Maintenance & Repair
- Published on Thursday, 13 March 2014 13:52
- Written by Greg Johnson
When watching complicated events unfold, it’s human nature to sit smugly back and think: I’m glad I don’t have to deal with that. For many of us in the repair community, this was the reaction when the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) passed fugitive emissions regulations and valve manufacturers were forced to respond. Until now, we could nonchalantly stay uninvolved in the fracas.
- Published on Sunday, 29 December 2013 16:24
- Written by Arun Dhingra
The concepts used in long-term cost of ownership (LTCO) go back as far as the 1700s. However, the label was first used in 1929 when the American Railway Engineering Association introduced a manual for efficiently maintaining or building a railway. That manual noted that “in the event there is a subclass of power, then the total cost of ownership should be multiplied by the ratio of the cost of repairs to the total.”
- Published on Friday, 22 November 2013 15:48
- Written by Gary Ostrowski
Not long ago, a common practice for companies in the chemical, power and refining industries was to have personnel on staff to handle many valve maintenance and service activities. Today, as skilled professionals of the baby boomer generation retire and companies face increasing pressure to contain costs, a growing number of firms are turning to outside vendors to help them manage the health of their valves.
- Published on Thursday, 06 June 2013 10:05
- Written by Doug O'Neill
Before the industry slowdown of 2008, some end users performed third-party pressure testing of valves for use in critical service according to the acceptance criteria of ASME B16.34, API-598, API-6D, etc.
- Published on Wednesday, 13 March 2013 09:56
- Written by Kate Kunkel
Repair and maintenance is one of the most critical areas of today’s valve world and attendees at the Valve Repair Council’s first Valve Repair Meeting & Exhibition last fall found out why. From the value of radio-frequency identification (RFID) tagging to the latest proposed standards, speakers brought their audiences up to date while vendors to the industry showed the latest in products and services that can keep this nation’s facilities in tip-top shape.