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Design

ValvTechnologies and Severn Form Strategic Partnership

ValvTechnologies and Severn Glocon have reached a partnership agreement that will see collaboration between two of the world’s leading engineering and manufacturing companies specializing in innovative, high-end, severe-service valves.

Technical

Effective Check Valve Selection and Placement for Industrial Piping Systems

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.

Technical

Managing Valve Repair on Short Turnarounds and Downtimes

Valves are integral components in most industrial processes' overall operating efficiency, especially those in power, chemical and paper plants.

Education

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.

Insights

Using the Internet of Things for Supply Chain Visibility

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.

Technical

Analyzing PTFE Valve Packing for Control Valve Performance

During a power plant operating cycle, valve maintenance and reliability are key focus areas, often taking up the largest portion of an outage budget.

Insights

Beauty or a Beast? Using NDE on Valve Components

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.

Education

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.

Education

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.

Technical

The Ultimate Question for Control Valve Maintenance: Repair Or Replace?

The impact of a facility’s decision to repair control valves, versus replacing them, in the coming months could result in more effort, time and money than expected.

Insights

Water Infrastructure: Getting Some Long Overdue Attention

The situation presents enormous challenges to local water utilities struggling with aging, and insufficient piping and valves, while trying to deal with limited budgets.

Design

The Evolution of OEM Support Services

The last several decades have seen a change in the U.S. valve industry landscape from the mainland of “do-it-all-ourselves” companies to independent islands of commerce focusing just on what they do best—design and manufacture.

Technical

Valve Performance Management

Comprehensive valve performance management provides monitoring and service for valves throughout a process or facility.

Design

Equipment as a Service: Extending the Subscription Model to Industrial Equipment

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.

Technical

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.

Technical

Enhancing Maintenance with the IIoT

The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) includes, among other capabilities, monitoring equipment and process parameters using sensors connected to networks.

Insights

Annual Meeting: Sandler Celebrated, New VMA Leaders Announced

Bill Sandler spent much of the 81st VMA/VRC annual meeting being surprised and honored for his 42 years of service to the association and the valve industry.

MRO

The Future of After-sales Service

After-sales service has many definitions starting with the broad view that it’s all the help and information a company provides to its customers after they have bought a product.

MRO

Digging into the Whys of Coating Failures

The most common reason coatings don’t do what they are tasked with doing is surface preparation.

Technical

Control Valve Selection for Severe Service

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.

MRO

The Economics of Valve Repair

The old saying in the valve service industry is “price, quality and delivery—you can pick any two.” That saying is still true 175 years after the first steam valves quit working and needed repair.

Insights

Highlights from the 2019 Valve World Americas Expo & Conference

Speakers from end-user companies, consultants and repair/maintenance companies, as well as valve manufacturers and their suppliers, presented at the Valve World Americas conference.

Insights

The Case for RFID in Process Plants

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.

MRO

Keeping Main Steam Isolation Valves in Top Condition

Because of the critical function of main steam isolation valves in nuclear applications, keeping these valves running at optimum performance levels is vital.

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