8 May 2008

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Yokogawa Electric Corporation's DPharp EJA V2.5 device type manager (DTM) is now certified by the FDT Group for Foundation fieldbus, allowing users of Yokogawa's intelligent devices to tap field device tool (FDT)/DTM technology with the guarantee of interoperability and trouble-free installation.

Wärtsilä and Emerson Process Management expanded their global offshore alliance, now delivering integrated energy and automation systems for floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) vessels and semi-submersible oil and gas drilling rigs. The companies' expanded relationship offers a single point for serving the FPSO segment with the ability to offer system engineering, purchase, installations, commissioning, and servicing for this market.

Swedish bio-refinery SunPine AB will use Invensys SimSci-Esscor's PRO/II simulation software for modeling a new biodiesel refining operation in Piteå, Sweden. The new plant, a member of the Solander Science park biofuels collaboration, converts crude bio-oil byproducts of pine pulping into second-generation biodiesel for shipment to diesel refining facilities.

Iconics a provider of web-enabled, OPC-based, HMI/SCADA visualization and manufacturing intelligence software for Microsoft Windows operating systems, signed an agreement with Kepware Technologies, an OPC device communications for automation provider. The two will create the world's first total end-to-end OPC-UA solution.

Honeywell supplied Ahlstrom, a global provider of fiber-based paper products, with process control technology to run Ahlstrom's new mill in Tver, Russia. The mill produces glassfiber tissue for Russian industrial consumers. Honeywell installed its Experion process knowledge system (PKS) with PMD controller with integrated machine control system and line drives control to manage key production processes at the mill. Rautaruukki Oyj will use Honeywell's Experion PKS with PMD Controller system to automate the production processes of Rautaruukki's Raahe, Finland, manufacturing plant and to help increase output and enhance product quality. The Experion system will control the secondary metallurgical process-a key sub-process in manufacturing high-quality steel products.

Sensidyne, LP, a Florida limited partnership and member of the Schauenburg Group, has reached an agreement to acquire the assets of Sensidyne, Inc., a manufacturer of industrial health and safety instrumentation. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed. All Sensidyne, Inc., employees have joined Sensidyne, LP.

Moore Industries-International, Inc., specialists in electronic measurement and interface instruments for the process industries, celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2008. The company's products are used by Fortune 500 manufacturing companies, including producers of chemicals, petroleum, power, paper, food and beverages, semiconductors, pharmaceuticals, and biotechnology products. Most recently, the company acquired a fieldbus technology division and created MooreHawke Fieldbus Worldwide to provide interconnection devices for Foundation Fieldbus and Profibus systems.

FKI Logistex, an integrated material handling company, now offers training opportunities at its Technology & Education Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. The 31,000-square-foot facility provides companies with a new way to train maintenance and operations staff off-site, avoiding system downtime.

In response to 30-40 power outages annually, the consulting engineering group at Franek Technologies, Inc., a Category III-3 laboratory protection systems (LPS/UPS) provider, developed a customized power protection solution for the State of Wyoming Public Health Laboratory's $1 million investment in critical instrumentation from Agilent, Applied Biosystems, Biomerieux, Bio-Rad, Cepheid, Gen Probe, Hitachi, Roche Diagnostics, Thermo Fisher, Trinity BioTech, and Varian. They installed 25 discrete instrument-specific power protection units to protect patient samples and decrease retesting, replacement, calibrator, and reagent costs.

Russelectric power control systems provide emergency/backup power needed to keep critical security equipment up and running in the event of a loss of utility feed. The company custom designs and manufactures low- and medium-voltage on-site backup power systems with single or multiple generators.