustion as well as faster air flow for the incoming gases, which improves the mixing of the fuel and air. The net effect is lower fuel consumption and more torque than the 2.0-liter EA888 engine fitted in the 2017 Tiguan. Added to the shortened compression and extended expansion phases is an increased compression ratio flanked by turbocharging, dual injection and the valvelift system. The key feature that enables the new engine to produce better fuel economy, as well as excellent performance, is the variable valve timing system on the intake camshaft. Depending on engine load, it is possible to switch between short and long valve opening. At idling speed and under partial load, the valve opening is shorter. When the engine is placed under greater load, a switch to the camshaft lobe that opens the valve for a longer period is made and the driver can make use of the full power and torque of the engine. The changes in the new version of the EA888 advance the twin goals of power and efficiency. The peak 184 horsepower (for the Tiguan) kicks in at 4,400 rpm, 400 revs sooner than in the 1.8-liter edition, and maintains its output until 6,000 rpm. Maximum torque of 221 lb-ft is achieved at 1,600 to 3,940 rpm. As in the previous 2.0-liter TSI engines, the increased displacement comes solely from a longer piston stroke (92.8 mm vs. 84.1 mm in the 1.8 TSI), while the compression ratio rises to 11.7:1 due to a modified piston crown and combustion chamber. New TSI injectors can push fuel into the cylinder at a higher maximum pressure (250 bar or 3,626 psi), with up to three injection sequences per stroke depending on conditions. The EA288 Gen3B retains many key features of its predecessors, from chain-driven double overhead camshafts to the twin balance shafts that not only counteract second-order internal forces but provide oil scavenging and crankcase breathing pathways. A new engine management system with four core processors monitors the system and adjusts as needed. Reducing friction was another goal for this engine. For instance, the lower brake mean effective pressure at full load in this engine allowed the crankshaft main bearing diameter to be reduced from 52 to 48 mm, while the balance shaft chain is narrower. The new 2.0-liter TSI engine will be the only powerplant offered in the 2018 Tiguan. It will later be offered in other Volkswagen models.
News Article | April 19, 2017
SHOREVIEW, Minn., April 19, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- TSI Incorporated, the leader in Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS) and Raman Spectroscopy technology, unveils the latest handheld instrument in its line of metals analyzers at the ISRI 2017 Expo and Convention (April 22-27) in New Orleans, Louisiana. The ChemLite™ Plus Laser Metals Analyzer incorporates new, high-performance hardware for identification of more base metals including iron, copper, and nickel; faster measurements in as little as 1 second; and improved limits of detection—the lowest of any handheld LIBS device on the market. The ChemLite Plus device also incorporates the same great features as the original ChemLite model, the ChemLite Laser Aluminum Analyzer, including: Class 1M, eye-safe laser technology; argon-free operation; advanced user interface; built-in cleaning mode; and the largest laser spot size. From grading scrap metals to quality control (QC) and positive material identification (PMI) applications of finished alloys, the ChemLite Plus analyzer is the handheld of choice.
News Article | April 27, 2017
We can all agree that software applications can from time to time, and in most inconvenient times, surprise us with incorrect results. If one agrees with the understanding that the real world is testing our applications all the time, simply because one can not pretest the future, than the idea of having your applications to analyze themselves while running, and all the time, would not seem unreasonable. While dynamic code analysis is a well known proposition, the level of sophistication there changes a lot from technology to technology, and from tool to tool. The deciding factors on the usefulness of such tools are usually the following: does the result of the analysis require many hours (or days) to be digested by a human; how big is the overhead in application performance speed; how many false positives results does a tool create, causing unnecessary analysis of that original analysis. Thinking Software. Inc. (TSI) technology of Race Catcher™ does not provide false positive results and its overhead is practically not felt during the run of most applications. Humans Are Good in Creating Complexities. Software Can Be Taught to Decipher them. No one knows a piece of software better than the software itself. If one runs his/her applications on AWS (Amazon Web Services) platform, these are the two steps one would perform in order for the AWS account to be able to run one's applications in ARM-CM mode. ARM-CM stands for Application Reliability Management via Collaborating Machines. All the machines one would start in this mode (explained below) would communicate collected experience on the reliability of the applications they run to one's local workstation. Optionally one could run such workstation on AWS, as well. How Does One Best Ensure the Multithreading Reliability of one's New Software Release? Run it on as many ARM-Enabled VMs as one feels comfortable. The more machines one would start it on, the faster the machines would experience race-conditions hidden in the code. It does not need to be one's own software that causes race conditions. One would be able to see detailed explanations of race conditions on one's own code and on open source code, and even see if race conditions are present in other party's proprietary code. The only difference would be that the other party's proprietary code will not be deciphered. Then one's decision would be: to let them (race conditions) be, discounting them as "benign" (a dangerous proposition) or to get rid of them based on the detailed analysis provided by the Race Catcher™ absolutely automatically. Here is How one can Check Provided Here Functionality. 1. Decide whether the results should be displayed on one's local workstation (laptop) or on AWS Based Race Catcher Workstation 2. One time: Preset S3 Bucket and IAM Role for the AWS account Then, do the usual steps, where the only specifics are: Using "race_catcher" IAM role, and having TCP port 50001 enabled: A. Go to Amazon.com B. Go to Marketplace C. Search for Race Catcher D. Select Ubuntu Linux with Race Catcher Agent E. Select Continue, then Manual Launch F. Perform the usual selections of Region, Instance type, and set Number of Instances - the more instances you choose the more AUTO-TESTERS will work for you for free. G. Using "Auto-assign Public IP" in order to remotely connect to machines and to start specific applications there, unless applications are automatically starting upon starting the VMs. H. Use preset "race_catcher" IAM role. I. Make sure Security Group includes TCP Port 50001 Start applications on the created VMs. Any experienced multithreading issues will be collectively analyzed and reported to local Race Catcher™ Workstation or to one's AWS Based Race Catcher™ Workstation.
