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Ken Chickering: Oil in his Veins?
In 1962, a young Ken Chickering supported his love of flying by buying and selling planes on the side while working as a petroleum engineer in Mississippi. It must have been fate that just about the time he was ready for a move to Houston, General Valve was looking for a sales engineer. They also had a company plane, the clincher that lured the promising young man into the valve industry. MORE
Emerson Process Management Acquires Groveley Detection, Ltd.
Emerson Process Management is the new owner of Groveley Detection Ltd., an innovator and developer of ultrasonic gas leak detection solutions for both offshore and onshore oil and gas installations. The UK-based company was the first to develop a piezo-electric-based ultrasonic gas leak detector engineered for extreme industrial applications. MORE
Rotork Acquires Flowco MORE
Cameron and Schlumberger Complete Subsea Joint Venture MORE
Emerson to Automate CNOOC South China Sea Natural Gas Development Platform MORE
Including Keystone XL, 38 Pipeline Projects Underway in the U.S.
According to Reuters, “Oil pipelines in the United States are undergoing a historic realignment in response to new production in the Eagle Ford development in south-central Texas, redevelopment of older production in the Permian Basin and new flows of oil from the Midwest and Canada that have oversupplied Midwest markets.” MORE
Analyzing Renewable Energy in the U.S. MORE
UK Shale Gas Potential Double the Previous Estimate MORE
U.S. Chemical Production Edges Up; Year-Over-Year Production Strengthens MORE
MANUFACTURING & THE ECONOMY
Global Economic Growth Slows at End of the Second Quarter 2013
Global service sector business activity has now increased continuously since August 2009, but the latest rate of expansion was the weakest since June last year. Although manufacturing production expanded at a similar pace to services output, this represented a mild improvement in the rate of growth to a three-month peak. MORE
Texas Gained 32,000 Manufacturing Jobs over Past Year MORE
Factory Orders Rose More Than Forecast in May MORE
Consumer Confidence Index Increases Again, Still at Five-Year High MORE
Conval recently upgraded its website, Conval.com, to help engineers and plant personnel to find the information and contacts they need for new construction, maintenance and repair projects. MORE
Issues in Leak Detection
To pinpoint leak location and isolate areas of a pipeline for leak repair, utilities managers need to know valve locations, how valves operate and the condition of those valves. Leak detection equipment traditionally provides information only about the current state of the pipe with no information on the overall condition of the infrastructure, but advancements in acoustic leak detection and pipe condition assessment methods now help utilities to cost-effectively and efficiently find these leaks. MORE
Coming in the summer issue of VALVE Magazine…
Picking the Right Flowmeter
What goes into finding an appropriate flowmeter for your application? While the first cuts should be clear depending on the material—liquid, solid or gas—flowing through the system, there are several other factors. Price, temperature, pressure, chemical compatibility and abrasion resistance are just a few of the features to be taken into consideration to avoid over-engineering or under-engineering the application.
VMA Members: Survey Reveals Mild Optimism
In its latest monthly economic report, VMA reports that 92% of members manufacturing valves, actuators and manufacturers believe that shipments in the next month will rise or remain equal to shipments last month. As for the next quarter, 88% of members surveyed expect shipments to be greater or equal to the same quarter last year. Looking back to the previous month, 58% of participating members indicate that last month’s orders were up. Asked about their current mood on the economy, 67% report they are “neutral,” with 17% indicating they are “optimistic.”
VMA surveys its members monthly, providing snapshots of how member companies are faring, and what they expect to happen in the future. The complete reports are available exclusively to members. Go to VMA.org's “About VMA” section for membership information.