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Non-Destructive Radiographic Inspection of Steel Castings

While radiographic inspection of mission critical cast pumps and valves for nuclear power generation, offshore drilling and military applications has been around for decades, the growth rate started to change dramatically in 2010. Catastrophic failures at Fukushima and in the Gulf have caused many industries to revisit their exposure and recognize the impact and risk associated with product failure in the field. The two primary methods used are either ultrasonic inspection, which uses a transducer and diagnostic machine to send and receive an ultrasound waveform, or radiography, which uses X-rays and Gamma Rays.  MORE


Siemens to Realign Regional Organization, Reform Corporate Unit

New changes at Siemens will eliminate an organizational level at the company, and the various countries will be more closely geared to the business of the sectors. As part of the realignment of the regional organization, Managing Board responsibility for the various regions will also be reassigned and structures are to be optimized and bundled at Siemens' corporate units.  MORE

Bradken Opens New Facility for Radiographic Inspection  MORE

Mueller Water Products Plant Earns Highest Safety Rating from OSHA  MORE

EGC Enterprises Joins VMA as Associate Member   MORE


Conval globe valvesNew High Temperature Valve Actuator from Beck. The new compact Group 75 rotary actuator incorporates a synchronous, permanent-magnet motor and an efficient spur gear drive train ensuring years of reliable service, extremely low power requirements and excellent positioning performance. Additionally, the motor will never overheat and cannot burn-out. MORE


Municipal Wastewater Plants Could Generate 4.5 Billion for Valves in 2017

Municipal wastewater plants could spend $4.5 billion for valves in 2017; $3.4 billion will be for on/off valves, and the balance for control valves. This is the conclusion reached in "Industrial Valves: World Markets," published by the McIlvaine Company.  MORE

House Approves Water Resources Infrastructure Reforms   MORE

Texas Petrochemical Sector Booming, in Need of Manpower  MORE

California Adopts Historic Energy Storage Targets   MORE


Shutdown Took a Toll on Manufacturing PMI

The U.S. manufacturing sector grew at its weakest pace for a year in October, according to the Markit Flash U.S. Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI). The flash PMI index registered 51.1, down from 52.8 in September, and was consistent with only a modest rate of expansion.  MORE

Consumer Sentiment Falls to 10-Month Low  MORE

Optimism Improves Among U.S. Industrial Manufacturers  MORE

Durable Goods Orders Rose in September  MORE


Helping Companies Achieve PSM Compliance

Established in 1990, OSHA’s Process Safety Management (PSM) standard for highly hazardous chemicals calls for companies processing these elements to have a system in place that ensures there is no accidental release of those chemicals. A single element of the PSM program by itself would not prevent a catastrophic release, but in combination with all the program elements, pressure management systems are a significant part of the standard. Because pressure relief systems are the last line of defense in PSM compliance, the best software tools are vital to ensure compliance to the standard and safety for workers and the community surrounding the plant.  MORE

Coming in the winter issue of VALVE Magazine…

Reducing Compression Packing Friction in Valves

Compression packing is one of the most common types of sealing used by industry, and is a cost-effective, high-performance means of sealing when used properly. Unfortunately it also creates friction that can pose major issues for certain applications. Friction-reduction strategies involve modifying packing materials, configurations and installation procedures to attain target frictional loads. While users may have preferences based on cost, logistics or historical performance, there is no single solution to all their issues and no standard test methods for compression packing, so companies develop their own standardized tests for comparing the frictional properties of different products.


VMA’s 101 Course Featured in ThomasNet’s News Career Journal

For a feature on manufacturing industry careers, writer David Butcher called on VMA to find out how the association and its members are dealing with challenging employment issues. The article, published Oct. 28, is titled, “Valve Industry Newcomers Go Through 'Valves 101' Training." Much of content was based on a conversation with VMA President Bill Sandler, as well as other information supplied by VMA. Butcher writes: “Like many industries facing a workforce crunch, valve manufacturers are focusing on educating potential employees. Their approach is a hands-on course dubbed Valves & Actuators 101. ...”  MORE

Next week, Nov. 6-7 in New Orleans, VMA will hold its next Valves & Actuators 101 course. Additional two-day courses are planned in 2014 for Kansas City (April 2-3) and LasVegas (Oct. 30-31). Also, as part of VMA’s overall valve educational efforts, the association has created a Valve Basics Online Training course, scheduled to launch by Nov. 12.

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Nov. 6-7

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Nov. 12-14

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Orlando, FL



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