Processing Magazine

New medium-pressure ball valve for pressures to 15,000 psig

May 26, 2009

Designed for improved cycle life in the field, the FKB Series medium-pressure ball valve provides a leak-tight seal for applications up to 15 000 psig (1034 bar). The trunnion-style ball valve features Swagelok’s patent-pending direct load design, which delivers a more consistent seal across a full range of pressures. Innovative stem and end connection seals prevent shell leakage and provide robust cycle life even in severe conditions. The introduction of this ball valve expands the company’s line of medium-pressure products, including gaugeable tube and adapter fittings and seamless tubing, which satisfy the higher working pressure requirements of the oil and gas industry. Medium-pressure ball valves deliver reliable and repeatable operation to meet the performance requirements of common off-shore applications, such as topside wellhead control panels, chemical injection panels, well workover panels and control systems. A bottom-loaded stem design eliminates system blowout for enhanced operator safety. Maintaining the integrity of the valve seal is critical for applications where positive shut off is required. The valve features low-torque actuation, eliminating the need for assist methods and accessories in manual actuation. If pneumatic actuation is required, the valves are available with ISO-5211-compliant actuators. A positionable handle provides flexibility in panel layout by reducing clearance issues with other components.