The PRWIRE Press Releases http:// 2017-01-13T03:53:28Z Japan Rail Pass Now partner with Viator to offer online bookings for the best attractions in Japan 2017-01-13T03:53:28Z japan-rail-pass-now-partner-with-viator-to-offer-online-bookings-for-the-best-attractions-in-japan SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA: Japan Rail Pass Now, an Australian online travel agent, has partnered with Viator, to provide customers with a resource for researching and booking activities in all parts of Japan. Through the partnership with Viator, Japan Rail Pass Now will provide its customers access to a huge range of attractions, tours and experiences. The main cities covered include popular hot spots such as Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, Hiroshima and Fukuoka. Customers will be able to book directly through different parts of the website which include the Travel Guide section and various email marketing campaigns. The agreement is a part of Japan Rail Pass Now’s growth strategy to offer additional products besides the highly popular Japan Rail Pass.  Customers will benefit by having direct access to the extensive range of Japan travel products Viator offers.   Adam McKnight, Managing Director of Japan Rail Pass Now, said: “Japan Rail Pass Now strive to ensure its customers have the best time on their trip to Japan. By teaming up with Viator, it allows us the opportunity to inspire them to do things they hadn’t imagined or weren’t aware of. This enriches their travel experience and makes sure they get the most out of their trip. “In 2017 our main objective is to increase revenue through other sales channels such as attractions and hotels. I’m thrilled to partner with Viator who are at the top of the game when it comes to the best attractions and experiences around the world.”   Examples of experiences Japan Rail Pass Now users will have access to: ·              ‘Tokyo Sumo Wrestling Tournament’ – See a famous Japanese traditional sumo tournament ·              ‘Tokyo Studio Ghibli Museum Afternoon Tour’ – Home to works from Japan’s renowned Studio Ghibli film animation studio ·              ‘The Art of the Geisha: Private Dinner in Kyoto’ – Spend an incredible evening dining in Kyoto at an exclusive private restaurant accompanied by a ‘maiko,’ or apprentice geisha ·              ‘Disneyland or ‘Disneysea 1-Day Passport Ticket and Private Transfer from Tokyo’ – Enjoy this convenient combo that includes a 1-day passport ticket to Disneyland as well as a private transfer ·              ‘Mt Fuji Day Trip including Lake Ashi Sightseeing Cruise from Tokyo’ – Visit Japan's iconic Mt Fuji, cruise Lake Ashi and ride the Mt Komagatake Ropeway ·              Tokyo Robot Evening Cabaret Show – Enjoy an amazing evening with a Japanese cabaret show at the Robot Restaurant   About Japan Rail Pass Now: Japan Rail Pass Now is a Sydney-based travel agency specialising in the Japan Rail Pass. Founded in 2010, they have been able to provide customers with simple and knowledgeable information on the Japan Rail Pass. For more information please visit www.japanrailpass.com.auCONTACT: ·              Tara Mackie1300 635 500 Japan Rail Pass Now helpdesk@japanrailpassnow.com.au http://www.japanrailpass.com How can I Measure Noise Pollution? SoundTrack LxT N/Forcer 2016-04-17T06:43:30Z how-can-i-measure-noise-pollution-soundtrack-lxt-n-forcer When responding to noise complaints it's difficult to seperate subjective opinion and emotions involved. Remove the guess-work and take on-the-spot objective measurements with an easy-to-operate Sound Level Meter from John Morris Group. The Larson Davis SoundTrack LxT N/Forcer is specifically designed to be used by anyone whose job it is to take noise quality measurements in evidence, where adherence to local laws or other regulations is required. When using this meter, no training in acoustics or sound measurement is required and an easy instruction manual is is supplied with each system. Get readings at the press of a button and press another for noise measurement print outs offering date and time stamp. Need to download data to a computer? Software comes supplied so it's no problem. The SoundTrack LxT N/Forcer is a sturdy build with a high-performance backlit display that's easy-to-read in day or night conditions. The Larson Davis range presents reliable and precise sound level meters. Depend on the quality noise data of an N/Forcer for admissions and reporting of evidence. Highlights Adheres to applicable noise legislation stipulated by the EPA Noise level results print out on-the-spot including time and date of complaint Easily operated when held in one hand High-performance LCD display Weather-tough for all conditions Printer, calibrator, and case come included Available in Class 1 or 2 Applications Local noise pollution and enforcing noise control regulations Industrial/ environmental excessive noise Neighbourhood nuisance noise complaints Construction sites, stadiums, racetracks, outdoor entertainment etc. Traffic/road noise and excessive car stereo complaints Read the brochure: Larson Davis SoundTrack LxT N/Forcer To find out more about a Larson Davis SoundTrack LxT N/ForcerContact our John Morris Industrial teamPhone toll-free: AUS 1800 251 799 and NZ 0800 651 700Email: industrial@johnmorris.com.auWeb:  www.johnmorrisgroup.com/AU/Industrial New Inertial Shaker for the Automotive Industry 2016-04-03T10:48:25Z new-inertial-shaker-for-the-automotive-industry The Modal Shop's shaker family has a new addition, the 2002E Miniature Electrodynamic Inertial Shaker. The light and compact 2002E is capable of producing up to 2 lbf (9 N) peak sine force over a wide 20 Hz to 3000 Hz frequency range. The 2002E is attached either directly to the test structure, through a PCB Model 288D01 Impedance Head, or through a PCB Model 208C Series Force Transducer via the 0.141 in (3.58 mm) diameter through-hole (mounting screws included). The shaker can be mounted in any orientation eliminating test fixture requirements for most testing applications. With its small size and correspondingly low cost, the 2002E is ideal for a variety of applications. It will allow automotive NVH engineers the ability to actively vibrate structures in locations that are not accessible with a typical modal shaker or modal hammer. This makes the 2002E a valuable tool for transfer path analysis or active noise and vibration cancellation studies in the automotive industry. It can also be used for traditional transmissibility and structural test studies on any number of components such as aerospace composite panels and frames. The 2002E can be powered by The Modal Shop's 2100E21-100 SmartAmp™, the 2000E miniature Class-D amplifier, or any other user-owned power amplifier, adding to its flexibility as a tool in your testing lab. Customers choose The Modal Shop products from John Morris Industrial, as their partner