Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Automating Large Municipal and Industrial Valves


When you need to automate large ball, butterfly, gate, or globe valves consider Automatic Controls of Virginia.

ACVA has decades of experience, the know-how, the staff, and the facilities to handle the most challenging valve actuation applications.

With scores of successful installations at municipal water facilities, chemical companies, pulp & paper mills and government R&D facilities, ACVA has established a solid reputation for outstanding quality and service.

For more information, contact Automatic Controls of Virginia at https://acva.com or call 804-752-1000.

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Magne-Trac Magnetic Level Indicators by Questtec

Magne-Trac Magnetic Level Indicator
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Questtec Solutions is a leading supplier of magnetic level indicators, as well as traditional sight glasses and conductivity type remote level indicators for water indication in steam service. This wide range of products for level indication allows Questtec Solutions the option of providing the best technology for nearly any level application. The Magne-Trac level indicator is easy to install, low maintenance, and easy to view. Accessories include point level switches and transmitters to provide integration into plant control systems.

Magne-Trac Magnetic Level IndicatorThe Questtec Solutions Magne-Trac utilizes a non-magnetic pipe chamber mounted directly to a vessel. The process connections from the chamber to the vessel act as an inlet and outlet that allow the liquid level in the pipe chamber to match the level in the process vessel. Inside the chamber, a custom designed float rises and falls with the level of the liquid in the chamber. A 360 deg. magnet array within the float projects a magnetic field through the pipe chamber to an externally mounted indicator to provide a visual read out of the liquid level within the vessel.

For more information about Questtec Solutions products, contact Automatic Controls of Virginia by calling (804) 752-1000 or by visiting their website at https://acva.com.




Tuesday, April 9, 2019

XOMOX XP3 and XP 4D: The First Soft Seated Plug Valve Meeting the Most Demanding Emissions Standards

XOMOX XP3 and XP 4D
ISO 15848-1 is an International standard for fugitive emissions issued by the ISO Organization. It contains both dynamic life cycles and thermal cycles and is considered one of the most demanding fugitive emission standards for soft seated valves. This standard contains different levels of acceptance based on the number of thermal and mechanical cycles, temperature, and number of adjustments. The objective of ISO 15848-1 is to enable classification of performance in different designs and constructions of valves to reduce fugitive emissions.

The XOMOX XP3


The XOMOX XP3 Sleeved Plug Valves. with patent pending live loaded cartridge seal, are the first valves to pass all four thermal cycles without any packing adjustments, meeting the ISO 15848-1 standard at the BH BH CO3 200C SSA0.

The XP3 still contains the same maintenance-free and cavity-less design benefits of the standard XOMOX® sleeve plug valve, namely no costly lubrication required and no accumulation or contamination of process media.

The XOMOX® XP 4D


The XOMOX® XP 4D Sleeved Plug Valve contains the same live loaded stem cartridge as XP3, while also adding a set of contingency bolting. This additional set of packing allows for a manual override of the seal to atmosphere manual adjustable 4D stem seal of the cover. If there is any emergency failure, this seal can be activated and reduce the need (in the very unlikely case) of any costly unscheduled shutdowns.

XP 4D Features:
  • Primary Seal to Atmosphere - Sleeve ensures inline sealing. Manual adjustments are possible.
  • Tertiary Seal to Atmosphere Additional 4D Manual - Live loaded cartridge provides improve stem sealing.
  • Additional 4D Manual - Manual 4D stem packing for adjustment in case of emergency or excessive assurance.


Saturday, March 30, 2019

Technology Demo: Emerson EIM Electric Actuators for Valves, Dampers, and Louvers


EIM is known for its innovative electric valve actuators built for the harshest industrial and municipal applications. You'll find EIM actuators throughout the processing industries,  where reliability is critical  - oil and gas, power, refining, chemical, petrochemical, water/wastewater and mining.  EIM actuators and controls have a proven track record for performance in critical shutdown applications.  

EIM offers a wide range of electric actuators with different frame sizes, horsepower ratings and output speeds readily tailored to your specific applications. EIM electric actuator products are selected by application requirements of voltage, torque, operating time, and valve shaft diameter. Actuators are designed tor ball, plug, and butterfly valves as well as quarter turn damper and louver drives. 

For more information in the Commonwealth of Virginia, Washington D.C. and Maryland, contact:

(804) 752-1000

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Industrial Pinch Valve Operation and Performance


A pinch valve offers a cost-effective and practical solution for controlling the flow of media through a pipe line or any other system. The operating principle of  pinch valves is simple. In the open position, the valve is full bore with no flow restrictions. During closing, two pinch bars squeeze the valve sleeve shut on the centerline. The sleeve is naturally wear resistant and when particles hit the sleeve’s rubber surface, the energy is absorbed and released when the rubber bounces back.

