Places & Faces (January 2011)
Charlotte-basedSPX Corp.held a ground-breaking ceremony to mark the start of construction of its 53-acre China manufacturing campus, which is being built in the FOHO Economic Development Zone in Shanghai. The planned campus represents a $40 million investment by SPX over the next three years to support the company’s business expansion in China and facilitate product localization efforts serving both China and global markets.
CEC Combustion Services Group, Cleveland, has redesignedwww.combustionsafety.comwith an improved user interface and navigation. Features include expanded content, video capabilities and answers to many of CEC’s most commonly asked questions.
Imbert Corp., Niles, Ill., joined the network of sales representatives for Colville, Wash.-basedColmac Coil Manufacturing.Imbert can help customers in north central Illinois, northwestern Indiana, southeastern Iowa and southeastern Wisconsin select and specify plate-fin heating and cooling coils, dry coolers, and air-cooled condensers.
A 74-page reference guide fromABB, Cary, N.C., serves as a primer for selecting and applying electromagnetic flowmeters. The guide includes topics such as principles of operation, construction, magnetic fields, maintenance, transmitters, installation and calibration. To request the guide, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or call (800) 922-2475.
Two experienced plastics industry sales executives were named to new regional sales manager positions forConair, Cranberry Township, Pa.Peter Armbruster,formerly a regional vice president of sales forNovatec, will manage Conair activities in the Midwest and Northeast as well as Canada.John Heinrikson, formerly the director PET North America forPiovan/Una-Dyn, will oversee sales in the north central region and the Southeast.
Swep, Landskrona, Sweden, introduced its T-Reg heat exchanger, which is used in the plastic molding industry as a single- phase water-to-water heat exchanger combined with an electrical heater. The device uses parts of a temperature control unit (TCU) and combines them into a compact brazed unit. For more information, visitwww.t-reg.net.
Alfa Laval, Lund, Sweden, has received a more than $7 million order for its Packinox heat exchangers to be used in a refinery in India, scheduled for 2011. The heat exchangers will be used in a catalytic process to remove sulphur from refined diesel.
BASF, Iselin, N.J., agreed to acquire the styrene catalysts business ofCRI/Criterion, a wholly owned subsidiary of Houston-basedShell.CRI/Criterion manufactures chemical catalysts used in the dehydrogenation of ethylbenzene to styrene, a vital ingredient in the making of plastics, rubber and resins.
Petrobras, Sao Paulo, has selected St. Louis-basedEmerson Process Managementto provide process automation technologies and services for the petrochemical complex of Rio de Janeiro (Comperj) in Brazil. As main automation contractor for Comperj, Emerson will deliver engineering services and technologies for process automation and systems integration of the refining unit, selected utilities and offsite operations that are part of the Brazilian energy giant’s project. The facility is expected to process 165,000 barrels of heavy crude daily at its 2013 startup.
Harvel Plastics Inc., Easton, Pa., promotedGreg Martinoto vice president of sales. Martino previously served as the national sales manager for its industrial PVC and CPVC pipe, duct and extruded products sector.
TheInternational Society of Automation (ISA), Research Triangle Park, N.C., has published Alarm Management: A Comprehensive Guide, Second Edition, byBill Hollifield andEddie Habibi.
Invensys Operations Management, a provider of technology systems, software solutions and consulting services to the manufacturing and infrastructure operations industries, entered a partnership with Russia’sNational Center for Development of Innovative Technologies (NC DIT), based in Moscow. Under the agreement,TimeZYX Group, an organization within the NC DIT focusing on improving efficiency in the use of natural resources, will combine its reservoir simulation package, MKT, with Invensys Operations Management’s SimSci-Esscor simulation software to deliver an integrated reservoir and surface facilities simulation system.
Gas Technology Institute, Des Plaines, Ill., named two new board members:Marc Florette, senior vice president of research and innovation forGDF Suez, Paris, andRonald W. Jibson, president and CEO ofQuestar Corp., Salt Lake City. Board members who were re-elected to new three-year terms areTerry D. McCallister, chairman and CEO ofWGL Holdings Inc.'s Washington Gas, in Washington, D.C.;Arthur Corbin, president and CEO ofMunicipal Gas Authorityof Georgia, Atlanta. For a complete list of newly elected officers, go towww.gastechnology.org.
Thomas Venargewas named president ofAPV Engineered Coatings, Akron, Ohio. Venarge had served as the company’s vice president of manufacturing since 2004 and also has been the plant manager since 1999.
C. A. Litzler Co. Inc., Cleveland, was accepted as an associate member to theControl System Integrators Association (CSIA). Litzler’sLitzler Automationprovides drives and control systems for industries such as composites, tire and rubber, automotive and web converting.