This awesome handlebar bag from Route Werks was fully funded in 6 hours

first_imgAs with any Kickstarter project, there is some risk to backing it. However, the reward for trusting that Route Werks will deliver the bags on time in January, 2021, is that you can pick up one of the bags for a discount. Planned MSRP for the Handlebar Bag will start at $179, while the current lowest Kickstarter price is $127 for the bag and a 31.8mm bike mount.Handlebar Bags will be offered in your choice of black or green and there is also an optional matching saddle bag included for a higher pledge. The small bag includes a waterproof zipper, and a .4L capacity and weighs 40g. The bag is fairly narrow at 145 x 235 x 153mm so it fits well between narrow drop bars and still looks like it would provide plenty of room for the movement of shift levers. But thanks to its depth, it still offers 3.2L of storage in a 648g (1.5lb) package. The maximum carry weight is 4kg (9lb), which should offer the ability to haul most of what you’d ever carry in a handlebar bag.Note that while all the photos show the bag mounted to dropbars, it seems like this would also work well on flat bars, if you have a flat bar commuter, gravel, or road set up.Inside, there are storage dividers made from ripstop nylon, and the outside is made from 500D cordura fabric for a water resistant construction. Additional storage is offered with exterior pockets on the side, plus shock cords to strap down things like an extra layer. I know, I know. Kickstarter, right? Often, crowdfunding gives us a glimpse of truly WTF products (The Babymaker e-bike??). But every once in a while, crowdfunding works in the way it was intended – launching a new brand to the masses with a unique new product. That seems to be the case with Route Werks and their new handlebar bag. Apparently two years in the making, this take on the humble bar bag offers a number of clever features – which makes it clear why it was fully funded in just six hours.There’s a lot going on with the bag, but we’ll start with what Route Werks refers to as their customizeable dashboard. The rigid bag top has a built-in Tech Mount which is compatible with Quad Lock, K-Edge, and Barfly adapters giving you a huge range of options for what can be mounted on top. Phones, cameras, GPS units, even lights – although the bag also has threaded M5 accessory mounts on the side which are the ideal place for a light or bell.The rigid polycarbonate top allows you to open the bag away from you while riding, and the integrated stop will keep whatever is mounted on top from smashing into the front of the bag. The latch to open the bag is spring loaded making it super easy to access the contents mid-pedal. Mounted to the handlebar with a rigid bracket, the bag won’t put any pressure on your cables, sag or bounce, or rub on the frame. There’s also a locking on/off lever for easy removal and installation of the bag. Note that the included mount is for 31.8mm bars only. Route Werks says that they will have custom shims with a matching finish available to fit smaller bars, but they are also planning to have dedicated Bike Mount adapters for other sizes in the future.When you’re not riding, you can take the bag with you using the minimalist integrated shoulder strap.last_img read more

