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Mitigating the Effects of Cycling a Power Plant

14 sum mitigatingSignificant changes in the power industry over the last 15 years have created new challenges for owners and operators of today’s generation facilities. As market conditions fluctuate, those facilities must respond to the needs of the regional power ­markets they serve, the demands of local grid operators’ requests for power dispatch, and their own operating and business objectives. As operators navigate these conditions and work to meet their objectives, a significant impact has occurred on ­generating facilities.


Advanced Machine Tools Keep Production Costs in Check

14 sum machining introThe valve landscape has changed over the past few decades—instead of über-high volumes of simple valves, many buyers and makers of valves are increasingly aiming for low-to-medium volumes of complex, high-precision valves made from exotic materials. That’s because the number of applications presenting new, more difficult challenges has increased in fields ranging from oil and gas to food processing and chemicals to fossil and nuclear power. As valve requirements have broadened, the need for better machine tool capabilities has increased.

Help Wanted!

14 SUM careers 200pxMost business experts agree that a company is only as good as its most valuable asset: its own people. But what do you do when you face the situation the valve industry now faces? Top-level management and many of the most skilled people that make up production crews are retiring at the same time schools are failing to attract students to technical studies or telling them how they can use their knowledge once they graduate.

 

The Shale Gale: Winds from Regulatory, Legislative and Legal Fronts

14 spr shaleLast year, domestic energy production crossed an important milestone when oil production surpassed crude imports for the first time in two decades. By the end of 2013, increased production of both natural gas and oil from shale made the United States the top producer of hydrocarbons in the world, surpassing both Saudi Arabia and Russia. The result is that a whole new host of issues has come to light both in discussions on the possibilities and in recent action by legislators and regulators.

VRC: Yesterday and Today

In 1989, VMA formed the VRC to create a way for facilities that have good quality control procedures, use quality parts and have access to OEM specifications a way to band together to reach common goals.

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