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PRODCUT TECHNICAL: Valves & Actuators – Installation & Operation Training

June 23, 2021 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm MDT

Free – $25.00

TRAINING- Valves & Actuators – Installation & Operation Training

The course is based on historical failures in the field, the associated causes, and preventive measures to avoid delays in the construction process and or damage to other equipment in the system. Field examples will be illustrated for each section.


Correct Installation of Valves

  • Why new valves fail on Installation.
  • Value of the Manufacturers installation manual
  • Manufactures installation check list.
  • Review of Contractors Pre-Installation Training Manual
  • Flow Direction/ Unidirectional & Bidirectional Valves
  • Gaskets & Installation Torques.
  • Pressure Ratings Vs ANSI Ratings
  • Corresponding Flanges and Ratings
  • Alignment requirements on ancillary components

Pre & Post Site Commissioning

  • Pre commissioning requirements prior to operation
  • Reasons not to operate valves prior to commissioning.
  • Causes of product damage or failure.
  • Minimum inspection requirements
  • Requirements for start-up or water up commissioning.

Actuation Operational Errors

  • Maximum allowable forces per standards
  • Field adjustments & risks
  • Component repair after installation
  • Packing retention observation .
  • Actuator field replacement in chambers
  • Risks on actuator removal
  • Torque Vs limit settings


 Bruce James- National Valve Director, CB process Instrumentation & Controls

Has 43 years in the valve industry with 20 years in valve manufacturing. Bruce sits on the approval committee for the Road Authority in Ontario as one of their valve specialist and is a committee member for AWWA C520-19 and co author of the manual of practice. He is owner & presenter of courses on butterfly valves and actuators.


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June 23, 2021
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm MDT
Free – $25.00



 Employers can get up to 2/3 of the registration fee (up to 10,000/employee/fiscal year) for training.