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thursday, oct. 30

7:30 – 8:30 am

Registration / Continental Breakfast

8:30 – 10:00 am

Lesson 1: Introduction to the Industry
Lesson 2: Multi-turn Valves

10:00 – 10:15 am

Morning Break

10:15 – 11:45 am

Lesson 3: Check Valves
Lesson 4: Quarter-turn Valves

11:45 am – 1:15 pm

Lunch / Exhibits Open

1:15 – 2:30 pm

Lesson 5: Pressure-relief Valves
Lesson 6: Actuators—Hydraulic & Pneumatic

2:30 – 3:00 pm

Snack Break / Exhibits Open

3:30 – 5:00 pm

Lesson 6 (continued)
Lesson 7: Actuators—Electric

4:30 – 5:30 pm

Reception / Exhibits Open

friday, oct. 31

8:00 - 8:30 am

Continental Breakfast

8:30 – 9:00 am

Lesson 8: Solenoid Valve

9:00 – 10:00 am

Lesson 9: Actuator Accessories

10:00 – 10:15 am

Morning Beverage Break

10:15 – 11:30 am

Lesson 10: Control Valves

11:30 am – 12:30 pm


12:30 – 4:00 pm

(includes 2 breaks)

Lesson 11: Hands-on Instruction at
the "Valve Petting Zoo”

4:00 pm

Conclusion / Certificates Awarded


oct. 30-31, 2014

Valve Basics Seminar & Exhibits


planet hollywood RESORT & casino, las vegas

REMINDER: Any registrations or substitutions from this point forward need to be done onsite at Planet Hollywood. Registration opens at 7:30 am on Oct. 30 in front of Celebrity Ballrooms 5 & 6. If you are cancelling, please contact Malena Malone-Blevins, Meetings Manager, at 202.331.8105 ext. 310.

About the Program

Nearly 1,000 people have already attended VMA's Valve Basics Seminars, and it continues to draw rave reviews. The Valves, Actuators & Controls 101 program began as a 1-day course but has been expanded to 2 full days. In addition to covering all the basic valves, actuators and control types, we've added two new lessons—Solenoids & Limit Switches, and Actuator Accessories. And we continue to hold our always popular "Valve Petting Zoo,” which provides a hands-on experience with the products covered during the course.

Who Should Attend?

This course was created specifically for newcomers to the industry so it is ideally suited for recent graduates and engineers in the early stages of their careers. The course also works well for:

  • A variety of professionals employed at plants and facilities that use valves, actuators and controls
  • More experienced professionals with knowledge of one specific product type but in need of an overview of the entire spectrum of valves, actuators and controls.
  • New employees at valve, actuator and control companies
  • Personnel from EPC or AEC firms who are involved with specifying valves
  • Distributors and manufacturers' reps who sell these products
  • Companies that provide supplies and services to the industry
  • And anyone who could use a refresher course on valves, actuators and controls!

The Valves, Actuators & Controls 101 course has also been well-received by upper-level mechanical engineering students who have attended previous seminars. Their participation is made possible by scholarships from our educational foundation, the Friends of the Crawford Library, and we have set aside 10 slots at each seminar to help educate the next generation about the world of valves.


U.S. or Canadian companies that sell or provide services to valve, actuator and control manufacturers and end users of those products or services.

Non-member manufacturers, suppliers and distributor/channel partners may register, but only if they are U.S. or Canadian based and would qualify for VMA or VRC membership. If you are not sure whether your company qualifies, please contact Judy Tibbs before registering.


Attendee registration is open to all in the industry. Registration is $725 and $695 for any additional registrations from the same company. This fee covers continental breakfast and lunch both days, snack breaks and a late afternoon reception on Thurs., Oct. 30. Attendees also receive a manual, CD and earn a VMA Certificate of Completion for 12 education credits.

Exhibitor registration is $550 for VMA/VRC members and $650 for non-members. The exhibit registration fee covers your table, attendee list, lunch, afternoon break and reception attendance, for two company representatives. It takes place during the afternoon hours on Thurs., Oct. 30. If you wish to register your representatives to attend the Valve Basics Seminar, you will receive a discount of $100 off the current attendee price.

Hotel Reservations

The Valve Basics Seminar & Exhibits will be held Oct. 30-31 at the Planet Hollywood Resort &
Casino (3667 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Las Vegas, NV 89109; 816.919.7472). Accommodations at the hotel have been arranged at the discounted conference rate of $119 per night + taxes. To make reservations, click here. Or you can call the Reservation Center at 866.317.1829 to secure a
reservation in the group block. The name of the group is Valve Manufacturers Association of America, or you may also refer to the group code SMVLV4 when making reservations.

Although the cut-off for making hotel reservations at the discounted rate has passed, as of Oct. 17, the hotel was still honoring our rate for the following nights: Oct. 28 through Oct. 31.

Registration Cancellation Policies

  • Cancellations received up to 30 days before the event are refundable, minus a 5% registration service charge.
  • Cancellations received between 15 and 29 days before the event are 75% refundable.
  • Due to hotel and other event guarantees, cancellations received between 0 and 14 days prior to the event are non-refundable.
  • All cancellations must be in writing to


About registration: Email or call Malena Malone-Blevins (202.331.8105 x310)
About the program: Email Abby Brown

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