in calibration, to ensure quality, precision results. Reliability comes from products used in millions of factory-approved sensor calibrations. In addition, The Modal Shop has implemented innovative techniques to provide the highest fidelity of data possible. The Modal Shop, Inc. a PCB Group Company, manufactures electrodynamic shakers, structural test products, calibration systems and non-destructive testing systems for a range of industries from metrology to manufacturing. Got more questions about The Modal Shop 2002E ?Our Industrial team would love to hear from youPhone free call AUS 1800 251 799 and free call NZ 0800 651 700Email:  industrial@johnmorris.com.auNEW WEBSITE: www.johnmorrisgroup.com/AU/Industrial Terrorism Impacts Global Supply Chain 2016-03-23T23:39:02Z terrorism-impacts-global-supply-chain Increased number of terrorism incidents contributed to major disruptions to international shipping in Europe and Middle East. In 2015, BSI noted a number of cross-border issues that threatened supply chains across the world. This included damages caused by cargo theft worth AUD$29.7 billion; increased number of terrorism incidents contributed to billions of dollars in losses to global shipping companies; an influx of migrants in Europe that harmed supply chain integrity across the continent; economic downturns in Argentina, Brazil, and China; and issues of political transparency that drove social unrest in Africa and Central America. Extreme weather events, including many attributed to the El Nino phenomenon, caused supply chain disruptions and threatened business continuity in multiple regions. There were also several industries that were plagued by poor enforcement of labour regulations, allowing for significant rates of child or forced labour in Argentina and India, among other nations. Nearly AUD$30 billion was lost due to cargo theft worldwide in 2015 from a variety of supply chain threats, predominantly driven by security concerns. South Africa has seen a 30 per cent increase in cargo truck hijackings over the last year, with thieves using high levels of violence and switching from targeting only high value goods to also targeting lower value items. Daring vehicle shipment thefts have become increasingly commonplace in China, with a recent series of in-transit vehicle thefts occurring along the busy G45 highway. More sophisticated attacks were observed in India throughout 2015, where criminal gangs masterminded new techniques to steal goods without breaking customs seals in order to avoid detection – a major risk for companies participating in international supply chain security programs. In Europe, disruptions in trade caused by the ISIS terrorist group clearly highlighted the link between terrorism and the supply chain. Border controls in France following the November attacks in Paris are estimated to have cost the Belgian shipping industry AUD$4.6 million. Terrorist-linked smuggling rings were also identified to be colluding between Spain and the Middle East, the groups illegally transporting shipments of stolen electronics, drugs, weapons and other contraband. Elsewhere, the Jordanian trucking industry suffered AUD$990 million in lost revenue since conflict began in the Middle East in 2011. In addition to theft, business continuity-related threats such as extreme weather events and political and social unrest, led to significant losses for individual companies and national economies last year. 2015’s top five natural disasters caused a collective $33 billion of damage to businesses. In 2016, BSI has identified emerging health crises, such as the Zika virus, could also pose a significant threat to the global supply chain and may lead to work stoppages and protests similar to the supply chain disruptions seen in conjunction with the Ebola epidemic. Labour unrest and factory strikes have also caused considerable financial damage across the world. Factory strikes in China increased by 58.3 per cent from the previous year due to pay disputes, as factory owners struggled to pay workers due to a slowing economy, leading to protests. The withholding of wages was cited as a major cause in 75 per cent of protests and generated losses of up to AUD$35 million in the footwear industry. Labour unrest is likely to continue in China in 2016, regardless of whether the economy improves. Numerous cases of child and forced labour were exposed in 2015, highlighting the need for visibility into corporate supply chain to mitigate the risk of human rights abuses. Nearly 80 per cent of Argentina’s textile industry was found to be sourcing from unregulated facilities, where forced, child labour and poor working conditions are common. BSI also noted an increase in the risk of child labour use in India due to the existence of loopholes in labour reforms approved in 2015. In response to these and other recent concerns, European countries and the United States last year moved to pass laws mandating reporting on corporate social responsibility issues in corporate supply chains.   Jim Yarbrough, Global Intelligence Program Manager at BSI commented: “Companies are facing an increasingly wide range of challenges to their supply chain, from human rights issues to acts of violent theft and natural disasters. Such complexity creates extreme levels of risk for organizations, both directly affecting the bottom line but perhaps more seriously, hidden threats to the supply chain which, if ignored, could do serious harm to a company’s hard-earned reputation.” The biggest threats to the global supply chain in 2016 include: Global cargo theft cost estimated to grow by a further AUD$1.3 billion in 2016. Increased concerns in China, Germany, India, Mexico, South Africa, and United States Continued tensions in South China Sea predicted to lead to further protests and disruptions On-going conflict in Syria will continue to impact supply chains Migrant crisis will continue to lead to port disruptions. European Union/Schengen border controls predicted to have far-reaching impact. ISIS is predicted to remain a significant threat to disrupt supply chains Labour unrest in China is predicted to persist, as a slowdown in the Chinese economy continues and more jobs move to neighbouring countries Weather disruptions e.g. La Nina phenomenon Global health crises e.g. Zika and Ebola The report is based on data from BSI’s Supply Chain Risk Exposure Evaluation Network (SCREEN), which provides continuous evaluation across 22 proprietary risk factors and 204 countries. BSI’s 2015 SCREEN data and analysis reveals a clear picture of the changing global threat landscape and how this varies by country, continent, and industry sector. To download a copy of BSI’s 2015 Global Supply Chain Intelligence Report, please click here.  - ENDS-   About BSI BSI (British Standards Institution) is the business standards company that equips businesses with the necessary solutions to turn standards of best practice into habits of excellence. Formed in 1901, BSI was the world’s first National Standards Body and a founding member of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). Over a century later it continues to facilitate business improvement across the globe by helping its clients drive performance, manage risk and grow sustainably through the adoption of international management systems standards, many of which BSI originated. Renowned for its marks of excellence including the consumer recognized BSI Kitemark™, BSI’s influence spans multiple sectors including Aerospace, Automotive, Built Environment, Food, Healthcare and ICT. With 80,000 clients in 182 countries, BSI is an organization whose standards inspire excellence across the globe.  To learn more, please visit www.bsigroup.com/en-au   About BSI Supply Chain Solutions BSI Supply Chain Solutions is the leading global provider of supply chain intelligence, auditing services, audit compliance and risk management software solutions, and advisory services. Our mission is to help corporations, governments and associations identify, manage and mitigate global supply chain risks and maintain world class governance risk and compliance programs. Our holistic supply chain risk management suite is designed to predict and visualize risk, and develop robust risk mitigation and compliance management programs to protect your supply chain, brand and reputation. Our intelligence-infused supply chain solutions and global network empower our clients to understand global supply chain risk with unequaled precision. To learn more, please visit www.bsi-supplychainsolutions.com      Media enquiries: BSI Marketing Department                Tel: +61 2 8877 7131          Email: marketing.au@bsigroup.com Marc Barnes Managing Director - BSI Group Australia and NZ Tel: +61 2 8877 7100 Email: marc.barnes@bsigroup.com    MEMS DC Response Accelerometers for low frequencies by PCB 2016-03-22T11:24:44Z mems-dc-response-accelerometers-for-low-frequencies-by-pcb Looking for a more reliable way to measure low-frequency vibration and motion? PCB Series 3711E, 3713E, and 3741E MEMS DC response accelerometers were specifically designed to help automotive test engineers take more reliable low-frequency vibration and motion measurements. Offered in full-scale ranges from ± 2g to ± 200g, the accelerometers are available in single axis (Series 3711E and Series 3741E) and triaxial (Series 3713E) configurations. They also feature low spectral noise and high resolution, which makes them ideal for a wide variety of automotive testing applications. The units feature gas-damped, silicon MEMS sensing elements for uniform, and repeatable performance and offer high frequency overload protection. Electrically, the units offer a single-ended (Series 3711E and Series 3713E) or differential (Series 3741E) output signal with power, signal, and ground leads for each channel. Supply voltage regulation permits operation from +6 VDC to +30 VDC and the low-noise, low-impedance output signal may be transmitted over long cable lengths without degradation. Rugged and durable series 3711E and 3713E MEMS DC response accelerometers Series 3711E and Series 3713E have a hermetically sealed titanium case, and Series 3741E units have rugged anodised aluminium housing, enabling them to perform in harsh environments. In addition, this series is inherently insensitive to base strain and transverse acceleration effects. The series is available in single axis and triaxial versions with a 10 ft (3 m) integral cable or a multi-pin, threaded, electrical connector for easy installation and setup. Precision Series 3741E MEMS DC Response Accelerometers Are low-profile and low-mass with mechanical overload stops and a hard-anodised aluminium housing for added durability. The units offer a differential output signal for common-mode noise rejection and incorporate many advanced features including supply voltage regulation and a proprietary temperature compensation circuit for stable performance over the entire operational temperature range. Each unit is provided with an integral, 4-conductor,10 ft (3 m) shielded cable. An optional mounting adaptor, Model 080A208, facilitates triaxial measurement configurations. MEMS DC Response Accelerometers   Model Number 3711E1150G 3713E1150G 3741E1250G Want to know more about PCB MEMS DC Response Accelerometers?Our Industrial Solutions team would love to hear from youPhone free call AUS 1800 251 799 and free call NZ 0800 651 700Email:  industrial@johnmorris.com.auNEW WEBSITE: johnmorrisgroup.com/AU/Industrial About PCB Piezotronics, Inc. PCB Piezotronics, Inc. is a global manufacturer of  microphones, vibration, pressure, force, torque, load, and strain sensors, as well as the pioneer of ICP® technology. This instrumentation is used for test, measurement, monitoring, and control requirements in automotive, aerospace, industrial, R&D, military, educational, commercial, OEM applications, and more.   John Morris Industrial proudly stands behind PCB products, a global distribution network, a best in class warranty and Total Customer Satisfaction. First company certified by BSI Australia to revised Quality Management standard 2016-03-09T01:56:27Z first-company-certified-by-bsi-australia-to-revised-quality-management-standard SYC is the first company to achieve certification to ISO 9001:2015 under independent assessment by BSI Australia. The standard, which was published in September 2015, has been updated to ensure that it continues to help organizations manage quality, reduce risk and ensure organizational resilience.Gordon Wilckens, Head of Quality, Compliance and Risk, SYC comments  “As a long-standing client, BSI has supported us throughout the transition, keeping us informed of changes and providing a wealth of information via various platforms in order to help our senior leadership team understand the benefits of this new standard.”SYC believes that certification to ISO 9001:2015, which has been created with service providers in mind, demonstrate their commitment to upholding the highest standard of governance and transparency in a highly competitive market.SYC is a not-for-profit organization, centred on employment, training and youth services. Last year, SYC helped more than 55,300 Australians in the areas of Home, Wellbeing, Learning and Working. With certification to the National Standards for Disability Services (NSDS) standard already in place SYC wanted to see if the new ISO 9001 version could be aligned to deliver efficiencies and streamline business operations. They were interested to see if the revised standard would reflect the needs of a service company more than previous versions.Marc Barnes, Managing Director at BSI Australia, commented: “SYC should be really proud of their achievement. Certification to ISO 9001:2015 helps organizations to prioritize