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U.S. Economy Grew 0.7% in the First Quarter of 2017

Friday, 28 April 2017  |  Chris Guy

Real GDP in the U.S. fell short of expectations, increasing at an annual rate of 0.7% in the first quarter of 2017; this according to the advance esti...

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Mueller Water Products Reports 2017 Second Quarter Results

22 HOURS AGO

For its fiscal second quarter ended March 31, 2017, Mueller Water Products’ net sales were up 1.3% to $199.7 million and net income was $73.3 million, or $0.45 per diluted share. Operating income from continuing operations was $10.9 million. The quarter's results included $68.6 million of income...

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Weir Group Reports First Quarter 2017 Results

22 HOURS AGO

The Weir Group's first quarter input was 15% higher than the prior year period with good sequential growth primarily driven by increased activity levels in North American Oil & Gas and strong aftermarket orders in Minerals. Group-wide aftermarket orders were 21% higher than the prior year period w...

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Permian Basin Oil Production Continues to Increase

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Crude oil production in the Permian Basin is expected to increase to an estimated 2.4 million barrels per day in May, based on estimates from the U.S. Energy Information Administration . Between January 2016 and March 2017, oil production in the Permian Basin increased in all but three months, even as...

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East Coast Refiners Eye Texas as Alternative to North Dakota

2 DAYS AGO

“Major U.S. East Coast refiners profited from railing hundreds of thousands of barrels of discounted Bakken crude to their plants daily from 2013 until 2015. But as more and more pipelines were built in North Dakota, the discount began to disappear, and so did the rail cars,” Reuters repor...

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U.S. Economy Grew 0.7% in the First Quarter of 2017

20 HOURS AGO

Real GDP in the U.S. fell short of expectations, increasing at an annual rate of 0.7% in the first quarter of 2017; this according to the advance estimate just released by the U.S. Department of Commerce. The 0.7% figure, down from 2.1% in the fourth quarter and 3.5% in the second half of 2016, and is...

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Survey Shows Small Business Confidence Increasing

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The second annual Allstate/ Small Business Barometer finds increasing optimism and innovation among small business owners, despite the rising cost of doing business. Nine in 10 local entrepreneurs say the benefits of owning a business outweigh the challenges. This year’s Barometer found that, ...

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2007 Articles

WINTER


Unlocking the Truth About Alternative Energy Sources
Patrick A. Toensmeier, freelance writer
Are coal gasification and nuclear power the real keys to reducing reliance on fossil fuels?

BACK TO BASICS: The All-Encompassing Ball Valve
Brian Hood, Flowserve Corporation
Compact, simple to use, easy to repair and capable of performing in a wide range of applications, the ball valve is a dominant player in modern industrial applications.

Valve Position Monitoring and Smart Discrete Controls
Jack Durance, Jr., Westlock Controls
Digital position transmitters can handle virtually every control, monitoring and remote application in the plant. Here’s how they evolved.

Remanufactured Control Valves: Do They Still Meet Code?
Bob Baker, Emerson Process Management
Don’t be fooled by a shiny new coat of paint. That “remanufactured” valve may not have been re-certified to its original pressure class.

Gearbox Selection for Manual Valve Actuation
Clay Hightower, Rotork Gears Americas
There is no “one-size-fits-all” formula when it comes to selecting the proper gearbox for a manual valve application.

Analog Controllers for Motor-Operated Valves: Obsolete or Evolving?
C. Earl Daniel, Chalmers & Kubeck Co.
New generation analog valve actuator controllers not only provide the functionality of legacy products—they also address past problems.


SPRING


Testing, Testing: Today’s Valve Standards
Greg Johnson, United Valve
Myriad standards affect our industry. Here’s a review of some of the most common testing standards in use.

Valve Specifying for Beginners
Patrick Toensmeier, freelance writer
To broaden their knowledge and gain valuable engineering expertise, novice specifiers can rely on valve manufacturers and distributors.

PRV Management Tools Help Optimize Turnarounds
Bart Collins, Scott Smith and David Melcher, Precision Services Inc. Precision Pump & Valve Services, Dresser Consolidated
A key component of the successful turnaround is learning how to maintain a plant’s network of pressure relief valves.

Actuation Under the Sea
Bill LeBlanc, Emerson Process Management
Learn what manufacturers do to ensure actuation is reliable in challenging—and ever deeper—subsea environments.

Are You Happy With Your HRH Bypass Control?
Geoffrey Hynes, Koso America
Improve the controllability of the hot reheat (HRH) bypass valve in a cascading bypass system to save hundreds of thousands of dollars annually, along with numerous other benefits.

For O&M Solutions, Think Digital
Eric Fillion, Metso Automation
It seems like operating and maintenance costs are always being trimmed. New technology can help make up for reduced staff budgets.



SUMMER


BACK TO BASICS: The Industrious Control Valve
Jim Casey, Flowserve Corporation
Everything you ever wanted to know about the control valve, from its beginnings as a device used to control steam in engines to its various applications in today’s industries.

The Role of Valves in Niche Industries
Brooke Stoddard, freelance writer
Mining, pharmaceutical and marine applications are all addressed by valve makers serving these diverse—and challenging—markets.

Challenges and Opportunities in the Water & Wastewater Market
Jim Barker, DeZURIK Water Controls
Huge demand, dwindling supply, aging infrastructures, stricter regulations—they all mean a strong water/wastewater market for many years to come.

A Primer on ‘Pigs’
Patrick Toensmeier, freelance writer
We take a look at pigging devices and how they help move oil, natural gas and refined petroleum products safely and efficiently through pipelines.

How to Implement a Safety Life-Cycle
Riyaz Ali, Emerson Process Management
A safer plant, decreased costs and increased uptime are all achievable when safety life-cycle is properly executed.


FALL


2008 Market Outlook: Another Good Year…
Genilee Parente, freelance writer, and Judy Tibbs, Valve Magazine
Industry experts caution that a downturn in the economy—yes, the “R” word—may be on the horizon. Read what our prognosticators had to say about the domestic and international economies as well as the many end-user industries served by valve manufacturers.

BACK TO BASICS: The Dependable Diaphragm Valve
Dan Ellis, ITT Engineered Valves
Both the diaphragm and pinch valves are positive displacement valves, yet each has its own characteristics and suitability for particular applications.

The Rise, Fall and Renaissance of Nuclear Power
Don Hudson and Jim Leachman, Curtiss-Wright Flow Control Nuclear
It’s been a long and winding road, but the nuclear power industry is on the verge of regaining a major foothold in today’s energy industry as the world searches for alternatives to fossil fuels.

How to Achieve Optimal Control Performance
Shawn Anderson and Neal Rinehart, Emerson Process Management
If you want to increase efficiency and ­profitability in your plant, address the performance of your control valves.

CPI Safety Needs Drive Valve Design
Patrick Toensmeier, freelance writer
North American valve makers have been hard at work making sure the products they produce meet the safety needs of CPI plants around the globe.

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