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14 SUM careers 200pxMost business experts agree that a company is only as good as its most valuable asset: its own people. But what do you do when you face the situation the valve industry now faces? Top-level management and many of the most skilled people that make up production crews are retiring at the same time schools are failing to attract students to technical studies or telling them how they can use their knowledge once they graduate.

 

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The Shale Gale: Winds from Regulatory, Legislative and Legal Fronts

14 spr shaleLast year, domestic energy production crossed an important milestone when oil production surpassed crude imports for the first time in two decades. By the end of 2013, increased production of both natural gas and oil from shale made the United States the top producer of hydrocarbons in the world, surpassing both Saudi Arabia and Russia. The result is that a whole new host of issues has come to light both in discussions on the possibilities and in recent action by legislators and regulators.

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VRC: Yesterday and Today

14 spr vrc 1In 1989, VMA formed the VRC to create a way for facilities that have good quality control procedures, use quality parts and have access to OEM specifications a way to band together to reach common goals.

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DBB and DIB: Which is which?

The term “double block-and-bleed (DBB)” carries a lot of misconception when it’s used to describe valve functionality. Every valve buyer and manufacturer seems to have a different idea of what the term means for valve selection, which can result in misguided specifications or the wrong choice of valve type. In the oil and gas industry, some of this confusion stems from the fact there are two credible sources that define the term differently. Another point of confusion comes because many people using the term double block-and-bleed really want a valve with ­double isolation-and-bleed (DIB) ­capabilities. ­However, the differences in definitions and terminologies involved are important when it comes to determining which valve capability is needed for what type of system.

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Creating a Standard to Compare Control Valve Products

14 wnt standardsEach enthusiastic young engineer that comes into the workplace wants to reinvent the world. However, when that factor is combined with the reality that the numbers of regional sales offices for valves is growing and growing, the amount of combinations of valves that can be bought and used becomes endless.

 

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Wireless Solutions Keep Close Watch on Valves

14 wnt wireless introThe number of valves and valve types that go into modern process plants today to precisely control operations is huge. Because of the critical role they can play, the increasing numbers mean a corresponding increased need to monitor how well these valves operate. Yet in too many cases, this does not occur. The lack of information coming from a large proportion of today’s valves can lead to poor performance and inefficient operation. One of the tools at our disposal to achieve effective valve monitoring is ­wireless technology.

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Nuggets of Knowledge: Industry Veterans Share What They’ve Learned

14 wnt knowledge introNo matter what industry or line of business people are in, or how long they have been on the job, they never stop learning. Those lessons come both from new education and the school of hard knocks. In the valve industry, young professionals have the benefit of being able to learn from many veterans. The industry has a long history and is well-established. At the same time, its veterans are looking down the road and realizing young blood is needed to continue to make the valve and actuator industry a strong one.

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Reducing Compression Packing Friction in Valves

14 wnt compression introCompression packing is found in applications ranging from transmission of natural gas and water to caustics and high-temperature steam. When used properly, it is a cost-effective, high-performance means of sealing. Unfortunately, compression packing creates friction, which can cause major issues in certain applications. Knowing how to reduce that friction can be critical in minimizing those issues.

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Actuator Commissioning Made Simpler

13 fall commission1There is something about opening a box labeled “some assembly required” that causes one of two reactions—the joy of the challenge or dread. In actuator commissioning, the dread comes from not being an actuator expert, in which case installing and commissioning that actuator may appear at first glance to be difficult.

 

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Relief System Management Software: Helping Companies Achieve PSM Compliance

13 fall PSM bhopalOn Nov. 15, 1990, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) made into law the standard for process safety management (PSM) of highly hazardous chemicals (29 CFR 1910.119), as well as section 304 of the Clean Air Act (CAA) amendments. The PSM standard and CAA changes were enacted in direct response to the Union Carbide India Ltd., Bhopal, India disaster that occurred on Dec. 2, 1984 and resulted in the deaths of 3,787 individuals. For the many valve and actuator users that operate processes involving ­hazardous materials, the changes mean analysis of PSM and creation of programs that should ensure a similar tragedy does not occur. Because pressure relief can be a last line of defense, PSM must address pressure relief systems.

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2014 MARKET OUTLOOK: Use 2014 to Get Ready for Good Times Ahead

13 fall outlook introAttendees at this year’s workshop Aug. 8-9 in San Diego received mostly positive reports from speakers who agreed that, while the nation is in recovery, the road ­forward is filled with more than a few bumps. While abundance and availability of natural gas is def­initely a major influence, speakers said North America’s economic future will also be affected by the upswing in tight oil production. Those two factors could lead to energy self-sufficiency on the continent by the end of this decade and fuel a resurgence in the domestic petrochemical and manufacturing industries thanks to low feedstock prices and relatively inexpensive electricity.

 

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Valve Magazine Digital Edition

14 SUM CVR 160x214Inside the Summer 2014 issue…

• Attracting Talent
• Advances in Machining
• Severe Service in Power Plants
• SIS Tests and Standards

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