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Growing and ‘Green’
The non-residential building market has definitely grown in the past year and is expected to continue in 2014, according to Harvey M. Bernstein of McGraw Hill Construction who spoke at VMA’s 2013 Market Outlook event. The biggest percentage of growth in non-residential starts will be in “green” building, which makes a big difference when valves are being specified. Another trend worth monitoring is the move to modular construction, which will increase and change distribution, manufacturing and sales strategies. MORE
Jackson, MS Selects Mueller, Siemens to Upgrade Infrastructure
The City of Jackson, MS will upgrade its water system with Mueller Systems' advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) network through a contract from Siemens Industry, Inc.'s Building Technologies division. Mueller Systems is a subsidiary of Mueller Water Products, Inc. MORE
Emerson to Acquire Virgo Valves and Controls MORE
ARI-Armaturen USA Approved for VMA Membership MORE
Louisiana Plating & Coatings Opens New 80,000 Sq. Ft. Plant MORE
Cameron Awarded FPSO Process Equipment from SBM Offshore MORE
EPA Proposes Carbon Pollution Standards for New Power Plants
The EPA proposed Clean Air Act standards to cut carbon pollution from new power plants. Under the proposal, new large natural gas-fired turbines would need to meet a limit of 1,000 pounds of CO2 per megawatt-hour, while new small natural gas-fired turbines would need to meet a limit of 1,100 pounds of CO2 per megawatt-hour. MORE
Economic Benefits from Unconventional Oil & Gas Production Already Being Felt MORE
Oil & Gas Industry Responds to Colorado Disaster MORE
Emerging Economies Changing the Landscape of Global Energy Innovation MORE
Conval, a global provider in high-performance valves for the world’s most demanding applications, offers over 12,000 configurations of Clampseal® Y, angle and T-pattern globe valves. MORE
MANUFACTURING & THE ECONOMY
Large Manufacturers May be Returning to the U.S.
More than half of U.S.-based manufacturing executives at companies with sales greater than $1 billion are planning to bring back production to the U.S. from China or are actively considering it, according to a new survey by The Boston Consulting Group. MORE
Durable-Goods Orders Increased In August MORE
The Conference Board Leading Economic Index for the U.S. Increases MORE
Fed Opts to Continue Policy of Quantitative Easing MORE
Beck Hazardous Location Rated Linear Valve Actuator. The Group 29 linear valve actuator is designed to provide precise, reliable control of all types of modulating globe valves. It offers the excellent performance and no-maintenance design typical of all Beck drives, as well as the flexibility and advanced features provided by microprocessor-based electronics. MORE
How Do You Select the Right Flowmeter?
Knowing which flowmeter is appropriate for which application requires knowing the difference between the many choices. 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. MORE
Coming in the fall issue of VALVE Magazine…
The 75-year History of VMA
In The Biltmore in New York City, aromas from Cuban cigars and unfiltered cigarettes combined to create the 1930s atmosphere of business. The first meeting of what was to become the Valve Manufacturers Association (VMA) was called to order with all the big players in attendance. The organization they fashioned would have great impact on American valve manufacturers and 75 years later, even as wars, economic downturns and foreign competitors have threatened the industry, VMA continues to represent the very best valve manufacturers in the world.
Two New Lessons to Debut at New Orleans Basics Seminar, Nov, 6-7
To round out VMA’s Valves & Actuators 101 course, two new lessons have been added to what is now a 2-day program—one on Solenoids and another on Positioners. Additional lessons cover: An Introduction to the Industry, Multi-turn Valves, Check Valves, Quarter-turn Valves, Pressure-relief Valves, Pneumatic & Hydraulic Actuators, Electric Actuators and Control Valves.
The program also contains a hands-on element, dubbed the “Valve Petting Zoo.” The last afternoon is devoted to showing attendees what these products look like up close—and how they work. Tables with product samples are set up in a large area, each samples of one of the product types discussed and manned by two product experts; attendees are divided into nine equal groups and each group has about 20 minutes at each table to learn more about the products in a close-up setting, helping to solidify the learning that has taken place in the previous day-and-a-half.
For more information and links to registration and the event brochure, go to VMA.org > Basics Seminar & Exhibits