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FCX Performance Joins VMA

VMA is pleased to welcome FCX Performance as its first new associate member (distributor/channel partner) of 2019 and its second new member of the year overall.

Formed in 1999 and with predecessor company histories dating back to the early 1900s, Columbus, OH-based FCX Performance is a distributor of specialty process flow control products and services.  

ITT Engineered Valves Earns SIL 3 Capable International Certification

Select ITT Fabri-Valve knife gate valves and cylinder models, marketed by its Engineered Valves brand, have earned certification to IEC 61508 in compliance with the International Electrotechnical Commission standards.

The IEC listing for Engineered Valves covers knife gate valves and cylinder models that are manufactured at ITT’s Engineered Valves’ Amory, MS operation.

Functional safety is a key focus of the IEC 61508 certification and is part of the overall safety that depends on a system or equipment operating correctly in response to its inputs. 

Velan Consolidating its Manufacturing Operations

Velan is taking measures aimed at improving its operational efficiency and optimizing its manufacturing footprint in North America. Velan will consolidate valve manufacturing facilities in Quebec from three plants into two. The completion of the consolidation is scheduled for the end of 2020 or the beginning of 2021, allowing for reasonable time for a proper transition and avoiding impact on current orders in progress.

Recently, Velan reorganized into strategic business units. This is in line with work over recent years, under the umbrella of the corporate strategy, Velocity 2020, to pursue additional efficiencies, decrease costs, upgrade systems, improve on time delivery and maintain a reputation for high-quality industrial valves. 

Metso Breaks Ground on Valve Technology Center in China

Metso Opens Valve Technology Center in ChinaMetso announced on October 26, 2018 its decision to invest in a new greenfield valve technology center in Jiaxing, China. The groundbreaking ceremony for the new plant took place on January 9, 2019. The new technology center will start operations in spring 2020 and will serve the local and global markets.

The new location is designed to be a workplace for a total of 400 valve technology professionals, and the focus is on producing high-volume standard products and parts for all Metso's valve plants. Metso's technology center in the Waigaoqiao Free Trade Zone in Shanghai is continuing its operations, with a focus on highly engineered products. 

Emerson Again Selected ‘Industrial IoT Company of the Year’

Emerson has been named the “Industrial IoT Company of the Year” by IoT Breakthrough for the second year in a row. The IoT Breakthrough Awards, which received more than 3,500 nominations in 2018, recognize innovators, leaders and visionaries from around the globe in a range of IoT (internet of things) categories, including industrial, smart city technology, connected home and others.

A recent Emerson study of industry leaders responsible for digital transformation initiatives showed that merely 20% of respondents had both a vision for digital transformation and a clear, actionable roadmap to implement. Absence of this practical roadmap was cited as the No. 1 barrier for digital transformation projects. 

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