VMAC Adds New Mechanical Engineer to R&D Team

first_imgWith more than 20 years of experience across multiple industries and functional areas, deMoulpied has particular expertise in organizations with complex technical products. Combined, his prior positions have required a spectrum of skills in corporate strategy, operations improvement, product quality, and revenue cycle management. He has an impressive history of utilizing data driven problem solving (Lean Six Sigma) and project management (PMP and CSM) to achieve strategic goals surrounding customer satisfaction, operational efficiency and improved profit.  DeMoulpied has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Dayton in Marketing and International Business. He served six years with the USAF overseeing the development of technology used on fighter aircraft and the E-3 Surveillance aircraft, finishing his career honorably as Captain. DeMoulpied comes to LSI from the Private Client Services practice of Ernst & Young where he managed strategy & operations improvement engagements for privately held client businesses. Some of his prior roles include VP of strategic development, director of strategic initiatives, and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at OptumHealth, UnitedHealth Group’s health services business, as well as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at General Electric, where he applied operations improvement principles to customer service, supply chain and product development. A successful entrepreneur, deMoulpied is also the founder of PrestoFresh, a Cleveland-based e-commerce food/grocery business.  LSI President Brett Tennar says, “Steve’s success in developing operational strategies that improves the bottom line, builds teamwork, reduces waste and ensures quality product development and distribution checks many of the boxes of what we were looking for in a COO. This, coupled with his career in the Air Force working with highly technical systems and his in-depth understanding of Lean Six Sigma and Business Process Management sealed our offer. As our tagline states, our products are Powered by Science. This data driven approach is one reason why our company has grown exponentially as we employ the most advanced technology to product development. I am confident that Steve is the right person to drive operational strategy for our diverse and growing brands.” Advertisement NANAIMO, B.C. – VMAC, manufacturer of compact air compressor systems for the mobile-mechanic, tire service, utilities and construction industries, has appointed a new mechanical engineer to its research and development department: Mike Cummings, a mechanical engineering graduate from the University of Victoria.   Prior to completing his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, Cummings completed the Mechanical Engineering Technology program and the Bridge Program from Camosun College. His final design projects included a single-man hovercraft using a Rotax snowmobile engine and an autonomous walking robot capable of navigating through a course.     Cummings’ engineering background includes Mechanical Design Technologist (Marine) for advanced wastewater treatment system installations on cruise ships sailing to Alaska, the Mediterranean and Panama. He also has years of experience in metal fabrication, machining processes and sheet metal, all of which applied to manufacturing of brewery systems, ASME pressure vessels, processing equipment and wastewater and water treatment. Cummings is passionate about dirt biking and, in his free time, works on his own motorcycle and has rebuilt motors.   In his new role at VMAC, Cummings will focus on new product development. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement,Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI), manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret brand of performance additives and oils, recently announced the expansion of senior leadership. Steve deMoulpied joins LSI as the company’s chief operating officer (COO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisementlast_img read more

National Drug Takeback Day

first_imgSouthampton Town is participating in the federal Drug Enforcement Agency’s National Drug Take Back Day Saturday, April 27.Because unused medications that are not disposed of can end up in the hands of the most vulnerable populations, like children, and flushing medications down a toilet could ultimately result in them entering the aquifer and polluting the drinking water, the town is hosting takebacks through its police department at three separate locations to help keep the community safe and clean.According to a 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, six million Americans misused controlled prescription drugs that year. The study shows that most abused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet. The DEA’s Take Back Day events provide an opportunity for Americans to prevent drug addiction and overdose deaths.Collection sites will be at Hampton Bays Community Center, 25 Ponquogue Avenue, Hampton Bays; Flanders Community Center, 655 Flanders Road, Flanders; and Southampton Town Police Substation at the Bridgehampton Commons, 2044 Montauk Highway, Bridgehampton, from 10 AM to 2 PM. Liquid medications, syringes, sharps, and thermometers are not accepted. The drop-off service is free and confidential. For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the National Drug Take Back Day event, go to takebackday.dea.gov or call the Southampton Town Police Evidence & Property Section at 631-702-2254.desiree@indyeastend.com Sharelast_img read more

