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Clearlake Capital-backed FloWorks acquires Genesis Systems

The acquisition of control valve, regulator, and valve automation and systems distributor expands the depth and reach of FloWorks’ portfolio of flow solutions providers
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The Next Step in Functional Safety

The primary goal of functional safety is to prevent accidents.
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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.
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Cycle Isolation: Monitoring for Better Usage

One of the largest controllable losses in power plants is leakage-based energy loss.

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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.
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Digging into the Whys of Coating Failures

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

Traceability and testing of digital positioners (including the valve) is a key to process control accuracy, reliability and safety.
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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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Rigging and Lifting of Large Valves

This article outlines the challenges of lifting large valve assemblies weighing several tons and illustrates the industrial rigging equipment and lifting operations typically used for these valves.
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Gaskets Are Not Created Equal

Gaskets are near the bottom of the food chain of valve components; trim, body materials and packing seem to get a lot more press.
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Intelligent Servicing of Valves During Aging Plant Shutdowns

Shutdowns, turnarounds and outages (STOs) play a major role in plant safety, performance, reliability and profitability.
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When Valves Get Wet

Hurricane Harvey stalled over Houston in August 2017 creating what has been called the most extreme rain event in U.S. history.
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Safety Relief Valve FAQs

Companies that repair, test, maintain or supply valves routinely receive inquiries from end users about safety-relief valves.
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Lubricants: Always Important—Sometimes Essential

Most valve professionals take more notice of the oil or fluid flowing through the valve than the oil that lubricates the valve’s mechanical parts.
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Tying our World Together with Digital Threads

The words, “maintenance” and “repair” are so common in everyone’s vocabulary that we use them almost daily, and sometimes we’re not exactly happy about it.
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