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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

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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

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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

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“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

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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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2003 Articles

WINTER

Intelligent Electric Valve Actuators: End-User Benefits
Carl Johnson, Rotork Controls
By fully utilizing the capabilities of today’s intelligent valve actuators, users can improve efficiency, increase productivity, and enhance valve-related safety and security.

Purchasing Duplex Stainless-Steel Castings: Beyond Specifications
Dick Warda, Highland Foundry Ltd.
Duplex and super-duplex stainless steels offer the corrosion-resistant alloy industry a unique, added-value combination of corrosion resistance, mechanical properties and cost reduction.

Gas Transmission Valves, How Do You Choose?
Barret Niehus, CCI
How to optimize choice of vendors and minimize time required to specify equipment by defining performance characteristics early in the valve design process.

Control Valve Selection for Chemical Service
Dale Stepanek, DFT, Inc.
Use the “size/cost” method when facing technical overload.


SPRING


Advanced Packing Technology Minimizes Maintenance, Improves Performance of Knife Gate Valves
Al Libke, DeZURIK/SPX Valves and Controls
The brute-force ruggedness and affordability of the knife gate design, combined with the packing performance of much costlier valves can only mean broader horizons for this workhorse valve.

The Future for Triple Offset Butterfly Valves
John Furness, Curtiss-Wright Flow Control
After years of development and testing, the butterfly valve of today is now a precision-engineered product capable of being used effectively in a wide range of applications that were previously only considered suitable for gate, globe or ball valves—and at a fraction of their cost.

Guidelines for Selecting the Proper Valve Characteristic
Michael Headley, Fisher Controls International
Need to decide what valve characteristic to use? This article makes recommendations for the four basic process controlling variables: liquid level, pressure, flow and temperature.

PRODUCT FEATURE: Technological Advances from Suppliers to the  Valve & Actuator Industry
Mark Francis, VMA Staff
Suppliers play a key role in the U.S. and Canadian valve industry. They provide raw material, components and process equipment used by valve and actuator manufacturers.

Made in the USA?
Doug Clendenin, Crane Valves North America
Determining the country of origin of a particular product can lead you on a long and convoluted path. Here, a global valve manufacturer talks about what’s really important when it comes to determining a valve’s origin.


SUMMER


Preventive Maintenance on Automated Valves
Chris Warnett, Rotork Controls
If you would like to take full advantage of the benefits and capabilities of today’s actuators and software, but don’t have the time or expertise to spend on maintaining these complex products, consider having the equipment’s manufacturer handle your maintenance program.

The Enemy Within: Critical Operating Conditions in Control Valves
Ralph Herbrich, Ph.D., SAMSON AG
To avoid problems with the control valve process, the best strategy is to tailor the valve to the specific application. If unexpected problems such as cavitation and flow limitation occur, consider installing special throttling elements in standard valve bodies.

The Control Valve’s Hidden Impact on the Bottom Line (Part 1)
Bill Fitzgerald, Emerson Process Management, and Charles Linden, Omaha Public Power District
Control valves can affect your bottom line in ways you may never have considered. In the first of a two-part article, the authors discuss control valve performance issues.

PRODUCT FEATURE: Advances in Valve and Actuator Technologies
Mark Francis, Valve Magazine staff
Valve and actuator manufacturers continue to produce new and innovative products. Their goal? To help users reduce maintenance costs and simplify plant operations.


FALL


Valves and the CPI: Helping Each Other Survive
Pamela Valenzuela, ­freelance writer
In today’s challenging economic environment, solid partnerships between valve makers and CPI users have never been more critical.

The Control Valve’s Hidden Impact on the Bottom Line (Part 2)
Bill Fitzgerald, Emerson Process Management, and Charles Linden, Omaha Public Power District
The authors describe recommended maintenance practices and present several case studies.

Finally…A True Electric Fail-Safe Spring Return Actuator
Gregg Alvarado, Bernard Controls
Thanks to advancements in technology and engineering design, today’s electric fail-safe actuators are available for a wider range of critical applications.

Inside the Box
Charlie Marcum, TopWorx
To learn what makes a “smart” valve, take a look at the discrete valve controller, the device used to control and monitor automated valves.

PRODUCT FEATURE: Chem Show Product Spotlight
Mark Francis, VMA staff
If you’re going to the 2003 Chem Show in New York and want to preview some of the products on display, check out

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