SSP Launches the New FB Series Floating Ball Valve

SSP Instrumentation Jul 07, 2015 No Comments
SSP Product Announcement – FB Series Ball Valves SSP is adding FB Series Ball Valve to its growing FloLok instrumentation valve product line. FB Series valves offer a superior choice to customers with requirements for floating ball valves with a wider effective pressure range, easier actuation, better cycle life and higher overall product range than many options, including the SSP 300 series. FB Series will be offered in two body/orifice sizes. Both sizes are available for immediate order. Valve Size Ball Orifice Cv 36 0.250 2.5 38 0.472 13.8 Product Design Below is a summary of product features and benefits. For more information please see the FB Series Catalog and Sales Presentation.
  •  Floating ball design allows upstream pressure to assist the ball in seating against the downstream seat.
  •  Live loaded PEEK seats improve sealing in high, low and dynamic pressure and flow conditions, while compensating for seat wear and reducing actuation torque.
  • O-ring stem seal and stem bearing work together to reduce torque.
  •  The three-piece design’s end screw construction provides a wide variety of end connection types and size combinations, including Duolok, Unilok and Griplok tube fitting ends, something no other manufacturer offers. This end screw design also supports the seat to prevent deformation under high pressure, and makes maintenance easier.
  •  Robust body and stem seals ensure a leak-tight envelope.
  •  Directional nylon handle has a stainless steel insert to improve durability.
  •  Drop-in replacement size for Swagelok AFS and SK series ball valves
Product Catalogue Sales Presentation

How Tube Fittings Affect Energy Consumption

SSP Instrumentation Jan 27, 2015 No Comments
SSP Blog   How Tube Fittings Affect Energy Consumption   Posted by John Comi on Jul 24, 2014 7:30:00 AM   Energy consumption is an increasingly important issue to both domestic and foreign companies. In addition to the direct energy costs, environmental regulations and the associated taxes and penalties are becoming significant issues for companies and governments seeking to have companies reduce their carbon footprints. chemical_plant-resized-600 Toward Leak-Tight Systems     Tube fittings can have a significant impact on energy consumption by reducing system leaks. The logic is straight forward. Properly installed high-quality tube fittings and tubing can reduce leakage to near zero. Fewer leaks mean less fuel is consumed in production. Less fuel consumption means fewer emissions.   A Cascading Affect   While direct energy losses, through leaks in steam, hydraulic and pneumatic systems, are one consideration, the effects of leaks on process control and automation may have an even more significant affect on companies’ energy consumption.   Instrumentation Systems   In process instrumentation, leak-tight tube fitting connections are critical to achieving accurate pressure and flow measurements. Fewer leaks can also mean tighter control over process temperatures and pressures reducing the fuel consumption needed to deal with system inconsistencies. Better temperature and pressure control can also lead to higher yields. In addition, higher yields mean that less energy is expended in making products that must be discarded or remanufactured. In analytical sampling systems, leak-tight systems ensure that the required sample purity and quantity are delivered to that analyzer. Better analysis can mean more reliable system adjustments leading to better quality and lower energy costs.   Automation   Reducing leaks can make pneumatic and hydraulic equipment more reliable. Higher reliability can mean that automated processes can be optimized to be more efficient and the cost to run pumps and compressors can be reduced. Higher quality can also reduce maintenance costs as automated tools are operated at their designed pressures and because fewer cycles are required to meet production schedules.   Using Tube Fittings to Save Energy   Better efficiency is achieved in the following ways.   Use tube fittings whenever possible to replace pipe fittings.   Pipe fittings, especially interference-type fittings such as NPT and ISO tapered thread are more difficult to install and more susceptible to system dynamics than tube fittings. In addition, because tubing can be bent, fewer fittings are uses reducing the number of potential leak-points in the system.   Ensure leak-tight tube fitting installation   Leak-tight is the product of quality tube fittings , tubing selection and proper installation.   via How Tube Fittings Affect Energy Consumption.

Interchanging and Intermixing Tube Fittings, Part 2

SSP Instrumentation Nov 05, 2014 No Comments
2leakfreeverticalInterchanging and Intermixing Tube Fittings, Part 2 Posted by David Brown on Jul 31, 2014 7:30:00 AM inShare 0 Intermixing Tube Fittings In a previous blog, I wrote about interchanging tube fittings.  In this blog, I will discuss a more controversial topic - intermixing tube fitting components. Intermixing stainless steel tube fittings means using the components (body, ferrules or nuts) from one manufacturer with the components from another manufacturing. Some Issues Most manufacturers discourage this practice.  Their logic is easy to understand.  While most tube fittings seal using the same basic principles, each tube fitting design is unique and each tube fitting components is specifically designed to work with the other components to achieve a seal can increase dramatically.  The more dissimilar the design; the more likely it is that they tube fitting will leak or fail. In order to work as designed, the components from one manufacture would have to be identical in geometry and function as the intermixing brand.  Even then, it would be advisable to conduct testing to ensure that the tube fitting combinations sealed properly. So why do companies intermix tube fittings.   The basic reasons are: Many different tube fittings are available at their facilities.  OEM equipment, site built systems, contractor supplies and other sources might increase the number of tube fitting designs in a plant. Installers and maintenance people are not able to tell the difference between tube fittings tube fitting designs. Purchasing may change suppliers and, by extension, change their tube fitting supplier.  When maintence orders new fittings to repair a system, they order the current tube fitting carried by their supplier. The current tube fitting vendors carry only one tube fitting design and that design is not compatible original fitting. Done incorrectly, intermixing can lead to leaks, productivity and quality problems.  At worst, it can lead to safety and environmental problems. Possible Solutions It seems that the solutions might be straight forward. Maintenance and Purchasing Departments must recognize that they have a variety of tube fitting designs in their facilities and that it is nearly impossible to change this. Purchasing should establish channels to obtain replacement components for each brand.  Establishing a mulit-line source for most or all of your tube fitting replacements will reduce handling and inventory costs and stocking issues. Train maintenance and installers on the proper identification and replacement of tube fitting components. Check to see the tube fitting components have been tested to intermix with the current component. Conclusions Intermixing tube fitting presents problems for maintenance and production. The best course of action is to address these situations inadvance by recognizing tube fittng brands and having a source that can supply components that are completely intermixable with the original brand. via Interchanging and Intermixing Tube Fittings, Part 2.

