THEME 1: ADVANCES IN SAFE VALVE DESIGN, MATERIALS, MANUFACTURING AND COATINGS
This theme is relevant to new perspectives and developments in valve design, materials, castings and forgings, manufacturing processes and surface protection technologies, emphasizing the scientific principles and improvements in corrosion protection and assessment of coating systems.
THEME 2: VALVE ACTUATION AND CONTROL
This theme is relevant to the current state-of-the-art, which thanks to the increasing adoption of digital technologies and Industry 4.0 approach, is additionally improving the benefits of “smart” techniques, field devices and communication networks in process plant management, also in support of predictive maintenance.
THEME 3: FUGITIVE EMISSIONS AND VALVE SEALING TECHNOLOGIES
Designers and plant managers have excellent reasons to minimize fugitive emissions in their facilities, by reducing the amount of process fluid released into the atmosphere and surrounding environment. Submitted papers should cover today’s monitoring technologies, stem sealing techniques, packing designs and other advances in optimizing valve sealing performance, with reference to applicable national codes and international standards for test and inspection.
THEME 4: STANDARDS, CODES, LEGISLATION AND QUALIFICATIONS
Papers are requested to address how today’s valve standards continue to be dynamic documents that reflect sound engineering practice, regulation compliance, changes in market demands and advances in technology and manufacturing procedures.
THEME 5: VALVES’ LCC, MAINTENANCE AND REPAIRS
Valves’ life cycle costing is an important performance, which considers all aspects and costs incurring during the lifetime of product, work or service. The purchase price and the ancillary costs (delivery, installation, insurance, etc.) represent the total cost of ownership, including the operating costs, purchase of spares, repairs and maintenance, as well as the end-of-life costs, for the decommissioning or final disposal phases. Authors are invited to present papers covering these subjects, which are often neglected during engineering and manufacturers’ selection procedures.
THEME 6: END USERS’ EXPERIENCE AND LOCAL CONTENT
This theme will offer the opportunity to exchange recent case-studies and experiences and facilitate networking. Local content, appropriate service and after market activities are some of the aspects suggested and authors are invited to present papers to cover these topics.