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Forensic Engineering Tracks Valve Failures
There have been a large number of suite HVAC unit isolation brass ball valve failures reported in fan coil or heat pump based heating/cooling systems in high-rise buildings. Each leak from a failed valve typically results in hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of dollars in property damage. The vast majority of brass ball valves are of good quality and most manufacturers take care to ensure the internal valve threads are not over-tightened. However, there are always exceptions and care must be taken to ensure valves are purchased from a reputable supplier or manufacturer. MORE
Curtiss-Wright Announces Leadership Transition and Management Reorganization
Chairman and CEO Martin R. Benante will retire in April 2015, according to a release issued by Curtiss-Wright Corporation. In addition, the company reports that David C. Adams, currently President and COO, has been promoted to President and CEO and will serve as a member of the Board of Directors. MORE
Watson Grinding & Mfg, Watson Valve Services Opens Valve Manufacture & Repair Facility MORE
Furmanite Joins Pentair Valves & Controls in Northern California & Northwest Nevada MORE
GE Control Valves Selected for Hejre Offshore Platform in the North Sea MORE
Natural Gas Prices Up 60%; High Enough for New Drilling?
Average spot natural gas prices at most major trading points increased 40% to 60% during the first half of 2013 compared to the same period in 2012, as demand for natural gas rose faster than increases in supply. But industry observers believe these prices are still too low to make new drilling feasible in most states. MORE
Trillions in Shale Oil Discovered in Australia MORE
U.S. Biodiesel Production Reached a Record Level in May MORE
EIA Releases Annual U.S. Refining Capacity Report MORE
Cartridge-Style, Top Entry Zero Leakage Ball Valves from Conval. The Camseal zero leakage, metal-seated forged ball valve from Conval features a cartridge-style, top entry design that saves significant time and money on installation, maintenance, replacement and downtime. With top entry access, maintenance and replacement of the cartridge internals are very convenient, with no effect on existing piping and welds. MORE
MANUFACTURING & THE ECONOMY
ISM: Manufacturing Expanded for Sixth Time in 2013
Manufacturing expanded in July as the PMI registered 55.4%, an increase of 4.5% when compared to June's reading of 50.9%. July's reading of 55.4% reflects the sixth month of growth, and the highest overall PMI reading, in the first seven months of 2013. New orders increased 6.4% compared to June. MORE
Second Quarter GDP Increased 1.7%, Beating Expectations MORE
Manufacturing PMI Picks Up in July to Four-Month High MORE
Texas Manufacturing Activity Increased in July but at a Slower Pace MORE
Seminar: Mechanical Sealing Fundamentals—Oct. 23 - 24, 2013, Houston. Presented by renowned expert Roger Hill, this two-day technical seminar has been developed to provide engineers and other technical personnel techniques and strategies for the complexities of mechanical seal operation and design. MORE
The Debate and Opportunities Surrounding LNG
The fact that the United States has turned from an importer of natural gas to a potentially powerful exporter in only a few short years is seen by many as a powerful economic and geopolitical tool. While critics worry that exporting natural gas would frustrate the resurgence in U.S. manufacturing and undermine the benefits that cheap energy offers to U.S. industry and consumers, regulators and legislators weigh their options. With the vast quantity of valves needed in this industry, valve and actuator manufacturers may see an increase in the products required for LNG carriers, liquefaction facilities and re-gasification terminals. MORE
Coming in the fall issue of VALVE Magazine…
Process Safety Management for Pressure-Relief Systems
Process safety management is a critical component of any operation that has valves and actuators, including systems for relieving pressure. A company with an extensive process safety management program will discuss the importance of incorporating pressure-relief valves into safety management, the regulations involved and the documentation and inspection requirements.
Fun with Valves at the 'Petting Zoo' this November in New Orleans
Have you heard about VMA's Valve Petting Zoo? No, we have not found a way to turn valves into farm animals, but at our Valves & Actuators 101 course, participants can be part of an "up-close and personal" experience.
Here's how it works: Attendees at our 101 course are divided into equal groups, and rotate around nine tables over the course of an afternoon; each table features samples of a particular product type. Our presenters will be on hand to show these smaller groups how the products work, and all are invited to pick up and examine the valves, actuators, controls and accessories.
Sound like fun? You can "go to the zoo" in New Orleans, where we'll be hosting our next Valve Basics Seminar & Exhibits, Nov. 6-7, at Harrahs. Go to VMA.org to review the complete program and register online. Be sure to sign up by Aug. 31, while early-bird rates are still in effect.