Change and innovation keep our industry — and the world — going. As the environment and society change, so do our needs.

National Instruments' Brett Burger showed us the company's newest monitoring service at the 2016 Turbomachinery & Pump Symposia

National Instruments’ Brett Burger showed us the company’s newest monitoring service at the 2016 Turbomachinery & Pump Symposia

Talented engineers and other professionals work to keep pace with these changing demands as they create new technologies that keep the world moving ahead. In this issue, we present technologies that our readers chose as the most innovative of the year. On page 12, you’ll find case studies from our Innovation Awards winner along with a few honorable mentions. Be sure to read these companies’ examples of how technological evolution moves our industry onward.

Meeting with the Flowserve team at the 2016 Turbomachinery & Pump Symposia

Meeting with the Flowserve team at the 2016 Turbomachinery & Pump Symposia

Our cover story is featured just before the Innovation Awards section. In it, Oxford Flow presents a diaphragmless valve technology from an Oxford University professor. It is designed to provide particular benefits to the oil and gas industry. Hunt Valve provides a guide to choosing and maintaining high-pressure water valves.

As companies continue to explore ways to keep costs down and reduce waste, gas flaring remains an important topic. Fluenta presents an article on the Internet of Things’ place in the conversation. Next, Amin Almasi discusses how axial compressors differ from other compressor types. They offer high efficiency and large flow rates, but they are expensive and contain many rows, which can make them complicated. Learn more on page 28.

I am excited to attend the Fluid Sealing Association‘s fall meeting in Nashville this month. I am looking forward to meeting more industry experts and learning even more about this constantly changing field. Follow my travels on Twitter @FlowControl_Mag.