SS Ball valves are the industry workhorses for flow control. These valves are manufactured with a central stainless steel ball with a machined hole through the middle, and are turned on and off by means of a quarter-turn handle on top of the valve. They are simple to use and easy to install. They are manufactured from 316 stainless steel and are therefore resistant to many chemicals and can handle high temperatures that a lesser grade of steel or brass would never be able to cope with.
Most stainless ball valves come with threaded ends and can therefor work with a variety of fittings. They can also be supplied with flanges and welded butt ends. Stainless steel ball valves are used in every type of industry: pharmaceuticals, chemical, petro-chemical, construction, food and beverage, including industrial brewing and brewing from home. Installing your ball valve usually takes just a few easy steps:
- Shut off the flow of liquids through the system.
- Clean and drain the affected pipes or hoses completely.
- Where applicable remove the existing valve and inspect the remaining fitting threads for corrosion.
- You may need to join the pipe or hose fitting and if so, make sure the new ends will fit the threads on your valve.
- Thread the new valve onto the pipe or hose fitting.
- Once the new valve is in place, slowly restart the flow of liquids in the system, gradually increasing the pressure and flow rate to normal operational flows, pressures and temperatures while checking for leaks at the joins.
Choosing a high quality fitting is crucial, as they will last longer and are less likely to fail under heat, pressure, vibration, or any other operating pressures.