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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

Hydrostatic shell testing

Many times a client of ours will ask us to do additional testing to the valve/s before they purchase. One of the tests that is asked for is called hydrostatic shell testing and because we have our certification for API 6D such a test like this is no problem at all. Hydrostatic shell testing means that the shell, or the body of the valve will go through a pressure test. All valves MUST be hydrostatic ( WATER) shell tested to verify the valve can handle the maximum pressure it was built and designed for.  What you see in the video below is a hydrostatic test pressure, usually 1½ times the rated working pressure is applied to an assembled valve to verify the structural integrity of the pressure containing parts. Pipeline valves commonly go through these types of tests to ensure there are no leaks. Check out our Youtube page and you will see one of our API 6D, Trunnion ball valves going though the hydrostatic test and the test will continue for 4 hours. We stride for customer satisfaction and do not have any complaints. Contact us for more info www.gvcintl.com

 

The Through Conduit Gate Valve

One of our newest valves on the market is the Through conduit gate valve. Sometimes also referred to as Thru conduit. It is used for pipe pigging, but can be found more in “pipelines of subterranean heat steam, petroleum, natural gas production, transmission, and storage” The GVC Thru conduit gate valve is API 6D certified and has Double Block and Bleed capabilities. We offer these valves in 2” all the way through 36”. Many companies in the petrochemical industry prefer to use the Thru conduit gate valves as the valves are more suitable to corrosive fluids versus their ball valve counterpart. This valve is great for long distance transportation service of crude oil and natural gas.

https://www.globalvalveandcontrols.com/files/000%20GVC%20SERIES%20EXPG-SBG%20%20Secured%20o.pdf

Thru Conduit Gate Valves, Through Conduit Gate Valves

 

 

 

 

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. 

 

 

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 “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!

Trunnion Ball Valves, A216 WCB, Pipeline Ball Valves, API6D Valves

These are 2 piece A216 WCB trunnion ball valves gear operated

3pc Trunnion Ball Valves, API 6D Valves, Pipeline Ball valves, Automated Ball valves

These are 24” ANSI 150 A216 WCB 3 piece trunnion ball valve gear operate

 

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)