their business needs whilst enabling them to their manage quality, improve efficiency and become more resilient.”ISO 9001, the most widely-adopted quality management systems standard, has benefited millions of organizations globally - with users reporting increased growth and productivity and significantly higher customer satisfaction and retention. Ready Track Pty Ltd Helping Businesses and People Keep Safe with Asset Tracking 2016-03-05T08:22:04Z ready-track-pyt-ltd-helping-businesses-and-people-keep-safe-with-asset-tracking Ready Track is one of Australia's top companies in the asset tracking and GPS tracking business. Established in 1985 the company today boasts of offering cutting edge tracking systems and technology at affordable pricing plans. Asset tracking is a growing market, individuals and businesses need to have tracking for valuables. Tracking for your most valuable assets is important, when a valuable item or product is moving from one place to another you need to have real time tracking at your disposal. If the item is traveling overseas then you need a device that will give you real time exact location of that particular item. Keep a close eye on your most valuable assets with GPS tracking devices so small they can fit in your pocket you can track anything from safes to tractors. Pricing plans for fleeting tracking, GPS tracking and asset tracking start at just $19 per month and people subscribing to the company's tracking plans receive a service features like 24/7 customer support, email alerts, 3 months of tracking history available on your system and device and location updates every 3 minutes. The premium package costs $25 a month and includes extra features like real time location updates, 6 month tracking history and instant SMS alerts while the Pro package offers all features of premium package plus API. Speaking to the media, a representative of Ready Track said, "At Ready Track Pty Ltd we understand that safety and security of valuable items is just as important for your business as anything else. When an expensive item is being transported overseas one rarely has much control over it but with asset tracking devices fitted you can easily keep track of the item's movement and location. Ready Track offers a no strings attached 30 day trial to businesses throughout Australia. This allows you to test out the system and make sure it is the right one for you before you proceed with your purchase.Contact DetailsReady Track Pty Ltd32 Victoria Street,Smithfield NSW 2164AustraliaWebsite - https://www.readytrack.com.au New 4 Channel ICP Signal Conditioner with Expanded Features 2016-02-29T09:49:44Z -290 John Morris Industrial introduces the new 4 channel ICP Signal Conditioner Model 482C24 by PCB Piezotronics. When using ICP  force or pressure sensors, Model 482C24 provides: 4 Channel Signal Conditioner Model 482C24 DC coupling (specified on a per channel basis) allowing temporary measurements down to 0 Hz for capturing long pulse durations when using a sensor with a long discharge time constant. A clamped output feature (when AC coupled), used in repetitive force applications, provides a positive-only signal that electronically re-zeros each pulse before the next cycle. Measurements 0 Hz to 100 kHz with AC/DC coupling selection per channel Auto zero function to negate DC bias when DC coupling enabled Positive peak performance measurements with clamped output in  AC coupled mode  Incremental gain from x0.1 to x200 AC/DC coupling selectable per channel TEDS support Front panel display and keypad CE conformity  Typical applications include: Use with ICP force, and pressure sensors that have long discharge time constants Stamping and press monitoring  Machinery process monitoring Material fatigue testing Low frequency vibration testing The 482C series of signal conditioners are 4 channel bench top units. The 483C series of signal conditioners are 8 channel rack mounted units. The same signal conditioning electronics are used in comparable 4 and 8 channel models. Both series include basic stand-alone units as well as units with more powerful features such as a front panel keypad and display or an Ethernet port for computer control. Additional features include gain, filtering, LED fault indicators, and TEDS capability. MCSC Control SoftwareAll signal conditioners that have an RS-232 or Ethernet interface are supplied with PCB’s Multi-Channel Signal Conditioner control software. This easy to use software displays a table of the unit’s current settings for each channel. Users can change any setting by simply changing values in the table. Controllable settings include sensor input type, gain, filtering, and excitation current. Want to know more about PCB Model 482C24?Our Industrial team would love to hear from youPhone free call AUS 1800 251 799 and free call NZ 0800 651 700Email:  industrial@johnmorris.com.auNEW WEBSITE: johnmorrisgroup.com/AU/Industrial About PCB Piezotronics, Inc. PCB Piezotronics, Inc. is a global manufacturer of  microphones, vibration, pressure, force, torque, load, and strain sensors, as well as the pioneer of ICP® technology. This instrumentation is used for test, measurement, monitoring, and control requirements in automotive, aerospace, industrial, R&D, military, educational, commercial, OEM applications, and more.   John Morris Industrial proudly stands behind PCB products, a global distribution network, a best in class warranty and Total Customer Satisfaction.    Three B2BGateway Executives Named by Supply and Demand Chain Executive Magazine as Supply Chain "Pro's to Know" 2016 2016-02-17T17:23:27Z three-b2bgateway-executives-named-by-supply-and-demand-chain-executive-magazine-as-supply-chain-pro-s-to-know-2016  Supply & Demand Chain Executive, the leading supply chain publication and industry expert, has named three B2BGateway executives as supply chain “Pro’s to Know” for 2016. Kevin Hoyle, CEO; Louisa Gooding, Director of Sales & Strategic Relationships and Roger Leyden, Director of Global Business Development at B2BGateway were all mentioned in this year’s supply chain honor list.The Pros to Know Awards recognize supply chain executives, and manufacturing and non-manufacturing enterprises, that are leading initiatives to help prepare their companies’ supply chains for the significant challenges of today’s business climate. B2BGateway is a global software development organization founded in Boston in 1999 specializing in EDI and automated supply chain solutions. B2BGateway was the name given to a cloud/SaaS based EDI solution developed by Shannon Systems in the year 2000 that became so popular and synonymous within the supply chain industry that the organization now trades as Shannon Systems, LLC dba B2BGateway. B2BGateway continued its global expansion program in 2015 by opening new offices in Sydney, Australia and Jinan, China. Over the past 16 years EDI (Electronic