Akron Brass Celebrates 100 Years

Company News
October 30, 2018

Akron Brass marked its 100th Anniversary this month with an open house for families, friends, retirees, and community members.

The company offered facility tours, showcasing a vintage collection of firefighting equipment, including antique fire trucks, and provided educational smokehouse demonstrations for kids. In addition to demonstrations, local fire departments competed in a water barrel competition, where teams of firefighters focus their water spray on a barrel suspended from a wire, trying to push it across an opposing team’s goal line. Apple Creek Fire Department took home the top prize.

An estimated 800-1,000 people attended the four-hour celebration at Akron Brass headquarters in Wooster, Ohio, The event included a wood-fired pizza fire truck, homemade ice cream, balloon twisting, and more. 

The 100-year planning committee, led by Corporate Communications & Event Manager Kim Morrow, was very pleased with the support they received from employees, the community, state and local politicians and IDEX.

COO Eric Ashleman Rocks IDEX!

Company News
October 26, 2018

Chief Operations Officer Eric Ashleman shared his electric guitar skills recently as he challenged corporate employees to a rock ‘n’ roll version of “Name That Tune.”

Employees gathered in teams to guess the song as Eric played over 20 songs, mostly classic rock hits. The songs included Deep Purple’s “Smoke on the Water”, ACDC’s “Thunderstruck” and Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven”.

Take a look at the recap video to see Eric’s skills!


Advanced Thin Films Optics Launched on NASA Satellite Monitoring Global Ice

Company News
October 24, 2018

When NASA launched a new satellite last month to study the effects of climate change, nearly 500 highly sensitive optics from IDEX’s Advanced Thin Films (ATF) were on board.

Now orbiting the earth, the ICESat-2 satellite is using seven lasers, combined with the ATF sensors, to measure how the height and thickness of ice sheets, glaciers and sea ice are changing over time. The ICESat-2 satellite promises to give scientists more precise measurements than ever before.

The ATF optics are part of a system called ATLAS, or Advanced Topographic Laser Altimeter System, which can monitor changes within four millimeters. Boulder, CO-based ATF worked for six years on the NASA project.

“The ATF team is proud to be part of groundbreaking NASA missions that provide information about our changing planet,” Chief Technologist Dr. Darren Berns said. “We continue to look for opportunities where our internal process development aligns well with the needs of the scientific community – particularly where our contributions follow our corporate ethos of “Trusted Solutions, Improving lives.”

While focused on changes to the polar ice caps – the cryosphere – the satellite will also measure other regions of the earth. Findings are expected to lead to better forecasts of rising sea levels.

“With this mission we continue humankind’s exploration of the remote polar regions of our planet and advance our understanding of how ongoing changes of Earth’s ice cover at the poles and elsewhere will affect lives around the world, now and in the future,” Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, said in a statement.

To see more about the ICESat-2 satellite, check out this NASA video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OQg5ov6zths


IDEX Reports Record Third Quarter Results; Q3 Sales up 8 Percent Overall and 9 Percent Organically

News Release
October 23, 2018

LAKE FOREST, Ill.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Oct. 23, 2018– IDEX Corporation (NYSE: IEX) today announced its financial results for the three month period ended September 30, 2018.

Third Quarter 2018 Highlights

  • Orders were up 7 percent overall and 8 percent organically
  • Sales were up 8 percent overall and 9 percent organically
  • Reported operating margin was 23.3 percent with adjusted operating margin of 24.0 percent, up 200 bps
  • Reported EPS was $1.37 with adjusted EPS of $1.41, up 31 percent


View Full Report at IDEXCorp.com: https://investors.idexcorp.com/news-releases/news-release-details/idex-reports-record-third-quarter-results-q3-sales-8-percent

XSmart Paint Color Dispensing Gets Mobile App Controls

Company News
October 22, 2018

The XSmart Paint Color Dispenser now has new features that allow the operator to control the machine with a mobile app.

Fast & Fluid Management initially developed the XSmart for Asian markets where customers expressed a need for a cost effective tinting machine to meet the needs of rapidly growing population of consumers with a desire for colored paints.

Since then, customers have asked Fast & Fluid to develop a mobile solution for the XSmart to replace desktop computer controls.

Conventional paint color dispensers are designed to be controlled and operated using desktop computers and laptops equipped with Fast & Fluid’s PrismaPro operating software. Rapid developments in mobile hardware platforms and software have allowed mobile devices to perform an increasing number of complex computing tasks.

Fast & Fluid developed a mobile application called “Prisma-RT” where RT stands for Remote Technology. Together with Fast & Fluid’s supporting hardware: “Wireless Konnect Kit,” the new software enables end-users to operate our dispensers using their personal mobile devices, including phones and tablets.

