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Local Students Visit Retlif’s New York Headquarters

A group of eleven students from Longwood High School recently received a guided tour of Retlif’s Ronkonkoma, NY headquarters facility including the EMC/EMI and Environmental laboratories. The students and Longwood School to Career Coordinators discussed summer internships and potential opportunities for graduating high school students with Retlif Executive Vice President Bill Hayes, Laboratory Manager Nick Accardi and Retlif Human Resources Manager Sharon Murphy.

Mr. Hayes commented “the Longwood High School student visit continues Retlif’s long history of community outreach and introduces these young minds to potential career paths. We are always pleased to see the growing interest from young students in what we do at Retlif and in the importance of EMC/EMI and Environmental testing services to modern business.”

Ms. Murphy added, “The Longwood High School tour of the facilities exposed the students to the real-world career opportunities that exist within their community at technology companies such as Retlif.”

About Longwood: Founded in 1959, Longwood Central School District covers 53 square miles in central Brookhaven Town, Suffolk County, New York, USA. It serves the hamlets of Ridge, Gordon Heights, Middle Island, Coram and Yaphank, and parts of Shoreham, Shirley, Medford and Upton.

Retlif Executive Vice President Bill Hayes, sixth from left; Retlif Human Resources Manager Sharon Murphy, eighth from left.

Retlif Testing Laboratories Sponsoring Robotics Competition…Again!

Retlif Testing Laboratories, an internationally recognized, independent EMC/EMI and Environmental Simulation testing leader, proudly announced its continuing sponsorship of the Sachem High School Robotics Team in the 2022 School-Business Partnerships of Long Island, Inc. (SBPLI) FIRST Robotics Competition.

Retlif’s Bill Hayes addresses the Sachem High School Robotics Team.

For over twenty years Retlif has provided the Sachem Aftershock Robotics Team with engineering support, financial assistance and internships at the Retlif Ronkonkoma (New York) headquarters. High school students from both campuses of Sachem Central School District have been involved in hands-on robotic science, and though students change as they progress through high school, the enthusiasm of each class is remarkably the same from year to year. Team 263, Sachem Aftershock is currently deeply involved in the 2022 Build Season.

Retlif Executive Vice President William Hayes (East Islip, NY) stated, “We are extremely proud to sponsor Team 263. With this support weare helping to mold the engineers and scientists of tomorrow in a world where technology is at a premium and where expertise is in high demand. We find that the students are very committed, enjoy competing and applying their skills, and that they want to win. That’s a tribute to all the participants and the Sachem faculty including Andrew Cifuni, Robert Wentzel, and James Byrne, who devote their time and energy to a positive learning experience that may prove extremely for those seeking STEM careers, science, technology, engineering and math.”

The Sachem Aftershock Robotics Team has consistently ranked in the top 1 percent of competing teams. Students are taught to follow a policy of gracious professionalism and sincere cooperation. Retlif President Walter Poggi stated “designing, testing, troubleshooting and building a robot means that students are exposed to technical engineering skills, learn how to program, and most importantly, develop a sense of personal responsibility through regularly scheduled weekly meetings and workshops.”

Owen Watford named Vice President of The Long Island Council Of The Navy League

The Long Island Council of The Navy League of the United States, an organization dedicated to strengthening the ties between Long Island-based defense supporters and veterans and the U.S. Navy, the U.S. Coast Guard and maritime sea services, has announced new leadership. Owen W. Watford, Retlif Business Development Manager, has been elected Vice President by the Long Island Council of The Navy League.

Vice President Watford stated “being in a position to assist our men and women in uniform and all our veterans through corporate support and grass roots efforts creates a feeling of accomplishment in the defense of our nation. I’m pleased to announce that we will continue our tradition of commissioning US Navy ships with the commissioning of the Arleigh-Burke class guided missile destroyer USS Patrick Gallagher which is currently under construction.”

Retlif Testing Laboratories is a business supporter of the Long Island Council of The Navy League of the United States.

Expanded Scope of Accreditation for Medical Devices

Retlif Receives ASCA Pilot Program Accreditation

As one of the first independent EMC laboratories to gain accreditation in the United States, Retlif supports conformity assessment schemes which rely on test data provided by ISO/IEC 17025 accredited laboratories. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recently embraced accreditation through a Pilot Program, the Accreditation Scheme for Conformity Assessment (ASCA).

