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Retlif Honored By Islip Town

Islip Town Supervisor Angie Carpenter recently presented Retlif founders Marilyn and Walter Poggi with a special citation recognizing Retlif as one of the companies that commits itself “to their town and county to ensure the improvement and success of future generations” and cited the organization’s “standard of excellence and trustworthiness in their industry that becomes synonymous to their name.”

Supervisor Carpenter presented the citation at a recent Open House at Retlif Headquarters in Ronkonkoma NY.

Left to right:  Islip Town Supervisor Angie Carpenter; Walter Poggi: Marilyn Poggi: Scott Poggi.

In part the proclaimation read: “Retlif Testing Laboratories, founded in 1978 by Walter and Marilyn Poggi, has for over forty years provided field leading electromagnetic compatibility solutions, rising to become a globally recognized independent testing expert relied upon for aerospace & avionics, commercial aviation, rail & transit, maritime, military, homeland security, medical, and transportation applications in the areas of EMC/EMI, environmental simulation, lighting and composites.

Retlif Testing Laboratories continues to meet the high demand for many of today’s military and defense products, providing cutting-edge and innovative solutions, whose strategic and operational leadership drives Retlif Testing Laboratories not only towards growth but to the support of our local communities, participating and engaging in many charitable initiatives powered by the hard work and dedication of the over fifty local employees in their Ronkonkoma, NY headquarters.”

 

 

 

Success at IEEE in 2018

 And a great time was had by all!

Retlif’s presence at the IEEE 2018 Long Island Power Electronics Symposium was greatly felt with Executive Vice President heading the charge and advising visitors of the Retlif approach to testing and compliance. Held at the Radisson (Hauppauge, NY), the show attracted engineers, technicians, managers and marketing types from a broad swath of industries, from aerospace and avionics, to military and consumer, to industrial and medical. The Retlif booth and the show in general were busy from start to finish. The Long Island Power Electronics Symposium is getting more and more recognition, and Retlif’s has helped with financial, guidance and outreach support.

See you same time next year!

Retlif Supports CPC

Retlif turned out in a big way to support the Composite Prototyping Center in a special event to showcase recent developments with a focus on educational and manufacturing successes on on Wednesday, November 14. Walter Poggi, Bill Hayes, Scott Poggi, Owen Watford and a number of Retlif engineering and financial staff were on hand to support Leonard Poveromo CPC Executive Director. CPI Aerostructures, Unique Electrical Solutions, ThermoLift, Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology, and representatives from several Long Island school districts presented or were honored for their participation. The event drew a large crowd from a cross section of industries and educational institutions to the Center which  is dedicated to providing workforce development, prototype manufacturing and hands-on technical training in advanced composites manufacturing.

 

Winning In Extra Innings

On the evening of September 7th, Retlif’s Bill Hayes hosted Vendor Night at Bethpage Ballpark in Central Islip, New York.  A number of Retlif vendors were in attendance at the Retlif suite, including Sign A Rama Bohemia proprietors Jim and Diane Trube, and the owners of William Simmen Electrical Contracting (St James NY), Will and Lauren Simmen.

Despite a late start due to a two and half hour rain delay, the game was exciting and a fun time was had by all. The Long Island Ducks were victorious over the New Britain Bees (Connecticut) in a 5 to 4, 11th inning win!

 

 

Lab Tour Opens Eyes

Retlif Ronkonkoma recently was host to Mr. Ben Monachino, Congressional Aide U.S. House of Representatives, from Congressman Lee M. Zeldin’s office.

Retlif’s Owen Watford and Bill Hayes hosted Mr. Monachino on tours of both the Retlif EMC/EMI Laboratory and the Environmental Lab. They provided expert opinions about current U.S. Department of Defense legislation in Washington DC from an independent laboratory perspective.

Left to right:  Retlif Executive Vice President, Congressional Aide Ben Monachino, Retlif Business Development Manager Owen Watford after completing their tour of Retlif Ronkonkoma.

Mr. Poggi Gets His Wish! Retlif Supports IEEE Symposium

Retlif At IEEE in 2018

In speaking about last year’s highly successful Long Island Power Electronics Symposium, the area’s premier annual event that unites the local power electronics community, Retlif President Walter Poggi commented:

“To me it was a great regional show and symposium, and I would fully support a few more….Please more!!

