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Floating Ball Valve Manufacturers and Suppliers

A floating ball valve creates a mechanism that can shut-off a pipe by using a non-fixed ball to drift into place against the seat, providing a tight seal. Floating ball valves are not held in place by a trunnion like other ball valves but are instead allowed to drift within the enclosure, albeit very slightly.

Leading Companies:

  • Irvine, CA 800-325-1405

    The ball valves that we are able to provide will withstand the tests of time in order to provide a long lasting value! We have locations in thirty five countries worldwide and we are dedicated to being wherever you need us to be! We have the knowledge and the capability to work with you closely in order to come up with the perfect product to suit your needs! Visit our website today to learn more about what we may do for you!

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  • Irvine, CA 949-458-3731

    We make the best ball valves in the industry! All of our products have been guaranteed for over 46 years and we are keeping it that way. We devote all of our extra attention directly to our customers. We provide first class solenoid valve solutions for top-of-the-line customers! We are committed to bringing you the best of the best when it comes to high quality products. For more information, give us a call today!

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  • Willoughby, OH 800-876-2323

    Since its inception in 1989, Lokring Technology has set the standard for high-quality products and excellent services. We offer a wide variety of products, including ball valves, stainless steel valves, stainless steel ball valves, 3 way ball valves and much, much more!

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  • Bettendorf, IA 800-397-3739

    If you are looking for quality ball valves look no further than JMF Co. We have been providing customers with premium-quality products for more than 50 years, and have grown to be a leader in the U.S. rough plumbing and HVAC wholesale supply industry. Some products include ball valves, plastic ball valves, sanitary valves, full port ball valves and standard port ball valves.

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  • Southfield, MI 248-356-1400

    Maxitrol is a manufacturer of various types of ball valves for gas, water, oil and steam applications, as well as others. Our ball valves are made of forged brass, are corrosion resistant and are plated with hard chrome. Call us for the ball valve you need! See our website for more info.

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Floating Ball Valve Industry Information

Floating Ball Valves

Standard ball valves use a ball that rotates on a shaft controlled by a motor or manual actuator. A hole bored through the ball allows a gas, liquid, or slurry to pass through uninhibited until the ball is rotated, blocking the flow. Floating ball valves can be operated by a lever or wheel in addition to automatic actuating. When the pressure reaches a certain level, the ball drifts downstream and tightly pushes against the seat. The seat must be made of strong materials because it bears the force of the pressure when the ball comes into contact with it.

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Applications of Floating Ball Valves

Floating ball valves are used to provide shut-off abilities in low or moderate pressure applications. They are used in many different industries that use pipes for transporting fluids, such as the chemical, pharmaceutical and water management industries.

Materials Used in Manufacturing Floating Ball Valves

Floating ball valves are constructed from stainless steel, brass, or other metals. The ball inside may have a ceramic center and is usually coated in chrome.

Floating Ball Valve Design and Function

Floating ball valves are identical to conventional ball valves in design and function with one major exception. Like their counterparts, floating ball valves have a ball with a hole bored straight through the center. The current flows through this passageway until the ball rotates, making a quarter turn and blocking the pipe because the hole is perpendicular to the direction of the flow. The ball is rotated through use of a stem or shaft that connects the ball to the actuator. This can be a lever, hand wheel, or electric motor.

Floating ball valves are different in that the ball floats slightly downstream to come into contact with the downstream seat, which is where the primary sealing occurs. When the pressure of the gas, liquid, or liquid-solid mixture is low, the ball makes slight contact with the sealing ring. The liquid flows through the hole in the ball mostly uninhibited. As the pressure grows, the force of the flow pushes the ball into the seat, and the contact area increases. Once the actuator is engaged, the ball quickly rotates to hide the hole, blocking off the rest of the pipe. Despite the name of the valve, the distance the ball moves is small, and it is only able to move along the axis of the pipe.



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