Category Archives: Ball Valves

What makes GVCINTl the preferred Valve Manufacturer?

Have you heard the saying, “you pay for what you get”? Well, when it comes to buying a valve, quality does matter. Imagine purchasing a valve for a pipeline project and of course you as the buyer would like to save the company money, unfortunately not all valves are created equal. We as a valve manufacturer provide only the highest quality material for our valves which means not only are you provided with the best quality but also the best price for all your flow control products.

What makes GVC the best valve manufacture? Hard work goes into making a valve, and it is not just the high-quality materials but also the dedication and devotion of our employees. All our valves are inspected not once but three times before sending it out. Once you purchase a valve from us, our valve technicians provide 24 hours support every step of the way. It is always a good idea to purchase API 6D quality products because of the high standards to reduce emissions and other environmental factors. One thing to remember is when purchasing a GVC valve, you are guaranteed that the products you purchase will last longer in severe and critical applications. GVC valves will exceed all your expectations. Go ahead and take the GVC Challenge.

Please see our website for more information on API 6D certification.

 

 

Valve Traceability

If you have ever purchased a valve from us then you already know we don’t just sell you a valve but provide you life long service and 24/7 technical support if any issues arise. All our valves 2″ and up come with valve traceability. This ensures us that we are able to track the valve where ever it may go. The valves have a special serial numbers that allows us to trace them back to the manufacturer date and all components that are used. A few questions that we get from our clients regarding valve traceability are;

Do you have to trace the valves often?

Not very often. Sometimes a customer will need parts and will send the serial number or they might have lost the Material Test Results and will send the serial number which allows us to look it up.

Why is it important to be able to trace a valve? 

It is important so you can trace the history of the valve from the time it was manufactured and all the components to when it was shipped, received and sold. We can trace the whole history. If we did not have valve traceability then It would be impossible to know whether the valves are manufacturerd to the right standard and are able to sustain the pressure that is needed.

As you may know the valves industry is becoming more and more competitive and having a valve traceability system is one way we stand out as a manufacturer. At Global Valve and Controls, our valves of course are NOT from China which is important to note as there are many companies that have their products shipped from the Middle East, India and China and there is no way to track where the parts are coming from. This is why we make sure to be one of the few valve manufactures that provide this service and be API 6D certified. Please see our website for certification https://www.globalvalveandcontrols.com/certifications.html

 

Global Valve and Controls serial numbers on the valves

Serial numbers ensures us we are able to trace the valves

An Inside Story: Working in Outside Sales at GVC

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

 

 

 

Double Block and Bleed Valves

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. 

Double Block and Bleed

3″ ANSI 900 API 6D Trunnion Ball Valves, F316 Stainless Steel for CO2 Applications

What does it mean to be API certified?

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. 

 

 

Cryogenic Ball Valves

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. 

https://www.globalvalveandcontrols.com/products_flanged_ball_valves.html

 

Series FS52533HGTE

Understanding Stainless Steel Ball Valves

Stainless steel ball valves are definitely one of the popular materials that many people buy. They are perfect for the food and beverage industry, agriculture as well as the pulp and paper industries. The reason behind this is because stainless steel does not corrode and when dealing with food which we consume you do not want your machines corroding. White it is true that stainless steel (SS) does not easily corrode or rust, it really depends on the oxygen level in atmosphere. For example, if it is a poor air circulation environment, depending on the grade of the SS valves the valves may or may not corrode. Therefore, it is always important when dealing in such circumstances to get a high grade type of SS valve.

The material stainless steel is not to be confused with carbon steel as carbon steel will rust at one point in its life. The difference between the two metals is the amount of chromium present. Stainless steel’s resistance to corrosion and staining, low maintenance, and familiar lustre make it an ideal material for many applications. The alloy is milled into coils, sheets, plates, bars, wire, and tubing to be used in cookwarecutleryhousehold hardwaresurgical instrumentsmajor appliancesThese are examples of a few items one may be familiar with.

It is very important to know which grade of SS you need for your application as stated above if the grade is low, it will not last or you will have problems later down the road. Therefore, always consult with the manufacturer before buying. Global Valve and Controls can provide you with 316SS, 317SS and 304SS just to name a few. There are many different grades and one may not know that 304 is not to be used in the presence of sulfuric acid.

GVC 4" #300 API 6D Valve, Stainless Steel Flanged Ball Valves

GVC 4″ #300 API 6D Valve, Stainless Steel Flanged Ball Valves

Source: Global Valve and Controls