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.

Restek to Present “Gas Chromatography: Foundation Theory, Column Selection, and Troubleshooting” at GC-MS Seminar

Chromatographers from Restek will be presenting at Waters’s upcoming seminar on October 23, 2019, in Wood Dale, IL. This educational opportunity is aimed at scientists looking to learn more about GC-MS capabilities in all areas, particularly in food and environmental applications. Topics include the technology behind GC-MS instruments, QuEChERS sample preparation, identification of extractable and leachable compounds from electronic cigarettes, and multiresidue pesticide analysis. Register today and join us for an outstanding technical training event.

Restek Presentation
Gas Chromatography: Foundation Theory, Column Selection, and Troubleshooting
This course is a solid initiation into the fundamentals and best practices of this widely used technique. You will gain practical knowledge of the principals of gas chromatography, and GC column selection, as well as maintenance and troubleshooting. Chromatographic examples will be provided throughout the presentation.

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