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FAQ: Which is the Correct 60 Series Ball Valve?

Ball valves are a practical and economical way to control flow in a wide variety of applications, and Swagelok's 60 Series offers a highly flexible design in a broad range of sizes. Try our 7-step STAMPED method to determine the best one for your application.

Internal features set our 60 Series valves (illustration and video below) apart. The stem bearing has serrations that will hold lubricant, reducing torque and extending the lifespan of the valve. We use a live-loaded seat, in which two washers are constantly adjusting in order to push the load down into the packing system. It creates an even seal without pressure.

Our swing-out design allows for changing packing while leaving the valve inline. So your line will be back up and running in much less time than when using traditional valves.

60 Series Ball Valve Design

Try this STAMPED selection method to select the best 60 series valve for you:

For details we recommend visiting our new 2024 Swagelok Valves page, where you can get our Valve Selection and Sizing Resource Collection, browse FAQs, and get other resources.

The video goes through each of the seven steps, but I'll underscore a few points:

Begin by determining the valve size to match your system’s flow capacity. The 60 series offers various sizes and orifice dimensions tailored to different flow rates.

When selecting for temperature, match the materials to the media and environmental temperatures. Swagelok's 60 series valves, for instance, come with reinforced PTFE seats and packing, and offer options like fluorocarbon seals for diverse temperature needs.

Also consider the application: the 60 series valve's adaptability allows for configurations suitable for a wide range of industrial uses, with special configurations for unique conditions such as steam service or high-temperature exposure.

Ensure the valve materials are compatible with your system media to avoid corrosion or embrittlement. Also, consider the pressure, taking into account both the operational pressure and the valve's maximum pressure rating to maintain safety. The valve assembly should have the proper rating for your operational needs, and you should never exceed the valve's design pressure.

For end connections, choose options that suit your system’s pressure and temperature demands and that are correctly sized to prevent leaks and ease installation.

Lastly, assess your valve requirements in terms of timing and quantity. Our team is ready get you the necessary parts when you need them.

Getting help with valves

Field Advisory Services

Swagelok Edmonton offers experts trained to help customers take action on fluid system challenges. If you'd like to double-check your selection with our advisors, we are here to help. You can also talk with our Field Advisory team about analytical instrumentation, compressed gas leaks, seal flush systems, applications support, and more.

(In a hurry or prefer a phone call? Please call 780.437.0640 Mon-Fri 7:30am-5:30pm MT.

Design Support & Assembly Services

Some customers opt to get a fully built assembly that includes the right valve(s). The Custom Solutions team here at Swagelok Edmonton builds analytical subsystems, gas distribution systems, grab sampling systems, hose assemblies, regulator assemblies, and much more. Below is just one example, the Steam Lance assembly featuring the 60 Series Ball Valve:

Example - Custom Solutions - Steam Lance

Your assembly arrives ready to install, and is covered by the same warranty as our individual parts. Projects include design support, parts, fabrication, assembly, testing, documentation, and installation support.

Valve Selection Best Practices Resource Collection
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In one step get our STAMPED Method of Valve Selection Technical Briefing Video, relevant catalogue, pocket guide, and brochure; and articles by our local team.

Valve Selection Best Practices Collection


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