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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.

And a bank shall lead them

July 21, 2014
At a July summit, the BRICS -- Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa -- established its own development bank, to the tune of $100 billion.
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Automation suppliers see chemicals, pharma market gains

June 23, 2014
Bookings at surveyed automation and instrumentation suppliers were up more than eight percent in Q1 2014, says the MCAA’s quarterly Industry Group Report, compared to the same quarter one year ago.
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From the show floor

June 10, 2014
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

May 27, 2014
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
May 13, 2014
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
April 29, 2014
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

April 15, 2014
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

March 31, 2014
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
March 18, 2014
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

February 11, 2014
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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