2 July 2008

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ABB won a $233-million contract from Hyundai Engineering and Construction of Korea to supply power systems and grid connections for a natural gas and steam turbine (combined-cycle) power plant, to be built in Qatar. The $3.7-billion Ras Laffan C plant will be the largest power generation and water desalination project in the country, with capacity to generate 2,730 megawatts (MW) of power, and produce more than 286,000 cubic meters of potable water per day.

Wonderware launched its new Customer First program, a multi-level software maintenance and support program to help customers receive maximum value from their software. The program features 24/7 support, a dedicated technical account management team, critical incident response, software updates, and advice on software architecture and security. Wonderware also unveiled its Developer Network, an online environment providing resources and a venue for members of the Customer First program to collaborate.

Advanced Automation changed its name to Avanceon to reinforce a single brand identity with expanded services in Asia and the Middle East. Corporate headquarters will remain in Exton, Penn., which is also the Worldwide Headquarters for Avanceon. The Exton location will continue to be the management center for global services and solutions in North and South America while customers in the eastern hemisphere will be managed out of the Regional Operations Center in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Career Moves

Sequoia Communications, the RF semiconductor company, promoted Reza Kasnavi to vice president of product management. Duncan Pilgrim will be the new vice president of marketing.

ISPE, a global, not-for-profit society of 25,000 pharmaceutical science and manufacturing professionals, named Douglas Ellsworth its international regulatory affairs advisor, effective 15 July.

Sager Electronics hired Rich Arieta as director of application engineering.

Cognex Corporation hired Robert Willett as president of its modular vision systems division, reporting to Cognex chairman and chief executive, Dr. Robert J. Shillman.

AW-Lake Company, a flow instrumentation manufacturer,  appointed Curt Foreman and Chris Husson to director of sales and marketing and director of engineering and operations, respectively.

FreeWave Technologies, a provider of spread spectrum and licensed radio products and services, appointed David Southern secretary/treasurer of the National Association of Corrosion Engineers' Rocky Mountain Section.

Delta F Corporation, an oxygen and moisture analysis technology provider, promoted Joseph R. Capua to president and chief executive, effective this week.