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VALVE Magazine’s Top Ten Stories: 2014

valve padOur goal at VALVE Magazine is to publish great articles that offer valuable information to our readers. Part of that entails going back over the previous year to see what articles grabbed your attention, and which topics were of most concern to you. As has been the case in years past, articles covering technical issues, especially concerning safety, captivated you most. But concerns about security and questions about the economy are also on our readers’ radar.

So here, in reverse order, the top 10 articles published online in 2014, as determined by you, our readers. If you haven’t yet had the chance to read them, take advantage of this list to find out what you’ve been missing! Just click on the title to get directly to the article at VALVEMagazine.com.

Smart Actuation: Where We’re At, Where We’re Going

roadWhat might be around the next curve for smart actuators? Before suggesting some answers to that question, let’s first discuss how today’s actuators evolved.

Actuator Types

Most valve actuators used for isolating valves fall into two main categories, based on the power source used:

  1. Electrically powered actuators: typically use three-phase power to drive a motorized gear mechanism to operate any type of valve.
  2. Fluid-powered actuators: use pneumatic, hydraulic or electrohydraulic power on either a rack and pinion or a scotch yoke mechanism for moving a quarter-turn valve.

Prosperity in the Age of Decline

BEAULIEU-SCREEN-75THIn his address to VMA’s Annual Meeting in September, ITR Economist Alan Beaulieu was generally optimistic. “Life is good right now in the U.S.,” said Beaulieu. “The 2014 rate of economic growth was a bit higher than the 3.8% we had projected, and while the rate of growth will slow a bit in 2015, it is still expected to rise by 2.4% next year.”

Ingenuity Rules at Emerson Exchange

Steve SonnenbergThe theme of this year’s Exchange was “Inspiring Ingenuity,” and ingenuity was definitely demonstrated in the hundreds of workshops, short courses and technology and industry forums held over the five days.

The event started off with an address by Steve Sonnenberg, executive vice president of Emerson and president of Emerson Process Management. He reminded the assemblage of more than 3,200 people what it was like to be a child, when the sky was the limit and we felt that everything was possible. He encouraged everyone to remember how it felt to let our imagination run free, and allow that spark to spur ingenuity.

The 2015 Economic Outlook: U.S. and Global

2015 Economic OutlookA comprehensive report on VMA’s annual Market Outlook event held in Boston is being featured in the Fall 2014 issue of VALVE Magazine. But there was much more information disseminated at the workshop than could be fit into the pages available, so here is our report on the U.S. and international economic forecasts shared during the event.

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