Honeywell to collaborate with L.A. Turbine, GEA

L.A. Turbine Corp.  and GEA  joined Honeywell’s Connected Plant program to jointly develop and provide solutions and technologies to help customers minimize unplanned shutdowns and safety risks while optimizing output yields. Through this collaboration, L.A. Turbine and GEA can help customers leverage data and insights in their operations along with the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) in one package with Honeywell UOP Russell’s modular gas processing plants.

Siemens expands open cycle power plant in Kuwait with steam turbine

Chinese EPC contractor SEPCOIII contracted with Siemens to deliver an industrial steam turbine package to expand the Az Zour South 2 open cycle gas turbine power plant into a combined cycle power plant located in Kuwait. The plant is operated by the Ministry of Electricity & Water (MEW).  The expansion will increase the total installed capacity of the plant by 263 megawatts (MW) without using any additional gas. The combined cycle power plant is expected to go into operation in mid-2019.

Rittal Partners with Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Rittal Corporation partnered with Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) to offer Modular Data Center solutions to the global market. The alliance will focus on the computing challenges related to the Internet of Things (IoT) and Edge networks.

MEMSIC, Mouser sign global distribution agreement

Mouser Electronics Inc. signed a global distribution agreement with MEMSIC Inc. As part of the new agreement, Mouser will distribute MEMSIC micro-electromechanical systems sensors to customers worldwide. The MEMSIC product line enables mobility and the Internet of Things (IOT) by combining all the essential elements for engineers’ application needs, including solutions for drones, mobile, wearable, industrial, medical and smart parking applications.

TriMet Consulting to serve CNC, CMM programming needs of manufacturers

TriMet Consulting was launched to serve the growing number of manufacturers who want on-demand, expert-level CNC (Computer Numerical Control) programming, CMM (Coordinate Measuring Machines) programming and other 3D data-driven services for industrial design-to-inspection applications. The Tampa, Florida-based company aims to unlock bottlenecks in production, measurement and inspection to lead manufacturing companies toward quality products and processes.

ATI relocates UK office to accommodate growth

Automation Technology LLC (ATI) is relocating and expanding of its U.K. office following eight consecutive years of continued growth. The move will provide a larger and more efficient workspace for current and future staff. It further underscores the commitment to both their new and established customers in the eastern hemisphere. Aneil Ali, Global Accounts Manager, will continue directing office operations and ATI’s international sales effort from this location.

Spartan Controls becomes exclusive rep for Yaskawa in Western Canada

Spartan Controls Ltd. became the exclusive AC drives representative in Western Canada for Yaskawa Electric. Through this partnership, Yaskawa offers Spartan’s portfolio of energy efficiency solutions more than a century of improving productivity through automation.

Tnemec Expands R&D facility and upgrades capabilities

Tnemec Company Inc.,  opened its new research and development (R&D) facility on March 30, 2017, marking the expansion of its current manufacturing plant in North Kansas City, Missouri. The facility includes an upgrade that doubles the size of its previous R&D laboratory and office space while making notable improvements to its testing and ventilation equipment.

Among the upgrades is a new chemical immersion room allows Tnemec’s R&D team to conduct more expansive performance testing, including in-house autoclave tests and severe wastewater analysis testing (S.W.A.T.). Several updated fume hoods were also installed to handle tougher testing protocols.

Total’s Refining & Chemicals segment selects TrendMiner Software

Total selected TrendMiner’s predictive analytics software to facilitate self-service analytics and process performance for its Refining & Chemicals segment. As a certified OEM partner of OSIsoft, the TrendMiner software will allow Total Refining & Chemicals to leverage the data infrastructure of OSIsoft  to deliver results in order to improve the effectiveness of its overall equipment.

Nexeo Solutions authorized as distributor for Solvay AEROSOL surfactants

Effective April 30, 2017, Nexeo Solutions will become an authorized distributor of the Solvay AEROSOL Surfactant Chemistry, formerly sold by Cytec Industries Inc., in the U.S. and Canada. Solvay acquired Cytec Industries Inc. in 2015.

This decision will help Solvay focus on the continued development of solutions for the coatings, emulsion polymerization and industrial markets. Solvay will continue to supply these products with the same manufacturing location, process and sales specifications.

LASE delivers to Vale’s world’s biggest mining project at S11D Complex in Brazil

LASE delivered a 15 LaseBVC conveyor belt measuring system to the S11D Complex, an iron ore mining project undertaken by Vale in North Brazil. It is the largest iron ore mine project in the world, producing 90 million tonnes per year. This project sets a new standard in the mining industry where advanced technology meets high productivity.

Sapona Plastics expands to accommodate growing demand

North Carolina-based housewares and personal care products manufacturer Sapona Plastics LLC  announced plans to expand into two North Carolina locations to accommodate growth. As part of the expansion, the company will add new equipment to its Asheboro facility, as well as expand its presence to Seagrove by upgrading a 90,000-square-foot warehouse. This will allow Sapona Plastics to grow its manufacturing capabilities while continuing warehousing and distribution.

Zhejiang Petroleum & Chemical Co. awards DuPont contract

China’s Zhejiang Petroleum and Chemical Co. (ZPC)  awarded and signed contracts for the engineering, technology license and proprietary equipment for a MECS® sulfuric acid regeneration (SAR) unit, licensed by DuPont Clean Technologies. ZPC is building a greenfield refinery and petrochemical project on Dayushan Island, just off the coast of eastern China, near Shanghai and Ningbo. The $15 billion project is the largest privately led petrochemical and refining project in China’s history, and will be executed in two phases with the first phase coming online in late 2018.

Festo names AWC, BG Technologies, Wolf Solutions as distributors

Automotion technology supplier Festo named three new distributors to its team.

AWC  will distribute process automation products in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas. AWC offers customers a team of more than 400 engineers, technical support and service specialists across 30 local customer care centers, located mainly in the southern U.S.

BG Technologies will distribute sensors and power supply products in Texas. The small, woman-owned industrial electronic distributor has a staff that offers more than 130 years of combined industrial electronic experience.

Wolf Solutions will distribute automation products in Oklahoma and Texas. A service disabled veteran-owned small business in Krum, Texas, the company offers extensive industrial automation and project management experience.