Articles

Below you will find published articles written by Valin's own experts and information from our suppliers.   
Submitted by Corey Foster || Valin Corporation
on Wed, 05/17/2017
Motion Control vs. Robotics

For automation applications, one of the larger misconceptions in the industry today is that when someone uses the phrase “motion control,” they can just as easily use the term “robotics,” as if the two are interchangeable. Click on the "Read More" button below to read the full article featured in Product Design and Development Magazine.

Submitted by Anne Vranicic || Valin Corporation
on Wed, 03/08/2017

Valin Corporation’s Vice President of Marketing, Anne Vrancic, recently did a Q&A with ID to discuss Valin’s journey from the planning phase, through the launch and how the site is being received now that it’s been up and running for 8 months.

Submitted by Corey Foster & Ray Marquiss || Valin Corporation
on Thu, 02/16/2017

Process automation is the term most used when talking about computer technology paired with software specifically engineered to help industrial plants or factories operate more efficiently and safely. Before process automation was implemented, individuals would have to physically monitor the components and outputs of a plant or factory. 

Submitted by Kate Kunkel || Valve Magazine
on Mon, 01/23/2017
Relevance in a Digital Age

The distribution model of the past 50 years is changing rapidly thanks in part to the digital revolution. Joseph Nettemeyer, president and CEO of Valin Corporation, says that means distributors must find ways to add more value to solutions offered to customers. It also means they must become digital experts in communication.

Submitted by Frank Schollmeier || Valin Corporation
on Mon, 12/26/2016

Upstream bioprocessing, within the last 10 years, has been converted to a single-use disposable product rather than a housing that would be need to be regularly cleaned. The issue with single-use bioprocessing is that most systems will have a bottleneck at the chromatography column.

Submitted by Tim Tritch
on Thu, 12/08/2016
Separation Process

Liquid to liquid separation, at the very basic level, is a process where water is removed from a hydrocarbon. Over the last decade, there have been three prominent machines or mechanisms that can perform a liquid to liquid separation. These three mechanisms include a centrifuge, a vacuum dehydration system and a coalescer system.

Submitted by Corey Foster || Valin Corporation
on Thu, 12/08/2016

It is all about connectivity. Now more than ever the industrial plant model has become heavily reliant upon the connectivity possibilities between equipment and the automation that it can provide. The future digital plant revolves around the idea of connecting machines to work faster, more efficiently and in collaboration with one another.

Submitted by Bill Nevills
on Wed, 11/09/2016

Contemplating an actuator for your pneumatic linear-motion system? Here are some tips on how to select the best one for the job.

Submitted by Brian Sullivan
on Wed, 09/14/2016

Valin’s aluminum framing systems are being used in cleanroom environments to overcome many of the disadvantages associated with traditional painted steel shelving systems.

Submitted on Mon, 07/11/2016

An extensive range of Panel Builder products feature time-saving, Push-In Plus terminals and reduced mounting depth and volume to fit smaller control panels.

Submitted on Mon, 07/11/2016

Omron now offers FM Approved Temperature Limit Controllers in three E5_C series formats that help protect processes against runaway heating or cooling systems.

Submitted by Corey Foster
on Fri, 07/01/2016

The Internet of Things (IoT) is a phrase that describes the connectivity between physical objects networked together using an Internet connection. These networks have a wide range of capabilities, mostly centered on collecting or exchanging data. A specialized version of the IoT, referred to as the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), enables industrial application engineers to implement new or retrofitted systems with upgraded levels of connectivity that allow more advanced process control.

Submitted by Casey Sullivan
on Wed, 05/04/2016

According to the United States Energy Information Administration, coal power accounted for 39 percent of the country’s electricity production last year.

Submitted by Sue Czeropski, CPT, Ph.D.
on Wed, 05/04/2016

Creating meaningful and long-lasting change within an organization can always be challenging. Often, employees can become complacent in the way they operate on a day-to-day basis.

Submitted on Wed, 05/04/2016

Valin Corporation now offers single-pump custody transfer units it estimates cost $10,000-$15,000 less than traditional two-pump designs.

Submitted by Brian Sullivan & Chad Lieber
on Wed, 05/04/2016

In order to avoid unnecessary shutdowns and the high costs associated with them, manufacturing systems need to be flushed at regular intervals. The practice is a high-value maintenance practice that is required throughout the industrial world.

