Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Understanding the Effects of Air in Pipelines

Air in Pipelines
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The presence of air in a pipeline and its impact on operations is probably one of the most misunderstood phenomena in our industry today. Many operational problems are blamed on inadequate thrust blocking, improper pipeline bedding, etc. These problems include broken pumps, valves and pipe, as well as faulty instrumentation readings. In reality, many of these problems are not caused by improper installation of the equipment but by failure to de-aerate the pipeline. It has been said that if a pipeline is properly de-aerated, you can't guarantee against a line break. However, if you don't properly de-aerate a pipeline, you should be prepared for one.

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

Monday, November 11, 2019

Automatic Controls of Virginia Salutes Our Veterans

Veterans Day

Veterans Day is set aside to honor the men and women who have sacrificed so much in order to serve in the armed forces of the United States.

Veterans Day celebrates and thanks all United States military veterans,  alive or dead, and honors the sacrifices that they have made. Our Veterans are our neighbors, friends, family, and co-workers. They took an oath to defend the United States and our Constitution, from all enemies, foreign and domestic. We must never forget their bravery, service, and sacrifice.

Originally called Armistice Day because of the November 11 Armistice that ended World War I, its name was officially changed in the United States in 1954 to Veterans Day to include Veterans of all wars.

Through the observance of Veterans Day, we remind ourselves of our Veterans patriotism, love of country and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.

Automatic Controls of Virginia celebrates and honors America's veterans.

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Installation Manual for Waterman Sluice Gate Valves, Fabricated Gate Valves, Drainage Gate Valves, and Specialty Gate Valves

Waterman Industries is a leading provider of Sluice gate, Slide gates, Penstocks, Flap gate, Channel gate, Sluice Gate Valve, Gate Manufacturer, Stop logs, Aluminum Gates, Weir gate, Roller gate, Gate valve, Mud Valve, Flap valve, Butterfly Gate, Radial gate. for water treatment, wastewater, high-volume agricultural and rural surface water delivery, hydro-power, and flood control management.


  • Heavy Duty Sluice Gate Installation Instructions
  • Medium & Light Duty Sluice Gate Installation Instructions
  • Fabricated Slide Gate Installation Instructions
  • Drainage (Flap)(tide) Gate Installation Instructions
  • Specialty Products Installation Instructions

310 Hill Carter Parkway
Suite A
Ashland, VA 23005
Phone: 804-752-1000
Fax: 804-752-1030

Automatic Controls of Virginia: Valve Automation Experts

By combining the industries top electric, pneumatic and hydraulic valve actuators, with its in-house machine shop and fabrication division (Valve Automation Center), Automatic Controls of Virginia has a huge advantage over other valve companies when it comes to design, fabrication, assembly and installation of any valve actuation/automation project. This advantage, along with five decades of hard application experience, makes Automatic Controls an easy choice to be your valve automation partner.

310 Hill Carter Parkway
Suite A
Ashland, VA 23005
Phone: 804-752-1000
Fax: 804-752-1030

Friday, September 27, 2019

Questtec Solutions Liquid Level Gages and Valves

Questtec Solutions Liquid Level Gages & Valves

Questtec Solutions is a company with a long lineage of quality, experience and care in the manufacturing of liquid level gages and valves. The development and engineering of these product lines began more than forty years ago at the former Daniel Level Gage & Valve Company. Today, Questtec Solutions has refined and expanded the Daniel product line to include Magnetic Level gages, High Pressure Steam gages, Electronic Boiler trim and Armored Tubular.


Glass-Trac (formerly Daniel Level Gage & Valve) Reflex Gages are supplied with specially molded glass having prisms on the process side. The purpose of the prisms are to reflect light in the vapor phase of the process. Where the liquid fills the prisms, the display will be nearly black, regardless of the actual color of the liquid.


Glass-Trac Transparent Gages use clear, flat glass on both sides of the chamber. Both the color and the interface of liquids can be viewed. Back lighting gage illuminators are available for use with transparent gages to provide enhanced viewing of liquid levels in dimly lit areas.


Glass-Trac Tubular Glass Gages are available in any length desired and can be fitted with tubular style gage valves. These gages provide 360° of visibility of the liquid level through strong, clear glass or red line. Guard rods and plastic tubular protectors are available for protection


Illuminator for Transparent Level Gages Certified For Class 1,Division 1, Group B, C, & D Hazardous Locations

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

Monday, September 9, 2019

Let Automatic Controls of Virginia Do Your "Valve Automation Heavy Lifting"

Automatic Controls of Virginia has the experience, facilities, and field service capabilities to handle any valve automation project.  When it comes to design, fabrication, assembly, and installation, Automatic Controls of Virginia is a solid choice. With five decades of solving some of the toughest valve automation challenges in industrial control and municipal water treatment, Automatic Controls is ready to do the "heavy lifting" with your next valve automation requirement.

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Monday, August 26, 2019

Wafer Knife Gate Pinch Valve for the Toughest Slurries and Abrasive Applications

The Flowrox Slurry Wafer Knife Gate Valve (SKW) is designed for heavy duty purposes to isolate flow, even in the most demanding process conditions. The complete valve is built around an ease of maintenance concept and it contains only two service parts: ring sleeves and secondary seal.

  • Improved performance - Integrated load distribution ring
  • Ease of maintenance  - Universal tower design
  • Simple installation - One peace body with lockout pins

Bi-directional flow

Bi-directional flow tolerates backflow. 100% isolation.

Free flow

Full bore enables free flow of process medium.

Wear resistant

Only the ring sleeves in contact with the process medium.

Simple to install and service

Face-to-face according to industry standards. Contains only two service parts; ring sleeves and upper seal.

Typical installations:

  • Tailings slurry lines
  • Slurry pump isolation
  • Thickener feed and discharge lines
  • Flotation isolation
For more information about the Flowrox pinch valves, contact Automatic Controls of VA by visiting https://acva.com or by calling (804) 752-1000.