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Watson Valve Upgrades Oxygen Clean Room

In an effort to ensure proper cleaning procedures are performed on valves intended for oxygen service, Watson Valve Services has upgraded its existing clean room within its manufacturing plant in Houston. Watson Valve Services’ clean room is operated by trained technicians, and is constructed with positive pressure ventilation which is used to limit airborne particles and environmental contamination. Both mechanical and solvent cleaning methods are used. Watson Valve maintains separate tools, benches and equipment to reduce the potential for cross contamination.

Strict procedures are used to maintain and keep all O2 clean room equipment clean and free of contaminants. The equipment and tools are periodically programmed to be cleaned to remove any possible contamination.

After each valve is thoroughly cleaned and re-assembled, it is given a seat and shell test which ensures sealing capability is maintained. Once inspected, all cleaned Watson valves are carefully labeled and sealed to protect the cleaned valve during storage and shipment.

Emerson Selected to Upgrade SE Virginia Wastewater Utility

Emerson Process Management is replacing an outdated supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system as well as remote terminal units (RTUs) used throughout Hampton Roads Sanitation District’s (HRSD) wastewater collection system. Currently, HRSD serves about 1.7 million people over an area of more than 2,800 square miles in 17 southeast Virginia cities and counties.

The SCADA upgrade will be implemented in four phases. During the RTU installations, Emerson will help coordinate organized cutovers to the new technology at each remote site. The final phase of the project is expected to be completed by March 2018. 

MSS Publishes Revised Standard for High Pressure Knife Gate Valves

The Manufacturers Standardization Society (MSS) announces that recently revised Standard Practice, SP-135-2016, High Pressure Knife Gate Valves, has been approved by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) as an American National Standard (ANS).

The first edition of MSS SP-135 was published in 2005. Today, it is widely used in multiple valve and piping industries and is aligned with the Class-rated design, testing, and material requirements of ASME B16.34, and the Class rated pressure, temperature, and dimensional requirements of ASME B16.5 and B16.47. MSS SP-135 is the primary ASME Class-rated knife gate valve standard, and it is widely accepted as the principal Knife Gate Valve standard.


Admiral Valve Joins VMA

CPV logoThis week the Valve Manufacturers Association (VMA) welcomed Admiral Valve LLC dba CPV Manufacturing, our sixth new member in 2016.

Admiral Valve, LLC designs and manufactures high-performance filtration systems for marine and aerospace use from their 30,000 square foot facility in the Philadelphia suburb of Kennett Square, PA. 

Curtiss-Wright Awarded Contracts for U.S. Naval Defense Platforms

Curtiss-Wright announced that it has been awarded contracts valued in excess of $80 million to provide valves for the U.S. Navy’s Virginia-class submarines and Ford-class aircraft carriers. The awards were received from Bechtel Plant Machinery, Inc. and General Dynamics Electric Boat Division to support ship construction and spare parts procurement.

Contracts include FY16 orders for two ship sets of submarine propulsion plant valves, a FY16 order for aircraft carrier propulsion plant valves, and the balance of the funding for the Virginia-class submarine Block IV Ship Service Ball valve contract awarded in 2014. Curtiss-Wright is performing the work at its facility in East Farmingdale, NY. 


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