Processing Magazine

Lightweight, compact gauge valve leaves smaller footprint

January 14, 2010

The compact design provides quick, convenient access for the isolation and venting of pressure gauges. The valve can be used with any of the manufacturer’s pressure gauges. The pressure gauges are position-able with tube adapter ends, eliminating threaded connections and leak points. The smaller, lightweight footprint reduces the need for supports, which place additional stress on a system. A streamlined body features tube fitting end connections for leak-tight performance, reduced installation time and cost, plus robust tube grip and vibration resistance. The design incorporates a purge valve for easy bleeding of trapped fluid pressure between the valve seat and gauge upon shutoff. The purge valve is machined directly onto the body, eliminating potential leak points while allowing the user to safely release the fluid before removing the gauge. A permanently assembled purge cap is crimped to the valve body for operator safety and to prevent accidental disassembly. Available with either ½ inch or 12 mm tube fitting end connections, the compact gauge valve is constructed from 316 stainless steel. The valve is rated for temperatures up to 450 degrees F depending on stem and packing. The valve is rated for pressures up to 4,000 psig.