Automated Ball Valves

Automated ball valves are selected for applications that require low pressure losses, have higher flow rates or higher pressures that what would normally be used for solenoid valves.  The full flow pattern of a ball valve offer little resistance to flow.  Good for most non-modulating control applications.


Pneumatic
(Air) actuators usually offer lower pricing than electric actuators plus the ability to easily return to a normally closed (or open) position in the event of a system or power failure.  The cycle time for the pneumatic valve to actuate is under a second compared to an electric valve cycle time of 5 to 10 seconds.  Air pressure, when actuated, pushed against a piston with the force transferred to a rotating force turning the ball within the valve - the rotation is normally 90 degrees.  The ability to continuously adjust the valve opening position in a process control system is not possible when using pneumatic actuators. 

For fail safe operation, the air piston works against a spring that will return the valve to the original position when air pressure is released.   A three way air pilot valve is required to control the operation.

The actuator can be made in a double acting (or air x air) mode that will require air pressure to open and close the valve.  A spring return is not used in this case.  A four way air pilot valve is required to control the operation.

Electric actuators offer the advantage of operation with using electricity only.  An electric motor within the actuator is gear driven to rotate the ball within the valve.  Rotation of the actuator can be 90 degrees reversing, 180 degree reversing (for three way valves) or one direction with stops at 90 degree positions.  Two electrical circuits are required - one for opening and one for closing.  The valve will not return to a safety position in the event of a power failure without the use of a secondary battery power supply system.  Actuators can easily provide signal relays that advise the position of the valve for control systems.  The GF "EA" Series actuator offers options to control the position of the valve or the cycle time.  In addition to 110VAC power supplies, actuators are available for 12 or 24volt AC or DC power.

 

Plast-O-Matic Valves - Actuated Valve

Pneumatic and electric - 2 & 3 Way

PVC, CPVC, Polypropylene and PVDF

True Union Connectors - 1/2" - 2"

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George Fischer - Actuated Valves

Pneumatic and electric - 2 & 3 Way

PVC, CPVC, Polypropylene and PVDF

True Union Connectors - 1/2" -6"

George Fischer Click Here

Spears Manufacturing - Actuated Valve

Pneumatic and electric - 2 Way

PVC and  CPVC

Compact or True Union Connectors - 1/2" - 2"

Spears Manufacturing Click Here

InLine - Actuated Valve

316SS - 2 & 3 Way

one, two & three piece designs

Threaded, flanged, sanitary

InLine  Click Here

Banjo - Actuated Valve

12VDC electric - 2 & 3 Way

polypro with 316SS balls

Threaded Connectors - 1/2" - 2"

Banjo 12 volt  Click Here