Improve the Longevity of Your Valve Plate

Valve Plate | KB Delta

The valve plate is a smooth disk composed of stainless steel. It must be tough and durable and similarly invulnerable to an excessive degree of temperature, strain and corrosion.

Depending on its designated purpose, a valve plate is produced from metals such as:

Special preparation for these metals such as proper grounding and fine finishing are generally needed so they can match well with different parts. This further guarantees that micro-discharges in the valve plate model are evaded.


Stringent Specifications

There are stringent specifications for manufacturing valve plates. You must adhere to these specifications to set up the anatomical stability of the mechanical action that the valve plates will be part of. A compressor valve model, for instance, is a vital and fundamental element of mechanical equipment. The functionality, invulnerability and dependability of a device depends on the stability and efficiency of its components, consisting of every valve plate that fits into its construction.

Compressor manufacturers and consumers alike need long life span and economical value with an increasing operating envelope that incorporates extreme conditions and velocities. An essential factor to satisfy these continually evolving performance expectations is a tough compressor valve plate with high thermal and spatial solidity.

Valve plates are applied in an extensive variety of compressor applications across different gas configurations and controlling conditions, functioning as seals between various pressure areas within the compressor. They open when various pressures between areas are affected and allow gases to proceed from high to low pressure areas during the compression sequence.

An exceptionally operating compressor valve plate generally includes the accompanying attributes:

  • Made from steel – A valve plate produced from steel is stronger than products produced from alternative metals
  • Coated with a high quality finish – Although generally not taken into consideration by people researching their preferences, the final finish on a device can greatly affect performance
  • Laser cut – Products manufactured with a high precision laser fit more precisely in your machine

Abrasive chemicals, harsh atmospheric environments and excessive temperatures all serve to erode the internal elements of a mechanism, progressively diminishing its operation. Creating a high-quality part can avoid expensive repairs further down the road and avoid the loss of profit that naturally arises when a machine fails.

One of the most significant features to consider in a valve plate is the material it is constructed from. The highest quality plates are regularly produced from grade 410 stainless steel. This stainless steel is extremely tough and is constructed to withstand deterioration owing to the elements. Grade 410 stainless steel is likewise noted for its remarkable stability and its resistance to many kinds of acid, water, gasoline, crude oil, and added elements that would produce deterioration to equipment of lesser quality. If you prefer your metallic valve plates to be exceptionally durable and reliable, then you should consider plates that are formed from grade 410 stainless steel.


Injection Moulding Process

To produce parts by injection moulding you first need to have an injection moulding machine, materials and a mould. The plastic is melted in the machine then injected into the mould. It then constructs a sturdy mould of the part you require by cooling down and being removed from the mould.


Compressor Valve Plates

In today’s compressors they cannot entirely use stainless steel plates as compressor parts, but can additionally use injection moulded thermoplastic plates. The thermoplastic plates are compatible with the stainless steel plates to accurately fit where the earlier plate had been nestled. Producing the thermoplastic valve plates for your compressor involves taking advantage of the extremely technical injection moulding system for precise dimensions and endurance. Advanced thermoplastics of today can tolerate conditions of up to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and 200 degrees Celsius. Giving your compressor a prolonged life span, decreased maintenance expenses and energy consumption.

Advantages of using thermoplastic plates to stainless steel plates are:

  • Improved sealing ability
  • Higher tolerances to dirt, chemicals and corrosive liquids
  • Reduced wear and tear to valve seat and guard
  • Heat resistance to withstand fatigue


Maintenance of Your Valve Plate Compressor

As with all equipment, to obtain an extended life span and continuous functionality from your compressor, you will need to carry out periodic maintenance to keep it in maximum condition. The valve plate model is the most significant element of your compressor, as it encounters the greatest volume of stress and exposure to forces of deterioration. Making sure your valve components are constructed of high quality materials is highly significant as the valve is exposed to excessive temperatures, corrosive liquids and gases and severe stress.


How to Spot a Faulty Valve Plate

Due to the repeated stress placed on the valve plates within your machine in typical conditions, a valve plate failure will have an adverse impact on your business. When your valve has deteriorated, you will notice extra heat on touching the valve, this will establish that the plate within the valve has either been destroyed or is degrading.

Having a damaged valve plate will cause your machine to:

  • Reduce in production
  • Higher temperatures detected
  • Leaking of gases, oils or water from the machine
  • Failure to start periodically
  • Vibrations are more powerful than expected
  • The noise of the machine is extremely powerful and can be made out from a distance

By examining your valve once the problem has been identified, you will need to replace the part at once to prevent total breakdown of your machine. If the part is left for a considerable quantity of time with the related issue before dealing with the problem, the compressor will be beyond the normal replacement strategies. Your compressor will need to be entirely replaced as replacing the components will not solve the issue owing to the amount of time the compressor was used while in a state of impairment.

So, by carrying out routine maintenance inspections and repairing any components that are damaged or broke, you will be able to increase the endurance of your valve plate.

  • Metallic Plates

    KB Delta manufactures and stocks a complete range of metallic compressor valve plates and rings for the natural gas, refrigeration and P.E.T. industries.

  • Thermoplastic Plates

    Our specialized precision tooling and proprietary lapping process gives our customers the highest quality thermoplastic plates and rings in the industry.

  • Springs

    We manufacture our own springs and stock over 2 million springs for a variety of OEM spring styles, forms and materials.

  • Peripheral Valve Internals

    KB Delta offers one of the most complete lines of valve internals in the industry. All of our parts are manufactured to OEM Standards in performance and efficiency.

  • Complete Valve Repair Kits

    KB Delta offers a full line of valve repair kits for all the major reciprocating compressor manufacturers.

  • P.E.T. Compressor Parts

    KB Delta specializes in manufacturing compressor valve parts for high pressure air compressors used in the P.E.T. plastic bottle manufacturing industry.

Industries we serve

Natural Gas Industry

The processing and refining of Natural Gas into a marketable products, by separating gas into pipeline-quality natural gas and a stream of mixed natural gas liquids and the transportation of natural gas to through a series of reciprocating compressor stations and pipes, and from there to end users.

Blow Molding Industry

This industry manufactures blow molding machinery. Injection stretch blow molding process has two main different methods, a single-stage and two-stage process; these are the methods by which hollow plastic parts are formed.

Medical Technology Industry

The medical technology industry is an important part of the healthcare sector. It includes most medical devices which aid the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases and illnesses. Established centers of this industry include the United States and Western Europe.