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Business Briefs for the Week of May 7, 2007

AMETEK, Pentadyne, Watt Stopper/Legrand

  • Paoli, Pa.-based AMETEK, Inc. recently acquired the Halmar Robicon silicon controlled rectifier (SCR) power controller and related Power Control Systems technology and products of Siemens Energy & Automation. The Halmar Robicon products will be integrated into AMETEK Solidstate Controls’ HDR Power Systems business unit, which has been in the SCR power controller business for more than 20 years.

  • Pentadyne Power Corp., Chatsworth, Calif., has entered into a memorandum of understanding agreement (MOU) with Toshiba International Corp. for Toshiba to sell Pentadyne's flywheel in medical and broadcasting Uninterruptible Power Supply UPS applications. Toshiba's UPS system division, Houston, currently offers the Pentadyne VSS+DC energy storage system with Toshiba's G8000 series of UPSs as a battery-free power backup source primarily for in-patient treatment/diagnostic equipment and for television broadcast facilities in North, Central and South America.

  • Santa Clara, Calif.-based Watt Stopper/Legrand recently endowed a fellowship in advanced lighting controls to help support a new Master of Science in Engineering program at the University of California, Davis. The Masters program is scheduled to begin in Fall 2007 and will be jointly administered by the departments of Design and Electrical & Computer Engineering.

  • New Orleans-based Nu-Lite Electrical recently donated $90,000 to Children’s Hospital. The gift will be used to purchase equipment and supplies for the hospital’s Kids First satellite clinics, which provide primary care to children in underserved neighborhoods.

  • MetalOptics, Austin, Texas, recently launched a 10-day delivery program for 4-lamp and 6-lamp fluorescent high bay lighting fixtures. Fixtures are shipped with pre-installed T8 or T5 HO lamps and Alanod MIRO4 high-performance optics.
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