Global Valve and Controls

Mining: Then and Now

Mining has changed over the course of years, including but not limited to the technology, process, health risks and concerns as well as the environment. Back then, in order to claim land miners would simply stick their shovels into the ground and start digging! Today, in order to start digging a mining company would first have to fill out paperwork and pay a fee to make their claim on a piece of property. This process can take up to 10 years, sometimes even longer! There are two types of claims that a person or company can make:

  • Lode claims cover veins of such mineralized rock as quartz, gold or other metallic minerals that have well-defined boundaries and broad zones. The Bureau of Land Management limits the size of a lode claim to 1,500 feet long and 600 feet wide.
  • Placer claims give people rights to loose minerals, such as sand, gravel or gold that has eroded from rock and washed downstream.

Technology has definitely transformed the business, but the process to stake a claim is very time consuming and can be very expensive. To find the perfect spot for their digging miners will use drones to circle above the area to take photographs and measurements.

There are many health risks and environmental concerns to miners. For example, “the mining industry, dominated by a handful of multinational corporations, pays no federal royalties and leaves behind a landscape of dramatically diminished value, the environmentalists say.”

Health risks pose a threat to the miners working as well as the people who live by such as, contaminated water filled with chemicals from mining. These risks also include the animals that live in the area. Their water source gets contaminated as their land gets destroyed by the large machines that dig, thus eliminating migration grounds and displacing wildlife.

Mining officials say they work hard to mitigate negative impacts associated with mining. For example, before ground is disturbed, companies must ensure that adequate funds are available to complete reclamation and remediation of exploration and mining sites” But not everything always goes their way which leads to destruction of land, food and water.


Solar energy rises

Despite the falling oil prices ( now lower than ever), the solar, wind and energy industry is on the rise for power. The industry is keeping up with the latest technologies and therefore being extremely competitive all around the world. For example. India who's air quality is very poor due to pollution will be using clean energy to reduce waste. Another example, "China is cutting back its use of coal, the dirtiest fossil fuel, even though it’s cheap. Developing countries in Africa, where many people don’t have access to a central power grid, are pursuing solar projects as a quicker and less costly way to provide electricity. Wealthier countries are using solar to create micro grids that can keep the lights on when storms like Hurricane Sandy knock out the grid."

Whereas oil is mostly used for transportation, the energy industry is more commonly used for power plants that produce electricity. This is definitely new news, as "the last time oil was at this price, the cost of renewable s was much higher." As a result, the solar, windy and energy industry is very desirable and here to stay it will only rise higher and higher.




Public education is benefiting from the low oil prices

Believe it or not, there are those that are actually benefiting from the low oil prices and no they are not the people at the pump but the public schools.  How is this so? Well, there are many schools in North Texas, for example, that have oil and gas producing properties within their district boundaries. In turn, many local districts receive millions of money per year in property tax alone.

To give you an idea, Last year, Fort Worth ISD received $9.1 million from oil and natural gas property taxes. Northwest ISD received $20.1 million. Weatherford ISD got over $2 million, and Decatur ISD got $10.3 million, which is over one-third of its total tax base.

The money the schools receive allows them to hire more teachers and pay them well, thus giving the students a better education. It also helps the students have better facilities, programs, and supplies. It is no surprise that while oil continues to go down, public schools will continue to profit from many oil and gas companies. Funds for Texas education come from a variety of royalties and taxes paid by the oil and natural gas industry.
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Oil prices start to rise again

For almost a whole year oil prices were down, and although this was a good news for many consumers, it was bad news for everyone who lost their jobs due to the oil being so low. Now as the hurricane season is upon us; oil prices are starting to rise and jobs are slowly opening up again. Some of the top companies are taking advantage of this increase in price as their stocks have begun to raise.

"There are eight energy stocks in the Standard & Poor’s 500, including Transocean (RIG), Devon Energy (DVN) and giant Exxon Mobil (XOM) where analysts have boosted what they think the companies will earn in the second-quarter earnings since the price of oil hit rock bottom in March"


Company Symbol % ch. Q2 est. * % ch. stock * % upside to 18 mo. target
Transocean RIG 80.9% 26.7% -18.4%
Devon Energy DVN 15.1% 6.6% 21.9%
Marathon Petroleum MPC 14% 4.4% 16.2%
Exxon Mobil XOM 13.7% -0.1% 12.7%
Tesoro TSO 11.3% -6.3% 24.6%
Chevron CVX 8.7% -3.2% 14.2%
Valero Energy VLO 7.5% -1.8% 21%
Occidental Petroleum OXY 6.7% 7.5% 10.2%

Sources: S&P Capital IQ, USA TODAY
* Since March 17, 2015


Drilling in the Arctic, Is it catastrophic?

According to, “the guardian,” Shell will continue to drill in Alaska, thanks to the Obama Administration. Researchers and Environmentalists are asking why Shell is allowed to drill when only months prior the Anglo-Dutch oil tried to drill in the same area but was refused. Scientists believe that drilling in the Arctic could possibly, “lead to a serious of dangerous blunders, resulting in a disaster.”

“Tim Donaghy, quotes; Shell has a history of dangerous malfunctioning in the Arctic while global scientists agree that Arctic oil must stay in the ground if we’re to avoid catastrophic climate change.” While environmentalists argue that they are, “looking the other way,” not realizing that drilling in these waters is likely to be more dangerous than other seas. The dangers are worse than the Gulf of Mexico spill in 2010. If an accident were to happen, the nearest coast guard is located more than 1000 miles away.


