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Valve Automation Solution for Unconventional Shale Gas Challenge
A pipeline carrying produced natural gas that contains hydrogen sulfide had to be routed under a major South Texas Interstate highway in the Eagle Ford. This highway is busy with a lot of interstate commerce transportation, but the line is not serviced by any electric utility. Finding a way to ensure that valves on each side of the highway could be closed quickly and remotely for emergency shutdown in the event of a gas leak or line break was paramount, resulting in an unconventional solution to the problem. MORE
Metso Supplying Valves to Saudi Aramco Refining & Production Complex
Metso has received a large order to be delivered to Saudi Aramco’s petroleum refining and petrochemical production complex currently under construction. The expansion of the current facilities is part of Saudi Aramco’s plan to diversify its business from crude oil into chemicals, unconventional gas and renewables. MORE
DuPont – Krytox Lubricants Joins VMA as Associate Member MORE
VanAire Extends Perfect ISO 9001 Record MORE
ValvTechnologies Names Gary Marler Vice President of Sales & Marketing MORE
Could U.S. Energy Sector Overtake Manufacturing?
Recently the Energy Information Administration reported oil production in 2013 surged by nearly a million barrels per day, its fastest growth rate ever. That same boom, which harnesses drilling transportation and other factors, provides an ancillary boost to manufacturing that some say could eventually displace it. MORE
New Report Suggests Energy Exports Could Boost National Security MORE
Southern Company Subsidiary, DOE Finalize Vogtle Nuclear Loans MORE
EU Valve Project Aims to Revolutionize Oil Extraction MORE
MANUFACTURING & THE ECONOMY
Is Slow Economic Growth Here to Stay?
The U.S. achieved a 2.0% average annual growth rate of real GDP per capita between 1891 and 2007. New research predicts that growth in the 25 to 40 years after 2007 will be much slower, particularly for the great majority of the population. The primary cause of this growth slowdown is a set of four headwinds, all of them widely recognized and uncontroversial. MORE
Fourth Quarter GDP Down From Previous Estimates MORE
President Signs Order to Ease Import/Export Barriers MORE
Texas Manufacturing Picks Up Again but Less Optimism in Outlook MORE
Control Valve Standards
“By implementing a valve standard across its business, Cargill has seen several benefits, from repairs and maintenance costs to capital project savings. The company has been able to reduce the number of spare parts and pieces for repairs and has also reduced the amount of time spent engineering each valve. Now, there is a lower overall cost of ownership on valves and a standard valve customized for the company’s process. MORE
Coming in the spring issue of VALVE Magazine…
DBB and DIBS—Which is Which?
When users ask for a double block-and-bleed (DBB), they are basing the request on their particular application and their past experience with what they consider DBB valves to be. But much confusion exists over the terminology and the differences between these valves and double isolation-and-bleed (DBIS). Understanding the differences allows an end user to select, based on valve type and application, the types of ball, gate or expanding plug valve options with the right isolating capabilities.
Valve Basics Program: It’s a Zoo Out There!
When VMA launched its Valve Basics course in 2009, it soon became clear the program would be in great demand. The first couple of events—which lasted one-day—were well-attended and received very positive evaluations. But it also became clear that attendees thought we were missing a critical factor—being able to closely examine the many products discussed during the seminar. So VMA expanded the program to include what would be an important component of future 101 classes: the “Valve Petting Zoo.” MORE
The next Valves, Actuators & Controls 101 program takes place April 2-3 in Kansas City, MO. To take the course, participate in the zoo and receive a VMA Certificate of Completion for 12 professional development hours, go to VMA.org.