Sullivan with Nidec Motor Corporation receives award

Sullivan with Nidec Motor Corporation receives award; Batra of Siemens USA elected as chair of NEMA board of governors; VMA appoints president; Rockwell Automation partner program helps simplify digital transformation.

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Sullivan with Nidec Motor Corporation receives award

The Power Transmission Distributor Association (PTDA) Foundation presented Sandy Sullivan, Nidec Motor Corporation’s national account director, with its prestigious Wendy B. McDonald Award. The award is given to a woman who has established herself as a critical contributor to her company’s success and has affected positive change within the power transmission/motion control industry. Sullivan joined Nidec Motor Corporation/U.S. Motors in 2003 with a role in business development. She has served on a variety of PTDA committees and task forces and was instrumental in establishing PTDA’s Women in the Industry community. The PTDA is a leading association for the industrial power transmission/motion control (PT/MC) distribution channel.

Batra of Siemens USA elected as chair of NEMA board of governors

The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) announced that Raj Batra, president of Digital Industries, Siemens USA, was elected chair of the NEMA board of governors. Batra has held a wide range of high-level management strategy and sales positions since joining Siemens in 1993. He currently oversees development, marketing, sales, research and development, vertical industry and manufacturing aspects for Digital Industries in the U.S. 

In addition to Batra, the NEMA board of governors elected new officers for 2020: vice chair Annette Clayton of Schneider Electric, treasurer Jack Nehlig of Phoenix Contact, and immediate past-chairman David Nord of Hubbell Incorporated.

VMA appoints president

The Valve Manufacturers Association of America (VMA) appointed Heather Rhoderick, CAE, as president. Rhoderick takes on the role previously held by William “Bill” Sandler, who retired after a 40-year tenure with the organization. Rhoderick joins the VMA after serving the American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA) for 11 years in various roles, most recently as senior vice president of events and information. She has 24 years of experience in trade organization operations. 

Rockwell Automation partner program helps simplify digital transformation

The new Rockwell Automation Digital Partner Program connects companies to expertise and solutions from market leaders such as Accenture, Microsoft, PTC, ANSYS, and EPLAN to streamline the implementation and enhance the quality of digital initiatives. Through the Digital Partner Program, businesses can consult with industry advisors to create roadmaps for their digital initiatives and learn how industrial IoT concepts like digital twin, the factory of the future and a connected workforce can improve their uptime and efficiency. During implementation, businesses will have access to integrated hardware, software and turnkey systems from industry leaders that improve business performance, leveraging their existing assets.


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