Field Applications


Ethanol is produced in a four step process. First, the feedstock is milled and water, enzymes, and other components are added to convert the feedstock to glucose sugar. Mash is created from this mixture. Next, yeast is then added to the mash to start the fermentation process. After fermentation is complete, beer and distiller grains are left and other solids are removed. The distiller grains are then removed from the water/ethanol mixture and sold, and the water/ethanol mixture is sent to distillation. Distillation uses heat and the volatility of water and ethanol to achieve a 95% ethanol mixture. Molecular sieves are then used to further separate the mixture to become about a 98.5% ethanol mixture. Denaturing of the high concentration of ethanol by adding gasoline helps producers avoid liquor taxation.


Ammonia is a colorless gas that has a bevy of uses in industry such as a compound used for the production of fertilizers and as a refrigerant. There are a few states and compounds of Ammonia that are common including liquid Ammonia, Anhydrous Ammonia, and Ammonium Hydroxide. Although it has many uses, Ammonia is intrinsically dangerous because it is flammable and can cause severe irritation if the user is exposed. Careful selection of materials of construction is required to sustain a stable Ammonia system.

A polymer is a series of repeated units, called monomers, linked together. A monomer is a single molecule that can be bonded to another molecule of the same composition. Polymerization is the process in which monomers join forming a polymer. Typically, polymers can be resistant to chemicals, thermal insulators, and can have varying degrees of strength. A common polymer used in manufacturing is butadiene. Butadiene is a colorless gas (sometimes condensed into a liquid) that is primarily used as a monomer to produce many different types of polymers and copolymers and as a chemical intermediate in the production of industrial chemicals.

Caustics are compounds that corrode certain materials that they come in contact with. Two common caustics are Sodium Hydroxide (Caustic Soda) and Potassium Hydroxide (Caustic Potash). These chemicals are dangerous: skin contact may produce severe burns and inhalation could cause damage to the respiratory system. Knowing these facts, careful selection of materials of construction and characteristics of valves is imperative to sustain a safe, stable caustic system.

Chlorine is highly reactive and toxic in all concentrations. Due to these facts, knowing more about the system that the chlorine will be present in is vital. Chlorine service can be divided into two categories: wet systems (greater than 150 ppm of water) and dry systems (less than 150 ppm of water). Knowing whether the Chlorine system is wet or dry determines what materials of construction will be selected to best perform in the system.

Ethylene Oxide is very flammable and explosive. It also is a carcinogen and could cause other major health problems such as nerve damage in low concentrations. Ethylene Oxide is also known to decompose at higher temperatures (842-1040°F) and this decomposition could produce runaway reactions. Although there are inherent dangers that are present for the production and handling of this molecule, Ethylene Oxide is very useful in production of detergents, cosmetics, and the sterilization of surgical equipment. Careful selection of materials of construction and characteristics of valves is imperative to sustain a safe, stable Ethylene Oxide system.

Hydrogen Peroxide is a colorless liquid that can be used for things such as disinfection and bleaching. Handled correctly, Hydrogen Peroxide can be safe. Handled incorrectly, however, it can be explosive and dangerous. A very clean and safe system is required for Hydrogen Peroxide service because of the dangers of this molecule. With this in mind, careful selection of materials of construction and makeup of Hydrogen Peroxide service valves is imperative. It is also important to know whether the system will have diluted concentrations of Hydrogen Peroxide (less than 50%) or higher concentrations (greater than 50%), and the temperature of the application.

Oxygen is an element that exists as diatomic molecule (O2) in most conditions. Although Oxygen is necessary for life, it is very reactive at certain pressures and temperatures. Reactions with Oxygen can be minor like the production of rust, but they can also be major culminating into an explosion. Knowing these facts, careful selection of materials of construction and characteristics of valves is imperative to sustain a safe, stable Oxygen Gas system.

Food & BeverageFood & Beverage

In wine making, temperature control is a critical factor in two key areas. First, control of fermentation temperature, and second the wine is stored at a constant temperature after fermentation is complete until bottling. One of the most effective methods of tank temperature control is employing a glycol system. Other methods include Ammonia. Please contact A-T Controls for Ammonia application details. The use of a glycol temperature control system is discussed below.

CIP is a methodology of cleaning process pipelines, vessels, and equipment without disassembling of the components. CIP is typically used in food, beverage, pharmaceutical, and other applications where contamination can build up, propagate, or degrade a desired product. Historically these types of processes required complete disassembly between batches, formulas, or on set sanitation driven schedules to keep systems clean and operating. A properly operating CIP system accomplishes this without teardown and rebuild of valves or valve components.

Oil & GasOil & Gas

Natural Gas is a colorless, odorless, and non-toxic gas that primarily consists of Methane and other heavier hydrocarbons like ethane, propane, etc. Other components of Natural Gas can include Nitrogen, Carbon Dioxide, Water, and Hydrogen Sulfide. Natural gas burns readily with air when between its lower flammability limit in air (about 4% concentration in air) and upper flammability limit in air (about 15% concentration in air). When Natural Gas contains a set concentration of Hydrogen Sulfide, it is commonly referred to as "Sour" Natural Gas, while if it is below that set concentration it is commonly referred to as "Sweet" Natural Gas. This concentration varies between states/countries. Hydrogen Sulfide in low concentrations can attack soft materials such as Nitrile Buna Rubber (NBR). Knowing these facts, careful selection of materials of construction for pneumatic actuators is imperative for a safe, stable Natural Gas system.


