Miniature valves, or mini valves, are used in a wide range of applications where smaller tubing, piping or system components are in use. These valves come in a wide range of different configurations, valve options, and control methods, including those that are manually operated or that are automatically controlled by the system.
When choosing a mini ball valve, there are several different options or considerations to keep in mind. As these valves play an essential role in the operation of the system or the equipment, spending the time to get the correct valve for the application does have advantages.
The material that the mini ball valve is made of should be a central consideration. These types of valves, as with other quarter turn ball valves, can be made from different metals, alloys or plastics. In some cases, the interior of the ball valve, also known as the wetted surface of the valve, may be different from the exterior of the valve to increase performance, reduce corrosion and to increase the life cycle of the valve.
Metal ball valves of any size are heavier than plastics, but they are also resistant to higher and lower temperatures as well as having greater resistant to damage from impact, shock, and vibration in the system.
The best manufacturers of mini ball valve components have the ability to create the ideal configuration for your system requirements. This may include a more typical 1 or 2-way valve, but it may also include the more complex 3-way ball valves or 4 and 5-way options.
Ordering standard types of miniature ball valves is the most cost-effective option, but it often includes the use of more than one valve, which can actually increase the overall price. Comparing options and determining the best and most effective control for the system at the lowest price is the best way to determine the right parts for the job.