By Lauryn B.
Anix Valve USA is a manufacturing company based in the United States. Contact us today at https://anixusa.com/ContactUs to find out about the wide range of valves and fittings that we carry!
Have you ever wondered how and why valves are made, processed and then delivered to your door? Well, that’s what I’m here to tell you. Valves are important items used in our everyday life. Without it we wouldn't have things such as heat or water. Valves are used in the basic mechanical functions in our life. It’s essential for all manufacturing processes and every energy production and supply system. There are various steps to make the right valve function for your needs. The basic steps for it to be functionally ready are the design, plastic moulding, mechanical processing, assembly and testing, and quality. The process for it to be manufactured is a complex and long process. It needs to be manufactured for perfect efficiency, and undergo various tests so it's in perfect functioning order befitting our customers.
The manufacturing department will find the necessary materials needed to cast the valve best suited for your needs, such as the materials needed to build the valve and the type of material to design the casting of the valve. Will also look for the raw materials needed to build the valve such as the stem, spool, body, disc, and bonnet, making sure that the materials are compliant. After getting all the materials the team will go over the checklist to make sure everything is done and complete, and to have the final draft of the design completed. Once the design is completed and finalized, it’s time to manufacture them. There are 2 common methods that are used to manufacture the valves, the cast method and forged method.
The cast method body is when the pre-shape is cleaned, the body is put on the turning machine, so the single cutter can cut the desired shape needed. Then a coating material is added over the entire body. Then the next step is to polish the whole body, create the threads over the body, so attachments can be installed to the body. Each hole would be a different size depending on the valve size requirement. Then it’s painted and baked with elastomer. For the seat, it goes through the same process as the body. It needs to be aligned perfectly to the body. The stem does not need a lot of manufacturing, it just needs to be cut into the right dimensions.
After choosing the material, it is cut into a specific length and width. Then it’s forged, each body is heated to a certain degree then the excess material is trimmed from the body. While it’s still hot, it’s molded into the correct shape and then sandblasted, which makes the valve smooth and clean. Machining enhances the size and thread and shapes depending on the design of the valve.
After all the materials are ready, then it is time to put them all together. The technicians attach all the components together by hand.
Then when everything is ready it undergoes the testing stage to make sure it works and there is no leakage when the fluid goes through. It could range from a couple hours to a day, depending on the valve size. If there is leakage, it’s repaired so it works correctly, otherwise the valve shall move onto the next step, to see if it can handle water pressure. If it can withstand the high pressure, then it passes the test and is ready for the last phase.
Inspection and quality control
After the product passes all the tests, the QA inspector checks the valves for leaks and to make sure there are no production errors. This last inspection is to make sure the quality of the product meets the company’s standards. The product is now ready for consumers to purchase and use.
The customer can view our catalogue and based on the design and function required, choose the one that best fits the criteria needed for the job. Using our webpage, click on the product and it will give you the information of the product such as the material it’s made from, specs, and a downloadable information sheet. Join now to get the benefits our company offers.