Eclipse Inc., Rockford, Ill., appoints Al Benz to director of technical solutions and other newsmakers.

Eclipse Inc., Rockford, Ill., appointed Al Benzto director of technical solutions in the corporate marketing group. The position includes responsibility for providing global technical and commercial leadership for the organization.

David J. RingjoinedMinco as president of the Minneapolis-based manufacturer of temperature sensors, heaters and critical components for critical applications.
   In other company news, Minco released a guide that users through defining temperature-sensing application requirements and choosing the best sensor and instrument solution. The guide also helps users determine the best sensing technology, helps them compare sensor alternatives, and obtain parts for testing and prototyping sensors from the company. The Sensors and Instruments Solutions Guide can be ordered in print at www.minco.com or downloaded free.

Electronic components distributorDigi-Key Corp., Thief River Falls, Minn., received the2009 Authorized Distributor Performance Award fromHoneywell Sensing and Control in recognition of Digi-Key’s 2009 sales figures. Honeywell Sensing and Control’sSean Conley, director of global distribution, presented the award in January during Honeywell’s America Sales Kick-off event held in Orlando. Digi-Key’sChris Beeson, vice president of sales and Volume Business Division, andJon Dent, product manager, accepted the award on the distributor’s behalf.

Thermal Fluid Systems Inc., Kennesaw, Ga., added an emphasis on helping thermal fluid heater users reduce maintenance costs. The company can help heater users improve heater combustion efficiency, controls, and even personnel training. To learn more, visit www.tfsheat.com.

Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, has received ISO 9001 certification by theBritish Standards Institute.

The polyurethanes division ofHuntsman Corp., The Woodlands, Texas, has created a China-based joint venture withJurong Ningwu Chemical Co. Ltd., to research, develop, manufacture and sell base polyether polyol products. The new company will be known asJurong New Ningwu Chemical Co. Ltd., and will be located in Jurong City, in the south of Jiangsu province. It will be run as a standalone operation.

Alfa Laval Group, Stockholm, a manufacturer of heat transfer, centrifugal separation and fluid-handling equipment, has acquired a U.S. service company specializing in plate heat exchangers, which will add sales of about $13.8 million. The company will remain a separate organization as it will continue to offer its own products and services to the industry under its own brand.

ECD of Milwaukie, Ore., a manufacturer of thermal profiling equipment and software, has received a patent on its “OK Button,” which is standard on its MegaM.O.L.E. 20 and V-M.O.L.E. thermal profilers, as well as being a feature of the company’s newly released OvenChecker. The press of a button gives a “go/no go” decision based on an engineer’s preloaded specifications for the desired thermal profile, saysGrant Peterson, vice president of marketing and sales. The easily understood green light for “go” and red light for “no go” frees engineers from having to address every profile run, enabling more runs per day, he says.

Long Beach, Calif.-basedDenso Sales California Inc.appointedDavid Shushereba as the company’s senior manager, service, quality and engineering (SQE) departments.

Santa Ana, Calif.-basedAlcon, a manufacturer of solenoid valves and subsidiary ofITT Corp., White Plains, N.Y., appointedRobertson Industrial Sales Inc., Birmingham, Ala., to represent Alcon valves in Alabama, Tennessee, Mississippi and northern Florida.

Philadelphia-basedPilko Technology Associates was named manufacturers’ representative forMercer Technologies andMidwest Vacuum Pumps (MVP). Mercer Technologies is a service organization helping heat treaters with replacement hot zones, furnace rebuilds, temperature surveys and preventive maintenance. Its sister company, Midwest Vacuum Pumps, provides pump repair or rebuild services. Both are located in Terre Haute, Ind. Pilko will represent the companies in the northeastern United States, from Maryland to Maine.

A manufacturer of PVC-coated galvanized rigid conduit, Gilmer, Texas-basedRobroy Industries, Conduit Division, namedBill Fisher as its national sales manager.