NEK logger models responsible forestry with small-scale, low-impact logging

first_imgLog forwarder “Ingrid” allows Joel to selectively harvest trees with minimal damage to the surrounding forest, part of his family’s commitment to sustainable forestry practices. Photo by Erica Houskeeperby Christine McGowan, Forest Program Director, Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund “Good forestry equipment does not have to be big and heavy,” says Joel Currier, owner of Currier Forest Products (link is external)in Danville, Vermont. “There are big operations doing good work in Vermont, but for my purposes Ingrid is the right size and has much less impact on the forest floor.”Ingrid, named after the Swedish beauty Ingrid Bergman, is a Vimek 610 forwarder that Joel brought over from Sweden. Smaller and lighter than traditional logging equipment, Ingrid allows Joel to selectively harvest trees with minimal damage to the surrounding forest, part of his family’s commitment to sustainable forestry practices.Responsible forestry on a working landscape“I’m the fifth generation to work this farm,” says Joel, “and my son and daughter are the sixth. Modeling sustainable behavior in all that we do is our mission and our legacy.” This commitment led Joel to Elmia Wood, the world’s largest forestry fair, in Sweden more than a decade ago. The “live” fair invites professionals from all over the world to see new technologies and innovations in forestry at work on a 131,000 square meter demonstration area. In between the all-terrain logging trucks and new harvester machines, Joel discovered Ingrid, a relatively light forwarder. “She doesn’t quite walk on water,” said Joel, “but at 12,000 vs. 60,000 pounds, she has much less impact on the forest floor.”That lighter touch suits Currier Forest Products in more ways than one. In addition to allowing for more selective cutting, Ingrid enables Joel to work his 500-acre forest year round. Most logging happens in the winter months when the ground is frozen to minimize damage and erosion, but with Ingrid, Joel can work in the woods in any season. “She can even harvest cedar stands in wet areas in April and May,” said Joel.His approach to logging appealed to Lucy Labadie, a senior at UVM majoring in Environmental Studies with a minor in forestry, for whom Joel has become an unofficial mentor. “Land conservation can only succeed when we understand the people who depend on the land to make a living,” said Lucy. “It’s inspiring to work with someone like Joel, who depends on the forest for his livelihood and understands the deep importance of good stewardship. The use of low-impact logging equipment like the Vimek 610 forwarder is not a small investment, but he knows he is doing right by his forest. His clientele understands that good logging practices go hand in hand with sustainable forestry.”Finding niche markets for small scale loggingWhile Ingrid’s size and capabilities may not work for larger-scale logging operations, Joel has found a niche market supplying long timbers, up to 60 feet long, for restoration projects in Vermont and New England. “When a town is restoring a meeting house or covered bridge, they often need long timbers that are historically in line with what would have been used 100 years ago. We can provide locally harvested 60 foot pine, spruce or hemlock logs that will preserve the historical integrity of the project.” Joel points to the schooner, Lois McClure, a replica of the 1862 canal boats that traversed Lake Champlain in the 19th century, as another example. Currier Forest Products provided the masts for the boat back in 2004. They also supply wood for timber framing and to local luthiers for making violins and guitars.In addition, Joel has discovered a market in Vermont for small-scale, low impact clearing. This spring, Joel partnered with UVM to work with a graduate student studying forest resiliency and climate change. Working with the director of forestry at UVM, Joel brought Ingrid in to clear nine plots, each 110 feet in diameter. UVM will be planting 12 warmer climate species in these plots to study their viability in Vermont over the next 50 years. “Ingrid was perfect for this job,” said Joel. “We cleared the areas without having to bring in a grapple skidder, which would have required a much broader stroke. Small is still beautiful.”Joel makes a point to note that machines like Ingrid won’t work for every situation, but also that there are a number of loggers in Vermont experimenting with smaller scale machinery. “It depends on the county and the landowner’s vision for the forest,” he said. “Everyone sees something different when they walk through a forest. Some see tables, others wildlife habitat. Some see trails, while others see timber. Vermont forests provide all kinds of products and experiences, and they can be managed to meet all of those needs if we are deliberate in our management and open to new ways of doing things.”Vermont Forest Industry NetworkThe Working Lands Enterprise Board Forestry Committee and the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund will host the First Annual Vermont Forest Industry Summit (link is external)on June 28-29 at Burke Mountain Resort. Vermont’s forest products industry generates an annual economic output of $1.5 billion and supports 10,000 jobs in forestry, logging, processing, specialty woodworking, construction and wood heating. The new Vermont Forest Industry Network creates the space for industry professionals from across the entire supply chain and trade association partners throughout the state to build stronger relationships and collaboration throughout the industry, including helping to promote new and existing markets for Vermont wood products, from high quality furniture to construction material to thermal biomass products such as chips and pellets.For more information please visit is external).last_img read more

CTOUCH Introduces New Collaboration Solutions

first_imgCTOUCH just introduced two new collaboration solutions to the corporate market, the CTOUCH For Teams Go and For Teams Talk. Both solutions bring interactivity and engagement into offices spaces, meeting rooms and board rooms.CTOUCH For Teams Go and CTOUCH For Teams Talk is for companies that are using Microsoft Office 365 and Microsoft Teams environment in their office spaces. With CTOUCH For Teams Go, you stay connected with colleagues and collaborate simultaneously on a digital whiteboard or in Office 365 documents. Need videoconferencing functionality as well? With CTOUCH For Teams Talk you have it all. People working from home can see everyone in the meeting room, while everyone in the office can see the remote workers on the big screen. CTOUCH For Teams solutions are efficient, secure and full of engagement.Here are the details: www.ctouch.eulast_img read more

