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Virtual Valve Forum and Basics Event Draws Attendees from Across the Industry

vector illustration of an abstract scheme which contains people icons vector id1247980427More than 200 people from across the valve industry participated virtually in the VMA Valve Forum and Valve Basics event, which included 4 days of presentations on technical, manufacturing, management and marketing, valves 101, and valve repair. They chose from among 28 different sessions, came together to participate in discussion forums on a variety of topics, asked varied and thoughtful questions of the presenters, networked with others during hundreds of group and private chats, and explored product offerings via video demos posted by the event’s supporters.


Valve Forum + Basics Provides Multiple Ways to Learn and Connect

One of the advantages of having VMA’s Valve Forum and Valve Basics program as a virtual event is that attendees have access to the materials and information up to a month after the event is held. In other words, registrants can pick and choose which sessions they want to attend live the week they are aired (Nov. 9-12), and then listen to the sessions and see demonstrations such as those that are part of the Valves 101 lessons as well demonstrations by vendors, when their schedule allows.

The depth of knowledge and range of topics for the week are vast. For example, during the valve basics sessions (Nov. 9-10), attendees can learn about the different types of valves and related equipment such as linear, check, pressure relief, quarter-turn plug, ball and butterfly valves as well as an overview of manual actuation.

Speakers Share Expertise at 2019 Knowledge Forum

Pat TothTechnology has been advancing at a pace that may be faster than our ability to protect it, according to Pat Toth, cybersecurity program manager with the Manufacturing Extension Partnership at National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Toth was keynote speaker at the second VMA Valve Industry Knowledge Forum, April 9-11 in Birmingham, AL.

Toth told a packed audience that manufacturing is at risk because of this pace and warned attendees to consider what information their companies have that would benefit a criminal. For example, customer information is a likely target.

A History of the U.S. Valve Industry in World War II

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From time to time ValveMagazine.com will open up the archives and re-publish some of our most popular articles from years past. This first appeared on Oct. 8, 2012.


 

While valves didn’t directly sink ships or shoot down planes, the American valve industry played an important role in winning World War II for the allies. Without the contribution of the industry, many key chemical and petrochemical developments that helped secure victory could not have been made. In addition, the floating arsenal of democracy—naval ships, liberty ships and victory ships—could not have been built without tons of well-built valves delivered on time.

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