Data Interchange) has become best business practice and a standard requirement in the Wholesale Distribution, Retail, Healthcare, Manufacturing, Government, Third Party Logistics (3PL) and Automotive industries. B2BGateway is a natural fit for organizations in these industries who require an efficient, cost-effective, cloud based EDI solution to communicate seamlessly with their trading partners. By fully integrating the EDI solution to the users Accounting Software/ ERP system through cloud based technology, B2BGateway removes the need for the end user to re-key data into their system, thus greatly improving accuracy, increasing labor efficiencies and expediting the ‘order-to-payment’ cash cycle. In addition to supporting the predominant North American EDI standard of ANSI X12, B2BGateway also supports all international EDI standards and communication protocols such as EDIFACT, Tradacoms, oioUBL, Odette, PEPPOL, XML, VAN, FTPs, AS2, etc.. “It is an honor and a privilege to be recognized again this year as a supply chain ‘Pro to Know’ by industry peers such as Supply & Demand Chain Executive”, states Kevin Hoyle, CEO B2BGateway, “This year we have the added bonus of two of my colleagues, Louisa and Roger, being added to the 2016 supply chain Pro’s to Know honors list.” “Supply & Demand Chain Executive congratulates the 2016 Supply & Demand Chain Executive Pros to Know recipients. The Pros to Know is a listing of exceptional corporate executives at manufacturing and non-manufacturing enterprises who are leading initiatives to help prepare their companies' supply chains for the significant challenges in the year ahead,” says Ronnie Garrett, editor of Supply & Demand Chain Executive. “We commend recipients for their achievements. Their accomplishments offer a roadmap for other leaders looking to leverage the supply chain for competitive advantage. Their efforts in developing the tools, processes and a knowledge base for supply chain transformation, as well as in promoting new approaches to supply chain enablement, earned these individuals a rightful place in this year's Pros to Know listing.” About B2BGateway: B2BGateway is a leading, global EDI (Electronic Data Interchange) solutions provider with offices in North America and Europe. As a GS1 Accredited solution provider B2BGateway offers 24/7 customer support with each client assigned s dedicated setup team. B2BGateway EDI solutions are simple to use, competitively priced, highly effective and can increase profitability by reducing costs associated with manual data entry. For further information, please call +1 (401) 491 9595 or log onto http://www.B2BGateway.Net About Supply & Demand Chain Executive: Supply & Demand Chain Executive is the executive's user manual for successful supply and demand chain transformation, utilizing hard-hitting analysis, viewpoints and unbiased case studies to steer executives and supply management professionals through the complicated, yet critical, world of supply and demand chain enablement to gain competitive advantage. Visit us on the web at http://www.SDCExec.com. Cyber-attack top business threat for second year running 2016-02-10T01:06:08Z cyber-attack-top-business-threat-for-second-year-running Cyber-attack is the top threat perceived by businesses, according to the fifth annual Horizon Scan report published today by the Business Continuity Institute (BCI), in association with BSI. Similarly, the threat of a data breach rises to second in the list, up one place from 2015. The annual BCI Horizon Scan assessed the business preparedness of 568 organizations worldwide and shows that three quarters (85%) of Business Continuity Managers fear the possibility of a cyber-attack, with 80% worried about the possibility of a data breach similar to those suffered by Carphone Warehouse and Sony. A recent industry report[1] highlights the annualized cost of cyber-crime per UK company now stands at £4.1 million, a 14 per cent increase in mean value since last year. Concerns over supply chain disruption remained in the top ten, but fell two places from fifth last year to seventh this year.  Almost half of those polled (47%) identified increasing supply chain complexity as a trend, leaving their organization vulnerable to disruption from conflict or natural disasters. Concerns over the availability of talent and key skills entered the top ten for the first time this year, with 13% indicating they are ‘extremely concerned’ and 34% ‘concerned’ about the threat. This year’s global top ten threats to business continuity are:1.Cyber-attack – static2.Data breach – up 13.Unplanned IT & telecom outages – down 14.Act of terrorism – up 55.Security Incident – up 16.Interruption to utility supply – down 27.Supply chain disruption – down 28.Adverse weather – down 19.Availability of key skills – new entry10.Health and Safety incident – new entry Howard Kerr, Chief Executive at BSI, commented: “2015 saw a number of high profile businesses across the world hit by cyber-attacks, so it’s reassuring to see that so many are aware of the threat it poses. Our research finds it to be the top concern in six out of the eight regions surveyed. “However, we remain concerned to see that businesses are still not fully utilizing the information available to them to identify and remedy weaknesses in their organizational resilience. “It is difficult to conceive that either investors or employees will be reassured that the leaders of the organizations they trust are making strategic decisions without an effective evaluation of risk. “Ultimately, organizations must recognize that, while there is risk, and plenty of it, there is also opportunity. Taking advantage of this means that leaders can steer their businesses to succeed by not just surviving, but thriving.”  The report also measures sentiment towards specific business trends and uncertainties. The use of the internet for malicious attacks remains on top this year, with 83% indicating their concern. Increasing supply chain complexity also features in the top ten and on the radar of 47% of respondents. Despite growing fears over the resilience of their firms, the report records another fall in the use of long-term trend analysis to assess and understand threats, down 3% to 70% this year. Of those carrying out trend analysis, a worrying third (33%) are not using the results to inform their business continuity management programmes. Globally, business preparedness shows variations with 9 out of 10 (94%) organizations in Canada utilising trend analysis, while just 3 in 10 firms (29%) in the Caribbean and Latin America do so.  