Parents Urged Again to Limit TV for Youngest

first_imgThe New York Times:Parents of infants and toddlers should limit the time their children spend in front of televisions, computers, self-described educational games and even grown-up shows playing in the background, the American Academy of Pediatrics warned on Tuesday. Video screen time provides no educational benefits for children under age 2 and leaves less room for activities that do, like interacting with other people and playing, the group said.The recommendation, announced at the group’s annual convention in Boston, is less stringent than its first such warning, in 1999, which called on parents of young children to all but ban television watching for children under 2 and to fill out a “media history” for doctor’s office visits. But it also makes clear that there is no such thing as an educational program for such young children, and that leaving the TV on as background noise, as many households do, distracts both children and adults.“We felt it was time to revisit this issue because video screens are everywhere now, and the message is much more relevant today that it was a decade ago,” said Dr. Ari Brown, a pediatrician in Austin, Tex., and the lead author of the academy’s policy, which appears in the current issue of the journal Pediatrics.Read the whole story: The New York Times More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

ASP Scan (Weekly) for Apr 06, 2018

first_imgOur weekly wrap-up of antimicrobial stewardship & antimicrobial resistance scansEnglish health officials issue written warning about antibiotic prescribingEngland’s chief medical officer has sent letters to more than 8,000 general practitioners (GPs) telling them that they’re overprescribing antibiotics, according to a report today in Pulse, a UK medical publication.The letters were targeted to all GPs in the top 20% of antibiotic prescribing, as well as GPs in practices where prescribing rates have increased every year by more than 4%. Public Health England (PHE) has sent letters to practices in the top 20% of prescribing in previous years, as part of a campaign to reduce inappropriate antibiotic prescribing.”These annual letters are designed to support and encourage practice-based stewardship, as we know antimicrobial resistance is an issue of serious concern,” a PHE spokesperson told Pulse. “We hope that the letters will respectfully support GPs to improve their antibiotic stewardship.”Recent PHE research found that at least 20% of all antibiotics prescribed in English primary care could be classified as inappropriate. The British government has called for cutting the amount of inappropriate prescribing by GPs in half by 2020. Apr 6 Pulse storyFeb 28 CIDRAP News story “UK study deems 20% of primary care antibiotics inappropriate”  Study finds racial disparities in invasive MRSA incidence remainOriginally published by CIDRAP News Apr 5A study today in Clinical Infectious Diseases shows that while rates of healthcare-associated methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) have decreased in the United States, racial disparities in MRSA rates have not changed.In the study, researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and elsewhere analyzed 2005-2014 surveillance data from nine states collected by the CDC’s Emerging Infections Program to determine whether reductions in invasive MRSA incidence affected racial disparities in rates. Previous research has consistently documented higher rates of MRSA infections among blacks compared to whites across age groups, but the reasons for this disparity remain unclear.Case classification included hospital-onset (HO), healthcare-associated hospital-onset (HACO), or community-associated MRSA. Negative binomial regression models evaluated the adjusted rate ratio (aRR) of MRSA in black patients (versus white patients), controlling for age, sex, and temporal trends.The analysis found that despite substantial decreases in HO and HACO (but not CA) MRSA incidence from 2005 through 2014, the racial disparities did not decline. When adjusted for age, sex, and year, blacks had higher rates for HO MRSA (aRR: 3.20), HACO MRSA (aRR: 3.84), and CA MRSA (aRR: 2.78) incidence, with no significant change in the aRR over time.”In summary, blacks continue to have a 2-3 times higher incidence rate of healthcare-associated invasive MRSA despite significant decreases in overall disease rates from 2005-2014,” the authors write. “Eliminating racial disparities will require improved understanding of the determinants underlying these disparities, as well as prevention strategies to address those determinants.”Apr 5 Clin Infect Dis study ESBL Klebsiella found more harmful than ESBL E coliOriginally published by CIDRAP News Apr 5A study today in Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology found that bloodstream infections caused by extended-spectrum beta-lactamase-producing Klebsiella pneumoniae (ESBL-KP) lead to more severe clinical symptoms and higher death rates than bloodstream infections caused by ESBL-producing Escherichia coli (ESBL-EC).A large international group of researchers analyzed data on 687 patients with ESBL-EC bloodstream infections and 222 with ESBL-KP bloodstream infections. ESBL-KP was associated with intensive care unit stay, cardiovascular and neurologic comorbidities, length of hospital stay greater than14 days, and a