The Right Ball Valve Makes All the Difference
By utilizing a ball to control the flow of fluids or gases, ball valves perform vital work for safely and reliably managing the flow of fluids in applications ranging from heavy industrial machinery to process and production infrastructure across countless industries.
Choosing the right ball valve size, type, shape, and material to suit your applications is essential to ensuring that your flow control systems run smoothly, regardless of industry. Various materials available for your ball valves, such as stainless steel, have different properties that, depending on your industry, have significant ramifications for the efficiency, cost-effectiveness, and even safety of your processes.
Why Choose Stainless Steel for Industrial Ball Valves?
Choosing the materials for your ball valves requires careful evaluation of your infrastructure’s unique needs, from budget and labor concerns to material and regulatory considerations, and the unique benefits of each material.
Stainless steel ball valves offer various characteristics that make them especially useful in the oil and gas industry, chemical industry, water treatment, pharmaceuticals, and the food and beverage industry, such as:
The Advantages of Stainless Steel Ball Valves
American Stainless partners with only the best in stainless steel ball valve manufacturers to ensure that only the best valve products reach our customers. You can rest assured that any stainless ball valve you get from us provides:
Highly resistant to rust and corrosion, stainless steel affords ball valves maintain their integrity and stand up to the rigorous performance demands of your flow control systems when transporting aggressive acids, harsh chemicals, or saltwater, or when operating in high-humidity environments.
Extreme temperatures and pressures can compromise other materials, but stainless steel ball valves perform well in environments high-temperature, low-temperature, and high-pressure environments. For example, stainless steel allows reliable performance in steam systems, hot water systems, and more.
Stainless steel provides excellent performance for demanding industrial situations in which mechanical stress is expected. With a long service life, stainless steel ball valves require less maintenance over time and resist wear, deformation, and damage.
Stainless steel has been a mainstay in kitchens for decades for its easy-to-clean, hygienic properties. Its sanitary characteristics make stainless ball valves especially suitable for pharmaceutical, food, and beverage processing infrastructure that hold to high standards of ensuring purity and preventing contamination.
Types of Stainless Steel Ball Valves
Ball valves are a quarter-turn valve that uses a solid, hollow, or perforated ball to allow or restrict the flow of liquids or gases through a pipeline. The stainless steel ball and valve body provide durable, reliable structure and flow control performance, while an elastomer or Teflon seat forms a tight seal against the ball to prevent leakage when closed.
At American Stainless, we provide a variety of types and sizes of stainless steel ball valves, including soft and metal seated valves and trunnion ball valves, with full port designs and Teflon seats to ensure optimal flow and sealing performance.
Soft Seated Ball Valves
Soft seated stainless steel ball valves use PTFE, Teflon, or other elastomers to provide a bubble-tight shut-off, ideal for low-temperature and low-pressure applications in the water treatment, food and beverage, and pharmaceutical industries.
Metal Seated Ball Valves
Metal seated ball valves use stainless steel seats, which offer better resistance to wear, abrasion, and extreme temperatures than soft seats, making them useful for more high-temperature and high-pressure applications in demanding environments.
Trunnion Ball Valves
A trunnion, or a fixed stem supporting the ball, provides large-diameter stainless steel ball valves with additional support and stability for high-pressure applications.
Industries That Use Stainless Steel Valves
A wide range of industries rely on the hygienic properties, durability and longevity, and high-temperature and pressure capabilities of stainless steel for the ball valves in their flow control systems, including:
Oil and Gas
Pulp and Paper
Water and Wastewater Treatment
Food and Beverage
Choosing the Right Size for Your Stainless Steel Ball Valves
When selecting stainless steel ball valves, choosing the right size to suit your existing infrastructure or the specific requirements of your project is absolutely essential. Make sure you use the right size valve, and you reap the benefits:
From insufficient flow capacity to excessive flow capacity, you just don’t get the flow control you need with an improperly sized valve. The right size valve prevents issues like pressure drop, water hammer, or cavitation.
When pumps and compressors struggle to make up for your valves’ inefficiencies, you waste electricity and money. Investing in the right valve size will save you money in the long run through your electricity bill.
The wrong size valve won’t last as long in your flow control infrastructure as the right size valve will. Maximize the longevity of your stainless steel ball valves with the right size valve.
The wrong size stainless steel ball valve can lead to overpressurization that can put your personnel and equipment at risk. Keep your workplace safe and running smoothly with the right size valves!
With so many different types and sizes of stainless steel ball valves available, choosing the right one can feel like enough to make your head spin, but we’re focused on making it all simple for you.
Why Choose American Stainless for Stainless Steel Ball Valves?
Stainless steel isn’t all we supply, but it’s right in our name – we bring you the best in American stainless steel for PVF products of all shapes and sizes.
American Stainless makes certain that you get exactly the right size and type of stainless steel ball valves you need for your unique industrial applications. From same-day service to ASAP fulfillment and delivery to organized packaging and on-time price quoting, American Stainless is dedicated to a proven process for order fulfillment that provides an unrivaled customer experience.
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