Proven knife gate valves withstand harsh slurries

By | 2019-03-11T13:25:15+00:00 March 7th, 2019|

The Krebs Technequip TGW series of wafer-style knife gate slurry valves is designed specifically for the harsh and abrasive slurries encountered in the mineral processing and power industries. It deals with minerals ranging from cement, sand and gravel to coal, phosphate, ash and alumina.

Designed as a space-saving option for heavy duty applications, the long-lasting replaceable elastomer sleeves offer a reliable sealing solution using the latest technology. The valve’s reliable operation is based on its full port design, which allows the gate to be fully isolated by the sleeves from the process in the open position.

As the gate closes it pushes between the two sleeves, discharging a small amount of material out of the bottom of the valve. This prevents material build-up in the seat area ensuring full gate closure, as well as preventing damage to the gate. When the gate is in the open or closed position, there is a 100% bi-directional bubble-tight seal and zero downstream leakage.

To ensure long life, all valves are supplied with dust boots – or ‘bellows’ – as a standard feature, to protect valve stems and actuators. Hardware such as nuts, bolts and washers are specially zinc-plated to protect against corrosion. Each component is also individually epoxy-painted before assembly. Several actuation options are available, including pneumatic, hydraulic, electric and bevel-gear actuators, as well as manual hand-wheel operators.

Choice of the finest materials is also vital to the valves’ performance, reliability and lifespan. Sleeves are constructed of dense moulded elastomer, complete with an integral stiffener ring moulded into the sleeve. They are also available in a range of different materials to suit the application. The valve housing is ASTM A536 cast ductile coated for corrosion resistance, while the upper cavity is pre-lubricated with a silicone-based grease, to improve actuation and decrease wear.

Founded in Toronto, Canada in 1957, Technequip was acquired by FLSmidth in 1993 and integrated into FLSmidth in 2007. With installations across the globe, the slurry valves have proved themselves worldwide with features like their fluorocarbon gate coating for reduced friction during actuation, the high strength stainless steel gate clevis and two-coat epoxy paint. The valves also contain no packing gland, as this can jam the gate, and have machined gate guides so no spacer bars are required. Various accessories are available including solenoids, limit switches and junction boxes.