The history and general application of elastomers in pipes, valves and fittings is the subject of the recently published Manual of Practice developed by the American Water Works Association (AWWA).
Today’s valve material choices are like a Chinese buffet: Everything imaginable is on the menu.
While valves didn’t directly sink ships or shoot down planes, the American valve industry played an important role in winning World War II for the allies.
Most of us in the valve industry take for granted the interchangeability and standardization of the valves produced today.
Although VMA members might think the valve industry began with formation of the Valve Manufacturers Association on Sept. 1, 1938, in reality, the industry in this nation was around for 100 years before that date, its roots firmly attached to the American industrial landscape.