This year we decided to sponsor the Tornado soccer team which is part of Fun Fair Positive Sports or FFPS. Our very own D’Aunna Goins son is part of that team. In case you have not heard of this group, FFPS is a non-profit organization which promotes noncompetitive soccer in a fun, safe and positive environment. This past weekend the Tornados have played against the Creepers, Rangers and the Jaguars. We are very excited to learn that the Tornados scored victory and won all the games! The age group for the soccer teams consists of 6-7 years old. If you happen to see or talk to D’Aunna be sure to tell her congrats on her sons’ team!
Has anybody ever asked you if you would be interested in working in Outside sales? You might be dreading it as going door to door isn’t a dream job, or Is it? While I do know people like that, I am here to tell you that not all outside sales are created equal. I had the pleasure of speaking to one of GVCs Outside sales ladies and she had the pleasure of telling me what actually happens when she does get a chance to go and see clients.
1. What time of day is the best time to visit clients? The best time to visit your clients is in the morning 9am or sooner. They don’t have tons of people needing their assistance right away and it’s just a good time because people tend to be calmer before the storm (rush of work).
2. How often should you be visiting your clients? For your major clients that you do lots of business with it is nice to visit them or treat them at least once a month or every two months. If not visiting them definitely socializing with them via email.
3. How do you know if this is the right client for your company? In regards to GVC we are the manufacturer so I try to aim for clients that are in Procurement, Engineering, Inside Sales, Purchasing, and also reaching out to Project Managers or Estimators. You can go to the prospects website and see exactly what their form of business is. I know I have the right contact (client) when they say they use or sell Valves for their clients OR projects. Most of the time I deal with several clients that have their own clients.
4. How important is it to have an inside sales person when you are doing outside sales? It’s extremely important to have a responsible and quick Inside Sales person. The Inside Sales rep that is assigned to you needs to know the product line well and is good with documentation and communication. An important task for the Inside rep is to CC the Out Rep, so that the Out Rep knows things are being handled without having to ask unnecessary questions.
5. Is it better to make appointments or just walk in? Personally, it is better to make appointments – many people do not like reps to just walk in. It is better because when you are on the schedule, you have a chance to meet other people that are in the office and you don’t force yourself on major clients – Now with supply companies that are a bit smaller or you “just so happen to pass by a company with potential” I don’t think it’s a big deal.
6. Name one reason why you are proud to work at GVC? I’m proud to work at GVC because our longevity of our product is outstanding, and our documentation is a point to be proud of. I’m also just blessed to work with a company that is like a small family to me. I have been here for 5 years am always learning something here. I believe that we have a product that can make a huge punch. We stand up against the big guys FOR SURE!!
7. What is a successful day when you’re working as an outside sales person? A successful day to me is getting plenty of business cards when I visit a company to bring them breakfast or visit their office. I also enjoy shaking many hands and generally have several different conversations. I’m putting myself as well as my company out there and trying my best so that makes me feel great.
8. Last question, what do you do when you get back into the office from seeing a client? When I get back into the office it is important to add all the new business cards to my outlook address book, this assures that if the card/s get misplaced I still have the contacts info. Afterwards, sending out Thank you e-mails is definitely a must!
Source: D’Aunna Goins, Global Valve and Controls, Houston, Texas
Installing a gear box on a Trunnion ball valve is no easy task. In fact, if you want to learn be ready to get your hands messy. It is recommended to buy some gloves that are suitable to wear for the lubrication process. Remember to always consult the manufacturer first.
Start by generously lubricating the stem of the valve. We use an industrial high-performance grease that works with the same temperature ratings as our valve.
Apply grease to the stem, stem key, and dowel pin and insert the stem key into the stem slot. The dowel pin will be inserted through the stem key and into the stem to hold the stem key in place within the stem slot.
Apply the grease to four (4) of the bolts and insert them into the mounting pad in the holes closest to the end flanges. This is necessary due to having less clearance to insert these four (4) bolts after the gear is installed due to the curvature of the valve body.
