There are many types of ball valves available on the market. But there are reasons why engineers prefer three-piece ball valves and why many manufacturers make and sell these valves for a variety of applications. Here are just a few reasons:
Regular Cleaning and Sanitation
Many amateurs clean their valves by flushing with boiling water. This kills off most germs, but it isn’t sufficient for chemical, hygienic and sanitary applications, especially on a valve that is used regularly. The three piece valve version is preferred for these applications where regular cleaning is required as they are easier to disassemble, clean thoroughly, and reassemble.
Range of Applications
Some valves are only suitable for basic applications. A 3 piece stainless steel ball valve is robust enough to be used for a wide variety of products, including food, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, and beverages. This makes them ideal for both domestic and commercial uses and for many different industries, including mining, domestic, petro-chemical, chemical, medical, marine and general industrial applications. They are used anywhere from shopping centers to military bases.
Ball valves bought from hardware stores are often generic brands which are not always suitable for commercial needs, or they use brass or steel and not stainless steel. Three-piece ball valves can be bought as standard or are customized to fit specific needs. This is useful not only for commercial businesses but for serious hobbyists or DIY experts who find that store valves are just not suitable for their application like home brewing.
Longer Life Expectancy
Stainless steel valves are preferable over brass valves as they don’t rust, are resistant to corrosion, and last much longer. This is especially important for a piece of equipment frequently used with water or with food or beverage products.
Whether for professional or home use, three piece ball valves made of stainless steel are frequently viewed as the most preferable option. Engineers choose them for most of their applications and designs.