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Introduction to Pressure Relief Devices - Part 1

Introduction to Pressure Relief Devices - Part 1

When the pressure inside equipment such ...

Is Your Company Ready for The New Reality?

Is Your Company Ready for The New Reality?

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Offshore Oil Extraction and Transportation

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ITT Reports 2015 Fourth-Quarter, Full-Year Results

2 DAYS AGO

On a GAAP basis, ITT delivered revenue of $2.5 billion in 2015, reflecting a 6% decline, primarily due to the impact of unfavorable foreign exchange of $194 million. GAAP operating income increased 43%.

Organic revenue in the Industrial Process segment decreased 6%, reflecting strength in short-cyc...

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MRC Global Signs Agreement to Sell OCTG Business

3 DAYS AGO

MRC Global Inc. has entered into a definitive agreement to sell its U.S. Oil Country Tubular Goods (OCTG) business to Sooner Pipe, LLC, a subsidiary of Marubeni-Itochu Tubulars America, Inc., for $48 million, subject to certain adjustments.

MRC Global's U.S. OCTG sales were approximately $305 milli...

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EPA Halts Implementation of Clean Power Plan

1 DAY AGO

Earlier this week, in a 5-4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court granted an industry motion to stay the EPA’s Clean Power Plan while the lower courts determine its legality. Last fall a lawsuit was filed on behalf of more than two dozen states, utilities and industry groups.

“States did not...

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IHS: North American Drillers Need Billions More in Cuts

3 DAYS AGO

The depressed oil price environment is painting a gloomy outlook for North American exploration and production (E&Ps) companies, and further, significant CAPEX cuts are needed in order for the group to demonstrate real financial discipline and align spending more closely with cash flow, accordin...

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U.S. Job Openings Climb to Second-Highest Level on Record

5 DAYS AGO

The number of job openings increased to 5.6 million in December, the second highest number ever recorded, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Hires and separations were little changed at 5.4 million and 5.1 million, respectively. Within separations, the quits rate was 2.1%, and the l...

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Machine Tool Orders Rose in December, Down in 2015

5 DAYS AGO

The U.S. Manufacturing Technology Orders report for December 2015 showed that order values grew 20.4% compared to the prior month, according to The Association for Manufacturing Technology (AMT). For all of 2015, the year’s total orders were down 17.4% compared to 2014.

While the month-to-mon...

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2003 Articles

WINTER

Intelligent Electric Valve Actuators: End-User Benefits
Carl Johnson, Rotork Controls
By fully utilizing the capabilities of today’s intelligent valve actuators, users can improve efficiency, increase productivity, and enhance valve-related safety and security.

Purchasing Duplex Stainless-Steel Castings: Beyond Specifications
Dick Warda, Highland Foundry Ltd.
Duplex and super-duplex stainless steels offer the corrosion-resistant alloy industry a unique, added-value combination of corrosion resistance, mechanical properties and cost reduction.

Gas Transmission Valves, How Do You Choose?
Barret Niehus, CCI
How to optimize choice of vendors and minimize time required to specify equipment by defining performance characteristics early in the valve design process.

Control Valve Selection for Chemical Service
Dale Stepanek, DFT, Inc.
Use the “size/cost” method when facing technical overload.


SPRING


Advanced Packing Technology Minimizes Maintenance, Improves Performance of Knife Gate Valves
Al Libke, DeZURIK/SPX Valves and Controls
The brute-force ruggedness and affordability of the knife gate design, combined with the packing performance of much costlier valves can only mean broader horizons for this workhorse valve.

The Future for Triple Offset Butterfly Valves
John Furness, Curtiss-Wright Flow Control
After years of development and testing, the butterfly valve of today is now a precision-engineered product capable of being used effectively in a wide range of applications that were previously only considered suitable for gate, globe or ball valves—and at a fraction of their cost.

Guidelines for Selecting the Proper Valve Characteristic
Michael Headley, Fisher Controls International
Need to decide what valve characteristic to use? This article makes recommendations for the four basic process controlling variables: liquid level, pressure, flow and temperature.

PRODUCT FEATURE: Technological Advances from Suppliers to the  Valve & Actuator Industry
Mark Francis, VMA Staff
Suppliers play a key role in the U.S. and Canadian valve industry. They provide raw material, components and process equipment used by valve and actuator manufacturers.

Made in the USA?
Doug Clendenin, Crane Valves North America
Determining the country of origin of a particular product can lead you on a long and convoluted path. Here, a global valve manufacturer talks about what’s really important when it comes to determining a valve’s origin.


SUMMER


Preventive Maintenance on Automated Valves
Chris Warnett, Rotork Controls
If you would like to take full advantage of the benefits and capabilities of today’s actuators and software, but don’t have the time or expertise to spend on maintaining these complex products, consider having the equipment’s manufacturer handle your maintenance program.

The Enemy Within: Critical Operating Conditions in Control Valves
Ralph Herbrich, Ph.D., SAMSON AG
To avoid problems with the control valve process, the best strategy is to tailor the valve to the specific application. If unexpected problems such as cavitation and flow limitation occur, consider installing special throttling elements in standard valve bodies.

The Control Valve’s Hidden Impact on the Bottom Line (Part 1)
Bill Fitzgerald, Emerson Process Management, and Charles Linden, Omaha Public Power District
Control valves can affect your bottom line in ways you may never have considered. In the first of a two-part article, the authors discuss control valve performance issues.

PRODUCT FEATURE: Advances in Valve and Actuator Technologies
Mark Francis, Valve Magazine staff
Valve and actuator manufacturers continue to produce new and innovative products. Their goal? To help users reduce maintenance costs and simplify plant operations.


FALL


Valves and the CPI: Helping Each Other Survive
Pamela Valenzuela, ­freelance writer
In today’s challenging economic environment, solid partnerships between valve makers and CPI users have never been more critical.

The Control Valve’s Hidden Impact on the Bottom Line (Part 2)
Bill Fitzgerald, Emerson Process Management, and Charles Linden, Omaha Public Power District
The authors describe recommended maintenance practices and present several case studies.

Finally…A True Electric Fail-Safe Spring Return Actuator
Gregg Alvarado, Bernard Controls
Thanks to advancements in technology and engineering design, today’s electric fail-safe actuators are available for a wider range of critical applications.

Inside the Box
Charlie Marcum, TopWorx
To learn what makes a “smart” valve, take a look at the discrete valve controller, the device used to control and monitor automated valves.

PRODUCT FEATURE: Chem Show Product Spotlight
Mark Francis, VMA staff
If you’re going to the 2003 Chem Show in New York and want to preview some of the products on display, check out

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