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Schlumberger-Cameron Union Receives Unconditional Clearance


Schlumberger Limited and Cameron International Corporation jointly announce that the U.S. Department of Justice has cleared their proposed merger without any conditions, granting early termination of the waiting period required by the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 with respect...


ITT Engineered Valves Approved for Star Voluntary Protection Program

ITT Engineered Valves Approved for Star Voluntary Protection Program

ITT Engineered Valves, LLC in Lancaster, PA has been approved by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) of the U.S. Department of Labor for the Star Voluntary Protection Program (VPP).

Approval into VPP is OSHA’s recognition of the exceptional efforts of employers and employ...


Global Petrochemical Prices Leveled Off in October


Prices in the $3-trillion-plus global petrochemicals market in October were virtually flat based on a monthly average, but edged slightly when valued on a month-end to month-end basis from September. This is the first time the markets have shown intermonth gains since May of this year, according to ...


U.S. Rig Count Less Than Half of Last Years Total


According to Baker Hughes, the U.S. rig count declined by 10 last week to 757. Of these 757 active rigs, 564 rigs are seeking oil and 193 are seeking natural gas.

Just a year ago, with oil prices nearly double what they now, there were 1,929 active rigs in the U.S.

The rig count was at its peak in...


Consumer Confidence Falls to 14-Month Low


The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index, which had decreased moderately in October, declined further in November. The Index now stands at 90.4, down from 99.1 in October. The Present Situation Index decreased from 114.6 last month to 108.1 in November, while the Expectations Index declined to...


Manufacturing PMI Dips to 2-year Low


November data indicated a setback for U.S. manufacturing sector growth, following the modest rebound recorded during the previous month. At 52.6, down from 54.1 in October, the seasonally adjusted Markit Flash U.S. Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) pointed to the slowest improveme...


Texas to require fracking disclosure; Chinese co. guilty of making fake valves


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Crane Co. Appoints Max Mitchell Chief Operating Officer

Texas Becomes First to Require Fracking Disclosure

Survey: Manufacturers’ Pessimism is on the Rise

Emerson Selected for Europe’s Largest Carbon Capture Demonstration Project

Chinese Companies Found Guilty of Making Fake Valves

Dresser Helps MOL Danube Plant Earn Plant of the Year Award

China May Increase Oil Refining Capacity 33% by 2016, IEA Says

Machine Tool Consumption Slows, But Continues to Dwarf 2010

ITT Names Key Global Water Business Leaders Prior to Planned Spinoff

Natural Gas Gives Edge to U.S. Manufacturers

Rotork Acquires Valco Valves and Automation AS

Texas’ Economy Takes a Big Leap

Mueller Co. Signs Agreement with Advanced Valve Technologies

Obama Backs NAM-Endorsed Skills Certification System

# CHECK VALVEMAGAZINE.COM regularly for frequently updated links to articles on valve manufacturing, end-user industries, manufacturing and the economy.

ASSOCIATION NEWS: 'Valve Petting Zoo' Receives Top Ratings at Basics Seminar in Calgary

More than 60 end-users, distributors, valve manufacturers and mechanical engineering students gathered on the campus of the University of Calgary June 6 and 7 for VMA’s Valves & Actuators 101 course as well as to view tabletop exhibits of valves, actuators and related products. VMA held its first "valve petting zoo," an event that encouraged attendees to examine a variety of valves and actuators. Each group that visited the zoo spent 15 minutes with each of seven presenters knowledgeable about particular product types such as multi-turn valves; check valves; quarter-turn valves; pressure relief valves; actuators—pneumatic and hydraulic; actuators—electric; and control valves and systems. One young engineer, a year out of school, joked: "You mean a valve isn’t just the bow-tie shape found on P&IDs? Who knew?"

Among attendees were 13 advanced-level mechanical engineering students from the University of Calgary, who were an enthusiastic addition to the mix. Their registration fees were funded under a scholarship program from VMA’s educational foundation, the Friends of the Crawford Library, Inc.

# REGISTRATION FOR THE NEXT VALVE BASICS SEMINAR & EXHIBITS, Oct. 26-27 at the Embassy Suites Chicago-O'Hare, Rosemont, IL, will open on VMA.org by July 1. For more information, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Gone forever are the days when testing valves meant filling them up with water, adding pressure and looking for leaks. Valves and actuators face increasing challenges in the field from higher pressures and temperatures to extreme cold and special service applications. That means that the people responsible for specifying and choosing the products are demanding more rigorous, diversified ways to test. The summer issue of Valve Magazine addresses “Extreme Valve Testing.”

The issue also offers a Back to Basics article on solenoid valves. Often considered as accessories, these valves are critical in the applications where they are used. And watch for articles on hydraulic actuators as well as some of the technology tools that valve and actuator companies use to draw people to their websites.


WEBSITE ONLY: The Canadian Oil Sands Industry

We look north to one of the most lucrative sources of crude oil today: the Canadian Oil Sands industry. A special Web-only article on ValveMagazine.com assesses the general situation for the oil and gas industry in Canada and explains why oil sands are so important, what limits there are in getting to the oil sands crude, and what this source means to both the U.S. and Canada.

# WE REGULARLY POST NEW ARTICLES on Valve Magazine.com. Find out what you've missed by highlighting the Web-only link in the navigation bar, then select Web Exclusive from the drop-down menu, or click here for a list of articles.

June 22, 2011


CRANE ChemPharma Flow Solutions: Lined Piping System

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CRANE ChemPharma Flow Solutions launches a new lined pipe system for severe service applications, the ResistoflexATL PTFE Advanced Technology Liner.  More...

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Mueller Systems: Remote Disconnect Meter for Water

Mueller Systems’ 420 Remote Disconnect Meter is the water industry’s fully integrated remote disconnect meter that municipalities can use to remotely connect and disconnect water services through advanced metering infrastructure. More...

The VMA Store

Stop by The VMA Store to order our NEW article compilation: Actuators & Controls, a full-color, spiral bound book with 24 articles. Also available: the Back to Basics compilation, 17 articles on all the major valve types. More...

Onsite valve training

bibcardboardbox-small VMA’s BASICS IN A BOX™ training program —suitable for end-users, manufacturers, distributors and others working in and around the valve industry—is designed to help companies conduct a one-day Valves & Actuators 101 course at their plants or facilities. The program contains a tabbed manual with 8 lessons and includes copies of 400+ slides, instructor notes, student handouts, review questions and more—plus a CD! More...

To promote your products and services to thousands of Valve Magazine readers, contact VMA Ad Director This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (540.374.9100). The next issue of eVMnews will be published in August 2011. Also, ask Sue about packages that combine print and online advertising for maximum effectiveness.


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