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3D Printing: Changing Industry in Many Ways

It’s known by many names: additive manufacturing, rapid prototyping, layered manufacturing, direct digital manufacturing and, most often, 3D printing. Over the past couple of years, businesses and entrepreneurs including valve and actuator manufacturers have started using 3D printing to create prototypes, manufacture short-run products and shave time and money off production processes. Using a process called digital sand casting, 3D printers can quickly and easily produce a pattern for a valve directly from CAD data. Then, the valve can be produced using low-cost alloy metals without having to create a core, saving money and reducing production time.  MORE


Metso Receives Major Chinese Valve Order

Metso has been awarded a high-value contract for pneumatic ball valves and butterfly valves by Yantai Wanhua Polyurethanes Limited. This is the first partnership between Metso and Yantai Wanhua, which has invested approximately $5 billion in these two projects.  MORE

Balluff is the Newest VMA Associate Member  MORE

Emerson Automating Premier Oil Platform on UK Continental Shelf  MORE


EPA Agrees to Update Oil Refinery Emissions Standards

The EPA has announced plans to change the toxic emissions standards for oil refineries. The Environmental Integrity Project, Air Alliance Houston, California Communities Against Toxics and others have accused the agency of putting public health at risk by failing to update the toxic emissions standards.   MORE

Waste-to-Energy Plant on Track in Maryland   MORE

New Jersey Nuclear Plant Reactivated Following Valve Repair  MORE

Unconventional Oil & Gas Production Increasing Average U.S. Household Income  MORE


Conval offers Clampseal® three-way diverter valves with easy serviceability for both seats. The diverter valves are available in 1-1/2” to 3” sizes, through ASME 4500, with socket weld, butt weld, flanged end, or clamp connector ends. Standard materials include carbon steel, low alloy steel and stainless steel. MORE


Second Quarter GDP Growth Revised to 2.5%

GDP increased at an annual rate of 2.5% in the second quarter of 2013. Initially growth was estimated to be only 1.7%. With this second estimate for the second quarter, the increase in exports was larger than previously estimated, and the increase in imports was smaller than previously estimated.  MORE

Texas Manufacturing Posts Slower Growth  MORE

Durable Goods Orders Down 7.3% in July  MORE

Markit Index of U.S. Manufacturing Rose for Fifth Straight Month  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


Valve Automation Solutions for Emergency Shutdown in Shale Applications

Oil and gas producers are inherently safety conscious, as well as aware of the need to avoid adverse events or activities that might result in an impact on regulations. Often, the answer to well and process safety is an automated emergency shutdown (ESD) solution. With the energy industry spearheading positive safety solutions through technology, ESD and PSD (partial stroke devices) will play a prominent role in increasing the public’s confidence in the industry’s initiatives toward safety and environmental preservation.  MORE

Coming in the fall issue of VALVE Magazine…

Actuator Commissioning Made Simpler

Commissioning electric valve actuators may seem like a challenging task, but manufacturers continue to make the process as uncomplicated as possible. Often, an actuator is stored for some time before it is installed, so it is essential to follow the manufacturers’ guidelines to ensure the actuator is properly protected and ready to work when the installation takes place. During installation, safety precautions and practices identified in either the product IOM, on the actuator itself or in other documents need to be followed. The oft-heard phrase,“first, read the instructions,” certainly applies to successful commissioning of an electric or electronic actuator.

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VMA Survey: Members See Rise in Shipments and Orders

VMA conducts a monthly survey of its members to get a snapshot of how members are faring in valve shipments and orders. Sixty percent of the participating valve manufacturing members reported last month’s shipments were up compared to 56% the previous month, while 16% experienced level shipments. However, 88% of the participants expect August shipments to be greater or equal to the same month last year.

Last month’s orders were up for 60% of the participating manufacturers compared to only 38% the previous month, and 72% of the participants expect an increase or status quo in August orders. Looking ahead to the next quarter, 40% of members expect increased orders while 48% believe orders will be the same as the previous quarter.

VMA's monthly economic surveys contain additional information and are available to VMA members only. If you are a U.S. or Canadian valve, actuator or control manufacturer, please go to VMA.org to learn about the benefits of membership and to see if you qualify.

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