Ball Valves Basics

By: Greg Johnson

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.
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Differences Between Double Block and Bleed and Double Isolation

There is an important distinction between DBB and DIB as they often fall under the same category and are used interchangeably within the industry.
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Benevolent Dolphins and Flange Sealing Training

In the mid-18th century, there was a common theory from sailors that dolphins are a mariner’s best friend.


Virtual Work and the Workplace

Three in five workers who have been working remotely during the pandemic say they would prefer to continue working at home after the pandemic. Fifty percent of workers believe they are as productive at home as they are at the office.


The Future of Valve Manufacturing is Already Here

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.


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.
#VMAnews #standards #basics


Practical Steps for Retaining Expertise

Losing the skills of experienced, trained engineers has always challenged OEMs.


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.
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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.
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Valve Manufacturers Step Up During the Pandemic

Around the nation, companies and businesses have found ways to help with the unique challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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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.
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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.
#pressure-relief #maintenance-repair #basics


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.
#maintenance-repair #basics


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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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