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Five Key Criteria for Selecting Low-Temperature Valves
The cold truth is that low temperatures can cause problems for valves and all fluid automation devices used to control the flow of compressed air or fluids and on cylinders to control motion. To ensure reliable performance under harsh, frigid conditions, consider five key qualities when selecting these products. MORE
Curtiss-Wright Announces New Segment Structure
The Curtiss-Wright Flow Control segment, which includes the oil and gas and nuclear aftermarket businesses, will become the new Energy segment. The naval defense, new-build power generation and general industrial businesses will move to the new Defense segment. The commercial aerospace business will move to the new Commercial/Industrial segment. MORE
Weir Promotes Valves Director John Heasley MORE
Emerson Process Management Acquires APM Automation Solutions MORE
Siemens Appoints Ralf Hanneken Metals Technologies Lead for North America MORE
Record Texas Oil & Gas Activity in October
The oil and gas industry set another activity record last month — the fourth in a row — as the Texas Petro Index reached an historic high of 293.7. Even though natural gas production declined slightly last year (2%), crude oil increased an incredible 20.8% and employment is up almost 60,000 jobs over the previous record set in 2008. MORE
Shale Wastewater Being Recycled into Oil, Other Commodities MORE
IEA: Expect More Refinery Closures in 2014 MORE
LNG, Hydropower, Oil Sands Add Billions to 2014 Spending MORE
MANUFACTURING & THE ECONOMY
Industrial Production Has Biggest Monthly Increase in a Year
Industrial production increased 1.1% in November 2013 after having edged up 0.1% in October. The gain in November was the largest since November 2012, when production rose 1.3%. Manufacturing output rose 0.6% in November to a level that was 2.9% above a year earlier but 3.6% below its pre-recession peak; gains were widespread across industries. MORE
U.S. Manufacturing Technology Orders Up 10.2% MORE
Schneider Downs: Manufacturers Optimistic for 2014 MORE
U.S. Durable Goods Orders Surge 3.5% in November MORE
Recycling Fracking Wastewater
A mobile system is now able to recycle fracking wastewater using chemical coagulant along with dissolved air floatation. This system takes the contaminated flow-back water created by the fracking process, eliminates nearly all of the suspended solids and kills about 99% of the bacteria, producing onsite reusable frack water. This process conserves water and can create a meaningful economic savings to oil and gas operators. MORE
Coming in the winter issue of VALVE Magazine…
Fire Protection for Actuators
Minimizing the danger of fire in refineries, gas processing, petrochemical and other facilities requires efficiently protecting the systems that control the potentially hazardous areas of those facilities. Many actuator manufacturers and suppliers offer a range of fireproofing recommendations suitable for their actuators, methods that usually provide flexibility and are designed to allow actuators to continue operating for a significant period of time in fire temperatures of over 1800°F (982°C).
Valve Educational Opportunities Abound in 2014
This year VMA is offering several events open to all in the industry. In addition to the Technical Seminar and Valve Basics Seminars, the association's line-up of meetings also includes a valve repair-focused meeting.
The Technical Seminar & Exhibit takes place in Las Vegas, March 5-7, and will cover topics related to fugitive emissions. It is designed for mid- to senior-level managers, including engineers and technical personnel. April 2-3 brings the first of two opportunities to attend the Valve Basics Seminar & Exhibit, where attendees will take Valves, Actuators & Controls 101 and receive hands-on training via the "Valve Petting Zoo." Also, 12 educational credits will be awarded. The event takes place in Kansas City, and will be repeated in Las Vegas, Oct. 30-31.
June 5-6 in Houston is the site of the Valve Repair Seminar & Exhibits, typically held every other year. Subjects of interest to those involved in valve repair, maintenance and operations will be presented at this event.
For more information, go VMA.org > Meetings, and select the event you're interesting in attending.