The North American steel-making industry, with its historic record of quality control, is no longer the world’s top producer.
Former senior lab technologist and foreman
Valves are integral components in most industrial processes' overall operating efficiency, especially those in power, chemical and paper plants.
Principles built around the Industrial Internet of Things have guided the automation industry’s rapid adoption and mainstreaming of many production systems.
When it comes to valves, “beauty is only skin-deep” is often a true statement. Since Superman and his X-ray eyes don’t really exist, there is no way to verify the quality of a valve or valve component just by looking at it.
Surfaces in relative motion or in contact with each other — such as bearing or gear components — produce a frequency response when they interact.
The valve manufacturing industry in North America is one of the industries that have embraced this new way of thinking and is leading the way with the integration of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) initiatives. These initiatives range from valves designed to mitigate climate change to community involvement activities.
Non-metallic materials are commonly used for valve components, and the selection of non-metallic materials for valve design and for application-specific conditions is critical to ensuring product reliability.
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.
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.
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Gaskets are near the bottom of the food chain of valve components; trim, body materials and packing seem to get a lot more press.
One of the most important components of an automated threaded stem valve is the ubiquitous stem nut, a relatively simple and unsophisticated mechanical device that converts the rotary motion of an actuator into the linear stem movement needed to open or close one of the many types of gate valves or sluice gates.
For more than 40 years, the safety record of the global LNG industry has been excellent, due to attention to detail in engineering, construction and operations.
Cobalt-based Stellite 6 has been the workhorse for providing improved wear resistance and service life in valve components installed in power generating facilities for over 75 years.
All too often, the mounting kit is considered trivial, an afterthought deemed a commodity within all the other specified control components that comprise a complete automated valve package.
Today, the total cost of corrosion in the U.S. exceeds $1 trillion annually—and from oil & gas operations to municipal infrastructure, metal-based components like valves are in some of the most corrosive environments imaginable.
Solenoid valves are vital components of many process automation systems.
Experienced engineers know that not all supplier CAD tools or files are created equal.
The primary goal of functional safety is to prevent accidents.
Valve components, such as bodies, bonnets and caps, are manufactured either by forging or casting.
Because flanges allow the assembly and maintenance of system components without the need for cutting and welding pipe, they play an important role in piping systems.
In the U.S., regulations governing lead content of the components of potable water systems have seen considerable changes as safety restrictions tighten.
Anyone who plans, builds or operates water distribution systems attachs great importance to efficiency as well as the reliability of system components.
With valve components sourced from numerous suppliers around the globe, valve, actuator and control manufacturers are faced with a significant number of challenges while attempting to meet the desired flow control at a competitive price.
Quadrant EPP announces the Fluorosint 135, a polytetrafluoroethylene material uniquely designed to provide the lowest coefficient of friction and deformation for seals, bearings and washer applications.