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Valve design

The Fundamentals of Gate Valves

Gate valves are a product of the industrial revolution. While some valve designs such as the globe and plug valve have been around longer, the gate valve dominated the industry for many decades, only recently ceding substantial market share to ball and butterfly valve designs. The gate valve differs from ball, plug and butterfly valves […]

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Understanding Torque for Quarter-Turn Valves

Valve manufacturers publish torques for their products so that actuation and mounting hardware can be properly selected. However, published torque values often represent only the seating or unseating torque for a valve at its rated pressure. While these are important values for reference, published valve torques do not account for actual installation and operating characteristics. […]

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7 Trends in Valve Design

Used to regulate the flow of liquid, gasses, or any kind of fluidized solid, valves are an essential part of pipelines and multiple processes across many industries. CFD SimulationIndustry ApplicationProduct DesignTips & TricksValves Industries such as chemical, power, metalworking, and oil & gas all have an increasing demand for innovative valves that meet the sectors’ requirements. To fulfill […]

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Hot forging technology

Developments in Lubrication Systems for Metal Forming: Hot forging

In the hot and warm forging of steel, there is a clear trend to replace graphite-based die lubricants with synthetic lubricants. This is driven by the need for cleaner work environments, easier handling and to avoid graphite-induced galvanic corrosion of equipment. In recent decades, several generations of graphite-free products have been developed with the result […]

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Controlling Your Natural Gas Burn to Cut Fuel Costs and Emissions

A flow-meter upgrade will better support the natural gas flow heating of your processes. Nearly all industrial processes and manufacturing operations rely on natural gas as a fuel, even if it is only for plant heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC). However, heavy-duty industrial plant processes (Fig. 1), such as those found in manufacturing industries […]

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Forging Materials: Stainless Steels

Like all steels, stainless steels are iron-based alloys. They are considered a special class of steels because of their high alloy content and their special properties as compared to plain-carbon and low-alloy steels. As their name indicates, this class of metals has good corrosion resistance, which comes from the formation of an adherent chromium-oxide film […]

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Simulation software for hot forging

The Influence of Flow Curves on Simulated Force Calculations for Hot Forging

The quality of the flow curves used in numerical simulation plays a decisive role in the selection of suitable forming technology, as well as the pricing of forged products. This article discusses the influence of several factors on the quality of the flow curve and, thus, on the reliability of the calculated forces. A reliable […]

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Application of design of experiments to forging simulations to increase die life expectancy

Abstract Wear and fracture of steel dies employed in hot forging were evaluated through metallographic study with the aim of qualifying a Finite Element Simulation of the productive process. Apart from providing useful insights into the causes of die damaging, the simulation was exploited in a Design of Experiments to prevent fracture and to counter […]

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Simulation as a Sales Tool in Forging: When is it Worth it?

Prospective forging customers are more frequently asking for a complete part simulation as part of the sales process. The objective of a simulation is to convince the customer that your forge shop can precisely manufacture the required part. This costs money, time and effort, but is it always worth it? The answer, increasingly, seems to […]

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Advantages of Forging Simulation

Forging simulation is an essential part of the forging process for both the client and the forging company. Simulation can include the design of the die, raw material needed, size and shape, temperature, equipment, and several other factors. This process helps identify possible problems before a project starts including inaccurate temperatures for material, unexpected material […]

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Certification required for fire protection equipment

How to Get UL Certification

Underwriters Laboratories, or UL, are responsible for accrediting consumer products based upon criteria set in place by significant consumer safety organizations, such as the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) and the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). UL certifies products, facilities, processes, or systems based on industry-wide standards. They deliver over twenty different UL Certifications […]

27/03/2023 Read more

(UL Listed and FM Approval) A quick glance at two most important certifications in the firefighting field

It is not uncommon for the logos of UL or FM to be seen in major international firefighting trade fairs. UL/FM certificate holders are undoubtedly regarded as excellent manufacturers. What on earth do UL and FM stand for? Let’s dig deeper into their meanings and find the answers. What is the FM certificate? FM Global […]

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What is UL Certification and Why is it Important?

UL stands for Underwriter Laboratories, a third-party certification company that’s been around for over a century. UL was founded in 1894 in Chicago. They certify products with the aim to make the world a safer place for both workers and consumers. Besides testing, they set industry standards to follow when innovating new products. Last year […]

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