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Robert (Bob) Baker

Robert Baker is vice president of John H. Carter Company, Inc., in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on contract with Emerson Process Management. He specializes in process safety management issues in hydrocarbon and chemical processing industries.


Buyers Beware: Electrical Instrumentation for Use in Hazardous Locations

Buyers of salvaged, remanufactured, refurbished or new surplus electrical instrumentation for use in hazardous locations (including chemical process plants, refineries, and other industries/applications which are classified as hazardous) need to exercise caution in their instrumentation purchases. Doing so is especially important given the increased market for these items, which experts estimate at $100 million for the process industry and growing. There are several factors responsible for the rapid growth in this market: industry pressure for cost containment (maintenance budgets and small, local capital projects), increased overseas competition and the ongoing closure of North American chemical and hydrocarbon processing facilities.