Once it is generously lubricated the gearbox should fit easily over the stem and stem key. Inside the gear housing there is a slot that fits the assembled stem and stem key. You need to ensure proper alignment of the slot in the gear housing with the stem and stem key. The travel stops may need to be loosened and the wheel turned in order to properly align the bolt-holes in the bottom of the gear housing with the bolt-holes through the mounting pad.
Next, insert the other four (4) bolts through the bottom of the mounting pad and thread them into the bottom of the gearbox, also threading in the four (4) bolts that were inserted into the mounting pad at an earlier stage. Next, add the washers and nuts to the bolts and tighten them down. Once you have installed the handwheel be sure to operate the valve one full cycle and adjust the travel stops accordingly to the open and closed positions. This means turning the handwheel to go from its fully open position to fully closed position, adjust the travel stop for the closed position. Then turn the handwheel back the other way to go from its fully closed position to fully open position, adjust the travel stop for the open position.
Check out the video below as we show you how to install a gearbox by our valve experts. Contact us with any questions 281-463-1474 or Info@gvcintl.com
Many times a client of ours will ask us to do additional testing to the valve/s before they purchase. One of the tests that is asked for is called hydrostatic shell testing and because we have our certification for API 6D such a test like this is no problem at all. Hydrostatic shell testing means that the shell, or the body of the valve will go through a pressure test. All valves MUST be hydrostatic ( WATER) shell tested to verify the valve can handle the maximum pressure it was built and designed for. What you see in the video below is a hydrostatic test pressure, usually 1½ times the rated working pressure is applied to an assembled valve to verify the structural integrity of the pressure containing parts. Pipeline valves commonly go through these types of tests to ensure there are no leaks. Below you see one of our API 6D, Trunnion ball valves going though the hydrostatic test and the test will continue for 4 hours. We stride for customer satisfaction and do not have any complaints. Contact us for more info www.gvcintl.com
One of our newest valves on the market is the Through conduit gate valve. Sometimes also referred to as Thru conduit. It is used for pipe pigging, but can be found more in “pipelines of subterranean heat steam, petroleum, natural gas production, transmission, and storage” The GVC Thru conduit gate valve is API 6D certified and has Double Block and Bleed capabilities. We offer these valves in 2” all the way through 36”. Many companies in the petrochemical industry prefer to use the Thru conduit gate valves as the valves are more suitable to corrosive fluids versus their ball valve counterpart. This valve is great for long distance transportation service of crude oil and natural gas.
The Double Block and Bleed is a special feature that you can find among our Trunnion Ball Valves and Expanding Gate Valves. The idea of having DBB was first created by engineers. According our our ValveMD, “The DBB feature of the valve or valves is the ability to segregate two pressure sources and to bleed/vent pressure in the void between the two sealing elements (blocks). The bleed may be in the pipework/pipeline when two valves are used, or in the valve body between the two seats when the valve has the Double Block and Bleed (DBB) feature.”
You may find Double Block and Bleed valves in many types of industries, including; Gas and Liquid pipelines, Production, Processing Oil and Gas, and more. This feature ensures zero leakage which is why they are popular in pipelines.
Do not be confused with Double Isolation Bleed which according to API means, “API 6D defines a Double Isolation & Bleed Valve (DIB) as a “single valve with two seating surfaces, each of which, in the closed position, provides a seal against pressure from a single source, with a means of venting/bleeding the cavity between the seating surfaces. The note adds that this feature can be provided in one or in both directions.”
For any questions regarding our Double Block and Bleed Valves, be sure to reach out to one of team members.
When a valve manufacturer is API 6D certified it means that they have a certificate that certifies their valves are tested to API standards. There are different specifications of API. For instance, API 6D is a specification for pipeline valves. “API 6D specifies requirements and gives recommendations for the design, manufacturing, testing and documentation of ball, check, and gate valves for application in pipeline systems.”
Not only are our Trunnion ball valves API 6D certified but we also carry the API Q1 specification. This allows us to mark our valves. When you see this mark you will immediately know that GVC valves have been manufactured in a quality management system.
What does it mean to be API 6D and API Q1 certified? Global Valve and Controls is recognized by API and other industries for our product quality. It also means that every single one of our products are marked therefore if any future questions arise of a valve we will know exactly which valve it is.