Small businesses, evaluated for the second time in this year’s report, continue to lag behind with only 58% compared to 74% of larger businesses. The report provides the strong recommendation that the rising costs of business continuity demand greater attention from top management. Encouragingly, adoption of ISO 22301, the business continuity standard, appears to be a common framework, with more than half (51%) of organizations now relying upon this. David James-Brown FBCI, Chairman of the Business Continuity Institute, commented: “The need perceived by organizations to identify and build resilience to this range of threats reveals the importance of this survey for business continuity professionals, the Horizon Scan’s reputation and reliability make it one of the most popular reports in the industry on a global scale. It is indeed crucial for practitioners to advise organizations on what to prepare for and adjust their recovery plans accordingly. “The industry landscape is rapidly changing, and so should our discipline in order to keep up with both traditional and modern challenges. At the top of the list this year we continue to see threats such as cyber-attack, data breach and unplanned IT outages. More traditional threats such as terrorism continue to be ’front-of-mind’ for organizations. Given the rise of new challenges and the fact that old ones remain, horizon scanning techniques are even more valuable in assisting organizations to be prepared to the best of their potential.” To download a copy of the report: ‘Horizon Scan Report 2016’, please click here. CEO concerns over global economy deepen 2016-01-29T00:05:52Z ceo-concerns-over-global-economy-deepen Three fifths of global CEOs believe continuing economic uncertainty will lead to compromises in the ability of their organization to maintain high standards, threatening trust in their business and the companies they supply.  Independent research[1] commissioned by BSI, the business standards company, explores the top threats to organizational resilience[2], with macroeconomic uncertainty ranked top ahead of disruptive competition and information security. The 120 CEOs polled from around the globe, reveal how fragile modern operations with global supply chains are. Two thirds (64%) of bosses admit that the concept of organizational resilience is inconsistently understood across their business, despite 70% believing it to be vital to the long-term viability of their operation. Encouragingly 28% of CEOs are confident they secure an advantage in the market from organizational resilience, almost half (49%) claiming it enhances their company’s reputation and 39% suggesting it has improved their organization’s competitiveness through quicker and better targeted responses to opportunities. The research also found that North American firms are more than twice as likely as European firms to have boosted the quality of their products and services through organizational resilience, something that is most commonly held back by short-term financial thinking, a lack of skills and a failure to focus on the management of resilience. Howard Kerr, Chief Executive of BSI commented: “CEOs may become so risk averse that they’re not only missing out on opportunities, but potentially undermining the long-term resilience of their organizations. Leaders need to have confidence in the ability of their team to remain agile and adaptive, while maintaining robust processes in the face of uncertainty. Ultimately today’s challenging conditions offer an opportunity to forge stronger team dynamics and delivery.” Product quality control scandals at more specialist organizations/suppliers have led to serious repercussions for the firms they supply.  For example, Honda was recently forced to recall almost 25 million cars due to issues with faulty airbags. The BSI research reveals the consequence of such activities and shows that the majority of firms both large and small worry about compromising standards. Just a quarter (24%) of CEOs at firms with revenues under $500 million per annum are totally satisfied with their organization’s quality control processes, while this rises to only a third (31%) at larger firms. Worldwide more than half of CEOs (52%) attributed failures in organizational resilience to a lack of skills amongst their workforce. In a signal as to the importance of the issue, more than half (57%) of CEOs take personal responsibility for driving organizational resilience across their business. Just a quarter (25%) entrusted responsibility to colleagues below C-level in their seniority. Kerr concluded: “Change must be led from the top. Organizations can be surprisingly naive, ignoring advice and best practice until they experience a setback themselves. CEO resignations aren’t just token sacrifices; they are a symptom of a wider malaise. Adapting and coping with change is a team effort, based on a culture of excellence across people, products and processes. True leaders recognize that Organizational Resilience is a strategic imperative across the whole business.” [1] Organisational Resilience: Building an enduring enterprise, Economist Intelligence Unit, November 2015 [2] BS 65000 – Guidance on organizational resilience defines Organizational Resilience as ‘the ability of an organization to anticipate, prepare for, respond and adapt to incremental change and sudden disruptions in order to survive and thrive.’  Notes to Editors: The polling was carried out by the Economist Intelligence Unit for the BSI commissioned Organisational Resilience: Building an enduring enterprise report published in November 2015. It surveyed 411 business executives, 61% of whom were heads of departments, SVPs or CEOs. Of these, 20% represented companies more than 100 years old, and 16% worked for companies less than ten years old. One-half of these organizations had more than US$500m in annual revenue, while 10% had an annual revenue of US$10bn or more. Respondents were drawn primarily from Europe (29%), North America (30%) and Asia-Pacific (30%). For a full copy of the research, please contact the press office. About BSI BSI (British Standards Institution) is the business standards company that equips businesses with the necessary solutions to turn standards of best practice into habits of excellence. Formed in 1901, BSI was the world’s first National Standards Body and a founding member of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). Over a century later it continues to facilitate business improvement across the globe by helping its clients drive performance, manage risk and grow sustainably through the adoption of international management systems standards, many of which BSI originated. Renowned for its marks of excellence including the consumer recognized BSI Kitemark™, BSI’s influence spans multiple sectors including Aerospace, Automotive, Built Environment, Food, Healthcare and ICT. With over 80,000 clients in 172 countries, BSI is an organization whose standards inspire excellence across the globe.  