The Industrial Group of Moog Inc. launched a contest last week to find the oldest operating Moog servo valve. The company will also be sponsoring monthly drawings to give people with newer valves a chance to participate. This contest is part of a celebration of the 50th anniversary of Moog’s operations in Europe.
“It’s not uncommon to find our valves in service for 25 years or more in tough environments like steel production, gas turbines, and industrial machinery,” said Gary Parks, group VP and GM of industrial services at Moog Inc.
In 1951 William C. Moog Jr., developed the first commercially viable servo valve, transforming an input signal into a hydraulic output such as flow or pressure.
“We’re celebrating our reliability and anniversaries in Europe, while having fun by challenging people to find the oldest operational Moog servo valve,” Parks related
The contest is open to anyone who can find a Moog servo valve in operation on a machine. Here’s how it works:
• Using a smartphone, take a photo of the valve, including the serial number on the nameplate. Moog will use this information to check the date of the valve.
• Upload the photo and complete a short form at http://oldestvalve.moogglobalsupport.com
The grand prize is an Amazon voucher for $500; Moog will award additional Amazon vouchers for the second prize and third prize. Even if a contestant’s valve is not the oldest operational valve, or if they have multiple valves, participants can still qualify to win five $50 Amazon vouchers that Moog will draw each month.
The contest ends February 29, 2016.