6 March 2008

Web exclusive: March Industry Newz

ABB is modernizing the central control room at the coal mine in Tamnava, Serbia, with their latest automation technology, as well as providing updated electrical equipment for the mine. The expansion includes a new preparatory cutting line, consisting of a bucket-wheel excavator, five drive stations, a stacker, two moving heads, the energy supply, and a central control room.

The HART Communication Foundation is now accepting 2008 HART Plant of the Year Award Nominations. The global award is presented annually to recognize innovative use of HART Communication in real-time industrial process plant applications. World-wide nominations will be accepted through 30 June. Nomination forms are available at www.hartcomm.org.

Honeywell's Safety Manager platform is the process industries' first safety instrumented system (SIS) to receive the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 72 Standard for Fire Protection from a U.S.-certifying body, Factory Mutual (FM), and can now see use in applications where local authorities, governments, and other users require a U.S.-certified NFPA 72 certificate. The product previously attained NFPA 72 certification through Germany-based TÜV.

JMP, an industrial system integration company specializing in the engineering and provision of automation, control, and information solutions, is the new controls provider for a water treatment plant in Smith Falls, Ontario. The company will supply and configure the plant network hardware, which includes a plant-wide Ethernet network with a wireless radio component, an intercom system, and a closed caption TV monitoring system.

The Siemens Energy Sector is building two turnkey combined cycle units in Portugal. The purchaser is ElecGas S.A., a joint venture of the independent power generation company International Power plc and the Spanish utility Endesa S.A. With commercial operation scheduled for 2011, and Siemens planning maintenance of the power train for 25 years, the order is valued at nearly $919 million (€600 million). The natural-gas-fired single-shaft units with a targeted efficiency of over 58% will have a combined installed capacity of approximately 830 megawatts (MW).