ASCA incorporates international conformity assessment standards and practices with the goal of increasing confidence in medical device testing among FDA reviewers and medical device manufacturers. Anticipations are that this will decrease requests for additional information relating to testing methodologies when pre-market submissions include a declaration of conformity to an FDA-recognized consensus standard within the FDA ASCA Pilot Program.

Access For Retlif Customers:

Retlif medical equipment manufacturers can readily access this alternative path for FDA acceptance of EMC test reports. All three Retlif EMI facilities (Ronkonkoma NY, Goffstown NH, Harleysville PA) have achieved FDA ASCA Pilot Program accreditation.

Scopes Of Accreditation:

Scopes include basic EMC requirements contained within IEC 60601-1-2, Edition 4.0, 2014 and specific requirements for:

  • Medical Electrical Equipment and Medical Electrical Systems used in the Home Health Care Environment
  • Medical Electrical Equipment and Medical Electrical Systems used in the Emergency Medical Services Environment
  • Electrocardiographs
  • Endoscopic Equipment
  • Infant Radiant Warmers
  • Infant Transport Incubators
  • Infant Incubators
  • Ultrasonic Medical Diagnostic and Monitoring Equipment
  • X-Ray Equipment for Computed Tomography
  • Ambulatory Electrocardiographic Systems
  • Medical Beds
  • Nerve and Muscle Stimulators
  • Dental Intra-Oral X-Ray Equipment

Contact ASCA@Retlif.com for more information.

Enhanced Rail Testing Services for Axle Counters

The world is rapidly moving toward full digitalization of railroads and both rail operators and transit systems are switching to axle counters for their track vacancy detection requirements. Used in railway signaling, axle counters detect the clear or occupied status of a track section between two points.

Safety Advantages:

  • The most common use for axle counters is in railway signaling for track vacancy detection. A form of block signaling, the systems do not permit two trains to be within the same section of track (block) at the same time.
  • Axle counters are also used to switch on and switch off warning equipment at grade crossings by closing the crossing to pedestrians and motor vehicles when a train is detected, and allowing them to open when the train has passed over the crossing.
  • Unlike traditional track circuits, axle counters do not require installation of insulated rail joints, which eliminates the need to break the continuity of long sections of welded rail for insertion of insulated joints.
  • Axle counters are particularly useful on electrified railways as they eliminate the need for traction bonding and impedance bonds. They also require no bonding and less cabling in comparison to track circuits, and they are generally less expensive to install and to maintain.

Concerns and Solutions: As is the case with any new technology placed on the property, concerns can arise. In this case the concern is that magnetic fields from rolling stock could cause Electro Magnetic Compatibility (EMC) issues with axle counters.

Test methodology has been developed to address this concern. Both ‘CLC/TS 50238-3: 2019 Part 3, Railway application, Compatibility between rolling stock and train detection systems, Compatibility with axle counters’ and also ‘EN-50592 Railway Applications, Testing of rolling stock for electromagnetic compatibility with axle counters’, set limits and define the test methodology to measure rolling stock’s electromagnetic compatibility with axle counters.

The Retlif Advantage: Retlif’s experienced field test engineers are equipped with the latest test instrumentation to address procedures set forth in both applicable standards. This represents a further enhancement of Retlif’s 40-plus year history of involvement in rail and transit engineering services that that are available to manufacturers and users of rail and transit equipment and systems.

Contact sales@retlif.com for further information and proposal requests.

Retlif Leading the Way to NIST 800-171 Certification

Retlif Testing Laboratories (Headquarters, Ronkonkoma, NY), a globally recognized, independent EMC/EMI and environmental testing organization, has achieved a significant milestone through the deployment of an effective cybersecurity plan that is in compliance with NIST 800-171 and Levels 1, 2 and 3 of the Department of Defense Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC). 


Overseen and coordinated by Team Logic IT (South Setauket, NY), completion of the 12-month NIST cyber security compliance project means that Retlif’s Ronkonkoma New York, Harleysville, Pennsylvania and Goffstown, New Hampshire laboratories are certified to deliver a higher degree of cybersecurity protection.

