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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FDA Compliant, Food Grade and Food Safe

Materials March 28, 2018

What are food contact substances and what’s their relationship to FDA compliance?

What does FDA compliant mean?
FDA compliant is a shorthand way of talking about materials that are safe for direct food contact. These materials are also called food contact substances (FCS).

An FCS is any material that comes into contact with or is used for manufacturing, packing, packaging, transporting or holding food. Both the plastics and the pigments used in making colored plastic fittings and cooking utensils are examples of ...

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NRV and NVRT Series In-line Air and Gas Pressure Relief Valves

Check ValvesMiniature ValvesProduct Spotlights February 28, 2018

New from ISM Design - Pressure relief valves for in-line flow and low clearance areas

NRV and NVRT plastic air and gas pressure relief valves
The featured new products in this post are the NRV nylon relief valves and NVRT in-line relief valves. They are designed for pressure relief venting of gases, gas mixtures or vapors that do not represent health or safety risks and are not reactive under normal atmospheric conditions*.

NRV and NVRT pressure check valve performance ...

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What Does the Best Customer Service Possible Look Like?

About ISMCustomer Services February 2, 2018

What is good customer service and what does this mean to you?

First of all, I think it makes better sense to call this customer support instead of service. Why? It’s most important to help customers solve problems. The old homely “the customer is always right” is a distraction. It is actually worse than that; overuse has turned it into a cliché. What really matters is helping people solve problems.

At its core, useful and customer friendly support is innovative, positive, precise and timely. Providing good customer service also requires setting realistic customer ...

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Why Do Technical Resources Matter?

About ISMCustomer Services December 30, 2017

Easy access to technical references means smarter designs

Resources and resource pages are collections of useful and informative technical reference information, articles and guides. Experiencing the ISM difference means access to useful technical information. It makes choosing fluid and gas flow control components faster, safer and easier.

Engineers and designers usually need to refer back to relevant ...

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