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Articles by Kevin Parker

Geography is truth when it comes to water issues

October 21, 2013
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
October 1, 2013
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

October 1, 2013
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

October 1, 2013
A few years ago, this editor was in San Francisco. Two events were going on.
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The pump in poetry

September 30, 2013
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

September 17, 2013
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

September 10, 2013
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

September 1, 2013
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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Unique liquid-mixing method addresses viscosity, volume challenges

August 27, 2013
“Pulses” of air or gas move liquid tank contents in unexpected but highly beneficent ways
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Marketplaces of malevolence

August 1, 2013
The Stuxnet attack on Iran’s uranium enrichment facilities and the Shamoon attacks on industrial companies in the Mideast have been a wake-up call for the process industries, says ARC Advisory Group.
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