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Articles by Kevin Parker

Rising water costs could cause major shifts in processing landscape

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
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

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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SCADA ‘honeypot’ mimics water station, attracts 39 attacks from 14 different countries

SCADA systems are today the most common means for establishing computer-based production monitoring and control. While the SCADA security challenge is widely recognized, just how bad it is can be hard to say, since, for most companies, little is to be gained by talking publicly about the problem.It took only 18 hours to find the first signs of attack on one of the honeypots.
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Space-age water treatment less constrained by gravity

Are water markets around the world getting serious about conservation and reuse?
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Computer-age coordination of age-old processes

Have you seen some of the things they do with industrial-plant software models today? As always, it’s the meshing of user roles that makes an integrated system sing.
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Availability, security and the internet of things

The question is not what the process industries are trying to accomplish by means of industrial information technology. But rather, Patricia T. Sparrell of Exxon Mobil says, “As you drive performance by opening up data and collaboration, how do you ensure cyber-security?”
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Warren Buffet and the food industry: big and getting bigger

A $28 billion offer for H.J. Heinz Co. may be the largest takeover of a pure food producer ever. Warren Buffet’s Berkshire Hathaway partnered with private-equity firm 3G Capital on the announced deal, which is already taking some interesting twists.
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In February, Processing will launch two new industry-focused electronic newsletters. To receive these and other of our electronic deliverables, go to www.processingmagazine.com.
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There’s sand involved, but it’s no day at the beach

The water consumed in oil & gas production is something tremendous. Folks in the water and wastewater treatment industry know it, and they’re introducing solutions that make continuing use of carbon-based energy more sustainable.
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