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Consumer Confidence Retreated in October

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The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index, which had increased in September, declined in October. The index now stands at 98.6, down from 103.5 i...



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Train Named Executive President of Emerson Automation Solutions


Emerson recently named new senior leadership appointments to its Office of the Chief Executive who now report directly to chairman and CEO David N. Farr, and help develop and guide the company’s global strategies.

Michael H. Train’s new title is executive president of Emerson Automation Sol...


All-Pro Fasteners Receives Monogram Licensing


All-Pro Threaded Products, an All-Pro Fasteners company, received the official API Q1 registration and on September 23, 2016 become the second of only two within the industry to have obtained both the API 20E & 20F monogram licenses.

The American Petroleum Institute (API) has confirmed that All-Pro...


New 2017 Construction Starts Increasing 5% to $713 Billion


The 2017 Dodge Construction Outlook predicts that total U.S. construction starts for 2017 will advance 5% to $713 billion, following gains of 11% in 2015 and an estimated 1% in 2016.

Manufacturing plant construction will increase 6%, beginning to recover after steep declines in 2015 and 2016 that refle...


U.S. Natural Gas Production Gives Back August Gains in September


U.S. natural gas production levels in the lower 48 states declined by nearly 1.2% in September 2016 compared to August 2016 levels, according to analysis from IHS Markit. September’s decline drops year-to-date production levels 1% compared to the same period in 2015.

Overall, lower 48 U.S. dry ga...


Consumer Confidence Retreated in October


The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index, which had increased in September, declined in October. The index now stands at 98.6, down from 103.5 in September. The present situation index decreased from 127.9 to 120.6, while the expectations index declined from 87.2 last month to 83.9.



BCG: Technology Matters to Economic Growth


Despite its starring role in business and everyday life, many economists openly question whether technology is visible in traditional economic metrics such as GDP, productivity, and corporate profits.

The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) shows that, on the contrary, declines in technology investment are f...


Texas to require fracking disclosure; Chinese co. guilty of making fake valves


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Crane Co. Appoints Max Mitchell Chief Operating Officer

Texas Becomes First to Require Fracking Disclosure

Survey: Manufacturers’ Pessimism is on the Rise

Emerson Selected for Europe’s Largest Carbon Capture Demonstration Project

Chinese Companies Found Guilty of Making Fake Valves

Dresser Helps MOL Danube Plant Earn Plant of the Year Award

China May Increase Oil Refining Capacity 33% by 2016, IEA Says

Machine Tool Consumption Slows, But Continues to Dwarf 2010

ITT Names Key Global Water Business Leaders Prior to Planned Spinoff

Natural Gas Gives Edge to U.S. Manufacturers

Rotork Acquires Valco Valves and Automation AS

Texas’ Economy Takes a Big Leap

Mueller Co. Signs Agreement with Advanced Valve Technologies

Obama Backs NAM-Endorsed Skills Certification System

# CHECK VALVEMAGAZINE.COM regularly for frequently updated links to articles on valve manufacturing, end-user industries, manufacturing and the economy.

ASSOCIATION NEWS: 'Valve Petting Zoo' Receives Top Ratings at Basics Seminar in Calgary

More than 60 end-users, distributors, valve manufacturers and mechanical engineering students gathered on the campus of the University of Calgary June 6 and 7 for VMA’s Valves & Actuators 101 course as well as to view tabletop exhibits of valves, actuators and related products. VMA held its first "valve petting zoo," an event that encouraged attendees to examine a variety of valves and actuators. Each group that visited the zoo spent 15 minutes with each of seven presenters knowledgeable about particular product types such as multi-turn valves; check valves; quarter-turn valves; pressure relief valves; actuators—pneumatic and hydraulic; actuators—electric; and control valves and systems. One young engineer, a year out of school, joked: "You mean a valve isn’t just the bow-tie shape found on P&IDs? Who knew?"

Among attendees were 13 advanced-level mechanical engineering students from the University of Calgary, who were an enthusiastic addition to the mix. Their registration fees were funded under a scholarship program from VMA’s educational foundation, the Friends of the Crawford Library, Inc.

# REGISTRATION FOR THE NEXT VALVE BASICS SEMINAR & EXHIBITS, Oct. 26-27 at the Embassy Suites Chicago-O'Hare, Rosemont, IL, will open on VMA.org by July 1. For more information, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Gone forever are the days when testing valves meant filling them up with water, adding pressure and looking for leaks. Valves and actuators face increasing challenges in the field from higher pressures and temperatures to extreme cold and special service applications. That means that the people responsible for specifying and choosing the products are demanding more rigorous, diversified ways to test. The summer issue of Valve Magazine addresses “Extreme Valve Testing.”

The issue also offers a Back to Basics article on solenoid valves. Often considered as accessories, these valves are critical in the applications where they are used. And watch for articles on hydraulic actuators as well as some of the technology tools that valve and actuator companies use to draw people to their websites.


WEBSITE ONLY: The Canadian Oil Sands Industry

We look north to one of the most lucrative sources of crude oil today: the Canadian Oil Sands industry. A special Web-only article on ValveMagazine.com assesses the general situation for the oil and gas industry in Canada and explains why oil sands are so important, what limits there are in getting to the oil sands crude, and what this source means to both the U.S. and Canada.

# WE REGULARLY POST NEW ARTICLES on Valve Magazine.com. Find out what you've missed by highlighting the Web-only link in the navigation bar, then select Web Exclusive from the drop-down menu, or click here for a list of articles.

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CRANE ChemPharma Flow Solutions: Lined Piping System

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CRANE ChemPharma Flow Solutions launches a new lined pipe system for severe service applications, the ResistoflexATL PTFE Advanced Technology Liner.  More...

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Mueller Systems: Remote Disconnect Meter for Water

Mueller Systems’ 420 Remote Disconnect Meter is the water industry’s fully integrated remote disconnect meter that municipalities can use to remotely connect and disconnect water services through advanced metering infrastructure. More...

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Stop by The VMA Store to order our NEW article compilation: Actuators & Controls, a full-color, spiral bound book with 24 articles. Also available: the Back to Basics compilation, 17 articles on all the major valve types. More...

Onsite valve training

bibcardboardbox-small VMA’s BASICS IN A BOX™ training program —suitable for end-users, manufacturers, distributors and others working in and around the valve industry—is designed to help companies conduct a one-day Valves & Actuators 101 course at their plants or facilities. The program contains a tabbed manual with 8 lessons and includes copies of 400+ slides, instructor notes, student handouts, review questions and more—plus a CD! More...

To promote your products and services to thousands of Valve Magazine readers, contact VMA Ad Director This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (540.374.9100). The next issue of eVMnews will be published in August 2011. Also, ask Sue about packages that combine print and online advertising for maximum effectiveness.


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