Pinch valves are controlled through linear motion via a manual screw mechanism, or linear pneumatic or electric actuator.

Heavy duty pinch valves provide bubble tight shut-off even if solids have built up on the sleeve wall. When compressed, any crystallized particles flake-off the sleeve surface. The full bore structure ensures free flow of the medium. The construction and materials of the three main components (sleeve, body and actuator) can be tailored to suit your process conditions.

Pinch valves have gained increased popularity in a wide variety of industries such as waste water treatment, cements, mining, food and beverage, medical, pharmaceuticals, others, primarily because they offer tight shut-off, full bore flow, and pressurized self-cleaning from the movement of the flowing media.

Benefits of pinch valves:
  • Long service intervals.
  • Only one wearing part.
  • Excellent for slurries, dry powders, and abrasive materials.
  • Low maintenance cost.
Contact Automatic Controls of Virginia for any challenging valve application.
www.acva.com
(804) 752-1000

Saturday, March 2, 2019

American Water Works Association Valve Standards and Descriptions

Clean Water
The American Water Works Association (AWWA), the leading non-profit, scientific and educational association dedicated to water management and treatment. AWWA members include water utilities, treatment plant operators and managers, and manufacturers. The AWWA maintains and regulates the design and performance standards of valves and actuators used in municipal water treatment and distribution systems.  The following are the standards with links for additional information:

AWWA C500-09 Metal-Seated Gate Valves for Water Supply Service

This standard describes iron-body, brass-mounted, non-rising stem (NRS) gate valves, including tapping gate valves, 3-in. (75-mm) NPS through 48-in. (1,200-mm) NPS, and outside screw and yoke (OS&Y) rising-stem gate valves, 3-in. (75-mm) NPS through 24-in. (600-mm) NPS, with either double-disc gates having parallel or inclined seats, or solid-wedge gates. These valves are suitable for use in approximately level settings in water systems. These valves are intended for applications where fluid velocities do not exceed 16 ft/sec (4.9 m/sec) when the valve is in the fully open position. The major revisions in this edition of ANSI/AWWA C500 include the following: editorial changes to conform to current AWWA form and content; permitting the use of stainless-steel stems and reduced-thickness ductile-iron flanges; addition of stainless steel as a stem material; addition of a "non-integral thrust collar" for stems in NRS valves; addition of aluminum-bronze and silicon-bronze copper alloys; provision for reduced flange thickness for end flanges of ductile-iron flanged valves; addition of 14-in. and 18-in. valve sizes; and, addition of metric fasteners and socket head fasteners.

Water Treatment PlantAWWA C510-07 Double Check Valve Backflow Prevention Assembly

This standard describes the double check valve back flow prevention assembly. The assembly shall be for operation on hot or cold water lines and capable of withstanding a working water pressure of at least 150 psi (1,034 kPa) without damage to working parts or impairment of function. This standard describes hot- and cold-water double check valve back flow prevention assemblies. Assemblies shall be designed to operate at a minimum temperature range of 33ºF to 140ºF (1ºC to 60ºC). Hot water assemblies shall be designed to operate, at a minimum, in water at a temperature range of 33ºF to 180ºF (1ºC to 82ºC). A complete assembly consists of two internally loaded, independently operating check valves, located between two tightly closing resilient-seated shutoff valves, with four properly placed resilient-seated test cocks (see Sec. 4.3.1.3). Major revisions made to the standard in this revision include the following: AWWA standard materials statement has been added (Sec. III.A.2 and Sec. 4.1); synthetic coating of ferrous bodies has been removed (Sec. 4.1.2); the material callouts have been updated (Sec. 4.1.3); the identification of nominal size of the assembly has been revised (4.2.1.1); the requirements for structural capability and operational capability have been revised (Sec. 4.2.2.1 and Sec. 4.2.2.2); the sections on area of waterways, clearance of moving parts, facing rings for poppet-type valves, facing rings for swing-type valves, and bushings have been removed (former Sec. 4.3.1.2 through Sec. 4.3.1.6); the requirements for shutoff valves have been updated (Sec. 4.3.1.6); requirements for operational cycle testing have been added (Sec. 4.3.2.3); and, requirements for replacement parts have been added (Sec. 4.3.4).