To learn more, please visit www.bsigroup.com/en-au Larson Davis Model 831 Handheld Sound Level Meter 2015-12-21T08:21:23Z larson-davis-model-831-handheld-sound-level-meter John Morris Industrial supplies the Larson Davis Model 831, a Class 1 handheld sound level meter with exceedance-based logging analysis (ELA) for community noise assessment. Model 831 features a small, lightweight ergonomic design; real-time 1/1 and 1/3 octave spectra, and comes standard with a 120 dB dynamic range. Ten customisable markers are provided to annotate time history data. The sound level meter also has audio and voice recording with replay, supported by up to 2 GB of on-board memory and optional USB 2.0 data stick.  For unattended noise monitoring, its event-based logging routines process data on-board to provide time/date, duration, average and max/min sound levels, frequency spectra, time history records of selected sound levels and even digital sound recordings for each event. The routines are specifically designed to save the user time in downloading and post-processing massive amounts of unprocessed sampled data. For optimal digital communication, the Model 831 provides a USB 2.0 port to communicate with a PC for instrument control and downloading data. In addition, using native support for TCP/IP and built-in USB host port, the 831 can interface directly with GPRS and ethernet devices for simple Internet connectivity. The unit features one-hand operation, and has an easy-to-read backlit display, whether in direct sunlight or in a dark factory environment. Plus, when used with a PC, the USB cable provides instrument power and recharges batteries, much like an MP3 player. A full line of accessories is available including software, sound level calibrators, outdoor microphones systems with electrostatic actuators, weatherproof enclosures for short and long-term monitoring and a variety of tripods and tilt-down poles. About John Morris Industrial As providers of complete solutions for noise and vibration measurement and analysis, John Morris Industrial partners with the region’s leading engineers and scientists to deliver solutions for the measurement of acceleration, force, load, pressure, shock, strain, torque, noise and vibration. John Morris Group has a proud family heritage spanning almost 60 years. We specialise in the supply, installation and servicing of technical instrumentation and consumables covering diverse industry sectors throughout Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific region.   To find out more about a Model 831 Sound Level MeterContact our John Morris teamPhone toll-free: AUS 1800 251 799 and NZ 0800 651 700Email: industrial@johnmorris.com.auWeb:  www.johnmorrisgroup.com/AU/Industrial Introducing the Human Vibration Meter HVM200 from Larson Davis 2015-12-15T04:37:24Z introducing-the-human-vibration-meter-hvm200-from-larson-davis Sydney, Australia. December 15, 2015 – John Morris Industrial (a Division of the John Morris Group) is pleased to announce the release of the new HVM200 Human Vibration Meter from Larson Davis (a Division of PCB Piezotronics Inc. The HVM200 implements the latest measurement technology for industrial hygiene and product testing applications.  The HVM200 is used to measure human exposure to vibration in order to prevent injury and better understand workplace hazards and product performance. The HVM200 includes the functionality needed to measure the hand-arm vibration and whole body vibration requirements in support of the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH) Threshold Limit Values (TLVs) and directive 2002/44/EC of European Parliament.  This meter provides options available for 1/1 and 1/3 octave filters (0.5 Hz to 2000 Hz and 0.4 Hz to 2500 Hz respectively) and raw vibration data recording. Data can then be archived or transferred using USB, Wi-Fi or a removable micro SD memory card.  Industrial hygienists and product test engineers can now leverage the power of their phones or tablets by acquiring the free app available on Google Play™ and the Apple App Store. This app can be used in conjunction with the HVM200 to setup a test, make the measurements, and view the results.  Vibration data taken with the HVM200 can also be viewed and analysed on a personal computer using the HVM option for the Larson Davis G4 software. With the G4 HVM software option you can download data and view it in graphical or tabular format. You can also perform "what-if' analyses by graphically modifying the data and recalculating results. Then a report can be generated and the data can be exported for archival or further processing. Ken Cox, Larson Davis Product manager said "With this new product, measuring human vibration exposure is as easy as using an App on your phone or tablet. All the required functionality is built in and made simple from setup to results." For more information about the HVM200 visit: www.johnmorrisgroup.com/AU/Industrial/Product/28578/Human-Vibration-Meter-HVM200   About John Morris Industrial As providers of complete solutions for noise and vibration measurement and analysis, John Morris Industrial partners with the region’s leading engineers and scientists to deliver solutions for the measurement of acceleration, force, load, pressure, shock, strain, torque, noise and vibration. John Morris Group has a proud family heritage spanning almost 60 years. We specialise in the supply, installation and servicing of technical instrumentation and consumables covering diverse industry sectors throughout Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific region.   To find out more about the HVM200 Human Vibration MeterContact our John Morris team toll-free:AUS 1800 251 799 and NZ 0800 651 700Email: industrial@johnmorris.com.auWeb:  www.johnmorrisgroup.com/AU/Industrial Proximity Probe Calibration Redefined by The Modal Shop 2015-12-14T11:57:52Z proximity-probe-calibration-redefined-by-the-modal-shop Capable of 50 mils peak-to-peak displacement (1.27 mm peak-to-peak), The Modal Shop's 9100 Series has the most dynamic range of any portable proximity probe calibrator on the market. The Modal Shop, a global calibration authority for more than 20 years, has revolutionised the verification of alarm thresholds on vibration protection systems that utilise proximity probes (Eddy current probes) with the release of its easy-to-use portable vibration calibrators with proximity probe mounting kit. Models 9100D and 9110D Portable Vibration Calibrators have gained global popularity in petrochemical and power generation applications thanks to superior: Ease of use, leading to quicker verifications Accuracy, with ISO 17025 accredited calibration and NIST-traceable reference Dynamic displacement simulation range With critical high-speed turbines, an extra mil, or a few extra microns of shaft vibration can spell trouble. John Morris Industrial offers +/- 3% displacement accuracy, making The Modal Shop 9100 Series the most accurate. Battery powered and lightweight, the units are ideal for field verification of proximity probes thanks to a simplified