Valve User Issue 23 Articles

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Supply and Demand: Welcome to the latest edition of Valve User magazine!

In this issue, I’m delighted to bring to readers the first in a series of insightful articles from ITR Economics, recommending ‘invest in the future’ – the theme of my own ‘Comment...

BVAA & NOF Energy Business Development Partnership Gathers Pace

The BVAA and NOF Energy - the business development organisation for oil, gas, nuclear and offshore renewables sectors - announced a new Business Development Partnership in the summ...

New Look Valve Meetings

On 5th September 2012, Peter Burnett (Heap & Partners) officiated as Chairman at a new look Valve working group meeting. In addition to the usual Technical & Standards business, th...

BVAA AGM – Don’t Miss Out

BVAA’s AGM, Economic Forecast and Dinner Dance will be held this year at Slaley Hall Hotel in Northumberland, on Friday 7th December 2012. Places have been snapped up and, as the d...

Economic Forecast

This year, the AGM day will commence with an extended presentation by Alan Beaulieu of the world renowned Institute for Trend Research, entitled ‘The Economic Outlook & Beyond.’ Al...

Joint BVAA / BSI Actuator WG

On 4th October 2012, the BVAA Actuator WG met again at BVAA HQ under the Chairmanship of Peter Hirst (Rotork). By arrangement with British Standards Institution, the WG also met in...

BVAA Customer Golf Day

Here at BVAA we’ve been delighted with the response to our highly enjoyable golf days. Our autumn gathering was very special however, as it was our first dedicated ‘Customer Day’ f...

More New Members

BVAA Membership continues to grow and grow. Our latest recruits include:-...

Mad Hatters: ‘How far can you go wearing a BVAA Hat?’

BVAA hats continue to travel the world, sometimes in surprisingly large numbers! Pictured is a huge team from BEL Valves, bravely doing the Coast to Coast Cycle Ride (C2C – 138...

Approval of Draft ISO/DIS 28921-1

Draft ISO/DIS 28921-1 Industrial valves - Isolating valves for low temperatures application Part 1: Design, manufacturing and production testing. The result of the DIS enquiry o...

Valve World in Focus

As it comes around only every two years, expectations are high for this November’s Valve World Expo in Dusseldorf, Germany! Nearly 40 BVAA members will have a presence of some ...

Prepare to Act and Invest in Long-Term Growth: “As the euro makes additional gains into 2013, BVAA members should continue to pursue quality in products and services to differentiate against compet

BVAA Introduction BVAA recently engaged Alan Beaulieu, President of ITR Economics and a regular speaker at VMA Annual Meetings, to speak at the Association’s AGM meetings on Decem...

Enquiry into national regulations for Construction Products

During its last plenary meeting in June 2011, CEN/TC 69 discussed whether industrial valves must be considered as Construction Products. CEN/TC 69 launched an enquiry within CEN/TC...

SIPOS’ rapid response to South American water shortage

Bottlenecks and shortages in water supply to the Colombian City of Valledupar, (870km north of Bogotá), required urgent attention. Within two weeks, SIPOS Aktorik responded with th...

Joint Integrity Masterclass

BVAA is working very closely with new member ‘The Academy of Joint Integrity’ to offer Valve User readers a Joint Integrity Masterclass, to be held at the Academy’s state-of-the-ar...

London 2012 Olympic Games

Adanac had a part to play in the London 2012 Olympic Games when Engineering Director, Neil West was offered a volunteer role. Neil spent time working alongside Omega in the Timing ...

Knowledge is not power: “Young people today just don’t have what it takes”, is the frustration voiced by so many employers.

In my opinion there is nothing wrong with our young people, it’s what we are doing to them that makes too many unemployable. We are perpetuating an already massive problem with hig...

Business Growth Workshop: A One Day Workshop by The Richard Denny Group in Association with BVAA

Objective Increase sales revenue, either by winning new customers or increasing the average transaction value while at the same time building long term relationships and getting r...

New range of compact leak-free high pressure regulators from Rotork Fairchild

Rotork Fairchild, a member of the Rotork group of flow control companies, has launched a new range of compact high pressure pneumatic regulators for instrument and industrial contr...

Valve Asset Management: Take Control of Your Valve Assets

Valve failure can represent far more than the capital cost of replacing the products. With many operators looking to maximize plant uptime and efficiency, regular monitoring and an...

