Acquisitions, Expansions & Partnerships

Applied Material Solutions Acquires 2 Subsidiaries
Applied Material Solutions announced that the company has purchased Performance Process Inc. in Mundelein, Illinois and Nottingham Company, PPI’s chemicals division in Atlanta. The two companies join Trans-Chemco as divisions of Applied Material Solutions. Applied Material Solutions has retained all management and employees at Performance Process Inc. and Nottingham Company in order to ensure that the quality of their products and service is preserved. 

JBT Corporation Signs Agreement to Acquire Leading Liquid Foods Solutions Provider
JBT Corporation, the global technology solutions provider to the food processing industry, has sealed a definitive deal to acquire A&B Process Systems, a leading provider of processing systems for the beverage and food industries. Based in Stratford, Wisconsin, A&B specializes in the design, manufacturing, automation and installation of liquid food turnkey production systems, including steel process vessels, storage tanks, batch and blend tanks, valve manifolds and process piping installation for food processors. Following the transaction, Rob Cain will continue to lead Adept and will report to Nigel Blakeway, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of Omron Management Center of America, Inc., OMRON’s wholly owned United States subsidiary.

Emerson Acquires Spectrex, Expands Safety Monitoring Portfolio
 has acquired Spectrex Inc., a manufacturer of flame and open path gas detectors, adding to Emerson Process Management’s line of flame, gas, and ultrasonic leak detector solutions used for safety monitoring. Spectrex will join the Rosemount portfolio of measurement and analytical technologies. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

Endress+Hauser Announces New Representation in Wisconsin and Northern Michigan
Forberg Scientific, Inc. is now Endress+Hauser’s exclusive representative for Wisconsin and Northern Michigan. Together, Endress+Hauser and Forberg provide an offering of products, services and solutions for industries including food and beverage, chemical, water/wastewater, life sciences, power and energy, oil and gas, primaries and metals to  customers.

OMRON to Acquire U.S. based Adept Technology
OMRON Corporation, a provider of core sensing and control technology, and Adept Technology, Inc., a provider of intelligent robots, autonomous mobile robot solutions and services, announced the two companies have entered into an agreement whereby OMRON will acquire Adept. OMRON plans to acquire 100 percent of the outstanding shares of Adept common stock through an all cash tender offer followed by a second-step merger.

STAUFF Acquires VOSWINKEL, Maker of Quick Release Couplings
STAUFF Group has acquired VOSWINKEL, one of the largest producers of quick release couplings for hydraulic systems. Founded in Germany in 1928, VOSWINKEL also develops and produces a comprehensive range of hydraulic hose fittings – particularly for high-pressure applications – as well as custom-designed piping. VOSWINKEL equipment is primarily used for construction and agricultural machinery as well as for commercial vehicles. VOSWINKEL will remain an independent company within the STAUFF Group and will retain its character as a medium-sized company led by the existing management. VOSWINKEL will continue to operate under its corporate name.


BJM Pumps Appoints Anderson Manager of IT Operations
BJM Pumps welcomes Dag Anderson to the team, serving as Manager of IT (Information Technology) Operations. Dag entered the world of technology in 1999 when he joined EDGAR Online, as Manager Information Technology. From there, he founded his own company which focused on implementation, functionality and security of electronic health records.

FieldComm Group Appoints Paul Sereiko Director of Marketing
FieldComm Group has appointed Paul Sereiko as Director of Marketing. Sereiko has spent much of his career marketing and managing technology products.  His experience spans multiple industries including sensing, wireless communications, embedded systems and telecom, coupled with roles in both large organizations and startups. As the Director of Marketing for FieldComm Group,  Sereiko will be responsible for guiding worldwide marketing efforts to position FieldComm Group technologies in the marketplace, expand membership and increase the adoption of digital automation solutions in plant environments across the world. He will oversee all marketing activities including seminars, tradeshows, user group meetings, technical demonstrations and marketing communications to promote FieldComm Group and its technology portfolio.

The ISA Security Compliance Institute Announces New Governing Board for 2015-2016
Ed Crawford at Chevron will serve as ISA Security Compliance Institute Board Chairman, replacing Johan Nye at ExxonMobil. Nye will serve as Vice-Chairman, replacing Crawford. Paul Forney at Schneider Electric will serve as the Technical Steering Committee Chairman, replacing Kevin Staggs at Honeywell. Staggs will serve as Marketing Chairmain, replacing Graham Speake at Yokogawa. Eric Cosman will continue to serve as ISA99 committee liaison to ISCI. ISCI is led by a Governing Board that sets the strategy and direction for ISCI. Governing Board officers serve two-year terms and ensure adherence to annual plans and budgets. 

