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Wednesday, March 4

10:30 am    Buses leave for the Toyota Plant


3:30 pm   Attendees return to Grand Hyatt



7:00 am  Registration & Continental Breakfast


8:00 am   Welcome


8:10 - 9:00 am

Understanding Additive Manufacturing for Industrial Applications, David Leigh, Stratasys Direct Marketing


9:00 - 9:45 am

Additive Manufacturing, James Sears, GE Global Research Center


9:30 - 11:30 am   Exhibitor Set-up


9:45 - 10:00 am   Morning Break


10:00 - 10:45 am

Metal Additive Manufacturing: Assessing Mechanical Properties of Metal Parts Compared to Castings, Sheku Kamara, Milwaukee School of Engineering


10:45 - 11:30 am

Additive Manufacturing from a Foundry Perspective, Nathan van Becelaere, American Foundry Group


11:30 am - 1:00 pm   Lunch with Exhibitors


1:00 - 1:45 pm

Piping Codes, Valve Standards and Ball Valve Selection, Ron Manson, Cameron Valves and Measurement


1:45 - 2:30 pm

NACE MR0103 &0175 History and Requirements,

Ken Sundberg, Metso Automation USA, Inc.


2:30 - 3:15 pm

Oxygen Cleaning, David Escobar, Metso Automation USA, Inc.


3:15 - 3:45 pm    Afternoon Break with Exhibitors


3:45 - 4:30 pm

API Fugitive Emission Standards, Ron Walters, Teadit North America


4:30 - 5:00 pm   Panel Discussion with Speakers


5:00 - 6:00 pm   Welcome Reception


8:00 - 8:30 am   Continental Breakfast


8:30 - 9:15 am

Reliability Through Design, Mark Ezekiel, BP North America


9:15 - 9:45 am

Improving Reliability by Combining Focused Field Studies and Advanced Modeling, Chris O’Brien, Exida Consulting


9:45 - 10:00 am   Morning Break


10:00 - 10:45 am

Advance Computer Aided Engineering in Control Valve Design and Analysis, Homayoon Feiz, General Electric


10:45 - 11:30 am

New Technology for Reducing Modeling times for Mechanical and Electro Mechanical Systems, John Lambert, Design Automation Associates


11:30 am - Noon   Panel Discussion with Speakers


Noon   Technical Seminar adjourns


March 5-6, 2015


advances in valve design, tools and technology

grand hyatt, san antonio, tx


About the Program

The VMA Technical Committee has established a theme and program topics for the seminar scheduled for March 5-6, 2015 at the Grand Hyatt, San Antonio. This year’s theme is “Advances in Valve Design, Tools and Technology”.

Members of the committee are: Arie Bregman, Chairman, DFT Inc.; Jim Barker, DeZURIK APCO HILTON; David Escobar, Metso Automation USA, Inc.; Dale Friemoth, Crane Fluid Handling; Jeff Hager, WEIR Valves and Controls, Inc.; Ken Juncewicz GE Oil and Gas; Bill LeBlanc, Emerson Process Management; Ron Manson, Cameron Valves and Measurement; and Stephane Meunier, Velan Valve Corporation.

Who Should Attend?

Mid-to senior level management, engineering and technical personnel.

Who Should Exhibit?

Companies that sell or provide services to valve manufacturers and end users.

toyota motor manufacturing plant tour & visitors center 

(Optional tour March 4, $65 fee applies)

VMA has arranged a tour of Toyota Texas Manufacturing, home of the Toyota Tundra full-size pickup. In 2008 this plant was awarded the J.D. Powers and Associates Silver award for Assembly Plant Quality in North and South America. Tour participants can expect to see 2.2 million square feet of this facility starting with the body-weld shop where participants will watch a team of computer-controlled robots use state-of-the-art technology to weld stamp steel pieces together. Next, attendees will move to the plastics shop where other critical components like the vehicles bumpers and instruments are made. Then you will see overhead conveyors transport the trucks to be painted and on to final line assembly. Throughout the tour, guides will tell you about the Toyota Production System as well as provide insight on the line side processes of the TMMTX team members.


Tickets for the tour portion must be purchased in addition to registration. The tour fee of $65 includes transportation from the Grand Hyatt to the Toyota plant, your tour fee and lunch. The tour will leave the Grand Hyatt at 10:30 am and return to the hotel at 3:30 pm. Space is limited! The last day to sign up for the tour is Feb. 20.

Registration Fees

ATTENDEE REGISTRATION: Open to all VMA/VRC members and industry non-members. Registration fees are $595 for the first registrant and $495 for any additional registrants from the same company. Your registration fee covers the VMA Technical Seminar, speaker handouts' manual, and all food functions to include continental breakfasts, breaks, lunch and Welcome Reception as well as access to the exhibit area. A ticket to attend the Toyota Motor Manufacturing Plant Tour and Visitors Center must be purchased separately and is not included in your registration.

REGISTERING ADDITIONAL ATTENDEES FROM THE SAME COMPANY: You can register more than one attendee from your company for $495. There is no limit to the number of additional attendees that can be registered, however, in order to be eligible for the discount an attendee must be registered from your company who has paid the full registration fee. Discounted additional attendee registration fee includes the 1.5-day seminar, speaker handout materials and all food functions including continental breakfasts, breaks, lunch and Welcome Reception as well as access to exhibits. A ticket to attend the Toyota Motor Manufacturing Plant Tour and Visitors Center must be purchased separately and is not included in your registration.

EXHIBIT REGISTRATION FEES (Exhibit Program on May 5 ONLY): $450 for VMA/VRC members and $500 for non-members. All exhibits are tabletops. The exhibit fee includes registration for two from your company, your table, a sign, wastebasket, seminar attendees list, lunch, afternoon breaks and Welcome Reception. On March 5 the attendee lunch, afternoon break and Welcome Reception is held in the exhibit area giving you plenty of time for access to attendees for maximum exposure for your company. Electricity for powering lights and your computer is included in your registration fee. Internet access can be purchased if needed.

Your exhibit registration does not include entrance to the Technical Seminar. If you wish to register your sales representatives to attend the technical seminar, an additional registration fee of $495 per person applies. A ticket to attend the Toyota Motor Manufacturing Plant Tour and Visitors Center must be purchased separately and is not included in your registration.


Hotel Reservations

Accommodations for the 2015 VMA Technical Seminar and Exhibits that have been arranged at a discounted rate of $179 at the Grand Hyatt San Antonio are SOLD OUT.


VMA has not taken out an official block at the following hotels, but recommends that attendees check with them, as they are in close proximity to the Grand Hyatt:


Hilton Palacio Del Rio click here


La Quinta Inn and Suites click here


Marriott San Antonio River Walk click here


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 day of the event are non-refundable.

All cancellations must be in writing to




Contact Malena Malone-Blevins.

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