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RS Components and Allied Electronics Challenge All Engineers to Speed Test the Simplicity of Their Free Intuitive 3D Design Tool

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DesignSpark Mechanical customer challenge launched to prove how engineers can save vast amounts of time and money by adopting new 3D design software

SINGAPORE, Oct. 24, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — RS Components (RS) and Allied Electronics (Allied), the trading brands of Electrocomponents plc (LSE:ECM), the world’s leading high service distributor of electronics and maintenance products, are spurring the world’s engineers into creative combat with an invitation to pit their design skills against each other using DesignSpark Mechanical, the companies’ new free and intuitive 3D design software, co-developed with SpaceClaim.

The challenge is set for engineers of all backgrounds and disciplines to create an innovative, original design that takes into account the principles of mobility, accessibility or green living as key features of the end product. The aim of the challenge is to urge all engineers to road test DesignSpark Mechanical, and to join the more than 50,000 visitors to who have downloaded the tool and experienced the simplicity of the software first hand. The engineer responsible for the most popular design, as voted for by the DesignSpark engineering community, will receive the top prize of GBP5,000 and the first ever Ormerod 3D printer created by RepRapPro. Two runners-up will each receive a prize of GBP2,500.

To take part in the challenge, participants need to simply download the free DesignSpark Mechanical software from, create a 3D representation of their design, and submit the final idea by uploading it to DesignShare, the collaborative project space on, where each idea will be posted and votes will be cast. All entries must be received by 17:00 GMT on November 22, 2013.

Last month, followers on and social media channels witnessed some of the world’s leading engineers and inventors start the creative ball rolling at Manchester’s Museum of Science and Industry in the UK, where they were tasked to design a world-changing invention in just 48 hours using DesignSpark Mechanical. At the end of challenge, each of the four teams showcased a 3D printed prototype of their design, proving the case that this easy-to-use 3D design tool is capable of achieving super fast results, cutting days or weeks off the average design cycle.

For details about how to enter the DesignSpark Mechanical customer challenge, go to

About RS Components

RS Components and Allied Electronics are the trading brands of Electrocomponents plc, the world’s leading high service distributor of electronics and maintenance products. With operations in 32 countries, we offer more than 550,000 products through the internet, catalogues and at trade counters to over one million customers, shipping around 44,000 parcels a day. Our products, sourced from 2,500 leading suppliers, include electronics, automation and control, test and measurement, electrical and mechanical components.

Electrocomponents is listed on the London Stock Exchange and in the last financial year ended 31 March 2013 had revenues of GBP1.24bn.

For more information, please visit the website at

Further information is available via these links:
Twitter: @RSElectronics; @alliedelec; @designsparkRS

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RS Components 
Tan Soo Chun
Public Relations Manager – Asia Pacific
Telephone: +65-6391-5745

Edelman Public Relations (Singapore)
Yvette Yeo
Telephone: +65-6347-2355

Edelman Public Relations (China)
Winnie Wen
Public Relations Manager
Telephone: +86-10-5828-6580

Source: RS Components

Related stocks: LSE:ECM

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October 25, 2013 at 4:26 pm

Rehabilitated Manatees Head South

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Six Institutions Move Five Manatees in Three Days!

SINGAPORE, Oct. 24, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — One rehabilitated manatee from the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden and two from the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium have returned to Florida, and new manatees in need of tender loving care are now receiving attention from the animal experts at the two Ohio facilities. The moves, which occurred October 11 thru October 13, are part of both zoos’ participation in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Manatee Rescue and Rehabilitation Program.

DHL, the world’s leading logistics provider, moved five endangered manatees between October 12 and 13, 2013, as part of an ongoing rehabilitation effort.
DHL, the world’s leading logistics provider, moved five endangered manatees between October 12 and 13, 2013, as part of an ongoing rehabilitation effort.
The ‘Sea Cow Shuffle’ took place between October 12 and 13, 2013 and was the largest manatee move DHL has ever handled. The complex operation required precise logistics and tapped the experience and skill DHL has in handling highly valuable, sensitive cargo.
The ‘Sea Cow Shuffle’ took place between October 12 and 13, 2013 and was the largest manatee move DHL has ever handled. The complex operation required precise logistics and tapped the experience and skill DHL has in handling highly valuable, sensitive cargo.

