Robotics are a growing part of the world of business today.  Going forward in 2013 and beyond we can count on robots and automated devices to assist us more.  Many of us may not understand how robotics work with valves, and valves with robotics, but the truth is they can and have worked hand in hand for years.  Whether it’s working on heart valves, or allows valves to regulate oil and lubrication to the robotics – where you have a valve, you usually have robotics.

With some valve manufacturers, the valve automatic process can be assisted with robotic elements such as the robots provided by RobotWorx.  Some company’s use automated robotics on their assembly line and as welding tools to help streamline production and help save time and money for the end user.

We can count on seeing more robots in the valve and electronics industry as we move slowly closer and closer to a fully automated world.

In a recent article, Valtorc International discusses the definition of a ball valve, what a ball valve is and how they operate and help control flow and regulate pressure.  In the article you will learn the differences in configurations and materials that go into a ball valve.

Click here to read the full article on What is a Ball Valve?

Many the benefits of building with steel are widely known: faster construction times, lower maintenance expenses, increased energy efficiency, and endless design options. However, one very significant, but less advertised advantage of steel buildings is that insurance companies love them! Building owners can see savings of up to 40% on insurance premiums by choosing to build with steel.

Insurance companies recognize the security of steel buildings and reward customers for choosing steel with lower insurance prices. Factoring insurance costs into the decision making process of choosing a building type may or may not tip the expense scale one way or another, but it is the job of insurance providers to mitigate risks and charge accordingly, which is why a steel building costs less to insure.

The fact that steel buildings are incredibly resistant to fire boasts well with the insurance companies. Insurers follow a building rating system of fire resistance for buildings of a scale from Construction Class 1-Frame to Class 6- Fire Resistive (1-most combustible to 6-least combustible). Naturally then, the more fire resistive the lower insurance rate.

A typical prefabricated metal building is rated as Non Combustible Class 3 or 4, however with a few design features to make the building more fire resistance a steel building can easily rate at a Modified Fire Resistive or Fire Resistive Class 5 or 6. In comparison to Class 1 and 2 rated buildings that include unprotected wood frames, heavy timber, masonry bearing walls and combustible rated frames steel buildings hold up longer in a fire.

Insurance rates on buildings are also relative to the areas weather conditions. For instance Florida buildings will likely encounter hurricane and flood conditions, while California is more prone to earthquakes. Therefore, it is important to insurers that buildings be built to withstand these conditions as best as possible. The less likely a building is to need structural repair after Mother Nature hits, the lower insurance rates will be. Needless to say, aside from a concrete dome, steel buildings are the next best building material capable of withstanding high wind loads. A steel building for hurricane or tornado prone areas can be engineered to withstand wind loads in excess of the 150 mph; that’s the highest winds load building requirement in the United States.

Additionally, the flexural strength of steel—its ability to bend—makes it the ultimate material for buildings threatened by earthquakes. With minimal design alterations a steel building can withstand an earthquake by minimally swaying and bending before returning to its original stature; unlike other building material that can crack or rupture under only minimal flex or compression.

While insurance companies prefer the aforementioned benefits of steel the actual cost savings will vary from one building to the next. Other factors such as the use of the building and its surroundings can also greatly affect the buildings premiums.

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Registration is now open for the first Valve World Conference to be held in the Americas.  This premiere event is setting precedent in format as well as location – by having the conference made up of plenary sessions and workshops rather than presentations of papers.  Believing that workshops are an especially dynamic way to increase the value of covered topics and at the same time increase audience participation,  a variety of timely topics and issues will be covered, making this an exciting, interactive experience for all.

Plenary topics include:

  • The “Nuclear Exchange” – Transforming Nuclear Industry Operating Experience into Improvements in Valve Performance
  • Latin America – In-country Sourcing & Exporting

Among the many workshop topics are:

  • Unconventional Energy Resources
  • Counterfeit Valves – a Threat

Read more here.


MEPS expects global crude stainless steel output for 2010 to have reached an all-time high total of 30.45 million tonnes, 7.4 percent more than the previous record figure from 2006.

Overall worldwide production for last year is expected to equate to an increase of nearly 24 percent over 2009, which represented the low point of the recent global slump. Another record out turn of over 31 million tonnes is forecast in 2011.

Activity in the EU increased in the last three months of the year, driven by manufacturing in Germany, Sweden and Poland, to finish the year at an estimated 25 percent more than in 2009.
The annual total stainless production in the United States in 2010 is now expected to be almost 40 percent up on the outturn in 2009, which marked the bottom of a very deep slump. However, it is still down on the 2006 peak.

Japanese output is estimated to increase by nearly 27 percent, compared with the tonnage produced in 2009. South Korean activity picked up during the second half of 2010 to finish the year on a preliminary total of 2 million tonnes.

Chinese stainless production is expected to be over 11 million tonnes in 2010 – more than double the output in 2006. In Taiwan, the slump of 2008 and 2009 was not as severe as in some western markets. Consequently, 2010’s estimated total output was only 16 percent higher than the previous year.

Source: MEPS – Stainless Steel Review

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