nonurinary source, while ESBL-EC was not.The investigators also discovered a 33.7% 30-day mortality rate in the ESBL-KP patients, compared with 17.4% in ESBL-EC patients. They noted that CTX-M was the most common ESBL subtype—occurring in 76% of isolates tested—but it was not tied to differences in clinical outcome or death.The authors concluded, “All ESBL-producing Enterobacteriaceae should not be considered a homogeneous group.”Apr 5 Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol abstract Defensive medicine found common when prescribing antibioticsOriginally published by CIDRAP News Apr 4A study group with the European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ESCMID) reports that 45% of specialists in infectious diseases and clinical microbiology sometimes worried and 29% often worried about malpractice implications when prescribing or advising on antibiotic prescriptions, and 85% reported defensive behaviors when prescribing, according to a study today in the Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy.The experts report on their experience with AntibioLegalMap, an international Internet-based survey targeting those two specialties. The survey included 830 professionals in 74 countries.When asked about the fear of liability, 164 of 774 respondents (21.2%) said they never worried, 349 of 774 (45.1%) sometimes worried, and 221 of 774 (28.6%) frequently worried when prescribing or advising on antibiotic prescriptions. Being female, 35 years or younger, and aware of previous cases of litigation were independently associated with such concerns.In addition, 525 of 618 respondents (85.0%) reported some defensive behavior in antibiotic prescribing and 505 of 661 (76.4%) reported defensive behaviors in advising. The preferred measures to reduce fear and defensive behaviors were having local guidelines and sharing decisions through teamwork, the scientists reported.Apr 4 J Antimicrob Chemother abstract Diagnostic stewardship tied to lower hospital rates of Clostridium difficileOriginally published by CIDRAP News Apr 4A new study in Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology describes how University of California-Los Angeles researchers achieved a two-fold reduction of Clostridium difficile rates after implementing diagnostic stewardship and provider education programs.The study took place over a 12-month period at the Los Angeles County and University of Southern California Medical Center. The stewardship program began with provider education on how to properly collect and include stool samples as diagnostic criteria.Before the program was implemented, researchers found that more than 50% of admitted patients with positive C difficile tests lacked symptoms of colitis and had at least one confounding factor at the time of stool collection, such as laxative use. The rate of false-positives was estimated to be 70%. This is because a positive C difficile NAAT does not distinguish between infection and colonization, the authors said.The hospital implemented a two-step C difficile testing program that required a confirmatory test with a toxin-specific enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) assay after a positive C difficilenucleic acid amplification tests (NAAT).”Starting in January 2017, after implementing the diagnostic and education interventions, the average number of tests ordered fell to 85 per month (a 43% reduction), of which 7 per month were positive (36% reduction),” the authors said.C difficile infections are the most common healthcare-associated infections in the United States, resulting in 44,500 deaths and $5.4 billion in healthcare expenses.Apr 3 Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol study Study finds high antimicrobial resistance levels in Cambodian kidsOriginally published by CIDRAP News Apr 4A 9-year analysis of bacteria samples from hospitalized children in Cambodia found high rates of antibiotic resistance, especially among gram-negative organisms, an international research group reported yesterday in Emerging Infectious Diseases.The samples were from Angkor Hospital for Children in Siem Reap. From 39,050 bacterial cultures collected from 2007 to 2016, they identified 1,371 target pathogens. Multidrug-resistance rates were 82% each for E coli and K pneumoniae. In addition, 62.1% of K pneumoniae isolates and 47.2% of E coli isolates were resistant to ampicillin and gentamicin. Third-generation cephalosporin resistance was seen in 78.8% of K pneumoniae, 49.5% of E coli, and 93.3% of Acinetobacter baumannii isolates.For Salmonella, the team found that resistance patterns varied by subtype, with the proportion highest for Salmonella Typhi—85% of them fluoroquinolone and multidrug resistant—and lowest for Salmonella Paratyphi A, of which only 22.7% were resistant to fluoroquinolone or other drugs.The researchers found that resistant K pneumoniae was more common in infants, which they said might be the result of acquisition of gram-negative organisms from hospital surfaces. And Salmonella Typhi was more often resistant in kids younger than age 5, which the team said could be related to their exposure to more antimicrobial drugs.In patients who had community-associated gram-negative bacteremia, resistance to third-generation cephalosporins was associated with more deaths, intensive care unit admissions, and a 2.26-fold greater healthcare costs in survivors.The