Places & Faces (January 2013)
Pittsburgh-based Chromalox, a manufacturer of electric heat and control products, released a white paper, “Tank Heaters With Replaceable Elements Reduce Costly Downtime,” that describes how tank heater design with replaceable parts can prevent downtime and reduce operating costs. The solution addresses a critical issue for oil and gas and petrochemical processing operations. To view it, visit http://bit.ly/Tc1Aeq.
Lewco Inc., Sandusky, Ohio, increased its productivity by nearly 50 percent after investing in a new CNC press brake and integrated, custom roller conveying process. The press brake was manufactured by Trumpf Inc., and its capabilities include stainless, steel and aluminum ranging in thickness from 20 to 4 gauge. Lewco will use the machine to fabricate oven and conveyor parts such as plenums, supports and ball tables.
Superior Boiler Works Inc., Hutchinson, Kan., added a steel plate roll that will allow it to roll pressure-vessel-quality steel plate up to 1.5" thick and 10' wide. The company says the additional equipment will allow the company to manufacture boiler products for markets it has not previously served.
ITT Corp. will invest $22 million in its Seneca Falls, N.Y., manufacturing operations and Research and Development Laboratory to better serve the global oil and gas market. The expansion was driven primarily by the growth of ITT and its Goulds Pumps brand in the global oil and gas industry, which requires highly engineered pump products for use in refinery, pipeline, production and other critical environments.
St. Louis-based Watlow introduced a new sensors and controllers catalog. It includes product descriptions, specifications, features and benefits, applications, line drawings and photos of the company’s full line of temperature sensors, wire, cable, temperature controllers, power controllers and supporting software. The catalog is available in several formats Watlow’s website, www.watlow.com.
The certified service facilities of Moyno Inc., Springfield, Ohio, offer the highest quality service and parts available for the entire line of Moyno pumps. Each certified distributor exceeds Moyno’s stringent capabilities standards in the areas of repair, service, inventory and physical facility layout and has successfully completed Moyno’s product services training program.
Gas Technology Institute (GTI), Des Plaines, Ill., held its annual meeting of members and the fall meeting of the board of directors in November. At the meeting, several members of the board were elected to three-year terms: John Hofmeister, founder and CEO, Citizens for Affordable Energy; Alexander A. Karsner, founder and CEO, Manifest Energy LLC; Rebecca Ranich, director, Deloitte Consulting LLP; Thomas E. Skains, CEO and chairman, Piedmont Natural Gas. In addition, Terry McCallister, chairman and CEO, WGL Holdings Inc. and Washington Gas, will remain as the chairman of the GTI board of directors, and Rebecca Ranich will continue to serve as vice chairwoman for the next year. The board also elected the following GTI officers for another term: David C. Carroll, president and CEO; Paul G. Chromek, corporate secretary; James F. Ingold, vice president of finance, treasurer and CFO; Dr. John J. Lewnard, vice president and CTO; and Ronald N. Snedic, vice president, corporate development.
At the meeting, GTI also announced the appointment of Edward “Eddie” Johnston as vice president of research operations for the organization.