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Knowledge Forum Sponsors






Tuesday, April 9

7:30 am – 12:30 pm

Honda Automotive Manufacturing Plant


8:30 – 12:30 pm

Kamtek, Inc (A Division of MAGNA International)


1:00 – 4:00 pm


Crash Course – ASME B.16.34 (Beyond 101)


4:00 – 6:00 pm


Mobile Technology Lab


6:00 – 8:00 pm

Speakers and Committee Reception (closed)


Wednesday, April 10

7:00 am

Registration & Continental Breakfast


8:00 am



8:15 – 9:00 am


Cybersecurity in the Industrial Sector (all attendees)


9:00 am

Exhibit Set-up


9:00 – 9:45 am

Educational tracks (3)


9:45 – 10:00 am

Morning Coffee Break (all attendees)


9:45 – 11:15 am

Management & Marketing Education Track


10:00 – 11:30 am

Education tracks (3)


11:30 – 1:00 pm

Lunch with Exhibitors (all attendees)


1:00 – 2:30 pm

Education tracks (3)


2:30 – 3:15 pm

Afternoon Break/Exhibits Open/Mobile Technology Lab Open


3:15 – 5:30 pm

Education Tracks (3)


5:30 – 6:30 pm

Welcome Reception with Exhibitors


6:30 – 8:30 pm

Exhibit Breakdown


Thursday, April 11

 7:30 – 8:00 am

Continental Breakfast


8:00 – 9:30 am

JOINT EDUCATIONAL TRACK|Technical & Manufacturing

3D Printing & Additive Manufacturing


8:00 – 9:45 am

Management and Marketing Education Track


9:30 – 9:45 am

 Morning Break


9:45 – 12:00 pm

JOINT EDUCATIONAL TRACK|Technical & Manufacturing

3D Printing & Additive Manufacturing


11:15 am

Marketing and Management Education Track adjourns


12:00 pm

Technical and Manufacturers Educational Track adjourns


This Event Has Concluded


APRIL 9-11, 2019

Valve Industry Knowledge Forum

Conference, Exhibits & Tours

Technical | Manufacturing | Marketing & Management


About the Program

The new Valve Industry Knowledge Forum combines the best of three different VMA meetings to create one education-packed event with three distinct educational tracks. CLICK ON THE LINKS for more detailed information on the educational tracks.

  • TECHNICAL EDUCATIONAL TRACK – Subject matter specifically targeted to experienced technical and engineering personnel working with valves and related products.
  • MANUFACTURING EDUCATIONAL TRACK  – Developed for those who work or supervise the production and assembly process in their companies.
  • MARKETING & MANAGEMENT EDUCATIONAL TRACK – Developed for professionals new to the industry as well as those in management and marketing roles who wish to understand the various components needed to operate a successful valve business.

Who Should Attend?

End users, engineering and consulting firm personnel, distributors, various personnel within manufacturing and supplier firms, and other related industry groups and professionals. Attendance is open to both industry members and non-members.


Who Should Exhibit?

Companies that sell or provide service to valve manufacturers and end users. You do not have to be a member of VMA to exhibit.


Professional Development Hours

Attendees to the 2019 VMA Valve Industry Knowledge Forum will receive a certificate for twelve (12) Professional Development Hours (PDHs) for attending the Knowledge Forum. Additional hours will be given to those who attend the pre-conference workshop.


Registration Information

ATTENDEE EARLY-BIRD REGISTRATION THROUGH FEB. 28. Registration fees for VMA/VRC members will be $600 (early bird), $650 after Feb. 28. Non-member registrations fees will be $650 (early-bird) and $700 after Feb. 28.



Discounts apply when registering more than one person from a member or non-member company. The registration fee for additional registrants for VMA/VRC members is $500 (early bird) and $550 through Feb. 28. The non-member fee for additional registrants is $550 (early bird) and $600 after Feb. 28.


EXHIBIT EARLY-BIRD REGISTRATION THROUGH FEB. 28. Early-bird exhibit registration is $445 for VMA/VRC members and $495 after Feb. 28. Early-bird non-member exhibit registration is $495 and $545 after Feb. 28. One additional exhibit personnel is included in your exhibit fee. Your exhibit registration does NOT include entrance to the Knowledge Forum. If you wish to register your exhibit representatives to attend the Knowledge Forum an additional ticket purchase fee of $500 member or $550 non-member, per person would apply.


Exhibit registration fee includes two people from your company, sign, attendee list, table with two chairs and participation in all food events that take place in the exhibit area (lunch, afternoon break and welcome reception).


Optional Tours - April 9

Each year VMA plans tour(s) in conjunction with the 2019 Valve Industry Knowledge Forum. All tours are open to both member and non-member attendees, and registration is on a first-come, first served basis.


This year’s tours are the Honda Manufacturing Company automotive plant and Kamtek an automotive supplier and manufacturing operation.


Honda Manufacturing Company
Honda Manufacturing Company in Alabama is Honda’s largest light truck production facility producing the Odyssey, Pilot, Ridgeline and the V-6 engines that power them. Since the start of production in 2001 this manufacturing facility has incorporated innovative manufacturing shared by Honda facilities around the globe. Operations performed include steel and aluminum blanking, stamping, welding, plastic injection molding, aluminum casting and machining vehicle assembly, engine assembly and vehicle testing. The plant is a whopping 4.2 million square feet and produces 340,000 vehicles annually.


KAMTEK Manufacturing Company (MAGNA)
Magna is a mobility technology company and one of the world's largest automotive suppliers with 340 manufacturing operations and 96 product development, engineering and sales centers in 27 countries. KAMTEK is a metal division of Magna. Kamtek has six press lines that stamping body parts, from smaller parts up to the entire side of a Mercedes SUV, On the manufacturing floor they have 700+ robots for assembling the individual stampings into completed assemblies, two melt furnaces and four high pressure aluminum die cast machines. VMA attendees who participate on this tour, will be able to observe all of the previously mentioned processes.


Pre-Conference Workshops - April 9

A pre-conference workshop on the topic of ASME B16.34 will be offered. This workshop is included in your registration fee at no additional charge.


Robotics Technology Mobile Lab
A mobile demonstration lab will be available to attendees to tour as part of the Knowledge Forum Technical and Manufacturing educational tracks. The Mobile Training Unit, (MTU), is an instructional tool used by the Robotics Technology Park and its partners in Alabama. The purpose of this lab is to promote an awareness and interest in robotic technology throughout various communities and industrial settings.


Hotel Reservation Information - UPDATE

Accommodations for the Valve Industry Knowledge Forum arranged at The Doubletree Perimeter Park, have sold out. Listed below are hotels within one mile (6 minutes driving time) of the Doubletree Perimeter Park where the Knowledge Forum is being held.


VMA does not have any discounted rates established. All rates are rack/web rates.


Courtyard Marriott 4300 Colonnade Parkway– Rates $149-$156 – CLICK HERE


Fairfield Inn - 3930 Colonnade Parkway – Rates $140-$160 – CLICK HERE


Drury Inn - 3510 Grandview Parkway – Rates $129-149 – CLICK HERE


Registration Cancellation Policies

  • Cancellations received up to 30 days before the event are refundable, minus a 5% administrative fee
  • Cancellations received between 15 and 29 days before the event are 75% refundable
  • Due to hotel and other event guarantees, cancellations received between 0 - 14 days prior to the event are non-refundable. Substitutions will be accepted for cancelled reservations.
  • Substitutions will be accepted until April 5 online. After April 5, substitutes must register in person at the 2019 Knowledge Forum



Email Malena Malone-Blevins or call 202-331-8105 ext. 310.




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