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Featuring a variety of Val-Matic informational posts, as well as industry information.

Wooden Water Main

In a world full of technology it's amazing to see where we started. Here's an interesting article about construction crews uncovering a 204-year-old wooden water main while replacing the current water main.

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Ener•G® =Cost Savings

Val-Matic’s Ener•G® Ball Valve was the solution for the Findlay WTP who was having problems with leaking and failing valves. Water is pumped to Findlay residents using motorized pumps, each using a rubber-seated ball valve that either failed, leaked or was in constant need of repair. A trial replacement with a Val-Matic Ener•G® Ball Valve was proposed which was the solution they needed; a reliable valve for surge control in a pumping application. 

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It's Easy Being Green

The Chicago Department of Water Management needed a new ball valve and quickly, so they called on Val-Matic Valve & Mfg. Corp. for a green solution.

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Engineered Labyrinths of Civic Optimism

Archival photos reproduced in Stephen Halliday’s An Underground Guide to Sewers give us a rare view of these sewers of the past, as they looked to the people who engineered, built, and maintained them.

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The Sewer Singers

Thames Water located in the UK has a fun approach to reminding us what not to put in our water systems. They have a crew called The Sewer Singers who update songs with what we should not flush or put down the drain. Happy Holidays and enjoy!

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Providing Power Supply

Have you seen the video demonstrating the operation of Val-Matic’s Skid Mounted Oil Accumulator Power System? These Oil Accumulator Systems are commonly used in plants to provide clean & reliable supply pressure to cylinder operated Control Valves even after power failure.  Our model OA is a closed-loop, self-contained unit which requires no external air or oil to operate.  This model is comprised of 5 components: Atmospheric Oil Sump, Hydropneumatic Tank, Dual Oil Pumps, Dual Air Compressors and the Electrical Panel. The video demonstrates how each of these components operates in this system. Val-Matic offers systems up to 400 gallons. 

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Protect Your System

Is Surge Control a problem? Watch Val-Matic’s video demonstrating their Pump Control System which offers system surge protection and provides significant energy savings. The Pump Control system is put to the test in Val-Matic's laboratory where a 40 horsepower Centrifugal Pump is connected to a Val-Matic 6 inch cylinder actuated Ball Valve.  Pump Controls are integrated with the ball valve to control the flow of fluid.  

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Manual Quarter-Turn Valve Actuators

Butterfly and ball valves are typically supplied with either a traveling nut or worm gear type actuator. Each type has some important characteristics that affect the performance of the valve assembly and should be understood before selecting the best actuator for a particular application.

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Air Valves for Wastewater

Air valves are generally installed on pump discharge headers and at high points along force mains to prevent air pockets or vacuum conditions. Air and vacuum pockets can cause system surges, loss of efficiency and rapid corrosion of the pipe. Air valves are automatic, normally open valves that expel gases when they collect in the piping system. When wastewater enters ...

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Torque Tube Installation

A floorstand assembly is used to elevate an actuator above the valve it operates in cases where the valve is submerged or inaccessible to personnel. A floorstand assembly is bolted to the floor or grating directly above a quarter-turn valve. An inner…

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