Interchanging and Intermixing Tube Fittings

SSP Instrumentation Nov 05, 2014 No Comments
Tube FittingsIntermixing Tube Fittings This is the first of a two articles focused on interchanging tube fittings and intermixing tube fitting components.  Part one deals with interchanging tube fittings. Part two will take up the issues in intermixing tube fitting components. The Problem Creating leak-tight systems is important to most manufacturing process.  The integrity of instrumentation and control systems have significant impact on: Safety and the environment Product quality Productivity and costs When tube fittings leak, it is usually due to improper installation, tubing quality, or product selection. Other times leaks are caused when the components of tube fittings are mixed when making up a fitting.  This is called intermixing tube fittings.  We will talk about this in my next blog. Interchanging tube fittings is when one tube fitting brand is substituted for another.  While this usually happens during maintenance, especially when OEM equipment or original system installation need updates or replacement.  It can also occur when an individual maintenance worker or contractor substitutes the brand specified by the system designer with another brand. This usually happens because: The current or specified brand is not available at the time of installation The installer or owner company prefers a different tube fitting brand based on cost and/or experience with the brands. Some Considerations Installers and desigers can be confident when interchanging tube fittings if: They know the replacement brand is a “drop-in” replacement in terms of both size and performance for the current component. Installers are familiar with assembly and installation practices. The fittings have the necessary approvals and meet the performance standards for the application and for material traceability. And Some Guidelines Therefore, when choosing a substitute tube fitting brand, installers and purchasing agents should choose brands that: Are drop-in substitutes for the current brand in terms of size and installation practices.  This means that the distance between the points where tubing seats into the tube fitting are identical. Have documented performance demonstrating that the tubei fittings meets or exceed the performance of the current tube fitting brand. Offer documentation and certification that meet material and traceability requirements for the industry and application. Conclusion Designers, installers and OEMs having service issues or are who simply looking for a replacement or backup for their current tube fitting brand can save a lot of engineering and maintenance time, installation problems, and dead inventory by following a few simple guidelines. via Interchanging and Intermixing Tube Fittings.

SSP New Product Announcement

SSP Instrumentation Jul 30, 2014 No Comments

ssp new product announcement

made in usa

EB Series Encapsulate Ball Valve

SSP is proud to introduce the new EB series Encapsulated Ball Valve. With unique features like its blowout proof stem to maximize safety, and one-piece packing - in all sizes - to ensure reliable and representative samples.

In addition, its forged one-piece body minimizes leak paths and offers you a choice in end connections, including all popular tube fitting configurations. Plus, the 'drop in fit' design allows for easy replacement. FloLok EB Series Encapsulated Ball Valves are part of the growing family of FloLok instrumentation valves.  They are ideal valves for analytical instrumentation sampling, control systems, and other medium-pressure applications. EB Series ball valves use one-piece encapsulating packing to ensure leak-tight operation and provide positive shutoff in high- low- and dynamic pressure applications.  The encapsulating PTFE packing eliminates dead space to reduce purging time and improve system cleanliness. EB Series ball valves also feature an innovative packing retainer that prevents the stem from blowing out when making inline packing adjustments. flolok valves
  • Temperature: -65 to 300° F
  • Pressure: vacuum to 3000 psig
  • Configuration: 2-way, 3-way, angle and special patterns
  • Body Materials: 316 SS,
  • brass Orifices:  0.93, 0.125, and 0.187, 0.281, and 0.406 in.
  • Packing Material: Modified PTFE
  • Meets design pressure calculations of ASME B31.1, and B31.3
End Connection Types: Duolok, Unilok and Griplok tube fittings, NPT, BSPT  Sizes: 1/16 and 3/4 in. (3 to 12 mm) 


Blowout Proof Stem -  Innovative packing retainer prevents dissembly of the packing nut Inline/Online Packing Adjustment - Packing retainer allows safer inline packing adjustments even when the system is under pressure
Live-Loaded Encapsulating Packing
Eliminates dead space - Supports faster, easier, and more complete purging. Cleaner systems mean better samples  Provides positive shutoff in both low and high pressure Extends maintenance cycles - High-performance PTFE material withstands higher temperatures and is more durable than standard PTFE Reduces actuation torque One-Piece Forged Valve Body - Reduces leak points and the likelihood of inter-granular leaks and corrosion Remote Sensor Pockets -  Allows position sensor to be mounted in handles Durable Handles - 316 SS handle inserts provide greater handle strength and chemical compatibility. Handles are available in a variety of colors 100% Factory Testing - All Encapsulated Ball Valves are tested with Nitrogen up to 1000 psig prior to shipment.