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Market Outlook 2018: A Sunnier Mood with a Few Caveats

Market Outlook 2018: A Sunnier Mood with a Few Caveats

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Is it Time to Toss Those Commissions?

Is it Time to Toss Those Commissions?

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Cybersecurity for Process Control

Security for any process plant has alway...

Young Valve Professionals: Megan Johnston

Young Valve Professionals: Megan Johnston

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Crude Oil, Petroleum Product Exports Reach Record Levels

Thursday, 19 October 2017  |  Chris Guy

According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration ( EIA ), crude oil exports in the first half of 2017 increased by more than 300,000 barrels per ...

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Emerson Agrees to Acquire Paradigm

4 DAYS AGO

Emerson has agreed to acquire Paradigm for a purchase price of $510 million, reflecting a multiple of 13 times expected 2017 EBITDA. Paradigm will be joined with Emerson’s existing Roxar automation software. The acquisition is expected to close within the next 60 days, subject to various regulat...

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ValvTechnologies Receives ISO 15848 Certification

5 DAYS AGO

ValvTechnologies’ EcoPack technology has received ISO 15848-1:2015 certification from Odin Heavy Industries. To earn ISO 15848 certification, ValvTechnologies underwent a stringent evaluation process that included a series of 17 helium leak tests and eight thermal cycles on a fully assembled v...

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Crude Oil, Petroleum Product Exports Reach Record Levels

3 DAYS AGO

According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration ( EIA ), crude oil exports in the first half of 2017 increased by more than 300,000 barrels per day (b/d) from the first half of 2016, reaching a record high of 0.9 million b/d. Petroleum product exports also grew over the same period with propan...

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Energy Intensity in U.S. Manufacturing Decreased

3 DAYS AGO

Energy intensity in manufacturing in the U.S. decreased from 2010 to 2014. U.S. manufacturing overall fuel intensity decreased by 4.4% from 3.016 thousand British thermal units (Btu) per dollar of output in 2010 to 2.882 thousand Btu in 2014. According to the Manufacturing Energy Consumption Survey (M...

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Fed Reports Economy Growth in September, Early October

3 DAYS AGO

Reports from all 12 Federal Reserve Districts indicated that economic activity increased in September through early October, with the pace of growth split between modest and moderate. The Richmond, Atlanta, and Dallas Districts reported major disruptions from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma in some areas a...

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Industrial Production Up 0.3% in September

4 DAYS AGO

Industrial production rose 0.3% in September. The rates of change for July and August were notably revised; the current estimate for July, a decrease of 0.1%, was 0.5% lower than previously reported, while the estimate for August, a decrease of 0.7%, was 0.2% higher than before. Manufacturing output...

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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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