With the help of DHL, the world’s leading logistics provider, the “Sea Cow Shuffle” began on Friday, October 11, when “Woodstock” (Cincinnati) and “Pixie” and “Wheezy” (Columbus) were driven to the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport to board a DHL flight to Florida accompanied by an animal care specialist and veterinarian from the zoos. The animals will remain under the care of manatee experts at Miami Seaquarium,SeaWorld Orlando and Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo, until winter when they will potentially be released near the areas where they were originally rescued.

The release of the manatees into Florida waters will occur in late winter and two of the large aquatic mammals will be outfitted with satellite tracking devices to continue to monitor their health and well being. Their movements will be tracked as part of the zoos’ participation in the Manatee Rescue & Rehabilitation Partnership (MRP). As part of the MRP, both the Cincinnati Zoo and the Columbus Zoo are second stage rehabilitation facilities that provide a temporary home for manatees until they are ready for release back to the wild. The MRP is a cooperative group of non-profit, private, state, and federal entities who work together to monitor the health and survival of rehabilitated and released manatees.

At each airport, the manatee crates were placed in an open-top cargo crate that was locked into the cargo hold. The manatees were kept as far away from engine noise as possible while waiting to be loaded and their crates were loaded last, so that they could be unloaded first after arriving at their destination.

“DHL is especially pleased to be part of this important manatee transfer and rehabilitation project,” said Joe Collopy, regional sales manager at the DHL Express Americas hub in Cincinnati. “DHL Express has many years of experience, successfully moving live animals around the world all in part to contribute to the zoos’ important work in protecting endangered species.”

Woodstock and her mother were victims of cold stress when they were rescued near the southwest coast of Florida on January 7, 2011. Woodstock was orphaned and taken to Miami Seaquarium when her mother did not survive. She weighed 420 pounds when she was rescued and was roughly 938 pounds when she arrived in Cincinnati in January 2013.  Pixie was the smallest manatee to ever come to the Columbus Zoo for rehabilitation. She was rescued on July 24, 2010 after being spotted alone in shallow water near Daytona. She was estimated to be just a few weeks old and only 42 pounds when she was taken to SeaWorld Orlando, where she was hand reared by SeaWorld Orlando’s animal care team and cared for at the park’s rescue and rehabilitation center for more than a year before being transferred to the Columbus Zoo. Pixie is now 673 pounds. Wheezy was suffering from the effects of cold stress when she was rescued on January 15, 2011. She was one of three manatees rescued from the Desoto Canal in Satellite Beach that winter. When she arrived at the Columbus Zoo along with Pixie in November 2011, she weighed approximately 505 pounds; she now weighs 853 pounds.

The Cincinnati Zoo’s new manatee, “Abigail,” is a female, orphaned calf that was rescued from the Indian River system, near Merritt Island in Brevard County, Florida, in March 2013 and has been receiving care at SeaWorld Orlando. She currently weighs approximately 275 pounds and will be joining, “Betsy,” a 22-year-old female, at Manatee Springs at the Cincinnati Zoo. Abigail will remain behind the scenes at Manatee Springs for a few days after her arrival, but the Zoo will let visitors know as soon as she and Betsy are introduced.

The Columbus Zoo’s new manatee, “Rae,” was found swimming alone in Key Largo in July, 2012 before being rescued and taken to the Miami Seaquarium. Because she was suffering from hunger, dehydration and stress upon arrival, Miami Seaquarium keepers quickly took over around the clock parental duties. Rae now weighs about 430 pounds. She has joined Stubby, a 17-year-old female, in the 300,000-gallon Manatee Coast pool at the Columbus Zoo. Rae and Stubby will have access to both pools, both on exhibit and behind the scenes, until Rae is acclimated to her new surroundings.

“Without a doubt, manatees are one of the most charismatic creatures and certainly one of both Ohio zoos most popular animals,” said Thane Maynard, Director of the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden. “We are extremely proud to be part of this conservation program and excited to welcome both Abigail and Rae to Ohio.”

