Blog

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

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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Slow Operation Allows Ball Valves to Prevent Valve Slam

Three 20-inch high service water pumps at the Huntsville Southeast Water Treatment Plant in Alabama are protected with hydraulically operated American Water Works Association (AWWA) C507 ball valves instead of typical swing check valves. 

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Great Lakes Restoration Grant Program

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler and Region 5 Administrator Cathy Stepp recently visited Cleveland, Ohio, to announce a new Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) grant program specifically focused on funding trash-free water projects in the Great Lakes.

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The Basics of Eccentric Plug Valves

Check out the Summer 2019 Issue of Valve Magazine to read about "The Basics of Eccentric Plug Valves" article written by Val-Matic's own John V. Ballun. Find out why the eccentric plug valve is the valve of choice for wastewater systems because the flow can often contain grit, solids and debris.

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Savings Through Serviceability

It's the Elgin Water Department’s mission is to have quality products that provide ease of maintenance for their water plants. Read on to see how Val-Matic was able to help.

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'It all goes into the water': Fireworks spark pollution concerns in some places.

Fourth of July fireworks displays draw throngs of spectators but they aren't thinking what the ash might be doing to the water below.

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