10 things to know about valves

A little valve knowledge can go a long way to improving your operation.
By Spirax Sarco November 25, 2014

A little valve knowledge can go a long way to improving your operation. Courtesy: Spirax SarcoHere are ten things that you need to know about valves to help improve plant safety:

  1. Know the difference between modulating and on/off control and which type of valve is required.
  2. Know the meaning of Cv and its relation to sizing for the correct flow control
  3. Understand process compatibility requirements and valve materials of construction.
  4. Know how the valve will be controlled and choose the electrical or pneumatic interface accordingly.
  5. Think about maintenance requirements and spare parts that must be kept on-hand for repairs if required.
  6. Select low maintenance valves and develop a preventative maintenance plan for them.
  7. Make sure plans are made for training facility maintenance personnel on maintaining and repairing the selected valve(s).
  8. Ask the valve manufacturer about their post-sales support and warranty periods.
  9. Establish a relationship with the valve manufacturer’s authorized representative and have them provide input.
  10. Stay up-to-date on new technologies

Content provided by Spirax Sarco. Originally published in Steam News Volume 4 Issue 4. Edited by Anisa Samarxhiu, Digital Project Manager, CFE Media, asamarxhiu@cfemedia.com