Submitted by Russell Rochambeau
on Tue, 03/08/2016

Join two dissimilar metals, add a little water, and you have set up a circuit that can lead to some serious corrosion. Understanding terminology like electrolysis and galvanic reaction can help you identify and avoid problems that can occur anywhere—not just in hydraulic systems.

Submitted by Ryan Whittaker
on Tue, 03/08/2016

In applications requiring heated concrete to prevent snow or ice accumulation, the ideal solution is mineral insulated heat trace cables embedded in concrete.

Submitted by Joseph Nettemeyer
on Tue, 03/08/2016

In a society with an “excess of everything,” a manufacturing or distribution business needs to be able to provide unique and clearly defined value propositions in order to gain that crucial market share.

Submitted by Brian Sullivan
on Tue, 03/08/2016

Spectroscopy-based measurement on manufacturing lines yields greater process control

Submitted by Cory Calderon
on Mon, 01/18/2016

Inside power generation plants, there is a need to eliminate the dangerous oil mist produced by lubrication systems.  In any set of circumstances where there is significant metal on metal contact, there should be some form of lubrication system installed that will increase the lifespan of the machinery.

Submitted by Cory Calderon
on Tue, 12/08/2015
Dry Resin Ion-Exchange Cartridges

Dry Resin Ion-Exchange Cartridges have become the international choice for reducing Total Acid Number (TAN) in lubricating, hydraulic and insulating oil systems.

Submitted on Thu, 10/01/2015

United Electric Controls has introduced a unique new family of HART capable transmitters that provides programmable switching functionality for industrial process monitoring applications. The new One Series 1XTXSW transmitter line is the first to integrate HART 7 compatible 4-20 mA output and two solid-state programmable relays for monitoring temperature or pressure in safety, alarm and emergency shutdown applications.

Submitted by Russell Rochambeau, Valin Corp.
on Tue, 09/22/2015

Making smart design decisions, particularly in relation to the suction line, can avoid potentially severe cavitation-induced damage to hydraulic pumps.

Submitted by Bosch Rexroth
on Tue, 09/08/2015
Hydraulics and how it will change manufacturing

Monte Swinford and Peter Rochford of Bosch Rexroth talks about the latest development in hydraulics technology and how this will help change manufacturing.

Submitted on Fri, 09/04/2015
CS Series

The Chromalox CS Series of solid state relays are an ideal, low-cost power control solution for rapidly and precisely switching resistive loads found in industrial applications such as furnaces, ovens, heat treating, injection molding, thermoforming, press platens, commercial food equipment, semiconductor, lighting and drying, just to name a few.

Submitted by Omron
on Fri, 09/04/2015

Omron has been providing automation solutions for more than 80 years. Their washdown rated products and extreme washdown products in the IP69k protection class help you deliver safer solutions to your customers.

Submitted on Thu, 08/20/2015
Workplace Safety Still Needs a Human Component

Workplace safety is—or should be—a primary focus of every organization, regardless of whether we’re talking about a classroom, an office, a manufacturing facility, or an oil rig. Employees deserve a workspace that is as safe and secure as it can possibly be.

Submitted by Bipin Sen || Bosch Rexroth
on Fri, 08/14/2015

Achieving precise registration accuracy is a factor of two related variables: web tension and transport velocity.

Submitted on Fri, 08/14/2015

Now medium-sized and heavy duty machinery such as presses, plastic injection molding systems and machine tools can take advantage of the high-axial stiffness and smooth-running operation of Rexroth Planetary Screw Assemblies. Additional sizes extend the product’s application range, supporting dynamic load capacities up to 544 kN and static load capacities up to 1,496 kN within a minimum of installation space.

Submitted on Thu, 08/13/2015

Sysmac is the latest machine automation platform from Omron with integration throughout: from controller to software.

Submitted by Advantech
on Mon, 08/03/2015
Advantech Touch Panel Computers - Compact, Elegant, Robust

Advantech’s new 12.1” and 15” TPC-1251T/1551T touch panel computers are the latest of their type to use the Intel® Atom™ E3827 1.75 GHz Processor and to feature the much heralded iDoor Technology, a truly flat screen and a multitude of I/O ports while being able to operate in a wide range of temperatures.

