- Published on Wednesday, 16 July 2014 01:00
- Written by Greg Johnson
Most business experts agree that a company is only as good as its most valuable asset: its own people. But what do you do when you face the situation the valve industry now faces? Top-level management and many of the most skilled people that make up production crews are retiring at the same time schools are failing to attract students to technical studies or telling them how they can use their knowledge once they graduate.
- Published on Wednesday, 28 May 2014 13:55
- Written by Maggie Clarke and Wayne D’Angelo
Last year, domestic energy production crossed an important milestone when oil production surpassed crude imports for the first time in two decades. By the end of 2013, increased production of both natural gas and oil from shale made the United States the top producer of hydrocarbons in the world, surpassing both Saudi Arabia and Russia. The result is that a whole new host of issues has come to light both in discussions on the possibilities and in recent action by legislators and regulators.
- Published on Thursday, 22 May 2014 11:09
- Written by Greg Johnson
In 1989, VMA formed the VRC to create a way for facilities that have good quality control procedures, use quality parts and have access to OEM specifications a way to band together to reach common goals.
- Published on Tuesday, 13 May 2014 16:19
- Written by Ron Manson and Tashika Varma
The term “double block-and-bleed (DBB)” carries a lot of misconception when it’s used to describe valve functionality. Every valve buyer and manufacturer seems to have a different idea of what the term means for valve selection, which can result in misguided specifications or the wrong choice of valve type. In the oil and gas industry, some of this confusion stems from the fact there are two credible sources that define the term differently. Another point of confusion comes because many people using the term double block-and-bleed really want a valve with double isolation-and-bleed (DIB) capabilities. However, the differences in definitions and terminologies involved are important when it comes to determining which valve capability is needed for what type of system.
- Published on Thursday, 27 February 2014 10:11
- Written by Jeremy Berg
Each enthusiastic young engineer that comes into the workplace wants to reinvent the world. However, when that factor is combined with the reality that the numbers of regional sales offices for valves is growing and growing, the amount of combinations of valves that can be bought and used becomes endless.