WaterBriefs: ISA hosts scientific, engineering benchmarking summit

Also in this report: Mueller Water Products names VP, controller; Pump Handbook now available; Grundfos receives award from NGWA; Echelon awarded for energy efficiency product; Louisiana coastal plan debuts at DC event; Arcadian Networks appoints senior VP; Road show features screening machine; Colfax acquires Fairmount Automation; VRTX adds technical director to staff; Aquionics appoints national industrial sales manager; WaterPure appoints VP of global operations...

In other news below:
-- Mueller Water Products names VP, controller
-- Pump Handbook 4th Edition now available
-- Grundfos receives Equipment Design Award from NGWA
-- Echelon wins award for energy efficiency product
-- Louisiana's Coastal Master Plan debuts at DC leadership event
-- Arcadian Networks appoints senior VP
-- Road show offers customers hands-on experience with screening machine
-- Colfax Corporation acquires Fairmount Automation
-- VRTX Technologies adds technical director to staff
-- Aquionics appoints national industrial sales manager for process water applications
-- WaterPure International appoints new VP of global operations

ISA hosts first scientific, engineering benchmarking summit
RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC, Dec. 10, 2007 -- ISA organized and hosted a summit entitled "Building and Preserving Association Relevancy into the Future" last week in Research Triangle Park, NC. The summit was a unique inter-society benchmarking meeting for the engineering and scientific community. Senior leaders from more than a dozen organizations, representing more than 750,000 members, met to discuss common challenges, best practices, and future collaborations.

Among other recent headlines:

Mueller Water Products names VP, controller
ATLANTA, GA, Dec. 7, 2007 -- Mueller Water Products Inc. announced that Evan L. Hart has been promoted to vice president and controller. He will report to Michael T. Vollkommer, executive vice president and chief financial officer. Hart joined Mueller Water Products in September 2006 as vice president of financial planning and analysis.

Pump Handbook 4th Edition now available
NEW YORK, Dec. 5, 2007 -- The new, updated edition of Pump Handbook by Igor Karassik, Joseph Messina, Paul Cooper, Charles Heald (McGraw-Hill, Jan. 2008; Hardcover: $150.00; 1632 pages) is now available. This major revision provides practical data and know-how on the design, application, specification, purchase, operation, troubleshooting, and maintenance of pumps of every type. It includes in-depth coverage of both theory and actual design, along with 1,150 concept-clarifying illustrations.

Grundfos receives Equipment Design Award from NGWA
ORLANDO, FL, Dec. 5, 2007 -- Group Chairman Niels Due Jensen of Grundfos Pumps, Corp. was awarded the Equipment Design Award from the National Groundwater Association (NGWA) for the company's SmartFlo(tm) SQ and SQE pump systems. The Equipment Design Award recognizes outstanding contributions through service, innovation, research, safety, and outstanding projects of scientific and technological importance affecting the growth and well-being of the groundwater industry...

Echelon wins award for energy efficiency product
SAN JOSE, CA, Dec. 5, 2007 -- Echelon Corporation, a leading provider of networking technology that is used to manage and reduce energy consumption, announced that the new i.LON® SmartServer has received the Infrastructure Product of the Year award from LonMark® International, a non-profit trade association that manages and certifies standards for open, interoperable LonWorks® based products and systems...

Louisiana's Coastal Master Plan debuts at DC leadership event
WASHINGTON, DC, Dec. 4, 2007 -- Louisiana and national leaders brought a first of its kind master plan to Washington, warning that dire consequences will result without its implementation. Joined by the America's WETLAND Foundation, The Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA) and scientists, engineers, and other officials from Louisiana presented the plan at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in December...
Also see: -- "Coastal policy leader joins America's WETLAND Foundation"

Arcadian Networks appoints senior VP
NEW YORK, Dec. 3, 2007 -- Arcadian Networks, a wireless communications carrier serving energy companies with dispersed assets (electric, gas and water utilities, and oil and gas companies), announced the appointment of Edward Solar as Senior Vice President, Sales, Marketing and Business Development, effective immediately...

Road show offers hands-on experience with screening machine
CINCINATTI, OH, Nov. 30, 2007 -- ROTEX Global, LLC, a global leader in screening technologies, has launched its new product road show for the APEX™ Screener, a self-contained production screening machine that retains the gyratory motion and efficient processing characteristics of the ROTEX® Screener, yet incorporates new ergonomically-designed performance and service features...

Colfax Corporation acquires Fairmount Automation
RICHMOND, VA, Nov. 30, 2007 -- Colfax Corporation announced it has completed the acquisition of Fairmount Automation Inc., a manufacturer of proprietary programmable automation controllers headquartered in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

VRTX Technologies adds technical director to staff
SCHERTZ, TX, Nov. 29, 2007 -- Due to recent growth, VRTX™ Technologies has announced the hiring of Phillip Vella as technical director. He will be responsible for laboratory experiments and technical support. VRTX Technologies, a Schertz, Texas-based fluid technology company, specializes in environmentally-friendly chemical free treatment of water used in cooling towers and evaporative condensers.

Aquionics appoints national industrial sales manager
ERLANGER, KY, Nov. 28, 2007 -- Aquionics has appointed Marc Scanlon as its new National Industrial Sales Manager for the US. He will be responsible for selling Aquionics' UV disinfection equipment for a wide range of process water applications including pharmaceutical and semiconductor manufacturing, food and beverage processing, brewing and winemaking. Scanlon has over 20 years experience in water treatment, from ultrapure water to wastewater, and brings a wealth of knowledge to Aquionics. Prior to joining the company he worked for Aquafine, Novazone and BOC Gases (Ozone/UV division). He has also had numerous technical articles published in leading trade publications over the years.

WaterPure International appoints new VP of global operations
FT. LAUDERDALE, FL, Nov. 26, 2007 -- WaterPure International Inc., providers of Atmospheric Water Generators (AWGs) for home, office and commercial applications, announced that Alberto Rodriguez has joined the company as Vice President of Global Operations...
Also see: -- "WaterPure International delivers first shipment of Atmospheric Water Generators to distributor in Greece"

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