AWWA C507-11 Ball Valves, 6 in. through 60 in. (150 mm through 1,500 mm) 

This standard covers gray-iron, ductile-iron, and cast-steel, flanged-end, low-leakage, shaft- or trunnion-mounted, full-port, double- and single-seated ball valves for pressures up to 150 psi (1,050 kPa) in sizes 6-in. through 60-in. (150-mm through 1,500-mm) diameter and pressures up to 300 psi (2,100 kPa) in sizes from 6-in. through 48-in. (150-mm through 1,200-mm) diameter for use in water, wastewater, and reclaimed water systems having water with a pH greater than 6 and less than 12 and with temperatures greater than 32ºF (0ºC) and less than 125ºF (52ºC). Design fluid velocity - the valve assembly shall be structurally suitable for a port fluid velocity of 35 ft/sec (10.7 m/sec) at design pressure and shall be within the allowable stresses noted in Sec. 4.3.1. Pressure class and rated/design pressure - the classes of valves discussed in this standard shall be designed for the maximum rated pressure. Rated pressure is defined as the design pressure at 100ºF (38ºC). The major changes made in this revision of the standard include the following: added sizes 54 in. and 60 in. (1,350 mm and 1,500 mm); added paragraph 25 in Section III regarding the consideration of requiring pulls less than 80 lb (356 N) for hand-wheels and chainwheels; added paragraphs 1.4 on Valve Construction and 1.5 on Description of Operation to Sec. 1, General; revised Table 1 in Sec. 4.3, Port diameter and minimum body shell thickness, to require that the wall thicknesses of ductile-iron construction be the same wall thicknesses as cast steel construction; added paragraph 4.3.9.4 on design methodology for the valve shafts; revised the metal-seat leakage requirements in Sec. 5.1.2.3; revised coating requirements in Sec. 4.4.3; added actuator pressure rating and actuator flow rating to nameplate requirements; and, added Appendix A on Installation, Operation, and Maintenance of Ball Valves.

AWWA C509-09 Resilient-Seated Gate Valves for Water Supply Service

This standard describes iron-body, resilient-seated gate valves with non-rising stems (NRS) and outside screw-and-yoke (OS&Y) rising stems, including tapping gate valves, for water supply service having a temperature range of 33º-125ºF (0.6º- 52ºC). These valves are intended for applications where fluid velocity does not exceed 16 ft/sec when the valve is in full open position. Major revisions made to the standard in this edition include the following: editorial changes to conform to current AWWA form and content; addition of reduced-thickness ductile-iron flanges; addition of stainless-steel alloys for use as a stem material; permitting the use of non-integral thrust collars for stems in NRS valves; addition of aluminum-bronze and silicon-bronze copper alloys; addition of 14-, 18-, and 36-in. valve sizes; addition of socket head and metric fasteners; requirement to use an anti-seize compound with stainless-steel bolts and nuts; and, removal of maximum phosphorus content.

AWWA C515-09 Reduced-Wall, Resilient-Seated Gate Valves for Water Supply Service

This standard describes reduced-wall, resilient-seated gate valves with non-rising stems (NRS) and outside screw-and-yoke (OS&Y) rising stems, including tapping gate valves, for water supply service having a temperature range of 33º to 125ºF (0.6º to 52ºC). These valves are intended for applications where fluid velocity does not exceed 16 ft/sec (4.9 m/sec) when the valve is in the fully open position. Major revisions made to the standard in this edition include the following: revised to cover 42-in. NPS and 48-in. NPS sizes; revised to include integral and non-integral thrust collar stem designs; revised to include reduced flange thickness for flanged-end valves; revised to include socket head and metric fasteners; added additional copper alloys to Table 5; and, revised to include the use of stainless-steel components (Sec. 4.2.3.5).

Val-Matic Butterfly ValveAWWA C504-10 Rubber-Seated Butterfly Valves, 3 In. (75 mm) through 72 In. (1,800 mm)

This standard establishes minimum requirements for rubber-seated butterfly valves, 3 in. (75 mm) through 72 in. (1,800 mm) in diameter, with various body and end types, for fresh water having a pH range from 6-12 and a temperature range from 33º-125ºF (0.6º-52ºC). This standard covers rubber-seated butterfly valves suitable for a maximum steady-state fluid working pressure of 250 psig (1,723 kPa), a maximum steady-state differential pressure of 250 psi (1,723 kPa), and a maximum fully open fluid velocity of 16 ft/sec (4.9 m/sec) based on nominal valve size. The major revisions made to the standard in this edition include the following: permeation language was moved to the Foreword under Special Issues, Sec. II.C; and, new requirements were provided for mechanical-joint-end valves.

