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Sound effects and cavitation

Just as sound can have negative effects on the human body, certain frequencies can play havoc on industrial equipment. When control valves are not selected appropriately, there is an increased risk for cavitation, which causes high noise and vibration levels. This does more than just degrade valve performance and damage the valve. Downstream piping and equipment is also at risk, and process contamination can ruin the product that the process is intended to make. Predicting cavitation and taking steps to eliminate it is the only way to avoid a costly and ongoing problem. MORE


Bruce Broxterman of Richards Industries Addresses Skills Gap in Testimony Before Congress

“It’s amazing to me the effort we have to go to just to get people hired,” Bruce Broxterman, president and CEO of Richards Industries, told the House Small Business Committee last week during a hearing on small manufacturers. “To find qualified folks who are trainable is nearly impossible.”  MORE

Emerson Expands Manufacturing Operations in Minnesota  MORE

ValvTechnologies Opens New Facility in India  MORE

MSS Publishes Six Revised and One New Standard  MORE


Biggest Annual Increase in U.S. Oil Production Occurred in 2012

BP reveals that 2012 had the largest single-year increase in U.S. oil production ever recorded, and new evidence of the flexibility of the world’s energy system in meeting rapid global change. The U.S. recorded the world’s highest growth in production of both oil and natural gas in 2012, on the back of increasing production of unconventional hydrocarbons.  MORE

Supreme Court Declines to Take Up Ethanol Lawsuit, Clears Way for E15  MORE

Shale Oil and Shale Gas Resources Are Globally Abundant  MORE

Did ExxonMobil Use Unapproved Plan in Mayflower Spill Response?  MORE


Conexus Indiana Releases Annual Manufacturing Report Card for All 50 States

The 2013 Manufacturing and Logistics National Report from Conexus Indiana shows how each state ranks among its peers in several areas of the economy that underlie the success of manufacturing and logistics. Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Ohio, Oregon, South Carolina and Wisconsin were all given ‘A’ grades in Manufacturing Industry Health.  MORE

U.S. Entrepreneurship Rate at Highest Level in More Than a Decade  MORE

Texas Manufacturing Activity Surges and Outlook Improves MORE

NAM: Rising Health Care Costs Grow as Top Concern for Manufacturers  MORE


Greater Plant Efficiency through Positioner Innovation

Today’s smart valve positioner technology makes it possible to enhance performance of a myriad of assets by providing plant operators with a better understanding of how valve and control assets are performing in the field. Combining these performance analytics with valuable diagnostic data and robust communications protocols allows plant operators to schedule preventive maintenance and maximize efficiency and output from existing facilities. MORE

Coming in the summer issue of VALVE Magazine…

Using Advanced Sealing Technologies to Prevent Fugitive Emissions

Regulators’ monitoring of emissions has forced industries to either implement proactive programs of leak detection and repair (LDAR) or deal with implications of non-compliance, which include fines and consent decrees. In either case, advanced sealing technology can help, and state-of-the-art metal bellows have been proven effective throughout the world in thousands of installations. While metal bellows are more expensive than traditional packing methods, the monetary savings provided by reducing the loss of process to the environment, as well as the increase in process uptime with less frequent shutdowns, far outweighs the additional cost.


VW Americas: A Great Show for the Valve Industry

With a large contingent of exhibitors (including more than two dozen VMA members), a well-attended Valves & Actuators 101 seminar, interesting technical sessions and a packed show floor, the Valve World Americas Expo & Conference was clearly a success. VMA staff handed out hundreds of copies of VALVE Magazine and the North American Catalog of Valves, while fielding questions about membership, upcoming education seminars and other meetings, and much more. VMA’s editors were on hand to cover the event and provide highlights from plenary and technical sessions.  MORE

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