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Black Iron Pipe vs Steel Pipe

The piping in your home is not something you see very often. Unless you have run some of your own lines or conducted your own plumbing repairs, you might not see it at all. However, understanding what kinds of piping might be in use in your home could be helpful in the event that future repairs need to be performed.
Steel Pipe
Steel pipe comes under many different names depending on what it looks like and exactly how it’s been made. It’s a durable material that doesn’t corrode very easily, so it can serve as functional piping for many applications.
Black Iron Pipe
This type of piping used to exist more commonly in houses built before the 1960s. It is actually a form of steel pipe, but it’s made with a slightly different composition of materials to make it a little more malleable. However, water does corrode this type of pipe fairly easily in comparison to steel.
Functions
Steel and black iron pipe both used to be common for water lines in homes, but they’ve fallen out of use in favour of plastic PVC instead. Now, black iron is mostly used strictly for gas lines because of its durability, while steel is often reserved for major water lines such as those leading from a main to your home or those in your septic system.
Some Major Differences
The main difference you’ll have to worry about with these two materials is their construction. Black iron comes in pieces and so runs of these pieces will have seams with connectors fastening them together. On the other hand, steel pipes are usually welded. Both can be hard to work with, especially in comparison to PVC, even for the pros.
This variation in construction leads to differences in repair methods as well. On the whole, leaks in runs of black iron pipe are much harder to repair, as their connections are the likely places for a leak. Since steel has welded joints instead, they’re far less likely to leak to begin with, and easier to fix when they do.
Both of these piping types usually cost more than PVC, which is part of the reason it’s so prevalent in construction, but steel actually trumps black iron for initial cost. The piping itself runs about 20 percent more expensive than black iron, although it saves energy and resources in the long run.

D&D Valve and Engineering Supplies was established over 30 years ago and are importers, stockist and distributors of a wide range of valves, pipes, pipe fittings, flanges and gaskets, covering a wide range of applications to the general and mining industry.
With our experience and knowledge in this market, D&D Valve and Engineering Suppies can offer technical advice for most applications. We have also built up a reputation as being a one-stop engineering supply store.

The Difference between Gaskets & Seals

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When trying to choose between a gasket and seal, your first impression might be that they are the same thing. After all, they perform essentially the same function, right? In some ways they are certainly the same, but there are some important differences that you should understand when deciding which one is right for your project.

Gaskets
Gaskets seal a connection between two components or flanges that have flat surfaces, while seals are used between engine parts, pumps and shafts that rotate. Every time any equipment is taken apart and then reassembled, a new gasket should be used. Along with this equipment, gaskets are used wherever a union or flange is required to prevent leaking. Gaskets are manufactured using many different materials. Viton, Neoprene, Nitrile, Pure Gum Rubber, EPDM Butyl, and SBR are just a sampling of the most common rubber or elastomeric materials commonly used to manufacture gaskets. Gaskets can be manufactured from many more diverse products including treated fibre (vegetable fibre), Cork, Cork and Rubber, Non-asbestos (Aramid fibre), Graphite, PTFE or closed cell sponge when a highly compressible gasket is required.
Gaskets are used in many industries including oil and gas, pulp and paper, electric generation and transportation. Gaskets are most commonly used as static seals.

Seals
As already mentioned, seals are used between engine parts, pumps and shafts that rotate rather than those that are static. Common uses for seals include keeping leaks from occurring at the end of the shaft where it comes out of the cover and sealing hydraulic lines. This type of seal is generally a moulded or machined product. Seals tend to be flat and round, while gaskets are often cut into different shapes so that they fit the components. Most seals are made of an outer ring that is metal and nests over an inner surface that is often made of rubber. The inner circle is tilted just a bit, which creates a lip for the seal. The lip is designed as a second barrier against any drops that manage to get past the first edge of the seal. The only bad thing about this design is the fact that they can only keep leaks from occurring at one end of the seal, so it is essential that it be installed correctly. If it’s installed backwards, you could end up with a leaky mess on your hands.
When installing the seal, it’s usually fitted into the hole by a press and then tapped further in using a hammer. Lubrication is usually necessary to keep the crankshaft from damaging the seal as it goes through it. Seals are often used in bearings, which is basically just a ball bearing surrounded by a rubber seal, which keeps it from leaking and sometimes reduces the amount of noise that occurs during operation. When a seal breaks down, the entire bearing must be replaced rather than just the seal.

D&D Valve was established over 30 years ago and are importers, stockist and distributors of a wide range of valves, pipes, pipe fittings, flanges and gaskets, covering a wide range of applications to the general and mining industry. With our experience and knowledge in this market, D&D Valve can offer technical advice for most applications. We have also built up a reputation as being a one-stop engineering supply store.

