An emerging trend in the U.S. MedTech Industry is the increasing attention to cybersecurity. Through the continuous establishment of regulations, more and more is expected of U.S. medical manufacturers with regard to the security of medical devices, data, and information technology that ultimately affect patient safety. In order to meet these expectations, medical manufacturers turn to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for guidelines. It is through voluntary measures such as the benefit-risk framework that U.S. medical manufacturers can detect what level of cybersecurity risks are present in the medical devices, thus communicate these to end-users. ANSI UL 2900-2-1, for example, is a recently recognized consensus standard that provides a framework for developers and medical manufacturers to assess cybersecurity risk, thus improving the safety of the devices.
Recently, TT Electronics had the honor of hosting the ‘WCCTV Technology Roadshow’ at our Rogerstone facility in Wales. The opening day was used as a platform to demonstrate WCCTV’s cutting edge technology, while driving home the advantages of partnering with a UK based manufacturer.
Employees from our UK facilities in Rogerstone and Fairford have been hard at work raising funds for their local charity, Macmillan Cancer Support. The first event involved a bike ride from Fairford to Rogerstone that stretched over 85 miles and included 10 employees. Following the bike ride, TT Electronics held a cake sale at our Rogerstone facility on October 5th. Together, the groups raised nearly £2,000 for their efforts.
Last week, we announced that the Federal Aviation Agency (FAA) has awarded our facility in Perry, Ohio Part 145 Aviation Repair Station Certification. This latest achievement demonstrates our unwavering commitment to support aerospace customers and their challenging supply chain requirements.
TT Electronics was invited by Tribune Group Ltd. to participate in the Welsh Festival of Innovation this past week, held at the University of Wales. Team members from our Rogerstone facility attended the event as Tribune’s design and manufacturing partner. The Welsh Festival of Innovation is a showcase event run by several companies and academia to highlight innovation in Wales. Attendees have the opportunity to network with industry experts and showcase their product or service to members of the public. We want to thank Tribune for inviting us, and look forward to participating in similar events in the future.
We are proud to announce that our TT Electronics facility in Perry, Ohio, was recognized on April 21, 2017 with safety awards from the Lake County Safety Council, the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation, and the office of the U.S. House of Representatives. They recognized TT Electronics for having significantly reduced incidents and acheiving no lost time incidents for the year 2016. The awards are a testiment to the dedication of all team members and our Emergency Health and Safety team, who have been working to improve the health and safety at the facility.
Our Rogerstone team has once again partnered with the STEMworks program. Students from two local schools were invited to our manufacturing facility last week for an educational visit. The participating students were winners from an engineering workshop held in November. While on their visit, they were given a tour of the facility along with a demonstration of our 3D printer, which they observed build an artificial limb. The hands-on demo provided the students with a chance to see how advanced technologies are opening up new opportunities in the manufacturing industry.
Throughout 2016 TT Electronics have demonstrated continued support and dedication to the STEMworks project across several of our sites. Most recently two Test Technicians and a Production Engineer from our Rogerstone facility have taken part in various workshops in three schools local to the Newport area.
We are proud to share that the TT Electronics team in Perry, Ohio participated in the Adopt-A-Family program for the fifth year in a row. This program provides families in the local community with assistance during the Christmas season. This year we adopted three children and each child will be receiving up to six gifts this Christmas thanks to the fundraising efforts of the Perry team. The team members are looking forward to continuing this tradition next year.
For four years running, the TT Electronics-IMS team in Perry Ohio, has held a ”Stuff the Bus" drive to raise money and school supplies for the children in our local community. TT Electronics donated 120 book bags and team members worked over the course of four hours to fill them with supplies. The donations go to 1500 needy families in Lake County.