The average processing plant will host tens of hundreds of valves performing various functions. These valves serve control functions or processing functions in the production processes.  The process may involve keeping the product input inconsistent flow, or maintaining sustained pressure or maintaining optimum temperature for production efficiency. For valves having direct contact with food being processed, astringent hygiene standard is expected to be maintained. This means the valve must as part of manufacturing standard meet well-specified production specification to guarantee safety and high standards of hygiene.

 When the issue of cleanliness of valves comes to mind, every stakeholder must play an active role, either as supervisory or proactive to ensure basic hygiene is maintained. On the part of valve manufacturer, compliance with hygiene issue starts with the materials used for making valves. Issues of efficiency and standards in valve product are beyond hygiene alone. This is because valves play an active role in high-pressure production lines, where slightest failure can result in extreme disaster and put everyone and everything at risks, including huge financial loss and loss of lives!

 Dangers of poor facility maintenance

Facility maintenance involves ensuring all components in a facility installation are well maintained. The valves also need thorough maintenance to prevent ugly incidences from happening. The following are effects of poor valves maintenance you should know:

  • Scoring and galling
  • Corrosion
  • Seal or packing malfunction
  • Sticking and seizing which can lead to imperfect response control signals
  • Leakages which can be fatal or result in complete facility failure.

 Measures to prevent poor facility maintenance

There are well laid down specifications to prevent valves failure, a well-lubricated vales will:

  • Reduce wear and tear
  • Enhance durability and make the valves more dependable
  • Keep pipeline content flowing smoothly and safely
  • Enhanced longevity and performance

 Specifications for valves cleaning process

It is important to keep cleaning specification in mind when maintaining valves, even when using cleaning agents. The ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials) has a committee dedicated to specifications; their guidance is helpful in sustainable valves cleaning culture. Another organization with helpful cleaning specifications for valves is CGA (Compressed Gas Association). It provides cleaning standards for valves and industrial components.

 Rust elimination is vital for valves health

Rust will make any valve malfunction! It is a disturbing issue for components running smoothly. Therefore, there is need to eliminate rust from valves to protect them and extend their lifespan. However, care is necessary to protect the protective film or rust preventative on the steel you are cleaning. Also, care is necessary when cleaning rust in a humid area. Although valve manufacturers take adequate care to ensure valves are kept cleaned and this they do by placing them in protective bags to ensure it stays clean until installation.

 Keep Specifications to keep in Mind When Cleaning or Repairing instrument Valves

Cleaning valves require diligence and quality control; it is essential to keep to available industry cleaning standard to achieve best cleaning results. Having personnel with skill and experience in disassembling and assembling valve to handle valve cleaning is important.