Morris L. Crafton, founder of Thermcraft Inc., Winston-Salem, N.C., died in February at the age of 93. Crafton and his wife Clara founded the oven and furnace maker Thermacraft in 1971, initially focused on making replacement heating elements for industrial and laboratory furnace applications. Through new product development and various acquisitions, the company grew under the Craftons’ leadership. After Clara’s death in 1995, Crafton was eventually succeeded by his son, Tom Crafton, as CEO, though he remained involved with Thermcraft until his death. According to his son, Morris Crafton particularly enjoyed a daily walk through the factory, talking to his employees.


Understanding of how to deliver value to control-room operations is the focus of “Situation Management for Process Control,” a new book published by the International Society of Automation. It can be ordered from ISA’s bookstore at

Uzwil, Switzerland-based Bühler joined the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), a network focused on global corporate sustainability and on providing the world population with the nourishment and mobility solutions. Buhler’s cooking and drying technologies are used in food processing and production globally.

The Denmark-based subsidiary of Babcock & Wilcox Enterprises Inc., Barberton, Ohio, signed a licensing agreement to provide its water-cooled vibrating grate technology for biomass boilers to Thyssenkrupp Industries India Pvt. Ltd. Babcock & Wilcox Vølund A/S has an exclusive agreement for projects in India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Myanmar and Bhutan. The water-cooled vibrating grate was developed for combustion of biomass and multi-fuels yet is particularly well-suited for fuels with high alkali and chlorine content such as rice straw, say the companies.

Komax Systems Inc., Huntington Beach, Calif., celebrates its 45th anniversary in 2019. The company’s design team has more than 300 years of combined fluids-mixing experience and has developed technologies resulting in more than 40 patents inline static-mixing and heat-transfer technologies.


Michael J. Robinson

Thermal-cleaning solutions and fluidized-bed process technology manufacturer Schwing is opening a sales office in Princeton, N.J. The North American office is headed by chemical engineer Michael J. Robinson, a previous manager of the fluidized-bed process technique department at Schwing Technologies GmbH in Germany. Also in the Princeton office, Andrew S. Dickinson will serve as sales manager for North America. The two specialists will advise and support customers in the United States and Canada on all relating to fluidized-bed process technology, heat treatment and thermal cleaning.

Kevin Brown, area manager at St. Paul-based U.S. Water, received the Paul Cohan Award for his 2018 International Water Conference presentation, “Decreasing Filterable Iron Levels in an Air-Cooled Condenser at a Combined-Cycle Power Plant.” IWC will present Kevin with his award during the 2019 conference in Orlando.

Boston-based Industrial Physics Inc., a test and measurement equipment supplier, acquired C&W Specialist Equipment Ltd., a manufacturer of salt spray, humidity and cyclic corrosion test cabinets. C&W will become part of TQC Sheen B.V., a manufacturer of laboratory equipment to test and inspect surface and adhesion properties of paint and coatings.