mounting technique and displacement amplitude adjustment. The probe holder accommodates 5-, 8- and 11-mm probe tip sizes. Displacement is displayed on screen in mils or microns and can be precisely adjusted with the turn of a dial, allowing both alert and alarm thresholds to be confirmed quickly with minimal set-up time. Rotating shaft vibration can be simulated at precise running speeds as the non-contact displacement sensors are confirmed with the American Petroleum Institute (API) 670 recommended 4140 steel target. Capable of 50 mils peak-to-peak displacement (1.27 mm peak-to-peak), The Modal Shop's 9100 Series has the most dynamic range of any portable proximity probe calibrator on the market. Thrust probes, traditionally checked statically versus known gaps, can now be verified dynamically at practical displacement levels. Vibration can also be scaled in acceleration or velocity, making it the ideal tool for checking everything within the predictive maintenance instrumentation spectrum. Model 9110D creates ISO 17025-compliant calibration certificates (linearity and frequency response) for proximity probes, accelerometers and velocity sensors. Certificates are created in Microsoft Excel® with a few clicks of the mouse. No additional software is required. John Morris Customers choose The Modal Shop products, as their partner in calibration, to ensure quality, precision results. Reliability comes from products used in millions of factory-approved sensor calibrations. In addition, The Modal Shop has implemented innovative techniques to provide the highest fidelity of data possible. The Modal Shop, Inc. a PCB Group Company, manufactures electrodynamic shakers, structural test products, calibration systems and non-destructive testing systems for a range of industries from metrology to manufacturing. Got more questions about Modal Shop sensors?Ourt Industrial team would love to hear from youPhone free call AUS 1800 251 799 and free call NZ 0800 651 700Email:  industrial@johnmorris.com.au Alstom Selects The OpenText Cloud To Deliver B2B Managed Services 2015-12-09T16:00:00Z alstom-selects-the-opentext-cloud-to-deliver-b2b-managed-services Sydney, Australia – 9 December 2015 – OpenText™ (NASDAQ: OTEX, TSX: OTC), a global leader in Enterprise Information Management (EIM), today announced that Alstom has selected OpenText to integrate major B2B suppliers as part of the company’s ASCOT (Alstom Suppliers Collaborative Teamwork) program to transform its supply chain.   Alstom (Euronext: ALO), is a world-leader in sustainable mobility and transport solutions for the railway sector. Alstom currently has an annual turnover in excess of €6 billion, and more than 32,000 employees worldwide.   Following Alstom Transport’s divestiture from Alstom Power, the company had to rebuild its supply chain and business networks infrastructure. Alstom looked to OpenText to provide its B2B Managed Services solution to ensure 100% quality and visibility of the supply chain automation process. The solution incorporates the OpenText Active Intelligence application, allowing for real-time control of the electronic data exchange. The OpenText solution met the stringent compliance regulations imposed by Alstom’s Information Technology (IT) department, and by selecting OpenText’s scalable and open B2B platform, Alstom was able to connect its suppliers in a secure and reliable way, while integrating supply chain document flows across multiple SAP systems.   “OpenText is a trusted partner of Alstom, and worked with us to develop an actionable plan to ensure the secure onboarding of over 50 of Alstom’s major suppliers as part of ASCOT Project,” commented Laurent Vignaga, Supply Chain & Operations Project Director of Alstom. “It was critical for us to build a B2B platform that allowed for close collaboration with our suppliers, an essential requirement to ensure high-levels of quality and reliability to our customers”.   A key requirement of the solution was the ability to ensure seamless collaboration between Alstom and its trading suppliers by automating supply chain data exchanges and avoiding process disruption by using a set of flexible, business-rule based services and alerts. Alstom also required control and increased visibility over the data and documents being exchanged.   “With OpenText, we could transform our B2B integration services, allowing us to securely share information flows on a worldwide basis, while reducing our total cost of ownership,” added Laurent Vignaga, Supply Chain & Operations Project Director of Alstom.   With a comprehensive suite of business applications to enable the supply chain, OpenText Trading Grid offers messaging and B2B Integration services on–premises and via the cloud, enabling any-to-any transactions for small to large trading partners. OpenText Trading Grid is powered by the OpenText Cloud, which processes more than 18 billion transactions per year, representing $6.5 trillion in commerce and more than 64,000 customers around the globe.  About OpenText OpenText enables the digital world, creating a better way for organisations to work with information, on premises or in the cloud. For more information about OpenText (NASDAQ: OTEX, TSX: OTC) visit opentext.com. Connect with us:OpenText CEO Mark Barrenechea’s blogTwitter | LinkedIn | Facebook   Certain statements in this press release may contain words considered forward-looking statements or information under applicable securities laws. These statements are based on OpenText's current expectations, estimates, forecasts and projections about the operating environment, economies and markets in which the company operates. These statements are subject to important assumptions, risks and uncertainties that are difficult to predict, and the actual outcome may be materially different. OpenText's assumptions, although considered reasonable by the company at the date of this press release, may prove to be inaccurate and consequently its actual results could differ materially from the expectations set out herein. For additional information with respect to risks and other factors which could occur, see OpenText's Annual Report on Form 10-K, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and other securities filings with the SEC and other securities regulators. Unless otherwise required by applicable securities laws, OpenText disclaims any intention or obligations to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Copyright ©2015 Open Text Corporation. OpenText is a trademark or registered trademark of Open Text SA and/or Open Text ULC. The list of trademarks is not exhaustive of other trademarks, registered trademarks, product names, company names, brands and service names mentioned herein are property of Open Text SA or other respective owners. All rights reserved. For more information, visit: http://www.opentext.com/who-we-are/copyright-information.