James Walker expands UK research facilities

James Walker has expanded its research and development capabilities with the opening of a half-million pound, purposebuilt laboratory facility within the James Walker Elastomer Tec...

AUMA’s apprenticeship achievement

For over twenty years, AUMA has supported engineer development through apprenticeship schemes. Since 1989, the manufacturer and global supplier of electric actuators has trained ov...

prEN 14141 “Valves for natural gas transportation in pipelines - Performance requirements and tests”

This preliminary standard was submitted to the CEN enquiry closed on 11 January 2012. The comments received by CEN/TC 69/WG 9 were discussed and considered and prEN 14141 was mo...

Specialist actuation skills showcased by SIPOS

SIPOS Aktorik will present its range of actuation products and services at the Valve World Expo (booth 3D36). Capabilities in specialist solutions will be showcased including the c...

Safety devices for protection against excessive pressure

Assessment of CEN Consultant on PED on FprEN ISO 4126-1, - 4, - 5 Mr Ed Haynes, CEN Consultant on PED, has made an assessment on the following draft standards and has made comm...

Cryogenic Masterclass

The growth in the LNG and Industrial Gases market has seen increased interest in low temperature and Cryogenic testing. Adanac’s Technical Director Neil West and Business Developme...

Two month ISO14001 record for CVS

On 12th September, 58 days after moving into its new 2,500m2 Portlethen facility, bespoke valve supply, service and repair company, Control Valve Solutions Ltd (CVS) has been accre...

Standards & Directives Update

I recently delivered to the BVAA Valve Working Group a comprehensive Technical Update Report on all standards and European Directives relating to the Valve Industry, including an u...

Polymer manufacturing turns to Rotork for improved control valve performance

The introduction of Rotork CVA all-electric control valve actuation technology has improved the efficiency of the production process for a leading polymer manufacturing company in ...

RoHS Directive 2011/65/EU

The ‘Department for Business Innovation and Skills’ (BIS) has issued a consultation document on: Implementation of the restrictions of hazardous substances in electrical and el...

Striking The Perfect Balance

Whilst system balancing is one of the more complicated tasks faced by commercial heating engineers, it needn’t be beyond most installers. Here, Les Littlewood, Sales & Marketing Di...

Pump-attuned valves improve energy efficiency: By Uwe Herberger-Rosin, KSB Aktiengesellschaft

In actual practice, roughly one out of three check valves installed in pump systems is causing major losses due to improper selection. Particularly in connection with system conver...

Happy ever aftermarket!

It’s been an exciting 18 months for the Koso Kent Introl aftermarket team, since they moved to their new premises in spring of 2011. Having previously been situated within the main...

ISE selects ASCO Numatics

International System EST (ISE) has selected Emerson Industrial Automation to supply control cabinets for a utilities upgrade project at SABIC’s Petrokemya Arabian Petrochemical sit...

Plant includes leviathan valves

Situated on the coast at Chixi Town, south of Guangzhou in China’s Guangdong Province, the Taishan Nuclear Power Station is expected to be one of the largest in the world. It is al...

AlphaRadin Smart Wireless Valves

The patented AlphaRadin Controller can be paired with any switch or gateway. It can be used for applications where the flow of liquid or gas needs to be stopped or resumed remotely...

Crossing the High Pressure, High Temperature ‘Chasm’

The oil and gas industry is often criticised for not being at the cutting edge of technological advancement. But with the demise of ‘easy oil’ Operators and vendors are now leading...

Quickits Launch Stainless Steel Gearbox Range

Nottinghamshire based manufacturing company Quickits Limited is renowned for providing excellent customer service and reliable lead times for a vast range of valve & actuator mount...

Weathering the Storm: F31K2 – Valve position sensing with a global view

Traditionally, limit switch boxes with mechanical, magnetic or inductive contacts are used to detect the position of the valve in valve actuators. However, open solutions are also ...

SFC Launches New Regulator Packs

EasiDrive is a valve operating system that actuates hard-to-operate valves in power plants, chemical processing facilities and oil refineries. It is ideal for use wherever there ar...

IB series bevel gearboxes manufactured by Rotork Gears: Two sites, four million cubic metres of oil, four hundred and sixty-nine Rotork actuators

These apparently random statistics are all connected with a giant oil storage project in Central China created as part of a key national energy programme to provide crude oil reser...