team concluded that the surveillance findings fill a gap in the understanding of antimicrobial resistance in Cambodian kids and shows that tracking the patterns is feasible in similar low-resource settings.Apr 3 Emerg Infect Dis study Surveillance network finds more evidence for global spread of MCR geneOriginally published by CIDRAP News Apr 3Tests on clinical samples collected from a large global antimicrobial resistance surveillance network confirmed the worldwide spread of the colistin-resistance gene MCR, a research team based at the International Health Management Associates in Schaumberg, Ill., reported yesterday in PLoS One.The samples are from the International Network for Optimal Resistance Monitoring (INFORM), which monitors antimicrobial resistance to pathogens isolated from a number of anatomic sites. From 2014 to 2016 the system collected 44,407 Enterobacteriaceae isolates from 39 countries in Europe, the Asia-Pacific region, Latin America, the Middle East, Africa, and the United States.The group screened a subset of 908 colistin-resistant Enterobacteriaceae isolates for MCR-1, MCR-2, MCR-3, MCR-4, and MCR-5 genes, which came from 15 different countries. Of the collection, 3.2% (29) were positive for MCR: 27 E coli, 1 K pneumoniae, and 1 Enterobacter cloacae. Of the group, 24 had the MCR-1 gene, with 1 containing MCR-1.2 and 1 containing MCR-1.5. The researchers found MCR-3 genes in 4 isolates from Thailand, 3 that contained MCR-3.1 and 1 that contained MCR-3.2. And finally, they found the newly identified MCR-5 gene in an E coli sample isolated from a patient in Colombia who had a urinary tract infection, expanding its known host and geographic range.They didn’t find any coexistence of MCR with any carbapenemase genes. Testing of the full group against a set of microbial agents found that ceftazidime-avibactam and tigecycline showed the highest antimicrobial activity.Apr 2 PLoS One study CARB-X awards $1.7 million for drug-resistance rapid test for bloodOriginally published by CIDRAP News Apr 3In an effort to change the way drug-resistant infections in the blood are diagnosed and treated, CARB-X today awarded California-based Specific Diagnostics up to $1.7 million to develop its antibiotic susceptibility testing (AST) system, with an option of $1.7 million more if the company meets certain milestones. CARB-X, a public-private collaboration that supports companies to combat antimicrobial resistance, announced the award in a news release.Specific’s system is designed to quickly detect volatile molecules that are the first sign of bacterial growth in blood, then determine which antibiotic to use. According to the statement, the test can determine susceptibility and identify resistant organisms within 4 hours of a positive blood sample.Kevin Outterson, JD, executive director of CARB-X, said in the statement that Specific Diagnostic’s project is an example of cutting-edge technology that could speed up and change the way life-threatening infections are diagnosed.Paul Rhodes, PhD, chief executive officer of Specific, said his company is honored by the CARB-X award. “Our new instrument determines phenotypic antibiotic susceptibility with[in] hours of blood infection, and CARB-X’s support affirms the importance of that capability and helps us bring it to clinics around the globe for evaluation in 2018.”The latest CARB-X award is the fourth targeted to a diagnostic testing product. So far, CARB-X—with funding from Wellcome Trust and the US government—has announced support for 29 projects in seven countries totaling $75.6 million, plus $90.7 million more if companies meet their milestones.Apr 3 CARB-X news release Antibiotics, acid suppressors early in life may increase kids’ allergiesOriginally published by CIDRAP News Apr 3The use of antibiotics or acid-suppressing drugs in the first 6 months of life was associated with an increased risk of developing allergies later in childhood, according to a large study published yesterday in JAMA Pediatrics.Researchers with the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Md., analyzed data on 792,130 children born from October 2001 through September 2013 who were enrolled in the U.S. military health system until at least 1 year old.The scientists determined that, for infants 6 months old and younger who were prescribed antibiotics, the adjusted hazard ratios (aHRs) later in childhood were 2.09 for asthma, 1.74 for allergic rhinitis, 1.51 for anaphylaxis, and 1.42 for allergic conjunctivitis. This means the risk was raised from 42% for allergic conjunctivitis—and it more than doubled the risk of asthma—compared with children who hadn’t been prescribed antibiotics early in life.For two common acid-suppressing medications, aHRs were 2.18 and 2.59 for food allergy, 1.70 and 1.84 for medication allergy, 1.51 and 1.45 for anaphylaxis, 1.50 and 1.44 for allergic rhinitis, and 1.25 and 1.41 for asthma.It is possible that antibiotics or acid-suppressing medicines were prescribed to infants for allergic diseases that were misdiagnosed, although the authors said they doubt this can explain all their findings, according to a JAMA Pediatrics news release. The authors conclude in the study, “Acid-suppressive medications and antibiotics should be used during infancy only in situations of clear clinical benefit.”Apr 2 JAMA Pediatr studyApr 2 JAMA Pediatr news releaselast_img read more

