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Patterns and Practices in Three Process Industries: Petroleum, Chemical, and Pharmaceuticals

James W. Cortada

in The Digital Hand, Vol 1

Published in print January 2004 | ISBN: 9780195165883
Published online September 2007 | e-ISBN: 9780199789672 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195165883.003.0006
 Patterns and Practices in Three Process Industries: Petroleum, Chemical, and Pharmaceuticals

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This chapter describes how computers came into the petroleum, chemical, and pharmaceutical process and manufacturing industries. It argues that computers fundamentally changed the nature of work in all three, making each “high tech,” and discusses how this came about. It also describes the extent of deployment and recent trends in each in the use of information technology.

Keywords: process industries; manufacturing industries; petroleum industry; chemical industry; pharmaceutical industry; Computers in process industries; deployment; process applications

Chapter.  15664 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Business History

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