Control valve vendors, manufacturers, buyers and regulatory organizations have a professional shorthand they use when talking about their field. As a business owner either looking to enter the industry or simply trying to increase your exposure to the world of industrial valves to improve your business approach, you can use this guide to reinforce your knowledge of the language of valves.
Perhaps you want to build or update your entire system. Or maybe you just want to be more clear and concise the next time you order your custom valves. Whatever the case, look into the categories here and improve your valve vocabulary:
1. Improve your knowledge of valve types.
2. Know your valve parts for dealing with your valve manufacturer.
3. Remember the important acronyms and abbreviations for your field.
Get to know industrial valve systems terminology and valve typesOne of the primary aspects of industrial valve systems you should be familiar with is the kinds of valves and their operational terms. There are two main types: stop and check valves. Under these categories are the more specific types, like ball, gate, globe, butterfly, plug and needle valves. Several of these can be of either the 2-way or 3-way variety, depending on the number of ports. Also, know the cut-off amounts and the turn fractions - such as half-turn or quarter-turn - of your valves.
Know your industrial valving components for a more efficient business approachOne of the main components of any valve is the actuator - the device that operates the opening and closing of the valve. An actuator can be controlled by hydraulic, electric or pneumatic means. Other components include the body, plug, disc and guide of a valve. You should also be familiar with some of the connectors for valves, such as gaskets and flanges.
Get some knowledge of the shorthand of valve manufacturers and organizationsEfficient business operation sometimes means creating or being knowledgeable about a sort of shorthand; the abbreviations and acronyms related to your field. With the valve industry, these include shortening the names of materials, both for the construction of valves and the fluids they help control. It's also a good idea to know the various industry organizations and oversight bodies, like manufacturing, water and chemical regulatory groups.
- Depending on the industry you're entering or dealing with, some of the information in this guide will be more useful than the rest. Focus on the valves key terms that apply to your business and find out all you can about those areas, especially when it comes to material handling and regulatory oversight.