Education & Training
- Published on Tuesday, 12 November 2013 08:04
- Written by Judy Tibbs
More than 130 professionals from across the valve industry, including manufacturers, end users, EPC firm personnel, distributors and students from the University of New Orleans came together at Harrah's New Orleans for VMA's first two-full day seminar, Nov. 6-7.
Dozens of the attendees sought out staff and presenters to personally thank them for putting on this educational event, which included nine lessons, a tabletop exhibition and the Valve Petting Zoo. In addition to courses on all the major valve and actuator types, two new lessons were added to the agenda: Solenoids and Positioners.
- Published on Monday, 07 October 2013 13:27
- Written by Kate Kunkel
This year’s Emerson Global Users Exchange was held at the beautiful Gaylord Texan in Grapevine, TX, outside of Dallas. Representatives of companies from 50 countries and six continents joined the gathering, which featured more than 350 workshops, industry and technology forums and short courses covering a huge variety of topics.
- Published on Tuesday, 12 February 2013 16:48
- Written by Kate Kunkel
In their presentation at the Valve Repair Council Repair Meeting & Exhibition, Nov. 1 and 2, 2012, in Houston, Bob Donalson and Kevin Simmons of Pentair Valves & Controls shared valuable information about maintenance and repair programs for pressure-relief valves. After covering the various types and functions of PRVs and defining their physical characteristics, Donalson and Simmons discussed the codes and standards covering PRVs.
- Published on Thursday, 16 August 2012 10:55
- Written by Jon Monsen, Ph.D., P.E.
When control valve professionals talk about "control valve sizing," they really mean the entire process of selecting the valve that will do the best job of controlling the process. Selecting the right size valve is an important part of the process, but there are other equally important considerations as well.
- Published on Monday, 23 January 2012 08:38
- Written by Judy Tibbs
If you’re a part of the valve industry, you likely are aware of the huge need for valve education and training.
While baby-boomers may have put off retirement for a few more years – thanks to the recent great recession – our industry is on the verge of losing its most valuable players, those experienced and knowledgeable professionals who have spent decades working in our industry. To replace this great brain drain, educating newcomers to the industry must be a top priority for companies that make, use and specify valves, actuators and controls.
- Published on Friday, 15 July 2011 14:41
- Written by Gary Grauerholz
A number of interesting and informative sessions took place at the recent Valve World Americas, held June 21-22 in The Woodlands, TX. We begin an online series highlighting some of the sessions attended by Valve Magazine.
Henk Hinssen, of iHandl Engineering in Belgium, moderated a workshop on “The Good, the Bad and The Ugly of Partial Stroking.” The purpose was to provide a forum for better understanding of the history, purpose and limitations of partial stroke testing (PST). Hinssen was joined by these panelists:
- Published on Saturday, 21 November 2009 01:14
- Written by Peter Cleaveland
It’s a fact of life that no matter how well we plot and plan, something can happen to upset those plans. From small events, such as equipment or power failures or leaks and spills to bigger events such as strikes from Mother Nature—there is no way to predict when a catastrophe might occur. However, there are many ways to recover, and part of that recovery process involves finding, evaluating and either repairing or replacing valves.
- Published on Friday, 03 October 2008 19:27
- Written by Chris Guy, Assistant Editor, Valve Magazine
The new Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, located just outside Washington DC, hosted the 2008 Emerson Users Exchange, which ended earlier today. Emerson personnel, members of the media and, of course, the users themselves, arrived Sunday night for a week's worth of speeches, workshops, demonstrations and invaluable networking.
- Published on Tuesday, 29 July 2008 12:59
- Written by Patrick A. Toensmeier, Contributing Editor, Valve Magazine
Valve manufacturers and distributors are scrambling to find young workers who will be the next generation of engineers and managers. While the competition to recruit from four-year colleges is tough, some observers maintain that a supply of talented employees is closer than most companies realize: associate-degree technicians.
These graduates of two-year technical colleges don’t have the engineering background of their four-year-college counterparts, but have been trained in areas that are application oriented and are capable of moving into entry-level positions and, importantly, advancing with on-the-job training and additional coursework.