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Articles by Kevin Parker

System Platform, services in spotlight at Schneider Electric software

Continuing technology convergence comes from market consolidation; application of commercial technologies in industrial computing
With its acquisition of Invensys, a big chunk of today’s multi-billion-dollar industrial-automation software market is in the hands of Schneider Electric — including the Wonderware, SimSci and Avantis brands.
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Challenges for some, opportunities for others

Endress + Hauser bets on a growing U.S. economy; services growth a response to changing industry demographics
“Information and energy” are why things will be looking pretty darn good the next several years for North American economies, the process industries and IT-based automation and instrumentation markets.
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To manage you must measure

United Water divides districts into ‘virtual’ zones, cuts non-revenue water loss more than 1 million gallons/day
In less than one year, United Water's operations in Westchester County, New York, cut its non-revenue water losses by more than 1 million gallons a day, or more than five percent of average daily production.
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It gets ugly quick, when the water runs out

From Los Angeles to San Francisco Bay, at least 15 desalination-plant proposals are current along the California coast. No wonder all eyes are on the $1-billion Carlsbad desalination plant. Post 2016, it’ll knock out about 50 million gallons of potable water a day and be the largest such plant in the Western hemisphere.
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And a bank shall lead them

At a July summit, the BRICS -- Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa -- established its own development bank, to the tune of $100 billion.
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Global plastic-film production benefits from consistent data approach

Supervisory-control case-example illustrates confluence of IT-based industrial automation, materials science and 21st century food industry
Packaging advances — including those based on recent materials science breakthroughs — lend serious support to these product-differentiation efforts.
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We’re not quite to that point yet…

How computerization improves supply-chain management continues to evolve. While emphasis began with model-based, long-range planning, the crux of the matter is really supply-chain coordination and execution.
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A look in the mirror

Only 18% of those surveyed see utilities covering service costs with rates and fees
Authors of the 2014 AWWA state of the water industry report express mild surprise that the perception of the water industries by the professionals who work in it has changed little in recent years, even given “global phenomena and local crisis.”
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Weather is a water issue

The winter’s cold had everything to do with global warming
Around about Jan. 2, an Arctic cold front, initially associated with a nor’easter, tracked across Canada and the U.S., dropping heavy snowfall and breaking low-temperature records. And the weather’s been messing with us ever since.
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Just serialize the set of all things and be done with it

The U.S. Drug Quality and Serialization Act adds serial numbers to drug packages and labels within four years, and recommends “an interoperable electronic system that traces serialized product at the unit level through the supply chain” within 10 years. No wonder printing was a hot topic at Interphex.
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