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CGIS Announces Distribution Rights for EBRO

EBRO ARMATURENUPDATE: CGIS is proud to announce the Canada wide distribution rights for what we consider to be the highest quality resilient seated butterfly valves in the market today, EBRO ARMATUREN.

The shift to EBRO will be a major upgrade in quality for our resilient seated butterfly valve customers. It was an easy decision to make on our end, based on the lengths they’ve gone to engineer and precision machine their high-end offerings. We encourage you to take a minute to understand these advanced features now available by visiting this product focused landing page.

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CGIS & Greenlane – A Severe Service Valve Success Story

Greenlane Biogas LogoBiogas is an environmentally friendly method of turning waste, into renewable fuels, allowing waste producers to improve their green credentials and profitability. However, the process includes high pressure, temperature and toxic substances with the power to harm equipment and workers if not properly accounted for. Watch this video to learn about the issues Greenlane Biogas was having with a faulty check valve, and how CGIS used their Severe Service Valve expertise to provide a superior alternative in Hy-Grade, resulting in safer operations, reduced downtime, and the lowest cost of ownership.

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Valve Selection in Severe Abrasive Service

ValvTechnologies Pipeline Station Isolation “Wear and Seal” Arrangement

Severe abrasive service valves have become a critical component in the design and operation of varied industrial processing plants. Whether it be catalyst, harsh polymers, chemical slurries, waste materials in mining, or the transportation of mineral slurries at low and high pressure, all such applications need cutting edge technology compared to conventional liquid and vapour services. CGIS President Ross Waters and colleague Malcolm Harrison recently published a two-part article in Valve World Americas magazine discussing the factors that impact proper valve selection in severe abrasive service. Check out the Part One and Part Two of the article to learn more.

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SSV Task Force Q&A with Ross Waters

0024-CGISlowThe importance of defining and identifying Severe Service Valves (SSVs) cannot be overstated. By creating a rigorous standard for SSVs to adhere to, we can ensure end-users can protect both their workers and the environment. Because of this, Empowering Valves recently caught up with CGIS President Ross Waters to learn more about the Severe Service Valve Task Force he’s leading.  Check out this in-depth Q&A style interview with the man leading the charge in this critical change to the industrial valve industry.

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U.S. Foundry Best Practices for High Alloy SSVs

No bake sand mold with a dual filter system with a zirconium wash coating

Severe Service Valves (SSVs) demand best practices in all phases of their manufacturing. Recently, we teamed up with Pete Schlener, President and CEO of Minncast Steel Foundry, to analyze how properly made castings are critical to making high alloy Severe Service Valves (SSVs). Published in the Stainless Steel World Americas April 2017 Issue, this paper details many aspects of the process including pattern construction, molding, melting, and heat treatment.

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Canadian Valve User Group Meeting

ross-valve-user-groupEarlier this year, the Canadian Valve User Group met in Calgary to discuss the current status of the industry in Western Canada. Gobind Khiani of Fluor Canada was appointed the new Chairman of the Group, while Ross Waters of CGIS presented about the importance of defining Severe Service Valves (SSVs). Valve World documented the meeting and its importance in the November 2016 edition. To get the whole scoop, read the article here.

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Ross Waters Speaks at 2016 Valve World Conference & Expo

Ross Waters, President of CGIS, will be speaking at the 2016 Valve World Conference & Expo in Düsseldorf. If you are attending the event, head to Room 1 on Wednesday, Nov. 30th at 2:40pm to catch Ross live. His presentation will cover valve selection in severe abrasive service. For more conference details, click here.

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The Building Blocks of Severe Service Valves

Building Blocks of SSVs

CGIS is at it again, this time being featured by the global valve industry news syndicate, Empowering Valves. We touched base with them to take a deeper dive into the what makes up the building blocks for Severe Service Valves, and why it is important to differentiate these sub-categories.

To learn more, check out the article here!

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Press Release – CGIS Leads Severe Service Valve Task Force To Establish New Standards

November 3rd, 2016

VANCOUVER – CGIS Leads Severe Service Valve Task Force

The next steps for defining reliable principles and parameters for what separates a Severe Service Valve (SSV) from a General Purpose Valve are being taken.

Earlier this year, an interest group led by CGIS President Ross Waters, presented their request for a new Standard Practice on the topic to the Manufacturers Standardization Society of the Valve and Fittings Industry (MSS). An MSS Technical Committee determined the proposal set forth by the interest group to be a beneficial project and sanctioned its advance.  The result was the creation of an official Task Force, also being led by Mr. Waters.

The MSS Coordinating Committee approved the task force’s scope and deemed this an official MSS project; issuing a project number in early October. The task force will now determine the minimum requirements a valve needs to be able to perform to when faced with extreme conditions, whether from pressure, temperature, toxicity, solids, or usage.

“By creating a rigorous standard for Severe Service Valves to adhere to, we can ensure end-users can protect both their workers and the environment,” says Waters. “We’ve seen countless examples where general purpose valves were used in a severe service situation, which led to high operating costs, loss of process containment and control, and significant damage to the environment. This task force was created with the goal to drastically lower these statistics.”

Robert O’Neill, the MSS Executive Director, also added that “in addition to providing industry with objective principles and parameters on how to define and subsequently identify SSVs, this proposed new Standard Practice will provide the basis of the definition that is currently being referred to in other MSS work, like Special Leak Test Methods and Procedures for Valves.”

Over the next year a clear and measurable definition and identification process will be determined by the task group with the end goal of having a standard practice for end-users and manufacturers to follow. This resource will be critical for selecting the right valve for the application going forward.

About CGIS

CGIS is the global supplier of the highest performance valves, controls, and automation.

With over 35 years of experience, we’re committed to understanding the application and ensuring our customers always get the right valve, well before a dollar is spent. With offices throughout Canada and Australia, we serve customers worldwide – on six continents. We offer a unique ability to deliver superior technical expertise in the world of Severe Service Valve (SSV) applications, which improve our customer’s reliability, safety, and bottom line in a dynamic and competitive marketplace.

Press Contact: Sam Wind, Marketing Coordinator at CGIS


T: 604-263-1671

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Severe Service Valves (SSVs) – A Video Overview

Severe Service Valve VideoEver wondered what Severe Service Valves (SSVs) are all about? To help fill you in, we interviewed two key figures: CGIS President Ross Waters and our VP of North American Sales, Dave Friesen. Watch as they define what SSVs are, and why they are critical for streamlining your process, eliminating waste, and protecting your workers. To view the video, follow this link.

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