Extended Reality Tools Enhance Training

Training becomes increasingly critical as companies deal with the retirement of more and more knowledgeable, experienced staff.


Standards for Actuator/Gearbox Flanges

“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.


Practical Steps for Retaining Expertise

Losing the skills of experienced, trained engineers has always challenged original equipment manufacturers.


Virtual Valve Forum and Basics Event Draws Attendees from Across the Industry

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.


Valve Forum + Basics Provides Multiple Ways to Learn and Connect

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.


Stress Wave Monitoring

Surfaces in relative motion or in contact with each other  — such as bearing or gear components — produce a frequency response when they interact.


Maintaining Hygienic Diaphragm Valves

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.


Using Immersive Technologies for Troubleshooting, Training and Maintenance

As immersive reality technologies continue to grow in scope and scale, more industrial applications are being developed to solve longstanding issues.


How to Get the Most from Your Control Valves

There’s a lot to know about valves in order to select the right ones and use them effectively.


Triple Offset Butterfly Valves

From time to time VALVEmagazine.com will open up the archives and re-publish some of our most popular articles from years past.


Ten Years and Counting: VMA’s Valve Basics Celebrates the Power of Change

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.


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.


Back to Basics: The Nuts and Bolts of Torque and Tension

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 Gas Components and Systems

Leak testing is performed for four basic reasons, says John McLaren, product manager, leak detection at Agilent Technologies, Inc.


Lean Manufacturing

Most people in industry today recognize that lean manufacturing helps manufacturers and plants improve efficiency by eliminating waste in the production process.


Valve Basics New Format Offers Options

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.


Mentoring in Manufacturing: A Program That Works

Michaela Stickley, assistant director of human resources at A.W.



Traceability and testing of digital positioners (including the valve) is a key to process control accuracy, reliability and safety.


Highlights from VMA’s 2019 Leadership Forum

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.


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?


Cybersecurity in Manufacturing: How to Keep the Threats at Bay

The Industrial IoT (Internet of Things), Industry 4.0 and other smart manufacturing initiatives have successfully increased the productivity and efficiency of valve manufacturing.


Essentials of Cybersecurity for Process Controls

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.


Back to Basics: New Valve Modifications

Valve modification can be defined as: adding value to standard or “commodity” valves by installing actuators, special trims, different end-connections, packing and gaskets, and other accessories or upgrades not provided on the original product.


Tariff Pressure Builds on Valve Industry

In the last year, one word has dominated U.S. trade policy: tariffs.

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