Restek Wins Award for Innovative Use of Its New Software

Michael Ouissi, IFS Chief Customer Officer, presents the “The Trailblazers–Team Award” to Restek operations project manager, Nathan Gerst.

The IFS dedicated project team (L to R): Terri Sowerby, Jim Steyers, Ken Poorman, Nate Gerst, Jeff Nattermann, Sean Kelly, Steve Kreiser, Brett Ripka, Camila Tulyaganova, Laura DeBerdt, Kim Shaffer, Christina Hill, Kim Shenk, Ginny Esh.

Restek accepted the “The Trailblazers–Team Award” in front of 3,000 people during the IFS World Conference on October 9 in Boston, MA, for its innovative implementation of IFS Applications software.

“This is a wonderful recognition for a team that worked very hard over the last three years,” said Nathan Gerst, Restek operations project manager, who accepted the award.

IFS Applications is a cloud-based enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution that helps businesses integrate data and processes across multiple departments and locations.

Three years ago, Restek determined that its ERP software could no longer be customized or expanded and created a team tasked with finding an ERP solution that would work as well for today’s Restek as it would for tomorrow’s. Fortunately, the team discovered a good fit with IFS.

Countless conversations were had throughout the company to understand needs and pain points, but also to learn what was currently working well in addition to what people wanted to see in a new system. By combining all this feedback, the Restek ERP team was able to adopt IFS’s project methodology and change business processes.

“The team worked tirelessly out of one room for 18 months,” Gerst said. “We all bonded very closely, and in the end were able to come together as a team to serve our customers better.”

Now, after its introduction in June, Restek is using IFS 100 percent domestically, with a plan for global rollout underway.

“What started as a seemingly straightforward journey years ago faced countless challenges from day one. Only after assessing those challenges, planning for them, and finding and creating solutions, did the Restek ERP team deliver what they’d always dreamed of—an ERP that could work for Restek today and support us into the future,” Gerst said. “Thank you to IFS, and to those at Restek who supported this work.”

Restek’s ERP Project Team: Stepan Aghakhanyan, Raymond Ciampichini, Greg Dawson, Sharon DePlato, Laura DeBerdt, Nikki Doverspike, Ginny Esh, Nathan Gerst , Christina Hill, Sean Kelly, Steve Kreiser, Jeff Nattermann, Ken Poorman, Brett Ripka, Vlad Safyanovskiy, Kim Shaffer, Kim Shenk, Chas Simons, Shaun Smith, Terri Sowerby, Jim Steyers, Camila Tulyaganova, Karen Urbanik, Ron Zhao.

Restek Donates Precision Measurement Tool to Local High School

 

Pictured from left are Devin Miller, Restek’s Matt Lininger, CMHS’s precision machining instructor Shan Packer, Ben Miller, Nicolas Ferrara, Cruise Woods, Michael Rupert, and Hunter Leeper.

Central Mountain High School’s precision machining instructor Shan Packer and Restek’s Matt Lininger prepare a demonstration of the optical comparator for students during Manufacturing Day on Oct. 4.

Central Mountain High School’s precision machining program got a bit more precise thanks to a donation from Restek.

The chromatography manufacturer donated a Horizontal Profile Projector as part of its October 4, Manufacturing Day celebrations at the high school in Mill Hall, PA. The tool will be used for vocational machining students to improve their skills in optical measurement.

“Industry donations play an important part in the personal growth of the students in the precision machining program,” said Shan Packer, CMHS’s precision machining program instructor. “Thanks to Restek, we can continue to train students to become young professionals.”

The donation was spearheaded by Matt Lininger, Senior Product Development Engineer at Restek, who saw it as an opportunity to give back to his alma mater. Lininger also currently serves on the Precision Machining Advisory Committee at CMHS.

“We got a new optical comparator in our shop at Restek, so I inquired if it was possible to donate the one we weren’t using,” Lininger said. “Restek was happy to help these young students, and I was excited to help the machining program at Central Mountain.”

Also known as an “optical comparator,” the Horizontal Profile Projector magnifies the silhouette of a machine part and allows machinists to measure the dimensions and geometry of the part against prescribed limits.

Recently, the machine program at CMHS moved into a larger facility and is expanding its program. Packer said the program acquired three new machines in the last 12 months through grants, but did not have an optical comparator until now.

Students will use the skills they develop with the optical comparator to take the “Material, Measurement, and Safety” certification test offered through the National Institute of Metalworking Skills. The MMS test is one of 11 certifications recognized by the both the Pennsylvania Department of Education and the Bureau of Technical Education as end-of-program assessments for precision machining.

