Archive for November, 2015
BURLINGTON, Mass., (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Exa® Corporation, a global innovator of simulation software for product engineering, today revealed its patent-pending FIND (Flow-Induced Noise Detection) capability within Exa PowerACOUSTICS. This integrated solution represents a critical advancement for Exa’s existing aeroacoustic computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulations by clearly pinpointing the origins of airflow-induced noise. Exa PowerFLOW® has long been the established leader in aeroacoustic simulations, but engineers have been challenged to unravel the complex turbulent flows in order to understand how to acoustically improve their designs by reducing the noise sources. Now the FIND software can analyze the fluid flow of a design and rank the different noise sources in order of importance, providing engineers with the insight they need. The noise generated can also be listened to before and after design modifications, so that the impact of any proposed improvements can be aurally assessed. Exa’s solutions empower engineers to understand issues early in the development process. Product designs can then be improved in a digital environment, long before costly physical prototypes that provide no insight have been built.
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A video animation of the FIND module within Exa PowerACOUSTICS can be seen here:https://youtu.be/Ahvu9EP9hnY
For the automotive industry, the FIND module within Exa PowerACOUSTICS predicts the flow-induced noise sources for areas such as greenhouse or underbody wind noise, HVAC and blower noise, or noise from within exhaust systems. Using a patent-pending method, it analyzes the airflow simulated with Exa’s PowerFLOW, the market leader in ground vehicle aeroacoustics and the fastest and most accurate solution available. As always with PowerFLOW, the simulation reproduces the transient nature of real fluid flow, resulting in accurate modeling of turbulence. Flow-induced noise sources, even those normally masked by turbulent airflow, are then pinpointed in space by the FIND model and their intensity quantified, enabling a precise localization and ranking of noise problems. Thanks to other Exa products, the results can be visualized in 3D: quickly, clearly and simultaneously with the underlying design geometry. This makes it easy to convey the findings to engineers and managers, and easy to decide how to improve the design.
“Exa PowerFLOW accurately predicts aeroacoustic noise levels and PowerACOUSTICS FIND provides an unprecedented insight to identify noise sources. This allows engineers to make design changes that will reduce the generated noise levels,” remarked Dr. Franck Pérot, Sr. Director of Acoustic Applications for Exa. “This capability applies to all aeroacoustics applications across multiple industries, such as wind noise and HVAC systems noise in automotive, landing-gear noise in aerospace, or applications in the rail industry. FIND provides significant additional value to our clients through these breakthrough capabilities that were not available anywhere, until now.”
Collaboration with BMW
The noise produced by the HVAC system is one of the top complaints for automotive passengers. In close collaboration with Exa, BMW Group has already used the new tool to perform aeroacoustic evaluations of complete HVAC systems. BMW had previously found that analysis of the flow through standalone components such as ducts or blowers gave incomplete information on the acoustic performance of the whole system. Worse still, it had been found that it could be misleading to decide on which sub-system to improve, based solely on the sounds it generated.
“We initially used PowerFLOW and PowerACOUSTICS FIND for the BMW 7 Series and Rolls-Royce Phantom,” said BMW ‘s Group Leader for Overall Vehicle Development, Dr.-Ing. Michael Spickenreuther. “We were so impressed with the noise sourcing capability that we have now implemented FIND across all our platforms. FIND is enabling us to deliver quieter cars.”
By using PowerFLOW’s transient simulation as the basis for an analysis of the complete HVAC system, BMW engineers were able to see how the sound was not only generated, but propagated through the system, from the initial source to the passenger’s ear. The new FIND model provided enhanced insight by localizing, quantifying and ranking the generated acoustic power, providing a more complex and accurate view on where noise reduction improvements could be made within the system. Overall, BMW found that the tool enabled efficient optimization of HVAC aeroacoustics in the earliest stages of vehicle development. BMW published this work in a paper, Acoustic Source Detection for Climate Systems via Computational Fluid Dynamics for Improved Cabin Comfort, and presented it at the 3rd International ATZ Conference, held in Zurich, Switzerland.
