Author: Jason Herrington
Published By: Restek Corporation
Year of Publication: 2017
The NJ low level TO-15 air testing method is based on U.S. EPA Method TO-15, but it has more some differences that make it quite challenging. The broader calibration range (0.2–40 ppbv) is particularly difficult to meet. In this application note, we focus on the method’s analytical requirements and demonstrate how to meet them using a Markes Unity with CIA Advantage and a 30 m Rtx-VMS column.
Published By: Restek Corporation
Year of Publication: 2017
When it comes to speeding up method development, Pro EZGC modeling software saves you time, materials, and a lot of frustration. This technical article puts Restek’s GC chromatogram simulator to the test and demonstrates how well it predicts actual experimental outcomes.
On July 24, Mike Shuey, an international customer service supervisor at Restek, hosted about 30 students from South Hills School of Business & Technology to help educate them on employee stock ownership plans (ESOP) by showing them one in action at Restek.
Shuey kicked off the day with a tour of the state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities and testing labs. He then introduced Kevin McPhillips, executive director at Pennsylvania Center for Employee Ownership, a statewide nonprofit that educates business owners and employees about the benefits of ESOP—of which Restek is a founding member.
McPhillips described a “silver tsunami” approaching the economy as many baby-boomer business owners retire and make decisions about what to do with their businesses. McPhillips explained the benefits of setting up an employee ownership plan as part of that succession. “Restek is a poster child for turning your company into an ESOP and how great for business that can be,” he said.
South Hills students Katey Hall and Jessi Hall, who are sisters-in-law, particularly enjoyed the ESOP presentation. “We want to start a social media firm in the area and we think creating an ESOP would be a nice thing for our future employees,” Katey said.
Following a lively question and answer session, senior R&D manager Chris English took the students on a tour of the applications laboratory where Restek chemists develop solutions to tough analytical problems. Next, Scott Grossman, a content development specialist, gave a presentation titled “Restek in the Wild: Examples of Our Products in Use,” about the involvement of the company’s products in testing water quality following a chemical spill in the Elk River near Charleston, WV.
Michael Gates, program coordinator for business administration at South Hills, said it was the fourth time he brought his students to Restek since Shuey first invited them in 2003. “I enjoy bringing students to Restek because they are introduced to a little bit of everything—from manufacturing, to customer service, to marketing. This company does it all,” he said.
As Jimmy Johnson said, “The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra.” That “little extra” is what Restek’s Wellness team is recognizing in their new Extraordinary Feats spotlight.
Mike Wittrig (R&D Manager) and Gary Stidsen (Business Manager) are the first to be recognized. Mike just checked off one of his bucket list items by bicycling across the state of Pennsylvania in one day—a ride of 213.87 miles and approximately 10,000 feet of climbing! Gary completed a virtual bike ride across the U.S. from Portland, OR, to Portland, ME, aided by the state-of-the-art cycling room in Restek’s brand-new fitness center. Thank you, Mike and Gary, for inspiring us to “Live well. Work well.”
The Extraordinary Feats spotlight is just one of many wellness incentives and events organized for employee-owners by Restek, a leader in Centre County employee wellness programs.
Kari Leah, Restek wellness coach and Extraordinary Feats coordinator said, “People inspire me on a daily basis and I hope that, by sharing Mike and Gary’s feats, others will be inspired as well. I think it is important to celebrate other’s achievements.”
The wellness team will be on the lookout for other employees to recognize, but fellow employees can also make recommendations for the Extraordinary Feats spotlight. The team hopes to feature someone in this spotlight several times per year.
Restek Wellness started in the late 1980s with a universal weight machine and a punching bag in an empty corner of their manufacturing building. Restek Wellness now boasts a team of fulltime wellness coaches, a brand-new 17,000-square-foot fitness center and gymnasium, a paved walking path, a sand volleyball court, and numerous exercise classes.
Restek’s founder, Paul Silvis, had a vision that happy, healthy employees would be more productive and successful, making the company more successful, too. Restek continues to live the success Paul envisioned, thanks in large part to the efforts of the Restek Wellness team and their programs.
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Restek Air Valve Excellence (RAVE) is now available for the easy retrofit of 3.2 L, 6 L, and 15 L Entech air sampling canisters. These new RAVEn valves have an identical internal design to the incredibly popular and rugged RAVE valves recently released on Restek’s SilcoCan, TO-Can, and miniature air sampling canisters. Upgrade from your TOV and TOV-2 valves—with no modification needed!
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About RAVE Valves
Restek Air Valve Excellence (RAVE) brings proven long life, leak-free performance, and effortless operation to your air sampling canisters. This durable design has been engineered to exceed 15,000 cycles—and every valve is leak-tested with helium to 1×10-6 mL/sec before it leaves our facility. The W-type valve seats are work-hardened to enhance damage resistance, while the wetted surfaces contain no moving parts. And because convenient, reliable field use isn’t just about withstanding the rigors of harsh environments, the RAVE valve achieves full closure with a quick twist of the fingers (only 10 in-lb) and is easy to access, even for big hands or when wearing bulky gloves.
Standard on Restek’s full line of SilcoCan, TO-Can, and miniature air sampling canisters, these American-made valves are also ideal for upgrading existing canisters. Rugged stainless steel RAVE valves can be ordered with Siltek treatment for added inertness and either 2 or 3 ports to accommodate an optional gauge. Plus, diaphragm rebuild kits are available to further extend the life of these long-lasting air valves. Turn to your trusted partner for air sampling and chromatography—order Restek Air Valve Excellence for your air sampling canisters today.