Valve World Americas Expo & Conference Preview

Valve World Americas Expo & Conference Preview

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Pump Summit Americas Expo & Conference 2016 George R. Brown Convention Center Houston, Texas June 13-14, 2016 In an effort to connect the pump and valve industries, Valve World Americas Expo & Conference 2015 will be the site for the steering committee meeting for the first ever Pump Summit Americas Expo & Conference 2016 to be held in Houston, June 13-14, 2016. Sponsored by Pump Engineer, Pumpen Aktuell and Empowering Pumps, Pump Summit Americas offers a professional platform for pump experts from North and South America to expand their industry network and to stay informed about the latest technologies in the field of pumps and pumping systems. “Because Pump Summit Americas is about bringing the pump industry together, this is perfect venue to connect the pump and valve communities,” said Charli K. Matthews, President and Founder of Empowering Pumps. “I have dreamed of having an event like this, so I was honored to be chosen to support this event through my network and” Organizers KCI Corporation and Messe Düsseldorf Summit Americas aim to form a pump community across several industries. Along with oil & gas, the event will also welcome those from water & wastewater, chemical processing, mining, pulp & paper, petrochemical, power generation, industrial processing, food & beverage, and pharmaceutical. For more information about the event please visit the website.

George R. Brown Convention Center, Houston, Texas
Wednesday, July 15, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Thursday, July 16, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

The third Valve World Americas Expo & Conference welcomes thousands of attendees to the George R. Brown Convention Center to get a broad overview of the latest technologies, components and systems in the field of industrial flow control presented by more than 170 exhibitors from the United States, Asia, Canada, Europe, India and Mexico.

Exhibitors and attendees will experience the technologically in-depth conference program, product showcases on the expo floor and networking opportunities with end users, consultants, distributors, manufacturers and suppliers.

A total of 2,120 visitors attended the event in 2013. Preregistration for this year’s event has already established a new record.

This year, the Valve World Americas Expo & Conference will begin with a welcome address from Conference Chairman John Gill of Bayer and will feature the following informative presentations:

  • Steve Probst, Sage Environmental, “The Evolution of Purchasing Decisions”
  • Jesse Thompson, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, “The Houston Economy: Update and Outlook”
  • John Carte, MRC Global, “Benefits of Standardizing Specifications in Valve Selection”
  • Nick Sohal, ConocoPhillips, “Shale gas – What will the future bring?”
  • Adam M. Kushner, Hogan & Lovells, LLP, “Environmental Enforcement: Looking Back, Looking Forward”

A featured highlight of the week is a “Hands-On Valve Packing Installation Seminar” presented by Vance St. Jean – Senior Stationary Equipment Specialist for A.W. Chesterton and moderated by Rodney Roth, Manager Strategic Accounts, Stationary Equipment for AW Chesterton. This hands-on workshop will be located at the Speakers’ Corner on the Expo floor on Wednesday, July 15 from 3 – 4 p.m.

Attending the “Hands-On Valve Packing Installation Seminar” affords you the opportunity to learn “Best Practices” for low emission valve packing installation/ valve sealing integrity while pointing out key differences from traditional valve packing installation you may have learned in the past.

The conference of panel workshops will showcase many important topics of interest to the valve community. On Wednesday, July 15, the conference will host the following workshops

  • “Performance & Validation” moderated by Rich Redilla, Bray
  • “Valve Technologies Selection for Cryogenic Applications” moderated by Matteo Cafiero, Pentair
  • “Applying Adapter Tools for EPCS and End-User NPQC Engineers” moderated by Henk Hinssen, iHandl Engineering and Andreas Vogt of F.I.R.S.T. GmbH

Thursday, July 16 highlights include:

  • “Variables in the Design of a Valve” moderated by Carlos Davila, Crane
  • “Valve Testing for Emissions” moderated by Bill Patrick, DOW Chemicals
  • “Casting Specifications/Quality for Different Services” moderated by Steve Butler, Shell
  • “Comprehensive Approaches on Materials Specifications” moderated by Ron Merrick, Fluor
  • “Channeling your Valves to the End-user/EPCs (Minimum Documentation, Procurement & Distribution)” moderated by Gobind Khiani, Fluor Canada and Bill Sandler, Valve Manufacturers Association
  • Workshop on “Severe Service Applications” moderated by Conference Chairman, John Gill, Bayer

Valve World Americas will also be host to a number of supplementary training courses, seminars and networking events to help attendees get the full experience out of Valve World Americas Week 2015. There will be two training courses prior to the opening of the event.

Presented by the Valve Manufacturers Association, the “Valves & Actuators 101” course is a 1-day education program designed to jump-start your career or provide a refresher on valve, actuator and control basics, held on Tuesday, July 14 – 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. The course will cover an introduction to the Industry, a brief overview of the valve industry, end-user applications, standards, basic piping information, pressure ratings and classes, as well as application issues critical to effective valve application and usage.

Course Information:

Valves & Actuators 101 Registration


Presented in partnership with Ventil, the “Valve World Academy Valve Training” course, held on Tuesday, July 14 – 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. is a 1-day education program of highly-focused short courses designed to enhance performance, lower emissions, avoid shut-downs, prevent incorrect sizing, optimize control loops, save on maintenance and so much more. Only 40 seats are available. For more information on either of these exciting courses, please contact Sarah Bradley at .

During the Expo, in the Speakers’ Corner, which will take place on the expo floor, presenters will discuss a variety of topics affecting the industry. The Speakers’ Corner will allow expo visitors to participate in the seminar and also welcome conference delegates to stop in during visits to the show floor to enjoy presentations from Anthony Caridi of C-EM Consulting, Bill Sandler of VMA, Roy Stevenson of Magma, James Pettigrew of the Ocean Energy Safety Institute, Bob McIlvaine of the McIlvaine Company and Mike Lutolf of Pentair’s Westlock Controls.

Be sure to stop by the Valve Park on your way to into the Valve World Americas show floor this year. Sponsors and sub-sponsors have been invited to showcase a valve or product of their choice that best represents the company’s product portfolio.

Finally, please attend the second Valve World Americas Expo & Conference End User Golf Tournament and networking event at the Wildcat Golf Club in Houston, Texas Friday, July 17 – 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. Tickets are only available to end users and EPCs working in the valve industry. The Tournament is sponsored by Bray, Cameron, A-T Controls, Flo-Tite, Mogas, Valvitalia and SCV. Tickets will be available on a first come first served basis and space is limited. Please contact Josh Gillen at or call 416-361-7030 to find out how to register for this activity.

Valve World Americas will again be a collaboration between Messe Düsseldorf North America and KCI Publishing, both already cooperating for the Valve World Expo held in Düsseldorf, Germany every two years. Both partners will use their expertise from Valve World Expo in Europe to continue to develop Valve World Americas Expo & Conference into THE leading event for the industry on the North and South American continents.

Messe Düsseldorf, located in Germany, is renowned as a leading trade fair organizer and will be in charge of the exhibition component of Valve World Americas Expo 2015 through its U.S. subsidiary Messe Düsseldorf North America. KCI Publishing, based in Canada, will manage the conference portion of the event.

For information about exhibiting at Valve World Americas Expo 2015, contact Messe Düsseldorf North America, 150 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 2920, Chicago, IL 60601. Telephone: (312) 781-5180; Fax: (312) 781-5188; E-mail: ; Visit the web site; Subscribe to the blog; Follow on twitter at

For information about attending the conference at Valve World Americas Conference 2015, contact KCI Publishing, Sarah Bradley, Tel. (416) 361-7030; e-mail: .