About Exa Corporation
Exa (NASDAQ:EXA) (www.exa.com) Corporation’s visualization and simulation software helps designers and engineers produce better vehicles and equipment. As a design evolves, Exa accurately predicts the performance of that design while providing actionable insight to optimize the performance of the product. With Exa, the need for costly physical prototypes and expensive late-stage changes is reduced. Now, designers and engineers are freed from the risk of producing compromised products that do not meet market and regulatory requirements. Some of the most successful product companies in the world use Exa, including BMW, Delphi, Denso, Fiat Chrysler, Ford, Hino, Honda, Hyundai, Jaguar Land Rover, Kenworth, Komatsu, MAN, Nissan, Peterbilt, Peugeot, Renault, Scania, Toyota, Volkswagen and Volvo Trucks.
FIND is a trademark and Exa, PowerFLOW and PowerACOUSTICS are registered trademarks of Exa Corporation.
Exa Announces Breakthrough in Software for Detection and Elimination of Unwanted Noise Through Simulation
BURLINGTON, Mass., (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Exa® Corporation, a global innovator of simulation software for product engineering, today revealed its patent-pending FIND (Flow-Induced Noise Detection) capability within Exa PowerACOUSTICS. This integrated solution represents a critical advancement for Exa’s existing aeroacoustic computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulations by clearly pinpointing the origins of airflow-induced noise. Exa PowerFLOW® has […] »
This week marks another milestone in the GNOSIS story as APS announces the completion of over 50,000 assessments by clinicians from over 400 health care facilities. For APS, this means critical mass and the increased ability to impact health care through meaningful education. For our clients, it means more meaningful benchmarks across an expanding national database.
“Never before has such dynamic data on clinical knowledge and judgment been available at a national level,” said APS Vice President of Strategy and Analytics Tim Darling. “When a provider or nurse can see their competency profiles relative to this many of their peers, it provides an insight that serves as both validation and motivation.”
The assessment in GNOSIS, also known a Personal Proficiency Module (PPM), is the first step for clinicians using GNOSIS for learning. The PPM is a comprehensive assessment that determines proficiency levels in clinical knowledge in a particular practice area. Unique to GNOSIS, clinicians are also assessed on critical thinking, situational awareness, and judgment. Using closed claim cases, expert experiences, and simulations, these questions are also based on script concordance theory1 where judgment scores reflect how closely respondents’ ability to interpret clinical data compares with that of experienced clinicians in a given knowledge domain.
Once the assessment is complete, the proprietary algorithm in GNOSIS uses the results to build an individualized curriculum called a Personal Learning Path. Each clinician is delivered educational content that is prioritized by their unique area of need and color coded to reflect which content areas require the most attention. This form of competency-based education allows clinicians to bypass content for which they have proven a level of mastery. The result is increased engagement in learning while efficiently reducing seat time.
Data from the PPM is then benchmarked across the national database and plotted on a scattergram. Clinicians can now measure their scores across the national database and hospital leaders can compare scores at a variety of levels including the individual, the shift, the department, the facility, and the system. This insight is proven to inform decisions for programs in patient safety and risk management, which GNOSIS clients confirm are driving improved clinical outcomes.
For more information, contact Advanced Practice Strategies (617) 275-7300.
1Med Teach. 2013;35(3):184-93. doi: 10.3109/0142159X.2013.760036. Epub 2013 Jan 29.
50,000 Assessments are completed using GNOSIS
This week marks another milestone in the GNOSIS story as APS announces the completion of over 50,000 assessments by clinicians from over 400 health care facilities. For APS, this means critical mass and the increased ability to impact health care through meaningful education. For our clients, it means more meaningful benchmarks across an expanding national […] »
MCRC is pleased to announce a new investment in Triumvirate Environmental. For over 25 years, Triumvirate Environmental has been a leading provider of waste management and environmental services to Healthcare, Education, Life Sciences, and Industrial markets on the east coast. The company prides itself on its attention to safety, sustainability and innovative solutions. Service offerings include environmental waste reduction, waste management plan creation and implementation, and green and sustainable solution development. Mass Capital’s subordinated note investment provided the company with additional working capital to support two recent acquisitions and other growth initiatives.
