Welcome to the first in a series of Valve Basics articles, each focused on a major product type and written especially for newcomers to the industries that use and make valves and related products.
VALVE Advisory Board Chair – CEO, United Valve
Companies in the valve and control products industry are responding to a confluence of forces that are changing the landscape of manufacturing – automation, agility and digitalization to name a few.
Training becomes increasingly critical as companies deal with the retirement of more and more knowledgeable, experienced staff.
“Many variations in valve and actuator dimensions and characteristics have come into play especially now that we have worldwide vendors,” said Paul Souza, training manager at AUMA Actuators in a presentation at the Valve Manufacturers Association Virtual Valve Forum in November 2020.
Losing the skills of experienced, trained engineers has always challenged original equipment manufacturers.
More than 200 people from across the valve industry participated virtually in the VMA Valve Forum and Valve Basics event, which included 4 days of presentations on technical, manufacturing, management and marketing, valves 101, and valve repair.
One of the advantages of having VMA’s Valve Forum and Valve Basics program as a virtual event is that attendees have access to the materials and information up to a month after the event is held.
There is an important distinction between DBB and DIB, as they often fall under the same category and are used interchangeably within the industry.
Surfaces in relative motion or in contact with each other — such as bearing or gear components — produce a frequency response when they interact.
The biopharmaceutical industry relies on hygienic diaphragm valves for its demanding process applications because of the unique needs for cleaning and draining, and for pressure and temperature capabilities.
As immersive reality technologies continue to grow in scope and scale, more industrial applications are being developed to solve longstanding issues.
There’s a lot to know about valves in order to select the right ones and use them effectively.
From time to time VALVEmagazine.com will open up the archives and re-publish some of our most popular articles from years past.
One of the founding members of VMA’s Education & Training (E&T) Committee, Ed Holtgraver (QTRCO), remembers the excitement created by the first Valve Basics Seminar held in Houston a decade ago.
In the mid-18th century, there was a common theory from sailors that dolphins are a mariner’s best friend.
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.
Torque is a force that causes an object to rotate, while tension is a force that causes an object to stretch or elongate.
Leak testing is performed for four basic reasons, says John McLaren, product manager, leak detection at Agilent Technologies, Inc.
Most people in industry today recognize that lean manufacturing helps manufacturers and plants improve efficiency by eliminating waste in the production process.
If there is one thing that those involved in developing and running the Valve Basics program have come to understand, it’s that the term “basics” means different things to different people.
Three in five workers who have been working remotely during the pandemic say they would prefer to continue working at home after the pandemic. 50% of workers believe they are as productive at home as they are at the office.
Traceability and testing of digital positioners (including the valve) is a key to process control accuracy, reliability and safety.
Valve industry executives gathered in Toronto last month to network, exchange ideas and learn about diverse topics relating to their leadership, including economic issues, digitization of enterprises and how to adapt as a leader in a changing organization.
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?
The Industrial IoT (Internet of Things), Industry 4.0 and other smart manufacturing initiatives have successfully increased the productivity and efficiency of valve manufacturing.
Cybersecurity is one of the major risks facing the valve industry, and it is not a problem that can merely be solved by other parties besides the intended victim.