US measles cases top 1,200 as UK loses ‘measles free’ status

first_imgWith 21 new cases recorded in the past week, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today reported that 2019 measles totals rose to 1,203 in 30 states.The number of people who have been hospitalized this year due to measles in the United States remains at 124, with 64 people having reported complications, including pneumonia and encephalitis.The CDC is currently tracking six outbreaks (defined as three or more cases) in Texas, California, Washington state, and three separate outbreaks among religions communities in New York state. More than 75% of the cases this year are linked to outbreaks in New York state and New York City, the CDC said.The largest outbreak is in the Orthodox Jewish community of Brooklyn and Queens. As of Aug 12 the New York City Department of Health (NYC Health) confirmed 653 since September of 2018.That outbreak, like most that have occurred in the United States this year, has been linked to infected travelers from the Ukraine and Israel. A large measles outbreak in the Philippines has also been behind some US infections.UK loses measles-free statusIn other measles news, the World Health Organization (WHO) stripped the United Kingdom of its measles-free status, just 2 years after the country earned the designation.Public Health England (PHE) said today the WHO determined that measles transmission was re-established throughout the UK after 2018 saw 991 confirmed cases in England and Wales—double the number of cases recorded in 2017. The same strain of measles virus was also detected in 2017 and 2018, which connotes established virus transmission, PHE said.”While coverage of the first dose in the UK has reached the WHO target of 95% for children aged five, coverage of the second dose is at 87.4%,” PHE said in a blog post, referring to the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine. MMR vaccine coverage must be at 95% for both doses, as measles is highly infectious, and even one infected person can start an outbreak among vulnerable populations.PHE cited concurrent outbreaks in European countries, and the risk posed by unvaccinated travelers, as the main reason for the UK resurgence.The UK’s National Health Service (NHS) began routine measles immunization in 1968, and public trust in the NHS’s vaccine program is at an all-time high, PHE said. Still, the NHS is mandating checks on vaccination status, including checking on the MMR vaccine status of 10- and 11-year-olds at general practitioner appointments.”Losing the elimination status is a stark reminder of how important it is that every eligible person gets vaccinated. It provides an opportunity to raise awareness of the potential risks posed by measles, the importance of vaccination and timely reporting of suspected cases to limit further spread,” PHE said.Last week, the WHO announced that the first 6 months of 2019 produced more measles cases than any year since 2006.”There have been almost three times as many cases reported to date in 2019 as there were at this same time last year,” the WHO said at the time. “This follows successive yearly increases since 2016, indicating a concerning and continuing upsurge in the overall measles burden worldwide.”Countries reporting the most measles activity are Ukraine, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Madagascar.See also:Aug 19 CDC updateAug 12 NYC Health updateAug 19 PHE blogAug 12 CIDRAP News story “Global measles outbreaks make 2019 a record-setting year”last_img read more

