30 January 2008

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ABB commissioned its MPC-based expert optimizer product at the raw mill and cement mill of Buzzi Unicem USA Inc.'s Signal Mountain plant in Chattanooga, Tenn. They have since seen more consistent feed to the kiln, resulting in increased production. ABB won a $15 million order to provide six thyristor rectifier plants and related engineering and commissioning services for a new copper and cobalt refinery in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).  As part of a joint venture between Nikanor (a mining group with assets in the heart of the African copperbelt) and the DRC government, the project will rehabilitate the Komoto Oliveira Virgule mine, which contains one of the world's richest large scale copper and cobalt deposits. ABB won two pulp and paper contracts collectively valued at over $10 million, to deliver System 800xA extended automation, plant construction, commissioning, and training services to Stora Enso Hylte AB and Metsä Tissue Katrinefors mill, both located in Sweden. ABB won an order worth $50 million from Visy Pulp and Paper Pty. Ltd. to supply power and automation systems for a new paperboard production line at the company's Tumut mill in New South Wales, Australia. ABB is partnering with The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) on energy research to meet clean electricity and energy efficiency needs. The company will join MIT's Energy Initiative (MITEI) and support research in nanofluids, power electronics, intelligent robotics, and equipment heat management and will have a seat on the MITEI governing board, which provides key input on the direction and success of the initiative's research portfolio.

The EtherCAT Technology Group (ETG) opened a regional office in Seoul, South Korea, and is supported by the new ETG Korea Regional Committee, which promotes EtherCAT technology in applications from ship building to semiconductor and flat panel display manufacturing via advanced robotics and machine control.

Honeywell opened a new project services office in Anchorage, Alaska, for its Honeywell Process Solutions business to enable the company to provide automation and control solutions to oil, gas, and refining customers in Alaska.

InSource Solutions, an independent Wonderware software distribution partner, signed a new distributor agreement and will conduct business as Wonderware Southeast, but will continue in the role of parent company and have three business units dedicated to helping manufacturing companies achieve intelligent productivity.

Makila Hydro LLC, a group of renewable energy specialists from Hawaii Energy Group, is the first recipient of an OptoGreen grant from Opto 22, a developer and manufacturer of hardware and software for industrial automation, remote monitoring, and data acquisition projects. The grant awards complimentary automation hardware and software to businesses and research organizations helping promote alternative or renewable energy or sustainability.

Mu Security, a security analyzer company, is now a technical member of the ISA Security Compliance Institute to help develop meaningful security development and certification benchmarks for ensuring safely-developed and deployed industrial control systems.
The Institute counts leading industrial technology vendors and industrial control end-users dedicated to establishing specifications and processes for testing and certifying control systems products.

The OPC Foundation has created the Analyzer Device Integration Working Group, composed of end users and vendors representing process analytical technology (PAT) and laboratory industries, to develop a common method for data exchange and an analyzer data model for process and laboratory analyzers. OPC Training Institute selected Kepware Technologies' KEPServerEX as their preferred demonstration product for use in the company's hands-on training workshops. The product will allow users to quickly setup communications from equipment to control and business systems via a plug-in device drivers and components.

Wurldtech Security Technologies, a cyber-security provider for SCADA, process-control, and critical infrastructure worldwide, is now an ISA-approved service provider to support users of the newly launched Control Systems Cyber Security Self Assessment Tool, developed by Idaho National Labs as part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Control System Security Program. This online tool helps organizations using SCADA and industrial control systems to self-assess security of their control system.