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2012 Valve Forecast: Both Domestic and Export Shipments to Rise
The Valve Manufacturers Association (VMA) has released its latest annual market forecast for valve shipments. For the third year in a row, shipments for the U.S. and Canadian industrial valve industry are forecast to grow, rising to about $4 billion in 2012, matching its previous 10-year peak in 2008. Read more
Process Control Valves Benefit from Absolute Position Feedback. Linear position feedback for industrial valves is important for improving process control. MTS Sensors provide accurate and rapid position feedback to improve the response in control loops. Read more
MEMBERS & MANUFACTURING
After Mass Exodus, Manufacturers Look to Move Back to U.S.
Big U.S. manufacturers moved their production out of the country too quickly over the past decades and now see a competitive advantage in building up their footprints back home. Read more
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Precision Polymer Engineering (PPE) has launched Perlast ICE G75LT, a low temperature perfluoroelastomer material for use in oil and gas applications. Perlast ICE G75LT is the latest innovation to be introduced to the market by PPE, developed to perform under extreme conditions, in temperatures as low as -40°C (-40°F). Read more
Study: Fracking, Contamination Not Linked
The University of Texas’ Energy Institute says contamination can occur due to spills above ground or mishandling of wastewater, but those problems are not caused directly by fracking. Read more
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PDFs of all Valve Magazines from 2000 to 2010–more than 40 issues and hundreds of articles–all on one CD, where you can search by article, issue or key words. This CD will make a terrific reference tool for your office. Find it at The VMA Store for just $149 ($119 for VMA/VRC members).
U.S. Jobs, Factory Data Strengthen Growth Outlook
New unemployment benefits at a four-year low, solid expansion in Mid-Atlantic factory activity in the and builders breaking more ground on new residential projects in January offered more evidence of a sustained momentum in the economy. 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.
VALVE MAGAZINE PREVIEW
Unconventional Natural Gas: Opportunities… and Challenges
In the spring issue of Valve Magazine, Senior Editor Kate Kunkel explores a topic that’s on everyone’s minds—shale gas. While technological advances have made it possible to access reserves into which it was nearly impossible to tap a mere 5 years ago, the recent increase in shale gas production could be considered a double-edged sword. For energy producers, valve, actuator and control manufacturers and distributors, this creates potential for profitable exploration, and for consumers it means a relatively inexpensive source of clean energy. Conversely, low natural gas prices are creating a real challenge for producers to develop ever more efficient exploration and production methods, engineer more robust materials and implement special practices that balance economic viability with environmental responsibility.
» Also, read Kate’s recently posted article, “The Fracas Over Fracking,” as well as other Web features on ValveMagazine.com.
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.
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