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2016 Articles


Back to Basics: Pressure Relief Devices

By Mohammad Malek

This critical category of equipment is responsible for the safety of people and property in many applications. Understanding what’s available is crucial to choosing the right devices.

Cybersecurity: Protecting Critical Infrastructure

By Kate Kunkel

Most people have accepted the reality that the world’s infrastructures are in danger of attack. The key to dealing with the issues is for companies to plan and prepare their own employees.

Valve Leak Testing

By David Bayreuther

Many people have misconceptions about what testing for valve leaks shows and which standards they should follow. The place to begin understanding the complexities is to know the differences between the different tests and standards.

Where Valves Are Used: Offshore Oil Extraction and Transportation

By Greg Johnson

Valves and other equipment that face the challenges of the sea also must meet a wide variety of standards and regulations. The need for high quality products for use in this industry has expanded and continues to grow.


Back to Basics: Stop Check Valves

By Carlos Davila

These valves are made both to control regulation of flow and protect against reverse flow. As a result, they’re valuable in industries where safety of the equipment is paramount.

Internal Best Practices and Valve Selection

By Jeannie Lewis

Companies that want to go beyond following general industry or engineering-based best practices can develop their own programs.

The Limits of Standard Manual Globe Valves for Throttling

By Richard Von Brecht

Manual globe valves are vital to many end-user industries. However, they’ve been shown to carry some problems when it comes to throttling. There is a way to figure what challenges they face, and some guidelines that can be followed.

Where Valves Are Used: Food and Beverage Processing

By Kate Kunkel

A variety of steps go into getting food and drink ready for safe consumption, and many of those processes involve different levels of steam. Each level carries its own requirements.


Ceramic Coatings to Protect Valves

By Luc Vernhes, Craig Bekins and Nicolas Lourdel

A study of the different types of ceramic coatings shows that a new blend offers possibilities for improved corrosion resistance.

Valve Selection: An End-User's Perspective

By Stephen Treichler

End users ultimately hold the risk involved with a valve’s selection, which gives them a unique point of view on how best to choose the right products.

Valves in Hazop Studies

By Li Li

Because they are critical to safety, valves are an important part of OSHA-required hazard studies, including hazard and operability studies.

Where Valves Are Used: Wastewater Treatment

By John Ballun

The nation’s water treatment plants face multiple challenges in their effort to turn wastewater back into usable flow. To accomplish this takes a variety of valve types.


Outlook for 2017: Sluggish Growth with Focus on New Realities

By Kate Kunkel

Most forecasters agree we won't see much growth in economic activity for end-user industries, and that the current situation is complicated by factors that make it hard to predict what lies ahead. Still, VMA’s Market Outlook speakers shared what they see coming next year.

Competition and the Human Factor

By Kate Kunkel

This year’s VMA Market Outlook audience also heard from a speaker who addressed an issue at the top of everyone’s mind: How will we get the skilled workers we need to successfully compete going forward?

Cast vs. Forged: Ongoing Debate Takes New Direction

By Arvo Eilau

The increased challenges that valves, actuators and controls face from supercritical and ultrasupercritical power plants have pushed talks about whether cast or forged processes are better into a new light.

Back to Basics: Butterfly TOVs

By Philip Taylor

High-performance triple offset butterfly valves are receiving new attention because of their ability to help with today’s emissions issues.  

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