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TPS: The People Side of Lean

The People Side of LeanThe term “Lean” is used in a variety of ways in many companies. However, the basic concept refers to work practices that consider it wasteful to expend resources (time, people or money) for any goal other than the creation of value for the customer , and thus a target for elimination. Lean manufacturing is a management philosophy and a set of tools derived from the Toyota Production System (TPS).

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Valve Companies Urged to Comment by Aug. 30 on Proposed Export License Requirements

export2Many valve companies must currently obtain export licenses for shipments of certain commercial products that could also potentially be used for nuclear or chemical weapons purposes. There have been more than 50 federal enforcement cases in recent years against fluid handling companies that did not obtain required licenses. Some of the penalties in these cases are counted in the millions of dollars and some company officials are in jail because they did not comply with U.S. export control regulations.

 

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Ancient Roman Valves

LorenzThe story of water supply in the ancient Roman Empire is grand. The transport and hydraulic control of large quantities of fresh water was one of the factors in the immense, unprecedented success of the Roman Empire. The major Roman cities were located, in part, in the proximity of good water supplies. Plentiful water improved public health and allowed the urban life to provide labor and support businesses to build the Roman economy.

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Hydraulic Fracturing, Natural Gas, and the U.S. Manufacturing Renaissance

anvilThe Great Recession has been hard on America’s domestic manufacturing industries. Even before the 2008 economic spiral, domestic industries suffered under the pressures of foreign competitors with lower labor, raw material, and energy costs, as well as more permissive regulations. In the face of this downturn, America’s oil and gas industry, an industry which itself was facing declining domestic production, embraced game-changing technology with the capability of unlocking unprecedented reserves of oil and gas.

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Intellectual Property Theft: Part Two

counterfeit valvesIn Part One of our two part series on Intellectual Property Theft, we summarized some recent developments in protection of intellectual property rights. Unfortunately, with every new measure taken to stop counterfeiting and patent and trademark infringements comes a new breed of pirates intent on capitalizing on the efforts of others.

In fact, according to recent information released by the ARC Advisory Group, as much as 10% of all goods and services sold worldwide are counterfeit. The cost to holders of intellectual property rights is almost incalculable. Thus, governments are adding regulations and signing agreements at a frantic pace, attempting to stem the tide of theft.

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Valve Magazine Digital Edition

14 SUM CVR 160x214Inside the Summer 2014 issue…

• Attracting Talent
• Advances in Machining
• Severe Service in Power Plants
• SIS Tests and Standards

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