26 June 2008

Web exclusive: June Industry Newz

ABB won orders for approximately 18 gearless mill drives in the past 18 months from mining companies increasing production capacity and opening new mines. Gearless mill drives are large cylindrical drums, as much as 40 feet (12 meters) in diameter, used in ore and mineral processing, which grind mineral ore into smaller pieces for further processing. They offer better energy efficiency, reliability, and longer lifespan than traditional mill drives. ABB is providing comprehensive local project management support and services to help oil and gas customers develop resources from Alberta's oil sands, making Canada second only to Saudi Arabia in global oil reserves. The ABB office in Calgary grew in just over two years from 45 to more than 200 employees, and it is still hiring.

Adept Technology, Inc. a provider of intelligent vision-guided robotics and global robotics services, signed Factory Automation Sales, of Savannah, Tenn., as its newest regional sales representative agency to continue expansion in North America.

Cemtrex Inc. secured a $500,000.00 order to supply a complete continuous emission monitoring system (CEMS) to measure the concentrations of the flue gas discharging the stack of 2x500 MW coal fired power plant in eastern India.

CiDRA completed the sale of its oil and gas metering business to the Expro Group of the U.K. for $60.5 million. Expro will operate the business under the name Expro Meters, Inc.

Cooper Industries acquired two wireless technology leaders in their respective markets: Omnex Controls by the Cooper Bussman division and MTL/ELPRO Technologies by the Cooper Crouse-Hinds division.

Emerson Process Management was awarded a contract to implement its SmartProcess steam temperature optimization technology on a Doosan Babcock supercritical, pulverized coal boiler that will power a new station in Kentucky. Doosan Babcock supplies supercritical power plant technology. Emerson Process Management digitally automated a smart mill for Celulosa Arauco, helping strengthen the company's world class pulp supply capability at Nueva Aldea in central Chile.

Honeywell's process solutions business and UOP LLC, a Honeywell company, will provide simulation software that trains refinery operators how to best run UOP processes used in the production of fuels and petrochemicals. Honeywell signed a contract to install and implement an integrated advanced planning and scheduling solution for Rabigh Refining & Petrochemicals Co.'s Petro Rabigh facility, a refining and petrochemical complex that is a joint venture between Saudi Aramco and Japan's Sumitomo Chemical Company.

ICONICS won the 2008 Microsoft Partner of the Year award for ISV/Software Solutions for delivering market-leading customer solutions built on Microsoft technology.

Invensys Process Systems celebrated its 100th anniversary of the Foxboro automation products brand at the Neponset facility, where the company started.

McCrometer appointed petroleum industry specialists ABLE Instruments & Controls, Reading, U.K., as its new manufacturers' representative serving the oil/gas, including subsea flow metering applications, and process industries in the U.K., the Republic of Ireland, and aiding sales into the North Sea region countries.

NetEnrich, a provider of remote infrastructure management (RIM) services, expanded into the Japan RIM services market upon securing an investment from Sojitz Corporation. NetEnrich's technologies enable administrators based in network and security operations centers in the U.S. and India to securely monitor and manage IT infrastructure at customer sites all over the world.

OSRAM Opto Semiconductors, in energy savings initiatives, offers LEDs to help lighting designers and manufacturers meet or exceed ENERGY STAR standards (efficacy or lumens per watt, chromaticity, and lumen and color maintenance) for the solid state lighting (SSL) market.

Semaphore, a CSE Global company, welcomed Cross Automation as its distribution partner for Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia for its T-BOX and Kingfisher SCADA system product lines as well as the company's connectivity products.

The Chinese government's Ministry of Railways selected Wonderware software to manage the customer service system and monitor assets at its four major railway stations (100 miles long), which provide service between Beijing and Tianjin. The integrated platform will support the railway's public address system, passenger information video displays of train arrivals and departures, and closed-circuit television monitoring.