CMHS is also collaborating with multiple career and technical centers, several area machine shops, and the PA Department of Labor to create a consortium to sponsor students in apprenticeship programs.

“This donation plays an important part in the personal growth of the students and makes a real impact on their interest in machining and the communities where they live,” Packer said.

A Study of the Re-Equilibration of Hydrophilic Interaction Columns with a Focus on Viability for Use in Two-Dimensional Liquid Chromatography

Author (s) : Claudia Seidl12, David S. Bell3, Dwight R. Stoll1
1. Gustavus Adolphus College,  2. Universidade de São Paulo,  3. Restek Corporation

Published By: Journal of Chromatography A

Year of Publication: 2019

Volume, Issue: Vol. 1604

Link: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chroma.2019.460484

Abstract:  In recent years there has been increasing interest in the use of HILIC separations in two-dimensional liquid chromatography (2D-LC), mainly because the selectivity of HILIC separations complement that of reversed-phase separations for a variety of molecules. Historically, the re-equilibration of HILIC phases following gradient elution has been perceived as too slow to be useful in the second dimension of 2D-LC separations in particular. Recent studies of re-equilibration of HILIC phases by McCalley and coworkers using a limited set of conditions showed that highly repeatable gradient separations could be obtained with re-equilibration times as short as 4.3 min [1][2]. In this study we aimed to study re-equilibration of HILIC phases under a broader set of conditions, and at much shorter re-equilibration times, in the interest of determining whether or not HILIC separations can be generally considered as a viable option for use in the second dimension of 2D-LC separations. To this end we studied the effects of mobile phase pH, buffer concentration, and preparation method, flow rate, analyte and stationary phase chemistry, column length, and re-equilibration time on retention of a variety of small molecule probe solutes following gradient elution. In general, we have found that excellent separation repeatability can be obtained with quite short (≪10 min) re-equilibration times, even when progress toward full equilibration of the column is quite slow (≫10 min). In other words, even if the stationary phase is not fully equilibrated, as long as it is partially equilibrated in a highly precise manner, highly repeatable retention times can be obtained. Higher flow rate has a positive effect on both the rate of progress toward full equilibration and the repeatability of separation. No significant, consistent effects of eluent pH or buffer concentration on repeatability of gradient separation were observed for the stationary phases studied. Excellent gradient separation repeatability was obtained with shorter columns (30 mm length) with re-equilibration times as short as 3 s. A proof-of-concept 2D-LC separation of several small molecule probes using HILIC separations in both dimensions was performed to illustrate that re-equilibration of these columns can be fast enough for HILIC columns to be considered as a viable option for the second dimension of comprehensive 2D-LC separations.

 

Restek Named One of Region’s Healthiest Employers

Mike Perlozzo, Wellness Coordinator, accepts the Healthiest Employer Award

Restek was selected by the Healthiest Employers Awards as an employer committed to creating a healthy workplace.

The awards, administered by Springbuk, a healthcare data analytics software platform, honor organizations on a regional and national basis. Restek was selected as part of the Greater Philadelphia region, and Mike Perlozzo, Restek’s wellness coordinator, attended the ceremony on June 13 in Philadelphia. The company is also in the running to be selected as one of the 100 Healthiest Workplaces in America.

Restek employs three full-time wellness professionals who operate out of a recently built 17,000-square foot, top-of-the-line facility for employee-owners and their family members to enjoy fitness, basketball, volleyball, soccer, badminton, yoga, and many other activities.

“We are proud to be able to offer employees and their families opportunities to improve their health and wellness, and grateful to have the support of our leaders in doing so,” Perlozzo said.

In addition to fitness, the wellness team recently instituted a nutrition coaching program in 2016, and the number of employees meeting nutrition guidelines rose from 9.8% to 19.7% in two years.

Restek also pays the testing costs for biometric screening onsite for employees and their spouses. These tests include a standard lipid panel, glucose, A-1C (for diabetes type I and II), and a PSA prostate cancer screening for men 45 and older.

Restek founder Paul Silvis started the Restek wellness program in the late 1980s in an empty space in the original building with just a universal weight machine and punching bag. In 2004, Restek hired its first full-time wellness coordinator; in 2005 the official Restek Wellness Program was introduced; and in 2017, its designated wellness center, Founder’s Point, was built. Restek is currently the only company in Centre County with full-time health and fitness trainers.

For more information on the Healthiest Employers Awards, visit www.healthiestemployers.com

Restek Celebrates Newest Home Dedication with Habitat for Humanity

“With the support of organizations like Restek our work is possible,” says Habitat executive director

When Habitat for Humanity of Greater Centre County (HFHGCC) dedicated its newest home on June 11, Restek Corporation received a special mention.

