Flowrox Launches Industrial Valve for Abrasive Substances

Flowrox Launches Industrial Valve for Abrasive Substances
Flowrox's new SKW valve — Slurry Knife Wafer — was developed for use where abrasive or corrosive slurries, powders or coarse substances are processed.

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Flowrox, a global leader in heavy-duty industrial valve manufacturing and services, introduced a slurry knife gate product designed to enhance pipeline equipment and processes using enhanced technology for fluid control.

The new SKW valve — Slurry Knife Wafer — from Flowrox was developed for use where abrasive or corrosive slurries, powders or coarse substances are processed.

Based on three decades of experience and strong understanding of industrial fluid control, Flowrox has engineered its SKW valve at full-bore with no flow restrictions, allowing processes with abrasive or corrosive fluids — such as lime slurry or mineral slurries — to move without compromising performance.

The main benefit to a full-bore design is that the SKW valve becomes an integral part of the pipe, allowing it to process the same fluids in the harshest of conditions.

In addition to its strength and resistance to aggressive slurries, Flowrox's new SKW valve is designed as a full port fluid control device that allows a more efficient process, requiring less pumping energy to operate.

The SKW valve incorporates smart manufacturing techniques and a cast single-piece body, which eliminates any potential leak paths from the body and offers a versatile tower construction that will accept manual, electric, hydraulic or pneumatic forms of actuation.

Incorporating Flowrox's SKW valves offers the advantage of reducing the lowest total cost of ownership — a financial measurement that is often a deciding factor in the selection of these industrial products.

"Flowrox’s next-generation SKW valve offers great in-field flexibility since heavy-duty rubber sleeves can easily be replaced in the field without any special tools and is fully bidirectional," says Todd Loudin, Flowrox president and CEO.

Flowrox's SKW valve offers proprietary and innovative sleeves with load distribution rings incorporated within, along with the most robust valve structure in the industry. 

When in the open position, the valve’s rubber ring sleeves are the only part in contact with the medium as a way to reduce potential corrosion or deterioration due to wear and tear, even when processing the most abrasive slurries. In contrast, older slurry gate valves fail to incorporate the latest design efficiencies, leading to jamming or clogging, which results in costly repairs or decommissioning of a pipeline due to valve damage — as well as a financial challenge to equipment managers.

"The SKW valve is guaranteed a long operational lifetime, and it is a product that our clients can depend on when they need it most,” says Loudin.

The most significant features are load distribution rings imbedded into the rubber ring sleeves, which completely eliminate the inherent problems of competitors’ products where tight piping tolerances have caused the compression and destruction of the rubber sleeves.

In its SKW valves, Flowrox offers the benefit of low maintenance and trouble-free operation without the challenge of jams or clogs, giving peace of mind thanks to its long service intervals and reduced cost of ownership.

About Flowrox
Flowrox is a leading manufacturer of industrial valves and pumps with more than 30 years of experience and hundreds of thousands of products installed in facilities across the globe. The company serves the oil and gas industry, as well as mining, minerals and metallurgy, and energy and environment industries. Flowrox also works closely with OEMs to deliver outstanding solutions to support their operation. Additional industries served include chemical, pulp and paper, cement, and wastewater treatment. For more information visit www.flowrox.us.


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