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Technical

Curtiss-Wright to Develop Reactivity Control and Shutdown System

Curtiss-Wright Corporation and X-energy jointly announced that Curtiss-Wright has been selected to develop the Reactivity Control and Shutdown System for the X-energy Xe-100 Generation IV High-Temperature Gas-cooled Reactor.

Technical

Effective Check Valve Selection and Placement for Industrial Piping Systems

When planning a check valve installation, the primary goal is to achieve a valve and piping system that offers the longest service life at the lowest cost.

Education

Market Outlook 2021: Uncertainties Create Strategy Challenges

The well-received VMA/Hydraulics Institute event was not all doom and gloom. One of the main themes that the speakers repeated was that it is just such times of challenge when innovation and new ideas are born.

Technical

Optimizing Valve Performance and Reliability with Remote Mount Technologies

As the interface between a valve and its control system, positioners play an important role in ensuring reliability and optimal performance in automated process plants.

Technical

Pneumatic Valves: New Technology for a Digital Transformation

Principles built around the Industrial Internet of Things have guided the automation industry’s rapid adoption and mainstreaming of many production systems.

Technical

Check Valves: The Most Important Valves in Your Process System

Check valves, as critical as they are for flow system performance, often don’t receive the respect they are due, said Arie Bregman, vice president and general manager, DFT, Inc., in a recent VMA presentation.

Insights

Innovation Across Many Industries

The digitalization revolution brought about the creation of technologies that integrate data gathered during physical processes.

Technical

Hydrogen’s Role in Reducing Industrial Carbon Emissions

“When considering what a global energy system on a 1.5°C or 2°C [2.7°F or 3.6°F] pathway will look like by 2050, hydrogen consistently plays a critical role as a low-carbon fuel,” according to a report from Rocky Mountain Institute authored by Thomas Koch Blank and Patrick Molloy.

Technical

Advanced Pressure Control in a City Water System

Every water supply district experiences unnecessary losses from leakage and expenses for repairing line breaks.

Design

Equipment as a Service: Extending the Subscription Model to Industrial Equipment

Equipment as a Service (EaaS) is a relatively new concept similar to the widely used Software as a Service (Saas). SaaS allows customers to use cloud-based software on a subscription basis.

Manufacturing

Implementing the Fourth Industrial Revolution

Many names have been given to the current state of technology in manufacturing including the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) and Industry 4.0.

Technical

Enhancing Maintenance with the IIoT

The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) includes, among other capabilities, monitoring equipment and process parameters using sensors connected to networks.

Applications

The Basics of Eccentric Plug Valves

Wastewater systems present many challenges to pumps and valves because the flow can contain grit, solids and debris, depending where in the process the equipment is located.

Technical

Control Valve Selection for Severe Service

A control valve can be used to control pressure, pressure drop, flow and temperature in any system where there is a fluid flowing through a pipe that needs to be controlled.

Education

Electric Actuators in the Oil and Gas Industry

Actuators in the oil and gas industry operate many types of valves, and they must do so with great precision and accuracy.

Design

The Case for RFID in Process Plants

Today, much of the information regarding the status of components installed in the field is housed in paper files, which poses problems for technicians and engineers.

Technical

3D Printed Manufacturing Aids: Jigs & Fixtures

With the availability of affordable 3D printing equipment and services, this technology is now within reach of companies that have not been able to use it before.

Education

Speakers Share Expertise at 2019 Knowledge Forum

Technology has been advancing at a pace that may be faster than our ability to protect it, according to Pat Toth, cybersecurity program manager with the Manufacturing Extension Partnership at National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Toth was keynote speaker at the second VMA Valve Industry Knowledge Forum, April 9-11 in Birmingham, AL.

Education

Solenoid Valves: Direct Acting vs. Pilot-Operated

While presenting in a recent VMA Valve Basics 101 Course in Houston, I found myself in a familiar role: explaining solenoid valves (SOVs) to attendees. (I work with solenoids so much that one VMA member at that conference joked that I needed to be wearing an I Heart Solenoids t-shirt). During the hands-on “petting zoo” portion of the program, which involves smaller groups of attendees, one of the most frequently asked questions I get from people came up: What’s the difference between direct-acting and pilot-operated SOVs, and how do we make a choice?

Technical

The Challenges of Creating Super-Clean

Because biopharmaceuticals are produced using living organisms, and the drugs produced are used in humans and animals, the cost of contamination is very high and sterilization of the process system is critical.

Technical

Monitoring Pressure Relief Devices

The purpose of a process plant control system is to keep process variables at the desired operating point and within safety limits.

MRO

Rigging and Lifting of Large Valves

This article outlines the challenges of lifting large valve assemblies weighing several tons and illustrates the industrial rigging equipment and lifting operations typically used for these valves.

Technical

Valve Inspection: An Essential Job

Industrial valves perform key functions in fluid processes and their failure can be detrimental to any major piping system or process.

Technical

Lifecycle Management of Pressure Relief Valves

Accurately specified and appropriately maintained pressure relief valves (PRVs) are critical to protect plant personnel and equipment against unexpected overpressure events.

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