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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.

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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We saw it at the Chem Show in New York City

It was cold walking the streets to the Jacob Javits Center for last week’s Chem Show. Inside, a warm feeling pervaded as tough times are past and the industry outlook is modestly upbeat. The idea that consumers want a solution, not a product, is not a new one. But there is a quickening of the pace at which various plant functions are being out-sourced to third parties.
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An industrial taxonomy extended to the process industries

Allows assessment of capabilities, including those of your suppliers
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2013 Breakthrough Products on display in NYC at December’s Chem Show

Even for those especially adverse to the cold, the allure of Christmastime in Manhattan, as so lusciously depicted in the Hollywood movies, is a powerful one.
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