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When the pressure reaches a certain level, the ball drifts downstream and tightly pushes against the seat. The seat must be made of strong materials because it bears the force of the pressure when the ball comes into contact with it. Floating ball valves are constructed from stainless steel, brass or other metals. Read More…

Floating Ball Valve Standard ball valves use a ball that rotates on a shaft controlled by a motor or manual actuator. A hole bored through the ball allows a gas, liquid or slurry to pass through uninhibited until the ball is rotated, blocking the flow. Floating ball valves can be operated by a lever or wheel in addition to automatic actuating.
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Mississauga, ON  |  800-543-9038

Belimo offers a complete range of ball valve assemblies with non-spring return, spring return or electronic fail-safe actuators offering high close-off capabilities. The industrial ball valve series is a great solution for low and medium pressure steam applications to 35 psi inlet pressure and applications that operate with a media temperature to 380º F.

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Houston, TX  |  281-449-0291

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Roselle, NJ  |  800-899-0553

For over 30 years, Assured Automation has been providing our customers with a complete selection of automated valves, manual valves and accessories. Find a variety of products such as 2-way ball valves, 3-way ball valves, and more. Our goal is to be the best actuated valve supplier in the world, by providing the highest quality product, product warranty, and exceptional customer service.

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Pittsburgh, PA  |  412-521-4200

Kerotest Manufacturing Corp. is a leading supplier of valves and related equipment to the worldwide energy markets, including natural gas distribution, oil & gas drilling, nuclear fuel, and the municipal water market.

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Mobile, AL  |  800-328-5803

DK-Lok USA is known for their success in manufacturer a wide range of valves and fittings. We offer uncompromising solutions that are engineered to handle a an assortment of applications. These proven diaphragm valves are designed with only the highest quality resources. Contact us today for more information! Our representatives are available to answer any questions!

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Irving, TX  |  (972)443-6500

Flowserve is trusted to provide solutions for the most difficult fluid management applications. We have actuated valves, ball valves, high pressure valves, steam valves and stainless steel valves. We are ISO 9001 registered with manufacturing plants in the US, Canada and other parts of the world. To view our full portfolio, visit our website today!

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The ball inside may have a ceramic center and is usually coated in chrome. Floating ball valves are used to provide shut-off abilities in low or moderate pressure applications. They are used in many different industries that use pipes for transporting fluids especially in the chemical, pharmaceutical and water management industries.

floating ball valve Floating Ball Valve - Burkert Fluid Control Systems

Floating ball valves are identical to conventional ball valves in design and function with one major exception. Like their counterparts, floating ball valves have a ball with a hole bored straight through the center. The current flows through this passageway until the ball rotates, making a quarter turn and blocking the pipe because the hole is perpendicular to the direction of the flow. The ball is rotated through use of a stem or shaft that connects the ball to the actuator.

This can be a lever, hand wheel or electric motor. Floating ball valves are different in that the ball floats very slightly downstream to come into contact with the downstream seat, which is where the primary sealing occurs. When the pressure of the gas, liquid or liquid-solid mixture is low, the ball makes slight contact with the sealing ring.

The liquid flows through the hole in the ball mostly uninhibited. As the pressure grows, the force of the flow pushes the ball into the seat and the contact area increases. Once the actuator is engaged, the ball quickly rotates to hide the hole, thus blocking off the rest of the pipe. Despite the name of the valve, the distance the ball moves is very small and is only able to move along the axis of the pipe.

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