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Valve Basics: It’s a Zoo Out There!

David-Scott-zoo 330pxWhen VMA launched its Valve Basics course in 2009, it soon became clear the program would be in great demand. The first couple of events—which lasted one-day—were well-attended and received very positive evaluations. But it also became clear that attendees thought we were missing a critical factor—the opportunity to closely examine the many products being discussed during the seminar. As a result, VMA’s Education & Training Committee expanded the program to include what would be an important component of future 101 classes: the “Valve Petting Zoo.”

Define Success: The First Step to Becoming an MVP

Mark thompson photoAt a recent valve industry event, Mark C. Thompson, CEO and co-founder of Virgin Unite Mentors, asked the audience to define what success meant to them. Over the next several minutes it became obvious that, for many people gathered for the meeting, it was the first time they had actually stopped to consider the question. Certainly most of the individuals in that room were hard-working professionals in engineering, sales and management. But having a job that often involves travel, raising a family and perhaps even taking continuing education courses did not necessarily mean they knew when they would have "arrived." What would that look like?

Valve Basics in New Orleans: It’s a Wrap

Valve Basics New Orleans 2013More than 130 professionals from across the valve industry, including manufacturers, end users, EPC firm personnel, distributors and students from the University of New Orleans came together at Harrah's New Orleans for VMA's first two-full day seminar, Nov. 6-7.

Dozens of the attendees sought out staff and presenters to personally thank them for putting on this educational event, which included nine lessons, a tabletop exhibition and the Valve Petting Zoo. In addition to courses on all the major valve and actuator types, two new lessons were added to the agenda: Solenoids and Positioners.

Exchanging Ideas at Emerson Users Event

Emerson Users Exchange 2013This year’s Emerson Global Users Exchange was held at the beautiful Gaylord Texan in Grapevine, TX, outside of Dallas. Representatives of companies from 50 countries and six continents joined the gathering, which featured more than 350 workshops, industry and technology forums and short courses covering a huge variety of topics.

Best Practices in Pressure-Relief Valve Maintenance and Repair

Front slide photoIn their presentation at the Valve Repair Council Repair Meeting & Exhibition, Nov. 1 and 2, 2012, in Houston, Bob Donalson and Kevin Simmons of Pentair Valves & Controls shared valuable information about maintenance and repair programs for pressure-relief valves. After covering the various types and functions of PRVs and defining their physical characteristics, Donalson and Simmons discussed the codes and standards covering PRVs.

Size Matters: Control Valve Sizing 101

monsen headshotWhen control valve professionals talk about "control valve sizing," they really mean the entire process of selecting the valve that will do the best job of controlling the process. Selecting the right size valve is an important part of the process, but there are other equally important considerations as well.


Valve Industry Education: Are You Prepared for the Great Brain Drain?

velan_trainingIf you’re a part of the valve industry, you likely are aware of the huge need for valve education and training.

While baby-boomers may have put off retirement for a few more years – thanks to the recent great recession – our industry is on the verge of losing its most valuable players, those experienced and knowledgeable professionals who have spent decades working in our industry. To replace this great brain drain, educating newcomers to the industry must be a top priority for companies that make, use and specify valves, actuators and controls.

Valve World Americas: PST Workshop Raises More Questions than Answers

A number of interesting and informative sessions took place at the recent Valve World Americas, held June 21-22 in The Woodlands, TX. We begin an online series highlighting some of the sessions attended by Valve Magazine.

Henk Hinssen, of iHandl Engineering in Belgium, moderated a workshop on “The Good, the Bad and The Ugly of Partial Stroking.” The purpose was to provide a forum for better understanding of the history, purpose and limitations of partial stroke testing (PST). Hinssen was joined by these panelists:

Valve Triage and Repair: When Water, Water is Everywhere

floodingIt’s a fact of life that no matter how well we plot and plan, something can happen to upset those plans. From small events, such as equipment or power failures or leaks and spills to bigger events such as strikes from Mother Nature—there is no way to predict when a catastrophe might occur. However, there are many ways to recover, and part of that recovery process involves finding, evaluating and either repairing or replacing valves.

Emerson Users Exchange Recap

The new Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, located just outside Washington DC, hosted the 2008 Emerson Users Exchange, which ended earlier today. Emerson personnel, members of the media and, of course, the users themselves, arrived Sunday night for a week's worth of speeches, workshops, demonstrations and invaluable networking.

Two-Year Colleges Can Help Meet Recruitment Needs

Valve manufacturers and distributors are scrambling to find young workers who will be the next generation of engineers and managers. While the competition to recruit from four-year colleges is tough, some observers maintain that a supply of talented employees is closer than most companies realize: associate-degree technicians.

These graduates of two-year technical colleges don’t have the engineering background of their four-year-college counterparts, but have been trained in areas that are application oriented and are capable of moving into entry-level positions and, importantly, advancing with on-the-job training and additional coursework.

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