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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.

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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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The term Severe Service Valve (SSV) is commonplace to the industrial valve industry. The problem is, no one really knows exactly what it means.

CGIS is in the process of establishing the exact definition. Once in place and approved by the Manufacturers Standardization Society of the Valve and Fittings Industry (MSS for short), there will be a benchmark and rating system to identify what constitutes a Severe Service Valve (SSV), and how it differs from a General Purpose Valve (GPV).

In the meantime, we pulled from our internal best practices and over 35 years of experience to put together this brief guide. We hope you’ll consider these 6 key factors for selecting the right valve for your application. Download the guide here.


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