Submitted by Advantech
on Mon, 08/03/2015
ProView Thumb

Advantech ProView Ethernet Switch is a SCADA manageable switches which are the convergence switches for process control and IT networking management.

Submitted by Parker
on Wed, 07/29/2015
Parker's mSR linear motor positioner

Meet Parker's new mSR (miniature square rail) linear motor positioner. The mSR integrates dual square rails for guidance, with one of two different linear motor technologies, and up to six different encoder technologies.

Submitted by Ray Herrera, Valin || Chemengonline.com
on Tue, 07/14/2015
Valve-Selection Best Practices

Precise combinations of valves and other equipment lead to process success. A biopolymer fermentation process provides an example of proper valve selection.

Submitted by Allen Tubbs || Control Engineering
on Mon, 07/13/2015
Connect the potential of Industry 4.0 with real manufacturing

A new manufacturing line can produce one product and up to 25 variants, with a 10% increase in productivity and a 30% decrease in inventory by using Industry 4.0 technologies. See the five qualities Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) devices need to create the Industry 4.0 manufacturing environment.

Submitted by Mark Muro and Scott Andes
on Mon, 07/06/2015

Nearly 30 years ago, in 1987, the Nobel-winning economist Robert Solow surveyed the impact of IT on the economy and concluded that “you can see the computer age everywhere but in the productivity statistics.”

Submitted by Patlite
on Thu, 07/02/2015
 REVOLITE LA6 Multi-Informational Signal Towers

Patlite innovation continues with improved functionality to drive productivity, improve efficiencies, and reduce waste. One of their basic themes is to help you make continuous improvements in your process. With that in mind, Patlite recently introduced the REVOLITE LA6 multi-informational signal tower.

Submitted by PJM Editor
on Fri, 06/26/2015

Trying to size and space the electrical components before the mechanics are defined can lead to wasted time and rework.

Submitted by IPS
on Fri, 06/19/2015

The IPS PTFE Pressure Regulator is designed for use with high purity water systems and aggressive chemical applications to regulate and maintain a constant pressure downstream of the valve and prevent over-pressurization of sensitive equipment.

Submitted by Jon Monsen Ph.D., PE // Flow Control Network Magazine
on Wed, 06/17/2015

This is Part IV in a four-part series based on the contents of the new textbook, “Control Valve Application Technology, Techniques and Considerations for Properly Selecting the Right Control Valve.”

Submitted by Kevin Smay, Valin Corporation // Plant Engineering
on Wed, 06/17/2015

Plant engineers often fail to incorporate correct lubrication into system processes and do not realize its critical importance until something goes wrong.

Submitted on Tue, 06/16/2015
Minncare® HD Disinfectant

Minncare HD is the first chemical disinfectant to receive an FDA 510(k) clearance for the disinfection of water purification systems for hemodialysis.

Submitted by Russ Rochambeau, Valin Corporation
on Tue, 06/09/2015
cavitation

Cavitation is the 2nd leading cause of a pump system failure. It’s for this reason that a full understanding of what cavitation is, how it is caused and how it can be prevented is critical in the fluid power industry.

Submitted by Jon Monsen Ph.D., PE // Flow Control Network Magazine
on Thu, 05/21/2015
Flow Control Network

In order to get good control with stability throughout the full range of required flow rates, one must use a control valve that has an installed flow characteristic that is linear, or at least as close to linear as possible in most systems.

Submitted by Chad Lieber | Prozess Technologie and Brian Sullivan | Valin
on Tue, 05/05/2015
Prozess

In a world where most information is available in an instant, plant managers and engineers are continuously trying to find ways to improve the efficiency of processes along the manufacturing line.

Submitted by Jamie Zachary | PROCESSWest
on Tue, 04/14/2015
Petrochemical Industry

Tasked with increased demand for high power output, many operators in North American sectors such as power generation, oil and gas, petrochemical and chemical have been challenged by low-voltage solutions and their associated logistical challenges.

Submitted by Patrick Bartell and Nathan Ehresman
on Wed, 04/01/2015
Coriolis Mass Flowmeter

When addressing the needs of measurement operations involving various densities and amounts of liquid, Coriolis mass flowmeters are often chosen for their accuracy, durability and reduced maintenance costs. Applications involving custody transfer benefit from their simple and dependable characteristics.

