Super Rad Pittsburgh Tech News Update

Your Thursday just got better! Sometimes we gotta clear the decks at Techburgher. A ton of great news rolled in the doors this past week and we just have to get it all out in one big chunk. This is an excellent problem to have! Lots of news from our tech companies. So here you have it, the Super Rad Tech News Update (SRPTNU). Oh yeah, send your tech news to jkersting@pghtech.org for consideration.

RE2, Inc. to Deliver Robotic Manipulator Arms to Afghanistan for Evaluation

RE2, Inc. announced that more than 100 units of the Company’s DS1-MA Manipulator Arm will be delivered to MacroUSA Corporation for integration onto the Armadillo Micro Unmanned Ground Vehicle (MUGV).  One-hundred of those units will be shipped to Afghanistan for user testing and evaluation in early 2012. The complete robotic system will provide general Infantry with a dismounted light-weight, yet robust MUGV.

The Joint IED Defeat Organization (JIEDDO) within the Department of Defense plans to evaluate the DS1-MA and Armadillo as a part of a Joint Urgent Operational Need (JUON) request for improved man-transportable robotic capabilities. Troops in Afghanistan require a light-weight man-transportable and throwable robot that can be used to clear structures, perform reconnaissance missions, and counter IEDs during dismounted operations.

Carnegie Mellon University Working With Kenya to Create Professional Certification for Software Developers

Computer scientists at Carnegie Mellon University are working with the Kenya Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Board to create a credentialing examination that will help employers identify software developers with the skills necessary to step into jobs immediately.

Just as airline pilots, heart surgeons and lifeguards earn their professional credentials by demonstrating on-the-job skills, the examination for the new Software Developer Certification will be what’s known as an authentic exam, in that it will require people taking it to perform the kind of tasks encountered in an actual work environment. Exam takers will add software features, correct errors or otherwise make modifications on a model software system.

The exam initially will be implemented in Kenya, but is intended to become an international benchmark for use by employers worldwide.

uWorkin and TrueFit Launch Innovative Career Opportunity App for iPhone & iPad

TrueFit, a leading innovation firm which helps entrepreneurial start-ups and large enterprises bring new product ideas to market, today announced the go-live of a new global job management App, uWorkin®, for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, conceived by Melbourne, Australia-based start-up, uWorkin Pty. Ltd. The App, uWorkin®, boasts access to over 50,000 new jobs daily, and a smooth user experience to integrate position openings into a single application.

With uWorkin®, recruiters, training companies and candidates have instant, handheld links to one another. uWorkin creates a social network of employment industry members to transact business. Top features of the App include rapid job search capabilities, an ability to create a shortlists with alerts for new jobs, and job sharing through social media. uWorkin CEO Phil Cooper remarked, “We’re excited with the functionality this App offers to recruiters and candidates alike. Working with the TrueFit team was a fantastic experience. They understood our vision for uWorkin®, and helped us bring our concept to full fruition, collaboratively.”

For Third Consecutive Year, CombineNet, Inc. Selected as Top 100 Solution for Food Industry Supply Chains

For the third straight year, CombineNet, Inc., the leading provider of best-in-class e-sourcing technology , has been recognized by Food Logistics magazine as a Top 100 Technology and Solution Provider. Each year, the editors of Food Logistics magazine recognize 100 technology solution and service providers that help food, beverage and CPG companies gain a competitive logistical advantage and reach their business goals. The highly coveted FL 100 list provides valuable information regarding technology vendors who focus on the needs of the entire supply chain.

“The globalization of food supply chains demands closer collaboration with suppliers and enhanced visibility from farm to fork,” notes Lara L. Sowinski, editor-in-chief at Food Logistics. “Technology is a powerful tool that can ensure compliance, mitigate risk, and serve as a market differentiator in today’s highly competitive environment.”

Circuits Receives UL Certifications

Circuits, LLC, a manufacturer of highly reliable flex and rigid flex printed circuit boards announced today that the company has received official notification from Underwriters Laboratories (UL) that it has been awarded 94V-0 certification for Type 3 and Type 4 Multi-layer Flex and Rigid-Flex PCBs manufactured at the site. The UL 94-V0 certification awarded to Circuits fulfills UL flammability test requirements for Flammability of Plastic Materials for Parts in Devices and Appliances. Underwriters Laboratory (UL) is an independent not-for-profit safety testing and certification organization. Founded in 1894, UL has earned a reputation as a global leader in product safety standards development, testing and certification.

The IPC6013 board classification identifies type 1 as single sided flex, type 2 double sided with plated through holes, type 3 multilayer flex with plated through holes and type 4 multilayer rigid-flex combination with plated through holes. The addition of Type 3 and Type 4 classifications to Circuit’s existing Type 1/Type 2 certification enables Circuits to assist customers across all end markets requiring the UL flammability certification for flexible PCBs.

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