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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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CGIS SSV Expert Featured in LNG Industry Magazine

RiTech Coating ApplicationKevin Niebergall, Branch Manager & Technical Representative of CGIS was recently featured in LNG Industry Magazine. Kevin put together a handy article that helps explain the importance of selecting the right Severe Service Valve (SSV) for LNG applications. See the excerpt below:

As end users strive to maximize their operating performance and efficiency, valve manufacturers are forced to evolve their valve designs to meet their customer’s expectations and demands. Implementing new designs and materials into the valve design is one way to keep up with the evolving requirements put forth. Another approach is to concentrate on using the best valve for the application, rather than simply looking at the design and material specifications. It is crucial that we turn our attention to the application and the process conditions present to determine what product is selected. In this article, we will look at an application solution along with valve design to address challenges faced in process industries.

Follow this link to read the full article. Or, if you prefer to download the original copy from LNG Industry Magazine, click here.

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CGIS Acknowledged for Input on SP 151-2016

Ross Waters, President of CGIS
Ross Waters, President of CGIS

CGIS President Ross Waters received a special thanks from the Manufacturers Standardization Society (MSS) of the Valve and Fittings Industry last week for his work on SP 151-2016. The first edition of the ‘Standard Practice for Pressure Testing of Knife Gate Valves’ was approved, and is expected to be published in fall of 2016.

Ross drew from his unique understanding of Knife Gate Valves, gained from over 36 years of experience, to help with the initial preparation of the first draft. The goal of this SP is to determine a uniform means of testing Knife Gate Valves commonly used in the “full open” and “full closed” types of service for isolation. This SP is not intended for use with control valves.

Establishing requirements and acceptance criteria for shell and seat closure pressure testing of high performance resilient, non-metallic (e.g. ceramic), and metal-to-metal seated Knife Gate Valves of all types was key to this SP. This is important to the industry because prior “general purpose” Knife Gate Valve performance, as specified in MSS SP-81, did not provide the isolation quality that many applications demanded. MSS SP-151-2016 provides users with a high-performance standard equal to the security and risk reduction that severe service applications require.


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Latest Case Study – SSV Solves Complex Problem

Multii-Z Flowserve Kammer ValtekCheck out the latest case study put together by one of our Severe Service Valve (SSV) experts, Derek Feltham. Learn how he helped PotashCorp solve a complex problem with the use of a unique Severe Service Control Valve from Flowserve – the Multi-Z. Click here for the full story.


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