10 July 2008

Web exclusive: July Industry Newz, 2nd edition

ABB signed an exclusive $61-million frame agreement with Petrobras to supply process automation systems and related services to eight oil refineries in Brazil over the next five years. The agreement includes $29 million for engineering services.

Mars, the company behind brands such as Pedigree, M&M, Skittles, Snickers, Starburst, and Uncle Ben's, has deployed InfinityQS ProFicient software in some of its North American locations to improve product quality and reduce scrap and rework.

Opto 22 introduced a series of online videos for systems and design engineers and machine builders to help them understand, source, select, and apply control, monitoring, and data acquisition technologies, products, and applications.  Check out one of the videos at http://www.opto22.com/video/players/ows_player.aspx.

Semaphore chose Davis Controls as a distribution partner for its T-BOX and Kingfisher SCADA system product lines as well as its connectivity products. Davis Controls is a Semaphore authorized distributor for customers in Canada.

Wonderware received one of Frost & Sullivan's 2008 Product of the Year Awards in the human-machine interface category, recognized for their ability to help manufacturers maximize equipment use and operational effectiveness.

Career Moves

Bosch Packaging Technology, a supplier of packaging and processing technology in the food, pharmaceutical, and confectionery industries, appointed Pres Lawhon president and general manager of Doboy, Inc., with responsibility for business in North and South America related to Bosch's packaging machinery.

Chloride Group PLC, a provider of secure quality power solutions, appointed Joe Nitiss president of its Chloride North American operations, effective immediately.

Control Technology Corp., a manufacturer of automation controllers that integrate motion control, I/O, user interfaces, and enterprise connectivity, appointed Thomas N. Schermerhorn president.

Delta F Corporation, an oxygen and moisture analysis technology company, promoted Joseph R. Capua to president and chief executive officer. Curt Fauth, president and chief executive since 1991, will be retiring in late 2009.

Huffman Corporation hired Robert Wagner laser business development manager to address growth in the gas turbine manufacturing, aerospace engine and medical markets.

Microfluidics' President and chief executive Michael C. Ferrara helped form a senior leadership team to ensure customer focus and capitalize on strategic global growth opportunities.  Microfluidics provides high-shear fluid processing systems to pharmaceutical, biotechnology, chemical, and digital inks, personal care, and food industries. New appointments include: Brian E.LeClair as executive vice president and chief financial officer; William J. Conroy as vice president of operations and engineering; Mary Anne North as vice president of customer success; William Kober as vice president of sales for North and South America; Xavier Leroy as vice president of sales for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa; and Kent Chu as vice president of sales for Asia-Pacific. Mimi Panagiotou will assume the role of chief technology officer, and Dave Gucwa will serve as product manager for the Microfluidics product line.