“With the support of organizations like Restek, our work is possible. Restek provided not only financial support, which is crucial to fund our safe and affordable housing, but also provided team members to our build site to give their time and talent. With the support of Restek, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Centre County is able to make another house into a home for a deserving family in Centre County,” said Stephanie Fost, HFHGCC Executive Director.

The home, located in Bellefonte, marked more than 60 families placed by Habitat in Centre County. Volunteers gave more than 3,000 hours, and the future homeowners put in over 450 hours of their own sweat equity into the home.

Restek encourages its employees to volunteer and permits exchanging four hours of work for volunteer work each month. One of those volunteers for the home build was Jason Martin, a Restek senior purchasing agent.

“I feel fortunate to work for a company that encourages their employees to help in their community. This was a perfect opportunity for me to contribute directly to the community that I lived in most of my life. Habitat for Humanity is a great organization with a great purpose, run by extraordinary people that truly care about the families they are providing these homes for. I’m sure I speak for the entire Restek team when I say it was a very rewarding experience,” he said.

Restek’s relationship with HFHGCC began many years ago and is currently championed by Mike Wittrig, Senior Column R&D Manager.

“Research shows that when families own a home, it makes all the difference in the world and stabilizes their life. It’s great that Restek helps support something like that, and I’m happy to play a small role,” Wittrig said.

For more information about Habitat for Humanity Great Centre County visit www.habitatgcc.org

Restek to Present on Whole Air Sampling at AIHce 2019

Restek is pleased to be a sponsor at AIHce 2019! Our industry experts will be part of the instructor team during a day-long personal development course (PDC) on whole air sampling. If you attend PDC 113, you’ll learn why it’s an excellent alternative to traditional sampling methods, and how it provides more options to address sampling locations, conditions, and objectives. You can find details about this PDC and a link to the course description below. Register now at: https://www.aievolution.com/aih1901/index.cfm?do=ev.viewEv&ev=1602

If you are unable to attend the PDC, please stop by our booth to learn about Aura, a recently NIOSH-adopted technology for personal whole air sampling. We will gladly discuss how our collaborative research and development with Dr. Alan Rossner at Clarkson University resulted in a whole air sampling device that has now been written into NIOSH Method 3900!  We hope you can join us for this exciting conference on protecting workers’ health and to hear how our research and development have been contributing to this effort!

Stop by and visit us at booth# 1736!

Saturday, May 18 (8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.)
Minneapolis Convention Center (MCC)
Room: 101A
PDC 113: Whole Air Sampling Techniques, Application, and Execution
Steve Kozel (instructor), Jason Herrington (instructor)

Description: Participants will learn why whole air sampling is an excellent alternative to traditional sampling methods. Whole air sampling provides more options to address sampling locations, conditions, and objectives. This course will provide the techniques and information necessary to make the transition to whole air sampling and use it effectively. Topics to be discussed are advantages and disadvantages of each sampler type, selecting the proper technique, laboratory analysis of whole air samples, evaluating the QC data and laboratory results, and how regulatory agencies view and use whole air sampling data.

Tuesday, May 21 (11:30 –11:55 a.m.)
Learning Pavilion – Expo Hall
Aura — A New Way to Capture Whole Personal Air Samples 
Steve Kozel (presenter), Jason Herrington (presenter), Mike Chang, Shelby Kunzi
For more information, email Steve Kozel

Abstract: Restek has developed a whole air sampling device that has now been written into NIOSH Method 3900, which is designed to capture a whole air sample in the breathing zone of a subject without requiring bulky, heavy, noisy pumps. Just attach the Aura personal air sampler (PAS) to an evacuated air sampling canister and begin sampling for up to 8 hours while also being able to interrupt sampling by disconnecting the Aura PAS at any time.

About Aura
The Aura personal air sampler from Restek is setting a new standard in sampling technology. This innovative passive sampling device is designed to meet OSHA and NIOSH requirements, while overcoming the limitations of sorbent tubes and badges. Notably, this quiet, robust sampler does not require a pump and manages variations in face velocity, temperature, and humidity better than traditional sampling approaches. Since this is a whole air sampling technique, it allows multiple analyses of >100 VOCs, providing broader application utility than analyte-specific sorbent techniques. The Aura personal air sampler has a wider effective range than tubes and badges—it is sensitive down to pptv levels and there is no risk of breakthrough even at ppmv levels. Comfortable to wear and easy to operate, this novel sampler features a simple, quick connection that starts and stops flow with no flow calibration required.

Learn more at www.restek.com/Aura

Come see us at AIHce 2019  or contact your Restek representative  for more information about Aura