“Our clients find that such compliance is a high level difference-maker,” Retlif President Walter Poggi observed. “Given today’s rampant cybersecurity attacks that plague every business in every industry, the U.S. government created a comprehensive set of regulations to combat hacking efforts and to keep Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) secure. In commercial manufacturing, this would be anything other than COTS (Commercial Off-The-Shelf) and includes modified COTS products. I’m very pleased to announce that Retlif is one of the first organizations in the testing industry to offer NIST standard cybersecurity  compliance to our clients in defense, aerospace, homeland security, rail and transit and maritime.”

CUI, a term applied to virtually any sensitive, unclassified information that the U.S. government shares with governmental agencies, contractors and subcontractors, runs the gamut from financial information to product patents.

“Achieving certification to NIST standards is a complex process,” commented Roger Noakes, President of Team Logic IT. “With Retlif, all required controls, documentation and procedures were defined and established, followed by extensive training of all personnel. Both Team Logic IT and designated Retlif engineers will continually monitor for full cybersecurity compliance .”

Mr. Poggi agreed. “We collectively recognize that cybersecurity countermeasures and threats appear and evolve rapidly. NIST 800-171 compliance at Retlif is not a one and done situation. It’s about vigilance over time. It’s about Retlif remaining fully committed and fully engaged in a continuous process of threat discovery, threat defense and threat prevention for the ultimate benefit of our clients.”

Bill Hayes Article in ACCESS Magazine

Retlif Executive Vice President Bill Hayes added another feather to his writing cap with an article published in Volume 8 Issue 3 of the prestigious ACCESS magazine. ACCESS is the official magazine of the Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency.

Retlif received the Cogswell “Outstanding Industrial Security Achievement Award” from the US Defense Security Service (DSS), and Bill wrote a “Cogswell In Their Own Words”article for the publication detailing Retlif’s intensive efforts, processes and protocols that earned the much-coveted recognition.

“We have formulated a solid security program by building on smaller successes and incrementally integrating the advances made at each step of the way,” Bill observed. “Over the years, the collaboration with our assigned DCSA representatives has been the ingredient that pulls all the pieces together, resulting in our program success.”

BTW, this marks the second time in five years that Retlif has received the Cogswell award whichinvolves the creation and maintenance of security programs that far exceed National Industrial Security Program requirements.As Retlif FSO security officer, Bill headed up that effort also.

Congratulations to Retlif and to Bill Hayes on an outstanding job!

 

Supporting LI Power Electronics Symposium

Not only is it the area’s premier annual event for professional engineers, managers, and technicians but it gets bigger and better every year. The Long Island Power Electronics Symposium is coming up once again on Thursday, November 7th, and Retlif will be a proud exhibitor.

Bill Hayes at 2018 Symposium

Retlif supports the Symposium because it represents all sectors of power electronics, including military, industrial, medical, aerospace, consumer and automotive. If you are a professional engineer, manager or technician involved in the use, design, qualification, test or manufacture of power supplies, power converters, power management, servos or energy storage this event is for you. Students and educators are also welcome.

Free but…General attendance (and parking!) are free, but you must register https://ieee.li/forms/power2019/

Registered attendees will receive complimentary networking lunch, admission to the exhibit floor, technical lectures, and the complimentary networking dinner.

First 200…The first 200 registered attendees will also receive a complimentary swag bag full of gifts from our exhibitors.

  • Where:Hauppauge Radisson, 110 Motor Parkway, Hauppauge LI.
  • When: November 7, 2019
  • Time: 12:00 noon to 8:00 PM.
  • Where:Hauppauge Radisson, 110 Motor Parkway, Hauppauge LI.
  • When: November 7, 2019.
  • Time: 12:00 noon to 8:00 PM.

Retlif Recognized With Defense Security Service Award

Ronkonkoma laboratory receives “Outstanding Industrial Security Achievement Award” from the US Defense Security Service (DSS).

St. Louis, Missouri, USA………….Retlif Testing Laboratories, the internationally recognized strategic compliance organization,and one of the USA’s leading independent EMC/EMI and Environmental testing laboratories, has received the prestigious Cogswell Outstanding Industrial Security Achievement Award from the Defense Security Service (DSS). The Cogswell award recognizes industrial security excellence and outstanding achievement in matters related exclusively to a facility’s security program. Established in 1966, it honors the late Air Force Colonel James S. Cogswell, the first Chief of Industrial Security within the Department of Defense.

Retlif Executive Vice President and Facility Security Officer William K. Hayes commented, “Retlif prepares for DSS assessments by continually maintaining an active readiness posture where security is an integral part of every employee’s job. We have a security education program in place, and we regularly apply DSS training and resources to solve situations at our facility in an efficient manner. Considering there are over 13,000 defense contractors, we are very proud to be selected for the award.”

