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Curtiss-Wright Awarded Contract from Federal Equipment Company

Curtiss-Wright Actuation Division has been awarded a contract to provide Exlar electro-mechanical actuators to Federal Equipment Company in support of their weapons elevator systems for the Ford-class aircraft carrier program. Exlar actuators are used in several other mission critical areas on the Ford-class carriers, including the jet blast defector, integrated catapult control station, and LSO actuation systems. 

OBITUARY: Gary Ostrowski, 1961 - 2021

Gary OstrowskiWe are saddened to report the passing of Valve Repair Council member Gary Ostrowski, who died at the age of 59 at his home in Plymouth, surrounded by loved ones after a long fight against medullary thyroid carcinoma.

Gary was beloved among colleagues for his leadership by example, infectious passion, generous mentorship and meaningful personal connections he cultivated with his co-workers. For the past dozen years he worked at GE Oil & Gas (now Baker Hughes) as senior product manager of aftermarket. Earlier in his 30-year career, Gary was employed by Dresser-Masoneilan and at Dresser-Wayne, his first employer after graduating, where he received several patents for contributions to industrial pump design.

Baker Hughes, Horisont Energi Sign MoU for Carbon Capture Project

Baker Hughes and Horisont Energi AS have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for the Polaris carbon storage project off the northern coast of Norway. Under the agreement, the two companies will explore the development and integration of technologies to minimize the carbon footprint, cost and delivery time of carbon capture, transport and storage.

Horisont Energi's Polaris offshore carbon storage facility is part of its “Barents Blue” project, which is the first global and full-scale carbon neutral “blue” ammonia production plant. The Polaris project is expected to have a total carbon storage capacity in excess of 100 million tons, which is equivalent to twice Norway’s annual greenhouse gas emissions. Currently at the concept phase, the facility is expected to enter the construction phase in the second half of 2022. 

SAMSON Certified as Materials Manufacturer for Additive Manufacturing

At the end of February, SAMSON achieved certification as a materials manufacturer for the additive manufacturing (AM) of parts in compliance with the Pressure Equipment Directive. By applying the laser beam powder bed fusion method for metals (LB-PBF-M), SAMSON is now capable of making pressurized valve parts of the stainless steels 1.4401/316 and 1.4404/316L. The 3D printer makes it possible to manufacture valves in sizes up to DN 100/NPS 4 that weigh max. 250 kg.

At the initial stage, production will focus on blanks for novel valve trims before moving on to printing order-specific parts for customers at the second stage. Additionally, SAMSON is planning to get certified for further metal powders to manufacture parts of other standard materials commonly used in the process industry, such as nickel-based and titanium alloys. 

Emerson Commits to Growth of Hydrogen Development in Europe

Emerson has become a member of the European Clean Hydrogen Alliance (ECHA). Hydrogen’s share of the energy mix in Europe is currently less than 2%, but has the potential to rise to 10-23% by 2050, according the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre. In joining the ECHA, Emerson will be at the forefront of hydrogen developments in Europe, thereby actively supporting the goal of reaching net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, as outlined in the European Union’s European Green Deal. 

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