Women are the new targets in the Energy Industry

"Fracking and horizontal drilling have unleashed an energy extravaganza in the Midwest and mid-Atlantic. American and international energy companies are churning out billions of barrels of oil and gas and attracting thousands of workers eager for entry-level paychecks of $50,000 to $60,000. In fact, in boom states like North Dakota, demand for workers is outstripping supply, as jobs remain unfilled."

Women are now stepping into these positions more than ever now. Men are not the only targets that the Oil and Gas companies are looking for, they are looking for women too. Good, hard workers in general.  The energy companies want to hire them. Whether it's Chevron or BP or Conoco, they’re looking for them. They’re just looking for responsible, hardworking people.

Many companies are struggling because Pipeline projects are soaring and there are not enough works to help get them done. Thus, regional colleges in boom towns from Pennsylvania to New Mexico have launched one-year certificate and two-year associate programs to train workers , including men and women.

Pipeline Ball Valves



What is a leak and why is it important to know when you have one? In terms of a pipeline, it is very important to check for leaks as the liquid may cause damage to the inside and outside of a pipe. “The small leaks are the ones that are more problematic to find, because they may be created by inadequate fabrication.”  Most leaks are started by having corrosion on the equipment. To further break it down; corrosion is a natural process caused by several different factors including; temperature, the liquid substance involved as well as velocity.

At Global Valve and Controls, we have an extensive amount of quality assurance and we guarantee every bit of our product.  We test all our products in our warehouse before it leaves our facility.

Pipeline Ball Valves


Forged Steel Valves

Forged Steel Valves

Forged steel valves are used in Oil Refining and other industrial applications where forged steel material is required. Higher pressures and temperatures are usually involved and the line size is generally under the size of "2". In other conditions, forged steel valves might be a good choice for better performance, such as system requirements for socket-weld piping and compatibility of media. Forged check valves, forged gate valves, forged globe valves are a few of the different types and depending what the media is, depends on which one is used.

GATE VALVES are used for on-off operation on hydrocarbon , general process, and utility service for all temperature ranges.

Gate Valves







GLOBE VALVES are used for flow regulation or as a block valve where high resistance to flow is not a disadvantage and a positive closing action is required.

Globe Valves








CHECK VALVES are required to permit forward flow and prevent reverse flow. this is achieved through linear or rotary ( angular) motion of a closure member which is kept open by flowing fluid.
When the flow is reduced towards zero, or reversed, the closure member is moved against its seat by forces due to gravity, supplementary springs and back pressure.

Check Valves

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The Chocolate Industry Today

The Chocolate Industry Today

We’ve heard of pipelines used for oil to be transported, but what about chocolate?  “Nowadays it is almost impossible to think about a chocolate industry without pigging technology. Not only chocolate masses and fillings can be transported through pipelines but also problematic products such as cocoa, nuts or crunches.”

How is chocolate transported? “Chocolate is transported through the pipeline with a temperature of 45-50°C. When the product has a lower temperature than that, there is no possibility to pump and / or store the chocolate.” There is no need to stop the flow of chocolate, except on the weekends, when most of the factories are closed. “The standing still of chocolate in a pipeline however may cause sediments to build in the pipe. The fructose in diet chocolate can crystallize and thus spoil the whole batch”

Pigging is also a very important factor in the chocolate pipelines. It means that the contents of a pipe is pushed out with a contoured plug aka the pig. This method is used all over the food industry. These types of plants are fully automated which means they are controlled by machines to optimize productivity in the production of goods and delivery of services.

Ball Valves


Pipe Logistics Contractor Opens New Houston Headquarters

Have you heard of a high dollar, well-known company called Pe Ben USA? Well, I have not, until now! I discovered being how I am located in Houston, TX; Pe Ben USA recently consolidated its headquarters, maintenance, and also storage facility right here at a 20-acre location; located in Northwest Houston. However, they opened an office back in 1996, but decided to make Houston their homebound. Shocking right? Well it gets better… The CEO, Dale Mykyte bought the site in August 2010. They finally moved in with a 9,000 square feet state-of-the-art office space with a 20,000-square-foot maintenance center. This large facility also consumes of, 20 offices, a board room, two conference rooms, and everyone loves an exercise facility, and most of all a safe room for company and client records. Is this cool or what?

But get this, Pe Ben goes way back to 1957, which serviced the oilfields in Western Canada. Mykyte entered the pipeline business in 1981, joined Pe Ben as operations manager, and then bought Park hill Pipe Stringing and J.L. Cox & Sons.

Pe Ben has worked on projects for major oil and gas companies though its principal clients are major pipe mills. They have executed projects for all major U.S. and European mills. Pe Ben has operations in Alberta, and British Columbia, Canada, as well as Texas and North Dakota A new heavy-haul division in Houston has been established, directed by Tony Beffer. Pe Ben USA completed 16 simultaneous stringing projects by the end of 2011, “to be invisible and anticipate the client’s needs, being proactive rather than reactive.”

It’s amazing how one day, someone can make something small into something huge. Word of mouth – Take what life has to offer – but don’t just take it as if it’s something that will turn into nothing, because it will soon be something large and not something that was nothing large!