Wednesday, September 19, 2018

What is an Industrial Gate Valve?

Industrial valves
Industrial valves come in a wide variety of types and styles.
 (Image courtesy of Crane)
Industrial valves are used for flow control in industrial processes at specific locations in a piping system. Valves start, stop, throttle, or divert the process fluid flow. Valve application characteristics are diverse, resulting in a broad array of possible valve choices. Valve styles and types have evolved based on their performance, safety, effectiveness, and longevity.

Valve type generally refers to the means employed to control fluid flow, specifically the body style and orifice design. These valve characteristics are used to determine whether a valve type may be suitable for your process application. The most common valve types include gate and globe valves (referred to as linear valves) and ball, plug, and butterfly valves (referred to as quarter-turn valves). All these types of valves have numerous variations and customizations occurring within each type.

The Gate Valve

Gate valve diagram
Gate valve diagram.

Gate valves utilize a movable wedge, often round or rectangular, that is positioned as to restrict the process flow path. This wedge, referred to as the gate or disc, is connected to a valve stem which extends to the exterior of the valve body. Linear motion of the stem will position the gate within the valve body to provide some degree of obstruction to the process flow path. Fully inserting the gate into the media path will shut off the flow, while successively withdrawing the gate will increase the opening through which fluid can pass and allows for increasing flow rates. Seals are provided along the planar surfaces where the gate contacts the valve body.

Gate Valve Advantages
  • When fully open, these valves provide little or no restriction to fluid flow. 
  • This valve type provides a straight through passage.
  • Gate valves can be employed bi-directionally, with flow control effectively available in both directions.
  • Installation space dimensions along the flow path are minimal.
  • Because the gate movement is perpendicular to the flow direction, the energy required to move the gate is generally low, allowing smaller actuators.
  • Closure of gate valves is comparatively slow to other types of valves, reducing the physical shock (hammering) in the piping system.
Additional Gate Valve Application Considerations
  • Valve seals are exposed to the fluid flow as the gate opens. The effects of the process media velocity and media corrosiveness on the seal material may cause deterioration at an unacceptable pace, particularly in throttling applications.
  • Gate valve stems generally extend substantially from the valve body, as they must accommodate the mounting of any required actuator and the entire range of motion of the gate. Some installations may not be able to provide the needed space for this arrangement.
  • The slower speed at which gate valves open and close may not be suitable for some applications.
  • Gate valves are generally not recommended for throttling the process flow, and using them in control applications could  result in gate vibration. There is also concern about expedited seal wear due to the exposure to higher process media velocities while throttling.

Friday, August 31, 2018

What is a Cooling Tower?

An evaporative cooling tower is heat removal device that uses ordinary water to transfer process waste heat from building and equipment into the atmosphere. All cooling towers operate on the principle of removing heat from water by evaporating a small portion of water that is recirculated through the unit.

The mixing of warm water and cooler air releases latent heat of vaporization, causing a cooling effect to the water.  Cooling towers are a key component of many refrigeration systems and can be found in industries such as chemical processing plants, power plants, steel mills, food processing plants, and many other manufacturing companies where process cooling is required.  Cooling towers are also used to provide comfort cooling for large commercial buildings such as universities, government facilities, airports, schools, hospitals, and hotels.

The video below provides a short review of what cooling towers are and why they are important.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Industrial Control Valve Basics

Understanding industrial control valve design and operation is very important if you work as a process engineer, a plant maintenance person, or if you design process control loops. Control valves are used extensively in power plants, pulp and paper mills, chemical manufacturing, petro-chemical processing, mining facilities, HVAC and steam distribution systems.

There are many types, manufacturers, body styles, and specialized features, but the they all share some basics operating principles. The video below explains components, operation, and fundamentals of how control valves operate.

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Monday, July 23, 2018

Introducing VSI Controls Control Valves

VSI Controls
VSI Controls™, a newly-formed control valve company and wholly-owned subsidiary of PetrolValves™, offers Customers an exciting alternative to procure general and severe service rotary and reciprocating control valve systems that provide a best-fit solution for their processes.

VSI Controls™ combines the products and technology of Valtek Sulamericana™ - a leading control valves system manufacturer with 35 years’ experience supplying severe service solutions - with the financial strength, global infrastructure and manufacturing and technical prowess of PetrolValves™.

