Kevin Parker

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System Integration December 13, 2023

System integrators: Best of a breed

Systems integration requires highly trained individuals to execute detailed, complex protocols, but they also need to be flexible.

By Kevin Parker
System Integration December 13, 2023

Systems integrators continue applying technology to human endeavors

As the workplace changes, the integration imperative persists and leads to innovation for the System Integrator of the Year winners.

By Kevin Parker
System Integration December 13, 2023

The time is now for systems integrators, manufacturers

Labor and skills shortages justify increased automation; SIs occupy key position in today’s supply chains; SI Giants embrace the opportunities

By Kevin Parker
System Integration May 30, 2023

Systems integrators’ future is bright, but proceed with due caution

Systems integrators warned hyper-growth may be at an end; what to expect in the 2nd half of 2023 and beyond.

By Kevin Parker
System Integration May 26, 2023

Unicorns galore at system integrator conference

Systems integrators deliver sophisticated solutions to real-world challenges.

By Kevin Parker
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.
Digital Transformation 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
Warehousing 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.
Predictive and Preventive 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
Oil and Gas 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.
Oil and Gas 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.
Environmental Health April 8, 2022

Layered COVID-19 controls significantly reduce risks

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

By Kevin Parker
Oil and Gas April 2, 2022

Private networks impact operations efficiency

Overview of an evolving telecommunications landscape

By Kevin Parker
Courtesy: CFE Media and Technology
Arc Flash & Electrical Safety 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
Industry News 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
Steven Abernathy, Archrock senior director. Courtesy: CFE Media and Technology
Asset Management December 10, 2021

An O&G services provider’s approach to digital transformation

Reliability and performance gain from IoT edge technology, defined business process and technician experience.

By Kevin Parker
Courtesy: Virtual Training Week from CFE Media and Technology and Advanced Energy Corp.
Predictive and Preventive 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
DCS, SCADA, Controllers 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 IDC
Digital Transformation 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
Predictive and Preventive Maintenance 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
Process Manufacturing August 2, 2021

Siemens, Dow partner on process production test bed

The many uses of the digital twins in process automation

By Kevin Parker
AI & Machine Learning May 17, 2021

AI/ML goes mainstream

Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) are moving into operations, in the oil & gas industry and beyond.

By Kevin Parker
Oil and Gas 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
Sensors, Actuators 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
Process Manufacturing 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
Environmental Health 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
Industry News 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
Predictive and Preventive 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
Predictive and Preventive 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, Cloud Analytics 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
Predictive and Preventive 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
Industry News 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
Predictive and Preventive 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
Predictive and Preventive 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
Oil and Gas June 15, 2020

A slim glimmer of optimism

The pandemic is hitting the oil and gas industry hard, but there are glimmers of hope on the horizon.

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
Predictive and Preventive 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
Predictive and Preventive 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 & PPE 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
Oil and Gas April 7, 2020

Notes on HTE-based corrosion inhibition

High-throughput experimentation (HTE) allows large numbers of experiments to be executed and conducted in parallel

By Kevin Parker
Predictive and Preventive Maintenance 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
Oil and Gas April 4, 2020

The engineer’s role in troubled times

Survey results indicate concern, contingency planning

By Kevin Parker
Oil and Gas March 27, 2020

Flanges recall puts U.S. pipelines’ integrity in doubt

Unanimous verdict returned in favor of the plaintiffs

By Kevin Parker
Predictive and Preventive 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
Industrial Networking 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
Cybersecurity February 8, 2020

The most infamous cyber-attacks on industrial systems

Cybersecurity attacks are designed to undermine the integrity of critical processes

By Kevin Parker
Predictive and Preventive 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
Events and Awards December 9, 2019

Award winners recognized

Oil & Gas Engineering announces the winners of the 2019 Product of the Year awards

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
Asset Management October 5, 2019

Rotating equipment makes the world go ‘round

A wide range of oil & gas equipment and machine providers are releasing their own responses to the introduction of IIoT and the impending age of analytics.

By Kevin Parker
Predictive and Preventive 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
Virtualization, Cloud Analytics July 30, 2019

The orchestration that precedes analysis

The DDDP Conference carried the tagline had an emphasis on cloud and edge technologies meeting the oil & gas industry.

