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Industrial Valves and Their Uses

Posted on March 29th, 2023 at 9:35 AM
Industrial Valves and Their Uses

Industrial Valves and Their Uses

Industrial valves are more complex than you might think. They function in many places that are generally overlooked until an issue arises. Sullivan Supply Company sells products from a few manufacturers we know and trust to provide to our customers. Each type of valve has its specific purpose and is built according to how it needs to function.

Jamesbury Valves

Jamesbury produces both ball valves and butterfly valves. It is considered a leading manufacturer. Their products are rigorously tested to guarantee they can withstand extreme pressure and temperature.

Ball Valves

Ball valves are classed as quarter-turn shut-off valves that control the flow of liquid, gas, or chemicals with the help of a rotary ball, which has a hole bored through the center. This sphere is held between two identical seat seals, keeping it in place so the contents cannot leak through.

The lever on this valve can turn 90 degrees, allowing it to turn on or off. The ball valve is most commonly used in sinks, upstream in both oil and gas production facilities, and to regulate water flow. These valves are popular since they can withstand the high pressure that builds behind them. They are also popular since they are so easy to use. The 90-degree operation makes it convenient, lightweight, and easy to install.

Butterfly Valves

Butterfly valves also fall under the category of quarter-turn valves and are popular for on-and-off modulating services. They have a disk connected to a rod that is rotated to close the flow of the fluid or gas within. The rod rotates the disk by a quarter turn so that it becomes perpendicular to the direction of flow. 

Butterfly valves are commonly found in refineries, where they are installed in pipelines to shut off liquid flow. 

Asco Solenoid Valves

ASCO Company began making solenoid valves in 1910, making them one of the lead producers of this valve type. They advanced quickly to create technology that had not previously been seen. They were able to get ahead of their competition and create a compelling product that still benefits them.

Solenoid valves are electromechanical devices that are used to control the flow of a liquid or gas. There are many different solenoid valves, but the most common are pilot-operated and direct acting.


  • Pilot-operated valves utilize system line pressure to open and close the main area in the valve body.


  • Direct-acting valves directly close the main valve area, the only flow path in the valve.


The solenoid valve controls the flow of the liquid or gas it is storing and ensures that it is in a fully open or closed mode. These are best used to replace manual valves to help producers convert to a remotely controlled system. Since they are electrically controlled, solenoid valves are faster, safer, and more reliable.

Solenoid valves are generally manufactured in alternating current (AC) and direct current (DC) voltages so that you can meet your specific requirements.

Electric Actuators

Electric actuators convert energy into torque which moves and controls a mechanism. They can automate manual valve functions to help improve efficiency and are considered a critical part of different applications across various industries.

The most common applications for electric actuators include wastewater treatment plants, farming and agricultural plants, and power plants.

Pneumatic Actuators

Pneumatic actuators are highly reliable and safe motion control devices. They are used in areas where valves are repeatedly opened and closed and are preferred in industries that work with potentially hazardous materials such as chemicals.

Pneumatic actuators use compressed air to build up pressure and move to the valve as necessary. Air is safer than other gasses since it doesn’t react severely to being compressed and absorbed. These actuators are commonly used in braking systems and engines on vehicles and motion-control systems such as pick-and-place handlers.

Team With Sullivan Supply Company

Each type of valve has its application where it will work best. We have worked in a wide range of industries and know which valve is best suited for you. It just takes the knowledge of understanding which is the best fit for your project. The experts at Sullivan Supply Company are here to help you find the right product.



The Sullivan team responds quickly to our needs and is a pleasure to work with.

Jim Noe, Manager, Production Maintenance
Lord Corporation
Erie, PA