Back to Basics
- Published on Tuesday, 30 April 2013 14:58
- Written by Tim Moran
Although plastic valves are sometimes seen as a specialty product—a top choice of those who make or design plastic piping products for industrial systems or who must have ultra-clean equipment in place—assuming these valves don’t have many general uses is short-sighted. In reality, plastic valves today have a wide range of uses as the expanding types of materials and good designers who need those materials mean more and more ways to use these versatile tools.
- Published on Tuesday, 05 February 2013 15:54
- Written by Terry Acers
The Industrial Revolution of the late 1800s brought about widespread use of steam as a means of generating power, performing work and delivering heat to industrial process systems. While an effective and efficient means of providing heat and power, steam use brought several challenges, one of which is the effective removal of condensate to ensure thermal efficiency and prevent mechanical damage inside of piping, turbines and process equipment.
- Published on Monday, 27 February 2012 09:16
- Written by Robert J. Abbott
For most of us, the purchasing process is relatively simple: Find the lowest cost for the desired item, make the purchase and then move on to the next task. However, the purchase price may only be the first installment of that cost.
- Published on Monday, 01 August 2011 10:14
- Written by Bill Reeson
Solenoid valves are usually considered an accessory in the process valve industry; however, while there is some truth to this, these accessories are crucial to the proper operation of any system that uses them.
- Published on Thursday, 14 April 2011 14:56
- Written by Nicholas Williams
While control valves are an essential part of most flow processes today, they cannot accomplish their key tasks without help from the many accessories that aid in smooth operation.
Control valves are a ubiquitous essential in today’s industrial facilities. Whether they are managing flow or controlling process conditions such as temperature or pressure, they are key to maximizing production, maintaining product quality and ensuring safety.
- Published on Wednesday, 04 February 2009 16:03
- Written by Greg Johnson
The most common type of valve in the world today is probably the globe valve. Millions are in use, and most are under your nose or literally under your hands as you wash up at the sink. That’s right—the faucet valve is actually a globe valve hidden under a shiny coat of chrome plating. These utilitarian flow control devices are also the heart of every hose bib. In fact, the plumbing industry uses more globe valves today than any other industry segment.
- Published on Sunday, 19 October 2008 19:46
- Written by Greg Johnson
If you walk through any large PVF warehouse and look around, it seems that valves come in three flavors: black, silver and gold. These “flavors” are really iron, steel and bronze, which constitute the lion’s share of valve body materials used in today’s valve industry.