Results of the DIS enquiry on ISO/DIS 10631 “Metallic butterfly valves for general purposes”

The ISO DIS enquiry opened 21 December 2011 and closed 23 May 2012. The ISO/DIS 10631 was approved by 93% of P-Members voting with comments and only 1 negative vote. The commen...

Spirax Sarco’s insulation jackets

New Spirax Sarco insulation jackets save energy, cut costs, improve safety, are easy to order, instant to fit and have a long life – what’s not to like? Spirax Sarco is launchi...

Score Group plc launch new MIDAS® Sensor for Through Valve Loss / Leak Detection and Measurement

Score Group plc launched its latest innovative valve diagnostic product during ONS week in Stavanger. The MIDAS® Sensor (patent applied for), follows on from the successful launch ...

Latest revision of the DNV Offshore Standard for Submarine Pipeline Systems, DNV-OS-F101

The third revision of the DNV Offshore Standard for Submarine Pipeline Systems, DNV-OS-F101, is now available providing significant improvements based on solid feedback from the in...

Schubert & Salzer perfect for tyres: Production plants for tyres place extremely high demands on valves

Tyre curing presses work at high pressures of steam, water, and nitrogen, as well as at high temperatures. In addition, the very short processing cycles require extremely robust va...

Rotork announces the next generation of gas-over-oil pipeline valve actuators – the Rotork GO Range

The robust GO Range now provides a more compact and reliable solution for automating heavy duty valve applications found in the gathering, transmission, compression and storage of ...

Fugitive Emissions Test ISO 15848-1

The innovative Hobbs Valve TVT range of Triple Offset Butterfly Valves has successfully passed the Fugitive Emissions test requirements of International Standard ISO 15848-1:2006. ...

New Recruits Support AUMA UK’s Service Remit

AUMA growth in the UK has been supported with the recruitment of Kerry Harris to the new post of Manager for the Southern Region and Head of Internal Sales. The appointment support...

Big Business for Quickits Limited

Quickits Limited has long been established as the ‘Best in Class’ when it comes to the valve and actuator mounting kit manufacturing industry. With the recent, new additions to the...

Score Training Unveil Widely Anticipated Compression Packing Course

Score Training and Multimedia Productions Ltd. (part of Score Group plc.) will this month deliver training in Compression Packing to external clients for the first time as they lau...

Solving Sealing Problems For Flow Control Products

Ball valves, utilising a drilledthrough ball rotating in a retaining socket, are widely used for process line control operations within industry. Typical areas of application for t...

Extension To BlutopTM Product Range Meets Increasing Customer Demands

Iron technology leader Saint-Gobain PAM UK, part of leading materials group Saint-Gobain, has extended its BlutopTM pipe system to accommodate growing customer needs. A smaller...

EN 14341:2006 “Industrial valves - Steel check valves"

was submitted to the CEN systematic review in 2011. Following the results of the review, CEN/ TC 69 requested its secretariat to launch a resolution for the revision of EN 14341:20...

The Case for Interlocking Pig Launchers and Receivers: By Mike Fynes, Sales and Marketing Director, Smith Flow Control

Pigging operations are inherently dangerous. Opening a pig trap closure while there is pressure in the barrel can shoot the pig out of the launcher at high speeds. Attempting to pa...

Steam systems efficiency optimised by control elements: Eichbaum Brewery replaces boiler room seat valves with Schubert & Salzer sliding gate valves

When traditional valves with a metal seat are used to shut off and restrict steam, they are highly susceptible to scoring. Inevitably this leads to costly and even dangerous leakag...

Spirax Sarco White Paper analyses cost benefits of condensate recovery in steam systems

A new White Paper from Spirax Sarco shows how steam users can save tens of thousands of pounds by improving their condensate recovery systems. Condensate, the hot, treated wate...

Valvekits launches new website

Under the slogan ‘Everything for the valve industry except valves and actuators’, the new website describes Valvekits’ abilities to supply a vast array of valve and actuator relate...

Full steam ahead for Valveforce’s High Pressure Valves at AD and biofuel plants

Steam system and flow control specialists Valveforce have launched a new range of High Pressure Two-Way Pneumatic and Electric Control Valves, designed to help maximise efficient o...

BS ISO 6552:1980 Automatic steam traps — Definition of technical terms

This British standard was published on 31 May 2012 and is the UK implementation of ISO 6552:1980, incorporating corrigendum July 2009. It supersedes BS 6023:1981 (dual numbered as ...

