Valves and Instruments Blog

Ashcroft DG25 Digital Pressure Gauges

February 5th, 2014

We are excited to announce that Valves and Instruments is now offering the Ashcroft DG25 Digital Pressure Gauge available for purchase online, with many of the standard options and pressure ranges. Check out our selection of digital gauges here.

Below is a helpful video Ashcroft put together to highlight the features of the DG25. Contact us if you need assistance selecting the correct gauge for your application, or need a variation of the DG25 not listed on our website.

Learn about the Ashcroft DG25 Digital Pressure Gauge over at Visit the factory’s Facebook page to keep up with more helpful videos and product updates from Ashcroft.

Identifying ASCO Solenoid Valves and ASCO Parts

April 30th, 2013

We pride ourselves are Valves & Instruments as being one the best resources for finding ASCO Solenoid ValvesASCO repair kits and ASCO replacement coils online.  With over 100 years combined experience, our ASCO support staff is ready to help with your request.

With untold thousands of variations, ASCO Solenoid Valves can be difficult to figure out.  But, with a few bits of information, you can make it really easy when you call us or email us.  If you’re into watching videos, all the tips you need will be in the video below.  Or just provide us with the following information from the metal tag on the coil and the inked information from the side of the coil.

  • • ASCO Catalog number is imprinted on the metal tag that holds the coil on the top of the valve.  Most of the time the number will have a letter indicating the revision level of the valve.  For instance, if you are looking for an 8210A1, try searching again with the letter G in place of the A.  So, search for 8210G1.
  • • The Catalog number only gets you part of the way.  You will also need to know the voltage of the ASCO Solenoid Valve.  You will find the voltage printed on the side of the coil.
  • • If you are looking for ASCO Repair Kits or Replacement ASCO Coils, the numbers are printed on the metal tag as well.

You should find most of the common ASCO Solenoid Valves and ASCO Repair Parts on our site.  But if you are having problems finding them, please call us at 877-211-0209 and one of our ASCO Specialists will be happy to assist you.

Large Diameter Metal Hoses

April 12th, 2013

We are now able to fabricate Flexible Metal Hoses in diameters up to 12 Inch. Here is a picture of our welder, Mike, proudly standing next to his latest creation. Nice work, Mike!

Learn more about our Metal Hose offerings here.

10 Inch Flexible Metal Hose

Our Welder, Mike, standing next to his latest creation

Selecting a Flexible Metal Hose is as simple as S.T.A.M.P.E.D.

April 8th, 2013

We want to do our very best to help you make the best possible choices when selecting your stainless steel flexible metal hoses. Taking extra care up front in the selection process can eliminate a lot of heart burn, give you longer service life and increase plant safety.

Here is an easy way to remember everything you need to consider:

S = Size
T = Temperature
A =Application
M = Media
P = Pressure
E = Ends
D = Delivery (Velocity and Flow)

Size: Need to know both diameter and length. Over the years we’ve witnessed a lot of customers installing hoses that are either too long or too short for the installation. A too long hose fails when the customer forces it to fit, compressing it end to end. A too short hose will either not provide the performance expected or will fail when the installer pulls on it length-wise to make it fit. Occasionally we get customers that want a hose with a useable live length of an inch or less, which is as effective as installing a pipe nipple. If you have any questions on your installation, call us and we can review it so you can get the best life possible out of the hose assembly.

Temperature: Need to consider both the temperature of the fluid in the hose and the ambient temperature to select the correct hose and end fittings. Is it a hot application that is exposed to people? We can protect it with Fire Sleeve to prevent burns. Concerned about a potential leak over time? Maybe an armor casing will reduce those concerns.

Application: Hoses are the flexible member of the piping system and are quite often not clearly thought out in the planning process (think afterthought). Hoses must be installed to prevent torquing, movement in more than one plane, compression, extension and over-bending. We need to consider how the hose is moving. What is the angle of movement and how often does it move? Is the hose meant to reduce vibration? What is the frequency and amplitude of the vibration? Is their risk of abrasion inside or outside the hose? The more you consider all aspects of the application up front, the longer your hoses will last.

Media: What is the fluid traveling through the hose? Make sure that the materials of the hose, end fittings and any gaskets you are using are compatible with the fluid.

