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Non-Destructive Radiographic Inspection of Steel Castings

Non-Destructive Radiographic Inspection of Steel Castings 4Radiographic inspection technology has been used for industrial inspection for decades. While radiographic inspection of mission critical cast pumps and valves for nuclear power generation, offshore drilling and military applications has steadily increased since 1978, the growth rate started to change dramatically in 2010. Catastrophic failures at Fukushima and in the Gulf have caused many industries to revisit their exposure and recognize the impact and risk associated with product failure in the field.

To learn more about the actual process of ND radiographic inspection, VALVE Magazine spoke with Stan Truselo, quality assurance manager at Bradken’s Tacoma, WA facility.

What Lies Ahead for Institutional Construction?

Harvey BernsteinAt VMA’s annual Market Outlook event held in August 2013, Harvey Bernstein, vice president of industry insights and alliances at McGraw Hill Construction, appeared for the first time as a speaker and shared important insights into the key trends and outlook for institutional construction.

U.S. Construction Trends and Outlook

The data from which Bernstein extrapolated the industry trends came from six different sources including Dodge Construction Outlook and Forecasting Service, ENR Top Lists and the Industry Association Network.

SMRs Present Opportunities for Valve Manufacturers

Terra Power small scale reactorIn Part One of our two-part series on small modular reactors (SMRs), we introduced several projects in development, and presented a few of the situations in which SMRs could provide a reliable, economically sound solution for power production. In this final installment, we examine the challenges for these projects and the opportunities valve manufacturers could see in this sector.

Solutions to the Engineering Skills Crisis

Solutions to the Engineering Skills CrisisWhile plans to build billions of dollars worth of petrochemical plants, gathering and transportation pipelines are set for the next decade, there is concern that labor shortages in crafts, trades and design technicians could raise costs and delay commissioning of these important projects. Among those in short supply are valve engineers, piping engineers and designers, and according to William G. Beazley, who spoke at a recent gathering of valve professionals, the shortage could be called a skills crisis.

3D Printing: Changing Industry in Many Ways

3D partsIt’s known by many names: additive manufacturing, rapid prototyping, layered manufacturing, direct digital manufacturing and, most often, 3D printing. Over the past couple of years, businesses and entrepreneurs, including valve and actuator manufacturers, have started using 3D printing to create prototypes, manufacture short-run products, and shave time and money off production processes.



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