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Valve Basics in New Orleans: It’s a Wrap
More than 130 professionals from across the industry, including manufacturers, end users, EPC personnel, distributors and students from the University of New Orleans, came together at Harrah's New Orleans for VMA's first two-full-day seminar, Nov. 6-7. In addition to coverage of major valve and actuator types, two lessons were introduced: solenoids and positioners. The Valve Petting Zoo again proved a popular draw. If you’re not familiar with the “zoo,” think “speed dating”—except attendees are introduced to valves, actuators and controls!
Following the event, VMA’s Education & Training Committee met to consider how future programs might best meet the educational needs of both newcomers and those with more experience. Read our Web article to learn about proposed changes for 2014. MORE
Emerson Opens New Global Headquarters for Regulator Technologies
Emerson Process Management has opened its new $25 million global headquarters, one of several Emerson investments in Texas, including a $34 million Emerson Industry Center for Hydrocarbon and Energy and $30 million Americas headquarters for valve automation technologies, both in Houston, as well as a new $25 million Austin complex for the process systems and solutions business. MORE
Weir Group Announces $113 Million Expansion in Malaysia MORE
Classic Controls, Inc. is VMA’s First Associate Distributor/Channel Partner Member MORE
Powell Valves Promotes Matthew Reverman to Chief Engineer MORE
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
Drilling Company Pleads Guilty to Falsifying Test Results Prior to Deepwater Horizon
Helmerich & Payne International Drilling Company (H&P), an Oklahoma-based oil rig contractor, has pleaded guilty to covering up problems with one of its critical blow-out preventers by falsifying the results of pressure tests on the device in 2009 and 2010. H&P falsified one of the tests just a month after Transocean misinterpreted the results of similar pressure tests on their own blow-out preventer. MORE
Large Disparities in Regional Energy Prices Affecting Industrial Competitiveness MORE
MRC Global Awarded Petrochemical Framework Agreement by Chevron Phillips Chemical MORE
Could Coal Plants Use Wood to Cut Carbon Emissions? MORE
MANUFACTURING & THE ECONOMY
Exports of Manufactured Goods Up Little in 2013
Growth in U.S.-manufactured goods exports remains frustratingly low so far this year despite modest gains in the economies of our major trading partners. U.S.-manufactured goods exports have risen just 1.8% through the first eight months of 2013 relative to the same time period in 2012, using non-seasonally adjusted data. This represents only marginal improvement from July’s 1.6% pace. MORE
Can U.S. Manufacturing Keep Stocks Afloat? MORE
U.S. Factory Orders Rose in September MORE
Growing Number of Federal Regulations Continue to Challenge Manufacturers MORE
See BECK at Power-Gen 2013 in Orlando. Learn about the compact, high-temperature Group 75 actuator for Windboxes and Valves--stop by BECK at the Orange County Convention Center. Also on display will be other popular linear and rotary actuators. MORE
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. The oft-heard phrase: “first, read the instructions” certainly applies to successful commissioning of an electric actuator. This is because success relies on understanding the product and following safety precautions and practices, as well as following instructions explicitly as described in the manufacturer’s IOM. Following these steps can remove the “dread” and lead to proper actuator performance. MORE
Coming in the winter issue of VALVE Magazine…
If I Knew Then….
“What gems of wisdom have you acquired in your long career in valves that you would pass on to someone coming into the industry? What would you have done differently if you had learned about it earlier in your career?” Those were the questions posed to a number of valve professionals who have worked 20 years or more for valve companies, distributors and in end-user industries. While there are some funny stories about how industry veterans learned a better way to build or sell a widget, others were fortunate enough to meet wise mentors who helped them avoid serious problems.
Basics Online Training to Launch Friday, Nov. 15
In just two days, VMA is releasing the beta version of the Valve Basics Online Training (VBOT), a narrated Valves & Actuators 101 program that allows those throughout the industry to take the course online and, after successful completion, earn 6 continuing education hours. A license for the course can be ordered through The VMA Store; following payment, each licensee is given a unique passcode that opens the course (no downloading or additional software required). The participant has 90 days to complete it.
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