Submitted by by Jon Monsen, Ph.D., P.E.
on Fri, 03/27/2015
Control Valve Application Technology Book

Purchase Valin’s Control Valve Application Technology book today to learn how to apply the right techniques to selecting the correct control valves.

Submitted by Jon Monsen Ph.D., PE // Flow Control Network Magazine
on Thu, 03/05/2015

This is Part II in a four-part series based on the contents of the new textbook, “Control Valve Application Technology, Techniques and Considerations for Properly Selecting the Right Control Valve.”

Submitted by John Brokaw, Sr. Application Engineer at Valin for Control Engineering Magazine
on Thu, 03/05/2015

Advice follows on using proportional-integral-derivative (PID) tuning for motion control and robotics. High-end robotics with high dynamics and reasonably high accuracy of movement almost always require the use of these control algorithms for operation.

Submitted by Jon Monsen Ph.D., PE // Flow Control Network Magazine
on Tue, 02/24/2015
An Insider’s Guide to Valve Sizing & Selection

This article discusses the importance of selecting the correct flow characteristic and correctly sizing the valve in order for the valve to properly control the process.

Submitted by Jon Irvine
on Tue, 02/03/2015

Considering the number of variables present, gaining precise control of a process heating application can be a difficult task. In industries with a low tolerance for irregularities and a high demand for consistent quality, controlling the temperature of a substance from the start to the finish of a process is an absolute necessity.

Submitted by IAI
on Mon, 01/26/2015

IAI's new IXP Series Robots cost around 1/2 of that of a conventional model due to the adoption of the pulse motors. The IXP achieves a payload equivalent to that of a conventional model by adopting high-output drivers. All IXP models come standard with battery-less absolute encoders.

Submitted by Erick Slack || Wholesale & Distribution Magazine
on Thu, 01/22/2015

In its earliest days, Valin focused on fluid handling and developing products used in the manufacturing of semiconductor equipment and microchips. Over time, the company expanded its capabilities based on market and economic conditions.

Submitted by Chromalox
on Wed, 01/21/2015
Chromalox ITLS Heat Trace Control Panels

Chromalox Heat Trace Panels are complete control solutions for the most demanding heat trace applications.  Their WeatherTRACE and IntelliTRACE lines provide temperature control, monitoring and power management in one package.

Submitted by Parker
on Wed, 01/21/2015
Parker Fulflo® EcoBond Filter Cartridges

Parker’s Fulflo® EcoBond™ Cartridges are the most economical high purity filter cartridges available. Featuring a graded density matrix of uniform polypropylene fibers, the EcoBond™ provides consistent filtration for a wide variety of fluids. 

Submitted by Jon Monsen Ph.D., PE
on Wed, 01/14/2015
Valve Sizing

It’s important to understand the importance of proper control valve sizing. If the valve is too small, it won’t be able to pass the required flow. In actual practice, undersized valves are fairly uncommon, but oversized valves are all too common.

Submitted by Prozess Technologie
on Wed, 12/17/2014

The Reveal™ optical spectroscopy-based measurement system will help customers increase quality, yield, and productivity while reducing both risk and downtime in the manufacturing environment. Its measurement capabilities are unmatched by legacy techniques.

Submitted by Lincoln
on Mon, 12/15/2014

Equipment that operates in harsh conditions requires regular lubrication to ensure performance. When a bearing or component fails as a result of insufficient lubrication the result is downtime and losses. Lincoln's single-line 603S and 653S pumps/systems automatically supply the lubrication points with exact metered quantities.

Submitted by Omron
on Mon, 12/15/2014

An HMI that is expressive, intuitive, and easy to implement makes industrial machines more attractive and competitive. The Omron Sysmac NA Series HMI enables faster, more efficient control and monitoring - and a more natural relationship between operator and machine.

Submitted by IAI
on Mon, 12/15/2014

With air cylinders, a compressor is operated with electricity to generate compressed air, and generated air is supplied though a line to the air cylinder where it is then converted to linear-motion force. This mechanism is subject to significant energy loss.

Submitted by Bosch Rexroth Engineers
on Fri, 12/12/2014

When manufacturers and other industrial operations use hydraulics to complete a job or task, they want to get the maximum performance from each piece of equipment. This means intelligently leveraging the inherent power density of hydraulics to tackle tough jobs.

