The valve and pipe industry will be prominently represented in October at the American Petroleum Institute's (API) annual Tank, Valves and Piping Conference and Expo, at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. The event takes place Oct. 13-16.
The event is one of several trade shows that directly target manufacturers, buyers, and users of valves, pumps, actuators, and related devices. Following is a look at three notable shows worth putting on the travel calendar for flow control equipment users.
API's Storage Tank Conference, now in its 20th year and which will be held concurrently at Caesars Palace, will for the first time include a valves and piping track. The two-day combined conference, Oct. 15-16, is geared toward individuals involved in upstream, midstream, and downstream operations of production systems, pipelines, terminals, refining and chemical manufacturing sites, and storage facilities. API expects that attendees will include managers, owners and operators of refineries and terminals, design and construction specialists, and representatives of related industries.
Among the topics slated for the valve and piping track are updates on equipment standards and fugitive emissions, as well as sessions on casting quality, digital radiography, piping forging and quality, flange assembly, and valve performance.
The tank track also includes a standards update, as well as sessions on overfill protection, ethanol storage, AST painting and coating options, detection of corner weld cracking, changes to emissions and air regulations, and a regulator panel.
Both tracks are scheduled to prevent conflicts for attendees, so that they can benefit from each.
Prior to the tracks, on Oct. 13 and 14, is the Safe Tank Entry Workshop, which focuses on technical procedures, equipment, and calibration and maintenance of oxygen, gas, and vapor instruments. The expo portion of the event takes place on Oct. 15 and 16.
Information about the conferences and expo can be accessed at www.api.org, under events and training.
Among other shows scheduled this year is Russia's 13th International Exhibition for Pumps, Compressors, Valves, Actuators and Engines, which takes place Oct. 28-31, at the Crocus Expo IEC in Moscow.
The show is relatively small. Last year's expo drew 5,765 attendees from 33 countries and throughout Russia, to see products from 296 companies representing 22 countries including the host nation. The show covered 10,705 sq m (around 115,000 sq ft). However, organizers point to the benefit of seeing related product categories together and the resulting synergies in many buying decisions.
It is also an opportunity to make contacts with Russian industries and those of neighboring countries including Europe and Asia. Organizers of the trade fair report that last year, 46 percent of attendees were first-time visitors to the show -- a sign of its ability to attract new companies and personnel. On the business side, 43 percent of attendees found new partners, and 18 percent signed new contracts for operations.
Attendees represented the oil and gas industry primarily, but also energy engineering, chemicals, housing and public utilities, and construction, among other sectors.
Information about the show can be accessed at www.pcvexpo.ru.
A larger show, the biennial Valve World Expo 2014, is slated for Dec. 2-4, at Messe Düsseldorf in Germany. The expo, which will cover 171,200 sq ft of space in three halls (3, 4, and 5), features valves and fittings, actuators, pumps, compressors, software, and relevant components. European and German exhibitors will dominate displays, but there will be exhibitors from the United States, India, China, South Korea, and Taiwan, as well.
Concurrent with the show is the Valve World Conference, which will include workshops on topics and presentations covering developments in upstream and downstream technologies.
For information, check www.mdna.com.
Farther out - one year to be exact - is the biennial Valve World Americas Expo and Conference. The next edition of the event, July 15-16, 2015, at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, will likely draw another relatively small turnout - 2,120 attendees and 151 exhibitors. Nevertheless, attendees and exhibitors have a great opportunity here to network and make business contacts, while getting the latest information about trends and developments in the valve industry.
Information is at www.valveowlrdexpoamericas.com.
Valve World Expo will take place in December in Dusseldorf, Germany.