Resource Spotlight

June 20, 2014
Compilation of print and digital information resources for the industrial water market.
Chromatography catalog

Chromatographers can use the latest interactive mobile technology to access the comprehensive portfolio of chromatography columns, consumables and accessories from Thermo Fisher Scientific. It features 656 pages of product listings organized into four sections: Sample Preparation, Sample Handling, GC Columns & Consumables, and LC Columns & Accessories. The 2014-15 edition contains numerous new listings, including: SOLA solid phase extraction sample preparation products; SureStop vials; Webseal plates and mats; the latest LC and Bio LC columns; and the full suite of Viper fittings for nano/capillary-LC.

Thermo Fisher Scientific

Instructive videos

Motion Industries released a new hydraulic-focused video on their "MiHow2" series of product/application solutions. The instructive video series' goal is to share practical industrial applications that viewers can adapt in their own facilities. Each MiHow2 video was filmed in a workshop setting and features the Motion Industries host with a guest from one of the market-leading industrial manufacturers demonstrating a product or application. The series is also available for viewing via Facebook and YouTube.

Motion Industries

Annual report

The fifth edition of the United Nations World Water Development Report seeks to inform decision-makers (inside and outside the water and energy domains), stakeholders and practitioners about the interlinkages, potential synergies and trade-offs, and to highlight the need for appropriate responses and regulatory frameworks that account for both water and energy priorities. The Report provides a comprehensive overview of major and emerging trends from around the world, with examples of how some of the trend-related challenges have been addressed, their implications for policy-makers, and further actions that can be taken.

United Nations World Water Assessment Programme

Research, training facility

Val-Matic completed a new 7,000-sq.-ft. research and development facility in its second manufacturing plant located in Addison, Ill. The R&D facility includes a Materials Lab with equipment for testing elastomers and metals. A Flow Lab equipped with a battery of water pumps was constructed to perform dynamic check valve and water flow tests to determine flow and torque characteristics of various valves. In addition, a 5,000-gallon air tank allows full scale air flow testing of large air valves. The facility is also available for technical hands-on training of industry professionals.

Val-Matic Valve & Manufacturing Corp.

White paper

Opto 22 released a new white paper, "Using Commercial Off-the-Shelf Mobile Devices in Industrial Automation: Russian Roulette or the New Normal?", that describes how automation engineers and technicians are using commercial, off-the-shelf (COTS) mobile devices for remotely accessing equipment, commissioning and maintaining systems, providing inexpensive machine operator interfaces, and other purposes. This white paper considers environment, safety, security, and connectivity, takes a look at mobile device trends, and explores the pros and cons of using COTS devices in industrial automation.

Opto 22

New website

NTT Training launched a new website designed to make it easy to find hands-on industrial skills training courses and resources. The site provides training courses and information to assist industry professionals in their mission to develop safe and skilled industrial employees. In redeveloping its site, NTT is also seeking to build a community -- a destination where industry professionals can find answers to questions, interact with other professionals, and easily find solutions to meet their specific needs.

NTT Training

Mobile app

With the new GroupCast Utility App, electric, water and gas utilities have a new way to improve their customer satisfaction scores while saving money at the same time. The GroupCast Utility App transforms a customer's iPhone or Android smartphone into a powerful communications tool capable of receiving and sending utility-related notifications. Customized for each GroupCast utility client that uses it, the app can allow customers to report outages and receive utility notifications.

GroupCast LLC

New website

Altra Industrial Motion announced the launch of, a new website that offers the global pump industry convenient access to Altra brands and products critical to all types of pumps applications. The pump industry website is organized into pump solution product categories, including Sure-Flex® Couplings, Dura-Flex® couplings, Torsiflex-i couplings, jaw, disc & grid couplings, belted drives, overrunning clutches & backstops, and gear drives & gear motors. Product photos, features, benefits, and specifications are included for each Altra brand product.

Altra Industrial Motion

New website

WesTech Engineering's new website will better assist municipalities, industries, minerals processing entities, engineers, contractors, and maintenance personnel in selecting equipment and solutions for water and wastewater processing applications. It features revised municipal, industrial, and minerals processing solutions pages, as well as the ability to download videos, case studies, white papers, and extensive process flow diagrams.

WesTech Engineering Inc.

New website

Blacoh Fluid Control launched Blacoh University, an online e-learning application for industry professionals dedicated to the discovery, development and communication of knowledge relating to fluid dynamics and control. The course curriculum for distributors covers the basics of pulsation dampening in applications using positive displacement pumps. Courses for the engineering community provide in-depth analysis of fluid processing systems and design-related issues such as acceleration head, water hammer and hydraulic surge. It also offers product assembly videos for maintenance personnel and a variety of relevant articles and white papers.

Blacoh Fluid Control

New website

Wilks announced a new website,, focused on providing users with easy-to-use, portable analyzers for a variety of practical on-site measurements. The website features a tab format, making it easy to access technical and reference information including application notes, white papers, videos, and published articles that will assist customers in selecting the right product for their analysis requirements.

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