Important industry news to know

COOLING TECHNOLOGY INSTITUTE, Houston, has certified BALTIMORE AIRCOIL CO.'s Series V and Low Profile Series V closed-circuit cooling towers as meeting standard STD-201. The Baltimore firm now has independent certification of all its open- and closed-circuit cooling towers in North America. The evaporative-cooling and heat transfer equipment maker, which no longer is for sale and continues to operate as a decentralized business unit of AMSTED INDUSTRIES, Chicago, also has named WHITSON SULLIVAN CO., Houston, as its Texas sales representative for the power and process industries.

The redesigned Web site for WATLOW, St. Louis, is easier to navigate. Contents include rotating product feature stories, catalogs, product applications and user manuals.

Completion of the first phase of MELCOR CORP.'s expansion means increased space for both production and administration. Space dedicated to engineering and administration grew 124%, while the OptoTEC production area saw 160% growth. Melcor is a Trenton, N.J., maker of thermoelectric coolers as well as solid-state air-conditioning and liquid-chilling products.

With the new Quick Ship program from AFFINITY INDUSTRIES INC., Ossipee, N.H., orders for standard-configuration chillers will be shipped within one week. The manufacturer of chillers and heat exchangers developed the fast-shipment program to give its customers a competitive advantage.

The all-new Web site at for fluid bed dryers/coolers/moisturizers, vibratory screeners and other equipment from KASON CORP., Millburn, N.J., lets visitors specify equipment and accessories based on existing knowledge of equipment, applications, industries or bulk materials handled. Kason's Millburn plant has received ISO 9001.

Refrigerants supplier REFRON INC., Long Island City, N.Y., will buy recovered or new CFCs stockpiled but no longer needed. Contact Refron at (718) 392-8002 or visit

LESLIE CONTROLS INC., Tampa, set up CIRCOR INTERNATIONAL THERMAL FLUID CONTROL SERVICE CENTERS to assist in the installation and maintenance of fluid-regulation systems in several markets, including industrial, power and cryogenics.

MOORE INDUSTRIES-INTERNATIONAL INC., North Hills, Calif., will provide verified safe failure fraction (SFF) and failure-rate data to customers who wish to evaluate the company's Model TRY transmitter for their application. The intelligent temperature transmitter's failure modes, effects and diagnostic analysis (FMEDA) data is issued by a third-party reliability and safety assessment firm. FMEDA is the first step to achieving full-functional safety certification for the device for use in IEC 61508 safety related systems.

TRANE CO., La Crosse, Wis., has signed a $5 million, four-year contract with the Inco nickel refinery in Thompson, Manitoba, that includes ongoing preventive-maintenance service. The two companies have developed a method to convert process-generated waste heat to warm the building's incoming air supply, which is expected to save Inco between $1.3 and $1.8 million in annual energy costs.

AUSIMONT, Thorofare, N.J., a producer of materials based on fluorine chemistry, has released its new company-profile brochure.

BOC, Murray Hill, N.J., signed a letter of intent to supply hydrogen to Tulsa, Okla.-based CITGO PETROLEUM CORP.'s Lemont, Ill., refinery for its Tier 2 fuels program aimed at creating cleaner burning fuels. BOC will construct the $20 million on-site plant, which represents BOC's 12th hydrogen contract in the past two years.

Sweden's ALFA LAVAL INTERNATIONAL AB, which indirectly owns 51% of ALFA LAVAL INDIA LTD., has initiated a public offering to purchase an additional 25% of the company's shares. The offer is scheduled to open July 16 and close August 14.

TTI INC., Williston, Vt., has added a manufacturing division for sensors. The company, known for its process control instrumentation, will now make thermocouples, RTDs and accessories.

Toronto's ELECTROLYSER, the industrial equipment division of STUART ENERGY SYSTEMS has received an order to build a hydrogen plant in India for a fiber-optics cable manufacturer. Stuart, also in Toronto, is a developer of hydrogen generation and supply systems. The 2,500 kW electrolysis plant will provide high purity hydrogen and oxygen used in the manufacturer's production processes. This is the third sale of an M-Series generator since Electrolyser introduced it last year.