For more information, visit the website www.triumvirate.com
November 2015 – Mass Capital announces a new investment in Triumvirate Environmental
TRIUMVIRATE ENVIRONMENTAL MCRC is pleased to announce a new investment in Triumvirate Environmental. For over 25 years, Triumvirate Environmental has been a leading provider of waste management and environmental services to Healthcare, Education, Life Sciences, and Industrial markets on the east coast. The company prides itself on its attention to safety, sustainability and innovative solutions. […] »
Formtastic’s new integration with Nexus Portal enables users to access their documents from a secure web portal on desktops and mobile devices.
Mansfield, MA – Quadrant Software, LLC., a leading provider of IBM i modernization, business intelligence and document distribution tools, has announced a new integration between Formtastic, their spool file beautification and automated distribution solution, and Nexus Portal, their full-featured IBM i-hosted web portal that gives users secure, organized access to enterprise information.
Web-Based Document Access
The Formtastic-Nexus integration enables employees, customers and/or partners to easily find and access their Formtastic documents, such as POs, invoices and order acknowledgements, directly from their browser in a mobile-friendly interface.
“We listened to the market and saw a need in many IBM i shops where employees were spending time digging through filing cabinets and customer service reps were fielding calls about previously sent documents,” says Stephen Woodard, CEO of Quadrant Software. “This solution will help organizations save time, reduce printing costs and improve customer service.”
Users can quickly find their documents via an easy-to-navigate interface using menus, filters and datepickers. Documents are automatically archived and indexed based on parameters from the file, such as type, customer name, dates, or any other custom parameter.
IBM i Reliability and Security
Everything exists on IBM i: the web portal, the server, and the documents (documents can optionally be stored on other servers). Permission-based security is built in to ensure that users can only view
Documents can be accessed from desktops or any mobile device. The web portal integration features responsive design elements, ensuring that users can easily navigate the portal from their PCs, laptop, tablet or smartphones.
Quick Implementation and No Coding Required
The portal can be deployed very quickly – typically within hours. It can also be created and maintained without any coding. This includes creating web pages, users and groups, and adding additional search filters.
Formtastic is an easy-to-use document automation solution that helps organizations leverage their investment in existing reports, such as invoices, POs and account statements, that are generated by IBM i applications and ERPs. Formtastic enables users to quickly design custom forms, checks, and bar code labels from a desktop-based interface designer. From there, Formtastic extracts spooled data from your IBM i and inserts it into a new business form. Users can then automatically fax, email, print or archive the newly formatted electronic document within a network.
Learn more or schedule a live demo at: http://www.quadrantsoftware.com/product/formtastic/
About Nexus Portal
Nexus Portal is an IBM i-hosted web portal solution that gives employees, vendors and/or customers secure, organized web access to enterprise information. It increases end user and IT staff productivity and improves information sharing by providing a centralized framework for users to access multiple sources of information.
About Quadrant Software
Founded in 1990 and headquartered in Mansfield, MA, Quadrant Software is a leading provider of digital document distribution, business intelligence and modernization software that integrates into and enhances your enterprise application workflow.
Quadrant is part of the Quadrant Group, which also includes:
For more information, visit:www.quadrantsoftware.com
Quadrant Software Announces Formtastic Web Portal Integration
Formtastic’s new integration with Nexus Portal enables users to access their documents from a secure web portal on desktops and mobile devices. Mansfield, MA – Quadrant Software, LLC., a leading provider of IBM i modernization, business intelligence and document distribution tools, has announced a new integration between Formtastic, their spool file beautification and automated distribution solution, and Nexus […] »
“We have the ability to either host communications in our data centers, or leverage our customers data centers” – Skip Tappen, NWN Corporation, President and COO
Collaboration, Communication, and Cloud—the 3Cs, which were once buzzwords, are now the key drivers of business growth. However, the growing trends in mobile workforce, the emphasis on data security and the increased need for cost optimization is making effective collaboration a difficult proposition. Moreover, simple communication infrastructures have become obsolete in the wake of having to accommodate a growing suite of communication channels. The Cloud is where Collaboration and Communication are finding its harmony in a unified communication system. Though skepticism prevails on newer hosted solutions; the cloud, voice, and video provider, NWN’s cloud collaboration services transform the way an organization communicates—with unequalled reliability and support.
