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What Internal Best Practices Can Do for Valve Selection

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Problem-Driven Innovation

Problem-Driven Innovation

Monday, 20 June 2016  |  Mark A. Lobo, P.E.

Developing Alternative Technology to Improve Product Performance

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Curtiss-Wright Awarded Contracts for U.S. Naval Defense Platforms

3 DAYS AGO

Curtiss-Wright announced that it has been awarded contracts valued in excess of $80 million to provide valves for the U.S. Navy’s Virginia-class submarines and Ford-class aircraft carriers. The awards were received from Bechtel Plant Machinery, Inc. and General Dynamics Electric Boat Division ...

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DeZURIK Adds Dedicated Clean Room to Sartell Plant

5 DAYS AGO

In order to ensure proper cleaning procedures are performed on valves intended for oxygen, ozone, chlorine, hydrogen peroxide, isocyanate and other applications, DeZURIK has constructed a new dedicated clean room within its Sartell, MN manufacturing plant.

Operated by trained cleaning technicians, DeZU...

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Global Upstream Spending Slashed by $1 Trillion

3 DAYS AGO

Global upstream development spending from 2015 to 2020 has been cut by 22% or $740 billion since the oil price started to drop two years ago, according Wood Mackenzie's research . When you include cuts to conventional exploration investment, the figure increases to just over $1 trillion. Expect to see...

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EPA Bans Fracking Wastewater Disposal at Public Treatment Plants

5 DAYS AGO

The EPA has finalized a rule establishing pretreatment standards for discharges of wastewater from onshore unconventional oil and gas (UOG) extraction facilities to municipal sewage treatment plants (also known as publicly owned treatment works, or POTWs). The rule is designed to prevent the discharge...

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U..S. Durable Goods Orders Down 2.2% in May

2 DAYS AGO

New orders for manufactured durable goods in May decreased $5.3 billion or 2.2% to $230.7 billion, the Commerce Department announced today. This decrease , down following two consecutive monthly increases, followed a 3.3% April increase. Excluding transportation, new orders decreased 0.3%. Excluding d...

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Federal Judge Halts New BLM Fracking Rules

3 DAYS AGO

“The Obama administration will fight a federal judge’s ruling overturning its effort to regulate hydraulic fracturing on public lands,” Bloomberg reports . The White House says they will take the case to the U.S. Court of Appeals.

“The ruling, issued late Tuesday by Wyoming-based...

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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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