Places & Faces (May 2017)
Yokogawa Meters & Instruments Corp. will change its name to Yokogawa Test & Measurement Corp. on October 1. Yokogawa Test & Measurement will continue to provide measurement solutions, including those for the industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), for the power, plant maintenance and optical communications markets.
Sam Rajkovich was named vice president, sales and marketing at Conair, Cranberry Township, Pa. He assumes responsibility for implementing customer-focused strategies and programs for the maker of auxiliary equipment for plastics processors, including resin drying systems and temperature-control equipment.
Advanced Polymer Monitoring Technologies (APMT) hired Dr. Sigmund “Sig” Floyd as vice president, global business development. Based in New Orleans, APMT develops, manufactures and distributes proprietary online monitoring solutions for the real-time characterization, analysis and control of polymer reactions.
The Bloomington, Minn.-based production-scale microelectronics wafer fabrication facility of SkyWater Technology Foundry was accredited by the Defense Microelectronics Activity, a branch of the U.S. Department of Defense as a Category 1A trusted foundry. The accreditation allows SkyWater Technology Foundry to provide wafer fabrication, design, wafer test, and broker services as a trusted supplier.
The Hydraulic Institute’s board of directors named Michael Coussens, director of development and chief engineer at the Peerless Pump Co., Indianapolis, as its 2016 member of the year. According to the board of the Parsippany, N.J.-based organization, Coussens was selected “for his tireless dedication to HI standards development, volunteerism, and his many significant technical contributions to the industry.” He has held leadership positions on more than eight technical committees over the past eight years. The award was conferred to Coussens during HI’s annual conference held in March.
Gilman Precision, Grafton, Wis., acquired Roller Precision Spindle Repair, formerly owned by John Roller. He joined Gilman’s team as the spindle repair supervisor.
Franklin Bronze Precision Components received funding from WEDNet, which serves Pennsylvania’s manufacturers, to make significant investments in people, process, products and equipment, to increase productivity and efficiency; improve customer responsiveness; and drive innovation. The funding has been used to train operators and staff in supervisory skills, lean and other modern manufacturing techniques. After lean evaluation of processes and workflow, the facility went through a layout redesign, and process flow was optimized. Additional facility improvements include the purchase of new CNC milling and turning equipment to provide additional capacity in the machine shop. To develop new products, FBPC added equipment and methods to pour Inconel superalloys, and the company has introduced rapid prototyping through 3-D printed waxes to their investment casting process.
International Society of Automation (ISA) published the third edition release of Basic and Advanced Regulatory Control: System Design and Application by Harold L. Wade, Ph.D., PE. The edition includes expanded coverage of setpoint weighting controllers, valve problems, cross-limiting control systems, a heuristic procedure for improving as-found tuning, and an expanded discussion of tuning liquid level control loops. Buy it at www.isa.org/store.