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Energy Policy to Set America’s Future

john felmyThe Valve Manufacturers Association held its annual Technical Seminar & Exhibits at the Hilton NASA Clear Lake in Houston, March 8-9. More than a dozen speakers presented on a variety of topics that centered around “Prevailing Challenges and Solutions for the Oil & Gas/Petrochemical Industries.” Following is the first of several articles highlighting some of these presentations.

At VMA’s 2012 Technical Seminar, keynote speaker John Felmy, chief economist of the American Petroleum Institute, Washington, DC, presented a series of oft-neglected or misrepresented facts about America’s energy policy. During his presentation, Felmy stressed how important it is for all members of the oil and gas industry to understand and get involved in developing a policy to accomplish the “energizing of America.”


VMA Delivers… Valve Education

basics1Nearly 100 attendees gathered March 6-7 to learn valve and actuator fundamentals at VMA’s Valve Basics Seminar & Exhibits at the Hilton NASA Clear Lake in Houston. The 1½-day event included a Valves & Actuators 101 program that encompassed 10 hours of education, a “valve petting zoo,” an interactive panel discussion to test attendees’ knowledge of what they learned and a tabletop exhibition.

Participants came from all phases of the industry – valve and actuator manufacturing, end-user plants, engineering firms and distributors, as well as some soon-to-graduate students from Texas A&M University.

 

A VMA Technical Seminar Presentation: Leak Detection and Repair

leak detection and repairAt the Valve Manufacturers Association’s Technical Seminar, held March 3-4 in Jacksonville, FL, attendees—who represented both valve manufacturers as well as end-users—heard from a diverse group of industry specialists on topics such as Fugitive Emissions Trends, Quality & Testing, and Evolving Technology. Over the next few weeks, we’ll publish a series of articles on some of those presentations.

This week, we highlight the presentation on the impact of leaking valves, a topic that keynote presenter Ken Garing of the Environmental Protection Agency’s National Enforcement Investigations Center (NEIC), knows inside and out.

VMA members on Valve World event: a good show, but…

valve world 2010 boothThis year’s Valve World Expo, Nov. 30 – Dec. 2, is behind us and by most accounts, it was a pretty good show. The event was held in Dusseldorf, Germany, to which it had moved after outgrowing its previous venue in Maastricht, the Netherlands. Show organizers report 537 exhibitors from 37 countries, and 9,800 attendees, of which the majority came from the Netherlands, Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Italy, France, Germany and India. About 68% were first-timers; of those, more than 70% were company executives. A quarter were fittings manufacturers, followed, according to show officials, by fittings users and visitors from other industry sectors. About 20% of the trade fair visitors were engineering service providers.

More Than 200 Participate in Valve Education Event

VMA staff and volunteers organizing the first Valve Basics Seminar & Exhibition suspected attendance would be high, but the strong showing exceeded even the most optimistic expectations. In fact, during the last two weeks before the event, held Oct. 29 at the Sheraton Brookhollow Hotel in Houston, TX, the Valve Manufacturers Association had to close its online registration site because the room reached capacity.

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