Kevin Parker

Articles

The “design -- operate – optimize” model, said Rob McGreevy, chief product officer, Aveva, begins with the digital twin originating in design engineering and extending to embrace operations.
Plant Automation November 30, 2022

The on-going evolution of the industrial automation space

Aveva plants its flag with operations infrastructure solutions

By Kevin Parker
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 October 21, 2022

In tune with times, software application provider focuses on frontline workers

An interview with serial industrial IT/automation entrepreneur Augmentir’s Russ Fadel

By Kevin Parker
Digi-Key Electronic’s new product distribution center triples the company’s footprint and capacity. Courtesy Digi-Key Electronics
Plant Automation October 20, 2022

Digi-Key’s mammoth product distribution center supports steep bookings growth

The 2.2 million square foot facility incorporates densely packed storage and goods-to-person order preparation

By Kevin Parker
Digi-Key Electronic’s new product distribution center triples the company’s footprint and capacity.
Plant Automation August 26, 2022

Digi-Key’s mammoth product distribution center supports steep bookings growth

The 2.2 million square foot facility incorporates densely packed storage and goods-to-person order preparation

By Kevin Parker
Image courtesy: Bob Vavra, CFE Media
Motors, Drives August 21, 2022

About engines and motors

The present and future for a most ubiquitous of technologies

By Kevin Parker
Petroleum Development Oman is modernizing its Government Gas Plant in Northern Oman.
Maintenance August 20, 2022

PDO optimizing performance, less down time

Petroleum Development Oman extends life of critical plant assets with timely tech upgrades

By Kevin Parker
Compressed Air August 15, 2022

Impending regulations, common sense make the case for more energy efficient compressed air systems

Eliminating leaks and energy recovery are two good places to start

By Kevin Parker
Courtesy: Reuters Events
Making warehouse management efficient and better through CMMS June 27, 2022

Conference shines light on evolving markets for IT/OT in upstream environments

Data Driven Oil & Gas brings together acolytes of emergent data orchestration paradigm

By Kevin Parker
Courtesy: CFE Media and Technology
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 June 16, 2022

IT/OT convergence moves automation markets forward

Cloud-native data historian expedites data migration, insights

By Kevin Parker
A total of 14 oil & gas industry suppliers received Spotlight Technology awards at OTC.
Making warehouse management efficient and better through CMMS May 11, 2022

Seen at the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC)

Focus remains on technology enhanced productivity

By Kevin Parker
Hierarchy of Controls: This figure, developed for an industrial setting or work environment, is used here as a model for airborne pandemic situations.
Coronavirus, COVID-19 April 8, 2022

Layered COVID-19 controls significantly reduce risks

QuaRAD method quantifies efficacy across thousands of scenarios; rating system anticipated

By Kevin Parker
Courtesy: CFE Media and Technology
Making warehouse management efficient and better through CMMS February 17, 2022

Safety concerns and supply chain disruption

Also, while electrical safety is a prime concern, trips, slips and falls tend to be the biggest hazard.

By Kevin Parker
Courtesy: CFE Media and Technology
Contract Maintenance December 24, 2021

Global trends impact manufacturing in 2022

Manufacturing has gone through many seismic changes and more are on the horizon.

By Kevin Parker
Courtesy: Virtual Training Week from CFE Media and Technology and Advanced Energy Corp.
Maintenance October 18, 2021

Maintenance and power quality events for ac induction motors

Michael Lyda, director of the Advanced Energy motor lab in Raleigh, NC, will speak on basic operation and maintenance of ac induction motors, as well as delving deeper into power quality events.

By Kevin Parker
Courtesy: Virtual Training Week from CFE Media and Technology and Cirrus Link
Making warehouse management efficient and better through CMMS October 16, 2021

Address SCADA, data ops and industrial data management priorities

Arlen Nipper, co-inventor of MQTT, the publish-subscribe network protocol that has become the dominant messaging standard in IoT, outlines data management and how OT can help IT.

By Kevin Parker
Courtesy: Virtual Training Week from CFE Media and Technology and Wago Corp.
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 October 16, 2021

Ensure industrial control system networks reliability and security

Mark Immordino, a field product training engineer for WAGO Corp., shares insights on best practices for industrial control system networks.

By Kevin Parker
Courtesy: Virtual Training Week from CFE Media and Technology and IDC
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 October 15, 2021

The organizational implications of digital transformation

As part of CFE Media’s Fall 2021 Virtual Training Week’s opening day, October 18, Kevin Prouty, group vice president for IDC Energy and Manufacturing Insights, will present on the topic of the organizational implications of digital transformation.

By Kevin Parker
Maintenance Strategy August 15, 2021

Who knows what to expect?

Solutions for condition monitoring are coming from all directions as manufacturers try to streamline supply chain operations.

