About Stainless Steel Materials – The Why and The How

Materials March 6, 2019

Why use stainless steel valves?

Stainless steel is a common material option for miniature flow control valves.

One reason for this is that stainless steels, like other metals, tend to be heavier but also stronger and tougher than plastics. Stainless steel materials, in particular, also have great corrosion resistance.

This blend of corrosion resistance and toughness is a ...

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What is Kynar® Plastic? — PVDF Plastics for Flow Control Parts

Materials December 11, 2018

What is Kynar® Plastic?

Kynar® is Arkema's trade name for their PVDF plastic. PVDF or polyvinylidene difluoride plastic is a tough, stable, very non-reactive thermoplastic.

PVDF is a useful engineered plastic because it has important advantages over other plastics: strength, durability, abrasion resistance, low permeability, recyclable and ...

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Stainless Steel Materials for Miniature Flow Control Valves

Check ValvesMaterials Miniature Valves November 29, 2018

Why stainless steel?

Stainless steel is a steel and so it is typically very strong. This gives it great pressure and temperature resistance. It is also a tougher, more durable metal than cast iron, ductile iron, brass or copper.

Stainless steels get their name from the fact that they are very corrosion resistant. This plus toughness and strength make them a preferred  ...

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Three-way Ball Valve Flow Patterns

Miniature Valves September 6, 2018

Flow through three-way ball valves

Two-way and three-way ball valves are the most common types of ball valves. Three-way ball valves are especially useful because they can be set up in ways that simplify the control of gas and fluid flow. For example, they can be used to divert the flow of oil from one tank to another.

Our online and PDF flow control valve catalogs provide access to a wide variety of miniature valve types, connection types, materials and ....

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Five Tips for Selecting the Right Valve

Check ValvesMiniature Valves August 1, 2018

Choose the right valve means answering key questions first

Knowing what makes a valve the right choice

Valves control gas and liquid flow in almost every process and system. As common as they are, choosing the right valve can sometimes be time consuming and confusing.

Begin valve selection by first gathering some basic information on system performance requirements. Knowing this will make it easier to find the right valve. The five tips in this article focus on how to match valve features with these requirements...

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Bundling and Sourcing Create Real Value

About ISMCustomer Services June 21, 2018

Supply chain excellence built on collaboration - The ISM Difference

Strategic procurement and supply management
Planning and organizing purchases is vital in business. Purchases affect facilities maintenance, design development and the production of final products. The best suppliers bring specialized experience and technical skills to all these challenges.

Supplier expertise contributes enhanced part sourcing plus it adds options for specialized add-on services. Useful services often include individualized kitting, bundling, parts customization and ...

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Extruded, Forged or Cold-Drawn Brasses for Miniature Valves

Materials Miniature Valves June 20, 2018

A look at the brasses used to make miniature ball and check valve bodies

Brass miniature valves are useful, reliable and economical
Wrought brasses, alloys of copper and zinc, are frequently used as the body material for metal mini check valves and ball valves. A major reason for this is brass performs well at temperatures ranging from about -325 to 425 °F (-198 to 218°C).

Equally important, the brass alloys used to make valve bodies can be quickly and accurately shaped using automated machining techniques. The result is that  ...

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New Custom, Precision, Cut-to-Length Plastic Tubing Services

Custom Services May 15, 2018

ISM production department gets a precision high speed tubing cutter

Expanded ISM custom services
The ISM production department has added a new piece of equipment to their toolbox: a high speed automated tubing cutter. This countertop cutter is able to cut up to 100 feet of tubing per minute. That’s fast! Even with very short lengths of tubing that require more frequent cuts, the machine still cuts an average of 65 feet per minute. This is exceptionally useful ...

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What Does ISO Certification Mean for Quality Processes?

About ISMCustomer Services May 10, 2018

The ISM Difference is a focus on quality and customer satisfaction

What is ISO certification?
ISO certification identifies companies committed both to quality standards and the quality management systems needed to meet these standards. Achieving and maintaining certification is based a system of voluntary, independent audits. This accountability helps organizations maintain and improve the quality of their products and ...

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Miniature Ball Valves: Plastic, Brass or Stainless Steel?

Miniature Valves May 4, 2018

Some guidelines for selecting the right material for your application

This is the first in a new series of ISM blog posts about miniature valves and ball valves in particular.

Why use a ball valve?
Ball valves are durable, reliable and securely shut off flow even after sitting idle for long periods of time. Because of this, they are frequently used as fluid and gas flow cut-off valves. Ball valves are also easy to operate. This plus their availability in a range of useful material options has led to ...

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