News briefs and personnel news from industrial process cooling equipment suppliers

The Fluorinated Fluids Group at Solvay Solexis, Thorofare, N.J., has named Carl Neuser NAFTA sales manager for Fomblin PFPE products. In addition to overseeing sales for the United States, Canada and Mexico, he will help expand business opportunities for the lubricant product line. Solvay Solexis, with world headquarters in Bollate, Italy, focuses on fluorinated materials within the Solvay Group.

Leesburg, Va.-based Eurotherm appointed Tom Scheck as director of Eurotherm Flexible Solutions. In the position, Scheck will focus on value to both sales partners and customers through the promotion of application-specific engineering, services and training. He has been with Eurotherm for 17 years, where his previous role was system product sales manager.

Also, Eurotherm appointed Dan Bender as product marketing manager for power control products. He will be responsible for all business activities related to marketing Eurotherm's line of power control products, including Continental Industries products.

Winchester, Mass.-based Gefran ISI Inc., the U.S. subsidiary of Gefran Spa, appointed Kandace Peterson as West Coast regional sales manager. Peterson, who will be based in Los Angeles, will manage sales of both the Gefran ISI and SIEI America product lines. SIEI America, also part of the Gefran Group, is based in Charlotte and manufactures AC and DC drives for motor control. She will cover the territory of California, Oregon, Washington, Utah, Nevada, Oregon, Arizona, Idaho, New Mexico, Montana and Wyoming.

More than 400 predesigned temperature sensors, connectors and wire products now can be shipped in one day at no extra charge thanks to a new program offered by St. Louis-based Watlow. Rapid Ship Program expedites delivery of some of the company's most popular temperature-measurement devices. The products include general application thermocouples; mineral-insulated thermocouples; industrial base metal thermocouples;

a selection of RTDs, thermowells and hardware; as well as all stock wire.

Also, Watlow has named Don Commare product marketing manager for its controls product line. Prior to being named controls product marketing manager, Commare was responsible for control systems platforms at Watlow in a similar role. In his new position, Commare's responsibilities will be expanded to include managing Watlow's standard controls, power and systems product management teams.

DuPont, Wilmington, Del., plans to purchase the Isceon hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) refrigerant blends business from Rhodia, Paris, pending regulatory approval. The Isceon range of refrigerants comprises non-ozone-depleting blends used as replacements for ozone-depleting refrigerants in cold storage, process cooling and air conditioning.

Spirax Sarco Inc., Blythewood, S.C., has purchased all relevant business assets of Emco Flow Systems, Longmont, Colo., from Advanced Energy Industries Inc., Fort Collins, Colo. Emco, a supplier of flow measurement products for industrial applications, will be organized as a division of Spirax Sarco with operations headquartered in Longmont. The Emco network of independent manufacturers' representatives will continue to serve existing customers and markets.

Amiad Filtration Systems, Oxnard, Calif., was awarded a contract from Northrop Grumman Newport News, Newport News, Va., to supply self-cleaning filters for the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier program. The contract comes following three years of intensive testing by the U.S. Navy and Northrop Grumman Newport News comparing the Amiad filters to those of other manufacturers.

Alan Skinner was appointed business development manager for fixed gas detection systems at Crowcon Detection Instruments, Milford, Ohio.

Fluke Corp., Everett, Wash., has acquired Liverpool-based LEM Instruments, a division of LEM Group. LEM Instruments is a European manufacturer of test and measurement equipment, including analyzers and systems for power quality applications, insulation testers, low-resistance ohmmeters, clamp meters and clamp-on power meters.

In other Fluke news, the company is offering a free firmware upgrade for its 430 Series power quality analyzers. With Version 1.10, Fluke 430 Series owners can expand their measurement capabilities and increase the speed of using the tool. New capabilities provided by the upgrade include programmable ratios for metering and high voltage applications using secondary CTs and PTs. The upgrade is available at no charge at PH