WaterBriefs: iNet to simplify gas detection for S. Calif. water utility

Also in this report: Taylor to lead ITT China; Automation Federation picks managing director; Water Management Technologies campaign to raise waterways awareness; CDC creates Process System Solutions; ATL leads workshop at Lab Informatics '06; Microsoft exec keynotes GE Fanuc user event; Amitech USA accepts fine; USFilter Davis scrubber program targets odor, corrosion; CalWater unit dedicates N.M. plant; HI unveils PumpsSystemsMatter.org; Intertech-Pira to host paper chemistry week in Spain...

In other news below:
-- Continental Disc Corp. launches Process System Solutions (PSS) for single-source support
-- GE Energy Financial Services makes first water investment in Georgia wastewater reclamation plant
-- William E. Taylor named president of ITT China
-- Automation Federation names managing director
-- Water Management Technologies II campaign to raise awareness on polluted waterways
-- Accelerated Technology Laboratories Inc. leading workshop at Laboratory Informatics '06
-- Microsoft exec to headline Gray Matter Systems & GE Fanuc user conference
-- Amitech USA not affected by fine
-- USFilter Davis scrubber program aims to reduce odor, corrosion
-- New Mexico Water Service Company dedicates treatment plant
-- HI launches 'Pumps Systems Matter' website
-- Intertech-Pira to host paper chemistry, technology week in Spain
-- International Aquatech Innovation Award receives record number of entries

Industrial Scientific's iNet to simplify gas detection program for Metropolitan Water District of Southern California -- PITTSBURGH, July 24, 2006 -- Industrial Scientific Corp., a global leader in gas detection and monitoring instruments, systems and related services, has announced that the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California has selected the iNet Instrument Network™ (iNet™) to automate the maintenance and management of its fleet of gas detectors. The network is a total-cost-of-ownership program that eliminates the most cost-intensive and time-consuming tasks involved with managing a gas monitor fleet. With its focus on safety, continuous improvement, and reporting requirements, Metropolitan has historically been one of the safest utilities in the nation. Metropolitan's gas monitor fleet is now at 172 instruments. From an equipment management standpoint, the volume of this reduction has provided immediate benefits for their safety program...
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-- "Sen. Rick Santorum visits Industrial Scientific"
-- "GasBadge Pro capabilities enhanced with new sensor offering"
-- "Industrial Scientific board elects Kent D. McElhattan as chairman, CEO"
-- "Industrial Scientific announces new corporate structure"
-- "Industrial Scientific acquires Oldham S.A."

Continental Disc Corp. launches Process System Solutions for single-source support -- LIBERTY, MO, July 24, 2006 -- Process System Solutions (PSS) is a new business group of Continental Disc Corp. (CDC). PSS collaborates with client design and engineering staff on process system projects from concept through commissioning, qualification and validation. The company offers single-source engineered systems along with pre- and post-sale services to the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, chemical, food and beverage, wastewater, OEM, and oil and gas industries. It's a reliable resource whose experts will assist in establishing project requirements and detail systems utilizing the latest 3-D CAD technology. Knowledge in process systems, including fabrication of process-system skids and/or modular suites, assures state-of-the-art reliability. Quality, service, technical support, and innovative products enable PSS to provide effective process solutions. CDC also owns Groth Corp. and LAMOT Corp. Continental Disc Corp. is a Siegel-Robert company...

Growing with new water unit, GE Energy Financial Services invests in Georgia wastewater reclamation plant -- STAMFORD, CT, & ATLANTA, July 24, 2006 -- Expanding into an industry requiring major infrastructure investment, GE Energy Financial Services has formed a team concentrating on the water market and made its first investment -- $18 million in the Cauley Creek Water Reclamation Facility 30 miles northeast of Atlanta, for a 90% limited partnership role. The new water team offers structured equity and customized debt finance for existing assets and projects under development in the commercial, industrial and municipal infrastructure water, reuse and wastewater treatment markets worldwide. It estimates the worldwide water private project finance market at $50 billion, as water scarcity and quality concerns intensify. The four-year-old Cauley Creek facility lies near rapidly growing communities that put increasing pressure on wastewater plants. It was designed to look like a barn to blend in with its pastoral surroundings. Its highly treated water is so clean it's used for irrigating residential developments, churches, golf courses and other businesses, reducing demand on the drinking water system as well as withdrawals from the Chattahoochee River...