Johnson Controls Promotes Two Executives In Its Automotive Business

first_imgPLYMOUTH, MI — Johnson Controls has appointed two top executives to new leadership positions within its automotive group, which is one of the world’s largest suppliers of automotive interiors and batteries. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Byron Foster has been appointed group vice president and general manager, customer business units — North America. In this post, he will oversee Johnson Controls’ automotive interiors business serving North American-based customers, including the Chrysler Group of DaimlerChrysler, Ford and General Motors. He will report to Brian Kesseler, group vice president and general manager, North America, and will be based at Johnson Controls’ Plymouth, Mich., technical campus. During the past year, Foster served as group vice president and general manager, planning — North America. Prior to that, he was vice president and general manager of the SLI (starting, lighting and ignition) battery business; managing director, Mercedes-Benz Business Unit; plant manager at a Belcamp, Maryland seat manufacturing facility; and director of strategic planning. Prior to joining Johnson Controls, Foster was a senior associate with Booz Allen and Hamilton. Carolyn Woznicki has been appointed vice president of purchasing — North America. In this role, she has the responsibility of leading purchasing activities within the region. She will also report to Kesseler and will be based in the Plymouth office. In 2004, Woznicki served as vice president, customer business unit (CBU) strategies. She was responsible for managing CBU strategy and CBU global change initiatives. Prior to that she was vice president and general manager of the company’s Ford Business Unit — North America; managing director in the company’s DaimlerChrysler Business Unit, and executive director of purchasing in the General Motors Business Unit. Prior to joining Johnson Controls in 1998, Woznicki spent 18 years at General Motors working in a variety of positions. Advertisement According to the company these two new assignments are part of Johnson Controls’ efforts to realign resources for enhanced customer service. For more information about Johnson Controls, go to: _______________________________________ Click here to view the rest of today’s headlines.last_img read more

Ron Hundzinski To Join Tenneco As Executive Vice President, Finance

first_imgTenneco Inc. announced today the appointment of Ron Hundzinski as executive vice president of finance, effective Jan. 1, 2019. Hundzinski will report to Roger Wood, Tenneco co-CEO. Hundzinski recently announced his retirement as chief financial officer (CFO) at BorgWarner Inc., effective Dec. 31.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisementUpon completion of all required steps and related board approvals to spin off the new aftermarket ride performance company (the SpinCo) in 2019, it is expected that Hundzinski will serve as the executive vice president and CFO of Tenneco.“I’m very pleased to welcome Ron to Tenneco,” said Wood. “His financial expertise, leadership skills and deep experience in the powertrain industry will bring a unique and valuable perspective to our management team. I’m excited to work together with Ron as we combine Tenneco’s Clean Air business with the recently acquired Federal-Mogul Powertrain businesses into a new company committed to making the world’s engines cleaner and more efficient.”Hundzinski has served as CFO and executive vice president of BorgWarner Inc. since 2012. During his 13-year career with BorgWarner, he held a range of finance leadership positions including treasurer, principal accounting officer and vice president of finance for the BorgWarner Turbo Systems business.Prior to joining BorgWarner, Hundzinski held leadership positions in finance at Emerson Electric, GKN and Meridian Automotive. He has been an independent director of Gentherm Inc. since 2016. He holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from Western Michigan University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Colorado–Boulder.AdvertisementJason Hollar will continue to serve as executive vice president and CFO of Tenneco until the spinoff and is expected to serve as the executive vice president and CFO of the SpinCo.last_img read more

Iwatani’s central research laboratory opens

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Heavy lift upgrades pave the way to Mars

first_imgThe upgraded machine will not only give the crawler a longer operational life, but will be able to transport the heavier components that make up the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket – the primary launch vehicle of NASA’s deep space exploration plans, including the lunar flights of the Artemis programme and a possible human mission to Mars.Last week, the crawler (CT-2) moved the launch tower of the SLS to the launch pad for testing.Recent modifications to the crawler include redesigned and upgraded roller bearings, removal and replacement of the existing bearings with a new assembly that can carry a greater load, and an improved lubrication system.The crawler (CT-2) will carry the mobile launcher with the SLS atop from the vehicle assembly building (VAB) to launch pad 39B. The crawler has four reinforced pickup points on its surface that secure into place underneath the mobile launcher to carry it to the pad.www.nasa.govlast_img read more