21 August 2008

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ABB is designing Gujarat International Finance Tec-City, a complete power supply answer for what will be the world's largest international financial center and one of India's biggest infrastructure projects. Occupying a greenfield site of more than 500 acres and 100 million square feet of commercial and residential floor space, including an 80-story signature building known as Diamond Tower, the project should be complete by 2017.

Emerson Process Management received a contract from Huaneng Group to apply its Plantweb digital plant architecture at Haimen, a new ultra-supercritical, coal-fired power plant being built in China's Guangdong province. The new plant will employ digital bus technologies, a proven approach leading to significant construction savings, as well as ongoing operational savings for power generating facilities.

The Fieldbus Foundation updated its fieldbus Device Description tools and specifications to be compliant with the IEC 61804 and ISA104 Electronic Device Description Language profile. The Fieldbus Foundation also released the final FOUNDATION Device Coupler Test Specification (FF-846 FS 1.0), designed for coupler manufacturers to perform a standard set of tests against their implementation. The specification includes criteria from IEC 61158-2:2003 and additional functional tests such as input impedance, short-circuit reaction time, and bus voltage consumption.

Iconics has a new sales channel partner, CB Automation, Inc., a Canadian automation and instrumentation products and service provider to the industrial marketplace, who will focus on specification, training, and support in conjunction with existing Iconics distributors in the eastern Canada provinces.

Invensys Process Systems (IPS) signed a contract to provide extensive automation upgrades to the Chvaletice power plant in the Czech Republic. Terms of the agreement say IPS will upgrade the existing Foxboro I/A Series system to Version 8.4, so the existing mesh network can handle more multiple faults and provide intuitive design environments. Invensys Process Systems also signed a five-year, more-than-$20 million contract to provide comprehensive industrial automation services and solutions to Kraton Polymers, a copolymers industry pioneer and producer of styrenic block copolymers with facilities in the U.S., Germany, France, The Netherlands, Brazil, China, and Japan.

By improving technologies involved in manufacturing LEDs, OSRAM development engineers achieved new records for brightness and efficiency of white LEDs in the laboratory. Under standard conditions with an operating current of 350 mA, brightness peaked at a value of 155 lm, and efficiency at 136 lm/W.

Serck Controls, a SCADA and telemetry systems engineering company, selected Kepware Technologies as its primary provider for manufacturing oriented device communications.

A Calgary-based software company, Userful Corporation, is ramping up sales of its ecologically-friendly software. This web-service provider lets users multiply and manage desktop computers, so they can multiply their hardware investment, creating up to 10 independent workstations from a single computer by attaching multiple monitors, mice, and keyboards.

Wonderware, a business unit of Invensys, acquired Houston-based SAT Corporation to offer mobile solutions to customers. The acquired IntelaTrac Enterprise Suite product includes configurable software and ruggedized mobile hardware solutions to enable workflow and task management focused around plant operations, maintenance management, production tracking, and compliance.

Wärtsilä North America, Inc., a subsidiary of Wärtsilä Corporation and provider of power plants for flexible power generation, received an engineered equipment supply contract from GEUS, a municipally-owned electric power, cable, and high-speed Internet system out of Greenville, Tex. The contract for the 25 MWe gas-fired power plant is valued at over $19 million and will provide power to 26,000 consumers in Greenville and the surrounding area.