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How to Choose the Best Rapid Prototyping Method

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Monitoring Valve Health via the Internet

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Valves in Oxygen Service

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U.S. Fuel Ethanol Production Continues to Grow in 2017

Monday, 24 July 2017  |  Chris Guy

Through the first six months of 2017, U.S. weekly ethanol production averaged 1.02 million barrels per day (b/d), an increase of 5% over the same peri...

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How to Choose the Right Size and Type of Actuator

How to Choose the Right Size and Type of Actuator

Monday, 24 July 2017  |  Carlos Gamero

A common misconception in our industry is that actuating a valve is as simple as putting the most cost-efficient actuator on top of your valve of choi...

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Badger Alloys Joins VMA as Associate Member

6 DAYS AGO

This week the Valve Manufacturers Association (VMA) welcomes Badger Alloys as an official associate supplier member. This is VMA’s fourth new member in 2017.

Located in the heart of Milwaukee and founded in 1966, Badger Alloys offers single source capabilities for custom castings. The company pou...

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Thermodyn Joins VMA as Associate Member

6 DAYS AGO

This week the Valve Manufacturers Association (VMA) welcomes Thermodyn Corporation as an official associate supplier member. This is VMA's third new member in 2017.

In 1979, Thermodyn began business with the dual purpose of selling A.W. Chesterton products and manufacturing high-temperature elastomers ...

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U.S. Fuel Ethanol Production Continues to Grow in 2017

4 HOURS AGO

Through the first six months of 2017, U.S. weekly ethanol production averaged 1.02 million barrels per day (b/d), an increase of 5% over the same period in 2016. On a weekly basis, U.S. ethanol production set a record of 1.06 million b/d in the week of January 27, 2017, and it has averaged near or a...

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LyondellBasell to Build the World's Largest PO/TBA Plant

3 DAYS AGO

LyondellBasell has made the final investment decision to build the world's largest propylene oxide (PO) and tertiary butyl alcohol (TBA) plant in the Houston area. The project is estimated to cost approximately $2.4 billion, representing the single-largest capital investment in the company's history...

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IMF Lowers 2017 Growth Forecast for U.S.

4 HOURS AGO

The growth forecast in the United States has been revised down from 2.3% to 2.1% in 2017 and from 2.5% to 2.1% in 2018, according to the IMF’s World Economic Outlook. While the markdown in the 2017 forecast reflects in part the weak growth outturn in the first quarter of the year, the major fa...

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Leading Economic Indicators Increased in June

3 DAYS AGO

The Conference Board Leading Economic Index (LEI) for the U.S. increased 0.6% in June to 127.8 (2010 = 100), following a 0.2% increase in May, and a 0.2% increase in April.

“The U.S. LEI rose sharply in June, pointing to continued growth in the U.S. economy and perhaps even a moderate improvement...

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Website Tools for the Taking

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The days when companies populated their websites primarily with PDFs of catalogs, a few paragraphs “About the Company,” a list of “Contacts,” and highlights of “Products” and “Customers Served” are behind us. Saavy companies today know that to draw customers and potential customers to their sites requires coming up with ways to add value to those who visit. After all, the world is now bombarded with places to go on the Web so companies need to find reasons why people should visit their website.

One of the ways many valve and actuator companies are appealing to Internet audiences is to offer useful and unique technology tools.

Valve Magazine took a spin around VMA member websites and asked companies to share some of what they offer. We found an array of diagnostic and other software, helpful tools such as calculators, and a wealth of informational papers and articles. A small sampling of value-added Web tools is included here. For a more complete list, go to the “Web-Exclusive” section on www.valvemagazine.com.


ASK THE EXPERT

Crane Energy Flow Solutions has come up with a list of its own experts and listed them on its site (click on the “Ask the Experts” link). Subjects are broken down by valve type and are further broken into subcategories. Those seeking information can click on the appropriate email address for answers. Also from Crane, the 2009 edition of Crane’s Technical Paper No. 410 introduced Web-based calculators that can solve equations found within the paper.


VIDEO LIBRARY

Emerson Process Management has a video center that offers a host of educational demo videos on a number of technical topics related to the types of products the company makes. The videos review the features of the specific technologies and explain how they work. The topics are divided into different categories including Valves & Regulation, Systems & Software, Wireless, Safety, Measurement & Analytical and Asset Reliability. Each video features Emerson technical experts that focus on their area of expertise, and each of the categories have dozens of videos that show hands-on how the technology works.


SIZING THAT VALVE

Farris Engineering (a division of ­Curtiss-Wright Flow Control) offers a tool that can help size and select the right pressure-relief valve for a job. The tool calculates the pressure relief valve orifice area required to relieve any process scenario or combination of scenarios (such as blocked flow, fire vapor generation or liquid expansion), under best-case and worst-case conditions. The tool is available at no cost to registered users.


DIAGNOSTICS AND MORE

Flowserve has a diagnostic solution for control valves that can be integrated seamlessly into a host control and/or plant asset management system. The tool has a powerful intelligent diagnostic engineer that can detect emerging performance, safety or environmental problems with the valve, actuator or positioner and advise on corrective actions. Flowserve (see “Online Tools”) also has a tool for selecting steam traps and an accompanying guide. The steam trap tool uses criteria such as upstream pressure, condensate load, nominal connection size, pressure class and other critical variables, and the guide covers the basics of steam traps in ­specific processes. In addition, the company offers a sizing and selection tool for its control valve products that configures valve packages suited to a customer’s application. The tool has intelligent application rules that provide more efficient sizing and includes tools for common calculations such as Cv, noise, cavitation, sigma, warnings and other parameters.


ELECTRIC ACTUATOR SIZING GUIDE

Rotork’s newest sizing guide (“Tools and Resources”) allows the correct electric actuator to be selected for all valve types and sizes, taking into account power supply, enclosure types and mechanical interfaces. The latest version includes handwheel-gearbox combination sizing for all types of manually operated valves, ensuring efficient valve operation at user-specified handwheel “rim-pull” force. For both electric actuator and handwheel sizing, selected combinations of details provide comprehensive information for specification, inquiry or a quotation. Rotork also has an e-learning site with training tools—a series of modules aimed at anyone who must commission and use the company’s actuators and associated equipment in the field. The modules consist of interactive learning solutions that will take around 30 minutes to complete.


STEAM RESOURCES

Spirax Sarco, Inc. has Steam Engineering Tutorials, a line of educational modules explaining the principles of steam engineering and heat transfer as well as a providing a comprehensive engineering best practice guide that covers all aspects of the steam and condensate loop. The company also has redesigned its steam needs analysis tool to be a Web-based tool. It is a sizing and selection software program that guides users through a Q&A format that allows them to select products for specific needs. It includes application information as well as a library of ­engineering tools. The company also offers a number of site calculators for valve ­sizing, pipe sizing, startup and running losses from tanks and pipes, and more.


Peter Cleaveland is a contributing editor to Valve Magazine. Reach him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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