Insights

Long-term and compounding labor issues remain a challenge

Edited by Margo Ellis, Editor, VALVE Magazine

COVID notwithstanding, a talent crisis has been spreading across U.S. factories and warehouses for some time as fewer workers have gone into manufacturing and distribution than in the past.

Insights

Velan reports highest sales volume in last six quarters

Edited by Margo Ellis, Editor, VALVE Magazine

Sales for the company have grown almost 50% compared to this same period last year.
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Manufacturing

Supply chain woes exacerbated by software breaches

By: Margo Ellis, Editor, VALVE Magazine

Software supply chain weaknesses have become pervasive in the enterprise.

NEWS

DOE funds $20 million to produce clean hydrogen from nuclear power

The Arizona-based project will allow clean hydrogen to serve as a source for zero-carbon electricity and represent an important economic product for nuclear plants beyond electricity.

NEWS

Jobs increase by 194,000 in September; unemployment falls to 4.8%

Both measures are improved considerably from the end of the February-April 2020 recession.

NEWS

Survey shows likely energy transition paths for oil and gas companies

Important and different pathways to meet climate goals and keep oil prices stable are revealed.

Manufacturing

Biden administration outlines efforts to ease supply chain bottlenecks

By: Margo Ellis, Editor, VALVE Magazine

Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach moving toward 24/7 operations, which will double the amount of cargo moved out of its docks and onto highways.

Insights

Baker Hughes to deliver valves to new plant in Texas

Edited by Chris Pasion

Baker Hughes Masoneilan will supply 335 control valves—ranging from from ball valves to severe service valves—to Diamond Green Diesel’s new plant in Port Arthur, TX.
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Applications

Curtiss-Wright releases new motor and actuator with integral controls

Edited by Chris Pasion

The SAL080 linear actuator is reportedly capable of continuous force ratings up to 2330 lb-ft (linear) and the SA-R080 is capable of torque up to 24.7 lb-in. (rotary).
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NEWS

Australian mining industry works toward net zero

Australia’s largest and most valuable industry is mining, according to Baker Hughes. Organizations in the country are working to decarbonize the nation through research and technological advancements.

NEWS

Survey reports Gen Z views manufacturing more positively due to COVID-19

A recent survey by Parsable reports 58% of respondents who had graduated from a four-year college or university said they were interested in a career in manufacturing, which was likely influenced by their access to STEM and related educational programs while in school.

NEWS

Baker Hughes’ subsea drilling systems and Akastor’s MHWirth merge

The new company, HMH, aims to support the industry’s transition toward more energy-efficient solutions, as well as deploy technologies and service solutions to make the sector more competitive through increased drilling efficiency.

Applications

Emerson and AspenTech enter agreement on new software strategy

Edited by Margo Ellis, Editor, VALVE Magazine

Emerson and AspenTech announced in a press release on Oct. 11 that the companies have entered into a definitive agreement to contribute Emerson’s industrial software businesses—OSI Inc. and the Geological Simulation Software business—to AspenTech to create a diversified, high-performance industrial software leader with greater scale, capabilities and technologies.
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Manufacturing

AMT and GBM launch of MT United

Edited by Chris Pasion

The new joint venture between the Association For Manufacturing Technology and Gardner Business Media intends to drive and strengthen the manufacturing community.

Manufacturing

Manufacturing Technology Orders report shows 20% increase

Edited by Margo Ellis, Editor, VALVE Magazine

The year-to-date total reached $3.55 billion, the highest value through the first eight months of any year since 1998.

NEWS

Legislation moves on INFORM bill

Senators Richard Durbin, Democrat, Illinois and Bill Cassidy, Republican, Louisiana have introduced legislation the past two Congresses called the INFORM Consumers Act, which would increase online marketplace transparency for consumers and ensure that marketplaces verify who their high-volume third-party sellers are.

NEWS

New EIA study reports drop in nuclear power plant outages

The U.S. Energy Information Administration data shows that unplanned nuclear plant outages averaged more than 90 outages in 2000, peaking at nearly 120 in 2003, and since steadily fell to 34 so far this year.

NEWS

Emerson helps Colgate-Palmolive pursue net zero carbon

The project is part of Colgate’s digital transformation program and uses Emerson’s specialized Aventics pneumatic sensors and IIoT-enabled software to precisely monitor compressed air flow in real time.