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Articles by Kevin Parker

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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SCADA at the ARC Industry Forum

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
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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