News Article | May 1, 2017
"TSI is pleased to continue its partnership with the University of Minnesota to provide this outstanding aerosol short course, which includes extensive hands-on lab sessions with a broad range of the latest particle instrumentation. Equally, we are excited to offer our hands-on Thursday lab this year," said Brian Osmondson, Business Director, Research and Analytical Instruments. Participants will have the opportunity to gain a fundamental understanding of aerosol properties and behaviors and receive practical training on skills to sample, measure, and characterize airborne particulate matter in a variety of applications, while earning continuing education credits, according to David Pui, Professor at the University of Minnesota and director of the short course. Attendees will visit TSI Headquarters for hands-on lab experiments, Tuesday, August 22, 2017, during the short course. Following the short course, TSI will be holding an additional hands-on training with a variety of TSI instruments on Thursday, August 24, 2017. These sessions will provide smaller group sizes, more time with the instruments and further application conversation with TSI experts. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/tsi-to-host-42nd-annual-aerosol-and-particle-measurement-short-course-300448813.html
News Article | April 27, 2017
« HKG and Pininfarina introduce two more microturbine range extended EVs; graphene-enhanced LTO batteries | Main | Technion team devises method for on-demand H2 production from water and aluminum for aviation applications » At the 38th Vienna Motor Symposium Volkswagen is introducing a new, more fuel-efficient “Coasting - Engine off” micro hybrid system—which shuts off the engine completely—as well as a new, compact three-cylinder natural gas engine for the Polo. Volkswagen is also highlighting its spectrum of efficiency and electrification solutions all the way to further optimized battery-powered propulsion as in the new e-Golf and the coming new MEB-based electric vehicles exemplified by its series of I.D. concepts. Coasting - Engine off. In the new Golf TSI BlueMotion, which launches this summer, the system works in tandem with a model DQ200 DSG gearbox. In a speed range of up to 130 km/h (81 mph) it offers the driver hybrid-style characteristics: lift off the throttle, and the Golf can coast with the engine completely deactivated. The system reduces fuel consumption in practical use by up to 0.4 liters/100 km and compared to the current coasting function with the engine running by 0.2 liters/100 km. This new Volkswagen system adds a compact lithium-ion battery to the 12-volt vehicle electrics, with the battery supplying the electric consumer units with power when coasting. A so-called Q-diode regulates the current flow between the lithium-ion and lead-acid batteries. At the end of the coasting phase the Golf TSI BlueMotion’s engine, a highly efficient 1.5 TSI Evo, is started in one of several different ways, depending on driving speed and situation: using the starter, using the clutches of the DSG gearbox or in combined fashion using starter and clutch. New e-Golf. In the middle of the electric power range is the plug-in hybrid concept of the Golf GTE4 and at its top end the 100% battery-powered drive system, such as Volkswagen is offering in the new e-Golf. In this latest upgrade the new e-Golf’s electric motor delivers 100 kW of power and 290 N·m of torque, 15 kW and 20 Nm respectively more than before. The e-Golf now accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 9.6 seconds and its top speed has gone up by 10 km/h to 150 km/h (93 mph). Through improvements to the chemistry of its cells and to their structure, the capacity of the lithium-ion battery system has also been increased from 24.2 to 35.8 kWh. This results in an increase in range in the NEDC cycle from 190 km (118 miles) previously to now up to 300 km (186 miles). All-electric architecture. Volkswagen is taking on the next big step in the switch to electric power using the all-electric architecture. The first model using this completely new drive system and connectivity architecture will be launched in 2020. The BUDD-e5, I.D.6 and I.D. BUZZ7 concept cars that the brand has already unveiled give a look ahead to the great potential of the new architecture. CNG and lambda split process. Volkswagen has been represented in the marketplace with CNG engines since 2002. The new three-cylinder turbocharged engine with a cubic capacity of 1.0 liter and high torque of 66 kW (90 PS) that is being shown at the Vienna Motor Symposium is bivalent: it can be run on gasoline or CNG. In gas-powered mode it works in a particularly low-emission manner—and that applies both to CO and NO particulate emissions. The compact 1.0 TGI is a new engine specification for the small car class in the Volkswagen Group. A key factor in its low emissions is the optimum conversion of the methane in the exhaust gas. In order to bring the catalytic converter quickly up to operating temperature and keep it there, Volkswagen has developed a lambda split