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2014 Articles

WINTER

Creating a Standard to Compare Control Valve Products

By Jeremy Berg

As the workforce is infused with younger personnel at the same time the numbers of regional sales offices increases, it becomes increasingly difficult to create valve purchasing standards within a plant.

Nuggets of Knowledge

By Kate Kunkel

Veterans of the valve and actuator industry have the best advice for the many new professionals coming onto the scene.

Reducing Compression Packing Friction in Valves

By Wayne Evans

Compression packing is one of the most common types of sealing used by industry. But choosing the best solution requires knowing what factors go into reducing friction.

Wireless Solutions Keep Close Watch on Valves

By Mike Lutolf

As the need to monitor valves grows, manufacturing operations require more ways to monitor individual valves. Wireless technology can meet that need while providing benefits over more traditional methods.

SPRING

DBB and DIB. Which is Which?

By Ron Manson and Tashika Varma

Much confusion exists over the terminology and differences between double block-and-bleed (DBB) valves and double isolation-and-bleed (DIB) valves.

The Shale Gale in 2014

By Scott Boyson

The hottest debate on the domestic energy front is whether the ban against oil exports should be lifted. Before that can happen, much has to be addressed in the halls of Congress and the nation's state and federal regulatory agencies.

VRC: Yesterday & Today

By Greg Johnson

In the mid-to-late 1980s, VMA began discussions on how to create a special council to counter a huge increase in the frequency and intensity of spurious valve work, most notably the supply of bogus valves to nuclear power plants.

Where Valves Are Used: Tank Cars

By Greg Johnson

The railroad industry is booming, helped along by the need to transport new sources of oil. Tank cars need valves for onloading and offloading cargo.

SUMMER

Advanced Machine Tools Keep Production Costs in Check

By Mike Finn

As control processes evolve and present new challenges for valves, tools for machining those valves and related equipment have been created.

Evaluating and Proving SIS Safety Levels

By Loren Stewart

When it comes to safety instrumented systems (SIS), the very nature of what they do require they be studied to ensure they will perform as expected.

Help Wanted!

By Greg Johnson

Most business experts agree that a company is only as good as its most valuable asset: its own people. But what do you do when you face the situation the valve industry now faces?

Mitigating the Effects of Cycling a Power Plant

By John Mangan

Severe service control valves in the feedwater systems of power plants can be greatly impacted by implementing proper procedures for maintenance, which can affect the bottom line.

FALL

From Coal to Combined Cycle

By Steve Brown

Because of increasing regulatory restrictions and other factors, power generation is evolving in the U.S. from coal-fueled platforms to alternative fuels and renewable types of plants.

Oil Joins Gas in the Spotlight: Energy Will Lead North American Growth

By Kate Kunkel

Natural gas returned as star at the 2014 VMA Market Outlook, but it shared the stage this year with oil. Speakers said those two commodities promise to alter the flow of trade around the world and rebuild the North American economy.

Understanding and Selecting Valve Flanges PART ONE: Design Standards

By John Ballun

Flanges are a critical component in piping systems. They can also be the weakest link in the flow channel if the people who put them in place do not understand what goes into specifying the right ones.

Where Valves are Used: Recovering More Oil Through CO2 Flooding

By Greg Johnson

One of the tools this nation has in working toward energy independence is maximizing what an oil well can produce. An effective way to do this is through a method that alternates water and CO2 flooding.  

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