The Valve Manufacturers Association (VMA)’s next Valves, Actuators & Controls 101 course will take place Oct. 30-31, 2014, at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas.

Originally created for industry newcomers, the event has received such positive reviews it has become popular among a much larger group, the VMA says. The seminar is designed for employees and supervisors of  plants that use valves, actuators and controls as well as distributors and sales reps who want to better understand the products they sell.

The Valves, Actuators & Controls 101 course consists of lessons that guide attendees through the world of valves and the systems they help control, starting with simplest types of valves and moving into the more complicated automated products, including actuators and controls. The two newest lessons cover solenoids and actuator accessories.

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The “Valve Petting Zoo” is a hands-on experience that enables participants to “touch and feel” examples of the many products discussed during the course while an industry expert is on hand to answer specific questions about the products and further explain how they work.

Tabletop exhibits are designed to provide attendees with time between education sessions to learn what is offered by valve, actuator and control manufacturers and distributors, suppliers to the valve industry, and valve repair and service firms.

The cost is $725 for the first person from a company and $695 for each subsequent registration from the same company. Participants receive a certificate from VMA indicating they have earned 12 hours of continuing education. Breakfast, lunch, breaks and a reception, as well as a manual and CD, are also included.

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