The Check Valve’s Role

Posted on: June 21, 2018

7 Tips for Using Check Valves in Steam Condensate Systems Steam Condensate Systems Many of our customers rely on the use of steam as a source of energy in their industrial chemical processes. While steam is ideal for powering countless industrial processes, the resulting condensate needs to be removed from the steam line as quickly […]

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Method for Connecting Valves and Fittings

Posted on: June 8, 2018

Connecting High-Pressure Fittings – When to Solder, Weld, or Braze You’ve done your shopping and you have your high-pressure fittings. Now it’s time to put the system together. We sometimes hear the terms solder, weld, and braze used interchangeably (or even incorrectly). But these are unique processes. Each has its place in the industrial world. […]

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Emissions Leaks

Posted on: May 18, 2018

Testing for Fugitive Emissions in Pressure Relief Valves Unintentional emissions of gases or vapors from pressurized equipment, or fugitive emissions, are more than an environmental concern. Besides the human health risks, pollution, and potential fines, they can hit the bank account more directly in the form of product loss. A 2015 study as reported in Forbes, suggested that […]

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Parts On the Move

Posted on: May 10, 2018

Valve Supply Chain In an age when moving materials or parts around the world is commonplace, making sure they are quality parts, managing expenses, and ensuring that the records are accurate can be a challenge. Issues in managing the supply chain can be broken down into three main areas of concern: cost, quality, and accuracy. […]

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Selecting Valves For Use With Chlorine

Posted on: May 3, 2018

Valves in Chlorine Applications Chlorine is used in processes from the production of PVC (polyvinyl chloride) to water treatment. In our modern culture chlorine plays a huge role in refrigeration; it enables us to cool our homes, our vehicles, and our food. As a disinfectant, it makes drinking water and swimming pools safe by killing […]

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Extreme Temperatures

Posted on: April 23, 2018

Valves Below Zero The high temperature extremes that occur in some processes or operations and the tolerance of certain metals to such heat tend to earn a lot of attention and respect. It’s got to be scorching hot before 316 stainless steel will melt (2507°F – 2552°F in case you were wondering). At the other […]

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What is Oxygen Cleaning?

Posted on: April 16, 2018

Oxygen Cleaning for Quality and Safety If you’re not familiar with the terminology, it’s not what it sounds like. Oxygen cleaning is a method of cleaning equipment intended for use with either liquid or gaseous oxygen. Contaminants in an oxygen-rich system pose serious risks. Where used in industrial settings, oxygen cleaning eliminates fire or explosion […]

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Sizing a Valve

Posted on: April 4, 2018

Selecting the Right Control Valve Sizing a control valve may seem like a no-brainer (how tough can it be?), but it’s actually quite the opposite. The selection process goes way beyond just looking at the size of the pipes. The gas or fluid (and its viscosity), pressure and pressure differential, as well as the flow […]

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How to Keep Things Running Smoothly

Posted on: March 29, 2018

Four Tips to Keep Valves Running Smoothly and Efficiently You wouldn’t make a major equipment investment, bring it home or to the plant, and then ignore it. You’d follow the manufacturer’s installation instructions, respect the recommended break-in period, and maintain that equipment following the schedule that the manufacturer advised. Valves should be treated no differently. […]

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Understanding Bolts

Posted on: March 23, 2018

Importance of Using the Right Bolts Getting to The Nuts and Bolts of It Nuts and bolts might not be the first things that come to mind when we think about valve maintenance and repair, but they’re definitely worthy of their share of attention. The nuts and bolts are what hold everything together. Fasteners serve […]

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