process. During warm running and under low load two cylinders are fired using a rich mixture and one using a lean mixture. An important component of the technology here is the so-called lambda probe with no dew-point end. Thanks to electric heating, it is able to take up its regulating function within no more than ten seconds of a cold start, even if the exhaust gas and exhaust system still contain certain amounts of condensation. Due to its chemical composition, natural gas as a fuel already reduces CO emissions if it comes from fossil sources. If, however, it is produced in a sustainable way, for instance as biomethane from agricultural waste, then looked at from well-to-wheel it facilitates a form of mobility that produces appreciably less CO . We use the term e-gas to describe synthetically produced CNG that is made out of water and CO from renewable power generation’s excess current. e-gas is ideal for making renewable power usable for the transport sector and for storing it. It is in practical terms a partner in the switch to renewable forms of energy.
Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-IP | Phase: NMP-2007-1.3-1 | Award Amount: 12.28M | Year: 2009
Due to their unique properties, engineered nanoparticles (ENP) are now used for a myriad of novel applications with great economic and technological importance. However, some of these properties, especially their surface reactivity, have raised health concerns, which have prompted scientists, regulators, and industry to seek consensus protocols for the safe production and use of the different forms of ENP. There is currently a shortage of field-worthy, cost-effective ways - especially in real time - for reliable assessment of exposure levels to ENP in workplace air. In addition to the problems with the size distribution, a major uncertainty in the safety assessment of airborne ENP arises from the lack of knowledge of their physical and chemical properties, and the levels of exposure. A special challenge of ENP monitoring is to separate ubiquitous background nanoparticles from different sources from the ENP. Here the main project goal is to develop innovative concepts and reliable methods for characterizing ENP in workplace air with novel, portable and easy-to-use devices suitable for workplaces. Additional research objectives are (1) identification of relevant physico-chemical properties and metrics of airborne ENP; establishment of reference materials; (2) exploring the association between physico-chemical and toxicological properties of ENP; (3) analyzing industrial processes as a source of ENP in workplace air; (4) developing methods for calibration and testing of the novel devices in real and simulated exposure situations; and (5) dissemination of the research results to promote the safe use of ENP through guidance, standards and education, implementing of safety objectives in ENP production and handling, and promotion of safety related collaborations through an international nanosafety platform.
Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: RIA | Phase: GV-02-2016 | Award Amount: 3.75M | Year: 2016
The PEMs4Nano project (P4N) addresses the development (based on current direct injection gasoline engines) of measurement procedures down to 10nm, providing a contribution to future regulation on particle emissions, in particular in real driving conditions. The activities planned in the project will also support the understanding, measurement and regulation of particle emissions below 23 nm (with the threshold of at least 10 nm). Societal concerns for the environment include both fuel consumption and noxious emissions, as well as the awareness that meeting CO2-goals with newest technologies may also lead to the emission of smaller nanoparticles that are undetected by current certification procedures. Hence P4N has the goal to develop measurement procedures that are robust and reliable for both the development of the new engine technologies, as well as serving as a solid basis for new regulations. This has the advantage of establishing a solid content link between development activities and regulation. Two complementary measurement systems will be optimized for use in the development laboratory and for mobile testing based on current technologies. Given the numerous parameters associated with the engine (combustion and exhaust systems) technologies and measurement procedures; physico-chemical and data-driven simulations combined with optimization is proposed to establish valuable correlations between measurements made in the development laboratory and thus finally those measured on the road. PEMs4nano thus proposes a two path approach that connects tailpipe measurements with the origin and the evolution of the particles, resulting in a seamless approach from the laboratory to the field test capabilities. Investigations of particle characteristics (incl.composition, size and morphology) and their influence on successful measurements will also be carried out using various load profiles that make up real-driving to validate the application of the measurement procedure