One of the most challenging tasks for the process and power plant design and maintenance industry has always been valve sizing and selection. While understanding the theories of flow control is vital in this industry, it is also important to consider some often overlooked aspects of the selection criteria and the tools that help avoid common mistakes.
It is not uncommon that when the economy is facing challenging times, industry veterans take off their hard hats and decide to enjoy their earned and sometimes delayed retirement. The pandemic disruption of 2020/21 saw a steady stream of ‘right-sizing’ and early retirement packages offered to many long-term manufacturing employees. This opened a pathway for younger engineers to step up.