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Introducing Innovative Technology to Valve and Actuator Industries

Introducing Innovative TechnologyIn deeply conservative industries, the introduction of new products or technology is subject to a particular circular logic. Users only want to buy new products that have had significant field experience, but significant field experience cannot be obtained until users buy and install the new product. This is a common problem and a serious obstacle for new product introduction.

However, this catch-22 can be overcome by careful marketing communication of the procedures used to validate the technology and the advantages to be gained by its deployment.


Impacts of Leaking Valves

Impacts of Leaking ValvesThe VMA’s recent Technical Seminar focused in large part on fugitive emissions, and with good reason. Plant and community safety, air quality and loss of product are all affected by emissions, so it is in the best interests of refiners, chemical companies, valve manufacturers and citizens to keep them as low as possible.

Meeting Focuses on Latest in Valve Repair

In 1989, the member companies of the Valve Manufacturers Association of America (VMA) saw a need to promote both safety and quality in valve and actuator repair. As a result, the service operations of VMA members banded together to create the Valve Repair Council (VRC). As part of its mandate to educate manufacturers, rebuilders and customers on the importance of proper service and to provide a forum for an exchange of information, the VRC sponsors activities such as the Valve Repair Meeting & Exhibits, which took place in Houston, June 4-6.

High-Performance Polymers: The Gap Between Need and Science

In many engineering sectors, application environments for polymer-based materials are expanding into ever higher temperatures, differential pressures and increased corrosive chemical attack. Consequently, end users and material providers must address the need for improved or new materials that will meet these demands, which is no small feat.

In this article, we will consider the generically classified “high-performance polymers” (HPPs) that include such material families as polyaryletherketones, polyphenylene sulphides, polyimides, polyamideimides and polyphenylsulphones. These are all commonly selected as the primary polymer type for components used in highly demanding environments.

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