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While many direct mount ball valves are steam rated, they are not recommended as an actuated valve package in a steam application. The reason for this is rather simple, though not always readily apparent. Delivering clean, dry steam from point A to point B while maintaining high pressure is tricky enough without having the seats or seals in your automated valves blowing out.

316 Stainless Steel for Valve Steam Applications

Rather than employ a direct mount valve, and run the risk of critical valve failure, it's a much wiser idea to keep the actuator as far away from the steam's origin as possible. This serves to help prevent migrating heat from overheating the valve's stem and other internal components. Regardless of how you set up your steam line, this is a universal truth that must be considered. Again, while many valves are steam rated, not all of them are truly up to the job. Rather than use a direct mount valve, it's better to use a 3pc 316 Stainless Steel ball valve rated for higher pressures of 250psi or greater. This particular valve typically will incorporate special steam seats and a thermal relief tapping to allow pressure equalization across the valve. Our extensive catalog addresses this issue by making the proper steam valve package for both pneumatic and electric actuators easy to find and understand. Our steam valve packages come readily supplied with mounting brackets designed to keep the valve away from the hottest steam. It should be noted, too, that installing the actuator at a 45° or 90°angle is preferable. This also serves to help reduce the impact of the steam. Protecting your distribution network presents peculiar problems when your media is steam. Simultaneously you must keep the steam at a fairly even temperature and pressure while protecting expensive valves and other sensitive equipment. This often calls for a reduction in pressure but also for a higher valve integrity--steam can be extremely corrosive, and steam under pressure can be dangerous.

Where to Buy the Proper Actuator Packages

Steam lines and valve steam applications are finicky. It's not an easy media to work with, and valve placement, as well as valve integrity, is critical. If you are in the market for either pneumatic or electric actuated ball valves for a steam line application, come to us first. We're ValveMan.com. We've been in the industrial valve business for over 50 years and offer an extensive line of valves and valve related products. We know about valve steam applications because we only deal in valves. That's all we sell. It's simply what we do, and we do it better than anyone else. If you enjoyed this article, you might also like, Why Choose A Bonomi Ball Valve?

Everything You Need to Know About ASME Standards and Certifications

Everything You Need to Know About ASME Standards and Certifications The acronym ASME stands for, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.  This fellowship develops codes and standards for nearly everything and anything to do with mechanical engineering.  The association may also be described as an organization that promotes research and development, and the organization of accepted engineering [...]

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The Apollo 76-500 vs. JFlow SRDM3833 vs. Bonomi 2200 SRL

The Apollo 76-500, J-Flow Controls SRDM383, and the Bonomi 2200 SRL have numerous attributes in common.  All three valves utilize a spring return handle.  A spring return handle, also known as a deadman handle, operates on the same principle as the original deadman's switch after which it is named.  Put simply, the handle will return to a closed [...]

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The Future of Electric Flow Actuation

Historically, a litany of perceived disadvantages, ranging from the cost of acquisition to the complexity of implementation, have challenged the ready adoption of  electric actuation solutions over other viable avenues of automation. However, a brief exploration of the advances in electric actuation technology can effectively dispel many of these preconceived notions. Selecting an Electric Actuator Generally, project [...]

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Do I Really Need a True Control Valve?

Often times, the question of “Do I really need a control valve?” arises when tasked with engineering an application which involves controlling a process. These control applications may vary in pressure, temperature, flow, conductivity, pH, etc. As such, traditional wisdom would have us pulling out our good old “control valve” books to find a solution. [...]

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The Apollo 76-500 vs. JFlow SRDM3833 vs. Bonomi 2200 SRL

All three are spring return handle ball valves.  A spring return handle, also known as a deadman handle, operates on the same principle as the original deadman's switch after which it is named.  Put simply, the handle will return to a closed position by virtue of a spring, in case a human operator fails to return the [...]

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The Apollo 94A-200 vs. Red White Valve 5049F vs. Bonomi 1715

When comparing the Apollo 94A-200 vs. the Red-White Valve 5049F vs. the Bonomi 1715, it's important to keep in mind that each of these valve is of exceptional quality.  Each of these brass, 2-ways are competitively priced, produced by well known manufactures, and are ruggedly constructed of high grade, high quality materials.  At first glance [...]

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What is a Duty Cycle and How Does it Relate to Electric Ball Valves?

The term duty cycle is common, but nonetheless an important term when it comes to valves, actuators, and automated systems.  It describes a particular function you should definitely consider when engineering an automated valve project, or purchasing actuated valves for an existing line, as the rate of a duty cycle will determine the rate of how quickly a [...]

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What is NSF Certification?

If you manufacture, distribute, or use  valves for potable water or food processing, you most likely have come across the acronym NSF.  A valve that does not clearly have a NSF rating should not be used for distributing potable water or in food processing.  Using a valve that isn't certified when you have an application that calls for [...]

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The Perfect Check Valve for Water Processing

Check valves for water applications require just as much thought as you would put into any other valve selection. Like every liquid and other various media, water has its own peculiar characteristics which should be coupled with a valve that addresses these specifically.  Granted, this is an obvious assumption, but selecting the perfect check valve for water may depend [...]

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