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BSEE: Preventing another Deepwater Horizon disaster
The Director of the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) has outlined a series of new steps being taken in an effort to prevent the next Deepwater Horizon disaster. BSEE's James A. Martin believes these changes could “usher in a new generation of blow out preventers.” Read more
Don’t Compromise Safety. SafeOperator Makes Valve Operation Easy and Safe. If safety is a concern in your facility then the ability to operate valves from a safe position should be high on your priority list. If your business involves industrial valves then the new Safeoperator range delivers proven operating capability and value. Our unique flexible shaft design allows for complete flexibility. Read more
Tyco Flow Control proceeds with split into three companies
Under the plan announced last fall, Tyco will spin off its North American residential and small business security company and its flow control business via tax-free stock dividends to Tyco shareholders. In addition, as announced in late March, Tyco will combine its flow control business with Pentair, Inc. in an all-stock merger to occur following the dividend distribution of the flow control business. Read more
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Linear position feedback for industrial valves is important for improving safety and performance. MTS Sensors offers a variety of solutions to provide accurate and rapid position feedback to continuously monitor valve position. Robust Temposonics® technology means there are no maintenance or calibration costs for the sensor, even in harsh environments. A variety of housing options (including IP69k stainless-steel housings) enables installation in many types of applications, including inside cylinders or along a position axis. Read more
TransCanada files new Keystone XL application
TransCanada has submitted a Presidential Permit application to the State Department for the Keystone XL Pipeline from the U.S./Canada border in Montana to Steele City, NE. TransCanada will supplement that application with an alternative route in Nebraska as soon as that route is selected. Read more
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ASCO Low-Power Solenoid Valve Series. The ASCO low-power solenoid valve series offers .55 watt power consumption while providing highly reliable operating performance. The valve is ideal for process applications in the refining, upstream oil and gas, chemical, pharmaceutical, food and beverage, and power generation industries.The solenoid valve is an optimal solution for applications powered by renewable energy sources such as solar panels. Read more
MANUFACTURING & THE ECONOMY
Optimism continues to rise among U.S. manufacturers
U.S. industrial manufacturers expect continued global economic growth in 2012, with optimism regarding the prospects for the U.S. economy continuing to rise, according to the Q1 2012 Manufacturing Barometer released this month by PricewaterhouseCoopers. Read more
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The 10th edition of the North American Valve Catalog: A Sourcebook for Buyers of Valves, Actuators & Controls has just been released! No matter what industry you serve or where you are located, if you're interested in learning "who makes what," this catalog is a must-have resource for your office or plant. Order it in The VMA Store for $29.95 ($24.95 for VMA/VRC members).
Destination Denver, Oct. 11-12
Registration is open for the next Valve Basics Seminar & Exhibits, which features VMA's popular Valves & Actuators 101 course. Please note that the previously announced date for this event has changed to Oct. 11-12 (not Oct. 10-11). The event takes place all day on Thursday, Oct. 11 and concludes at noon on Friday, Oct. 12.
Attendees will learn the basics from a panel of experienced industry practitioners who will cover all the major valve and actuator categories and provide hands-on demonstrations of products in the "Valve Petting Zoo." In addition, the event offers table-top exhibits to provide further information on the types of products being discussed during the course. And the comprehensive, full-color manual that participants receive is a great resource to use back at the office or plant. Sign up soon while early-bird rates are in effect.
» FOR MORE INFO ON THE DENVER EVENT, go to VMA.org for online registration and a program brochure. Plus, online registration and an exhibitor prospectus are also available for U.S. & Canadian companies that want to participate in the tabletop.
Reducing fugitive emissions from control valves
Because of the operating modes and potential leak paths of control valves, they pose a particularly challenging area of the plant for those seeking to control and monitor fugitive emissions. In the summer issue, Valve Magazine looks at what’s behind the drive toward lower emissions, where the challenges lie, in particular, with globe- and rotary-style control valves, and what plant operators can do at the specifications, monitoring and controlling stages of the process.
Also coming in the next issue (mailing July 20) is the VMA Product Matrix, a handy chart that shows the major categories of valves, actuators and controls made by all of VMA’s manufacturing members. Plus, we’ll have a Back to Basics article on Manual Actuation, a look at “Those Dam Valves” and much more.
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What’s new on the Web?
There’s always something new on ValveMagazine.com. Recent articles have tackled everything from the challenges of hiring and keeping quality staff to the theft of intellectual property.
We’ve recently included more highlights from VMA’s Technical Seminar held last March, with articles on fugitive emissions and performance testing standards. And, while pipelines, exploration projects and refineries are often targeted by environmentalists, valuable technologies like those at the Shell Quest CCS Project in Alberta are given little recognition as possible partial solutions to climate change. So, our editors spoke to Len Heckel at Shell Canada to learn more about the incredible technology that makes this possible.
On another topic, we explored what opportunities are on the horizon for women in the valve and affiliated industries. You’ll enjoy our interviews with three women who have blazed the trail for others.
BASICS IN A BOX™... Everything you need to conduct a full-day training program at your plant, facility or headquarters. Modeled after the presentations given at VMA's Valve & Actuator 101 course, which is designed for newcomers to the many industries that use valves and actuators, those who need a refresher course on "the basics" and individuals who know one segment of the industry or product category, but wish to expand their knowledge.
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