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Education & Training

Valve Basics: It’s a Zoo Out There!

David-Scott-zoo 330pxWhen VMA launched its Valve Basics course in 2009, it soon became clear the program would be in great demand. The first couple of events—which lasted one-day—were well-attended and received very positive evaluations. But it also became clear that attendees thought we were missing a critical factor—the opportunity to closely examine the many products being discussed during the seminar. As a result, VMA’s Education & Training Committee expanded the program to include what would be an important component of future 101 classes: the “Valve Petting Zoo.”


Define Success: The First Step to Becoming an MVP

Mark thompson photoAt a recent valve industry event, Mark C. Thompson, CEO and co-founder of Virgin Unite Mentors, asked the audience to define what success meant to them. Over the next several minutes it became obvious that, for many people gathered for the meeting, it was the first time they had actually stopped to consider the question. Certainly most of the individuals in that room were hard-working professionals in engineering, sales and management. But having a job that often involves travel, raising a family and perhaps even taking continuing education courses did not necessarily mean they knew when they would have "arrived." What would that look like?

Valve Basics in New Orleans: It’s a Wrap

Valve Basics New Orleans 2013More 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.

Exchanging Ideas at Emerson Users Event

Emerson Users Exchange 2013This 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.

Best Practices in Pressure-Relief Valve Maintenance and Repair

Front slide photoIn 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.

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