What does it mean to our clients? Proof that our products are API as well as meet the specifications and our quality is consistent. Our clients are also aware that we have a management system in place that provides any assurances.
In conclusion, we stand behind our products 100%! If you are not satisfied with our service or our products please contact us so that we can fix it immediately.
Many times a customer will call and ask if we can offer any valves for cryogenic service. Cryogenic meaning very low temperatures. We can happily say that we do carry a few valves that are made for such services. Companies that work with LNG (Liquified Natural Gas), oxygen, helium and such are the most common clients that we have that need these specific valves. What makes cryogenic valves different than standard valves? This is possibly one of those most frequent questions asked, and the answer has to do with the temperature. A cryogenic ball valve can fully work in temperatures as low as -320 degrees Fahrenheit and at pressure ratings as high as 750 psi.
GVC Valves series FS525, FS600, YFS and our 790 are all compatible with cryogenic conditions. To learn more please visit our website.
Different types of bores for ball valves – full port, reduce port and V-port. These three types have different constructions and purposes.
Full Port Ball Valve – A full-port, also known as a full bore, ball valve has a bore internal diameter (ID / inside diameter) approximately equal to the pipeline ID. This allows for reduced friction and pressure loss across the valve. With a full port ball valve there is NO restrictions to the flow of medium, but the valve can be more expensive. This type of bore is ideal for situations where pigging may be necessary. Global Valve & Controls (GVC) series CFS and 2T/3T split body and welded design, full port, flanged ball valve combines its sealing technology and design expertise for over 25 years with the versatility to solve even the most demanding applications . This technology and expertise is widely used in the chemical, pulp and paper, petrochemical, food and beverage and refining industries.
Reduce Port Ball Valve – A reduce-port, also known as a reduce bore, ball valve is a valve in which the bore is reduced to one or two nominal sizes lower. This provides a more restricted flow path, generally resulting in higher energy losses. Global Valve & Controls (GVC) series RCFS and R2T/R3T ball valves offer both full port and reduce port valves. Known for its design features , superior sealing areas and various stainless alloys , the GVC brand is widely recognized as a leader in providing valve and flow control solutions for the energy , and oil and gas industries’ for a general all around great product and a fair price.
V- Port Ball Valve – A V-port ball valve has either a “V” shaped ball or a “V” shaped seat. This type of valve also is known as a control valve in which the flow velocities need to be controlled / regulated as required per the application.
In closing Global Valve & Controls ball valves can be used in a variety of applications and markets, such as pipeline transmission, pig launchers, storage facilities, pulp and paper facilities , food and beverage , gas processing , industrial, and many more . Troy Richard, founder of Global Valve & Controls (GVC) explains that ball valves provide reliable leak protection and fugitive emissions concerns. Ball valves can be open and close quickly in which saves time and money on all automation packages.
Please visit is at Globalvalveandcontrols.com or GVCINTL.com 281-463-1474
When I first started working at a valve company I had to research quite a bit on what valves were and what they were used for. Yes, I was a newbie. There is so much information on the web today that I could go on and on but focusing on one of the products that the company is most known for will cut down my blog from about 10 pages to a paragraph. (Plus, who wants to read 10 pages!!?)
Trunnion ball valves are the “Big guys”, at our warehouse and I was very intrigued by the size of them! The sizes can range anywhere from 2INCH to 48INCH. Working at the company, I had to learn my way around the valves. At first it was over whelming because not all valves are made the same. I created a list of 5 questions to help me.
1.What is the ANSI class?
2.What is the material?
3.What is the size of the valve?
4.What are the end connections of the valve?
5.Are you looking for Reduced port or Full port?
Understanding what the valve is used for helped me better understand what exactly the customer was wanting. I will not say that I am an expert in no way on valves but working in the environment has really made me appreciate what valves are used for and how we use them in our everyday lives.
My curiosity spiked when I began reading how these trunnion ball valves were used. Having lived in Texas, (O&G state), I know pipelines are the most common areas where one would see these kinds of valves. I of course got to my computer and started researching more about pipelines, which is another blog to come. I will however include that pipelines do not just carry oil, but a wide variety of liquids and gases. An interesting little fact I picked up along the way is that there used to be a vodka pipeline, now how crazy is that!