Author: Rich Novicky

Study: Copper Surfaces on Athletic Equipment Reduce Bacteria by 94 Percent

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Research released by the Grinnell College Department of Biology concludes that the use of copper alloys on high-touch athletic center surfaces lowered bacteria count by an average of 94 percent. The Grinnell study, published in October by the American Journal of Infection Control, looked at the effect of using copper on commonly-used pieces of equipment, including four types of weights (dumbbells, barbells, kettlebells, and specialty dumbbells) and three types of attachments (grips, lat-pulldowns, and low-rows). Staphylococcus was the most common type of bacteria found on surfaces that the research team tested. In recent years, a virulent form of this bacteria, MRSA, was discovered to have infected players in professional, collegiate and secondary school team sports. Athletic facilities at Villanova, Purdue, Bellarmine, and others are now using weights made with CuVerro® copper to help ensure the health of athletes. The study found that dumbbells were by the far the “dirtiest” pieces of equipment tested at the new Grinnell College Fitness Center, a popular health facility for students, athletes, and faculty in Grinnell, Iowa. “Our study highlights the ability of athletic surfaces to serve as reservoirs of bacteria,” according to Associate Professor of Biology Dr. Shannon M. Hinsa-Leasure, who led the research. Copper’s ability to kill bacteria 24/7 is “useful for continuous hygiene maintenance.” “Using copper alloys on high touch surfaces, combined with other standard cleaning procedures, could help lessen...

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Bodkin Design Manufactures OEM Blackbody Components for Marvin Test Solutions

The complete testing of optically-guided weapons is a complex matter that requires a device to simulate either a stationary or moving target. Target simulation ensures that an optical seeker can track and terminally guide a weapon to the target, and it is a specialty of Marvin Test Solutions, a vertically integrated aerospace and test measurement company that makes test equipment in support of major defense aircraft and munitions around the world.

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PSI East Expands In-House EMI and RFI Shielding Capabilities

WOLFEBORO, N.H.—PSI Molded Plastics East, a specialist in large-to-medium, complex molded products, recently added a new mechanized production paint line that significantly expands its in-house electromagnetic interference (EMI) and radio frequency interference (RFI) shielding capabilities, the company said in a press release. With its paint line, PSI East (www.psimp.com/psi-east.html) applies a copper shielding emulsion onto plastic molded parts to eliminate EMI/RFI penetration that could disrupt sensitive components and circuits in electronic equipment and potentially throw off instrument calibration. The shielding is also used to eliminate emissions from healthcare instruments that could interfere with other patient care equipment and affect patient safety, the company said. By running two shifts per day, five days a week, PSI East’s paint operation can accommodate customers’ increased throughput. The new 9,000-square-foot paint facility enables the company to apply shielding to parts as large as four feet by five feet on a controlled, mechanized line. The line has four drafted booths for priming, painting, coating, and texturing operations, along with an in-line convection oven. PSI East can apply spray-on EMI and RFI shielding onto most substrates. Conductive spray-on material is a more cost-effective option than large, heavy sheet metal liners or sheet metal enclosure doors, the company said. Spray-on shielding reduces the number of parts used on instruments, eliminating the cost of a box within a box and associated attachment parts. This, in turn, reduces...

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Steelhead Composites Announces AS9100 Certification

Steelhead Composites, a provider of composite overwrapped pressure vessels and composite structures, recently announced that its quality management system has earned AS9100:2016 (Rev. D) certification for design, manufacture, selling, and distribution of composite overwrapped pressure vessels for aviation, space, and defense activities.

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Augustine Die & Mold Achieves AS9100 Rev. D Certification

SOMERSET, Pa.—Augustine Die & Mold, Inc. (ADM) has achieved AS9100 Rev. D certification for its Somerset, Pennsylvania manufacturing plant. AS9100 Rev. D is the most recent quality management system (QMS) standard for the aviation, space, and defense industry. AS9100 is based on the ISO 9001 quality management system and supported by the International Aerospace Quality Group. Augustine Die & Mold (www.amoldinc.com) offers precision machining, specializing in aerospace and defense applications, in addition to design, manufacturing, and repair of tooling in the plastics industry. The company achieved AS9100 Rev. D certification after an extensive analysis of its quality systems by BSI Group America, and is reported to be one of the region’s first companies to obtain the certification. “ADM’s certification is a significant accomplishment and they are to be recognized for their efforts to instill quality throughout the production process and the organization as a whole,” stated Todd VanderVen, president of BSI Group America, in a press release. According to ADM’s founder and chairman, Tony Augustine, AS9100 Rev. D is a crucial achievement for the company’s future. “It not only demonstrates our commitment to quality, but also a commitment to our clients in the aerospace and defense markets,” he said in a statement. James Brown, president and CEO of ADM, said that ADM “has always strived to take a leadership position in quality-based manufacturing,” ensuring the company’s “commitment to supply...

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