For many of us, the new year brings with it a new budget. If you’ve noticed a downgrade in performance from your descale valve, chances are that you’ve included upgrading or replacing it in your 2018 plans. But, before you call your supplier and just order the same replacement model, you should check out what new technologies are available since the last time you needed a valve.
Downtime is the issue we’re all trying to avoid. This is unproductive time in which you’re losing money. Unfortunately, steel descaling can be a rough and rugged environment. Your valve needs to handle your unique applications while providing consistent quality with minimal defects. There are innovative features available with some descale valves that help make your job easier.
Integrated Electromechanical Actuator
Integrating an electromechanical actuator to your descale valve can solve a number of issues that would otherwise increase repair and maintenance costs:
- Reduce Water Hammer: Because the electromechanical actuator allows for proportional stroke control so you can set the precise speed at which the valve opens and closes. By slowing down the rate of speed at which it closes, the effects of water hammer are greatly reduced.
- Eliminate Continual Prefill Flow: Shutting off the prefill flow when it's not required provides increased flow and pressure for descaling. It also saves significant energy costs if you're able to shut down a pump by eliminating all of the continuous prefill lines in the system. It also reduces unwanted cooling on the rolls and strip.
- Reduce Maintenance and Reliability Concerns: The electromechanical actuator eliminates or reduces the maintenance and reliability concerns of operating external high-pressure, solenoid-operated prefill control valves and orifice plate assemblies, as well as the issues associated with using descale water, pneumatic or oil hydraulic actuators.
- Reduce the Number of Valves in the System: Utilizing a variable stroke profile enables one valve to perform multiple operations such as descale header control and header prefill functions. One valve does it all without requiring additional prefill control valves or pressure breakdown orifices.
Advanced Ceramic Materials
While most descale valves use stainless steel, Hunt Valve now features advanced ceramic technology on some of its core components (and is the only descale valve manufacturer to use these ceramics!). The benefits of these materials are that it’s:
- Harder than steel.
- Incredibly resistant to corrosion and wear.
- 10 times more durable than conventional valve materials.
- longer lasting and extends the service life of the valve by up to five times more than other descale valves!
Housing Liner Replaceable in the Field
What’s one of the biggest hassles when you need to repair your valve? Having to send it out for the fix. Hopefully you have a spare valve if that happens. Otherwise, that’s a lot of downtime! Hunt Valve offers a stainless steel housing liner that you can replace in the field. Fix it right there and then. No sending it out and waiting!
If it becomes damaged or worn, replace the liner without removing the housing from the piping to get your system back up and running fast. Avoid the costs of extensive machining and welding.
These are a few of the new technologies available with descale valves. Cost savings. Time savings. Hassle savings. See if you can make your job easier by learning a little more about your descale valve options. When’s the last time you were excited to do a little research on your valves?
Hunt Valve has been creating descale valve solutions for decades. We understand the issues you deal with every day and design solutions like these into our valves. Contact us or call 800-321-2757 to find out how we can make your average day run a little smoother or to request a quote.