Understanding suspended solids and their effect on equipment is critical in choosing isolation valves for slurry service.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Principles built around the Industrial Internet of Things have guided the automation industry’s rapid adoption and mainstreaming of many production systems.
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.
One of the most acute challenges in the business of water/wastewater today is the failure of systems and piping, which are aging faster than many municipalities and water authorities can react.
The digitalization revolution brought about the creation of technologies that integrate data gathered during physical processes.
“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.
Every water supply district experiences unnecessary losses from leakage and expenses for repairing line breaks.
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.
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.
One factor I noticed was that every article on the subject of the Internet of Things (IoT) was about applications inside the factory and not within the supply chain. For example, there were articles on machine monitoring, equipment monitoring, preventive maintenance, and smaller topics.
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.
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.
Actuators in the oil and gas industry operate many types of valves, and they must do so with great precision and accuracy.
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.
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.
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.
Subsea development includes different types of activities such as exploration, drilling, completion and production.Subsea manifolds are the arrangement of piping, valves, connections, structures and the foundation used in the subsea production system to receive, combine and distribute the hydrocarbon fluid
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?
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.
The purpose of a process plant control system is to keep process variables at the desired operating point and within safety limits.
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.
Industrial valves perform key functions in fluid processes and their failure can be detrimental to any major piping system or process.