By Kevin Parker
Courtesy: CFE Media and Technology
Plant Automation August 2, 2021

Siemens, Dow partner on process production test bed

The many uses of the digital twins in process automation

By Kevin Parker
Courtesy: CFE Media
Making warehouse management efficient and better through CMMS April 20, 2021

Chemical manufacturers, oil & gas industries face growing technological obsolescence

Companies seek support in knowing what they have and what they need

By Kevin Parker
Courtesy: Mark T. Hoske, CFE Media and Technology
Making warehouse management efficient and better through CMMS April 18, 2021

Instrument technician’s evolving role

Many plant-floor technicians are being asked to do more as their role evolves.

By Kevin Parker
Plant Automation March 7, 2021

Address strategic flow control concerns

Finding the skilled workers to fill those repatriated positions is a challenge for companies looking to support reshoring

By Kevin Parker
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a major impact on plant engineers according to those who responded to the 2020 Plant Engineering Salary Survey. Courtesy: Plant Engineering
Coronavirus, COVID-19 February 17, 2021

Commitment to the work: One constant in a changing world

2020 Plant Engineering Salary Survey: Who we are, what we think and what we earn

By Kevin Parker
Courtesy: CFE Media and Technology
Contract Maintenance February 12, 2021

How we work now

Manufacturing demand remains strong in spite of the COVID-19, but workers are still adjusting.

By Kevin Parker
Courtesy: Swagelok (Note: Photos featuring associates without masks were taken prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.)
Maintenance December 14, 2020

Swagelok Co. excels by looking to the future

2020 Plant Engineering Top Plant: Focus on training, workforce development and digitalization enable success

By Kevin Parker
Courtesy: CFE Media
Maintenance December 13, 2020

Where supply chains are at the moment

Manufacturing and supply chains have endured during the COVID-19 pandemic

By Kevin Parker
Virtualization November 22, 2020

The virtues of the virtual event

Virtual events are becoming the new norm, but getting in front of customers and clients is still important

By Kevin Parker
Maintenance November 11, 2020

Reduce unplanned downtime, endorse predictive maintenance

Recent webinar presentation answered range of attendee questions.

By Kevin Parker
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 October 11, 2020

The world keeps turning

Manufacturing, in spite of world events, will continue on with new developments all over the world

By Kevin Parker
Plant Automation September 13, 2020

Software still eating world

Software is modeling the world around us in an increasingly comprehensive way

By Kevin Parker
Contract Maintenance August 26, 2020

Software in support of survival

The software industry is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic in new and interesting ways.

By Kevin Parker
Maintenance August 18, 2020

SaaS will revolutionize predictive maintenance in motor driven systems

Report highlights relationships between component manufacturers, OEM machine builders and end users

By Kevin Parker
Maintenance August 15, 2020

Rugged, real time and remote

Streaming content on phones and other devices also has changed our expectations and the technology must be able to withstand tough conditions.

By Kevin Parker
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 May 18, 2020

How we live now

How profound an impact will the coronavirus crisis have on the technology infrastructure? It's already happening with one-third of workers logging in from home.

By Kevin Parker
Maintenance May 6, 2020

The state of uncertainty persists

The future of manufacturing and the economy remains unclear due to the COVID-19 pandemic

By Kevin Parker
Maintenance April 29, 2020

Non-destructive testing provider contributes to consortium for ventilator production

First marketed in 1957, Bird Mark 7 returns as open-source ventilator solution

By Kevin Parker
Safety April 13, 2020

Swagelok shares its best practices for essential manufacturing operations

Company ran table-top exercise in recent years to gauge impact of possible pandemic; key documents used to define concepts and actions taken

By Kevin Parker
Maintenance Strategy April 4, 2020

A profound impact on manufacturing

The COVID-19 pandemic is changing manufacturing in many ways. Learn how some are being affected and what they're doing for the future

By Kevin Parker
Maintenance March 11, 2020

An evolutionary challenge faces the maintenance function

It involves a mix of people and technology concerns, each one feeding off the other

By Kevin Parker
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 February 29, 2020

The promise of a digital twin

Digital twins are being embraced by companies in many different ways as they realize its potential

By Kevin Parker
Wireless February 22, 2020

For MQTT, the time is now

MQTT is an open network protocol that moves messages between devices and machines over TCP/IP

By Kevin Parker
Maintenance December 13, 2019

Top Plant 2019: Raymond Corp. excels as an innovator

From introducing wooden pallets to incorporating Lithium ion batteries, near-100-year-old Raymond Corp. moves the materials that define the e-commerce era.

By Kevin Parker
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 November 3, 2019

Poised to go all-in on edge

Edge computing is a mesh network of micro-data centers that process or store critical data locally while also working in concert with a central data center or cloud-storage repository.

By Kevin Parker
Maintenance September 15, 2019

A copious mandate is plant engineering

How is plant engineering changing and how does that influence the editorial direction of Plant Engineering magazine?

By Kevin Parker
Making warehouse management efficient and better through CMMS May 4, 2019

Tales from the engineering department

Forgotten documents conceal ancient wisdom of lasting value.

By Kevin Parker