Opening the Valve World 2018 Conference, the chairman Wojciech Zmudzinski (Principal Engineer, Valves Mechanical & Civil Team, BP America Inc) first welcomed the audience before pondering on their reasons for attending. Undeniably, he said, this was the ideal place to meet colleagues, customers and suppliers. Those looking for new products and an update on the latest developments were also in for an eventful time, he noted. But more than this, he trusted that delegates were also here to help accelerate the pace of change and development in the valve and actuator industry and by doing so to contribute in some small way to helping to resolve some of the key global challenges facing us all.
He therefore urged delegates to share their thoughts freely on for example ways to combat fugitive emissions, to help develop the next generation of high pressure valves, to seek out strategies to enhance reliability and to explore the potential of digital technology. He also said industry should do more to encourage younger engineers to join this fine profession and to promote gender equality. Finally, he exhorted one and all to look ahead. “What will the world be like just ten years from now? Will we be using 3-D printing to produce complex, optimized shapes? And can intelligent valves and actuators tell us when they need to be repaired or replaced? The future is in our hands, so let’s start working today to make our dreams for tomorrow a reality.”
The Valve World Conference was held in the newly-built Hall 1 at the Messe Düsseldorf. The spacious rooms and the state-of-the-art AV-technology guaranteed a relaxed and informative conference experience. The conference rooms were situated on the first floor and were located above the main entrance.