|Big industrial valves can be expensive to
maintain. Why not give them the best
|Krytox™ (right pin) forms a better lubricating
film and carries heavier loads than
hydrocarbon lubricant (left pin)
Process plants are filled with thousands of valves—control valves, check valves, gate valves, ball valves, butterfly valves, knife valves, needle valves, pressure safety valves, plus some specialty valves. The valves can be either manually operated or automatically driven.
The lubrication challenge for most valves is that the lubricant is exposed to the process stream. With a hydrocarbon-based lubricant, it will generally wash away over time, leaving the valve lubricated by the process liquid. Silicone-based lubricants can migrate. Furthermore, many valves sit in the same position for long periods of time until the day they are supposed to move. Over time, valves can seize. Otherwise, inadequate lubrication can lead to galling and scoring of valve components, requiring unnecessary maintenance.
Krytox™ can help avoid these problems.
What to do
- If the valve is designed to be lubricated, simply replace the existing lubricant with the correct grade of Krytox™
- If the valve is not normally lubricated or only lubricated at assembly, use the correct grade of Krytox™ as an assembly lubricant during the rebuild of the valve
- Krytox™ as an assembly lubricant for pressure safety valves
- Krytox™ as a lubricant for motor actuated valves
- Krytox™ as an assembly lubricant for control valve packing
- Krytox™ as an assembly lubricant for manually operated valves
- Krytox™ as a lubricant for inlet control valves in steam turbine systems
If you are having challenges with valve operation, contact Boulden to discuss whether or not Krytox™ can help.