Manufacturing News

Industry & People

March 22, 2003
/ Print / Reprints /
/ Text Size+

ABB, the global technology company, announced that it has acquired a minority interest in the Swedish software maker, Industrial & Financial Systems AB (IFS). "This partnership completes another important link in our Industrial IT strategy," says Jouko Karvinen, executive vice president and head of ABB's automation technology products division. The similarities in software design between ABB and IFS promise both a smooth integration of each of our technologies, which is the seamless integration of plant systems with a full suite of business applications. For more than a year, IFS has been developing ways to integrate its business software, called IFS Applications, with ABB's Industrial IT platform. Says Bengt Nilsson, CEO of IFS, "We are creating a complete, collaborative backbone that will handle the whole spectrum of automation and information, from boardroom to shopfloor."

The national consulting firm of Carter & Burgess is pleased to announce the additional of Ron Vallort as an Associate and the Director of the Food and Beverage Group for the firm's Retail & Distribution Division. Mr. Vallort's responsibilities include all management, design, marketing and business development activities for food and beverage clients nationally and internationally. Mr. Vallort has more than 35 years of worldiwde experience in the food industry.

On July 16, Rockwell Automation presented an overview of the company's energy efficiency initative before Secretary of Transportation Norman Y. Mineta, Ohio Governor Bob Taft, and a host of Ohio state congresspersons. The presentation was conducted at the Rockwell Automation Advanced Development Laboratory in Euclid, Ohio. "I am impressed and excited about the groundbreaking technology taking place at Rockwell Automation," stated Mineta, who visited Rockwell Automation to highligh President Bush's National Energy Policy. "On behalf of President Bush and Vice President Cheney, I congratulate you and your exceptional team on the success of your commercial-scale 1,000 horsepower high-temperature superconductor motor, commented Mineta. "With so many potential applications, this motor serves as an exellent example of a new era in America."

Flow International Corp. has appointed Pat Adams to the new position of President and Chief Executive Officer of Fresher Under Pressure, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of FLOW. Fresher Under Pressure uses ultrahigh-pressure to destroy food-borne bacteria and organisms that cause health hazards and spoilage in fresh foods, without compromising food's taste, texture, or nutritional value. Previously, Adams was president of IBA's Food Safety Division.

Doug Dougherty of Redmond, Ore. has been names national sales manager for Frank Door Company of Newport, N.C. Frank Door is a leading maker of insulated doors for a wide variety of cold-storage applications. In his new position, Dougherty is responsible for the direction and further development of the company's field representative force.

Did you enjoy this article? Click here to subscribe to Food Engineering Magazine.

You must login or register in order to post a comment.



Image Galleries

Plant of the Year 2014

Blue Diamond Growers was chosen as Food Engineering's 2014 Plant of the Year. The Sacramento-based company is the world’s largest producer of almonds and almond ingredients.


Burns & McDonnell project manager RJ Hope and senior project engineer Justin Hamilton discuss the distinctions between Food Safety and Food Defense as well as the implications for food manufacturers of the Food Safety Modernization Act.
More Podcasts

Food Engineering

Food Engineering January 2015 Cover

2015 January

In this January 2015 issue of Food Engineering, we explore how robotics can play a role in pick-and-place, packaging, case packing and palletizing processes, and know where to implement robotic automation.

Table Of Contents Subscribe

FSMA Audit

What is the is most important step you have taken to become ready for a FSMA audit?
View Results Poll Archive


Food Authentication Using Bioorganic Molecules

This text provides critical tools and data needed to augment routine food analysis and enhance food safety by aiding in the detection of counterfeit, and potentially deleterious, foods.

More Products

Clear Seas Research

Clear Seas ResearchWith access to over one million professionals and more than 60 industry-specific publications,Clear Seas Research offers relevant insights from those who know your industry best. Let us customize a market research solution that exceeds your marketing goals.


FE recent tweets

facebook_40.pngtwitter_40px.pngyoutube_40px.png linkedin_40px.pngGoogle +

Food Master

Food Engineering Food Master 2015Food Master 2015 is now available!

Where the buying process begins in the food and beverage manufacturing market. 

Visit to learn more.