How To Extend The Life Of Your Valves

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In industrial production, we always want to reduce costs, increase production capacity, and maximize profits. In addition to vigorously developing technological productivity, in daily work, paying attention to some small details to avoid waste can also reduce costs. The valve is a one-time item and has its own service life. Once this period has passed, a new valve must be replaced. Frequent valve replacement increases our production costs. So extending the service life of the valve can also maximize our production benefits. This article will tell you how to choose and maintain the valve to maximize the service life of the valve.



Valve selection


Getting the valve to the best level of performance is the first step in ensuring valve life, so we want to make sure we choose the right valve for the right place. In many cases, the main cause of valve leakage and failure is the selection of the wrong valve construction material. Therefore, when choosing a valve, you must be clear about the medium in the pipeline, operating temperature, pressure and other parameters, and choose the correct and appropriate valve according to the parameters.




Valve Installation


After purchasing a suitable valve, special attention should be paid to the installation, as the on-site technician may cause further damage to the valve when removing the valve end cap. When the end cap is removed, dust and foreign matter will deposit in the valve, possibly causing damage to the ball and seat, and causing leakage once installed. So don't open the end caps for no particular reason.


Incorrect installation of pneumatic or electric valves can cause damage to the actuator and valve. When transporting the valve in the field, there is a lifting ring on the valve, do not lift the valve or actuator by the valve stem. Therefore, during the installation phase, one of the most important steps is to purge the lines before they are pressurized.



Maintenance of the valve


Once the valve is installed, frequent maintenance is required to prevent valve and actuating equipment failure. Lubricate the valve in operation on a monthly basis to optimize valve performance.


Finally some notes:

1. Make sure the valve actuation and valve control accessory bill of materials meet our spec sheet.

2. The valve packaging must be inspected to ensure that the exterior of the valve and components are intact during transportation and that all grease fittings are present.

3. Make sure the valve process connection is covered to prevent dust and debris from entering the body cavity.

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