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ValvTechnologies Renews API’s Q1 Certification

ValvTechnologies, Inc. has successfully renewed American Petroleum Institute’s (API) Q1 certification. ValvTechnologies has held the API Q1 certification since 2001, making it seventh oldest Q1 certificate awarded worldwide.

ValvTechnologies is one of the only manufacturers in the severe service industry that goes through the arduous process of earning the API Q1 certification year after year: most others only secure their API product license, a significantly easier process to pass since it reviews their quality program only once every third year. ValvTechnologies is audited every year to earn the Q1 certification.

To become API Q1 certified, ValvTechnologies underwent an evaluation process that included the submission and review of their quality manual and host an on-site audit conducted by the API. The quality manual must also meet each item outlined in the API standard. 

Automation Technology Relocates UK Office

Automation Technology, LLC (ATI) has announced a relocation and expansion of its office in the United Kingdom. The expansion follows an eighth consecutive year of continued growth for ATI and will provide a larger and more efficient workspace for current and future staff. It further underscores the commitment to both their new and established customers in the eastern hemisphere.

ATI Europe Ltd.’s new office is located at: 3 Piccadilly Place | Ground Floor | Manchester, United Kingdom | M1 3BN. 

VanAire Expands Ownership to Lambert and Miller

VanAire, Incorporated has added Tony Lambert and Eric Miller as owners of the Michigan based manufacturing company. The two join Bill VanDeVusse who has owned the company since 2014.

Lambert has been with the company since 1996 currently serving as vice president of the Engineered Valve Automation Hardware product line. Miller joined VanAire in 1997 and was named vice president of manufacturing in 2011.

“With mergers and acquisitions rampant within the valve industry, adding Tony and Eric as owners sends a strong signal that we believe VanAire can continue to best serve our customers as an independent partner,” VanDeVusse stated. “This move enhances VanAire’s long-term commitment to our customers, our employees, and the community.”

The announcement was made during a monthly employee meeting where it was also noted that the company’s sales for the first quarter of 2017 were up over 22% from 2016.  

Emerson Automation Solutions Opens New German Facility

Emerson Automation Solutions has opened an office in Langenfeld, Germany, in part to showcase a new program called Operational Certainty.

The new Langenfeld office’s education and training facilities enable customers to gain experience with Emerson’s control and safety systems and measurement and control devices. A demonstration center enables customers to explore new ways of managing remote operations and enabling easier collaboration with experts located anywhere in the world. The facility also includes a dedicated area for performing factory acceptance testing of control and safety systems. 

Bernard Controls Supplying Thermal Power Plants in China

Bernard Controls is providing actuators for Fujian Longking, a company in China specializing in environmental protection. Bernard Controls are supplying several thermal power plants (from 600 to 2000 MW) all over the country.

Fujian Longking, with a large integrated R&D, offers products able to measure data, control the level of pollution and detect any health risks on plants. 

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