DBB Valves: Traditional installations of DBB Valve systems at plants are very time consuming and an expensive practice. A traditional system consists of two single ball valves, a needle valve, various connectors, adaptors and flanges. There are many steps to consider when completing the installation process. In total, there can be as many as 41 steps required for a traditional installation of DBB valves setup.Continue reading
Compact DDB Valves for Modular Plant Systems
Construction of modularized plant system has become a popular choice of design in heavy process industries like the Oil/Gas and Petrochemical Sector. Modularization is where equipment, vessels, piping, valves, instrumentation and electrical/controls are mounted on a compact steel framework, commonly called “skids”.Continue reading
Importance of design flexibility for complex requirements
Valve customization is adapting to customers’ needs in regards to changing body materials, port connections, testing requirements, and various combinations of different assembly types. Being open to different design ideas, and accepting the challenge the customer set forth. As a valve manufacturer we strive to impress our customers with our many years of experience in building valves. Every day we continue to receive new design request from our customers for complex requirements. Since we have over 140 years in customizing valves experience, our customer can trust that we are experts in the industry.Continue reading
DBB Valves: Floating vs. Trunnion Ball Design
The higher the pressure, the more the sealing elements are pressed together – and the higher are the forces on the ball and the seat.
This would not be a big problem, if the valve has not to be operated like a check valve. But a ball valve has to be operable, even under high differential pressure.
When high forces are acting on the sealing elements, the friction between them is high. This means that the operation torque and the wear on the parts are also high.
Improve Safety – Upgrade to DBB Valves
It is very easy to upgrade your existing Single Isolate Ball Valve installation. Simply use a DBB with Face-to-Face and End-to-End dimensions acc. to ASME B16.10.
Use a DBB Dual Ball Design improve Safety and Process Reliability. Here is a simple infographic to illustrate the interchangeability using ASME B16.10 dimensions:Continue reading
The most important facts of an own Valve Test Center
When I think back 20 years, I nearly cannot imagine how we were able to provide such high quality valves without the means of testing them in such an extensive way like we do this today.
I remember very well the time, when I started at AS-Schneider as a design engineer. Fire Safe Approvals and Fugitive Emission Testing (TA-Luft) had to be done outside the company on a third party test rig. There was no chance to do a pre-testing and it was always very exciting when the third party like TÜV was witnessing the tests. Well, most of the approvals were passed successfully, but I also remember some Type approvals were we failed at the first stage. The disappointment was great and we lost time with the re-design and the second try.
Today we are very glad to operate our TechCenter with 2 Fire Safe test rigs, a fully automated valve test bench, a climate chamber, etc. Once we started our TechCenter, it was so exciting for us to learn what our valves are able to withstand and where they have their limits.Continue reading
What does Full Bore stand for?
There has always been a lot of confusion and misunderstanding when it comes to Full Bore and Reduced Bore terminology. Let me try to explain some interesting facts. For example, DBB Valves are developed mainly for the use in the Oil and Gas sector. In this industry, the relevant design standards are ….Continue reading
ASME B16.10 – Exploring why it matters to DBB Valves
Ever since 1922, ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers) has been defining pipeline safety upon demand from both industry and government. One of their standards has to do with face-to-face as well as end-to-end dimensions of straightway valves, centre-to-face and centre-to-end dimensions of angle valves. In this informative post, our primary focus will be on ASME B16.10 industrial valves.Continue reading
Replace a single ball valve by a Double Block & Bleed
When creating the design specification for our Taurus Series we came along the point ‘face to face’ dimensions. Immediately some colleague said “ASME B16.10 and EN 558 – but same length as a single ball valves for the Taurus DBB with 2 balls and a bleed in between?”
Well, we discussed that there might be a possibility to achieve this goal and we listed some values and benefits we could offer to our customers with such a short face to face dimension:
The major benefit would be that the new Double Block & Bleed (DBB) Pipeline Ball Valve (Taurus-Series) has the same face-to-face dimension as a single block ball valve. The length of a single block ball valve is specified in ASME B16.10 and APl 6D. As a consequence the valve can easily be installed into an existing pipeline without the need for any re-work on the pipeline.Continue reading
How tight is your Valve Seat?
When people ask me, how tight our valve seats are, I usually get an increased heart rate and I most would like to say “Oh yes, they are very tight”.
But fun aside ….
Please note that I’m not talking about external tightness (stem sealing and body sealing), as there are already several accepted standards like ISO 15848-1, API 622, API 624, etc. which describe the evaluating of the valve design with respect to fugitive emissions. Those standards where driven by the legal environmental requirements and do not consider the internal tightness of the valve.
When talking about valves seat tightness, we have to differ between just a maximum leak rate of a production test and a seat performance test.Continue reading