Maintenance & Repair
- Published on Tuesday, 16 September 2014 11:43
- Written by Kate Kunkel
Twenty-five years ago, the member companies of the Valve Manufacturers Association of America (VMA) saw a need to promote both safety and quality in valve and actuator repair. As a result, the service operations of VMA members banded together to create the Valve Repair Council (VRC). As part of its mandate to educate manufacturers, rebuilders and customers on the importance of proper service and to provide a forum for an exchange of information, the VRC sponsors events such as this year’s meeting and exhibition in Houston, which was June 5-6.
- Published on Thursday, 13 March 2014 13:52
- Written by Greg Johnson
When watching complicated events unfold, it’s human nature to sit smugly back and think: I’m glad I don’t have to deal with that. For many of us in the repair community, this was the reaction when the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) passed fugitive emissions regulations and valve manufacturers were forced to respond. Until now, we could nonchalantly stay uninvolved in the fracas.
- Published on Sunday, 29 December 2013 16:24
- Written by Arun Dhingra
The concepts used in long-term cost of ownership (LTCO) go back as far as the 1700s. However, the label was first used in 1929 when the American Railway Engineering Association introduced a manual for efficiently maintaining or building a railway. That manual noted that “in the event there is a subclass of power, then the total cost of ownership should be multiplied by the ratio of the cost of repairs to the total.”
- Published on Friday, 22 November 2013 15:48
- Written by Gary Ostrowski
Not long ago, a common practice for companies in the chemical, power and refining industries was to have personnel on staff to handle many valve maintenance and service activities. Today, as skilled professionals of the baby boomer generation retire and companies face increasing pressure to contain costs, a growing number of firms are turning to outside vendors to help them manage the health of their valves.
- Published on Thursday, 06 June 2013 10:05
- Written by Doug O'Neill
Before the industry slowdown of 2008, some end users performed third-party pressure testing of valves for use in critical service according to the acceptance criteria of ASME B16.34, API-598, API-6D, etc.