AWWA C542-09 Electric Motor Actuators for Valves and Slide Gates

This standard describes electric motor actuators for valves and slide gates in water, wastewater, and reclaimed water utility systems. Electric motor actuators are designed to produce a multi-turn rotary motion output to actuate a multi-turn valve or gate, or to actuate an external gear head for quarter-turn valves. Electric motor actuators not requiring external gear heads for quarter-turn valves are defined in Sec. 4.4.1.2. This is the first edition of this standard, and therefore, there are no revisions.

AWWA C508-09 Swing-Check Valves for Waterworks Service, 2-In. through 24-In. (50-mm through 600-mm) NPS

This standard describes only iron body, non-assisted, swing-check valves, 2-in. through 24-in. (50-mm through 600-mm) NPS, with mechanical-joint or flanged ends that are installed in approximately level settings in water systems. The manufacturer should be consulted for special conditions. Check valve sizes described in this standard are 2-, 2 1/2-, 3-, 4-, 6-, 8-, 10-, 12-, 14-, 16-, 18-, 20-, and 24-in. (50-, 65-, 75-, 100-, 150-, 200-, 250-, 300-, 350-, 400-, 450-, 500-, and 600-mm) NPS. Sizes refer to the nominal diameter of the waterway through the inlet and outlet connections and the seat ring. Major revisions made to the standard in this edition include the following: the pressure ratings were revised in Sec. 1.1.4; standard end-to-end dimensions were moved from the appendix to the body of the standard in Sec. 4.4.2 and Table 2; new ductile-iron flange thicknesses were added to Sec. 4.4.7.1 and Table 3; and, a new appendix titled "Installation, Operation, and Maintenance of Swing- Check Valves for Waterworks Service" was added.

AWWA C512-07 Air-Release, Air/Vacuum, and Combination Air Valves for Waterworks Service 

This standard describes 1/2 in. (13-mm) through 6 in. (150-mm) air-release valves and 1/2 in. (13-mm) through 20-in. (500-mm) air/vacuum and combination air valves having gray cast-iron or ductile-iron bodies and covers. The valves are designed for use in water systems with maximum working pressures of 300 psig (2,070 kPa [gauge]) and water temperatures ranging from above freezing to a maximum of 125ºF (52ºC). Major changes made to the standard in this revision include the following: added requirements for throttling devices in Sec. 4.3.3; and, added requirements for slow-closing devices in Sec. 4.3.4.

AWWA C517-09 Resilient-Seated Cast-Iron Eccentric Plug Valves

This standard describes resilient-seated cast-iron eccentric plug valves, 3 in. (75 mm) through 72 in. (1,800 mm) in diameter, with flanged, grooved, or mechanical-joint ends, for water, wastewater, and reclaimed water systems having a pH range from 6 to 12 and a temperature range from 33ºF to 125ºF (0.6ºC to 52ºC). The minimum design pressure shall be 175 psig (1,208 kPa) for 3 in. through 12 in. (75 mm through 300 mm) sizes and 150 psig (1,034 kPa) for 14 in. through 72 in. (350 mm through 1,800 mm) sizes. Major changes made to the standard in this revision include the following: expanded Scope and Purpose to include wastewater and reclaimed water service; added references to ANSI/AWWA Standards C541 and C542 for power actuator requirements; and, removed contractual language from the body of the standard.

AWWA C541-08 Hydraulic and Pneumatic Cylinder and Vane-Type Actuators for Valves and Slide Gates

This standard describes hydraulic and pneumatic cylinder and vane-type actuators for operation of valve and slide gates in utility systems. This is the first edition of this standard, and therefore, there are no revisions.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Pinch Valves and Knife Gate Valves for Abrasive and Slurry Service


Flowrox pinch valve
Flowrox pinch valve.
Flowrox manufactures valves for shut-off and control applications for demanding process conditions in mining, minerals and waste water treatment for example.

Flowrox heavy duty pinch valves and knife gate valves are made to last and are ideal where shut-off and control applications involve abrasive or corrosive slurries, powders or coarse substances.

Flowrox knife gate valve
Flowrox knife
gate valve.
Heavy duty pinch valves provide bubble tight shut-off even if solids have built up on the sleeve wall. When compressed, any crystallized particles flake off the sleeve surface. The full bore structure ensures free flow of the medium.The construction and materials of the three main components (sleeve, body and actuator) can be tailored to suit your process conditions.

The designs of Flowrox Slurry Knife Gate Valves are based on the years of experience Flowrox has gained, providing reliable solutions for abrasive and corrosive process applications. They feature a load distribution ring that prevents over compression and ensures tight sealing between the sleeve and the valve gate.

For more information, contact Automatic Controls of Virginia. Call them at (804) 752-1000 or visit them at https://acva.com.