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Productivity Perspectives

Kevin Parker

Kevin Parker, editorial director of Processing magazine, has been writing about process industry, automation and information-technology markets for more than 20 years.

From the show floor

The American Water Works Association was established in 1881 but its work has never been more important than it is today, as the relationship between water, public health, global economy and quality of life are laid out in ever-more stark relief on this billions-of-people planet.
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The on-going evolution to better, Internet-based pump buying

Google “buy pumps,” and you wind up in the ladies’ shoe department. But Google “buy industrial pumps,” and online marketplaces pop-up for all kinds of pumps heavily used in process industries. One website says it stands apart when it comes to keeping buyers -- and sellers -- “fully engaged.”
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Process professionals of the Great Smoky Mountains

Eastman Chemical turns out for an e-Chem Expo in its own backyard
Eastman Chemical Co. has operated in Kingsport, Tennessee, at the edge of the Great Smoky Mountains, since 1921. What’s top of mind at Eastman Kingsport was on display at the recent eChem Expo. Safety came first, followed by hard work and the pursuit of technology leadership.
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We’re not quite to that point yet…

Supply chain management strategy combines applications and network connectivity
How computerization improves supply-chain management continues to evolve. While emphasis began with model-based, long-range planning, the crux of the matter is really supply-chain coordination and execution.
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The water industry takes a look in the mirror

Only 18% of those surveyed see utilities covering service costs with rates and fees.
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Just serialize the set of all things and be done with it

The U.S. Drug Quality and Serialization Act adds serial numbers to drug packages and labels within four years, and recommends “an interoperable electronic system that traces serialized product at the unit level through the supply chain” within 10 years. No wonder printing was a hot topic at Interphex.
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Weather is a water issue

The winter’s cold had everything to do with global warming
Around about Jan. 2, an Arctic cold front, initially associated with a nor’easter, tracked across Canada and the U.S., dropping heavy snowfall and breaking low-temperature records. And the weather’s been messing with us ever since. But the winter’s cold had everything to do with global warming.
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SCADA at the ARC Industry Forum

Of the more than 750 attendees at the recent ARC Industry Forum held in Orlando, Fla., 35 of them had the word “global” in their job title. The Forum attracts automation vendors drawn by attendee companies like BASF, Cargill, Chevron Energy, Corning and Exxon Mobil. The theme this year was the continuing and evolutionary impact of the Internet of things on the industrial world.
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From Finland to the world

Heavy-duty valve, pump maker plans further geographic and product line expansion
The thing we call globalization was early taken advantage of – was in fact first accomplished by – industrial mega-corporations with the means to distribute product worldwide. The next step taken was to position productive capacity in regional configurations.
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Water issues are central to West Virginia coal industry future

Impact on water quality goes well beyond immediate consequences of chemical spill
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