HSNW: First Responders Radiological Preparedness

first_imgFirst responders and emergency managers train on how to plan for the first minutes of a radiological dispersal device detonation response. Courtesy/HSNWHSNW News:A radiological dispersal device (RDD), or “dirty bomb,” detonation in a local jurisdiction will have significant consequences for public safety, responder health and critical infrastructure operations.First responders and emergency managers must quickly assess the hazard, issue protective action recommendations, triage and treat the injured, and secure the scene in support of the individuals, families and businesses in the impacted community.This is why, in 2017, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) National Urban Security Technology Laboratory (NUSTL), in partnership with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Department of Energy (DOE) National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) published guidance for first responders and emergency managers on how to plan for the first minutes of an RDD detonation response.S&T says that the Radiological Dispersal Device Response Guidance Planning for the First 100 Minutes is the result of years of scientific research and experimentation conducted by DOE laboratories – Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) and Sandia National Laboratories – coupled with S&T NUSTL’s direct conversations with first responders about operationalizing and documenting the scientific recommendations. The Guidance includes five missions and ten tactics to address initial response efforts. It is intended to be engaging and easy to use, allowing communities to plug in their specific assets, agencies and response protocols.“The Guidance provides emergency planners and first responders across the nation with a playbook of best practices to start from in planning for a RDD detonation response,” said S&T NUSTL Program Manager Ben Stevenson.Now that the Guidance is published, S&T’s NUSTL is leading efforts to make it accessible to the responder communities who will need to incorporate it into their planning efforts and to state and federal partners that will support the response.Animating the guidanceTo support responder understanding of the missions and tactics described in the RDD Response Guidance, S&T’s NUSTL worked with DOE’s Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory to animate the missions and tactics.Source: Homeland Security News Wirelast_img read more

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Cargotec restructures Chinese manufacturing operations

first_imgSince 2012, RCI has manufactured port and offshore cranes for Kalmar and MacGregor (both part of Cargotec) at Taicang, China.Cargotec will sell its 49 percent stake in RCI to RHI, while acquiring select operations and assets. The company said the move is part of a plan to simplify its global supply chain operations, while supporting an asset-light balance sheet structure.Roughly 160 RCI employees are expected to move to Kalmar once the restructuring is complete. Kalmar and MacGregor will continue selling their respective products by partnering with RHI and RCI.www.cargotec.comlast_img read more

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Smartrac Develops Fully Sustainable and Environmentally Friendly RFID Tags

first_imgRFID solutions leader, Smartrac Technology, has announced a technical partnership with 4E Antenna AB, a leading producer of paper-based antennas and circuits, to further strengthen true sustainability in RFID products and applications. In compliance with Smartrac’s Green Tag Program, both companies will jointly develop RFID inlays and tags which are fully sustainable and environmentally friendly. These new products aim to address businesses that recognize the value and importance of a truly reduced carbon footprint and greatly reduced environmental impact, in a wide number of markets such as smart packaging, supply chain management, retail and many more.Smartrac announced its comprehensive Green Tag Program earlier this year, taking on an obligation to manufacture RFID products that verifiably meet strict criteria regarding the use of recyclable substrates, avoidance of heavy metals, and non-use of chemical etching in the production of aluminum antennas. By joining forces with 4E Antenna AB, Smartrac can now produce “Green Tags” in volume, using paper substrates and aluminum antennas which are made without any chemicals being involved, while maintaining the same performance characteristics as standard RFID tags. This results in the complete recycling of aluminum residues, the absence of PET substrate as well as a reduction in adhesive usage, hence a significant carbon footprint reduction.As a first outcome of the partnership and based on 4E Antenna AB’s technology, Smartrac presented one of its first new Green Tags, the new WEB Green inlay, at the RFID Journal Live! 2019 event in Phoenix. Smartrac’s WEB Green inlay is essentially compliant with all other comparable, high-quality WEB inlays regarding performance and applications.These inlays are designed for the unique identification of items such as apparel and electronics and are particularly suitable for item-level retail applications, offering high performance and best-in-class orientation sensitivity. Volume production of the new WEB Green inlay will be available by June 2019. Smartrac’s Green Tag Program is expected to grow fast, and further new, green product introductions will be added in the coming weeks.Specifically, the production process for 4E Antenna’s paper-based RFID antennas, according to Lars Granbom, the company CEO, begins with a special laminate of aluminum and paper substrate. A laser is then used to precision-cut an antenna design from the aluminum layer. By leveraging Smartrac’s proven global expertise in designing and producing premium RFID inlays and tags, the benefits of this innovative manufacturing approach will have a significantly positive environmental and economic impact worldwide.4E Antenna AB is a Walki Group associated company and a global market leader in green antenna technology. The patented technology enables a very cost effective and flexible production of paper based, plastic free antennas and circuits. The production process is environmentally friendly with no usage of toxic chemical and recycling of all aluminum and paper residues. The company has its registered headquarters in Gothenburg, Sweden, with production in Jakobstad, Finland.last_img read more

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Bahrs is quickest in Quad City’s fair special

first_imgBy Anthony Sandoval EAST MOLINE, Ill. (June 18) – Jason Bahrs knew he had the car to win at Quad City Speedway’s Open Wheel Onslaught on Wednesday night.He just had to wait for the right time to use it.

Bahrs started fourth in the Rock Island County Fair special for IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds and squeezed his way into second behind Milo Veloz Jr. by lap two and bided his time as the two gradually caught up with the back of the pack. 

On the ninth circuit, Veloz became trapped behind a lapped car, allowing Bahrs to scoot by on the outside. Bahrs led the final 21 laps en route to his career first fair race win and a spot on the ballot for the 2014 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational.

”He has the capability to win a race even if he doesn’t have the best race car,” Bahrs said of Veloz. “He’s a challenge anytime we’re at the race track.”

 I was seeing where he was going to run and trying to figure out what it was going to take to get around him,” he added. “I showed him the nose and saw where he moved. Once I decided what was going to work out, I was able to get around him A three-time winner of the fair week special, Veloz ended in the runner-up spot. Greg Durbin, Terry Rentfro and Troy Cordes completed the top five. Feature results – 1. Jason Bahrs; 2. Milo Veloz Jr.; 3. Greg Durbin; 4. Terry Rentfro; 5. Troy Cordes; 6. Brandon Durbin; 7. Jeff Joldersma; 8. Chris Lawrence; 9. Matt Werner; 10. Rob Henry; 11. Joe Jones; 12. Eric Barnes; 13. Brian Bushong; 14. Josh Starr; 15. Kevin Goben; 16. Todd Dykema; 17. Justin Veloz; 18. Nathan Hall; 19. R.J. Gonzales; 20. Leland Bushong.last_img read more

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