I attended the Valve World 2019 Conference and Exhibition, held at the George R. Brown Convention Center, June 19 – 20, 2019.  This is a great conference to attend because it is so exciting, and this year was no exception.


The things I like to see at valve meetings are pressure safety relief valves and actuated hand valves.  Technology for PSVs is always changing, whether its design, metallurgy, or changes to API 520 or 521.  Actuated hand valves are also being monitored for reliability – our world is constantly changing.


A company that really caught my eye is Circor.  They exhibited a valve that regulates the flow of centrifugal pumps and provides surge protection, without instrumentation.  It’s all done with a spring inside the check valve.

20190620_123054.jpgRichard Pritzkau of Circor

Another company that stood out to me was Exida.  This company provides consulting and training for things like process hazards analysis and LOPA.  When I first started in this business there was no training for things like this, you had to just know from experience.

20190620_133735.jpgRick Corral with colleagues, rik713@gmail.com, www.itouchrelief.com

When you work in the plant, sometimes there are injuries and that means working the kinks out before returning to work.  I spoke to Rick Corral at the meeting who is a distributor for I Touch Relief, a company that sells pain management devices – TENS, Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation.  Every time I see this company, I take a trail of their product.  I have an old football shoulder injury, and it feels better and better when I take a spin with this product.


Heading down to GRB is always a treat – the sun, the park, the strolls; and of course KHOU, Channel 11 is always on the first floor of GRB.  On June 20, meteorologist Erika Lopez conducts interviews in front of the television station.  It is always a pleasure to see KHOU during conferences.

20190620_125606.jpgKHOU, Erika Lopez

Valve World holds conferences all over the world and frequently comes to Houston.  So, stay tuned to Houston Energy Industry News for upcoming events.



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