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Volume 17  |  Issue 01
 January, 2017


Vision Critical - The Little Rules of Life

by Wayne Ulanski, President - Wayne@SVF.net

As is my tradition in the beginning of every New Year, I wanted to share with you these "Little Rules of Life". Each year I add another one to the list and this year I have added "Lose yourself in new surroundings."
Sing in the shower.
Treat everyone you meet like you want to be treated.
Watch a sunrise at least once a year.
Leave the toilet seat in the down position.
Never refuse homemade brownies.
Strive for excellence, not perfection.
Plant a tree on your birthday.
Learn 3 clean jokes.
Return borrowed vehicles with the gas tank full.
Compliment 3 people every day.
Never waste an opportunity to tell someone you love them.
Leave everything a little better than you found it.
Keep it simple.
Think big thoughts but relish small pleasures.
Become the most positive and enthusiastic person you know.
Floss your teeth.
Overtip breakfast waitresses.
Be forgiving of yourself and others.
Say "Thank You" a lot.
Say "Please" a lot.

The Napkin - Where All Great Design Ideas Begin...Napkin

Transition Valves


Process applications throughout the industry often require valves to:

        • connect various types of equipment
        • adapt to different tube or pipe sizes
        • initiate process conditions from one pressure or temperature to another
        • divert flow to suit process conditions.

This is often referred to as Transitioning. SVF Flow Controls offers valve solutions to satisfy a wide range of requirements through our "Pro-Spec" Engineering team. Of the many types of flow solutions we have delivered, Transition Valves are the most common.


Three-piece ball valves are inherently flexible and are ideal for developing and delivering custom solutions for Transitioning.


Below are some of the Transition Valves we have delivered. Visit our Product Library to see all of our Valves, Actuators and Controls.


Sounds Like Greek to Me! Greek
by Jane Lovett, Quality Manager - JLovett@SVF.net
The term "ISO" refers to the International Organization for Standardization.
You may be curious about the difference between the names of the organization: International Organization for Standardization ( http://www.iso.ch/infoe/intro.htm ), and the initials, ISO.
If it were an acronym, you'd think it would be IOS. But the truth is, it's not an acronym.
ISO is derived from the Greek word isos, which means "equal". The prefix -iso occurs in many words, such as isometric, meaning equal measure or dimensions, isonomy, meaning equality of laws or people before the law, and others.
From equal to "standard," the choice of ISO as the name of the organization is easy to follow.

Reader's Favorite Quote from 2016

"People who wonder if the glass is half empty or half full, miss the point. The glass is refillable."
- Unknown
Super Recipe for Super Bowl Sunday  - Cold Taco Platter DipRecipe
Cold Taco Platter
Submitted by Gary Ulanowski, Chief Cook & Bottle Washer - Gary@SVF.net  

A SUPER Easy Dish to Serve Your SUPER Friends on SUPER Bowl Sunday!



  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 pkg. (8 oz.) cream cheese
  • 16 oz. sour cream
  • 1 pkg. Taco Seasoning (Mild, Medium or Spicy based on your taste buds)
  • 8 oz. to 16 oz. shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 large tomato - diced
  • 1 Head of Iceberg lettuce, shredded
  • 1 can black olives, chopped or sliced
  • Torito's "Scoops" or your favorite Doritos Chips

Click here to view and download the complete directions!

Cold Taco Platter Dip

A Super Easy, Super Tasty,
Super Bowl Sunday Favorite!

Don't Mind Me... I'm Just Browsing Browsing
           by Gary Ulanowski, Your Favorite Geekster - Gary@SVF.net 
In an effort to always provide you with the most up-to-date documents and specifications, we always post the most recent information on our website. However, to ensure that you are downloading the most current document, it is important that you "Refresh Your Browser" often. Here's why.  
In order to speed up web browsing, web browsers are designed to download web pages and store them locally on your computer's hard drive in an area called "cache". Browser cache (also known as Internet cache) contains records of every item you have viewed or downloaded while Internet surfing. So when you visit the same page for a second time, the browser speeds up display time by loading the page locally from cache instead of downloading everything again.
Although storing Internet cache makes web browser faster as it usually takes your computer less time to display a web page when it can open page's elements or even the entire page from your local Temporary Internet Files folder, you sometimes want to overrule the Internet cache, for Example to see changes you made to a webpage you just uploaded.
Clearing Cache Memory & Force Refresh (Force Reload)
To ensure you see the latest version of a site you need to clear the cache memory. The fast, simple way to refresh your browser is by pressing the F5 key. However, sometimes a quick refresh is not enough and you need to do a "Force Refresh".
This is done by pressing both control (Ctrl) and F5 buttons simultaneously on your keyboard (depending on your browser).
When someone tells you to "force refresh" or "force reload" your browser, depending on your operating system all you need to do is the following key combination:

Windows: ctrl + F5
Mac/Apple: Apple + R or command + R

Who Dat? ::  Dats "Our Gang"!OurGang
by Russ Chomiak, Director of Sales - Russ@SVF.net

Russ Chomiak
Director of Sales
With the end of every year,  two visions  come to mind: what we learned in the given year and what we intend to do with that knowledge next year!
Like Marley's ghost, we see our past state, our current state and our future state. In our past state in 2016, our overall effort brought us nearly 20% growth over 2015. This came as a result of winning major projects, keeping existing customers delighted and finding new ones that all rolled up into our stellar performance. This came in a year where most industrial companies were satisfied with results just to match performance from the previous year with no slippage of significance. So, SVF is gratified with significant growth not settling for anything less than that.
We did however suffer in a few instances with unpredictable shortages and a few setbacks where we did not meet our expectations. Large projects sometimes drain your resources when several of them are won where the timeframe for delivery is immediate. This caught us off guard so we spent considerable time in finding better solutions which we've installed for 2017.
So, our vision of 2016 was bright with a few sunspots that interrupted flow of work.