And this year Retlif will once again display at the 2018 Long Island Power Electronics Symposium which represents all sectors of power electronics, including military, industrial, medical, aerospace, consumer and automotive.

Retlif engineering and testing professionals will be present to provide industry vision, hands on expertise, and to answer all questions regarding testing and compliance.

All professional engineers, managers, and technicians involved in the use, design, qualification, test or manufacture of power supplies, power converters, power management, servos or energy storage are invited. Students and educators are also welcome.

Register In Advance!

The event is free for attendees, but you must register in advance. Registered attendees will receive admission to the exhibit floor, technical lectures, complimentary networking lunch, and the complimentary networking dinner. The first 200 registered attendees will also receive a complimentary swag bag with gifts from our exhibitors.

See you there at the Retlif booth!

Where: Hauppauge Radisson, 110 Motor Parkway, Hauppauge LI.

When: November 8, 2018

Time: 12:00 noon to 8:00 PM.

https://www.ieee.li/pes/

Retlif Expands ISO/IEC 17025 Accreditation

Several Retlif facilities have been granted accreditation by ANSI – ASQ National Accreditation Board (ANAB: Retlif Pennsylvania (Harleysville PA), Retlif New Hampshire (Goffstown NH) and Retlif headquarters (Ronkonkoma NY).   The Pennsylvania and New Hampshire facilities were on-site assessments and the Ronkonkoma laboratories was the result of a remote assessment

The scope of the ISO/IEC 17025:2005 accreditations is broad and covers EMC/EMI testing services in all three facilities, Retlif’s Environmental Simulation/ES offerings in Ronkonkoma, NY, as well as the Retlif Composites Laboratory in Plainview NY. The Retlif Composites Laboratory continues to maintain Performance Review Institute (PRI-NADCAP) Accreditation.

Full scope of accreditation for all may be found under the Accreditations tab in this website.

Retlif: A history of Accreditations Leadership

Retlif’s involvement in laboratory accreditations is historical. Retlif was the first laboratory to petition the U.S. Government (NIST) to develop an EMI laboratory accreditation program. Today, Retlif remains fully committed to meaningful, well-administered and technically appropriate laboratory accreditations. Our transfer to ANAB was done to streamline and consolidate our Retlif accreditations under one Accreditation Body (AB), thereby reducing the need for multiple and redundant annual assessments. In addition, this allowed for a common scope of accreditation for all EMC facilities, allowing Retlif to better meet our customer needs through more efficient scheduling between our 3 EMC/EMI facilities.

Recognized nationally and internationally as a leader in accreditation, ANAB is signatory to numerous international mutual recognition arrangements including:

  • International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC)
  • InterAmerican Accreditation Cooperation
  • Asia Pacific Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation

ANAB is nationally recognized by many U.S. government agencies including:

  • FCC: Federal Communications Commission
  • US Coast Guard
  • US Department of Homeland Security
  • US Department of Defense

For more information on our accreditations please contact QA@Retlif.com

Retlif Makes Its Mark On Capitol Hill

Retlif Testing Laboratories recently participated in an exciting and educational effort as part of the American Council of Independent Laboratories  (ACIL) Government Relations Committee (GRC), on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. Retlif’s Business Development Manager Owen Watford and New Hampshire Branch Manager Scott Wentworth were part of  ACIL’s effort entitled “2018 ACIL P2 Independence Day” that enabled members of ACIL representing their individual states to be heard in both the US Senate and the US House of Representatives.

Business Development Manager Owen Watford

The visit addressed important initiatives of ACIL in order to foster awareness and drum up support for a wide list of topics, and provided a forum for member organizations to provide their specific positions and concerns to elected officials.

Owen Watford introduced ACIL and its mission and then advanced Retlif’s message, which reflected three concerns largely echoed by other laboratories in other states.

Retlif Business Development Manager (left) and U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (New Hampshire)

“I was pleased to have the opportunity to address former governor and current junior Senator from New Hampshire, Maggie Hassan and her colleagues.” Mr. Watford commented. “My purpose was to raise awareness and to ask her and others on Capitol Hill to support the need to address the emerging threat of EMP (Electromagnetic Pulse Attack), which could create devastating damage to our infrastructure and electric grid, as well as to promote the need for a 355-ship US
Navy.

