Valves are used daily in the world of heavy industry and in the mining industry. Safety and production rely on these valves. Without them, the work would be less efficient.
We make custom mining valves for our clients, but as a primer here is a sampling of valves used in the mining industry.
These are considered to be unlike other types of valves in that they allow fluids to pass in one direction only. This prevents any overflow and it’s also done for safety’s sake. Fluid and gas are drawn into the valve and are separated into two ports – water is pulled through the first port into the second port. Fluids flow out of an opening and return to the first port.
Types of Check Valves:
- Ball Check Valve
- Swing Check Valve
- Disc Check Valve
- Split Disc Check Valve
- Diaphragm Check Valve
- Wafer Check Valve
The part of this valve that opens and closes is called the ball. This is where the ball valve gets its name. They are “wide-duty” valves, in that they have the ability to transfer various types of gasses, liquids, as well as liquids that have suspended solids.
Ball valves are known for their uniform sealing stress abilities and they are straight-through valves. They can be used in the mining industry, but, as they can not be cleaned easily, they would not be conducive to such industries as food or pharmaceuticals. For more info, see our article on high temperature ball valves.
Common ball valves include:
- Valve stops
- Swing check
- Standard face-to-face dimensions
- Position indicators
This type of valve is used to control flow through a system. Also known as a rotary motion valve, they are found in the mining industry due to several beneficial properties.
They have excellent control capabilities, and they have a tendency for less plugging. Due to how they can be customized, butterfly valves can be used in areas of small dimensions. They keep the flow moving in one direction and prevent back-up. They can be very difficult to clean, however, and should be limited to areas such as the mining industry where cleanup and cleanliness are not an issue.
Butterfly valves will either be concentric, double eccentric, or triple eccentric. And all butterfly valves will share these three features:
- Equal percentage;
- Quick opening.
Knife Gate Valve
These valves were originally used in the paper and pulp industry. They were designed to cut through the pulp in the paper, specifically. Knife gate valves can cut through thick liquids. They quickly proved advantageous in the mining industry. Almost every industry now uses knife gate valves.
Knife gate valves are made of heavy metal cast iron which helps them to cut through grease, oils, wastewater, varnish, and any other sludge or slurry that flows through them.
The valves offer many useful features, including:
- Cast iron body;
- Heavy-duty top;
- Replaceable wear seats;
- Precision machines gates;
- Solid stainless steel lining.
A control valve automatically regulates pressure and flow rate. They are used in plants, manufacturing, and in mining industries because of their ability to be a part of a larger control loop where networked valves all work together.
Control valves all work differently and can control various types of pressure in diverse industries, as well as manufacturing.
Characteristics of a control valve include:
- Equal percentage;
- Quick opening;
- Square root.
The mining industry relies heavily on control valves. They are paramount to controlling pressure and flow. Without them, the industry would not function.
To sum up, mining valves are necessary to the industry today. They are incredibly useful in a variety of applications within the mining industry. Within the mining industry, mining valves are vital.
Our Custom Mining Valves
Our company manufactures four different types of valves, all of which meet the needs of today’s severe applications. Our valve technology is based on an extremely flexible design. If you don’t see a valve which meets your needs or fits your applications, let us know. We will find the valve that suits your application or our talented engineering team will see to it that they custom-build a valve to meet your needs.
Our mining valves are sourced, manufactured, tested and shipped right from our facility in New Jersey. Every valve and its components are made in the USA. Our valves can replace ball valves, gate valves, globe valves, and pinch valves in many different applications. Be sure to check out all we can do for you today.
We understand the mining industry and the important part played by reliable, high-functioning valves. We invite you to complete our Request for Quote form. We are looking forward to learning about your needs and our experienced and helpful will be happy to assist you.