The Cincinnati Zoo and the Columbus Zoo are the only two facilities outside of Florida to participate in the USFWS’ Manatee Rescue, Rehabilitation and Release Program. The Program began in 1973 with the mission of rescuing and rehabilitating distressed and injured Florida manatees. The fundamental purpose of the program is to release these rehabilitated manatees back into their wild habitat.More information about the program is available from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission ( As part of theManatee Rescue & Rehabilitation Partnership (MRP), the Cincinnati Zoo and the Columbus Zoo are second stage rehabilitation facilities that provide a temporary home for manatees until they are ready for release back to the wild. The MRP is a cooperative group of non-profit, private, state, and federal entities who work together to monitor the health and survival of rehabilitated and released manatees. Information about manatees currently being tracked is available at

The endangered Florida manatee is at risk from both natural and man-made causes of injury and mortality. Exposure to red tide, cold stress, and disease are all natural problems that can affect manatees. Human-caused threats include boat strikes, crushing by flood gates or locks, and entanglement in or ingestion of fishing gear.

NOTE FOR MEDIA – Video and sound bites from the move are available here:


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The world famous Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden was rated the #1 attraction locally and one of the top zoos in the nation by Zagat Survey. It was recognized by Parents Magazine as #7 on the “Top 10 Best Zoos for Kids” and has also been recognized by Child Magazine as one of “The 10 Best Zoos for Kids.” Over one million people visit the Zoo’s award-winning exhibits, and more than 500 animal and 3000 plant species annually. The Zoo is an accredited member of the American Zoo & Aquarium Association (AZA) and the American Public Gardens Association (APGA), and is internationally known for its success in the protection and propagation of endangered animals and plants, and engages in research and conservation projects worldwide.

The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is home to more than 10,000 animals representing over 575 species from around the globe. The Zoo complex is a recreational and education destination that includes the 22-acre Zoombezi Bay water park and 18-hole Safari Golf Club. The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium also operates the Wilds, a 10,000-acre conservation center and safari park located in southeastern Ohio. The Zoo is a regional attraction with global impact; contributing more than $1 million annually to support over 70 conservation projects worldwide. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, the Columbus Zoo has earned Charity Navigator’s prestigious 4-star rating.

SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment® inspires millions, through the power of entertainment, to celebrate, connect with and care for the natural world. The Company has been creating innovative entertainment experiences that blend imagination with nature for more than 50 years and is best known for its 11 U.S. theme parks, attractions that hosted more than 24 million guests in 2012 and include the beloved SeaWorld®, Busch Gardens® and Sesame Place® brands. The parks offer guests a variety of up-close experiences, from animal encounters that invite exploration and appreciation of the natural world, to thrilling rides and spectacular shows. In 2011 SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment began expanding its popular brands into media and entertainment platforms to connect people to nature and animals through movies, television, and digital media; plus began developing new lines of licensed consumer products.

SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment is one of the world’s foremost zoological organizations and a global leader in animal welfare, training, husbandry and veterinary care. The Company maintains one of the largest animal collections in the world and has helped lead advances in the care of species in zoological facilities and in the conservation of wild populations. SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment also operates one of the world’s most respected programs to rescue and rehabilitate ocean marine animals that are ill, injured and orphaned, with the goal of returning them to the wild. The SeaWorld® rescue team has helped more than 22,000 animals in need over the last four decades. SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment employs more than 21,000 people nationwide.

Miami Seaquarium, South Florida’s most popular tourist attraction, is a family-oriented marine-life park open to the public 365 days a year.  The park provides visitors with a greater understanding and appreciation for marine life through shows, presentations and marine-life exhibits. Miami Seaquarium, a privately owned company, is an accredited member of the Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums, an international organization committed to the care and conservation of marine mammals. Accreditation by the Alliance means this facility meets or exceeds all the standards of excellence for marine mammal care, husbandry, conservation and education. More information on Miami Seaquarium is available at

Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo is operated by the Lowry Park Zoological Society, an independent 501(c)(3) charitable organization committed to excellence in education, conservation and research. Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), and has been named the No. 1 zoo in America by both Parents magazine (2009) and Child magazine (2004). The Zoo is located at 1101 W. Sligh Avenue in Tampa, one mile west of I-275 (exit 48) and is open seven days a week, from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, with extended hours on select nights during special events. Parking is free. For more information,  Also find the Zoo on Facebook.

DHL – The Logistics company for the world

DHL is the global market leader in the logistics industry and “The Logistics company for the world”. DHL commits its expertise in international express, air and ocean freight, road and rail transportation, contract logistics and international mail services to its customers. A global network composed of more than 220 countries and territories and about 285,000 employees worldwide offers customers superior service quality and local knowledge to satisfy their supply chain requirements. DHL accepts its social responsibility by supporting environmental protection, disaster management and education.