SU expert makes sports events safer

first_imgProfessor Wayne Derman A sports and exercise medicine expert from Stellenbosch University (SU) is a member of a high-level international Outbreak Prevention Task Force that has developed a free online tool to help event organisers to assess and mitigate the Covid-19 risk during endurance sports events.This online tool was developed in record time by a group of experts from a number of the world’s leading sports organisations, including World Athletics, the International Cycling Union and the International Institute for Race Medicine. The World Health Organization (WHO) was involved in the project in an observer capacity.“According to the saying, necessity is the mother of invention. At the beginning of 2020, none of us thought that a pandemic would bring about an abrupt halt to many forms of physical activity and the sports industry,” said Professor Wayne Derman, director of the Institute of Sport and Exercise Medicine (ISEM) at SU’s Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences (FMHS).“Being active keeps people healthy and there are also many people employed in endurance sports – from professional athletes to the organisations that deliver mass gathering races. “Therefore, for the last (few) months, those of us with a responsibility for endurance sport have been trying to help with the return of sports in an environment that will be as safe as possible,” said Professor Derman, who is also a representative of the International Paralympic Committee.“The tool is intended to help organisers assess the risk of staging an event, establish the preparedness of the community and the event organisation for the risks of Covid-19, and clarify any necessary steps to further mitigate and reduce the risk,” he explained about the Infectious Diseases Outbreak Management (IDOM) tool thatwas launched internationally.To use the tool, sports event organisers enter details about a planned event online, after which a customised report is produced that can assist organisers to make decisions to protect the local community, the participants, the volunteers, the workforce and the staff involved. It does not advise on spectator management. The tool was developed by the medical task force and is based on WHO tools and documents.“We wanted to help organisers understand the varying risks posed by the pandemic. The tool recognises the status of the pandemic where the event is taking place, for example whether it is active, receding or subject to additional waves. “Until a vaccine is found, there is never going to be zero risk. “Instead we look at mitigation strategies that can be employed to lower that risk as much as possible,” he said.The tool is applicable and free of charge to all mass participation endurance events, regardless of the sport, competition level and size. It outlines mandatory mitigation measures to be undertaken by the event organisers, based on their particular circumstances, as well as recommended and desired measures, and emphasises that all of the mandatory measures and most of the recommended measures should be adopted if the event is to take place.“It’s a pushing and prompting tool that examines things like: Does the event include athletes from parts of the world where the pandemic might be more active, or is this just a local event? “Will spectators be present or not? What is the plan in place in case there is an outbreak during the event and can people be safely referred to the local hospital? “Are the feeding and watering tables, and the people using them, adequately protected? “So, it’s a tool of education and a tool of risk mitigation, said Professor Derman.“Use of the tool doesn’t guarantee an event can take place, because every meet will be subject to local conditions, laws and approval by necessary authorities. “Current regulations in South Africa states that no mass endurance sport is allowed. But once these regulations are lifted, event organisers can use the tool to assess the risk, and go to local authorities to present a considered plan,” said Professor Derman.The template for this online tool can be used by other endurance sports.“Using the tool will not solve the Covid-19 outbreak or other infectious diseases, but it will guide event organisers through a process that should become a habit and should be followed before every event,” said Dr Paolo Emilio Adami, World Athletics’ medical manager. “There will never be zero risk for infectious diseases, but we want to help event organisers to reduce the risk to an acceptable level.”The tool is available at idom.worldathletics.org Wilma Stassen is a science writer at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at Stellenbosch University.last_img read more

Teramoto, Kato earn worlds berths as Uchimura wins 5th NHK Cup

first_img Kohei Uchimura, the first five-time consecutive men’s champion of the NHK Cup, gestures to the crowd Sunday. | KYODO “Overall, I was able to avoid mistakes and hit my landings,” Uchimura said. “It was close to my ideal performance. However, it should be obvious that I went with a lower level of difficulty today. If you perform difficult techniques, you can’t be perfect and you can’t be satisfied.”Teramoto won the women’s competition — and a trip to Belgium with the national team — with a score of 82.500.“I’m glad I was able to get through all four disciplines without a mistake,” Teramoto said. “I won the title I was aiming for, and now feel a duty to perform well in international competition.”Kato barely beat out Juntendo University teammate Shogo Nonomura for the other berth to the worlds. Kato’s score at this event, combined with half his points from May’s All-Japan Championships totaled 266.075 points, 0.275 more than Nonomura’s total.Kato had to overcome a shoulder injury suffered using the rings on May 19, when the apparatus broke.“I had that accident, but battling and hanging in there led to my being selected to the national team,” said Kato.Natsumi Sasada, who at 17 won her first All-Japan women’s overall crown in May, had 82.150 points to finish runner-up behind Teramoto. Another teenager, 16-year-old Mai Murakami, finished third.Japan’s entire team for the world championships will likely be determined at the All-Japan Discipline Championships, on June 29 and 30 GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES Kohei Uchimura, Gymnastics RELATED PHOTOScenter_img Kohei Uchimura became the first five-time consecutive men’s champion of the NHK Cup on Sunday, when 17-year-old Asuka Teramoto and Ryohei Kato earned the two available berths to this year’s world championships.Uchimura, who added London Olympic gold to his three world championships in the men’s individual all-around, finished first after two days at Yoyogi National Gymnasium with 273.575 points. Uchimura was already guaranteed a spot in the worlds in Antwerp, Belgium, starting on Sept. 30. IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 KEYWORDSlast_img read more