Retlif President Walter Poggi added, “The DSS criteria for the Cogswell Award centers on the creation and maintenance of security programs that far exceed National Industrial Security Program requirements. We are greatly honored to receive the Cogswell Award for a second time in five years.”

 

 

Photo Caption: [left to right]

  • Gus Green, Director of Industrial Security Field Operations, Defense Security Service
  • Dan Payne, Director, Defense Security Service
  • Donald Dwyer, Assistant Facility Security Officer, Retlif Testing Laboratories
  • William Hayes, Facility Security Officer and Executive Vice President, Retlif Testing Laboratories
  • Cheryl Matthew, Northern Regional Director, Defense Security Service
  • Mike Halter, Deputy Director Industrial Security Field Operations, Defense Security Service

 

Retlif Testing Laboratories, with headquarters in Ronkonkoma NY, also has locations in New Hampshire, Pennsylvania and Washington DC. Retlif recently celebrated its 40thanniversary.

Does Life Begin at 40? Retlif Milestone Celebrated.

Forty years in business is a milestone that few organizations ever reach especially with the same mission and leadership. And in testing, only a handful of independent laboratories can lay claim to the feat, let alone have the impact that Retlif Testing Laboratories has had upon the industry and the customers the company has served throughout the USA and the world.

There are always underlying reasons for long-term success. Perhaps Retlif’s achievement of this milestone is due to the fiercely independent entrepreneurial spirit that emanates from the top, or perhaps it is because of the knowledge, training and education that Retlif engineers apply to each test and project.

Either way, to be healthy and thriving after forty years in business, is a remarkable accomplishment, and Retlif recently celebrated the milestone with Anniversary Open Houses and Employee Recognition Events at three Retlif facilities. The Goffstown New Hampshire, Harleysville Pennsylvania, and Ronkonkoma New York events were held on different days, but all shared common features: Honored guests, current and former employees, and the overriding spirit and sense of family.

Richard Reitz, John Williams, Todd Hannemann, Walter Poggi

Retlif New Hampshire: New Hampshire may have been the ninth state to join the union (1787), but it was the second state to join Retlif…199 years later in 1986! The Anniversary Open House and Employee Recognition Event marking the fortieth anniversary of Retlif’s founding brought a great many customers, employees, families and elected officials to the Goffstown facility to mark the milestone.

One particular highlight was New Hampshire state senator Lou D’Allesandro, who has represented the 20th District since 1998. He presented a New Hampshire Senate Resolution Certificate recognizing and congratulating Retlif for over 40 years of service as an independent testing and engineering organization. David Pierce, former Representative, New Hampshire House of Representatives, and Ms. Bonnie Guevin, Goffstown Economic Development Council, also graced the event with their presence.

Tom Cilmi, Walter Poggi

Retlif New York: The Retlif New York Anniversary Open House and Employee Recognition Event was appropriately held at the Ronkonkoma NY headquarters facility. The festivities featured laboratory tours headed by Executive Vice President Bill Hayes and Business Development Manager Owen Watford and brought together a broad cross section of customers from all industry sectors, as well as Retlif employees and local leaders. The presence of a number of former employees added to the pervasive feeling of family that characterizes the Retlif organization. Guests of honor included Suffolk County Legislator and Minority Leader of the Legislature’s Republican Caucus Tom Cilmi; Islip Town Supervisor Angie M. Carpenter; and William G. Mannix, Director, Town of Islip Office of Economic Development.

Richard Reitz, PA State Senator Bob Mensch, Walter Poggi

Retlif Pennsylvania: At the Harleysville Pennsylvania laboratory, tour guides escorted guests through the secure 18,000 square foot facility, including anechoic rooms, environmental lab and the recently dedicated Michele and Dan Signore Conference & Training Room. Guests of honor at the Retlif 40th Anniversary Open House and Employee Recognition Event included Pennsylvania State Senator Bob Mensch, 24th District, and Pamela A. Kelly President & CEO of the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Montgomery County. A good time was had by all!

Forty years of successful business is truly a milestone of distinction and a badge of honor. Congratulations to Retlif employees, founders and customers who made this achievement possible. At Retlif, life begins at 40. Here’s to 40 more!