Different Types Of Industrial Valves & Their Uses

Published November 15, 2019

types of industrial valves

With all the different types of industrial valves on the market, how can your organization know which are the best for your purposes? It’s an important question, as using the correct types of industrial valves ensures your business is as productive and efficient as possible.

Different Types Of Industrial Valves

The reason there are so many different types of industrial valves is the ongoing quest to make the most of each industrial plant. Valves have been specialized for specific purposes and specific equipment. Still, there are a handful of main types or categories of industrial valves.

Process Valves

This type of industrial valve is typically used in some part of a sequence where different controls, sometimes including human activity, come together to produce a specific output. Valves control the process, playing a very important role. Think reactor loading, lockhoppers, pneumatic conveying systems, vessel discharge, and slurry applications. Process valves are often two-way ball valves, three-way ball valves, butterfly valves, or plug valves, which either work continuously or in periods of activity if the industrial setting calls for batch processing.

Our Process Valve solution is built with an open-body design. The rotating disc action ensures that the valve is self-lapping and self-cleaning. Process materials are cleaned off the surface of the valve every time it used, whether it’s continuously or in batch processing. Available to suit various sizes, pressures, temperatures, and operation types, along with different end connections, accessories, and body materials, these valves are ideal for ensuring your processes are never interrupted by a valve that can’t stand up to harsh environments and regular use.

Bulk Material Valves

Bulk material valves play an important role, controlling material flow from bins, hoppers, chutes, silos, downspouts, and the like. Rotary valves, butterfly valves, diverter valves, and slide gates are commonly used in this application.

Our own Bulk Material Valves are based on the same self-lapping, rotating disc valve technology as our other products, design to withstand even the toughest bulk material handling environments. The open body lets particulate move about freely, ensuring it’s cleared away as the valve opens. That same self-lapping action keeps an Everlasting Valve’s seal improving and tightening with every use, so it wears in instead of wearing out.

With a pneumatic actuator separate from the valve, this valve is ideal for any bulk handling needs. It will save your plant time and money when you make the switch from valves that are harder to install and maintain.

Boiler Blowdown Valves

Boiler blowdown valves keep boilers working efficiently through removing dirt, scale, and sediment from boilers and their pipelines. Globe valves are commonly used for this application, but they can and do wear out very quickly. The action of removing that dirt and scale ends up sending the debris right into the valve seat, which impacts its seal and leads to its demise. Clearly, it’s important to invest in a boiler blowdown valve that can stay strong in harsh industrial environments if you want to reduce downtime.

That same wear-in action of our other valves holds true for our boiler blowdown valves. These types of industrial valves are perfect for boiler blowdowns as the seal gets tighter through use, even in thick slurry. The rotating disc keeps the valve cleared out as it is put through its paces.

We make several types of industrial valves for boiler blowdown use, including quick-opening, slow-opening, straight, and angle configurations.

Diverter Valves

Diverter valves control flow, redirect flow from one inlet to two or more outlets, or bring two lines into one. The flow can be solids, powders, or slurries, and in some cases, liquids.

Our Diverter Valves handle all of that material, no matter how abrasive or erosive it is. That same self-lapping, rotating-disc mechanism that keeps our other types of industrial valves working well and sealing tighter with use powers our Diverter Valves. That means that your plant benefits from valves that get tighter and stronger with use, instead of wearing out.

These valves promote maximum efficiency and major cost savings, reducing or eliminating common problems with weaker diverter valves, like plugged lines or off-quality silos. They’re available in various sizes, trims, body materials, and operators, as well as varying in connection type, and ability to withstand pressure. Whatever flow you are controlling or diverting, we have the ideal valve for you.

If you don’t see the valve you need within this list, don’t worry. Our designers and engineers are highly skilled in analyzing your plant environment and creating custom valves. We’re looking forward to learning about your needs, so we can help you achieve your objectives efficiently and cost-effectively. Contact us for more information!

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