Tag Archive: ball valves

  1. Case Study: Thermal Shut-offs Valves in a Commercial Building

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    Company Type: Major Visual Effects Company in Singapore

    Application: Fuel Pump

    Problem: A recent audit from FM global recommended that a fire safety shut-off valve be installed on their 2” fuel line before it exits the pump room.



    After a web search, BI-TORQ was determined to the best fit for this application. The subsequent investigation allowed for a full model number to be derived using our online Product Configurator. BI-TORQ was then contacted for a quotation. The order was placed through their US location a few days later.

    The Chief Engineer followed up with installation questions as it was determined the best place to install the unit was vertically 10 feet up. He was assured that a vertical installation for the product was perfectly fine and that once installed the units didn’t need regular maintenance. This was beneficial due to the installation height.

  2. Product Spotlight: Electric Actuated Ball Valves at BI-TORQ

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    BI-TORQ has been an industry leader in valve automation components for almost 40 years. Between our diverse inventory, experienced technical staff, and customizable packages, we are proud to call ourselves a single-service provider for industrial, commercial, and municipal valve automation needs.

    Controlled by an electric actuator mechanism, automated ball valves represent one of our most versatile offerings and can be used across a wide range of industries to control the flow of liquids. The valve and actuator components work together to provide a simple, cost-effective solution for fluid containment.

    How Does an Automated Ball Valve Work?

    A ball valve employs a rotating ball with a hole—also called a port or bore—drilled through it to control the flow of media. When this hole lines up with the flow direction of the pipe, fluid can move through. Rotating the ball 90 degrees (quarter-turn) so that the bore is perpendicular to the pipe wall closes the valve, blocking the flow of liquid against a seal. This design lends itself to use without lubrication, simplicity, and durability, which make ball valves a versatile valve for a broad range of applications.

    Ball valves can be automated in several ways, with an electric actuator being a popular choice. An electric actuator uses electricity to drive a motor and gear train to close or open a valve.  Electric actuators allow for more precise movements than are possible by other actuators, making them a desirable option for controlling media in applications.

    Electric Actuators & Ball Valves Available at BI-TORQ

    BI-TORQ carries an extensive line of ball valves and valve actuators that can be combined to suit virtually any application, including:

    Electric Actuators

    • BI-100 Electric ActuatorThe BI-100 is a cost-effective solution for valves requiring less than 100 inch pounds of torque.
    • BI-200/300 Electric ActuatorsOur BI-200/300 actuators are reliable options for valves with less than 200 inch pounds of torque.
    • BI-400 through BI-1500 Electric ActuatorsThe BI-400 through 1500 series packs more power, offering excellent control of valves with torques of 400 to 1500 inch pounds. These models come standard with a handwheel override.
    • BI-2000/3800 Electric ActuatorOur largest offering for our automated valves, the BI-2000/3800 actuators can handle 2000 to 3800 inch pounds of torque. These models come standard with a handwheel override.
    • Positioner Boards for Modulating Electric ActuatorsCompatible with all of our electric actuators, this onboard controller allows operators to precisely control valves through the entire range of motion with a 4-20Ma or a 0-10 VDC signal.
    • Electric Spring Return/Fail Safe Electric ActuatorsSpring return actuators offer peace of mind in environments that may experience power loss. Available for 200 to 1200 inch pounds of torque, our spring return actuators provide a safe and efficient automatic shut-down in the event of power failure.
    • Actuator options: All actuators come with a dome position indicator and can be outfitted with auxiliary switches, heaters, thermostats and a variety of accessories to fine tune your application.

    Ball Valves


    Our valves are an essential component of many general industrial operations, including:

    • Chemical & Plastic: Tank farms, loading/unloading, and chemical feed lines
    • OEM Machinery: Canning machinery, generators, and laundry equipment
    • Food & Beverage:Mixing, process lines, steam lines, and water treatment
    • Oil & Gas: Storage, fueling, and loading

    Electrically Actuated Ball Valves at BI-TORQ

    No matter your industry or application, BI-TORQ Valve Automation carries an electric actuated ball valve that will satisfy your requirements. For more information about our line of quality products or assistance with determining the valve and actuator solution that will best suit your needs, contact us, or request a quote today.


  3. Quarter Turn Valves for Industrial Applications

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    Valves are relied upon to regulate flow in a variety of commercial, residential, and industrial applications. Multi-turn valves are widely used, predominately in manual or metering applications. These valves require multiple turns to fully open or close them.

    Quarter-turn valves are so named because they only require a 90° rotation for the valve to be fully opened. These valves are common in industrial applications because they are easy automate and their function is simple— think of a switch, which is either on or off. This blog will discuss the different types of quarter turn valves and characteristics to identify them in the field.

    The Types of Quarter Turn Valves Available at BI-TORQ

    BI-TORQ offers two main types of quarter turn valves for industrial clients: quarter turn ball valves and quarter-turn butterfly valves. Though similar in that each only requires a quarter turn to open completely, the functional mechanism that opens and closes the valve is different.

    Quarter Turn Ball Valves

    Ball valves make use of a machined ball within the valve to either close off flow or allow liquids or gases through the machined opening of the ball. A few features of BI-TORQ ball valves include:

    • Lockable lever handles for manual operation
    • Pneumatic double-acting and spring-return actuators, or AC and DC electric actuators
    • Variety of material options (brass, stainless steel, carbon steel, PVC, CPVC)
    • Two-way and multi-port configurations
    • Bi-directional by design
    • Direct-mount ISO design (most series)

    Quarter Turn Butterfly Valves

    In contrast, butterfly valves make use of a plate or disc which closes off flow when shut or allows flow to pass on either side when open. BI-TORQ butterfly valves feature:

    • Pneumatic double-acting and spring-return actuators, or AC and DC electric actuators
    • Wafer or lug style connections
    • Direct-mount ISO design
    • Cast iron bodies with standard SS discs and stems
    • EPDM, TFE, Viton, or Buna seats.

    How to Identify a Quarter Turn Valve in the Field

    Though it is easy to find and identify a valve, identifying the type of valve may be more challenging. Proper identification in the field makes a critical difference in relation to usage, maintenance, and replacement. Here are some guidelines for identifying a quarter turn valve in any specific pipeline application.

    • Identify the application. Application parameters as well as the media, pressure and temperature controlled by the valve helps in its identification.
    • Manufacturer/model number. Valves typically include a stamped plate that provides this information and often includes design version information.
    • Identify the valve type. Observe whether function requires a simple 90° turn or multiple turns, followed by whether it has a rising stem or linear design.
    • Material of construction and seat/seal material. Valve tags commonly include information about these materials.
    • Valve size. This information should be stamped on the valve tag. If it isn’t, knowing the pipeline size can also help identify valve size.

    These guidelines become especially important when it comes time to repair or replace a worn valve.

    Quarter Turn Valves from BI-TORQ

    We provide a wide range of quarter turn valves of both ball and butterfly designs. Our valves meet the specific needs of various industrial applications. Contact us to learn more about the valves BI-TORQ has available for your application or request a quote from one of our experts.