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!