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Articles by Kevin Parker

Long-awaited robot revolution may still be on way

June 1, 2013
Three current trends in industrial robotics, says Dale Arndt, an engineering manager with Fanuc Robotics Canada, are a) smaller robots, b) larger robots and c) robots that work in close collaboration with humans. Arndt was speaking on the show floor at PTX Canada, held in mid-May in Toronto.
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"Intelligence" system that’s right for the plant floor, while delivering enterprise solutions

May 21, 2013
The Dow Chemical Co. is an early adopter of a “manufacturing intelligence” solution just introduced for general availability by Portland, Ore.-based Northwest Analytics. The system, already used in 14 Dow Chemical plants, makes it easier to accomplish data-source integration and real-time process analytics and visibility.
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All shale gas, all the time

May 20, 2013
Not that many years ago, this editor worked in Houston on a magazine about technologies used in exploration and upstream production in the oil and gas industry.
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What's holding up the revolution?

Mobility users reliant on VPN connections often struggle with limited capabilities
May 1, 2013
About 70% of maintenance personnel have at least some mobile access to maintenance data, according to a just-released survey of more than 200 executives in industrial companies. But only a minority is doing work in enterprise software from a mobile device.
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The romance of stainless steel explicated at Interphex

May 1, 2013

When this editor was stationed in the engineering department some years ago, the mechanical engineers, and especially the engineering director, used to get a bit dreamy-eyed when the subject turned to stainless steel.


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The world of water is modeled in its software applications

Software systems that automate enterprise, operations and maintenance functions (and water the golf course)
May 1, 2013
Software suppliers have spent the last 20 years modeling — in various codes, arcane and otherwise — the doings of the water and process industries, including for the business enterprise and for operations, engineering and maintenance.
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Grinding industrial water-price increases lead to conservation

May 1, 2013
Where does an operations manager in a mid-sized industrial enterprise turn when water-treatment bills sky-rocket? Because make no doubt about it, that’s what they're doing.
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Rising water costs could cause major shifts in processing landscape

April 9, 2013
In the last 12 years, says a recently published survey,“water rates have at least doubled in more than a quarter of the locations and even tripled in a few.” Continuing rate increases are expected of 5% to 15% every few years.
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Search for single source of truth continues

Virtual strategies for asset management in oil & gas and other process industries
April 4, 2013
For most process-industry professionals, the upstream oil and gas industry is a horse of a different color.
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SCADA water station ‘honeypot’ attracts 39 attacks from 14 countries

April 4, 2013
SCADA hit the front pages about two years ago when it came out that the Stuxnet virus had attacked Iranian centrifuges for processing nuclear materials.
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