Crane Co. Appoints Max Mitchell Chief Operating Officer
Texas Becomes First to Require Fracking Disclosure
Survey: Manufacturers’ Pessimism is on the Rise
Emerson Selected for Europe’s Largest Carbon Capture Demonstration Project
Chinese Companies Found Guilty of Making Fake Valves
Dresser Helps MOL Danube Plant Earn Plant of the Year Award
China May Increase Oil Refining Capacity 33% by 2016, IEA Says
Machine Tool Consumption Slows, But Continues to Dwarf 2010
ITT Names Key Global Water Business Leaders Prior to Planned Spinoff
Natural Gas Gives Edge to U.S. Manufacturers
Rotork Acquires Valco Valves and Automation AS
Texas’ Economy Takes a Big Leap
Mueller Co. Signs Agreement with Advanced Valve Technologies
Obama Backs NAM-Endorsed Skills Certification System
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ASSOCIATION NEWS: 'Valve Petting Zoo' Receives Top Ratings at Basics Seminar in Calgary
More than 60 end-users, distributors, valve manufacturers and mechanical engineering students gathered on the campus of the University of Calgary June 6 and 7 for VMA’s Valves & Actuators 101 course as well as to view tabletop exhibits of valves, actuators and related products. VMA held its first "valve petting zoo," an event that encouraged attendees to examine a variety of valves and actuators. Each group that visited the zoo spent 15 minutes with each of seven presenters knowledgeable about particular product types such as multi-turn valves; check valves; quarter-turn valves; pressure relief valves; actuators—pneumatic and hydraulic; actuators—electric; and control valves and systems. One young engineer, a year out of school, joked: "You mean a valve isn’t just the bow-tie shape found on P&IDs? Who knew?"
Among attendees were 13 advanced-level mechanical engineering students from the University of Calgary, who were an enthusiastic addition to the mix. Their registration fees were funded under a scholarship program from VMA’s educational foundation, the Friends of the Crawford Library, Inc.
VALVE MAGAZINE PREVIEW: Extreme Testing
Gone forever are the days when testing valves meant filling them up with water, adding pressure and looking for leaks. Valves and actuators face increasing challenges in the field from higher pressures and temperatures to extreme cold and special service applications. That means that the people responsible for specifying and choosing the products are demanding more rigorous, diversified ways to test. The summer issue of Valve Magazine addresses “Extreme Valve Testing.”
The issue also offers a Back to Basics article on solenoid valves. Often considered as accessories, these valves are critical in the applications where they are used. And watch for articles on hydraulic actuators as well as some of the technology tools that valve and actuator companies use to draw people to their websites.
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WEBSITE ONLY: The Canadian Oil Sands Industry
We look north to one of the most lucrative sources of crude oil today: the Canadian Oil Sands industry. A special Web-only article on ValveMagazine.com assesses the general situation for the oil and gas industry in Canada and explains why oil sands are so important, what limits there are in getting to the oil sands crude, and what this source means to both the U.S. and Canada.
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June 22, 2011
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Mueller Systems: Remote Disconnect Meter for Water
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The VMA Store
Stop by The VMA Store to order our NEW article compilation: Actuators & Controls, a full-color, spiral bound book with 24 articles. Also available: the Back to Basics compilation, 17 articles on all the major valve types. More...
BASICS IN A BOX:
Onsite valve training
VMA’s BASICS IN A BOX™ training program —suitable for end-users, manufacturers, distributors and others working in and around the valve industry—is designed to help companies conduct a one-day Valves & Actuators 101 course at their plants or facilities. The program contains a tabbed manual with 8 lessons and includes copies of 400+ slides, instructor notes, student handouts, review questions and more—plus a CD! More...