5 September 2008

Web exclusive: September Industry Newz

ABB is the new supplier of propulsion and automation systems for the Eurodam, a new cruise ship built by Fincantieri for Holland America Line (Carnival Corporation & PLC Group). ABB has supplied the Eurodam with energy generation systems, electrical distribution and propulsion systems, and the ship's integrated automation system based on the System 800xA platform.

BASF has selected PAS, a global process-industries alarm management software and consulting firm, for their enterprise-wide alarm management initiative. The agreement enables BASF to deploy PAS' PlantState Suite software throughout their operating facilities worldwide.

Honeywell won a contract to provide Borregaard, a producer of wood-based and organic chemicals, with process control systems to streamline production at the company's ethanol, lignin and vanillin production sites in Norway. Honeywell will supply an Experion process knowledge system and a comprehensive service and support package covering the engineering, configuration, and start-up of the system. The project is expected to be completed by summer 2010. Honeywell is helping school districts in California address concerns about energy costs and its environmental impact through a solar program. Dixon Unified School District and Riverdale Joint Unified School District in central California awarded Honeywell solar projects expected to drive more than $1 million in energy savings for each district over the next 20 years. Honeywell will install solar panels at several facilities and sell the electricity the panels produce to the districts. Honeywell's Process Solutions business will upgrade and expand process control systems at Rio Tinto Alcan's Yarwun alumina refinery in Queensland, Australia. The project is part of the Yarwun Refinery expansion, which will increase smelter-grade alumina production at the plant from 1.4 million to 3.4 million tons per year by 2011.

IntelR Embedded and Communications Alliance, a community of communications and embedded developer solution providers, has elevated embedded product solution supplier DFI Inc.'s DFI-ITOX from Affiliate to Associate status. As the U.S. affiliate of DFI-ACP, the company's applied computing products division, ITOX produces long-life, revision-controlled motherboards for demanding applied computing and x86 embedded systems applications.

Invensys Process Systems (IPS) signed a multi-million dollar deal with state-owned Taiwan Power Company to provide critical upgrades to the Kuosheng Nuclear Power Plant in northern Taiwan. Under the terms of the contract, IPS will replace and upgrade obsolete analog-based recirculation water control systems with digital systems. IPS will also provide a wireless handheld tool to The Arkema Group, a multi-national chemical manufacturer, to use in hazardous industrial areas. IPS services and technology will enable Arkema's field operations teams to keep in touch with process alarms and plant conditions, resulting in enhanced plant safety, better utilization of manpower, and increased productivity.

Yokogawa Engineering Asia Pte. Ltd. and Yokogawa Europe Branches B.V. Sucursal De Angola have concluded a frame agreement with BP Exploration(Angola)Limited for its floating production storage and offloading program in Angola. Under the terms of the agreement, Yokogawa will provide project management, engineering, operation, and maintenance services for an integrated control and safety system.

Career Moves

Senscient elected John S. Filla to chairman of the Senscient Board of Directors. Filla has 15 years of global experience in the field of instrumentation and controls, with a focus on health, safety, and environmental (HSE) applications.

Vulcan Electric Company added Michael Hanlon to its thermal division sales staff as sales development manager of sensor products. Vulcan has more than 25 years of sales experience in high temperature materials and processes and the sensor industry.