OEM Successfully Trials Pinch Valves
An original equipment manufacturer has successfully been using pinch valves in the design and build of their continuous processing equipment. The equipment is used for filtration and drying, crystallisation, reactors etc. The OEM decided to use pinch valves within their specific machinery because of the pinch valve’s full bore. Therefore, the valve has good slurry handling capabilities.
The OEM had used other conventional types of valves in the past such as ball valves, butterfly valves, check valves and diaphragm valves. However, their experience with these valve types was not successful. They said that most of these other types of valves do not handle solids well.
The first pinch valve unit (product code VMC10.04HTECK.50G.50) was initially under testing at a University as a prototype. Since the performance of the pinch valve excelled expectations, the OEM now regularly order more pinch valves for more equipment, as and when they build it.