We are currently at 284 deployable ships now, and plans exist to add 42 ships over next 5 years to arrive at a total of 326 ships.  More education, funding and awareness is needed to access the goal of a 355-ship navy in the next twenty years.”

The Retlif team also presented a heartfelt case for support of vocational and technical training. “Our elected congressional officials need to do a much better job with vocational training,” Mr. Watford assessed. “The lack of this is negatively affecting Retlif and innumerable other US businesses seeking to hire qualified candidates who have at least some basic technical skills. Senator Hassan replied that she happens to be currently working on this problem and is putting together ideas to bring to the Senate floor.”

USS Theodore Roosevelt

Certainly, from an awareness-raising perspective, the Retlif team made excellent headway by bringing the issues directly to the officials. Getting the wheels of government to turn more smoothly and more rapidly can be quite a different matter. Time, as always, will tell.

About ACIL:

ACIL is the trade association representing independent, commercial scientific and testing laboratories. Its members are professional services firms engaged in testing, product certification, consulting, and research and development. Affiliated membership is available to manufacturer’s laboratories, consultants, and suppliers to the industry. The association was founded in 1937 as the American Council of Commercial Laboratories.  It was later incorporated in the State of New York as the American Council of Independent Laboratories.

ACIL defines independent scientific and engineering services firms as commercial entities engaged in analysis, testing, inspection, materials engineering, sampling, product certification, research and development and related consulting services for the public.  They are not affiliated with any institution, company, or trade group that might affect their ability to conduct investigations, render reports, or give professional, objective, and unbiased counsel.

 

Whole New Ballgame?

Take Me Out To The Ball Game! Who doesn’t love a great nine innings of baseball? Retlif’s Bill Hayes recently hosted visiting representatives from the Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (COMAC) and the Shanghai Aircraft Airworthiness Certification Center of the Civil Aviation Administration of China at a Long Island Ducks baseball game.

Interest in the game is growing in China, and perhaps this first hand sampling may help spur it along even faster.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Everyone’s favorite mascot QuackerJack made a surprise appearance

at the Bethpage Ballpark and a good time was had by all!

40 Years Out Front & Behind The Scenes

The venerable testing and strategic compliance organization’s expertise has seen combat in innumerable battles, traveled to the moon, sailed under the ice caps, ensured safety on rails, roads and the skies, and helped to fast forward technical innovations in medicine and science.

It all started 40 years ago.

Marilyn and Walter Poggi

When Retlif Testing Laboratories was founded in 1978, Jimmy Carter was President, the Cold War was icy, the inflation rate soared to 8%, Son Of Sam haunted New York, and unemployment was climbing. It certainly wasn’t the best time to launch a new business venture, but to Walter and Marilyn Poggi it was the time for action. The fledgling company took shape in a former Korean War helicopter factory and has grown steadily to become a leading independent testing and engineering organization with laboratories in three states and a respected industry leader around the globe.

Now, 40 years later, after all the champagne corks are popped and after all the accolades are dutifully accorded by friends and industry compatriots alike, four simple words sum up what all the actions and speeches cannot:

Happy 40th Anniversary Retlif!

The company’s consistent expansion has been fueled by its philosophy, which has continually evolved since the foggy days of 1978.  Recognition of the tangible value of product approvals and new marketplaces continues to distinguish Retlif from its competition.

Retlif’s growth and success stems from its cross-industry focus, investment in leading edge equipment and technologies, along with its ongoing education and training of its engineers and technicians.

“The mission of Retlif on our 40th anniversary is the same as it was in 1978.” Mr. Poggi stated. “We are laser focused on solutions, specifically appreciation of each client’s strategic goals.  As a result, we never confine our thought processes to merely executing test parameters or solely to the results of our testing. We look for the broader picture in every detail of every test. By also concentrating on product approvals and the expansion of our clients’ marketplaces regardless of product or industry, we bring additional value to every Retlif client.”

And after 40 years of supporting leading and start up organizations with EMC/EMI and ESS/Environmental testing, there are a great many companies in a great many industries who have benefitted from this unique philosophy.