Tip Sheet from GWC Valve International’s Dave Meador: 5 Tips for Selecting Industrial Valves

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Dave Meador, CEO of GWC Valve International, provides five tips for selecting industrial valves that companies need to consider for their application.

Dave Meador, CEO of GWC Valve International, has kept up with valve design for a variety of industries across the globe. GWC Valve consistently helps customers with valve selection for a variety of valve types. Asking the right questions about the valve’s job is the first step to ensuring a match that meets or exceeds the requirements of the industry. Meador provides these five tips for selecting industrial valves.

Tip # 1: Consider the valve’s function. Dave Meador, CEO of GWC Valve International, suggests the following question, “Will the valve be used to control flow? In addition to controlling flow, valves can check for flow, and stop or start flow.” By knowing which function the valve needs to perform, this narrows down the valve type needed for the application.

Tip # 2: If the valve is used to control flow, there are two methods of control that can be used and vary by application for the valve. The methods of control include linear and rotary motion. In linear, the flow is controlled in a straight line. In rotary, the valve rotates to control flow.

Tip # 3: Learn about the different types of valves available and their pros and cons. From Gate valves to Ball valves, each one provides different benefits and serves a variety of applications.

Tip # 4: Know which material the application requires for valve design and production. Materials for valves can include cast steel, stainless steel, and additional components that provide various application benefits. The material that is recommended for selection also depends on whether the valve is being used for high heat or severe applications where the valve is in contact with high pressure and materials that are corrosive.

Tip # 5: Determine the amount of flow through the valve’s diameter. Knowing the pressure drop and flow rate can help with accessing the valve sizing.

GWC Valve International designs and manufactures valves for global industries. Check out GWC Valve International at http://www.GWCValve.com.

About GWC Valve International

GWC Valve International, Inc. is headquartered in Bakersfield, California. We are a global manufacturer and supplier of valves to Oil & Gas, E&P, Petrochemical, Chemical, Mining / Minerals, Power, Marine and Industrial markets. Our diversified flow control packages consist of core Quarter and Multi Turn products, in a variety of alloys, trims, configurations, sizes and pressure classes, from general to severe in application. GWC products are designed, engineered and manufactured to exceed your stringent process requirements.

GWC's Global Operations are licensed and certified to API-6D, API-6A, API-600, PED and ISO 9000. GWC Valve International is a California-based company that designs, manufactures, and distributes valves to companies across the world. GWC's client list includes businesses from the oil, gas, utility, mining, and marine industries, as well as chemical and petrochemical plants.

GWC Valve International is adamant about exceeding all technical and safety standards, and has an active presence in countries across the globe, from North America to Asia.


GWC Valve International, Inc.
Phone: 661-834-1775
Fax: 661-834-2072
Email: sales(at)gwcvalve(dot)com

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