DHL is part of Deutsche Post DHL. The Group generated revenue of more than 55 billion euros in 2012. For more information:


Tiffany Barnes, 513-559-7724 (Cincinnati Zoo)
Jennifer Wilson, 614-645-3579
Mari Delgado, 407-756-6066

Source: DHL

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October 25, 2013 at 3:51 pm

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PWA to Acquire USA and Malaysia Assets of ProSep Inc Bringing Full Suite of Water Solutions to Oil and Gas Industry

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HOUSTON, Oct. 24, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Produced Water Absorbents, Inc. (PWA) has entered into an agreement to acquire assets related to the global operations of oil and gas technology company ProSep Inc., which has its main offices in the United States and Malaysia.

The $9.2 million acquisition will see PWA – which provides produced water treatment solutions and services to the oil and gas industry – relocate its headquarters from Wooster, Ohio to Houston, Texas as part of a domestic and international expansion drive.

The acquisition is expected to be completed in November subject to customary closing conditions.

The deal will complement PWA’s existing services enabling it to offer the most comprehensive portfolio of patented solutions to treat oil, natural gas and produced water.

Neil Poxon, CEO of PWA said: “We identified strong synergies with our Osorb Media technology and ProSep’s produced water services and have plans to develop this unique offering to target the challenges being experienced by oil and gas operators around the world. We have ambitions to grow our presence in Houston and significantly invest in research and development.”

Upon completion of the acquisition, PWA will be headquartered in Houston with a supporting 55,000 sq ft manufacturing and assembly facility and additional offices in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and Aberdeen, UK. The company will employ around 90 people in total with plans to hire additional employees in the first 18 months.

ProSep designs, develops, manufactures and commercializes technologies to separate oil, water and gas. The manufacturing operation in Houston is the company’s centre of excellence for gas membranes, primary separation, heavy crude oil treatment and conventional produced water treatment systems and packages.

The acquisition will enable PWA to offer a complete solution for oil and gas industry oilfield water and gas streams. PWA as an emerging company in the industry contributes its proprietary technology selling skills, leasing experience and its focus on innovation to the acquisition. The assets acquired from ProSep offer a strong, established presence in the Americas, fabrication facilities, geographic spread and wide product portfolio. Following the closing of the acquisition, PWA will be in a position to offer unparalleled water treatment solutions to the oil and gas industry.

The global quantity of produced water volumes is likely to increase into the hundreds of billions of barrels per year, presenting an ever-growing challenge in how to manage and remain in compliance with constantly evolving environmental regulations.

In May this year PWA launched to market its revolutionary re-generable absorption media used for the management of oilfield water and gas streams. Osorb Media allows clients to meet and surpass stringent new environmental and discharge regulations.

Mr Poxon added: “The regeneration capability of the Osorb Media sets it apart from other water treatment techniques by drastically reducing the costs of media replacement and also decreasing the amount of waste to be transported and disposed. We firmly believe the combination of ground-breaking technologies and our new full service capability will be of great interest to global oil and gas operators and we have plans to grow our business in the Americas, Far East and Middle East.”

The acquisition was financed in part by PWA’s existing investors led by Energy Ventures with offices in Norway, Aberdeen, and Houston, Texas and Harris and Harris Group, Inc. with offices in New York City and Palo Alto, California.

Kristian Lier with Energy Ventures said: “We are excited to be part of building a leading, global company within fluid processing. This transaction brings a truly unique combination of worldwide reach and an innovative technology offering together.”

“We are confident that the combined product portfolio will result in a strengthened and accelerated market uptake.” added Einar Gamman, partner with Energy Ventures.

Notes to editors

Produced Water Absorbents, Inc (PWA) is a global technology company providing produced water treatment solutions and services to the oil and gas industry. It was founded in 2011 when venture capital funding was secured from Energy Ventures of Norway and Harris and Harris Group, Inc. from the USA.

The company’s technology is a re-generable absorption and adsorption media used for the management of oilfield water and gas streams. Osorb® Media has the ability to remove free, dispersed, emulsified and soluble hydrocarbons (BTEX, WSOs, etc) from water and gas streams.

