For many of us, 2009 was a most difficult year in business. And for those of us fortunate enough to have emerged from this troublesome campaign, we can count our blessings as we head into 2010, knowing that while we may be battered, we’re certainly not beaten.

And with this sentiment in mind, I’m more thankful than ever to be working on Flow Control magazine, and I’m very much looking forward to bringing forth some exciting new editorial products for you to use in the year to come. Here I provide a few examples of what you can expect to see from Flow Control in 2010, as we emerge from the storm clouds with a few promising rays of light.

FlowTube: YouTube’s for fun; FlowTube’s for fluid handling knowhow. FlowTube is the official Internet broadcast outlet for Flow Control magazine, and it is your one-stop shop for fluid handling-related training and educational videos. During the course of 2010, we will be featuring some truly informative videos on fluid handling application strategies brought to you by leading technology suppliers and key industry players.

Flow Control-tXperts: Flow Control-tXperts is an interactive “Ask the Expert” product that will offer up leading minds in key fluid handling technology segments (e.g., Flowmeters, Pumps, Valves, etc.) for reader questioning. So, for example, if you were to have a question about a troublesome flow measurement application, you would have the opportunity to query our Flowmeters-tXpert (i.e., Flowmeters Technology Expert) and receive a response within a designated period of time (2-3 days). The Q&A exchanges will also appear on the Flow Control-tXperts section of the Flow Control Web site.

2010 Pump Guy Seminar Series: Presented by regular Flow Control contributor and world-renowned pump expert Larry Bachus (a.k.a. “Pump Guy”), the Pump Guy Seminar Series enters its third year in 2010. With our most extensive seminar schedule to date, the wildly popular Pump Guy Seminar will be in Houston (Feb. 10-12), Los Angeles (May 11-13), Chicago (Sept. 14-16), and Philadelphia (Oct. 12-14) this year. Past Pump Guy Seminar attendees have responded with rave reviews, so we’re really excited to extend our Pump Guy Seminar offering so more folks can take advantage of this useful training.

Flow Control-Webinars: In addition to our popular Pump Guy Seminar program, Flow Control will be launching a Flow Control-Webinar offering in 2010. This product will provide short-form, Web-based training on a variety of different fluid handling-related topics. Registration will be free of charge, with the aim of each webinar focused on providing a high-level overview and understanding of the topic under consideration in 1-2 hours. Look for our webinar program to begin in the second quarter of 2010.

Web Site Redesign: Finally, and perhaps most importantly, Flow Control will be launching a fully redesigned Web site in the first quarter of 2010. Much of the focus of this Web site redesign has been outlined above, with the FlowTube, Flow Control-tXperts, and Flow Control-Webinars programs serving as core focal elements on the new site. The site will also aim to provide more streamlined and intuitive features for accessing our archival feature content, regular columns (i.e., “Pump Guy,” “Applications Corner,” and “Flow Update”), daily news headlines, and new product announcements.

For more information and/or to comment on any of the items noted above, please feel free to contact me at the e-mail provided below. We at Flow Control magazine look forward to serving your fluid handling information needs in 2010, and we wish you all a more prosperous year than the one we’re leaving behind.

— Matt Migliore, Editor