Pipelines Ball Valves: An inside story

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…

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Pneumatic and Hydraulic Actuators

If you have wondered what the difference is between Pneumatic and Hydraulic actuators, here is a break down. Keep in mind that Pneumatic actuators use air to transmit force while a Hydraulic actuator will use liquid to transmit force.   A¬†hydraulic actuator¬†consists of a cylinder or fluid motor that uses hydraulic power to facilitate mechanical operation. The mechanical motion gives an output in terms of linear, rotary or oscillatory motion. Because liquid cannot be compressed, a hydraulic actuator can exert considerable force, but is limited…

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Natural Gas Facts: The Good and the Bad

We all know what Natural Gas is right? Heres a quick definition if you do not from the dictionary, “Natural gas is a naturally occurring hydrocarbon gas mixture consisting primarily of methane, but commonly including varying amounts of other higher alkanes, and sometimes a small percentage of carbon dioxide, nitrogen, hydrogen sulfide, or helium.” Natural Gas is used all around the world in our homes, for most of us for our cars. Here are some interesting facts you may not know about Natural Gas. First,…

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