The Importance of Process Ball Valves

Valves are a critical component of any industrial system, and some systems require process ball valves to complete the necessary functions for operation. Industrial control systems are utilized for a variety of functions. Most commonly, control systems are composed of different types of machinery and pipelines, which connect and function to move different media through certain procedures. The process media moving through the pipelines are generally some type of gas or liquid. The machinery is used to filter or refine that substance, and some systems exist with the primary focus of circulating media to another location where it is needed. Water and air are often needed in certain parts of buildings or other spaces, and circulation systems help to ensure that the necessary media arrives in the proper location. Process ball valves can help to make all of these systems function together, which keeps the system operating smoothly and productively.

Valves are used to control the flow of proces media through a pipeline. It is necessary for supervisors to manipulate the amount of media that is flowing at any given time, as well as the location to which that media is flowing. Valves can be opened or closed to allow the process media to pass through to a location. Oftentimes, valves can also be partially open. This allows for some of the media to enter into the next area of pipeline, but not the entire volume of the media. Limiting the amount of flow is often necessary for effective production or circulation operations to continue. Additionally, the volume of process media flowing through pipelines may need to be lowered substantially, in order to prevent damage on more delicate and sensitive pieces of machinery. Process ball valves are necessary in certain systems where pressure might be building up due to other processes that are taking place within the larger context of the factory.

Process ball valves work to control and manipulate the media moving through a pipeline, while additionally working to remove extra pressure that may be building up in a system. Process ball valves remove extra pressure when they are in the closed position. When the valve is closed, the media that normally flows through the valve is redirected to a different passage, which is referred to as the vent port. Different types of process ball valves redirect pressurized media to different locations. Most commonly, companies order process control valves that redirect to either the upstream side or the downstream side of the valve. The vent port exit releases media into the atmosphere, where the excess pressure is released externally of the functioning system. If the pressure were left to continue building within the pipelines, negative consequences affecting the production capability of the facility and the health of those in the area might occur.

When process ball valves are in the open position, the substances are able to flow through a system on their normal path uninterrupted. Process ball valves may remain in the open position as long as there is not a high level of pressure that needs to be released or removed from the system.