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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.

DBB and DIB: Which is which?

The term “double block-and-bleed (DBB)” carries a lot of misconception when it’s used to describe valve functionality. Every valve buyer and manufacturer seems to have a different idea of what the term means for valve selection, which can result in misguided specifications or the wrong choice of valve type. In the oil and gas industry, some of this confusion stems from the fact there are two credible sources that define the term differently. Another point of confusion comes because many people using the term double block-and-bleed really want a valve with ­double isolation-and-bleed (DIB) ­capabilities. ­However, the differences in definitions and terminologies involved are important when it comes to determining which valve capability is needed for what type of system.

Creating a Standard to Compare Control Valve Products

14 wnt standardsEach enthusiastic young engineer that comes into the workplace wants to reinvent the world. However, when that factor is combined with the reality that the numbers of regional sales offices for valves is growing and growing, the amount of combinations of valves that can be bought and used becomes endless.

 

Wireless Solutions Keep Close Watch on Valves

14 wnt wireless introThe number of valves and valve types that go into modern process plants today to precisely control operations is huge. Because of the critical role they can play, the increasing numbers mean a corresponding increased need to monitor how well these valves operate. Yet in too many cases, this does not occur. The lack of information coming from a large proportion of today’s valves can lead to poor performance and inefficient operation. One of the tools at our disposal to achieve effective valve monitoring is ­wireless technology.

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