30 July 2008

Web exclusive: July Industry Newz, 4th edition

ABB won orders worth $113 million from Vedanta Aluminum Limited to provide automation and power products, systems, and solutions for a greenfield expansion of an aluminum smelter plant in Jharsuguda, in the eastern state of Orissa, India. ABB's System 800xA automation platform will control processes at Evonik Industries, a chemical, energy, and real estate company based in Essen, Germany, and the world's largest producer of ultra-pure chemicals for the photovoltaic industry, at its new site expansion in Germany. The agreement should help triple production of ultra-pure chlorosilanes, raw material in the production of photovoltaic (PV) silicon.  PV silicon is the substance from which solar-grade silicon wafers are made; they are the key components in solar cells and solar power systems.

Invensys Process Systems is part of Motorola's PartnerSelect Program and will offer Motorola's Enterprise Mobility solutions, as well as wireless broadband and other technologies within its own Industrial Wireless Solutions portfolio, to help integrate and improve process manufacturing systems for its industrial clients.

National Instruments Alliance Partner CGM Engineering, Inc. developed a structural health monitoring system based on the NI LabVIEW graphical system design platform and NI CompactRIO programmable automation controllers, which the China Earthquake Administration selected to aid engineers in conducting structural health research on seven recently constructed megastructures in China, including main venues for the 2008 Summer Olympics-the Beijing National Stadium and the National Aquatics Center. 

Training By Design, an organizational development firm, relaunched itself as IGNITE, focusing on executive coaching, supervision training, effective communication, purposeful teambuilding, and customer care.

Yokogawa Electric Corporation signed a strategic partnership agreement with JSC Gazprom Neft, an oil production and refining company in Russia. Under the agreement, Yokogawa will introduce its solutions on a priority basis at four of the company's refineries. Solutions will include integrated production control systems and operation support software for efficiency improvement and event analysis.

Career Moves

Endevco Corporation, a sensing product provider for demanding vibration, shock, and pressure applications, appointed Mel Hilderbrand as its new president. Hilderbrand was formerly director of strategic projects for Meggitt Sensing Systems.

Honeywell's Process Solutions business recognized industrial control providers Wilson-Mohr and AC Controls Company Inc. as its 2007 Distributors of the Year.

Moore Industries-International, Inc., a designer and manufacturer of electronic measurement and interface instruments for the process industries, appointed Ed Fagundes to director of manufacturing.

Phoenix Contact USA, an electrical connection, electronic interface, and automation technologies company, named Doug Peterson vice president and general manager.

This month, the president of ProSoft Technology, Inc., Douglas Sharratt, lost his life in a plane crash in Sunriver, Ore. In accordance with Sharratt's succession plan and effective immediately, the current chief financial officer for ProSoft Technology, Gary Joke, has assumed his new position as the president and chief executive for the company.