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While the association will continue to hold a full-scale Valve Basics Seminar & Exhibits at least once a year in Houston (see below) and other locations that have a large number of end users and valve makers, these smaller “we come to you” events are a viable alternative for companies not able to send a significant number of employees on out-of-town travel.
Need Training Now? Houston’s the Place, Oct. 18-20, 2016
For those who need training as soon as possible, VMA is holding its full-scale Valve Basics Seminar & Exhibits event in Houston at the Sheraton Brookhollow in October. The 101 portion of the event opens on Tuesday, Oct. 18 with an all-day seminar that includes an overview of the industry and different types of valves and non-automated actuators combined with time available in the afternoon to explore the exhibit hall. Attendees will find tabletops manned by a variety of manufacturers, repair and service firms, and suppliers to the valve industry.
The second day of the 101 program (Wednesday, Oct. 19) starts with a focus on electric actuation, solenoids and controls, then shifts to a full afternoon at the “Valve Petting Zoo,” where all attendees rotate around the room to visit tables of equipment discussed during the seminar and hear directly from the presenters in a more personalized format about what they’re seeing and feeling.
An optional third day (Thursday, Oct. 20) provides topics that go beyond the 101-level courses to address issues such as valve repair, packings and fugitive emissions, materials, and more advanced lessons on actuators and controls.
Registration is open to anyone in the industry seeking entry-level training or a refresher on valve, actuator and control fundamentals. Attendees represent all facets of the industry, from end users and AEC firms, to distributors and industry manufacturers and suppliers.
A limited number of exhibit opportunities are still available for companies that are either VMA or VRC (Valve Repair Council) members or companies that would qualify for membership. Links to the Exhibitor Prospectus and Online Registration can be found on the Valve Basics home page on VMA.org.