Valves are used to control the flow of fluids in piped systems. They regulate the direction, volume, and rate of flow by opening, closing or obstructing the passageways partially. Some valves, such as the hinged flap or check valve are passive. They are pushed open by the pressure of the fluid and flaps shut under gravitational force when the fluid flow is cut off. However, most valves are controlled by turning a knob, handle or wheel. More advanced machinery
has automated valve control systems.
The essential parts of a valve include the disc or valve member and the seat. The valve member is the movable part that restricts the flow of fluid through the valve. The valve seat is the interior part of the valve that connects with the valve member to cut off fluid flow. The valve member and seat come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, and designs but the working concept remains the same. Valves are vital components of any operation that requires the controlled flow of fluids. Contact our experts at MRO Supply if you have any questions about our range of valves. We have valves to suit a wide range of applications.