Valves and valve components are used in a range of industries and are essential to regulate, direct, and control the flow of fluids, slurries, and bulk materials. These materials are then transferred through different means and controlled by industrial valves.
To ensure the installations are working and performing efficiently, valves have to maintain their integrity for several years at a time. A valve breakdown could lead to thousands of tonnes of material being lost, causing environmental damage, material contamination, health and safety risks, and system failures. The primary causes of such failures include wear of the valves, the valve seats, and associated components through cavitation and erosive wear.
Replacement parts in exotic materials or even in standard materials can be costly, often requiring long lead times and months to be delivered, as well as the very real risk of excessive plant downtime.