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Articles by Kevin Parker

It gets ugly quick, when the water runs out

August 1, 2014
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

July 21, 2014
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
June 1, 2014
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…

May 1, 2014
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
May 1, 2014
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
April 1, 2014
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

March 31, 2014
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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SCADA at the ARC Industry Forum

February 11, 2014
Of the more than 750 attendees at the recent ARC Industry Forum held in Orlando, Fla., 35 of them had the word “global” in their job title. The Forum attracts automation vendors drawn by attendee companies like BASF, Cargill, Chevron Energy, Corning and Exxon Mobil. The theme this year was the continuing and evolutionary impact of the Internet of things on the industrial world.
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From Finland to the world

Heavy-duty valve, pump maker plans further geographic and product line expansion
February 4, 2014
The thing we call globalization was early taken advantage of – was in fact first accomplished by – industrial mega-corporations with the means to distribute product worldwide. The next step taken was to position productive capacity in regional configurations.
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Water issues are central to West Virginia coal industry future

January 21, 2014
Impact on water quality goes well beyond immediate consequences of chemical spill
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