Learn about Stainless Steel Ball Valves
Motorized ball valves use an electric motor/gear box drive to open and close the valve. The stainless ball valve direct mounts to the actuator with the international standard ISO 5211 mount eliminating valve mounting brackets which reduces the physical size and cost. One major advantage of an electric ball valve over a solenoid valve is the slower operating speed, which reduces or eliminates water hammer.
Air actuated stainless ball valves use scotch yoke or rack and pinion pneumatic actuators to open and close the ball valve. These automated valves are available with double acting (air to open, air to close) or spring return (air to open, spring to close) actuators. Typically a Namur direct mount solenoid valve is used to control the air actuator.
Economical 2-piece stainless steel ball valves offer a highly corrosion resistant means of controlling on-off flow in a pipe line. Rotating the ball 90° with the lockable hand lever opens or closes the flow passage. Advantages of ball valves over other type valves may include: higher flows with less pressure drop, higher pressures, higher temperatures, straight through flow path and wider media compatibility.