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.
2009 Market Outlook: Riding Out the Storm
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.
Back to Basics: Control Systems
By Jim Casey
The author first 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.
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.