It was in early 2000, that NWN embarked on its vision to alleviate business challenges with smart, sustainable technology solutions and services. Moving in tandem with the 3Cs, NWN’s hosted solutions provide one comprehensive system for telephone, IM, contact center, video and web-conferencing. “We help to deploy technology in a different fashion on the cloud and as a servicemodel—as opposed to the traditional on-premise model—with our DNA of managed services to back it up,” says Skip Tappen, President, COO, NWN. The company also has the ability to provide a hybrid solution—on the customer premise as well as the hosted facilities— and deliver all of these as a cloud based model. “We allay our customers’ fears about their data, since we have control over the data residing in our data centers within U.S., which addresses budget concerns as well,” says Tappen.
Building on more than two decades of experience in data center and collaboration technologies, NWN has national presence from coast to coast with over 600 skilled engineers, project managers, consultants, and technicians across 12 offices in the U.S. “The key differentiator for us is our people and the services we deliver wrapped around technology. We leverage industry-leading knowledge and resources to deliver the best solution for an organization’s IT needs,” says Tappen. In addition, as a high-touch cloud provider, NWN provides specialized team members for its customers such as project managers, engineers, and account managers.
Building on Strategic Partnerships
As Cisco’s Cloud Partner of the Year public sector award winner, Tappen brings to the fore Cisco’s proven and scalable architecture in the collaboration space. “The basis for our communication platform is a Cisco-powered architecture and solution,” extols Tappen. NWN Comm is a cloud-based highly secure communication platform that includes voice, video, web conferencing, telecom, and contact center, transforming the way an organization communicates.
The firm integrates these essential capabilities, alongside a wide array of third party applications. “In addition to the solution being fully integrated and scalable, our customers stand to benefit from all of Cisco’s investments and improvements as well. Over the years, our experienced team has deployed thousands of users on the Cisco platform,” says Tappen. In cloud collaboration, for integration with Interactive Vice Response (IVR) solutions, Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems, camcorder, contact center or video on the customer side, NWN has the ability to mix and match the systems to provide a unique solution for the customer.
On the infrastructure front, technology leaders are on the lookout to make their infrastructures agile, flexible as well as reliable and secure by moving to the cloud. “All these needs can be achieved by plugging customers’ networks easily to our data centers,” says Tappen. Additionally, the firm’s data centers have a scalable architecture for computing storage, which enables NWN to provision large, or small, quantities of those capabilities for their customers in conjunction with their on-premise capacity. NWN provides the fundamental infrastructure components such as networking, and wireless as a service model. “We have the ability to either host communications in our data centers or leverage our customers’ data centers or a combination thereof, wrap service around it, and provide it as a service based model,” states Tappen.
Through a geo-redundant hosting platform, NWN provides communication and infrastructure solutions, which ensure high availability and minimal disruption to day-to-day operations. NWN’s proven infrastructure and renowned support team helps organizations get the communication capabilities they need for an affordable monthly rate.
The Targeted Approach
The team at NWN focuses on two aspects—designing and implementing the solution that meets their customers’ needs and the on-going support for that solution. “We leverage our decades of experience across both the collaboration and data center spaces to offer the best cloud solution for our customers,” states Tappen. NWN builds on the experience and expertise of its strategic partners. For instance, for the Cisco certified collaboration solution, Cisco experts approve the design, architecture, methodology, and approach, whereby the combined expertise benefits the customers in terms of the best design and standards. “For the last 14 years, we have been consistently bestowed with the highest level of service recognition by Cisco, based on customer feedback,” exclaims Tappen. Through strategic partnerships, NWN enables customers to gain access to leading technology expertise from Hewlett Packard, Microsoft, VMware, EMC, Intel, McAfee, and NetApp.
