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Featuring a variety of Val-Matic informational posts, as well as industry information.

Labor Shortages Restricting Manufacturing Recovery

Delta variant, vaccine hesitancy are drivers, but more jobs could be filled in U.S. as 2021 ends. Pumps & Systems Managing Editor Drew Champlin goes into more detail in his article about labor shortages. Click below to read more.

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Manual Quarter-Turn Valve Actuators

Butterfly and ball valves are typically supplied with either a traveling nut or worm gear type actuator. Both types are listed in the applicable AWWA Valve Standards, C504 and C507. Each type has some important characteristics that affect the performance of the valve assembly and should be understood before selecting ...

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How 3D Printing Fits Into A Mind Shift In Manufacturing

During the coronavirus pandemic, we were forced to give up certain old habits: we stopped shaking hands, we stopped international travel, etc. These changes in habits have not only affected the way people work and spend time with friends and families but have driven significant change in business and manufacturing. Read on to see how 3D printing fits into this change.

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Valve Inspection: An Essential Job

Industrial valves perform key functions in fluid processes and their failure can be detrimental to any major piping system or process. Failure and an unplanned system shutdown can cost millions of dollars. Hence, a valve failure represents a real and significant risk to any fluid system and should be mitigated through quality inspection and testing. 

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Rigging and Lifting Large Valves

Lifting heavy and large loads is challenging enough.   But when you add the complexity of large valve geometries, extensions, and oddly shaped actuators, great care and understanding is required to perform safe load lifting operations, both in the factory and on the job site.

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A Wealth of Valve Knowledge

Ever need a wealth of valve knowledge in an easy grab and go format? Check out Val-Matic's Engineering Manual. A collection of technical white papers containing a ton of valve and fluid knowledge created by Val-Matic's team of designers, engineers, and technicians representing hundreds of years of industry experience dedicated to solving problems and delivering solutions to customers.

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Tangential Wedge Pins in Quarter-Turn Valves

There are many possible ways to attach the closure member of a quarter‐turn valve to the valve’s actuating shaft.  Check out the latest white paper as to why tangential wedge pins are Val-Matic's preferred method for its quarter‐turn valves.

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American-BFV® Butterfly Valve Webinar

Do you know how butterfly valves can be used in industrial applications? Val-Matic offers product webinars that focus on the features and benefits of Val-Matic products for use in various industrial applications such as industrial wastewater, power, oil & gas, mining and fracking. If you are curious how you can use an American-BFV® Butterfly Valves in an industrial application check out their website and YouTube page.

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A Reference Manual on Elastomers

The history and general application of elastomers in pipes, valves and fittings is the subject of the recently published Manual of Practice developed by the American Water Works Association (AWWA). Click to read the article published in Valve Magazine by John V. Ballun.

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How did they flush the toilet on the Death Star?

It’s May 4, also known in some circles as Star Wars Day. (“May the Fourth Be With You.” Get it?)

And as "Star Wars" geeks ourselves, we hope that fans of the iconic films will appreciate our tribute, which comes, as you would expect, with a water twist. Read on for a fun article from Denver Water.

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