Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Valve World Americas Conference and Expo 2013

Our 2013 show is now over! Thank you to everyone who visited or exhibited at the expo, purchased a ticket for the conference or attended the Valves and Actuators 101 workshop last week.

It was exciting to finally get to meet those of you we’ve been chatting with both on the phone and online for months, and to see the show come together.

Make sure you’re following us on Twitter for up-to-the-minute Valve World Americas news, and on Facebook for pictures of the show in a few days.

For those of you forward-thinkers, book your floor space for the 2015 Exhibition right away—it’s moving quickly. This year our waiting list was nearly as long as our list of exhibitors so don’t miss out!

The 2015 show will be even bigger and better than this year’s. Keep an eye on our Twitter feed, Facebook page and this blog page for updates as they come.

We’d love to hear your feedback. What did you like about this year’s conference and expo? (Workshops, networking, food?) What would you like to see at the 2015 show? (New topics?)

We’ll see you in Houston in two years!

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Valve World Americas Conference & Expo - Day one

We’ve reached end of day one at the Valve World Americas Conference and Expo. This year we’re at the George R. Brown Convention Center in downtown Houston, Texas, and thankful that the building is air conditioned!
We must apologize for the long line-ups at the registration desk this morning and thank you for your patience; all of our delegates and exhibitors got to where they needed to be, whether it was in position at their company’s booth in the exhibit hall, walking the exhibition floor as a visitor or attending one of the workshops in the conference.
The delicious breakfast you all enjoyed was courtesy of one of our sponsors, Bray Controls. We’ll see you there again bright and early tomorrow when we start round two.
Our chairmen, Ron Merrick and Claire Dwyer from Fluor, gave an inspiring speech to welcome our conference delegates this morning. The workshops were well-attended and abuzz with thoughtful questions for the presenters. 

As we gear up for day two, remember to follow us on Twitter and Facebook for up-to-the-minute news, pictures and reminders for upcoming events. We're always happy to hear your feedback, so make sure you share your thoughts!

We'll see all of your smiling faces, new and familiar, tomorrow morning. 

Monday, June 17, 2013

Workshop: Valve Asset Management (Wednesday, June 26, 2013 at 2:00pm)

Valve World Americas Expo & Conference 2013, Houston, Texas

Benny McCallum, Pentair
Sid Garrison, Pentair

Rajan Hingoray, AramcoServices
Sandro Esposito, GE
Daniel Baxter, Cameron

Description: There can be far more than the loss of mere dollars associated with valve failures, as any experienced plant manager knows. Valves affect all of a plant’s operations and so utilizing predictive techniques within an effective asset management program can optimize maintenance frequency and significantly reduce plant operating costs.

This workshop will discuss best practices and tools for asset management of valves used in various industries: power, oil and gas, chemical, food and beverage, etc.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Workshop: Fit for Purpose (FtP) Valves (Tuesday, June 25, 2013 at 10:30am)

Valve World Americas Expo & Conference 2013, Houston, Texas

John Gill, Bayer Business and Technology Services LLC

Ron Manson, Cameron, Crane
Rich DeBuck, KSB-Amri Inc.
Mark Fucich, FC Tech
Ron Merrick, Fluor Enterprises
Mirek Hubacek, Velan Valve Corporation

Description: Valve performance is dependent on both the mechanical design of the valve and the materials of the construction. Much design attention is often focuses on the primary pressure containing parts of the valve, but frequently the valve’s internally wetted parts are not given the attention they require.

This workshop will provide insight into the material selection for valve trim, including components such as stems, springs and pins. The goal of this session is to provide the end-user with an understanding of the material options and design considerations for service applications.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Workshop: Fit for Purpose (FtP) Valves (Wednesday, June 26, 2013 at 10:30am)

Valve World Americas Expo & Conference 2013, Houston, Texas

Henk Hinssen, iHandl Engineering

Andreas Vogt, FIRST GmbH
Richard Harvey, Norgren
Duke Tran, Mogas
Eric Fillion, Metso
Mike Dennis, Bifold
Ryohei Furuta, Kitz
Guang-Quan Li, ASCO US
Don Muske, Emerson

Description: Automated valves and control valves are key contributors to instrumentation unreliability and case of substantial money loss. This workshop is intended to bring the criteria together to discuss, debate and identify better ways to realize a proper “Fit for Purpose Valves” sizing and selection process. The workshop will discuss way to identify the “high performance” valves during the FEED stage and the fact that not only control valves but also solenoid and automated block valves need to be considered.

The workshop will focus on understanding valve flow behavior such as cavitation, flashing and choked flow as an essential criterion to size and select FtP and how having effective engineering tools that tell you, even during the FEED stage, that reliability is at stake, is a great asset.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Valve World Americas Exhibition

Don’t forget: Entrance to the Valve World Americas Exhibition is FREE.

Stop by to visit all each of our exhibitors. They've been working hard to prepare their booths for you!

Wondering whom to expect? Click here to see the exhibition floor plan.

Leave a comment below to tell us what you're most excited to see at the exhibition or conference.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Workshop: Introduction to HIPPS (Tuesday, June 25, 2013 at 10:30am)

Valve World Americas Expo & Conference 2013, Houston, Texas

Amaro Bustmante, Aramco Services
Pieter Kok, Pentair

Joe Pittman, Chevron
Ian Ramsay Connell, Yokogawa
Patrick Flanders, Aramco
Kevin Jackson, Mogas
Rens Wolters, Mokveld

Ed Wallis, BEL Valves

Description: Worldwide, we see a growing interest in the use of Safety Instrumented Systems. In the upstream and midstream section of the oil & gas industry, more often High Integrity Pressure Protection Systems are installed to protect the installations. 

What are the effects on the total installation and what is the impact HIPPS has on the total safety and the environment? Knowing and understanding the consequences of using a HIPPS should HIPPS become more used as overpressure protection in lieu of or in addition to conventional safety relief valves.