NewAge Industries Promotes 2 Team Members to Executive Director Positions
NewAge Industries, the plastic tubing manufacturer and producer of AdvantaPure biopharma hose and Single-Use systems, recently promoted two team leaders to new executive positions. Michael Allard is now Executive Director of Sales and Marketing, and Robert Volk is now Executive Director of Operations. Their new roles involve the overseeing of multiple departments and more voice in the running of the company. NewAge manufactures plastic and rubber tubing for industries such as food and dairy, medical, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical, general industrial, appliance, OEM and many others.

Smith Flow Control Appoints International Business Development Manager
Valve safety specialist Smith Flow Control (SFC) has promoted Sander van den Bos to International Business Development Manager. In his new role, van den Bos will expand the company’s reach by developing new market, product and application opportunities around the globe. He will also direct SFC international sales teams and distributor networks, who help customers in the oil & gas and chemical processing industries select and implement SFC mechanical interlocks and valve operators. Van den Bos has over 18 years of international sales experience, joining SFC in 2010 as Country Manager before his promotion to Business Area Manager. In addition to his new global responsibilities, van den Bos will continue to manage the company’s sales and technical support teams.

Triple/S Dynamics Appoints Chris Rippee as New President
Triple/S Dynamics, a  manufacturer of equipment for the process industries, has appointed Chris Rippee as new president, succeeding Jeff Sullivan, effective Sept. 14. Rippee holds a BSME from the Missouri University of Science and Technology.  Rippee has an extensive background in operational and manufacturing optimization, including training and implementing Kaizen principles of Lean Manufacturing and 360 Process Improvement. This appointment brings to a close the Sullivan family’s management/ownership of Triple/S Dynamics. James F. Sullivan, Jay Sullivan and Jeff Sullivan have offered fifty-plus years of ownership and management.

Awards, Milestones & Celebrations

Flow-Cal’s Scott Tanner Invited to Reception Honoring His Majesty  King Salman of Saudi Arabia
Flow-Cal Inc., the market leader in measurement data management for natural gas and petroleum liquids, is pleased to announce that Hydrocarbon Measurement SME, Scott Tanner, attended a gala in Washington D.C. for the culmination of Saudi Arabian King Salman’s first official visit to the U.S. since being crowned in January. The exclusive reception was by invitation only and held Sept. 5, 2015 at the historic Mellon Auditorium. Tanner and Flow-Cal are forging relationships with the Middle East to share technological advancements in the field of hydrocarbon measurement and increasing the company’s international exposure. Flow-Cal has been invited to participate in the second Kuwait Flow Measurement Technology Conference in November. Representing Flow-Cal, Tanner and colleague Duane Harris, VP of Business Development for Flow-Cal, will be presenting papers while at the conference. Additionally, Saudi Aramco and Flow-Cal are currently collaborating on a measurement integrity and industry best practices seminar.

Water Environment Research Foundation Presents Awards at WEFTEC 2015
During WEFTEC 2015 in Chicago, the Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF) awarded Dr. Mari Winkler of the University of Washington, with the 2015 Paul L. Busch Award. With the $100,000 prize, Dr. Winker seeks to improve water reclamation. Dr. Winkler’s proposed research applies what has been learned from certain marine microorganisms to a new process in wastewater treatment. Her research can potentially lead to better effluent quality, reduced operational costs, space reduction, and lower greenhouse gas emissions in wastewater treatment plants if compared to currently applied technologies.  In the last 20 years, microbiologists discovered two very important microorganisms involved in nitrogen cycling, such as in the oxygen minimum zones of the ocean. The first is Anaerobic Ammonia Oxidizing bacteria, or Anammox. The second is Ammonia Oxidizing Archaea (AOA). Winkler’s inspiration is to use AOA in a new way; in Anammox-based granular sludge.

WERF recognized the City of Fort Worth’s Village Creek Water Reclamation Facility (VCWRF) with its Award for Excellence in Innovation for its use of WERF research to guide the implementation of a series of sustainable facility upgrades. In its fifth year, the WERF Award for Excellence in Innovation acknowledges organizations that have made improvements to wastewater and stormwater collection, storage or treatment operations, facilities, or processes by applying WERF research.

Yokogawa Celebrates 100th Anniversary with New Slogan
Yokogawa Electric Corporation announced that it has created a corporate brand slogan to encourage the joint pursuit of activities with its customers that will create value and foster growth. The global rollout of this new slogan, Co-innovating tomorrow, took place Sept. 1, the 100th anniversary of Yokogawa’s founding. Process Co-Innovation: A concept for an automation business that will utilize all of Yokogawa’s measurement, control, and information technologies. According to this concept, Yokogawa will seek not only to optimize production processes but also the flow of material and information within and between companies, including their value and supply chains. This concept will encompass the entire range of Yokogawa solutions and will entail a commitment to working with clients to create new value on their behalf.