Gear up for Bikes: Science on Two Wheels at the Science Museum of Virginia

Richmond, VA (PRWEB) May 20, 2015

Uncover a diverse collection of historic, rare and peculiar bikes as the Science Museum of Virginia opens Bikes: Science on Two Wheels on Saturday, May 30.

Get into gear with hands-on exhibits as you explore energy, force and motion, aerodynamics and engineering. Put on the brakes to take a closer look at the materials that make a bike from rubber and alloy to foam and plastic. Learn about the latest technologies and test your knowledge of the bikes that have helped shape our culture and society.

What better way to prepare for the Richmond 2015 UCI Road World Championships than to explore the technologies that make this sport possible? said Richard Conti, Chief Wonder Officer, Science Museum of Virginia. Bikes: Science on Two Wheels showcases the evolution of bicycle design from giant turn of the century tricycles to state of the art, aerodynamic racing machines.

Guests peruse a unique collection of customized bikes including collapsible, recumbent and tandem models and marvel at a custom kinetic bike sculpture by artist Tom Chenoweth. Alongside the gallery experience, the Museum will display photographs of 120 years of Richmond cyclers and showcase cycling finish line sketches by artist Greig Leach.

This summer the Museum will also put a new spin on Science After Dark, evening events on the 3rd Friday of each month that feature live astronomy in The Dome, special activities and classic movie screenings.

Science After Dark: Bike Editions

Friday, June 19: Get a free bike helmet and fitting, learn about bike safety and journey through the cosmos before enjoying a special presentation of Pee-wees Big Adventure in The Dome.

Friday, July 17: Pedal toward an evening of science and enjoy valet bike parking! Take a live Cosmic Expedition through the stars and gear up for a showing of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom in The Dome.

Friday, August 21: Explore the night sky and learn about bike safety. Pedal through the galaxy with and grab onto your handlebars as we take you to see The Wizard of Oz in The Dome.

Bikes: Science on Two Wheels is included with Museum admission. Tickets are $ 11 with $ 1 discounts for ages 4-12 and 60+. Science After Dark tickets are $ 5. Visit or call 804.864.1400 for details.

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Parks & Sons Achieves 80% Reduction in Payment Processing Time by Moving Receivables to the Cloud

Omaha, Neb. (PRWEB) May 19, 2015

Financial Transmission Network Inc. (FTNI), a leading provider of integrated payment processing solutions, and Parks & Sons of Sun City, an established waste management firm celebrating 50 years serving Sun City, AZ, and the greater Phoenix valley, today announced the successful implementation of ETran, FTNIs integrated receivables processing solution.

In business for over 50 years, Parks & Sons serves more than 120,000 customers and averages 2,000 remittances a day. FTNIs enhanced remote deposit capture (RDC) module provides the company unprecedented speed, flexibility and reliability in its check and remittance processing efforts. As part of FTNIs ETran integrated receivables hub, the ETran RDC module delivers the ability to scan checks and remittance advices while seamlessly associating and storing all account and payment information in a PCI-compliant, secure, central location.

In the past couple years weve worked on getting back to the basics, focusing on profitable efficiencies and preparing ourselves for another growth trend were entering, said Shawn Parks, Business Manager at Parks & Sons. A great example is our payment processing time. During our busiest invoicing cycles, ETrans full automation reduced our payment processing time by 80% and significantly streamlined our auditing processes.

Parks & Sons receivables clerks work with three separate items coupons, checks and envelopes for each remittance received. Previously, in addition to manually scanning and entering data associated with each coupon and payment, clerks also had to manually export batch files for input into the companys back office AR system. With ETran now in place, the entire process is automated. Upon each coupon and check being scanned, data is automatically entered and associated with the appropriate customer account within the system. Time consuming, error-prone, manual data entry related to items such as change of address information, is now captured during the scanning process and posting files are automatically generated and uploaded into the companys back office accounting system, facilitating true straight through processing and further streamlining legacy processes.

ETran transformed our receivables processes and brought efficiencies to us we never expected. We no longer do any front-end auditing of our mailed in payments, commented Parks. Before, we had to audit 100% of our payments to find maybe 5% with changes or problems. Now we audit 0% on the front end and let ETrans automation flag any issues. Due to that automation, we only need to audit that 5% with issues. The decrease in our time to process has been phenomenal.

ETran also helped enrich the customer service experience at Parks & Sons. Accelerating payment processing timeframes significantly reduced inbound customer inquiries to the companys call center related to payment status questions, saving time and money while allowing customer service staff to focus on more time-sensitive customer needs. For calls that do still involve payment questions, the companys service staff now has a user-friendly, single interface to view all pending and processed payments in real-time, enabling them to quickly provide accurate information while answering customer questions or researching issues.

From using enhanced RDC capabilities to significantly reduce the turnaround time to process check and remittance information, to leveraging a direct integration with their back office accounting system to enable straight through processing, Parks & Sons is a great example of the benefits companies can realize by moving their receivables to the cloud, said Kurt Matis, president and CEO, FTNI. Were proud that Parks & Sons chose FTNI as a key partner in their decision to move their receivables processes and technology to the cloud and look forward to continuing to grow this successful relationship.