William E. Taylor named president of ITT China -- WHITE PLAINS, NY, July 24, 2006 -- ITT Corp. announced the appointment of William E. Taylor to the position of president of ITT China. In this role, Taylor will serve as a member of the ITT Executive Council and will lead the development and deployment of the overall China strategy for the company. He'll also lead ITT's commercial business interests throughout China, working closely with the Motion and Flow Control and Fluid Technology business leaders, and the ITT functional leaders. He'll be based in Shanghai, China. Since 2004, Taylor, 53, has served as president of ITT's Industrial & Biopharm Group, based in Seneca Falls, NY. He joined ITT in January 2003 as vice president of the Process Products Division and Marketing. Prior to ITT, Taylor was president of the Delta Companies in Denham Springs, LA. Before that, he served as president of Sundyne Corp., a division of Hamilton Sundstrand, from 1995-2000...

Automation Federation names managing director -- RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC, July 24, 2006 -- The Automation Federation has named Bruno L. Kisala as its managing director. A search committee, made up of representatives from each of the Federation's member organizations, announced the hire out of a pool of 250 applicants this morning after an intensive interview process. Kisala comes to the Automation Federation with a distinguished 20-year military career and significant development and leadership experience in civil and commercial markets. He most recently served as business development director for the Test, Evaluation, & Analysis Operation (TEAO) of Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC). In this position, he led the identification, qualification, capture and awarding of new business opportunities within the Department of Defense and commercial market spaces. He also provided strategic planning and business development support for NASA. Previously, he managed the Business Development Group of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)...
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-- "ISA's Widely Used Batch Control Standards to Undergo Revision"
-- "The Automation Federation Joins Control Systems Security Certification Initiative"
-- "Wireless Systems for Automation Standards Committee Announces Call for Proposals"
-- "ISA Announces First Annual Marketing and Sales Summit: Industry Executives Address Changing Role of Senior Marketing & Sales"
-- "ISA Publishes Second Edition of Batch Control Resource"

Marketing campaign to raise awareness about polluted waterways, remediation technology MIAMI, FL, July 24, 2006 -- Water Management Technologies II launched an aggressive marketing campaign to raise awareness about water pollution and new technologies available to remediate chemical waste, floating debris and stormwater runoff -- which are a growing concern for world waterways. To that end, the company has designed new marketing material, hired public relations firm, Stanton Communications, and launched a new website, www.scavengervessel.com...
Also see: "Miami River is cleaner today thanks to little known scavenger: Decontamination boat celebrates six years on river at 10th Annual Miami Riverday"

Accelerated Technology Laboratories Inc. leading workshop at Laboratory Informatics '06 -- WEST END, NC, July 24, 2006 -- On Aug. 3, Steve Rayburn, training and validation director at Accelerated Technology Laboratories Inc. (ATL), will be leading a Post-Conference Workshop as part of Laboratory Informatics '06. The Workshop, "Establishing Data Standards within the Laboratory", will take place at the Park Hyatt in Philadelphia from 2:30-5:30 p.m. The workshop will cover such topics as; understanding the definition of data standard, uses for data standard within the laboratory and incorporating LIMS in the laboratory to assist with data standards...

Microsoft exec to headline Gray Matter Systems & GE Fanuc user conference -- PITTSBURGH, July 24, 2006 -- Gray Matter Systems and GE Fanuc announced that Enrique Herrera, Microsoft manager of industry solutions will be on hand to discuss challenges in manufacturing IT, Microsoft's technology moving forward and highlights of the GE Fanuc-Microsoft relationship as keynote speaker at the 12th Annual Users Group & Developers' Conference 2006. The event is set for Sept. 14-15 at Put-in-Bay, OH, north of Sandusky. Also joining the event as customer co-presenters are CDM Inc. and the city of Columbus, OH...

