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Best Practices for Testing Pressure Relief Valves: Regular Testing and Maintenance, Replacements, and More

Last Updated: November 11, 2019

Safety is of the utmost importance when dealing with pressure relief valves. The valve is designed to limit system pressure, and it is critical that they remain in working order to prevent an explosion. Explosions have caused far too much damage in companies over the years, and though pressurized tanks and vessels are equipped with …

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Top ANSI Z535 Resources: 50 Articles, Guides, Forums, Color Charts and More to Learn About ANSI Z535 Standards

Last Updated: July 2, 2019

Administered and published by the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA), the ANSI Z535 standards are an American system for presenting safety and accident prevention information. The ANSI Z535 committee develops the standards, which are accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). ANSI Z535 corresponds to the international ISO 3864 standard and is comprised of …

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How Does a Boiler Deaerator Work? What’s the Function of a Boiler Deaerator, and How do They Operate?

Last Updated: July 2, 2019
Posted by: Shelly Stazzone in Safety

Boiler deaerators commonly are used to remove oxygen and other gases from the water that feeds into boilers that generate steam. Deaerators are useful because they remove the gases that attach to the metallic components of the steam system and cause corrosion by forming oxides, or rust. Both oxygen and carbon dioxide are responsible for …

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How to Select a Valve Actuator: Types of Valve Actuators, Appropriate Sizing, Safety Criteria, and More

Last Updated: July 2, 2019
Posted by: Shelly Stazzone in Safety

Valve actuators are a type of control valve, and there are many options available to meet plant-wide and individual automation requirements. While simple in concept, consisting of a box with an input, output, and a mechanism to operate a valve, there are actually quite a few considerations in choosing the right valve actuator. And because …

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The Complete NADCAP Guide: Auditing, Accreditation, Requirements, and More

Last Updated: July 2, 2019

Nadcap (formerly known as the National Aerospace and Defense Contractors Accreditation Program) is a worldwide cooperative program of major companies designed to manage a cost-effective consensus approach to special processes and products and provide continual improvement within the aerospace and defense industries. We’ve created this guide to provide everything you need to know about Nadcap auditing, …

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What is a Safety Data Sheet? The Purpose of Safety Data Sheets, Formatting and Content Requirements, and More

Last Updated: July 2, 2019
Posted by: Shelly Stazzone in Safety

A Definition of Safety Data Sheet Safety data sheets (SDS) are a component of the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals. The system standardizes hazard classification criteria and chemical hazard communication elements around the world. While the GHS is not a regulation, it is a framework that guides manufacturers through classifying …

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Proper Valve Labeling and Identification Tips: Labeling the Right Parts, Understanding Labeling Standards, Valve Tags, and More

Last Updated: July 2, 2019

Improving a facility’s safety and efficiency often is as simple as using proper valve labeling and identification practices. Even though valves may not be a main component of heavy machinery, they can do quite a bit of damage if someone opens the wrong valve. The other benefit of using the appropriate valve labeling and identification …

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Aircraft Data Plates: Everything You Need to Know (Including FAA Requirements)

Last Updated: July 2, 2019

A Definition of Aircraft Data Plates Aircraft data plates contain all of the vital information about an aircraft. Typically made of metal, aircraft data plates are etched with registration information such as date of manufacture, model number, serial number, and registration number. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requires that all aircraft have a data plate, …

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What are the Most Common Flow Control Valve Types? Learn about Gate Valves, Globe Valves and Other Flow Control Valves

Last Updated: July 2, 2019
Posted by: Shelly Stazzone in Safety

There are nearly countless types of valves for use across a variety of industries and applications. When it comes to flow control valves, valve types range from simple to sophisticated; some valves are complex enough to adjust automatically to pressure and temperature variations. No matter their construction, flow control valves are designed to regulate the …

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Are Your Metal Nameplates Power Washable? Cleaning Tips for All Types of Metal Nameplates

Last Updated: July 2, 2019

For industries that clean their equipment on a regular basis, it is important for equipment managers to know the best approach to cleaning metal nameplates to avoid deterioration and dullness that can impact readability over time. The best approach is to clean metal nameplates according to the material that it is made of because some …

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