How to Maintain Valve Reliability at Extremely Low Temperatures

Posted by John A. Hatcher on Sep 21, 2021 10:00:00 AM

For decades, Versa Valves has provided valves and filter/regulators for cold temperatures with our popular “-44” Low-Temperature option.

This option offers a wide spectrum of environmental temperatures ranging from -40℉/-40℃ to as high as +200℉/+93℃. It has historically been specified for areas around the globe that see low temperatures throughout the coldest months. More recently, it is being relied on by customers in areas with uncharacteristically large temperature swings, often within the same week or even day.

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Topics: High-Reliability Valves

How to Protect Sealed Valves from Ingress

Posted by Martin Sarginson on Sep 14, 2021 10:00:00 AM

Although good Industrial practices always demand the use of filtered, clean, air to ensure a longer life for the internals, often no consideration is given to environmental ingress into the valves.

We find that many valves are installed with limited to no protection on the exhaust ports and the solenoid operators.

When valves are open to the environment, there is a risk of ingress from the weather, airborne contamination, dust, sand, dirt, and insects. Over time this can shorten the life of the valve and impede the top performance you expect.

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Topics: Valve Automation, Solenoid, High-Reliability Valves

How to Combat Solenoid Valve Debris and Build Up

Posted by Bob Zerella on Sep 9, 2021 10:00:00 AM

No matter the industry, downtime is not an option. Even a short time offline can cost millions of dollars in production losses, not to mention the safety issue of sudden failures. Demands for modern efficiency make reliability more critical than ever.

With many industrial applications dependent on solenoid valves for process automation, it’s important to ensure your system is built for Real World Reliability.

Versa has over 70 years of real-world experience. We know exactly what our valves are put through on a daily basis, and we know what it means to our customers to keep those valves running.  


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Topics: Valve Automation, High-Reliability Valves

The Polar Service Option: Reliable Functionality at Extreme Low Temperatures

Posted by John A. Hatcher on Mar 22, 2021 9:15:00 AM

Polar and other extreme temperature conditions can present significant challenges when it comes to ensuring reliable valve operation. The system must work safely and without interruption, even after extended periods of inactivity, which can be quite difficult when facing extreme low temperatures.  

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Topics: High-Reliability Valves

Tips for Specifying a Solenoid Valve When Applied in Freezing Temperatures

Posted by Rich Cecilione on Mar 8, 2021 8:22:52 AM

When specifying a solenoid to operate in freezing weather, it's critical to identify the basic application needs and address the environmental conditions to ensure reliable operation. In an ideal world, a solenoid experiences a clean and dry media, proper installation, protection from adverse environmental concerns, and periodic cycling to “exercise” the solenoid. Of course, ideal conditions are often not possible in the real world.

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Topics: Solenoid, High-Reliability Valves

The High-Flow You Need: Versa Introduces the V-316 1” Cam Valve

Posted by Geoffrey Bekas on Dec 16, 2020 11:15:00 AM

Versa Products recently introduced the 1” stainless steel cam valve to its family of the field-proven V-316 Series valves. Like all of the V316 Series, this new valve is designed to operate in harsh environments, such as applications in the petrochemical and paper industries where equipment is subject to corrosive chemicals. The material performance of V-316 valves will outlast brass and aluminum in these conditions.

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Topics: High-Reliability Valves

Bottom Dump Valves

Posted by Gregory Samman on Aug 12, 2020 1:25:17 PM

Bottom dumps, also known as belly dumps, and railroad coal cars withstand some of the harshest environments imaginable. Valves in these applications withstand extremely high vibration, wide temperature ranges, elements of weather, dust, dirt, and a variety of caustic load materials.                                                                                                           

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Topics: High-Reliability Valves, Heavy Industrial

Pneumatic Lock Out Valves Can Prevent Serious Injury or Death

Posted by Gregory Samman on Jul 8, 2020 9:45:00 AM

Pneumatic systems perform tasks that require energy in the form of pressure, which is stored in a compressor tank, accumulators, or pressure lines.  When maintaining, repairing, or replacing components, that portion of the system must be safely depressurized.

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Topics: High-Reliability Valves

Easily Sort, Compare, and Buy Online with VersaSelect Product Configurator

Posted by John A. Hatcher on May 1, 2020 3:14:23 PM

VersaSelect is now available as an online tool to help you identify the right Versa products based on your specifications, compare similar products, access product documentation, and buy online. This tool is designed to help you easily specify, vet, and select valves and accessories to get you up and running quickly.

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Topics: Insider, Oil and Gas, Valve Automation, Solenoid, High-Reliability Valves

8 Considerations for Selecting a Directional Control Valve

Posted by Michael Perretta on Jan 23, 2020 1:30:17 PM

Directional control valve reliability is critical in any heavy industrial application. Selecting the right valve may be the most critical decision you’ll make regarding whether or not you will experience failure, downtime, or breakdowns. Proper valve selection can help avoid possible business interruptions, environmental catastrophes, or even loss of life.

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Topics: High-Reliability Valves