SPX has recently unveiled one of the latest additions to its extensive suite of valves — the APV BLV1 series ball valves. These valves are suitable for use in both hygienic as well as non-hygienic applications across a range of industries including food and beverage, dairy, utility, personal care, and chemical processing.

The BLV1 valves have many common features with other valves in the APV series and come available with the identical control unit options. They not only have a similar look to other valves in the APV range, but also share common spare parts. This enables consistency within a multi-valve system, as well as streamlined maintenance and operation.

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The full ported, straight-through design of the new BLV1 ball valves creates an obstruction-free flow path resulting in reduced pressure drops across the valves. Additionally, there is no change in elevation for piping through the valve, allowing efficient trouble-free operation.

The forged body and ball, full stainless-steel construction of the valve, has been designed with FDA approved materials including PTFE seals. The BLV1 valves come in a three-piece design with floating seals and are available with either a manual handle (with or without position feedback) or with a pneumatic actuator. SPX also provides the option of a lockable manual handle for additional security.

The BLV1 valves are available with the same pneumatic actuators offered in the APV series with control unit options in either the CU4 or CU4plus series. These control units provide automated control and position monitoring for reliable processing, have a reliable and long service life with strong clamp connection, water-tight seals and reinforced steel threads that prevent air leakages. The bright LED panel provides a clear indication of valve position.

The BLV1 valves are available in DN 15 to 100 (0.5 in to 4 in) sizes and can handle a maximum line pressure of 10 bar (145 psi). Operational temperature range is from 0° C to 140° C.

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