10 things to know about valves
A little valve knowledge can go a long way to improving your operation.
Here are ten things that you need to know about valves to help improve plant safety:
- Know the difference between modulating and on/off control and which type of valve is required.
- Know the meaning of Cv and its relation to sizing for the correct flow control
- Understand process compatibility requirements and valve materials of construction.
- Know how the valve will be controlled and choose the electrical or pneumatic interface accordingly.
- Think about maintenance requirements and spare parts that must be kept on-hand for repairs if required.
- Select low maintenance valves and develop a preventative maintenance plan for them.
- Make sure plans are made for training facility maintenance personnel on maintaining and repairing the selected valve(s).
- Ask the valve manufacturer about their post-sales support and warranty periods.
- Establish a relationship with the valve manufacturer’s authorized representative and have them provide input.
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Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.
There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.
But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.
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