On the support side, at its core, NWN has been a managed services company since inception. The firm’s mature managed services model is based on ideal standards, with good processes and practices in place. “Overtime, due to our decades of experience, we have had the ability to improve our Service Level Agreement (SLA) to our customers as a differentiator,” adds Tappen. The NWN team is focused on being nimble, flexible and responsive to customer needs to get the right solution deployed quickly.
NWN’s services span across state level governments and educational organizations including K-12 and higher education in addition to mid-market as well as large-scale enterprises across industries. K-12 is a market which is migrating to voice over IP solutions. Many K-12 customers are burdened with questions such as“How do I migrate?” and “Will the solution be able to scale across 50 to 100 schools across my school district?” “In addition to the scalability, our solution can be deployed overtime with the needed features. We are fully aware of the deployment windows and support levels required to scale our solution across multiple campuses,” says Tappen.
For instance, The Anderson Union High School District (AUHSD) in California reached out to NWN to implement a modern communications platform they could extend into the future. “The implementation was very quick and none of the normal teething problems occurred in the implementation of NWN Communications touched our end users,” affirms Tony Baldwin, Director of Technology Services, AUHSD. “We are already planning for instant messaging and video conferencing that will save the time and cost for people in offices and classrooms traveling from school to school.”
Riding the Wave of the Future
“We leverage our decades of experience on the design and implementation side across both the collaboration and data center spaces to offer the best cloud solution for our customers.” – Skip Tappen, NWN Corporation, President and COO
Buoyant about the adoption trends going on in various sectors, Tappen says, “In the public sector space, NWN currently has contracts with several states for cloud-based offerings, supporting the move from a state’s perspective towards the cloud space.” K-12 is experiencing another market trend. The shifts in the E-Rate programs will require K-12 organizations and school districts to increase broadband capacity and connectivity. NWN’s offerings will provide them with the right solution for their storage, network, and data center infrastructures to hosted voice.
In the corporate arena, Tappen cites the early movers to the cloud to be customers who are currently on a Cisco based on-premise solution needing upgrades. “We can leverage a lot of the existing infrastructure and it will be easy for them to understand the value of migrating to the Cisco cloud,” mentions Tappen.
Forging ahead with the plans on NWN’s future, Tappen says, “Cloud is part of all our strategic decisions. We are heavily investing in terms of people, processes, and technologies, and cloud is a fundamental component of NWN’s future.
NWN Featured in CIO Review Magazine – 20 Most Promising Cloud Solutions Providers 2015
“We have the ability to either host communications in our data centers, or leverage our customers data centers” – Skip Tappen, NWN Corporation, President and COO Collaboration, Communication, and Cloud—the 3Cs, which were once buzzwords, are now the key drivers of business growth. However, the growing trends in mobile workforce, the emphasis on data security […] »
Biotherapeutic Cell-based Product from Organogenesis Meets Switzerland’s Highest Clinical and Safety Standards
Canton, Mass / Reinach, Switzerland (November 2, 2015) – Organogenesis Inc. today announced that its Apligraf® wound-healing technology has become the first transplant product in Switzerland to receive marketing authorization from Swissmedic for the treatment of venous leg ulcers (VLU) and diabetic foot ulcers (DFU). In Switzerland, the classification of “transplant products” includes cell therapies such as Apligraf.
With marketing approval of Apligraf, Switzerland has become the first country in Europe to grant marketing authorization for a bioengineered transplant product. Swissmedic applies a rigorous, pharmaceutical-like premarket regulatory review process to the approval of transplant products. The Swissmedic approval is another validation of the safety and efficacy of Apligraf by a leading regulatory agency. Apligraf is already FDA-approved in the United States for the treatment of VLUs and DFUs.
