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Articles by Kevin Parker

US chemicals industry again globally competitive

Natural gas as fuel and feedstock; demand growth from emerging economies
It’s all a matter of vocabulary. First the word “shale” entered the daily water-cooler discourse, along with “horizontal drilling” and “fracturing.” It wasn’t long before large swaths of the American public realized the natural-gas energy revolution was on.
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Profiles of the winners

This December 2012 issue of Processing magazine marks the first time this editor has had the pleasure of working on its annual Breakthrough Products awards. What was striking after reviewing both the submissions and the winners was how many of the solutions presented came out of companies headquartered in the U.S. manufacturing heartlands, or in a few cases, the European manufacturing heartlands.
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Automation suppler builds holistic platform for plant info

Engineering company focused on water/wastewater sees benefits
The information systems used in the process industries, including water and wastewater processing, are largely roles-based, with one being for plant design, another for operations execution and others for process control, maintenance and so on. In addition, most enterprise, or ERP systems, were in their origins meant to support discrete manufacturing, not batch or continuous production.
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