LANGHORNE, Pa. — Eastern Catalytic has appointed Charles Pantano to head up its emissions certification efforts. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement The announcement was made by George Schafer, president of Eastern Manufacturing, who noted, “As a leading manufacturer of world class catalytic converters, it is extremely important for us to be able to quickly and effectively meet the ongoing requirements of global emissions. Charles Pantano comes to us with a great deal of engineering and design experience and expertise, as well as a strong, hands-on knowledge of the automotive business. We will be looking to him to provide us with the leadership to address our certification needs and further expand Eastern’s catalog of certified catalytic converters.” In this new role, Pantano will be responsible for assuring that Eastern Catalytic products are designed to meet the testing requirements and performance compliance criteria established for catalytic converters by various regulatory agencies, including CARB and EPA. His duties will include: defining production exhaust configurations; technical liaison to component suppliers; qualifying technologies and ensuring performance, durability, and quality compliance; supporting catalyst development and certification programs, production selection of catalyst, product verifications and validation and assistance of commercial launch for new converters. Before joining Eastern Catalytic, Pantano enjoyed a successful career as an electro-mechanical engineer. Most recently, he worked as a product design engineer for Advent Design (Bristol, Pa.) from 2006-2009 where he designed and manufactured high speed automated assembly equipment for various industries. From 2004-2006, Pantano was a senior mechanical engineer at Ocean Power Technology (Ewing, N.J.) and was responsible for the designing and fabricating of large-scale ocean buoys that generate renewable energy through wave power. Prior to that, he spent five years as an electrical/mechanical engineer with Alpha Automation (Trenton, N.J.). Advertisement In addition to his career activities, Pantano is also an automotive performance buff and active NHRA drag racer. Since 1982, Pantano has designed and built various engines for local racers. He has an NHRA competition license and competes locally in NHRA events. He also holds an Amateur Radio Operator Advance Ticket.
Insurers could save as much as £2.5bn if the government’s calculations for the personal injury discount rate come to fruition, according to accountants. The Ministry of Justice yesterday revealed that it will legislate to change the formula for calculating deductions from personal injury awards. The rate will be set by reference to rates of return on ‘low risk’ investments rather than ’very low risk’ as at present. Based on the government’s working, if the new system were to be applied today, the rate would be in the region of 0% to 1%.The decision was welcomed by key figures in the insurance industry, and examination of the potential effects by big four accountancy EY explains why. Tony Sault, UK general insurance leader for EY, said the insurance industry had been facing £6.5bn losses from the present rate of -0.75%, which would add 6.5% to motor premiums.‘We believe the new proposals, which the government expects to imply a real rate of 0% to 1%, will have a significant impact on these costs,’ he said. ‘A revision to 0% could reduce these costs by one-third meaning reserve releases of £1.2bn, while a change to 1% could reduce this by two thirds, meaning up to £2.5bn could be saved by insurers and reinsurers compared to their current booked position.’Sault predicted that rises in insurance costs would now level out and premiums could fall by between 2% and 4%, with consumers saving £21 on average.However, the insurance industry has been reluctant to make any specific promises about whether premiums will come down once the legislation is passed.Huw Evans, director general of the Association of British Insurers, said the change will ‘relieve some of the cost pressures on motor and liability insurance in a way that can only benefit customers’.Colin Holmes, chief executive of Aviva’s UK general insurance business, said any measures which reduce the rising costs of insurance ‘will directly feed through to premiums’.Flora Hamilton, head of financial services for the Confederation of British Industry, added: ‘These proposals will be welcome news for the UK’s world-leading insurance industry.’
Spirent Communications along with Nokia has announced successful deployment of a first of a kind 5G Lab as a Service for Nokia’s Oulu-based network infrastructure testing labs. The 5G Lab as a Service (LaaS) enables unprecedented automation of 5G testing with a primary goal of accelerating Nokia’s releases of virtual network functions and physical infrastructure. It also streamlines the use of shared lab resources across teams and geographies, delivering dramatically improved efficiency and cost savings.The Nokia facility in Oulu has been leading the initial deployment and has chosen Spirent Velocity as their LaaS platform. A unique feature of the 5G LaaS is a self-service portal, accessible by hundreds of simultaneous users across the globe. The portal also supports thousands of devices and tens of thousands of connections for both 5G and legacy infrastructure. Utilizing the portal, Nokia engineers can rapidly spin-up, tear down and reuse 5G hybrid test beds from anywhere in the world. Deployments of the 5G LaaS to additional Nokia facilities are already underway.5G test automation requires integration of a complex mix of layer 1 optical and RF switches, layer 2 and virtual switches, power control units and test management software. The ability to select cables and create RF links between devices that comply with rigidly defined path attenuation requirements is essential. Furthermore, providing automated testing in the 5G LaaS model requires sophisticated functionality to reserve resources, spin up topologies and manage test environment changes. To support the 5G LaaS at Nokia, Spirent has deployed Spirent Velocity, a test orchestrator for hybrid virtual-physical lab environments, which maintains the full state of the lab and automates resource sharing among users.
Valissia Brathwaite and Patricia Gandolfo UWF Volleyball Wraps Up Season with Banquet PENSACOLA, Fla. – West Florida volleyball wrapped up their 2009 season with a banquet to honor the success of the team, as well as last season’s seniors. Team members were recognized for their efforts over the course of the season, including their 23-13 season mark and a second consecutive Gulf South Conference Championship.In their annual team awards, middle hitter Patricia Gandolfo was honored with the Argo Award and Most Valuable Player for 2009. The All-American finished the season with a team-high .305 hitting percentage and 374 kills. Outside hitter Valissia Brathwaite was honored with the Most Improved award, as voted on by the team. Brathwaite collected 159 kills on the season, earning her spot as a starter for the Argos mid-way through the season. The 2009 squad faced what might have been one of the toughest Division II schedules in the country, squaring off with nine ranked teams over 14 times during the course of the season. Included in those matchups was a bout with eventual National Champion Concordia-St.Paul. The Argos collected a historical program-first win over Florida Southern early in the season. After securing their second conference title, they eventually went on to their fourth consecutive NCAA National Tournament appearance. UWF volleyball returns at least four starters in 2010, including senior outside hitters Jamie Nichols and Chelsea Wilhoite. Also returning is senior middle hitter Kara Gonzalez and freshman setter Tricia Tirabassi.For more information on Argonaut athletics, visit www.GoArgos.comPrint Friendly Version Share
Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze will drive the pace car at the legendary Talladega Superspeedway for the GEICO 500 on May 3, according to the Sun Herald. To say that Freeze, a big NASCAR fan, is excited would be an understatement. “I am so jacked about that,” Freeze told Patrick Magee. “You have no idea, man. I love golf, fishing and NASCAR outside of my job and my family. That’s the three things I spend time doing.” Freeze told the Sun Herald that friends and NASCAR stars Danica Patrick and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. probably played a role in his selection.“Danica’s birthday was yesterday so I called her and wished her a happy birthday and I said ‘I don’t know if you had anything to do with it,’” Freeze told reporters. “Ricky and I texted back and forth. I suspect either one of them or both had something with do it. Last year, Talladega filmed a deal on our campus. That maybe had something do with it. I’m excited about it.”Ole Miss hosts NASCAR driver Ricky Stenhouse Jr.Stenhouse, an Ole Miss fan who grew up in Olive Branch, visited a Rebels football practice in early September during the bye week.