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Power Plant Isolation Valves Beat the Heat

Power Plant Isolation Valves Beat the Heat

About a century ago, pressures of 300 ps...

NACE MR0175/ISO 15156 & NACE MR0103

NACE MR0175/ISO 15156 & NACE MR0103

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Schlumberger-Cameron Union Receives Unconditional Clearance


Schlumberger Limited and Cameron International Corporation jointly announce that the U.S. Department of Justice has cleared their proposed merger without any conditions, granting early termination of the waiting period required by the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 with respect...


ITT Engineered Valves Approved for Star Voluntary Protection Program

ITT Engineered Valves Approved for Star Voluntary Protection Program

ITT Engineered Valves, LLC in Lancaster, PA has been approved by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) of the U.S. Department of Labor for the Star Voluntary Protection Program (VPP).

Approval into VPP is OSHA’s recognition of the exceptional efforts of employers and employ...


Global Petrochemical Prices Leveled Off in October


Prices in the $3-trillion-plus global petrochemicals market in October were virtually flat based on a monthly average, but edged slightly when valued on a month-end to month-end basis from September. This is the first time the markets have shown intermonth gains since May of this year, according to ...


U.S. Rig Count Less Than Half of Last Years Total


According to Baker Hughes, the U.S. rig count declined by 10 last week to 757. Of these 757 active rigs, 564 rigs are seeking oil and 193 are seeking natural gas.

Just a year ago, with oil prices nearly double what they now, there were 1,929 active rigs in the U.S.

The rig count was at its peak in...


Consumer Confidence Falls to 14-Month Low


The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index, which had decreased moderately in October, declined further in November. The Index now stands at 90.4, down from 99.1 in October. The Present Situation Index decreased from 114.6 last month to 108.1 in November, while the Expectations Index declined to...


Manufacturing PMI Dips to 2-year Low


November data indicated a setback for U.S. manufacturing sector growth, following the modest rebound recorded during the previous month. At 52.6, down from 54.1 in October, the seasonally adjusted Markit Flash U.S. Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) pointed to the slowest improveme...


2007 Articles


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.


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.


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.


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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