Back to Basics
- Published on Tuesday, 28 April 2015 07:45
- Written by Rodney Roth
Mechanical packing dates back more than 5,000 years when horse hair was braided and coated with animal fat for lubrication and additional sealing characteristics. Mechanical and compression packing advanced tremendously in the years since then, but especially so in the past 30 years as environmental concerns about valve leakage and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rules have come to the forefront.
- Published on Tuesday, 30 April 2013 14:58
- Written by Tim Moran
Although plastic valves are sometimes seen as a specialty product—a top choice of those who make or design plastic piping products for industrial systems or who must have ultra-clean equipment in place—assuming these valves don’t have many general uses is short-sighted. In reality, plastic valves today have a wide range of uses as the expanding types of materials and good designers who need those materials mean more and more ways to use these versatile tools.
- Published on Tuesday, 05 February 2013 15:54
- Written by Terry Acers
The Industrial Revolution of the late 1800s brought about widespread use of steam as a means of generating power, performing work and delivering heat to industrial process systems. While an effective and efficient means of providing heat and power, steam use brought several challenges, one of which is the effective removal of condensate to ensure thermal efficiency and prevent mechanical damage inside of piping, turbines and process equipment.
- Published on Monday, 27 February 2012 09:16
- Written by Robert J. Abbott
For most of us, the purchasing process is relatively simple: Find the lowest cost for the desired item, make the purchase and then move on to the next task. However, the purchase price may only be the first installment of that cost.
- Published on Monday, 01 August 2011 10:14
- Written by Bill Reeson
Solenoid valves are usually considered an accessory in the process valve industry; however, while there is some truth to this, these accessories are crucial to the proper operation of any system that uses them.