Carly Wood Valves April 20th, 2019 - 12:42:48
Swagelok Valves, as with all Swagelok products, are thoroughly tested, and the customer is assured that they will perform reliably, meet expectations of quality and are backed by the Swagelok Limited Lifetime guarantee. Valves are devices which are designed to open, close, or partially obstruct passageways in pipers, and in this way they regulate the flow of fluids and gasses. Valves have application over many different areas of many industries - this means they come in numerous designs and materials depending on the specifications they must meet. For this reason Swagelok produces top of the range Process, Instrumentation and Sanitary Valves, in a range of materials and end connections. Where necessary, Swagelok can manufacture or configure Valves to the special needs of a client's system requirements.
Nowadays, positioners are used with the majority of control valve applications. They allow for precise positioning accuracy and faster response to process upsets when used with a conventional digital control system. The most important characteristic of a good positioner for process variability reduction is that it be a high gain device.
A few more examples from Swagelok's incredibly large catalogue of Valves for every need include Bellows-seated Valves, made with 316L Stainless Steel constructions, with Swagelok tube fitting, weld, and VCR ® and VCO fitting ® ends. Other features include full pressure rating in either flow direction for system versatility, and that the Valves are easily purged to maintain clean operation. Another type of Valve manufactured by Swagelok is the Check Valve which allows fluid to flow in one direction only.
In order to achieve the best performance of valves, manufactures must take many important design factors into consideration. These factors include actuator or positioner design, valve response time, valve type and sizing, and dead band.
Needle Valves are designed in many different materials. The valve is generally metal - here stainless steel, or a steel alloy, brass, or bronze are most often used, The seat is usually made from an elastomeric material such as PVC, CPVC, PTFE or a suitable type of the wide range of plastics and thermoplastics on the market. Valves are available in different materials - here customer choice will be determine by the specific application the valve is to be used for, along with the conditions it will be subject to. You have to take into account whether the fluid is particularly high or low in temperature, likelihood of corrosion, and how much wear the valve will be subject to you. Swagelok will be able to consult with you, and advise you what type of valve is best for the application you require it for. Swagelok Tube Fittings are available in additional Valve Body Materials on request - these include carbon steel and 25Cr super duplex stainless steel.
The second type is a product with override control to stop flow regardless of flow direction or pressure. It can not only close in response to backflow or insufficient forward pressure, but also can be deliberately shut by an external mechanism, thereby preventing any flow regardless of forward pressure.