June 17, 2020

For more information please contact:
Zenagui Brahim
President, NH MEP

Orion Launches its Pre-Entry Touch-Free Temperature Reader to Improve Safety Across Industries

Laconia, NH – Orion Entrance Control, Inc; an award winning New Hampshire manufacturer is introducing their latest innovation. The Orion Pre-Entry Temperature Reader (OPTR) was developed to support businesses in their COVID-19 return-to-work strategies. The OPTR just launched to the marketplace on Thursday, May 28th. OPTR’s infrared sensing technology and intuitive user interface can be put into use with virtually no training. A 1 second read time (3-5 seconds per person with proper social distancing) and high level of accuracy provide superior throughput. The advanced monitoring capabilities, programmable messaging and alerts allow decision makers to customize their process workflow. OPTR is currently offered as a free standing kiosk. There will also be options offered for turnstile mount, wall mount and stand-alone desktop.

Using 75-85% recycled aluminum materials, the OPTR is assembled in Orion’s 40,000 sq. ft. manufacturing facility in Laconia, with many of their fabrication sources kept local to New Hampshire.

The monitoring software that integrates with the device is customizable on many levels, including scanning for and displaying a specific temperature range. Employers can decide what message to show on the screen when temperatures run out of range (in most cases “see the help desk” or “return home until feeling better” is popular) Built in relay outputs can be integrated so if an employee’s temperature is out of range, their door or gate card access can be shut down – effectively barring entry. Future versions of the device will offer push alerts to managers about employees not allowed to pass.  

Though the OPTR is not technically a medical device, the results are accurate within half a degree, with hospitals and retirement homes requesting them. Orion specializes in control access products across a myriad of industries from businesses to event centers, sports teams, educational facilities and public transportation. Temperature scanning can be integrated into turnstiles and speed gates so a temperature reading can actually control whether the gates open or not. 

“We don’t believe this (COVID-19) is a short-term problem,” says Steve Caroselli, CEO and Founder of Orion Entrance Control, Inc. “With these challenges in mind, we’ve taken the best in class and designed the OPTR to be a scalable solution to meet specific operational needs. As your business needs change, the software can change.”

“It is a pleasure to announce the OPTR of Orion Controls, Inc. We are confident that any organization that is in the process of implementing its reopening plan will certainly benefit from using OPTR,” said Zenagui Brahim, President of New Hampshire Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NH MEP).

The Orion Pre-Temperature Reader is available for purchase at MSRP $5400.00 or lease $197.00 for 36 months which includes 3 year warranty, yearly factory calibration and software / firmware updates. The OPTR currently holds a 6-week lead time.

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Phone: 603-226-3200

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Students Will Virtually Tour Manufacturers in October During NH Manufacturing Month

An entire month of celebrating manufacturing in New Hampshire!

For the last 7 years New Hampshire Manufacturing Extension Partnership with help from the NH Department of Business and Economic Affairs, the Community College System of New Hampshire, the New Hampshire Department of Education and many other partners organized NH Manufacturing Month. NHMEP hopes to encourage students into building their career with local manufacturers, keeping them in state after graduation.

What is it all about?
In previous years, throughout the month of October, high school and middle school students went on field trips to visit local manufacturers. During those trips, manufacturers had the opportunity to show students how cool manufacturing is and inform them of all the in demand careers their field has to offer. This year, our plan is to engage students in virtual visits to manufacturers.

StopTheSpread’s ImpactAssets COVID-19 Response Fund

StopTheSpread is an organization whose mission is to catalyze the private sector response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Since early March, StopTheSpread and NIST MEP have worked together, matching StopTheSpread partners with MEP Centers and clients in order to facilitate increased production of personal protective equipment (PPE), testing and treatment equipment, and ventilators. Recently, StopTheSpread joined forces with ImpactAssets an organization raising capital for their COVID Response Fund.

StopTheSpread has opened their intake form to manufacturers facing financial roadblocks in their COVID-19 pandemic response efforts.

Any manufacturer that wants to produce PPE (e.g., masks, gloves, gowns, etc.) or testing and treatment equipment may apply for an impact investment using the intake form.

Progressive Manufacturing Expands Team with New Marketing and Communications Specialist

West Lebanon, NH – September 2020: Progressive Manufacturing, Inc. is excited to announce that Lori Decato-Metz has joined the team as Marketing Communications Manager. In her role, Lori will develop creative content to expand Progressive Manufacturing’s presence in the New England market and also promote their brand SÓLAS Contemporary Fire, which produces modern and efficient fireplace products.

Prior to joining Progressive Manufacturing, Lori worked as a creative marketing professional for many regional and global brands, including Timberland, Eastern Mountain Sports, ECCO and Bauer Hockey.

Mascoma Community Development Wins $65 Million Tax Credit to Facilitate New England Expansion

Mascoma Community Development, an entity of New England based Mascoma Bank, has received a $65 Million tax credit allocation to facilitate industrial and manufacturing expansion, along with retail and main street redevelopments in rural and minor-urban communities of New England. The award is from the New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) authority from the U.S. Treasury’s CDFI Fund. Project developments will be focused on New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine, New York, Michigan, and Pennsylvania.

“We will use this award to provide much needed flexible financing for manufacturers needing to update deteriorating facilities and aging equipment,” said Dick Jennings, Managing Director, Mascoma Community Development.

Rewarding Opportunities at USAF Advanced Manufacturing Olympics Virtual Event

Virtual Event: October 20-23, 2020

This October, the US Air Force will launch an inaugural virtual event, the Advanced Manufacturing Olympics (AMO), which is “aimed at translating innovative ideas into enduring solutions” in manufacturing technology across the United States. Distinguished leaders in academia, government and industry will be speaking to discuss the future of advanced manufacturing.

Topics at the Advanced Manufacturing Olympics will include Industry 4.0, 3D printing, augmented and virtual reality, automation and more. There will be open discussion on technical challenges and potential solutions for the Air Force’s sustainment issues.

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