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Process Instrumentation in Oil and Gas

Process Instrumentation in Oil and Gas

Process instrumentation is an integral p...

Check Valves in LNG Cryogenic Service

Check Valves in LNG Cryogenic Service

Because natural gas is currently conside...

Will Smart Machines Obsolete Human Resources?

Will Smart Machines Obsolete Human Resources?

Is artificial intelligence (AI) going to...

Is Valve Live Loading an Option?

Is Valve Live Loading an Option?

Valves leak. There’s no getting ar...

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EIA Forecasts Record U.S. Oil Output in 2018

Thursday, 14 December 2017  |  Chris Guy

The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) estimates that U.S. crude oil production averaged 9.7 million barrels per day (b/d) in November, up 3...

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Construction and Mining: Is 2018 The Year for Growth?

Construction and Mining: Is 2018 The Year for Growth?

Tuesday, 12 December 2017  |  Kate Kunkel

While there is a degree of optimism in the mining industry that hasn’t been seen for some years, much uncertainty still exists in this sector. A...

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Setpoint I.S. Honored by Baton Rouge Business Report

21 MINS AGO

Setpoint Integrated Solutions (Setpoint I.S.) was honored this fall at the Baton Rouge Business Report’s Top 100 Private Companies Luncheon. Celebrating its 35th Anniversary this year, the Baton Rouge Business Report hosts many events in the community.

At the most recent event , the Top 100 Private C...

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Emerson to Modernize Controls for Phoenix-Area Hydro Fleet

20 HOURS AGO

Arizona-based Salt River Project (SRP), one of the nation’s largest public power utilities, has selected Emerson to modernize the controls of multiple hydropower units and its central service center. SRP provides electricity to 1 million customers in the metropolitan Phoenix area and is also one...

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EIA Forecasts Record U.S. Oil Output in 2018

-1 DAYS AGO

The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) estimates that U.S. crude oil production averaged 9.7 million barrels per day (b/d) in November, up 360,000 b/d from the October level. Most of the increase was in the Gulf of Mexico, where production was 290,000 b/d higher than in October. Higher pro...

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Chemical Industry Growth Rate Surpasses 20-Year Average

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The U.S. chemical industry is riding a global wave of growth as the world’s major economies experience an upswing for the first time in a decade. Increased output and accelerating growth rates that surpass the previous twenty-year average will help cement the business of American chemistry as ...

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U.S. Manufacturing Technology Orders Up 6.3%

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Orders for manufacturing technology kept their momentum in October 2017, gaining 6.3% over September to a total value of $428.32 million, according to the latest U.S. Manufacturing Technology Orders Report from The Association for Manufacturing Technology (AMT). Year to date, orders are up 7.6% comp...

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NAM Survey: Manufacturers’ Optimism Reaches Record High

2 DAYS AGO

The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) released the results of the Manufacturers’ Outlook Survey for the fourth quarter of 2017, showing manufacturers’ optimism has risen to unprecedented heights amid the legislative progress made on tax reform. With 94.6% of respondents saying ...

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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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