Boiler blowdown is a term that describes water that is purged to prevent contaminants like scale and solids from building up in a boiler. These contaminants build up over time, which reduces the efficiency of the boiler and can prevent the boiler from operating properly. Makeup water is the water added to replenish the boiler system after the blowdown is purged. Makeup water is usually preheated in a heat exchanger prior to entering the make up tank to 175-190°F. This helps the water to blend with the hot returning condensate in the make up tank without flashing. Flashing is the sudden, violent change of liquid water to water vapor because of a pressure drop. Flashing could cause water hammer and potential damage to the level control system and piping.

Steam is an invisible gas unless condensed in cooler air. Steam has many industrial uses like heating and cooling applications and because of its expanding nature, for generating power. Forms of steam include saturated, superheated, and supercritical. Caution needs to be used when selecting valves for steam service to assure the application temperature and pressure are met with the right valve body and valve trim materials.

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Tree logs are pulped by using "white liquor" (consisting primarily of sodium hydroxide and sodium sulfide), process water, heat, and pressure to separate wood chips into lignin and cellulose fibers. Wood chips contain approximately 50% water and 50% wood by weight. Process water and white liquor are necessary to create "black liquor". Black liquor is created when the process water is drained off and recycled, leaving lignin, other organic chemicals, and inorganic chemicals behind. Water is removed until the black liquor has a viscosity similar to molasses, and has a composition of 60 percent solids by volume. At this stage, a small amount of diesel fuel is added to the black liquor to produce a low cost fuel mixture to burn in plant boilers. This helps the process become more energy efficient. The black liquor burn is not 100% efficient, and a residue called "green liquor" remains. Green liquor is further chemically treated, and recycled to the start of the process to become white liquor.

Various IndustriesVarious Industries

Dead-End service with butterfly valves is the ability to remove, or not connect, the downstream flange while maintaining connection and pressure on the upstream flange. To achieve this without any additional components, the valve first must be a threaded lug type. A wafer type butterfly valve cannot be used alone for dead-end service because it requires a flange on both sides in order to sandwich mount the valve and ensure proper operation.

Kiln drying is a standard practice in wood production mills and serves to efficiently bring green lumber moisture levels down to “workable” range–moisture content level. In the case of kiln dried lumber, the wood is dried in giant kilns with carefully controlled saturated steam temperature and humidity levels. The goal is to get the boards to dry quickly and evenly, and to prevent warping that could render the wood unusable. The alternative is air drying, in which lumber sits in a breezy area so that it loses moisture and contracts. Air drying tends to take longer, and it brings the moisture content closer to 15% than the desired 6% to 8%.

Compare different fugitive emission standards and see which of the A-T valves meet each standard.

Application detail and drawings of handle options: TSM Extensions and Spring Return Handles

ISO 15848-1:2015 is a standard that evaluates how well valve seals prevent fugitive emissions. The standard tests valve stem seals and body seals for leakage measured in concentration or a leak rate) and categorizes valves into different “tightness classes” based on how well a valve performed through a series of tests (endurance classes) at different temperatures and pressures (temperature classes).

Please consult A-T Controls for seat material selection for your unique applications. These parameters are guidelines, and customers are responsible for materials of construction being compatible with their valve application. ANSI/ASME B16.34 should be considered when selecting valve materials of construction (for example, ASTM A216 Grade WCB is not recommended in services above 797°F). Please note other materials present in the valve will be affected by higher temperatures/pressures, such as o-rings, joint gaskets, and pyramidal stem seals. MAST (Maximum Allowable Stem Torque) should be considered when using seat materials that require added torque. Frequency of operation is also a factor that should be investigated when selecting a seat material. Pressure vs. Temperature charts for individual valves series should also be considered when selecting the correct seat material. Applications that involve process media that is prone to thermal expansion (Ammonia, water/steam, Chlorine, etc.) require a vented ball to improve seat durability. Room temperature is defined as 72°F.

A vacuum is defined as pressure below atmospheric pressure at sea level. Atmospheric pressure is usually defined as about 14.70 psia (pounds per square inch absolute), 760 mm Hg (Mercury) absolute, 29.92 inches Hg absolute, or 760 torr.

Common types of water are deionized, demineralized, distilled, and potable. Deionized water is water that has most of its mineralized ions removed. Demineralized water has its mineral impurities removed. Distilled water is purified through distillation, a process that exploits the volatility of liquids using evaporation and condensation to separate components. In the case of potable water, impurities in the water that have higher boiling points than water are removed. Potable water is commonly known as drinking water. Potable water has been filtered and purified to meet local standards and is generally free from harmful bacteria.

NSF/ANSI 61 and 372
NSF/ANSI has two standards, NSF 61 and NSF 372, which define requirements for the water quality and lead content for potable water equipment. NSF/ANSI 61 is a standard which ensures that the product meets the requirements to manufacture, sell or distribute water in North America.