“Organogenesis is thrilled that Apligraf has received marketing approval to continue helping Swiss patients living with chronic, non-healing wounds,” said Stefan Kaelin, Managing Director for Organogenesis in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. “We applaud the Swiss government’s decision for marketing authorization and to provide full reimbursement for the use of Apligraf, which will help ensure patients across the country have access to clinically advanced treatment options for previously unresponsive diabetic foot ulcers and venous leg ulcers.”
Apligraf is a biotherapeutic wound-healing technology that contains two layers of human living cells: a layer of differentiated keratinocytes and a layer of fibroblasts in a collagen matrix. When placed on a chronic wound previously unresponsive to treatment, Apligraf provides cells, collagen matrix, and other bioactive proteins and has been demonstrated to promote healing.
In controlled clinical studies, Apligraf has been shown to be an effective and safe wound care treatment, superior to conventional treatments alone. A recent study published in the peer-reviewed Journal of Medical Economics found that Apligraf patients had a 28% lower amputation rate, 33% fewer days hospitalized, and 32% fewer emergency department visits than their respective matched controls.1
All registered and marketed products in Switzerland must follow stringent criteria for reimbursement set forth by the Federal Office of Public Health. Products granted marketing authorization by Swissmedic – including Apligraf – must demonstrate clinical efficacy, safety, and cost effectiveness.
“Swissmedic’s approval, and the reimbursement by the Federal Office of Public Health, of Apligraf demonstrates a commitment to patient health and an understanding of the economic benefits of investment in clinically advanced technology,” said Gary S. Gillheeney, Sr., President & CEO of Organogenesis. “Research shows the use of Apligraf can lower health costs by cutting healing time, reducing the number of days hospitalized and lowering amputation rates.1 This is good news for both clinicians and patients needing proven therapies, and for payors looking to contain health costs.”
Recent data suggests health costs associated with diabetic foot ulcers are on the rise in Switzerland. From 2003 to 2008, the number of Swiss patients hospitalized for diabetic foot ulcers rose by 112%, and the number of patients hospitalized for amputations due to diabetic foot ulcers rose by 26%.2 Roughly 30,000 patients3 in Switzerland live with a chronic, non-healing wound. It is estimated that more than 1,0004 amputations occur every year among Swiss patients with diabetic foot ulcers.
“The approval of Apligraf in Switzerland is part of an ongoing effort to expand patient access to our products across the globe,” added Gillheeney.
Organogenesis’ products currently have regulatory approval in United States, Canada, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, South Africa, Singapore and Switzerland.
Apligraf is FDA-approved for the treatment of venous leg ulcers and diabetic foot ulcers lasting longer than one month that have not adequately responded to conventional therapy. It contains living cells, proteins produced by the cells, and collagen. Complications may include suspected wound or non-wound infection, skin inflammation, wound drainage, swelling, a skin tear or cut, pain, a new ulcer, red, flaky skin, bone infection, rash, low or high blood sugar, bruising, swelling, worsening ulcer, and dry skin. Apligraf should not be used if your wound is infected or if you are allergic to cow collagen or the agarose shipping medium. For more information, please read the complete prescribing information available at Apligraf.com.
Having pioneered the field, Massachusetts-based Organogenesis Inc. is a world leading regenerative medicine company focused in the areas of bioactive wound healing and soft tissue regeneration. The company’s mission is to bring the medical marvel of regenerative medicine products to patients and to standardize their use in everyday medical care. For more information, visit www.organogenesis.com.
Apligraf® Wound Healing Technology Becomes First Transplant Product to Receive Marketing Approval in Switzerland
Biotherapeutic Cell-based Product from Organogenesis Meets Switzerland’s Highest Clinical and Safety Standards Canton, Mass / Reinach, Switzerland (November 2, 2015) – Organogenesis Inc. today announced that its Apligraf® wound-healing technology has become the first transplant product in Switzerland to receive marketing authorization from Swissmedic for the treatment of venous leg ulcers (VLU) and diabetic foot ulcers (DFU). […] »