Our view of 2017 therefore is extremely optimistic.  Once again, we see major projects on the horizon so we implemented lessons learned from last year is to be better prepared. One of these was entering preorders sooner even if somewhat on hopeful speculation. We don't want to in any way infringe on our inventory for day-to-day business.

We see more opportunities however through product expansion with new products being introduced for deeper penetration of existing markets and virgin penetration into other markets. With our relocation into a significantly larger facility in La Palma, SVF has the capacity to take on a lot more work. 
With our merger to our sister company Matco-Norca, we will be able to offer products BEYOND ball valves including gates, globes and check as well as butterfly valves. This widens our platform for automation dramatically as well.
With the economy percolating once again, our core business will no doubt see renewed opportunities. CNG and Pharma markets for SVF are robust. Oil and Gas is poised for a comeback as is Chemical with related Process markets. Food & Beverage will be more available to us through product improvements. Water, Municipal and Power remain healthy as well as the Commercial market where we have a significant product expansion in place that will drive our growth here. Pulp & Paper are somewhat soft but there is no regression.
In short, SVF has a very strong vision for 2017 both from the economy regeneration and from our own investment in new products, new services and new capabilities. We invite all of our partners to visit the new SVF Flow Controls in LaPalma and witness the exciting new company that was reborn. We are chomping at the bit for the New Year to begin! Watch us grow!!! Attached below are our regional champions who we affectionately refer to as our Business Development Managers. Please consult with them for any application as they are there to assist you in any way for any application requiring flow control!

Jerry Reid
Mobile: 949.701.7780
David Elmore
Mobile: 832.803.7783
Tim Springer
Mobile: 815.900.0515
David Hickey
Mobile: 908.692.7904
Jerry Reid is our Business Development Manager for the Western Region, with over 15 years servicing this territory for Pentair-Sudmo, Burkert Controlmatic and similar companies in the valve, instrumentation and controls industry. He has a Masters Degree in Brewing and Technology and is a member of the Master Brewers Association of America (MBAA). Jerry also has 10 years experience in the Food and Beverage side of the business which will greatly benefit our customer base in that market.
David Elmore is the Business Development Manager for our Gulf Coast Region His 27 years in the valve & controls industry, combined with his  experience in nearly every market segment in the industry, makes him uniquely qualified  to service this region. As a previous owner of his own rep firm  that marketed engineered steam equipment through channel partners,  David works out of his home office managing a distribution network and all the challenges  that it brings.
Tim Springer, our Midwest Business Development Manager, joins us bringing extensive valve experience having worked at Henry Pratt, Smith Cooper/Sharpe, and US Valve among other valve manufacturers. Tim has been in the valve industry for over 15 years - covering the Midwest Region for his entire career - with a strong working knowledge of both inside and outside sales, hands-on product training for sales staffs and engineers, product specification as well as field service and troubleshooting. 
Dave Hickey, our Business Development Manager for the East Coast Region, boasts over 30 years experience in Valves and Actuators as well as Construction Management.  His coverage expands over a broad cross section of many industries and markets which includes pharmaceutical, Food and Beverage, Specialty Chemical, Air Separation, Petrochemical, HVAC, A&E's and Power.  He is well positioned to support your day-to-day needs as well as large projects, specification reviews and product training.
View Western Region Territory Map »
   View Gulf Coast Territory Map »

Process Quality Valves ProcessQuality
For over 30 years SVF Flow Controls has supplied a family of high performance valves that are considered "Process-Quality" products. 
The SVF Flow Controls "Series 8" features a robust design that meets API, ANSI and ISO standards.  Series 8 valves are the best choice for demanding applications such as higher temperatures, higher pressures and higher cycle-life.
These valves are available for services in chlorine, thermal fluids, fire-safe, characterized "V" Port control and in alloys to handle extremely corrosive fluids.
Options include : Secondary Containment, steam jacketing, automation, stem extensions and customized modifications.
For the most demanding and critical flow control applications look to SVF for the confidence and performance you can only get from a world class manufacturer.
The "Head Scratcher" -  SUPER Bowl Trivia!  HeadScratcher

It's that Super Time of the Year!
Super Bowl Sunday is coming up! The matchup pits the New England Patriots against the Atlanta Falcons in Houston on February 5th.  Super Bowl 51 will be the ninth Super Bowl appearance for New England, beating out the Cowboys and the Steelers for the most Super Bowl appearances - they each have eight.

This year, advertisers will shell out up to $5 million  for a 30-second commercial, while back in the 60's a 30 second spot would cost as low as $37,500. Beer consumption has declined over the years, but it's still one of the most popular beverages during the game.

Everyone enjoys a good Super Bowl party, especially when there's food involved.  The event is the second-highest day of food consumption after Thanksgiving. 

There is one single favorite menu item that will sell more than any other single food item. Approximately 100 million pounds of this will be devoured by fans over the Super Bowl weekend (beginning Friday night through Sunday).
Approximately 100 Million pounds of this will be consumed over the Super Bowl Weekend...

Do you know what it is?
a. Guacamole

b. Hot Dogs

c. French Fries

d. Pizza
Each month SVF will give a free canvas tote to the first 5 FlowRATE readers that correctly answer the "Head Scratcher" question through our website.
Click the button below or go to www.SVF.net/response.php to submit your answer. The correct answer will be in our next FlowRATE. GOOD LUCK!

Last month's answer was:  (c) Boris Karloff was the voice of the Grinch that Stole Christmas
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"To serve the process control marketplace as a valued resource and advisor
on flow control applications."