Technical Seminar Open to Industry
VMA’s Annual Technical Seminar & Exhibits, March 5-6 at the Grand Hyatt in San Antonio, will focus on "Advances in Valve Design, Tools and Technology." This program is designed for mid- to senior-level management, engineering and technical personnel. The event also features tabletop exhibits and an optional tour of the Toyota Manufacturing Facility. Details and registration are on VMA.org.
Power-Gen Attendees: See us at #207!
If you’re at the Orange County Convention Center at Power-Gen International, be sure to stop by the VMA booth (#207) where staff will be available to answer your questions about the association and its membership, VALVE Magazine, the expanded Valve Basics program, the Valve Repair Council and more.
Technical Selling Means Selling Solutions
Almost any level of sales in the valve world requires technical know-how. In fact, in today’s complicated world of specialized and challenging applications, that knowledge may well be a key to developing the right kind of relationship between buyer and seller—one based on offering solutions. MORE
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MANUFACTURING & THE ECONOMY
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Maintenance & Repair: Tightening Bolts
Sleeved plug valves are critical to many chemical and refining applications, but they often face harsh conditions. In the next issue we include an article that explains the role they play and the importance of good repair, and then addresses a simple tool that can make those valves last longer: adjusting the bolts to ensure better leak protection.
Materials Q&A: Discontinuation of Grade 4 Nuts
Also in for the winter issue: Our resident materials expert explains why ASTM A194 Grade 4 nuts are being discontinued. He outlines what thinking went into the step, what the standards bodies have said and what it means going forward as far as Grade 7 nuts.
Back Issues Provide a Wealth of Information
VALVE Magazine is one of the very best resources for all things “valve”—whether you’re looking for companies, technical topics or products. Start your search on VALVEmagazine-digital.com, where every issue since spring 2008 is available to search and review. VALVEmagazine.com also serves as a repository of information on valves, including numerous articles not found in the print issue.