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Automation Technology Launches New Maintenance Service


Automation Technology, LLC (ATI) announces the formation of ATI Frontline Services , a specialized maintenance service dedicated to providing oil and natural gas pipeline customers and other end users with expert field and shop valve actuator and accessory installation, testing, repair, replacement an...


GE Oil & Gas and SKF Sign Collaboration Agreement


SKF and GE Oil & Gas have signed a non-exclusive, license-based collaboration agreement, aimed at further developing the use of active magnetic bearing technologies within the oil and gas sector. The partnership also provides the basis for future collaboration, to widen the scope of applications o...


First New U.S. Nuclear Reactor in 20 Years Starts Operation


The nation’s first new nuclear generation in 20 years has officially entered commercial operation after the Tennessee Valley Authority’s (TVA)  Watts Bar Unit 2 successfully completed an extensive series of power ascension tests and reliably operated at full power for more than three ...


Task Force Issues Recommendations to Curtail Natural Gas Blowouts


The Interagency Task Force on Natural Gas Storage Safety, established in the wake of last year's massive natural gas leak at California's Aliso Canyon site, just issued a new report intended to help reduce the risk of future such incidents. The report chronicles lessons learned from the Aliso Canyon l...


Mid-Atlantic Manufacturing Activity Expands More Than Expected


Results from the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia’s October Manufacturing Business Outlook Survey suggest that regional manufacturing conditions continued to improve. Indexes for general activity, new orders, and shipments were all positive this month. But firms in the Mid-Atlantic region re...


Fed’s Beige Book Points to Modest Economic Growth


Reports from the twelve Federal Reserve Districts suggest national economic activity continued to expand during the reporting period from late August to early October. Most Districts indicated a modest or moderate pace of expansion ; however, the New York District reported no change in overall activit...


2003 Articles


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.


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.


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.


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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