Purchase a Qualified Valve for Your Operation

November
,
2019

Qualification testing benefits both the valve purchaser and manufacturer, as it ensures valves meet certain standards and functionality expectations.

Many products are qualified — i.e., tested and certified to meet an industrial standard — before they are available for sale. This qualification process may be as simple as testing and analysis carried out by a manufacturer to show that the product meets a minimum level of functionality and safety. Or, it could be as complicated as medical trials that take years, cost millions of dollars, and require government approvals to verify that a device or medication performs as advertised.

Proper valve operation is necessary to prevent hazardous fluid releases, equipment damage, and unstable plant control, all of which can be dangerous and costly. Qualification testing or certification of valves gives the user some sense of assurance when purchasing a valve, although this may be a false sense of security unless a variety of other factors are considered in the purchasing decision. This article describes the most common valve qualification tests and standards, and explains how the results of these tests can be factored in with other considerations to choose the most appropriate valve for an application...

Author Bios: 

Jason Jablonski

Jason Jablonski is the director of engineering for Fisher Rotary Valves at Emerson Automation Solutions (Email: Jason.Jablonski@emerson.com). He has 20 years of experience in the design, testing, and manufacturing of process control equipment. He received his BS in mechanical engineering from Iowa State Univ. and MBA from the Univ. of Texas at Dallas. He is a project management professional, agile certified practitioner, and member of the API subcommittee on piping and valves.Read more

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