Company Strengths
  • A long history of technology and innovation originating from Valtek Sulamericana™. 
  • The financial strength and global infrastructure of PetrolValves™ 
  • A highly experienced and skilled technical team of control valve experts
Their product offering can be reviewed in the embedded document below, or you can download a PDF of the VSI Controls Control Valve Catalog here.

For more information, contact Mountain States Engineering & Controls by visiting https://mnteng.com or calling 303-232-4100.


Monday, July 16, 2018

Hazardous Area Adjustable Pressure Switch with Turck® Connector Eliminates Need for Junction Box

CCS Series 6900GE* and 6900GZE*Custom Control Sensors (CCS) is a manufacturer of pressure, temperature and liquid flow switches and sensors for the aerospace, defense, industrial and energy markets. They have a new pressure switch design with an integrated Turck® electrical connection that provides an outstanding seal and eliminates the need for a junction box.

CCS Series 6900GE* and 6900GZE*

The Turck® electrical connection provides easy “plug and play” in Class I, Division 2 applications and superior ingress protection.
  • No electrical junction box required.
  • Highly reliable devices utilizing the CCS Dual-Snap® Belleville disc spring principle pioneered by CCS’ engineers.
  • Engineering based on aerospace technology.
  • Rigid, compact and internally adjustable for convenient field set point adjustment.
  • Repeatable and stable set points.
  • Vibration and shock resistant.
  • High cycle life.
  • High over-pressure capability. (System and Proof)
  • Hermetically sealed electrical assembly for environmental protection.
Adjustable set point range:
1 to 3400 PSIG 0.07 to 234 bar 6.89 to 23400 kPa

Operating temperature: Temperature limits change with O-ring selection. -40° to 176°F (-40° to 80°C)

Standard features:
  • CE Mark
  • CRN
  • Dual Seal: ANSI/ISA-12.27.01
  • NACE MR0175 / ISO 15156
  • NEMA: 4, 7, 9,13 / IP66
  • U.L. / cUL
  • Hermetically Sealed Electrical Assembly
  • 316 SST Electrical Assembly
For more information, contact Mountain States Engineering & Controls by visiting https://mnteng.com or by calling 303-232-4100.

Monday, July 2, 2018

Happy 4th of July from Mountain States Engineering & Controls


"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."

Thomas Jefferson

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Replacement Plates and Gaskets for All Brands and Models of Heat Exchangers

WCR heat exchangers
WCR heat exchanger.
Mountain States Engineering and Controls is pleased to partner with WCR, Inc. to provide new plate and frame heat exchangers, as well as replacement plates and gaskets for all brands and models.

Replacement plates and gaskets Available for these manufacturers:
  • Alfa Laval
  • APV 
  • GEA
  • Mueller
  • Tranter
  • Sigma
  • Sondex
  • SWEP
  • ITT Standard
  • Bell & Gossett
  • Vicarb
  • Chester Jensen
  • Schmidt-Bretten
  • Cherry-Burrell
With over 20,000 plates in stock at all times, WCR has the ability to offer immediate shipment on most requests. Their turnaround time and price is unmatched in the industry and WCR guarantees every plate sold with equal or longer warranty periods compared to the original manufacturer. From a single plate to an entire plate pack, WCR can deliver your requirements.

WCR heat exchanger plates are designed to be direct replacements for all OEM model plate heat exchangers listed above. WCR has reverse engineered the exact plate specifications to maintain nameplate performance for any plate heat exchanger. The quality and precision of WCR parts is impeccable.

All gasketed plate heat exchangers require maintenance at some point in their lifetime.  Gaskets should be replaced periodically to maintain function and avoid unnecessary shutdowns. WCR has excellent replacement gaskets for your heat exchanger.

WCR Inc. is a leading global producer of new replacement plate and gaskets for all brands and models of plate heat exchangers. Typical plate materials are Stainless Steel (SS304, SS316), Hastelloy, Nickel, SMO254, and Titanium.  For your gasket requirements, WCR carries over 200,000 gaskets in NBR (Nitrile), HNBR, EPDM (Butyl), Neoprene, Hypalon, and Viton®.  FDA variations of NBR and EPDM are available.

For more information or to inquire about your replacement plate or gasket requirement, please follow this link.