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.
The valve has many components that you can choose from when ordering, thus it is always important to know the media or application the valve will be used in. Knowing what end connections you need is very crucial. Not all applications can accommodate.
Raised Face (Flanged) Connections
Ring Type Joint (Flanged) Connections
Socket Weld Ends
Occasionally Butt Weld (Not Standard Production End Connection)
Fact: Did you know that Flanged End Connections are known for being easy to apply to your project?
You may wonder what the difference is between Flanged and Threaded Ends. Flanged Valves feature more bolts, resulting in less tightening, in contrast to Threaded End Connections which need more tightening. Flanged Ends overall can be used for any type of Valve, i.e. Gate, Globe, Ball, or Check. When you have a Threaded End, ultimately you will be working with a Low Pressure type situation. GVC offers Valves with Threaded End connections and can be modified to Socket Weld or Socket Weld x Threaded if need be.
Socket Weld End Connections are commonly used on Stainless Steel or Carbon Steel Valves. When you have a higher temperature and pressure rating you would want to turn to the SW Connection. GVC offers SW Ends and features their leak free seal.
Last but not least, the RTJ and Butt Weld End Connections: GVC stocks majority RTJ End Valves opposed to Butt Weld End Valves. Butt weld end valves are applied to most applications where a higher grade of steel, temperature and pressure is needed. An Engineer from an article I found states, “RTJ Valves have grooves cut into their faces in which they obtain steel Ring Gaskets. They seal when tightened bolts compress the gasket between the Flanges into the grooves, deforming the gasket to make contact inside the grooves, thus creating a metal to metal seal.” Each valve end is beveled to match with the thickness and bevel on the pipe.
Can you guess what the end connections in the picture are?
Have you ever wondered what the difference of a 20 Reduced Port Ball Valve and a 20 Full Port Ball Valve?What do you think the differences are after reviewing the chart above?
– Operations Director states, “Well the cost is a big one, however, the CV Factor changes. Although, the port also changes, but a Reduced Port constricts the flow while the Full Port allows the flow to just flow.”
– Vice President of Sales & Marketing states, “One is full port and the other is reduced; however, a full port sizes go up to ¾”
– Account Executive-Inside Sales Account Manager states, “One is full port and the other is standard port, however 20RP’s are considered full port up to ¾” (Water, Oil & Gas Applications. And 20FP’s are a seal welded design.”
– Account Executive-Inside Sales Account Manager states, “20 RP’s are considered full port up to 3/4”
The actual differences are: The CV Factor, how one port functions as compared to the other port, Full Port are a Seal Welded Design, Weight, Length, as well as Height