Butterfly Valves

What Is A Butterfly Valve?
A butterfly valve is a quarter-turn valve that is used to regulate flow. A metal disc in the body of the valve is placed perpendicular to the flow in the closed position, and rotated one quarter-turn to be parallel to the flow in the fully opened position. Halfway rotations allow the regulation of liquid flow. They are often used in agricultural and water or wastewater treatment applications and are one of the most common and well-known valve types.

Advantages of a Butterfly Valve
Butterfly valves are similar to ball valves but have several more advantages. They are small and, when triggered pneumatically, open and close very swiftly. The disc is lighter than a ball, and the valve requires less structural support than a ball valve of comparable diameter. Butterfly valves are very precise, which makes them advantageous in industrial applications. They are quite reliable and require very little maintenance.

Disadvantages of a Butterfly Valve
One disadvantage of butterfly valves is that some portion of the disc is always presented to the flow, even when fully opened. The use of a butterfly valve therefore always results in a pressure switch across the valve, regardless of the setting.

Butterfly Valves Operating Electronically, Pneumatically or Manually
Butterfly valves can be configured to operate manually, electronically or pneumatically. Pneumatic valves operate most rapidly. Electronic valves require a signal to the gearbox to open or close, while pneumatic valves can be either single or double-actuated. A single-actuated valve is usually set up to require a signal to open with a failsafe, meaning that when power is lost the valve springs back to a fully closed position. Double-actuated pneumatic valves are not spring loaded and require a signal both to open and to close.
Automated pneumatic butterfly valves are both durable and reliable. Diminished wear increases the valve life cycle, which reduces operating costs otherwise lost in working hours to maintain the valves.
In the pharmaceutical, chemical and food industry a butterfly valve is used to interrupt product flow (solid, liquid, gas) within the process. The valves used in these industries are usually manufactured according cGMP guidelines (current good manufacturing practise). Butterfly valves largely replaced ball valves in many industries particularly petroleum due to lower cost and ease of installation, but pipelines containing butterfly valves cannot be ‘pigged’ for cleaning.

D&D Valve and Engineering Supply, established over 30 years ago, are importers, suppliers and distributors of a wide range of valves, pipes, pipe fittings, flanges and gaskets, covering a wide range of applications to the general and mining industry.With D&D Valve’s experience and knowledge in this market, they can offer technical advice for most applications. D&D Valve have also built up a reputation as being a one-stop engineering supply store.

5 Common Uses for a Butterfly Valve

A butterfly valve can be used to control the flow of water, gas, air, or any type of liquid through pipes and tubes. In some instances, they can also be used to control and handle dry materials. The butterfly valve is made up of a circular disc and is made of a body, a disc, a stem, and a seat, which comprise the so called trim features. The shut off mechanism is a large disc that opens and closes; although simple in their function, they are quitehandy and versatile. If you choose the right valve for the right task, you can easily complete your task and the intended services. Here is a list of the most common uses ofbutterfly valvestoday:

Shut off Valves
The butterfly valve is the best shut off valve you can find. It takes less space than typical ball valves and they provide a much tighter and better sealing. They are used for most liquid materials, as they offer alow-cost and efficient shut off method for the easy handling of these materials that could easily escape or even be displaced as the valve disc closes. The butterfly valves offer effective and reliable shut off that can make a considerable difference.

The Pneumatic System
Any device that makes use of a pneumatic system probably usesa butterfly valve. The functioning of this type of valve is comparable to the ball valves, as it can regulate the flow of air and liquid when required, working with a pneumatic system and controlling the output flow.

Ships
The butterfly valves are frequently used aboard ships, because they work well with saltwater and oil, or any form of liquid and temperature. These valves are light and small enough to be used in intricate piping systems in ships.

Carburettors
Our cars use carburettors that use butterfly valves. The car’s gas pedal uses this type of valve to regulate the air that comes in and out of the engine. When the driver presses the gas pedal hard, the valve is supposed to open, allowing the air to come in the carburettor. The air that enters blends with the gas and goes to the combustion chamber where the engine ignites them, therefore, the car moves the way we need it to.

Hydroelectric Power Stations
One of the most common uses of butterfly valves is in hydroelectric power stations: as they are reasonably flexible, versatile and efficient, the large valves are employed in water inlet pipes in these stations, providing a reliable shut off when needed.

D&D Valve and Engineering Supply, established over 30 years ago, are importers, suppliers and distributors of a wide variety of valves, pipes, pipe fittings, flanges and gaskets, covering a wide range of applications to the general and mining industry.With D&D Valve and Engineering Supply’s experience and knowledge in this market, D&D Valve can offer technical advice for most applications.