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What are Ball Valves and What Types are Available on the Market?

In the process and plant supply industry, ball valves are in demand. This type of valve is one that has a spherical disc that can either allow flow or shut flow off, through it. This unit is part of a family of valves called quarter turn valves, which also includes butterfly valves and plug valves. Ball valves are extremely durable units and can be trusted to work effectively, even after many years of use, or disuse for that matter. As a result, they are the ideal unit to use in shut off applications.
You will find this unit, which ranges in size from 0.5cm to 121cm, easily supporting a pressure of up to 1 000 bars and a temperature of 500˚C. These handling capacities can, of course, vary depending on the actual design, size and material of the unit. Another great advantage of using these units is that repairs and the operation of them are absolutely easy.
What is the body of the ball valve made of? The materials for the valve body can vary. You may find some made from metal or plastic. Others may be metal with a ceramic centre. Those that are plated with chrome are often more durable than other varieties. The five body styles of ball valves include:

  • Single body
  • Three-piece body
  • Split body
  • Welded
  • Top entry

The bore mechanism also offers various main styles, which are available on the market as follows:

  • Full port / full bore
  • Reduced port / reduced bore
  • V-port ball
  • Kompact
  • Cavity filler ball

Understanding what valve is required for your particular application might require the advice and guidance of a professional in the industry, and at Tribix, we have a wealth of product related information and advice to share with you. We engineer and supply a full range of valves to the market and ensure that every product to leave our stores is quality checked and guaranteed to offer exceptional durability. Our sales team, which has over 70 years of combined experience, will handle your product request promptly and with professionalism.

If you are looking for a range of ball valves to invest in that are made from top-quality materials and designed to last, turn to us at Tribix. At Tribix, we focus on product quality, affordability and customer service excellence. Contact us via email or telephone to discuss your needs and requirements without any further delay.