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CHOOSE YOUR CURRICULUM: TAKE BOTH COURSES, OR EITHER COURSE!


DAY 1

Valves 101: Industrial Valves & Materials

7:45 – 8:30 am 

Registration/Breakfast


8:30 – 8:40 am
Welcome to VMA’s Valve Basics Seminar

8:40 – 9:50 am

9:50 – 10:30 am
LESSON 2-1: Linear (Multi-turn) Valves

10:30 – 10:45 am
Break

10:45 – 11:30 am
LESSON 3-1: Check Valves

11:30 am – 12:30 pm
LESSON 4-1: Quarter-turn Valves – Plug & Ball

12:30 – 1:30 pm
Lunch

1:30 – 2:30 pm
LESSON 5-1: Quarter-turn Valves – Butterfly

2:30 – 4:30 pm
Hands on learning in the “Petting Zoo” 

4:30 – 6:00 pm
Exhibits Open/Reception in Exhibit Hall

DAY 2

Valves 101 continues

7:45 – 8:30 am
Breakfast

8:30 – 9:15 am
LESSON 6-1: Pressure-relief Valves

9:15 – 11:15 am
LESSON 7-1: Valve Materials
 
11:15 – 11:45 am
NEW! Valves 101 Jeopardy

11:45 am – 12:45 pm
Networking Lunch 

 

DAY 2

Valves 201: Control Valves, Automation & Special Applications

11:15 – 11:45 am
Registration for Valves 201

11:45 am – 12:45 pm
Networking Lunch

12:45 – 2:15 pm
LESSON 1-2: Electric Actuators

2:15 – 2:45 pm
Break

2:45 – 4:15 pm
Lesson 2-2: Fluid Power Actuators

4:30 – 6:00 pm
Exhibits Open/Reception in the Exhibit Hall

DAY 3

Valves 201 continues

7:45 – 8:30 am
Breakfast


8:30 – 9:15 am
LESSON 3-2: Solenoid Valves

9:15 – 10:15 am
Lesson 4-2: Valve Automation Controls

10:15 – 10:30 am
Break

10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Lesson 5-2: Control Valves

12:00 – 1:00 pm
Lunch

1:00 – 2:00 pm
Lesson 6-2: Electric Actuator Asset Management, Feedback & Monitoring

2:00 – 3:30 pm
Lesson 7-2: Critical Service Applications and Valves

3:30 – 4:00 pm
NEW! Valves 201 Jeopardy!

4:00 – 6:00 pm
Hands on learning in the “Petting Zoo”

WATCH THIS PAGE FOR UPDATED INFO IN EARLY 2020!


NEXT EVENT:

October 13-15, 2020


VALVE BASICS SEMINAR & EXHIBITS

 

Valves 101: Industrial Valves & Materials

Valves 201: Control Valves, Automation and Special Applications


HOUSTON AREA SAFETY COUNCIL

PASADENA, TX

 

More than 2,500 people have taken one of VMA's highly rated Valve Basics courses since the program was introduced in 2009. During the past decade, our Valves, Actuators & Controls 101 has expanded dramatically. What began as a 1-day course became 2 days, and then recently has included three full days of education & training. The latest version of the program consists of two separate courses that can be taken separately, or together.

 

The first course, Industrial Valves & Materials, will cover the type of basic information that everyone in the industry should know—perfect for those who are very new to working with valves. The 101 course includes an overview of the industry, as well as lessons on multi-turn, check, plug, ball and butterfly, pressure relief valves and materials.

 

The more complex flow control products that employ electronics and automation will be covered in in the 201 course: Control Valves, Automation and Special Applications.

 

As in the past, each event includes a hands-on learning experience—the Valve Petting Zoo—that focuses on products covered in the classroom portion of the program .

 

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. In addition, those who understand the basics of mechanical valves can expand their knowledge by attending the electric portion of the program. Both courses can be taken, or attendees can choose to attend one or another. 

Attendees typically include:

  • A variety of professionals employed at plants and facilities that use or work with 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 Valve Basics course has been well-received by upper-level mechanical engineering students who have attended previous seminars. Their participation is made possible by scholarships from association members and others interested in supporting valve training for the next generation.

 

WHERE IS THE COURSE HELD?

To provide a large space in which to conduct our hands-on learning experience, this event is being held at the Houston Area Safety Council (5213 Center Street, Pasadena, TX 77505). The council has a state-of-the-art training facility and abundant workshop space where products for the "Valve Petting Zoo" can be displayed, from large to small, from mechanical to electric.

 

ATTENDEE INFORMATION

Attendee registration includes entry to either one or both courses, participation in the valve petting zoo, tabletop exhibit attendance, all meal functions, a spiral-bound color manual with copies of slides and a VMA certificate of completion (professional development hours based on courses attended.

 

 EXHIBITOR INFORMATION

The Valve Basics event also includes a tabletop exhibition. This provides an excellent opportunity for suppliers to meet people from across the industry, many in the early phases of their careers. They are typically eager to learn about your products and services! To encourage attendees to stop by all the tabletops, we offer a drawing to win an iPad mini for those who get signatures from every exhibitor.

 

WHO SHOULD EXHIBIT?

  • U.S. or Canadian company that sells products or provides 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 Abby Brown before registering.

 

A NOTE FOR NON-MEMBER EXHIBITORS: Exhibitors who are currently not VMA members, but meet the criteria for membership, may exhibit at up to two VMA tabletop exhibit events. After two events, non-member companies will not be permitted to exhibit unless they apply for, and are accepted, as a VMA member.

 

QUESTIONS?

Please contact Abby Brown, VMA education & training coordinator


 

 

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