IOT (Internet of Things) technology will also enable real time support on such things as color database updates without expensive visits by service engineers to update databases on site at the paint shop. At the same time our mobile dispensing software will save the cost of procuring expensive conventional PC’s or laptops, allowing users to use their existing smartphone or tablet.

Fast & Fluid has released the first version of Prisma-RT to Asian Paints, which operates on Android platform devices. The first version of Prisma-RT has all the necessary functionality to operate the dispenser, such as the formula book, dispensing, filling canisters, saving customer details, adjusting dispense, manual dispense, and pricing.

Fast & Fluid global and local cross-functional teams made it possible to release the first version of Prisma-RT in Q3 2018. The company has also already installed several Prisma-RT demos at customer sites across Asia. Fast & Fluid intends to continue adding more customers to this growing list across the entire region.

At this stage Prisma-RT is only offered for the X-Smart but work is already in progress to make it available for the X-PROTINT & iNSPiRE as well as the iOS platform, with added functionality through Phase 2 of the project.


Vetter Helps Transform Old Farmhouse into Housing for People with Disabilities

Company News
October 17, 2018

Thirty-five employees at Vetter, southwest of Cologne, Germany, donated more than 230 hours to help convert an old farmhouse into a dorm for people with disabilities in Zülpich-Bessenich.  

The initial plan was to focus on demolishing the pigsty, but after six days of work, the entire Vetter volunteer team had completed the demolition project much faster than originally planned. In addition to transforming the pigsty, Vetter employees helped with other tasks, including preparing garden plots and excavating for greenhouses. 

Jörg Schumacher, initiator of the dorm and working project, is pleased about the diligence of the Vetter volunteer team. “We received much more support than we expected, much more than we could imagine,” Schumacher said.  

Part of IDEX Fire & Safety, Vetter is a global leader in developing technically superior pneumatic products that include lifting bags, tents and hazmat products. 




IDEX Foundation Donates to Earthquake & Hurricane Relief

Company News
October 16, 2018

In response to employee requests, the IDEX Foundation again made donations to worldwide disaster relief efforts. The Foundation donated a total of $15,000 to disaster relief organizations providing relief to victims of the recent earthquake in Indonesia, and hurricanes Florence and Michael in the United States.

 The foundation approved a $5,000 donation to Mercy Corps, which has been working in Indonesia for nearly 20 years and has responded to almost every significant emergency in the region, including the Japanese (2011) and Indian (2004) tsunamis. The Indonesian earthquake struck on Sept. 28, killing more than 2,000 people. Mercy Corps is providing water, food and hygiene gifts to survivors.

 To assist hurricane victims in the United States, the IDEX Foundation has partnered with several organizations providing local relief.

For assistance following Hurricane Florence in the Carolinas, the foundation gave $4,000 to Team Rubicon, which has deployed more than 750 volunteers to the region since the storm struck in September. Team Rubicon pairs the skills and experiences of military veterans with first responders, medical professionals, and technology solutions.  At the suggestion of employees from Semrock, the foundation is also giving $1,000 to the Charles Finney School in Rochester, N.Y., which is coordinating donations of supplies to those affected by the hurricane.

 To assist those on the Florida panhandle who were impacted by Hurricane Michael earlier this month, the foundation has also donated $5,000 to Direct Relief, a humanitarian organization that partners with local health centers and clinics, providing emergency medical packs with supplies to treat as many as 100 people for up to five days. Direct Relief’s donation policy requires that 100 percent of contributions designated for specific emergencies are used only for activities related to that emergency. 

To learn more about the IDEX Foundation, visit our Corporate Social Responsibility page.


HURST Jaws of Life Website Wins Three Design Awards

Company News
October 15, 2018

Usually a behind-the-scenes partner to first responders, HURST Jaws of Life® took center stage this month with advertising industry recognition of the design and user experience of JawsOfLife.com. The new website earned three awards at W3, an annual international awards competition.

HURST Jaws of Life won two gold awards and one silver award for the website in three categories: Best Mobile UX; Manufacturing Company; and Visual Appeal/Aesthetics. The new website was launched in late 2017 to provide dealers and rescue tool end users with robust resources, time-saving features and an immersive HURST Jaws of Life experience.

“Our goal is to make sure our customers have the tools they need to save lives,” Bruce Johnston, director of marketing and product management said. “JawsOfLife.com is a different kind of tool, but equally important. Being recognized by W3 for the site’s design and mobile user experience says JawsOfLife.com is giving first responders easy-to-access and easy-to-use information whether they’re in the station or at the scene. We’re proud of this new website and appreciate the advertising industry’s recognition of it.”

The W3 awards recognize outstanding digital marketing materials. Judged by the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts, it is an invitation-only competition among a top tier of media, interactive, advertising and marketing firms.


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