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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