Source: Produced Water Absorbents

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October 25, 2013 at 3:27 pm

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Eleven Patients Treated with the Cardioband Annuloplasty System for Transcatheter Mitral Repair Show Promising Preliminary Results

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Valtech Cardio to present a clinical update on the Cardioband™ feasibility study at the TCT Symposium
OR YEHUDA, Israel /PRNewswire/ — Valtech Cardio Ltd, a medical device company that develops solutions for mitral valve repair and replacement, announced today that 11 patients have been treated with the company’s transcatheter (transfemoral) Cardioband™ Annuloplasty System in three leading European medical centers.
A clinical update on the Cardioband study is scheduled to be presented at the 25th Annual Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics (TCT) Symposium in San Francisco on October 30-31 (see details below).
The Cardioband device enables transcatheter Mitral Regurgitation (MR) repair, thereby avoiding open heart surgery and the use of cardiac bypass machine. Another advantage is that the size of the Cardioband is fitted while the heart is beating which optimizes the results of the repair. Importantly, the form and clinical function of the Cardioband closely replicates that of the annuloplasty rings that are today the standard-of-care in surgery.
The patients were treated as part of an ongoing multi-center study at the Asklepios Klinik St. Georg Heart Center in Hamburg, Bichat-Claude Bernard Hospital in Paris and San Raffaele Hospital in Milan. The objective is to study the safety of Valtech’s Transfemoral Cardioband Annuloplasty System in patients suffering from functional MR who are at high risk for open heart surgery. The study focuses on the overall rate of Major Cardiovascular adverse events (MACE) until hospital discharge and at post-operative 30 days.
Dr. Francesco Maisano, Valtech’s Chief Medical Officer, commented: “The safety profile of the device is impressive. Throughout these eleven procedures, the Cardioband device has demonstrated an excellent safety profile with no MACE to date.” Dr. Maisano added, “Cardioband is the most promising valve repair technology. Early outcomes are extremely favorable with profound reduction of MR in most patients.”
All patients that have been implanted with the Cardioband system have experienced a reduction in the mitral valve annular size and an increase in coaptation length. To date, two patients have completed 6 months follow-up demonstrating a stable improvement from severe MR to mild MR; while nine patients were discharged with mild or even no MR.
Prof. Vahanian, Principal Investigator at Bichat-Claude Bernard Hospital, Paris, who implanted five patients noted, “We have been waiting for a long time for a transcatheter treatment for mitral regurgitation that can reproduce an effective surgical technique. The preliminary results we now have with Cardioband suggest that the Cardioband can do it.”
Prof. Karl-Heinz Kuck, Principal Investigator at the Asklepios Klinik St. Georg Heart Center in Hamburg, said: “The Cardioband annuloplasty system provides an excellent alternative for patients who are at high risk to undergo surgery. The procedure is safe and has the potential to become the first-line interventional therapy.”
Valtech Cardio plans to expand the study in the next few months by recruiting additional leading heart centers throughout Europe. Data from the trial will be used to support and obtain the CE Mark and other international regulatory approvals. Enrollment is expected to be completed in the first half of 2014.
The following sessions related to the Cardioband system will be presented during the TCT conference:
Wednesday October 30, 2013:
Room: Moscone North, Lower Level, Room 135
Session: Selected Translational Topics II. Catheter-Based Mitral Valve Intervention
10:24 a.m. Percutaneous Annuloplasty: The Valtech Cardioband Approach
Francesco Maisano
Thursday October 31, 2013:
Room: Moscone North, Lower Level, Presentation Theater 4
Session: Edited Taped Cases III
10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Transfemoral Cardioband Mitral Annuloplasty System
Francesco Maisano
About Valtech Cardio Ltd.
Founded in 2005, Valtech Cardio Ltd is a privately held company specializing in the development of devices for mitral valve repair and replacement. The company’s portfolio is based on established mitral valve treatments and includes both surgical and transcatheter-based solutions. The company’s products are designed to enable size adjustment under beating heart conditions for individualization of the repair. Valtech’s first surgical device, the Cardinal adjustable annuloplasty ring, was approved for commercialization in the European Union in 2011. Over 75 patients have been implanted with the Cardinal ring.
The Cardioband Annuloplasty System is an investigational device, limited by applicable law to investigational use and not available for sale.
For more information, visit the company’s website: or contact: Amir Gross at, +972-3-533-5959
Source: Valtech Cardio Ltd

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October 25, 2013 at 11:02 am

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