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Valve Packing and Gasket Testing Devices
To develop low emission valve packing and bonnet gaskets, it is necessary to have testing devices that simulate the actual service conditions while the critical parameters are monitored. MORE
Weir Group Seeking Possible Merger with Metso
Metso has confirmed that it has recently received an unsolicited approach by The Weir Group with a proposal for commencing discussions concerning a potential merger of the two companies. MORE
RES Energy Solutions Joins VMA as Distributor/Channel Partner MORE
VMA Members Recognized in Control’s 2014 Readers Choice Awards MORE
Emerson-Fisher Expanding Texas Facilities MORE
ASCO Numatics has introduced a mobile application for iPhone and Android Devices. The application, available by searching “ASCO Flow Calculator” within either the Apple App or Google Play store, allows the user to download at no charge. MORE
U.S. Chemical Producers Plan 30% Growth in Next 10 Years
“Dow Chemical and other U.S. chemical makers will boost output capacity 30% in a decade as they invest billions of dollars in factories to take advantage of low-cost shale gas,” Russell Heinen, a senior director at IHS, said at the IHS World Petrochemical Conference in Houston. MORE
Chemical Plants Evolving into Modular, Plug-and-Play Designs MORE
State of Infrastructure the Top Issue Facing Water Professionals MORE
Duke Energy, Piedmont Natural Gas Seek to Build NC Pipeline MORE
MANUFACTURING & THE ECONOMY
IMF: Global Economy to Grow 3.6% in 2014
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) forecasts global growth to average 3.6% in 2014―up from 3% in 2013―and to rise to 3.9% in 2015. The strengthening of the recovery from the Great Recession in the advanced economies is a welcome development, but the IMF's outlook also emphasizes that growth remains subpar and uneven across the globe. MORE
Texas Manufacturing Strengthened Further in March MORE
New Jobless Claims at 7-Year Low MORE
Factory Orders Rise 1.6% in February, Exceeds Estimates MORE
Conval, a global leader in high-performance valves for the world’s most demanding applications, offers Swivldisc® Gate Valves in popular ½" through 4" sizes. The Swivldisc valve features a superior wedge gate design that employs a flexible disc. MORE
Materials Q & A: Galvanic Corrosion and Valve Material Selection
When the process fluid is an electrolyte, it is best to ensure the trim materials are at least as noble as the body, and the body materials are at least as noble as the piping. MORE
Extracting Nutrients, Saving Resources through Livestock Water Recycling
Giant livestock farms can generate the waste equivalent of a small city. LWR has developed a technology that recycles the wastewater to extract and clean fertilizer nutrients while processing the water for re-use. MORE
Coming in the spring issue of VALVE Magazine…
Sewage Heat Recovery
Sewage heat recovery applies currently available technologies to capture up to 95% of the escaped heat in wastewater and recycles that in the form of power back into our buildings.
The Case for Magnetostrictive
New valves with feedback are being installed in petrochemical and process projects and existing valves are being retrofitted with feedback devices, including magnetostrictive linear displacement transducers (MLDTs).
Basics Program Expansion Considered for 2015
Following another successful and well-rated Valve Basics Seminar & Exhibits event in Kansas City, April 2-3, members of the committee responsible for development of the Valve Ed program met to discuss future program plans, including the addition of a new one-day 201 course, which would be held on the third day of the event.
"We've been asking attendees for a number of years if they would sign up for another course, such as a 201-level course, and the response has been very, very positive," said Greg Johnson of United Valve, who serves as committee chairman. Among the topics under consideration are lessons on standards, valve repair and industry-specific valve applications.
As soon as plans are finalized, information will be announced in this newsletter and posted on VMA.org. The next 2-day Valve Basics Seminar & Exhibits will be held at Planet Hollywood in LasVegas, Oct. 30-31, 2014. Registration opens in June.