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Whistle-blower: Undersized Valves Could Cause Another Gulf Catastrophe
A lawyer for whistle-blower Kenneth Abbott, a former BP contractor, has asked a federal court in Houston to shut down BP’s Atlantis platform until it’s proven to comply with U.S. environmental and safety laws. Among Abbott’s claims: A specific pressure-relief valve on a 16-inch pipeline that connects Atlantis to shore is “undersized by a factor of 20 to 1.” Read more
Tyco Flow Control has improved the pipeline integrity, performance and safety characteristics of its industry-leading ball valve range with the launch of the brand new KTM Unibody EB700 series. The KTM Unibody is designed and certified to meet the exacting standards and service requirements of the petrochemical, chemical and oil & gas industries. Read more
It's Always Sunny in Cincinnati, says VMA President
At least it was last week when VMA President Bill Sandler visited several VMA manufacturing members in Cincinnati. And the clear, sunny skies echoed the news he received from executives at the four valve companies, who revealed they are experiencing the continued strong sales that began in 2011. Read more
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Samson Controls Type 3347 control valve includes polished steel parts, special PTFE brushing and an additional connection that can be used to meet purity requirements that prevent bacteria from spreading at the actuator steam guide. The Type 3249 valve features an EPDM diaphragm and a back-up safety packing box, which, according to the company, provides protection against the spread of bacteria and prevents product leakage. Read more
Study: America’s Troubled Water Infrastructure
The average household water bill could double or even triple in order to cover more than $1 trillion in infrastructure costs to repair and expand the existing drinking water system in the U.S., according to a new study by the American Water Works Association (AWWA). Read more
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NOW AVAILABLE! Newcomers to the industry, or those seeking a refresher, can now order the VALVES & ACTUATORS 101 manual, which was distributed to attendees at the recent Valve Basics Seminar in Houston. Experienced engineers and personnel can choose the 2012 TECHNICAL SEMINAR PROCEEDINGS on “Prevailing Challenges and Solutions for the Oil & Gas / Petrochemical Industries.” (Very limited quantities!) $295 ea. ($245 for mbrs) + S/H. Visit The VMA Store for more info and to order.
MANUFACTURING & THE ECONOMY
Jobless Claims Fall, Manufacturing Holds Up
Economic growth showed signs of becoming more self-sustaining as the number of Americans claiming new jobless benefits fell back to a four-year low last week and manufacturing activity in the Northeast picked up this month. Read more
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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.
ValveMagazine.com Expands Editorial
Keeping up with the rise in temperatures, ValveMagazine.com is heating up coverage of the issues that are important to our readers. Have you checked out the recent Web Features our editors have covered? If not, then be sure to read the latest, including trends in renewable energy sources such as geothermal, and an article on the issue of water scarcity in which we discuss multi-stage flash technology for desalination.
Did you miss the latest Valve Basics Seminar & Exhibits, March 6-7 in Houston? Find out what happened as people from all facets of the industry came together to learn “the basics.” Also, check out the first in a series of reports from VMA’s Technical Seminar & Exhibits, held in Houston following the Basics event. We begin coverage with the keynote address, given by John Felmy, chief economist, American Petroleum Institute, who stressed how important it is for all members of the oil and gas industry to understand and get involved in developing a policy to accomplish the “energizing of America.”
» Watch ValveMagazine.com later this spring for new editorial sections, including Case Studies, From the Archives and The Basics.
Get Ready for Spring… and the next issue of Valve Magazine
The quarterly issue of Valve Magazine is coming your way in the latter part of April. Look for articles on triple offset butterfly valves in downstream applications, developments in shale gas production, solar-powered actuation, testing high-nickel alloy castings in refineries, trends in valve repair and more.
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Order both the Back to Basics and Actuators & Controls compilations and deduct $10 from the total! Separately, these article collections cost $79 each ($69 each for VMA/VRC members). Together, these two manuals contain more than 40 articles covering all the basic valve types, valve specifications, a primer on materials and articles about all aspects of actuation and control.