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Articles by Kevin Parker

Unique liquid-mixing method addresses viscosity, volume challenges

‘Pulses’ of air or gas move liquid tank contents in unexpected but highly beneficent ways
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An innovative way to use pneumatics to mix, blend or agitate liquid-filled tanks, vessels and basins, has found application in the food, chemical and oil & gas industries.
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Diamond-coated mechanical seals promise pump energy savings

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ven as controversies still clog media airwaves with strident opinions about how “real” various impending resource crises actually are, our engineers are finding the increasingly needed solutions.
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Geography is truth when it comes to water issues

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Chicago, Western Australia, Singapore and San Francisco share WEFTEC stage and many challenges
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True cost of wastewater treatment starts to hit home

EPA mandates major improvements, even where permit limits are already met; think tanks and suppliers see the wisdom of it
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Residents of the beautiful Fox River valley west of Chicago, which includes the cities and towns of Aurora, St. Charles, Batavia and Geneva, recently received by morning mail something of a rude awakening.
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Process-equipment engineering firm continues to march

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Twenty-seven years ago, Rex Plaizier had little idea that Salt Lake City, Utah-based WesTech Engineering would prove to be such a big part of his life.
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Leading-edge technology in the gritty process industries

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A few years ago, this editor was in San Francisco. Two events were going on.
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The pump in poetry

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19th century epic “Don Juan” reveals possible origins of industry trade publishing
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Family-owned Endress + Hauser a refreshing anomaly in global automation market

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Over the past 35 years, industrial automation has evolved from a domain inhabited by newly minted companies controlled by entrepreneurial founders to become a global market dominated by publicly traded, multi-billion dollar corporations.Automation supplier Endress + Hauser is something of an anomaly in this regard.
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Huge jump projected in Asia-Pacific oil-industry automation spending

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Yet compared to other process industries, upstream oil & gas is a horse of a different color. Projects are financed differently; take place in remote locations; and there is a profound distrust of anything “not invented here.”
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Security through obscurity: an electricity grid hiding in plain sight

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An exercise will soon be underway to see how ready the North American electricity industry is to respond to a “major security incident.” A physical attack on hard-to-replace components could result in a widespread, sustained electrical blackout, interrupting water, gasoline and food supplies, experts say.
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