Category Archives: Pipeline Ball Valves

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

Gearbox installation on a Trunnion Ball Valve

Gearbox installation on a Trunnion Ball Valve

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 our video on youtube 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 

 

Source: Global Valve and Controls, Houston TX

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

Keeping your valves in check

Purchasing valves can be a major headache for some. For starters, one must know what kind of valve they are in need of and whether or not it fits their application. The following questions should be asked in order to find the proper valve;

–          What is the media?

–          What is the temperature?

–          What is the pressure?

–          Is it an open or closed position?

From there, the manufacturer will have a better idea of what the end user is really looking for. Many times, the manufacturer will find an error and will need more information to provide the best valve.

Once the valve is picked up and has landed in the end users hands, maintaining the valve is the next step. Many people think that once a valve has arrived it is placed in line right away, but this is not the case. Many steps are taken to insure the end user has received the order as they will have many shipments in one day. Step such as;

–          Ensure the valve, actuation and valve control accessories bill of materials matches the end user’s specification sheet.

–          The exterior of the valve and components checked to make sure it was not damaged in transportation

–          Ensure the valve process connections are covered (See article for more details)

Once the valve is “in line”, “stroking the valves and applying general-purpose lubrication at least once a month provides longer-term benefits in the functioning of in line valves”.

The incidence of leaking valves immediately following installation occurs too often, with the blame placed on the valve and its manufacture instead of the end user’s misapplication.” Making sure to follow policy and procedure and taking preventative steps will help get the right valve for the right job without any problems.

Read more at: http://www.pumpsandsystems.com/valves/july-2016-follow-these-tips-extend-life-your-valves

 

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24: ANSI 150 Trunnion Ball Valves (GVC)

API 6D Valves in line (GVC)

API 6D Valves in line (GVC)

 

Lubricants for Your Valves’ Gearbox

Theory: Cold weather dictates a different type of lubricant to avoid seizure and promote proper function inside the gear housing.

Global Valve and Controls states, “in order to have a proper functioning valve it is necessary to use the correct grease inside the gear housing.”

In a case study where non-cold rated grease is applied to a valve that is heading to Wyoming, where the weather can be frigid seven months out of the year; the likelihood of the valve seizing becomes increased and the average lifespan potential will decrease.

Aftermath: It is a wise decision to consider the environment that your purchased valve will be applied to. With Global Valve and Controls, these are questions we ask our customers to protect their investment in order to increase the longevity of their valve; like a vehicle, it is important to use the recommended lubrications and oils to ensure proper performance. Valves are the same way. Moving parts need the correct lubrication to operate proficiently.

Fact: Materials such as grease or oil, are affected greatly by weather, hot and cold. However, lubricants can be engineered to withstand various environments by being structured to hold their viscosity.

What are Actuators?

What are actuators?

What are actuators and how do they work? There are four types of actuators that are used today.  The most commonly used in this industry are the Pneumatic and Hydraulic actuator.

hydraulic actuator consist 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 in acceleration and speed.

pneumatic actuator converts energy formed by compressed air at high pressure into either linear or rotary motion. Pneumatic energy is desirable for main engine controls because it can quickly respond in starting and stopping as the power source does not need to be stored in reserve for operation.

You may wonder what this means in English? Well, in simpler terms; the main difference between the two is that pneumatic actuators use air to transmit force while a hydraulic actuator will use liquid to transmit force. Depending on the media of your project will depend on what kind of actuator you will need.

This picture shows an example of what a pneumatic actuator might look like with a ball valve. A Pneumatic scotch yoke Automation package along with our ANSI 1500 Trunnion Ball Valve going for Natural gas service.

Trunnion Ball Valves