The selection of valves for an industrial retrofit or new system installation is an often challenging choice. Most contractors will simply choose the type of industrial valves they are most familiar with, but this may not provide the ideal flow control based on the system.

To get the best information on the new options for industrial valves and to ensure the selection is suited for the application, work with a reputable valve distributor that can provide insight, suggestions, and information on valve options.

Valve Requirements

Different valves are designed for a variety of different applications. While some valves are universal in their use, others are better for flow control, eliminating the risk of backflow or for simple on and off control.

Knowing what the valve will be required to do within the system and if it will be manual or automatic control is necessary prior to selection.

System Specifications

All industrial valves are designed to handle a specific type of media. This may be steam, gas, liquid or slurry materials. Some valves may be used for multiple types of media, but using the incorrect valve in the system will result in early valve failure or leaks. The corrosive or hazardous nature of the media is another important factor to consider.

The pressure of the system will be an essential consideration. Valves are designed for low or high-pressure applications and choosing the wrong type of valve or rating for the valve will impact performance and potentially pose a hazard.

Reputation of the Manufacturer

There are a lot of cheap valves on the market. These valves, while they may shave a bit off the project budget, pose a risk of failure and leaks as well as challenges with the installation.

To avoid these types of problems, work with a supplier that is an approved vendor by the top valve manufacturers. This ensures quality components that the manufacturer will stand behind.