Valves and Drains

Ball valves and drains are a form of quarter-turn valve which uses a hollow, perforated and pivoting ball to control flow through it. It is open when the ball’s hole is in line with the flow and closed when it is pivoted 90-degrees by the valve handle. The handle lies flat in alignment with the flow when open, and is perpendicular to it when closed, making for easy visual confirmation of the valve’s status.

Field Air Compressors stocks ball valves in a variety of formats from lever type to tap type in a range of sizes from 1/4″ to 3″ off the shelf items readily in stock. A ball valve is sometimes referred to as a shut-off valve or stop valve or even a tap by some in the industry. A shut-off valve is vital in a compressed air operation where the air needs to be isolated from a section of the air network for repair work or when a section of your plant is not operational.