Submitted by WIKA Instrument Guru
on Thu, 12/11/2014

Loss of containment is one of the costliest things that can go wrong at a plant. Accordingly, smart enterprises employ a variety of measures that ensure loss of containment just doesn’t happen – or when it does, the adverse circumstances are kept to a minimum.

Submitted by Metso Engineering Team
on Thu, 12/11/2014

The noise abatement laws and health and safety legislation are becoming increasingly strict. Metso introduces Q2- Trim, the optimum solution for noise problems, that at the same time fulfills all legislative requirements and customer needs.

Submitted by Patricia Stockdill | Bakken Breakout
on Tue, 12/09/2014
Railroad Shipping

Emergency order required all rail shippers to test products from the Bakken to ensure proper classifications of the oil within federal regulations before it's transported. The intent was to ensure shippers properly classified crude oil for transportation and to quantify the range of physical and chemical properties.

Submitted by Patrick Bartell
on Tue, 11/18/2014
Three-phase Heater Treater

The accurate allocation measurement of oil, water and gas is a constant priority for managers of surface operations, particularly with the recent oil boom in parts of the U.S. These measurements are the basis of the financial transaction between oil companies and royalty owners.

Submitted by Chris Carpenter, JPT Technology Editor
on Mon, 11/03/2014
Custody-Transfer Configurator Tool

Valin introduced its new lease ­automatic-custody-transfer (LACT) configurator tool. This new software-application tool assists customers in LACT specification, quotes, component data, and reference documentation.

Submitted by Ric Leyva for Design News Magazine
on Tue, 10/28/2014
Electric Actuators

As the automation and motion control needs of industries using control and drive functions continue to change and progress, the technology that meets those needs must adapt to the growing demand for connectivity, accessibility, and efficiency, all while maintaining a high level of quality and durability. 

Submitted by Devon Hyatt
on Mon, 10/06/2014
Pollution Equipment News

When developing a practical approach to leakage and pollution prevention, plant managers have a variety of options available in terms of instrumentation and equipment. Depending on the particular process, materials, and type of operation, the method of ensuring the containment of potential contaminants will vary widely.

Submitted by PennEnergy Editorial Staff
on Fri, 10/03/2014
Control Valves

Jon Monsen's book, Control Valve Application Technology, Techniques and considerations for properly selecting the right control valve, outlines the process of selecting control valves for a number of different applications.

Submitted by Ernie Reichenbach | Flow Control Magazine
on Mon, 08/25/2014
Allocation Measurement Systems: Enabling optimum accuracy in well extraction processes

The recent oil boom in the United States, driven by rapidly advancing extraction technologies, presents new and critical challenges to operators in the measurement of oil, water and gas produced in surface operations.

Submitted by Oil, Gas & Petrochemequipment Magazine
on Mon, 08/04/2014
LACT Unit

This innovative new software application tool assists customers in LACT specification, quotes, component data, and reference documentation. The configurator is easy to use and gives customers the flexibility to develop the right solution for their specified application.

Submitted by Bakken Oil Report
on Fri, 05/09/2014

Precision measurement expertise is one of the most important parts of transferring oil from a producing oilfield into the oil pipeline, truck or other oil transport method. Precise measurement is absolutely critical. Water or natural gas content is not allowed in the saleable oil steam.

Submitted by Frank Schollmeier, Featured in Processing Magazine
on Fri, 05/09/2014

A primary goal of many a plant manager is maintaining continuous and cost-effective operation of a plant’s turbine engines. When considering this goal, it is important for plant managers to be aware of recent advances in filter designs for turbine air intakes.

Submitted by Jon Newton, featured in Product Design & Development Magazine
on Fri, 05/09/2014

Proper treatment of boiler systems when they are off line is a constant concern for those managing and overseeing the operations of a power plant. Many power plants are known in the industry as peaker plants, meaning they are not running constantly.

Submitted by Brian Sullivan
on Fri, 03/28/2014

In the chemical processing industry, a significant percentage of measurement devices are not correctly matched to their application. This leads to decreased quality and consistency in their operation.

Submitted by John Brokaw, Featured in Plant Engineering Magazine
on Thu, 03/27/2014

When using a servo motor, one should consider torque, speed, and other applications for a specific motion control application.

