If you are in the pharmaceutical, beverage or food processing industry, you may have the need for specialized valves, pumps and other equipment. Many companies use Waukesha Valves because they can purchase check, ball or butterfly type valves and parts. But what is difference between these valve types? Let’s check them out to see.
What Are Valves?
A valve is a mechanical device designed to regulate the flow of fluids or gasses. It may also be used to control pressure. Valves are usually used to start or stop the flow of liquid from one source to another. But they can perform other duties. For example:
- Restrict fluid flow – by restricting fluids, flow rate can be adjusted.
- Flow direction control
- Pressure regulation
- Pressure relief – used as safety devices
Most Valves have the following components:
- Trim (interior parts)
Waukesha valves are high quality check, ball and butterfly types. Here is how they differ:
A check valve is specifically designed to check the flow or prevent backflow. As long as liquid is passing through the valve, it remains open. However, should the liquid flow in the opposite direction, a mechanism is triggered to stop the flow right away. This is done with a check mechanism.
A mechanical ball valve is designed to open and close with only one fourth of a turn on the handle. They are either completely open or closed and a ball mechanism is used to seal the opening.
Are you looking for a valve application but space is an issue? These valves are operated with butterfly mechanisms. A movable disc is hinged in the center and turning one way flattens out the disk to close. Turning in the other direction causes the disc to fold and open the chamber on butterfly Waukesha valves.