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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.

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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Breakthrough product award winners demonstrate the 'absorption' needed to excel

About the 1st of December Processing magazine will announce the winners of its annual Breakthrough Products awards. It is the first time this editor has had the pleasure of working on them.   


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Get hip to 'virtual' walk-throughs for integrated process operations

The world of television commercials is chock full of integrated enterprises, but not so ours.


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K-Tron parent's acquisition of Coperion banks on company synergies, US polymers renaissance

The parent company of process equipment suppliers K-Tron and Rotex, Hillenbrand, Inc., has agreed to acquire Stuttgart, Germany-based Coperion Capital GmbH, a provider of compounding and bulk materials handling systems, for an estimated purchase price of $530 million. 


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Innovation: management concepts have lifecycles too

“Innovation,” as a management concept, was recently found by somebody or other to be, at the moment, the most over-used buzzword of them all. But you probably know that already, having been subjected to a steady stream of innovation rhetoric through B-to-B media or other venues. (Some amongst us will even remember the quality craze of the 1990s.)


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So elemental it's everywhere

When this editor joined the Processing franchise about six months ago he was convinced that one key to success of a business trade magazine was focus: that the circulation, editorial content and advertising base should be a coherent whole.  And, based on a fair amount of training and experience, he still believes that today.


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Title: Notes on the history of automation

How process-control automaton has transformed the industrial world over the last 30 years – although widely recognized – remains a great untold story. While almost everyone is familiar with the handful of individuals who envisioned the PC, dozens of near equally important advances have been accomplished by highly talented, near-anonymous individuals.


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US chemical industry expansion will bring sophisticated technologies mainstream

While the global economic environment today is one characterized by great uncertainty, the outlook for the U.S. chemical industry is said to be considerably less sanguine.


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DNA amplification, bioluminescence and safety in food processing

It is estimated that there are as many as two million to four million cases of salmonellosis every year in the U.S. alone. Indications are that combating this and other pathogens is going to take food processors — if they aren’t already there — into the world of molecular biology.


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