Last updateThu, 19 Sep 2019 4pm

Drillmax Joins VMA

This week the Valve Manufacturers Association (VMA) welcomed Drillmax Inc. as our newest full member, effective immediately. This is the eighth new VMA member of 2019.

Drillmax is a manufacturer of drill pipe float valves, mud gate valves, and shear relief valves for oil & gas, water well, and air drilling industries.

Weir Flow Control Becomes Trillium Flow Technologies

Trillium Flow Technologies, formerly Weir Flow Control, has completed its sale from The Weir Group PLC to First Reserve, a global private equity investment firm exclusively focused on energy. The sale to First Reserve was announced in Feb. 2019. Weir Flow Control’s prior acting president, David Paradis, will continue to lead Trillium and his prior management team in his new role as president and CEO.

Trillium Flow Technologies will consist of the same 15 pump and valve brands servicing the power generation, oil and gas, water and wastewater, mining, and industrial sectors.

ValvTechnologies Passes API 641 Test

ValvTechnologies, Inc. has met the requirements of American Petroleum Institute (API) 641 through third party witnessed testing.

The API 641 test is one of three prevalent valve standards tests that evaluate fugitive emissions’ performance over an accelerated life cycle. Of the three, the API 641 Standard is the most stringent type test for quarter-turn valves and covers different designs, temperature ratings and sealing components. To pass this critical test, valves must meet the demanding criteria of maximum leakage of 100 parts per million by volume (PPMv), while undergoing 610 cycles of the valve under extreme temperatures.

ValvTechnologies completed the testing as it successfully demonstrated in a number of tests, conducted and witnessed by Qualispect, Inc., an independent third-party inspection company, the product’s ability to meet testing requirements.

ValvTechnologies Receives Export Leadership Award

ValvTechnologies, Inc. has been recognized by the United States Embassy for leadership in exporting U.S.-made products and services to Chile.

ValvTechnologies was one of seven companies that received the award. Recipients are recognized as top U.S. exporters that have played an instrumental role in the exporting of domestic goods which make significant contributions to the country’s economy. Soltex Chile SA, a ValvTechnologies’ distributor, accepted the award on ValvTechnologies’ behalf.

United Valve Names Polasek Repair Operations Manager

Donald PolasekUnited Valve is pleased to announce the addition of Donald Polasek to its management team. He will serve as repair operations manager and will oversee all United Valve Repair activities.

Polasek brings 38 years of valve experience to United Valve, including North American service manager at Valvtechnologies. He also has 25 years in repair operations management with Crane Energy Flow Solutions, where he received a lean six-sigma black belt. Polasek currently serves on the board of directors of the Valve Repair Council (VRC).  

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