Working in the cloud with applications like ETran, we can go wherever we need to and were always ready to go, said Shawn Parks, Business Manager at Parks & Sons. Selecting FTNI as a strategic partner to get receivables into the cloud was an easy decision once we saw the value ETran could bring our company.

FTNI at Waste Expo 2015

FTNI will be onsite exhibiting at Waste Expo 2015 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, June 2-4 in Las Vegas, NV. Visit FTNI in booth 4220 to learn more about this and other successful implementations of the ETran integrated receivables hub. To request an onsite meeting at the event, please email SimplifyAR(at)ftni(dot)com.


About Parks & Sons of Sun City, Inc. (Parks & Sons)

Family-owned and locally-operated, Parks & Sons of Sun City, Ariz. was founded in 1964 by Ray Parks. The company provides residential, commercial and industrial refuse collection services to residents and businesses throughout the West Valley. In 1991, Parks & Sons, working with other organizations, started curbside recycling to divert paper (i.e. newspapers, junk mail, magazines and phonebooks) from the landfill. In 2009, Parks & Sons expanded recycling and implemented a state-of-the art, single-stream recycling program for commercial and residential customers. Paper, plastics, glass, aluminum/tin, and cardboard are all collected and reproduced into consumer goods. Parks & Sons leadership in the industry developed programs with great success that continues today. Visit for more information.

About FTNI

Financial Transmission Network, Inc. (FTNI) accelerates the way businesses accept, process, post and manage payments. Processing millions of transactions monthly, FTNIs integrated receivables processing solution, ETran, accepts any payment method, via any payment channelon a single, secure, cloud-based platform. FTNIs ETran Mobile application is built upon the core ETran platform and is available on both Android and iOS, and can be delivered as either a fully-hosted, stand-along application or via SDKs for integration into existing mobile applications. Founded in 2007, FTNI serves more than 16,000 corporate users from leading organizations such as the American Red Cross, DirectBuy, Five Star Senior Living, Golden Living, Mutual of Omaha, Penn Mutual, Physicians Mutual Insurance, Proxibid, RealPage, Shamrock Foods, The McClatchy Company and many more. For more information, visit

9 Safe Cycling Tips for National Bike Month (May)

(PRWEB) May 14, 2015

May is National Bike Month, and while the country encourages cyclists – novices and experts alike – to hit the trail, SABRE wants to bring safety into the conversation. Here are nine quick tips to follow and share with others to stay safe while cycling:

1. Be visible

Wear bright clothes so that drivers can see you – anything neon is great during the daytime. Its best to avoid biking at night, but if you do go for a ride after dark, be sure to wear reflective gear. When turning, be sure to signal to drivers and make eye contact when possible. Bike in a straight, predictable line so that you dont take any drivers by surprise.

2. Hydrate

If youre going for a long ride or its really hot out, you run the risk of dehydration. Drinks with sodium will help you retain water, so keep this in mind when you go for a ride longer than an hour or so or for a ride in extreme heat. Keep a water bottle with you at all times.

3. Check your bike

Before you head out, check your tire pressure and breaks to make sure everythings in order. This way theres less of a chance of some sort of malfunction that could jeopardize your safety.

4. Bring a personal safety tool

Its important to have a self-defense tool on hand in case you meet anyone that wants to do you harm. SABREs Cyclist Pepper Spray with Adjustable Bike Strap is a great option for adults, while the Personal Alarm with Key Ring can help children signal to others that theres an emergency.

5. Prevent theft

Invest in a high-quality U-lock, and secure your bike by the frame and wheel. Try to lock your bike in a well-lit, high-traffic area. Record your bikes serial number and register it with your local police department, if possible, so that you can better recover it in the event of theft.

6. Wear a helmet

Helmets can reduce the risk of head injury by up to 85%. Find out how to fit your helmet.

7. Control your bike

Its important to keep at least one hand on your handlebars. Be sure to give this message to kids and teens, who might be experimenting with riding with no hands. Carrying any items with you on your ride? Put them in a backpack or bike carrier; dont try to carry in your hands.

8. Be on the lookout

You might have heard to ride as far to the right as possible, but keep in mind that the doors of parked cars can be opened at any minute. Cyclists running into parked car doors is more common than youd think, so drive a car doors length from parked cars if possible. Also be on the lookout for moving cars, storm grates, potholes or anything else that might upset your balance.

9. Know your place

Adults should ride in the street and follow the same rules vehicles abide by – this means signal when you turn, stop at lights and obey all other traffic laws. Always ride with, not against, traffic. Children under 10 should ride on the sidewalk.

ABOUT SABRE Security Equipment Corporation

SABRE Security Equipment Corporation provides best-in-class personal safety, home security and law enforcement products to maximize consumers safety. The company strives to educate and empower customers with the knowledge and powerful products needed if and when someone is in danger. SABRE believes that everyone should be protected so that they can live a safe, healthy life with peace of mind.

