3 Piece Stainless Steel Ball Valves are quarter turn valves which use a hollow metal ball to control transfer medium flow. 3 Piece Stainless Steel Ball Valves work by turning the handle parallel to the valve, aligning the hole in the ball to the tube of the valve, allowing liquid or gases to flow.
Ball valves are know for creating tight seals that are highly reliable. Ball valves make a great choice for tight shutoff and control applications. Ball valves however are not good for throttling applications, due to the lack of fine control.
3 Piece Stainless Steel Ball Valves come with a locking mechanism built into the handle. The sliding lock links up to the body of the valve, preventing the valve from being turned. The 3 Piece Stainless Steel Ball Valve includes a hole in the handle, so that a lock or other lockout device can be placed through, preventing the valve from being opened or closed, depending on the required preventative action.
3 Piece Stainless Steel Ball Valves allow for easy operation, repair and versatility. These factors make 3 Piece Stainless Steel Ball Valves very popular in industrial applications. 3 Piece Stainless Steel Ball Valves offer a pressure rating of up to 1,000 PSI.
3 Piece Stainless Steel Ball Valves are commonly used in gas processing, chemical transfer, industrial transfer and any other application where Stainless Steel is chemically compatible. 3 Piece Stainless Steel Ball Valves are popular for applications and facilities that require the ability to lockout equipment for service and maintenance.
Special care should be taken with ball valves in low temperature applications. Water trapped within the ball when closed can freeze, causing the valve housing to crack. Specialty valves with low pressure relief escapes are available for cold and cryo applications.
Ball valves should not be confused with Ball-Check Valves, which use a solid free-floating ball to prevent back flow.