By Kevin Parker
Virtualization, Cloud Analytics July 26, 2019

How pipeline engineering gets done today

Integrated data, automated workflow and management by exception.

By Kevin Parker
Oil and Gas May 4, 2019

Tales from the engineering department

Forgotten documents conceal ancient wisdom of lasting value.

By Kevin Parker
Oil and Gas May 3, 2019

Why the midstream cares about data management

The outlook for the midstream is showing promising growth, but the industry is only starting to consider data management a priority, which could help increase that growth.

By Kevin Parker
Oil and Gas April 7, 2019

Notes from the edge

Companies are looking to take advantage of the high demand for Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) from oil & gas customers.

By Kevin Parker
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 March 30, 2019

High-speed engine monitoring IIoT-enhanced

Analytics improve performance of remote assets.

By Kevin Parker
Analytics February 5, 2019

Predictive analytics in the upstream introduced as a service

Solution identifies production and equipment problems before they become apparent.

By Kevin Parker
Events and Awards December 6, 2018

2018 Product of the Year Award Winners Recognized

Equipment, software solutions get the thumbs up

By Kevin Parker
Oil and Gas December 5, 2018

Energy, info make the world go ‘round and ‘round

Speakers at Schneider Electric's Digital Innovation Summit discussed how to help people through improved energy efficiency and information control.

By Kevin Parker
Oil and Gas December 3, 2018

Machine learning-based gas recognition detects minor leakage

Seven image characteristics, singly and combined, are used to recognize amorphous gas clouds.

By Kevin Parker
July 31, 2018

Capital spending increase will expose digital platform needs

Capital spending has increased in 2018 for the oil & gas industry exposing digital platform needs.

By Kevin Parker
Mechanical & Electrical July 18, 2018

Facility management addressed by building technologies

Security and safety enhanced by integration and standardization.

By Kevin Parker
Oil and Gas June 22, 2018

Event gets down to details of data-driven drilling and production

Analytics, machine learning, other emergent technologies, on display at DDDP conference.

By Kevin Parker
Manufacturing IT April 3, 2018

AI on a chip; AI in the cloud

Real-Time Innovations (RTI) says it's the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) "connectivity company" and the largest supplier of products based on the Object Management Group's data distribution service (DDS) standard.

By Kevin Parker
February 2, 2018

Not invented in Houston

The abrupt upturn in the fortunes of the U.S. oil & gas industry in recent months is being helped along by an innovation wave emanating from companies outside the oil & gas industry itself.

By Kevin Parker
Supply Chain October 8, 2017

Keeping an industry above water

Changes in oil and gas production over the last decade have allowed the economy to weather a storm such as Hurricane Harvey with minimal changes in price.

By Kevin Parker
Manufacturing IT August 13, 2017

IIoT-equipped mobile robot exhibits snake-like dexterity

Robotic integration technology update: Robots-as-a-service are seen as suitable for inspection, surveillance, and non-destructive testing.

By Kevin Parker
Manufacturing IT August 12, 2017

Preparatory to the last migration

Vimal Kapur speaks of the next generation of innovation in plant and field operations and how cloud-based SCADA will play a large role in the future.

By Kevin Parker
Supply Chain June 6, 2017

Hydrocarbon chemistry transforms a century, and still going

Natural gas and non-traditional polymer feedstocks are an opportunity for plastics innovation.

By Kevin Parker
Mechanical & Electrical March 23, 2017

Are ROVs more like robots or drones?

Remotely-operated vehicles (ROVs) are emerging mobile technologies that are used underwater that have continued to evolve.

By Kevin Parker
Automation, Controls February 12, 2017

What 2017 means for oil and gas industries

Oil moves higher; growing U.S. natural gas exports are among the trends expected to highlight 2017.

By Kevin Parker
Manufacturing IT February 8, 2017

The oil and gas industry is more efficient than ever

Looking ahead, industry remains cautiously optimistic as prices start to rise and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) slowly makes its way into the industry.

By Kevin Parker
February 7, 2017

Why models now for the oil and gas industry?

It's not about theory. It's about practice as the oil and gas industry enters the era of model-based solutions for projects.

By Kevin Parker
Automation, Controls December 7, 2016

SCADA remains relevant for industrial automation

Embedded workflow, engineering model support, and auto-discoverable assets are among the technologies keeping SCADA alive.

By Kevin Parker