Get On the Ball
with Ball Valves
Ball valves perform essential work in flow control systems across myriad industries. By using a solid, hollow, or perforated ball within the valve body, these valves offer reliable shut-off and precise flow control capabilities.
Since ball valves come in a wide range of shapes, sizes, and types and can be made from many different materials, they are easy to use, offer excellent sealing properties, and are suitable for a wide range of industrial applications.
Advantages of Ball Valves for Industrial Flow Control
Ball valves provide a host of benefits when it comes to flow control, from their ease of operation to their reliable sealing and shut-off capabilities, making them an essential component of most flow control systems. Whatever your industry, American Stainless provides the right ball valves for your needs.
Quick and Easy Operation
Excellent Flow Control
Durability and Longevity
High Temperature / Pressure
Choosing the Right Materials for Your Ball Valves
Depending on your industry, the choice of which material your ball valves should use in their construction has a significant impact on project efficiency, cost-effectiveness, product quality, and even health and safety. American Stainless provides ball valves made from high-quality industrial materials, sourced from only the best in PVF manufacturers, that you can depend on in any situation.
Bronze Ball Valves
High-quality bronze alloys provide saltwater corrosion resistance and excellent sealing and low-friction properties, making bronze ball valves especially durable and reliable for plumbing, water distribution, and fluid control across a wide range of industries.
Cast Iron Ball Valves
Robust cast iron construction provides durability, strength, and reliable sealing capabilities over a long service life, making cast iron ball valves an excellent choice for smooth and efficient fluid control in steam systems and industrial processes.
Plastic Ball Valves
High-quality PVC and CPVC make plastic ball valves a lightweight, cost-effective flow control solution with reliable and efficient performance. Due to the corrosion resistance of many thermoplastics, plastic ball valves are often especially useful for handling corrosive chemical fluids.
Industrial Applications of Ball Valves
Across a wide range of industries, ball valves perform vital roles in providing precise control of water, chemicals, steam, and other gases under pressure.
Oil and Gas
Upstream, downstream, and midstream oil and gas processes frequently rely on ball valves to isolate, control, and regulate the flow of fluids.
Treatment plants, distribution systems, and wastewater facilities depend on ball valves to control the flow of water and treatment chemicals.
Corrosion-resistant ball valves perform vital roles in controlling the flow of chemicals, acids, and solvents through piping systems.
With precise and reliable control, sealing, and shut-off, ball valves are useful in boilers, turbines, and cooling systems requiring reliable control of steam and water.
Food and Beverage
Food and beverage processing plants rely on ball valves throughout their production and packaging processes to regulate the flow of liquids and gases.
Ball valves built to high sterility standards control the flow of chemicals and other materials through pharmaceutical production lines.
Pulp and Paper
From pulp and slurry handling to steam and water management and circulation, the pulp and paper industry depends heavily on ball valves.
Heating, ventilation, AC, and other climate control systems depend on ball valves for smooth and responsive flow control and shut-off.
Choosing the Right Type of Ball Valve
At American Stainless, we provide a variety of ball valves in a wide range of materials to suit your industrial flow control system’s unique needs.
Full Port Ball Valves
Applications demanding high flow rates and low pressure drops benefit from ball valves that offer minimal flow restriction and maximum flow capacity. Full port ball valves have a bore diameter equal to pipe size to provide these benefits.
Reduced Port Ball Valves
For applications where lower flow rates are acceptable, reduced port ball valves provide a reduced flow capacity due to their smaller bore diameter. These types of ball valves are more compact and often more cost-effective than full port valves.
Floating Ball Valves
Unlike trunnion ball valves, where the ball is fixed to the stem, floating ball valves have the valve floating between the seats, providing a tight seal in low to medium pressure applications.
Trunnion Ball Valves
Unlike floating ball valves, where the ball floats between its seat rings, trunnion ball valves use a stem to provide greater support for the ball, reducing wear in high-pressure and large-diameter applications.
How to Choose the Right Ball Valve for the Job
Ball valves come in many different types and can be made from a wide range of materials, which is a key element of their versatility and usefulness in so many industries. However, this means finding the right ball valve for smooth and reliable performance can take some legwork.
Understand System Requirements
Your choice in ball valves must meet the specific conditions and needs of your fluid control infrastructure, such as pressure and temperature or desired flow rate, to ensure reliable and long-lasting performance.
Choose Compatible Valve Materials
There are many materials to choose from for your valves—not just for the valve body but the seating as well. Factors such as corrosivity or sanitary requirements influence your choice of valve materials.
Evaluate Temperature and Pressure Ratings
Ball valves have defined maximum pressure and temperature ratings depending on their design. Your valves need to be capable of withstanding the maximum temperatures and pressures of your flow control system.
Assess End Connections
Proper connections to your piping system ensure reliable, safe performance, so making sure the valves you choose line up with the threaded, flanged, or welded connections of your pipes is essential.
Consider Flow Control Options
Additional features that can be implemented in your valves for more precise or versatile flow control include lever handles, valve actuators, or position feedback systems.
Account for Industry Standards
Your industry may have strict standards that flow control systems must meet for product or process safety or quality. Make certain the ball valves you choose adhere to any relevant industry standards.
Get the Ball Valves You Need with American Stainless
Choosing the right ball valve for your industrial flow control applications means taking a lot of diverse factors from design to size to material into consideration. American Stainless is here to do the legwork for you and connect you to exactly the right ball valves you need at your pace and on your timetable. From same-day service to ASAP fulfillment and delivery to organized packaging and on-time price quoting, we utilize our proven process for order fulfillment to provide an unrivaled customer experience.
Our ball valves come from leading manufacturers who are as committed to quality as we are to customer service, ensuring you can rely on your valves for years to come. Ready to get started on a quote for the ball valves your industrial projects need?