Power Tools & Other General Purpose Machinery Manufacturing in Canada Industry Market Research Report from IBISWorld Has Been Updated

New York, NY (PRWEB) April 28, 2015

The Power Tools and Other General Purpose Machinery Manufacturing industry manufactures myriad miscellaneous general-purpose machinery; industry products include, but are not limited to, power-driven hand tools, welding and soldering equipment, industrial-process furnaces and ovens, fluid-power cylinders and actuators, fluid-power pumps and motors, scales and balances and packaging machinery. According to IBISWorld Industry Analyst Lucas Isakowitz, In the five years to 2015, strong demand from manufacturing and construction industries and rising export levels have driven industry growth. Consequently, revenue for the industry is anticipated to increase moderately in the five years to 2015.

Exports comprise the largest market for industry products. Since 2010, the industry has benefited from healthy export levels, which are largely the result of the improving financial conditions for downstream markets in the United States. In the five years to 2015, exports are expected to rise somewhat. Although high import levels have constrained industry expansion in the past five years, increasing export levels and steady demand from domestic markets is expected to cause industry revenue to increase marginally in 2015.

The Power Tools and Other General Purpose Machinery Manufacturing industry has low market share concentration, with the top four companies in the industry accounting for a small percentage of industry revenue. Because the industry’s revenue is spread across a large number of diverse products, no company controls more than 5.0% of the market. For example, robotic assembly machines, packaging machines, welding equipment and industrial filters are all industry products, however no one industry company produces all of these items. The vast majority of all establishments are estimated to employ fewer than 20 people, indicating a highly fragmented industry. Many industry firms focus on one or two specialized products, reinforcing the industry’s low market share. Due to the nature of industry products, its market share concentration has remained relatively unchanged in the past five years, said Isakowitz.

The industry is anticipated to continue growing, albeit at a slightly slower rate, over the next five years, as the economy continues to improve and demand from key downstream sectors remains strong. Although industrial activity is expected to slow and import penetration will remain high, demand from construction and increasing exports will drive industry growth. As a result, industry revenue is expected to increase marginally in the five years to 2020.

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This industry manufactures a wide range of general purpose machinery and related products, including power-driven hand tools; welding and soldering equipment; packaging machinery; industrial-process furnaces and ovens; fluid-power cylinders and actuators; fluid-power pumps and motors; scales and balances; and a myriad of other miscellaneous general-purpose machinery.

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Snapshots Effect Plugin for Final Cut Pro X Released by FxFactory

Boston, MA (PRWEB) July 17, 2014

XEffects Snapshots is a plugin for Final Cut Pro X that automatically freezes video, inserts it into a frame and positions it onto a background in 3D space. Applying Snapshots to footage adds an instant level of professional design and class. The user can display a single image for impact or string a succession of Snapshots together to make a montage or title sequence.

Snapshots makes it easy to:

Construct a broadcast title sequence or enliven end credits
Punctuate a corporate video with product shots
Introduce a speaker on screen
Build a wedding, family or product slide show
Snapshots was designed to be very easy and quick to use. The user can razor blade footage at the point where the freeze is desired, choose a frame, add text if wanted, choose a background, and set the beginning and start points in 3D by using the onscreen controls.

Snapshots comes with over a 100 sample templates that can be drag & dropped onto footage. Templates can be used out of the box, adjusted, or the user can custom design the effect using over 60 hand designed frames and 38 backgrounds.

About idustrial revolition:

idustrial revolution was one of the very first 3rd party developers to join the FxFactory developer program and develop plugins for Final Cut Pro, Motion Premiere Pro and After Effects.

idustrial revolution is run by Peter Wiggins, who has a long list of credits as a world class editor: BBC Paralympics, Sydney 2000 BBC Winter Paralympics, Salt Lake City 2002 BBC Snooker, CBS Winter Olympics, Nagano 1998 (Downhill) Tour de France – 2003 Broadcast Award for sports) Tour de Langkawi, Tour of the Philippines, Wimbledon, Australian & French Open (For ESPN/Turner/MNET) Various others including Le Mans 24 Hour, Moto GP, World Rally Championship, BBC Darts, Six Nations Rugby, Test & domestic Cricket, FA Cup, Champions League, Commonwealth Games, VOLVO Ocean Race. A highlight of his work was editing with Michael Jackson on The Earth Song performance for the World Music Awards. Michael also personally asked Peter to remix the track for transmission.

Pricing and Availability:

Snapshots consists of 107 effects and is available today for $ 99 (USD). A free trial is available via FxFactory.

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Established in 2004, FxFactory is an innovative developer of visual effects tools for the post-production and broadcast community. Their products are integrated with popular non-linear editing and compositing products from Apple and Adobe. For more information about Noise Industries, see the website. All Material and Software (C) Copyright 2014 FxFactory. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, Macintosh and Mac OS X are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. Other trademarks and registered trademarks may be the property of their respective owners.

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