Industrial Articles

Fugitive Emissions and "Apollo" Flow Controls Solutions

November 14, 2017

Valve Emission Contributions

Fugitive emissions refer to leaks in process equipment that escape into the atmosphere u...

Simple tips to help your valves last longer

January 2, 2018

It’s a no-brainer that poorly maintained equipment doesn’t live as long as it should. Lack of maintenance or poor maintenance practices...

Difference between shutoff and regulation/control valves

January 15, 2018

If you are looking for a valve to complete a project but you aren’t a professional plumber or plant engineer, you may not be able to tell whi...

When and where should you use a three-piece ball valve?

January 22, 2018

Ball valves are quarter-turn operation valves commonly used in shutoff applications. They are designed with a spherical ball with a hole through it...

Hollow vs. Solid Ball Valve

May 25, 2017

The ball valve is available with many different options, and one of the most important distinctions is in how the ball is made. Manufacturers eithe...

3 of the Biggest Challenges the Manufacturing Industry Faces Today

June 7, 2017

As Henry Ford would doubtless confirm were he alive today, making things is hard work. It's not just a case of bringing together the three &ldq...

5 Things Engineers Must Consider When Specifying Products

October 4, 2018

Engineers have a responsibility to consider many variables when specifying products for current and future environments. This article addresses var...

5 Reasons 'Made in the USA' Matters

July 12, 2018

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What is the importance of a positioner in a control valve?

June 13, 2018

Valve positioners are gadgets that are used in control valves to guide them into the perfect position by increasing or lowering the air load pressu...

Four things to know about check valves

June 19, 2018

Pressure dictates the direction of flow through pipes, but it's not always reliable. Sudden pressure changes – like when someone opens a...

Valves in Action: The role of valves in the papermaking industry

May 16, 2018

It takes a lot of water to make paper – by some accounts, 14,000 gallons to produce a ton – and that means a lot of valves. In the pape...

All about actuators

May 22, 2018

An actuator is a device that converts energy into motion or is used to apply force. The device takes energy from a source -- which could be energy...

Top 7 questions you should ask when purchasing control valves

April 9, 2018

When purchasing control valves today, you have to do more than just consider price and quality. Valves now come in many different designs, styles,...

Safety valves in critical applications

April 3, 2018

A safety valve is crucial in many critical applications such as petroleum refinery, chemical manufacturing, power generation, petrochemicals and na...

Why you should opt for diaphragm actuated control valves

May 8, 2018

Diaphragm actuated, hydraulic controlled valves are the most relied-upon regulators in the waterworks industry. They have been in use for over 100...

Six types of valves and their applications

January 8, 2018

Today, there are several different types of valves that have been developed to target a specific use. Some valves are meant to operate in certain e...

Benefits of automatic flow control valves over manual flow control valves

February 5, 2018

Over the years, there has been debate on how best to resolve the balancing issues in many systems. Some of the most common suggestions put forward...

Matching valve body material to application

February 12, 2018

Most valves are available with bodies made of bronze, brass, cast iron, or steel. Their appearance and cost vary, but those should never be the mai...

Valves in Action: The role of valves in breweries and distilleries

April 2, 2019

How do you like your beer? Whether you're an IPA connoisseur or would prefer a stout, one thing's certain: you don't want any taint. A...

Mind your size: What is valve sizing and why is it important?

February 20, 2018

Control valves come in many different styles, shapes, and sizes. read more

While similar, aseptic and hygienic valves play different roles

February 26, 2018

Aseptic valves and hygienic valves find key applications in germs-sensitive environments such as pharmaceutical, bio-pharmaceutical, cosmetic, dair...

Understanding the pressure drop factor

March 6, 2018

You can blow through one drinking straw, but what if you join two together? Three? Four? We've all tried it, and we learned that it's quite...

Key tips to note when selecting a control valve style

March 12, 2018

Choosing a control valve style that is perfect for your specific project can be as daunting as settling on the right valve sizing, design, and func...

Common causes of valve leakages and how to prevent them

March 20, 2018

The most common reasons for valve leakages are old age, damage, and poor installation or maintenance. Valves used in industrial applications such a...

The dangers of water hammer

March 26, 2018

The first sign that you've got a water hammer problem is usually a sudden banging in the pipes. Then you might notice a pulsating flow and see...

Valves and fugitive emissions

March 5, 2019

Fugitive emissions are no laughing matter, and valves are usually the culprit. Even if they don't get you into trouble with your neighbors or t...

Ball valve or butterfly valve?

February 6, 2019

Ball valves and butterfly valves do the same job, but there are differences between them. Whether you're designing plumbing, carrying out an in...

Four functions of valves

February 19, 2019

From manufacturing equipment to chemicals processing, and within every home and business that receives natural gas, electricity, and drinking water...

Looking for water treatment options?

January 23, 2019

Water quality has been in the news a lot lately. Lead and PFAS chemicals have been hogging the headlines, but copper and various kinds of micro-org...

“Apollo” Valves – 90 years of “Made in the USA”

January 3, 2019

“Apollo’s” commercial and industrial valves are designed, engineered, cast, machined, assembled, and tested in our state-of-the-a...

Addressing water sustainability

September 5, 2018

Consumers are becoming more and more conscious of their water footprints. That’s why contractors and vendors of plumbing hardware are fieldin...

Factors influencing lubrication application in industrial systems

November 14, 2018

Lubrication is essential for any mechanism that moves. It cools, reduces friction, and prevents wear. The challenge is to decide the best way of pr...

Valves in action: Marine applications

July 3, 2018

With summer upon us, maybe you’re planning a cruise or itching to take your boat out on the lake. But did you know neither of those would be...

Types of pump cavitation

July 10, 2018

Cavitation is one of the most common problems for centrifugal pumps. If you’ve been hearing excessive noises from your pump during use, chanc...

The "Apollo" Advantage: Valve Castings Made in America

October 25, 2017

Castings are essential components in industrial process valves, and as supply chains have become more globalized, most valve manufacturers have fav...

What are the various methods of connecting valves to piping?

July 25, 2018

For valves to function as they are supposed to, they must be connected to a piping system. In any piping system, it is highly crucial that any conn...

Selecting valves for saturated steam service

July 31, 2018

For such a simple substance, steam has a long list of uses. Power generation, sterilization, and of course heating are among the most common. As wi...

5 things to check during a pressure reducing valve’s maintenance

August 8, 2018

Proper care and maintenance on all types of valves cannot be emphasized enough. If they are not maintained properly during their lifetime, they wil...

What is the importance of pipe insulation?

August 21, 2018

If you live in a cold climate, you know the importance of having insulation in your home’s attics and walls. What you may not know is how ben...

Benefits of screw pumps

September 12, 2018

For many years now, centrifugal pumps have been the go-to pumping option for many fluid-transfer applications in different industries. Centrifugal...

Valves in Action: Dairy production

September 18, 2018

Cream, cheese in all its many forms, yogurt, and ice cream are just some of the various dairy products that many of us consume daily. Milk, and mos...

Pump cavitation warning signs and how to avoid it

September 26, 2018

Pump cavitation is a common problem in many pumping applications. It occurs when air bubbles are created in a liquid being transported because of r...