18 August 2008

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ABB won an order worth $31 million from Kraftwerke Linth-Limmern AG to supply two turnkey substations and auxiliary power equipment for a hydro storage power plant facility at the Tierfehd hydro power plant in Switzerland. ABB also won an order from Century Aluminum to provide power and automation systems for a new smelter in Iceland-to help secure an efficient, reliable power supply for the Nordural Helguvik smelter, while preventing the power-intensive production process from disrupting the local power grid.

Global Recruiting Source is a recruiting company out of Cleveland, Ohio, that specializes in finding key players for the automation industry. In 2008, the company has placed nearly 40 qualified candidates with salaries on average of $80,700 per year.

Siemens Energy & Automation, Inc. will deliver turn-key automated conveyor systems and the end-of-line testing systems for BMW's new Assembly North facility in Spartanburg, S.C. The conveyor projects will be implemented in the skillet conveyor, door line monorail and engine line monorail, and stacker areas. Siemens will provide mechanical design and act as general contractor for the project's mechanical and electrical integration.

Global rotating equipment supplier Dresser-Rand Group Inc.'s U.K. subsidiary, Dresser-Rand Company Ltd., has completed the acquisition of certain assets of Peter Brotherhood Ltd., a designer and manufacturer of steam turbines, reciprocating gas compressors, gas engine packaged combined heat and power systems, and gearboxes.

Green Hills Software, Inc., a device software optimization and real-time operating systems company, reported Applied Micro Circuits Corporation's 3ware storage division will use the company's real-time operating systems and development tools in its 3ware 9690SA SAS/SATA high performance RAID controllers.

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is seeking proposals for high-risk research projects to develop innovative technologies for inspecting, monitoring and evaluating critical components of the nation's roadways, bridges, and drinking and wastewater systems. The announcement comes from NIST's Technology Innovation Program, established by the 2007America Competes Act to promote innovation in the U.S. through high-risk, high-reward research in areas of critical national need.

Thermo Fisher Scientific acquired AquaSensors, LLC, a start-up company founded in 2003 by former Great Lakes Instruments employees involved in the design and manufacture of innovative measurement systems for water quality and process control applications.