Submitted by Buildings Smarter Facility Management
on Thu, 03/13/2014
Snofree Roof Panel System

The Snofree Roof Panel System protects against ice formations and resulting water damage. The material, shape, and mass of its extruded aluminum core and steel enclosure maximizes the transfer of heat and minimizes energy usage.

Submitted by Nick Benedick for New Technology Magazine
on Sat, 02/08/2014
LACT Unit

Valin is in the final stages of successfully commissioning 65 Lease Automatic Custody Transfer systems (LACT) for a very large project with one of the largest independent midstream energy companies in North America. The LACT systems were needed for an oil gathering project in the Myrmidon field in the Bakken Shale play in North Dakota.

Submitted by Corey Foster for Pipeline and Gas Journal
on Tue, 02/04/2014
Corey Foster

Standard practices today simply use human machine interfaces (HMI) as windows into a system by allowing some information to be passed back and forth through those windows. This method anticipates the user having the knowledge to use that information both in and out of the system.

Submitted by Corey Foster
on Wed, 01/08/2014
Parker HMI

The future of the petrochemical refining industry will be driven by human-machine interfaces (HMIs) pushing information to where it is needed. An HMI that pushes production, quality and alarm information to the right level of user or management anywhere in the world has the ability to increase the visibility and reaction time.

Submitted by Anne Vazquez | Facility Executive Magazine
on Wed, 01/01/2014
Snofree Roof Panels

Valin Corporation has introduced the Snofree Roof Panel System from Heat Trace Specialists, which is designed to protect facilities against ice formations and the resulting water damage. This product is part of the company’s heat trace technology solutions for commercial and residential markets.

Submitted by Jon Irvine, Featured in Automation.com Magazine
on Tue, 08/27/2013

A temperature sensor is a key component of any process heating application as it provides temperature feedback about the process, which can be used to monitor or control the process

Submitted by Jon Monsen and Peter Jessee // Valve Magazine
on Mon, 06/17/2013

Just as sound can have negative effects on the human body, certain frequencies can play havoc on industrial equipment. When control valves are not selected appropriately, there is an increased risk for cavitation, which causes high noise and vibration levels, resulting in very rapid damage to the valve's internals and/or the downstream piping.

Submitted by ChiefExecutive.net
on Fri, 04/26/2013

Automation of processes that increase yield and raise productivity, is the core of what people think of when they speak of smart manufacturing. Smart is not limited to process change but opens the door to the use of new materials.

Submitted by Renee Robbins Bassett, Featured in Automation World Magazine
on Mon, 01/21/2013

Advanced Process Control (APC) methods used to be so advanced as to be esoteric- too complex and unusable except by a few high-level experts. Today, however, it seems APC is little talked about for an entirely different reason: It’s become a commodity.

Submitted by Dr. Jon Monsen, featured in Valve Magazine
on Mon, 01/21/2013

In a recent interview with VALVE Magazine, Dr. Monsen discussed how the analysis of installed gain can be a guideline for selecting the control valve that will provide good control with stability throughout the full range of required flow rates

Submitted by Cromwell Schubarth, Featured in Silicon Valley Business Journal
on Tue, 11/06/2012

To diversify Valin®'s business one acquisition at a time, it took the skills of an M&A M.D. named Joe Nettemeyer

Submitted by Cromwell Schubarth, Featured in Silicon Valley Business Journal
on Tue, 11/06/2012

Valin® Corp. has more than doubled since CEO Joseph Nettemeyer began diversifying the 38-year-old industrial process and supply company away from its chipmaking industry roots in 2001

Submitted by Jon Monsen, Ph.D., P.E., Control Valve Technology Specialist at Valin
on Thu, 08/16/2012
Rule of Thumb for Control Valve Sizing

When control valve professionals talk about "control valve sizing," they really mean the entire process of selecting the valve that will do the best job of controlling the process. Selecting the right size valve is an important part of the process, but there are other equally important considerations as well.

Submitted by Modern Distribution Management
on Fri, 07/27/2012

Services Drive Growth for Valin®

Services make up more than a third of Sunnyvale, CA-based industrial distributor Valin®’s revenue, up from just 5 percent five years ago. That growth has been no accident.