Flowrox launched the SKW (Slurry Knife Wafer) valve – a slurry knife gate product designed to enhance current pipeline equipment and processes for fluid control. The SKW valve was developed for use in the oil & gas, mining, minerals and metallurgy, power and wastewater industries, where abrasive or corrosive slurries, powders or coarse substances are processed.
Flowrox engineered the SKW valve at full-bore with no flow restrictions, allowing processes with abrasive or corrosive fluids—such as lime slurry or mineral slurries—to move without compromising performance, according to the company. With a full-bore design, the SKW valve becomes an integral part of the pipe and allows it to process the same fluids in harsh conditions.
The SKW valve is designed as a full port fluid control device. The valve incorporates a cast single-piece body, which eliminates any potential leak paths from the body, according to Flowrox, and offers a versatile tower construction that will accept manual, electric, hydraulic or pneumatic forms of actuation.
When in the “open position,” the SKW valve’s rubber ring sleeves are the only parts in contact with the medium as a way to reduce any potential corrosion or deterioration due to wear and tear, even when processing the most abrasive slurries. Load distribution rings are embedded into the rubber ring sleeves to eliminate problems such as tight piping tolerances compressing and destroying the rubber sleeves.