So, what are the parts that comprise an industrial valve? All valves are made of six basic components:
Depending on the size, complexity and application, valves may differ in many aspects that include:
Some valves are fabricated from a single piece, and some are fabricated by assembling several separate pieces. In our article, Singapore's top industrial valve suppliers explain in detail about the basic components that are found in most industrial valves.
The first component that we notice in a valve is the body or outer covering made of metal or plastic. Sometimes, the body is made of bronze, stainless steel, alloys or iron to make the valve robust enough to handle medium that are harder than water. If the valve is used in applications that involve corrosive acids, the body is made of Alloy 20, models, hastelloys, and iconels, depending on the type of acid nuclear materials and hydrogens. The body encases all the vital internal parts.
Modern casting practices like shell casting, permanent mould casting and investment casting are used to fabricate the valve body.
The next most visible component in a valve is the handle or actuator. They are the part that gives the valve its controlling ability. However, automatically controlled valves like the relief valves and check valves do not have handles because they internally control media flow.
Actuators can be as simple as a wheel or a handle, and when they are operated, they move the valve stem up and down to allow or seal the flow of media.
The bonnet holds all internal parts in place and is screwed to the valve's body. All standard industrial valves come with a bonnet, except for the ball valve. For maintenance or repair work, the bonnet must be removed to allow access to the valve's internal parts. In some valves, the bonnet is attached to the body as a single part. However, it is considered a separate, critical component, for without it, the valve may leak, and it would be impossible to operate the valve.
The disc is also called the valve member, and it is the component that regulates the flow of media within the valve. The type of disc and its operating mode differ with the type of valve:
Any valve that comes with a handle must have a stem because it is the part that connects the valve disc with the handle. The stem is screwed to the valve to enable the disc movement in different directions.
The seat is an internal component that acts as a counterpart to the valve disc. They are designed and fixed in such a way that they perfectly align with the disc to shut off the flow. Seats are coated with rubber and Teflon to prevent any leakage when the valve is turned off.
Anyone who wishes to invest in industrial valves ought to have a basic know-how about the critical components to help choose the best type of valve that will serve the application.
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