Amitech USA not affected by fine -- ZACHARY, LA, July 24, 2006 -- Amitech USA LLC appeared before the U.S. District Court in Baton Rouge, LA, on July 18 to plead guilty to one count of failure to file a report of unpermitted air emissions and agreed to pay a $1.07 million fine and $100,000 in community restitution. A member of the Saudi Arabian Amiantit Group, it manufactures large diameter (12-108".) pipe in a fully automated facility built in 2002-03 in Zachary, LA, just north of Baton Rouge on Highway 61. This plant has supplied jobs from Hawaii to Baltimore and from Alberta, Canada, to Chihuahua, Mexico. It employs 140 people...

USFilter Davis scrubber program aims to reduce odor, corrosion -- STURBRIDGE, MA, July 24, 2006 -- USFilter's Davis Process operations in Sarasota, FL, have introduced a new service, the "Friendly Scrubber Program" to go beyond problem solving in combating odors and preventing corrosion associated with hydrogen sulfide. It's a long term, all-inclusive solution that allows municipalities to reduce and stabilize budgets associated with operating and maintaining existing scrubbers that utilize hazardous caustic soda and bleach chemicals. The program brings together a variety of products and services available within the USFilter family to address these issues, based primarily on a proprietary sulfide scavenger formulation...

New Mexico Water Service Company dedicates treatment plant -- BELEN, NM, July 24, 2006 -- New Mexico Water Service Company hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony today at its Rio Del Oro Wastewater Treatment Plant, the first ever to be retrofit with advanced filtration while fully operational. The state-of-the-art plant brings three distinct benefits: a smaller footprint, which benefits neighbors; better quality effluent, which benefits the environment; and lower cost, which benefits customers...
Also see: "California Water Service Group CEO conducts interview with www. wallst.net"

New Pumps Systems Matter website launched -- PARSIPANNY, NY, July 24, 2006 -- The Hydraulic Institute announced July 21 the launch of the new Pump Systems Matter™ website, www.PumpSystemsMatter.org, devoted entirely to the industry-led market transformation and educational initiative. Pumps Systems Matter aims to help lower the energy needs of North America while improving the bottom-line profitability of businesses by providing pump users with strategic, broad-based energy management and performance optimization solutions. The website provides users with educational resources needed to get started with optimizing pumping systems. Users can also download Pump Systems Improvement Modeling Tool™ (PSIM™), a FREE educational software tool to help evaluate the overall design of complex pumping systems. Additionally, visitors can download case studies, white papers, energy-savings tip sheets, guidebooks, executive summaries and more to improve bottom-line savings and corporate profitability...
Also see:
-- "How many ways can you save with variable speed pumping?"
-- "HI's newest version of ANSI/HI Pump Standards on CD-ROM, Version 2.0, now available"
-- "Interactive Job Board connects talented people with quality jobs"

Intertech-Pira announces landmark paper chemistry, technology week -- LEATHERHEAD, Surrey, UK, July 24, 2006 -- Intertech-Pira presents a week of comprehensive paper science and technology events covering all the major aspects of paper production, "Paper Chemistry and Technology Week," Sept. 25-29 at NH Hotel Parque de las Avenidas in Madrid, Spain. It includes "Introduction to Wet End Chemistry" on Sept. 25, "Wet End Chemistry 2006" on Sept. 26-27, and "Improving Runnability for Papermakers" on Sept. 28-29...

Record number of entries International Aquatech Innovation Award -- Aquatech Amsterdam 2006 from 26-29 September at Amsterdam RAI -- AMSTERDAM, July 24, 2006 -- The Jury of the International Aquatech Innovation Award (IAIA) announces that a record number of innovations have been entered for the award. Amsterdam RAI, organizer of the competition, received 90 products from 81 companies -- 60% higher than the previous edition of the award. Now in its fifth edition, the award is for the most innovative product on show at Aquatech Amsterdam 2006, the world's leading trade exhibition on process, drinking and waste water. The record number of entries for the competition is an indicator of the highly innovative character of trade show participants. The show takes place at Amsterdam RAI from Sept. 26-29. The jury will announce the winner of the IAIA on Sept. 25...


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