Processing Magazine

Extendable Multi-port Valve Blocks

March 13, 2013

Gemu-extendable-plastic-blocksWith GEMÜ multi-port valve blocks made of durable plastics, valve interfaces in piping systems can be implemented in an extremely compact and customized manner. For plant designers, this solution offers numerous advantages, such as the space savings achieved through the combination of valve functions in a single plastic block, the shorter installation time due to the significant reduction in the number of individual components, the increased plant reliability due to the reduction in bonded or welded points and reduced operating costs. In a customized valve block design, GEMÜ can integrate a very wide variety of functions such as blending, diverting, channelling, draining or supplying a very wide variety of liquids (including chemicals). Dosing functions can also be implemented with multi-port valve blocks. Numerous manufacturers offer process plants in different versions and/or want to keep open the opportunity for subsequent extension of the plant. The "extendable multi-port valve blocks" were developed based on these applications and in partnership with customers. The concept provides OEMs with a customized modular system which can be adapted to individual requirements. The new concept can cover a majority of possible variants with just a few basic versions. Within seconds and without additional piping, adhesive bonding or welding, these basic blocks can be connected to produce an extended multi-port valve block. Subsequent modifications to the process plant which are requested by the plant operator can also be implemented quickly and easily. This offers genuine added value to suppliers and operators alike. The product can be used cost effectively in plants of the chemical industry and environmental chemistry sector, in surface finishing, coating and electroplating plants, municipal and industrial water treatment plants and other areas of use