One-size-fits-all digital positioner from ABB: Adapts at the push of a button

The new PositionMaster EDP300 digital positioner from ABB offers a single control solution to suit any control valve with an air-driven actuator. The new unit features built-in int...

Fast Moving Year for Econosto UK Culminates in New Distributor Agreement

Econosto UK approaches the end of 2012 celebrating some significant achievements. Most recently the company has announced its appointment as the official UK and Ireland distrib...

Parts of BS EN 60079

Explosive atmospheres Part 0: Equipment — General requirements This British standard was published in September 2012. It is the UK implementation of EN 60079-0:2012 and is deri...

The ALV Range of flameproof solenoid valves

As part of our on-going Development and Expansion Programme of Alpha Controls product range we are pleased to announce the Alpha ALV Range of high quality Flameproof and ATEX appro...

Leengate - The Distributor’s Distributor

Leengate Valves, the UK’s market leading valve wholesaler, is pleased to announce our brand new priced catalogue – with over 140 new products and extended ranges. If you require a ...

Fugitive Emissions

Result of the NWIP ballot for the revision of ISO 15848-1:2006 and ISO 15848-2:2006. • Approval for the addition of ISO/NP 15848-1 and -2 to the ISO/TC 153/SC 1 programme of wo...

Becoming the next big thing in engineering: Brunel University students win this year’s Engineering Insight prize: Final year students get hands on with design brief from Midland ACS, a Xylem brand

Four final year B.Eng students at Brunel University took on a design brief from leading global water technology provider Xylem in a new initiative aimed at promoting closer links b...

Scottish Energy Minister puts CVS on the spot

In August, Scottish Minister for Energy, Enterprise and Tourism, Fergus Ewing (pictured right) visited Mick Beavers, Managing Director of Control Valve Solutions Ltd (CVS) at the c...

Advanced Planning and Scheduling in an ‘engineer to order’ business

With a developing business and significant market growth being displayed, BEL Valves recognised the need for new methods of planning and scheduling to manage its growing order book...

BS EN 12266-1:2012 Standard

Industrial valves — Testing of metallic valves Part 1: Pressure tests, test procedures and acceptance criteria — Mandatory requirements This British Standard has now been publi...

High Performance Seals Extend DME Fuelled Transport Operations

Dimethyl ether (DME) burns much cleaner than diesel oils, and is also proving to be an economic and effective alternative fuel or fuel additive for use with gas turbines as well as...

New Era for Hobbs Valve

Another era is dawning for Hobbs Valve with an extensive investment in the expansion of their manufacturing operation based in South Wales. With an ever increasing internationa...

NAMTEC joins Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre

The National Metals Technology Centre (NAMTEC) has joined the University of Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) to better promote innovation and competitivene...

Expansion for fast-growing Valveforce

Just four years on from its founding, steam system and flow control specialists Valveforce has made a threefold increase in its floor space by moving to new purpose-built premises ...

PD 5500: 2012 ‘Specification for unfired fusion welded pressure vessels’

The latest revision of PD 5500 has been published. It outlines the latest amendments to the specification up to and including those published in September 2011. It is the start...

EnerMech Invest £5 Million in Saudi Arabian Joint Venture

Mechanical engineering group, EnerMech, will invest up to £5 million and create 40 jobs as part of an expansion programme in Saudi Arabia. The company has signed a joint ventur...

Parker PID-T actuator range: Extends operating life and reduces maintenance costs

Parker Hannifin, the global leader in motion and control technologies, has recently introduced its P1D-T range of actuators available with bore sizes up to 320mm. This highly compe...

Draft ISO/DIS 28921-1

“Industrial valves - Isolating valves for low temperatures application Part 1: Design, manufacturing and production testing” The result of the DIS enquiry on ISO/DIS 28921-1 “I...

MetalTek International Reorganization Emphasizes Market Focus

MetalTek International, the manufacturer and integrator of quality high-alloy components, announced a reorganization recently designed to solidify its growth strategy as a metals t...

Heating The Debate!: ISIS Fluid Control Supply Isotherm Heat Exchanger Packages to the Houses of Parliament

With the well publicised multi million pound refurbishment of the Palace of Westminster under way, ISIS Fluid Control worked closely with MITIE Built Environment to supply several ...

ISO/DIS 10631 “Metallic butterfly valves for general purposes”

The results of the DIS enquiry on ISO 10631 have been published. ISO/DIS 10631 was approved for acceptance, with 13 out of 14 P - Member countries voting in favour of the DIS. ...

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