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Eastern Controls to Distribute ITT & PBM Valves

2 DAYS AGO

Eastern Controls, Inc. (ECI) is now an ITT & PBM factory authorized distributor for New York and northern New Jersey. ECI is the distributor for a variety of sanitary process valves and instrumentation which serve the life sciences industry.

ECI has been awarded factory authorization to sell both I...

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Cameron Signs Two Long-Term Transocean Service Agreements

3 DAYS AGO

Cameron, a Schlumberger company, has signed two 10-year pressure control equipment management service contracts on behalf of Transocean valued at greater than $350 million.

The first contract calls for Schlumberger to manage Transocean’s Cameron risers in the Gulf of Mexico. This comprehensive ag...

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Plains All American Expanding Cactus Pipeline Capacity

3 DAYS AGO

Plains All American (PAA) Pipeline, L.P. is expanding the capacity on its Cactus pipeline from McCamey to Gardendale, TX to approximately 390,000 barrels per day. The expansion will allow PAA to move increasing production volumes from the Permian Basin to Corpus Christi and other delivery points along...

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New Investments Spur Permian Oil Production Increase

4 DAYS AGO

The Department of Energy (DOE) said on Tuesday that oil production in the Permian Basin could increase by 53,000 bpd by next month. According to the Energy Information Administration (EIA), that is the largest monthly increase in the region in a year.

“The EIA’s first shale oil forecast o...

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Philly Fed: Mid-Atlantic Business Activity Hits Two-Year High

2 DAYS AGO

Economic conditions continued to improve in January, according to the Philadelphia Federal Reserve’s Manufacturing Business Outlook Survey. The index for current manufacturing activity in the region increased from a revised reading of 19.7 in December to 23.6 this month. Approximately 40% of t...

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Industrial Production Sees Largest Rise in More Than Two Years

4 DAYS AGO

Industrial production rose 0.8% in December, the largest increase since November 2014, after falling 0.7% the previous month. For the fourth quarter as a whole, the index slipped 0.6% at an annual rate.

Manufacturing output moved up 0.2% in December, as an increase in durable manufacturing outweighed d...

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2008 Articles

FALL

2009 Market Outlook: Riding Out the Storm
By Genilee Parente and Judy Tibbs
VMA brought together a dozen-plus economists and industry experts to talk about the economy, both global and domestic, and the major rnd-user industries that use valves, actuators and controls.

Back to Basics: The 'A' to 'Z' of Valve Materials
By Greg Johnson
Valve materials run the gamut from aluminum to zirconium, with new alloys and compounds filling in the letters of the alphabet all the time.

How to Avoid PRV Performance Problems
By David Melcher and William Travis
Improper design, installation and maintenance of safety valves within pressure relief systems can lead to system malfunction and hazardous conditions that put equipment, facilities and personnel at risk.

Reaching Out to Tomorrow's Workforce
By Patrick A. Toensmeier
How will we prepare the next generation of workers to staff and manage the plants and facilities that use and make valves? It won't be easy but some innovative programs are underway.

SUMMER

Back to Basics: The Ubiquitous Fire Hydrant
By Robert Abbott
Find out how the fire hydrant evolved, the different types available, and how today's hydrants are being built or retrofitted for maximum security.

The Reliability and Security of Wireless Monitors on Valves
By Kurtis Jensen
Wireless technology offers lower construction costs while greatly expanding the ability to monitor and communicate with equipment in remote and hard to access places.

Emergency Shutdown Valves: Options for Partial Stroke Testing
By Ed Holtgraver
Partial stroke testing devices add to plant safety while helping to keep process-and revenue flowing.

A Market That's Worth Its Salt: Water Desalination
By Mark Ward, Sr.
Improving technology and decreasing costs are boosting the economic viability and attractiveness of water desalination.

SPRING

Back to Basics: Control Systems
By Jim Casey
The author firs
t wrote about control valves in a back to basics article in summer 2008. Now he expands on that topic by discussing other elements of the “cruising” control system.

Specialized Designs for Pipeline Valve Actuation
By Mark Clark
The expansion of oil and gas production into increasingly remote and inhospitable areas challenges actuator manufacturers to produce rugged, reliable and often specialized products.

Building an Acceptable Manufacturers List
By Patrick A. Toensmeier
What’s involved in developing an acceptable manufacturers list (AML)? And why is having an AML so critical when sourcing valves from china?

Automated Valve Packages
By Jack DiFranco
Advanced controllers have revolutionized automated valve packages by offering greater intelligence and diagnostic data than conventional methods.

Special Valve Catalog Preview: Who Makes What?
The 8th edition of North American Valve Catalog is now available, both in print and online. Included in this special preview from the catalog is the VMA member Product Matrix, where you can find out “who makes what” from 75 companies that manufacture valves, actuators and controls.

WINTER

Process Control Goes Green
By John Mangan
Reduce emissions—and increase revenue—by using environmentally responsible products such as high-bleed pneumatic pressure and level control devices.

Valve Magazine Features a 5-year Index
Missed something? Looking for information on a particular topic? You’ve come to the right place. Check out our index of feature articles published during the past five years. Plus, learn how you can order copies of past articles as well as back issues.

Get Ready for the Corn Rush!
By Eric Fillion, Brian Bombard and Bob Mulcahy
Learn proper selection strategies for choosing valves for use in the rapidly growing ethanol processing and transportation industry.

The Cold Facts about Cryogenic valves
By Raphael Couturier
To help users better understand the world of cryogenic valves, we discuss their origins, where they are used, how they are tested and relevant design standards.

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