Pressure: What are the minimum, normal and maximum pressures that the hose will see? Do you have any pressure surges? If so, how high and how fast does the pressure spike. Make sure that when you select a hose you use the derating factors for elevated temperatures and/or dynamic pressure spikes. Note that with metal hose that when pressure increases, so does the minimum bend radius. Selected end fittings typically have a lower pressure rating than the metal hose. Make certain you research the end fittings pressure capabilities as they may be your limiting factor in regards to pressure capability. Take a close look on our web site to all the technical hose information. Call us with any questions.

Ends: There are two ends to each hose (Duh) and we can attached virtually any type of fitting or fittings required to meet your application. Again, be careful in fitting selection to assure that they too meet the Pressure/Temperature/Media needs of your application

Delivery: What is the flow rate? In metal hose, since you don’t have a smooth interior, high velocities can cause a resonant frequency, which results in high vibration and premature failure. For example, maximum velocities for a straight run configuration of your metal hose with braid is 75 ft/second for liquids and 150 ft/second for dry gas. Bent in a 180 degree bend they are 19 ft/second for liquid and 38 ft/second for dry gas. Solutions are using a larger diameter hose or installing a “smooth bore” liner on the ID of the hose.

Video: Fabricated Metal Flexhoses from Valves and Instruments

February 14th, 2013

This video gives you a peak at our metal hose fabrication capabilities. Interested in learning more? Give us a call, or check out the hoses we have available for sale online.

Stainless Steel flexhoses are commonly used in the following industries: Chemical and Petroleum, Institutional, Utilities/Power Plants, Steel Manufacturing, Refining, Water Treatment, Automotive, and General Industrial. Applications include water, compressed air and gases, steam, condensate, hot water, hot oil, cryogenics, and many chemicals.

Now Offering Butterfly Valves Online

January 24th, 2013

We’re excited to announce the addition of Butterfly Valves to our online product offering. We stock butterfly valves from Milwaukee Valve, Jamesbury, Weir, Grinnell, and APV. Styles include High Performance (Lugged or Wafer), Tricentric Triple Offset (Lugged), Resilient Seated (Lugged or Wafer), Grooved End and Sanitary Clamp End.

Most of the valves we list with standard operators (like a handle or gear operator). Automation options are available upon request. Contact us with the specifics of your application for pricing and details.

Ashcroft Duragauges with PLUS! Performance

August 6th, 2012

Need to install a gauge in an application where pulsation or vibration is a problem? An Ashcroft Duragauge with PLUS! Performance is an easy-to-read and contaminate-free alternative to a traditional liquid filled gauge. Learn more by watching this video that the factory put together:

Also, check out Ashcroft’s document on the subject here: Liquid-Filled Performance in a Dry Gauge. View our complete offering of Duragauges with PLUS! Performance here.

Process Valve Solutions for Preventing Fugitive Emissions (Video)

March 1st, 2012

Fugitive emissions is a problem for industry because of its negative effect on the environment, your process, and your personnel. Video below (put together by Jamesbury) shows that the source of these pesky fugitive emissions is often something as simple as a poorly chosen valve.

Jamesbury rotary valves can help you put the lockdown on fugitive emissions!

Metso’s Jamesbury quarter turn valves are highly qualified and proven in applications just like yours:

  • • They meet all of the most rigorous standards (including EPA, ISO 15848 and TA-Luft)
  • • They have been challenged in Metso’s own Advanced Emission Testing Engineering Lab
  • • They have been qualified by third-party testing facilities

Contact us today for assistance in selecting the proper valve for your process!

Order Jamesbury Ball Valves Online

January 26th, 2012

We’re excited to announce that Valves & Instruments now offers Online Ordering for Jamesbury Manual Ball Valves.

Metso/Jamesbury has a solid reputation in industry for their long history of innovation and reliability. Their valves cover a wide range of applications and boast of cycle lives that are second to none.

While at this point we only sell basic manual ball valves online, we can also offer all Jamesbury valves with a variety of actuation options.  Contact our experienced technical sales staff for price and availability on a package suited for your application.

Learn more about Metso/Jamesbury on their website.

Metso Logo

Custom Metal Hose Example

January 19th, 2012

We’ve posted here before about the potential uses and benefits to using Hose Master Flexhoses in your system. You can order many standard configurations of our hoses online, which covers most common applications… But not everything. Do you have a not-so-common application? Since we actually fabricate all our metal hoses here in house, Valves & Instruments also has you covered for many less-than-typical hose options not listed online.  Example below was just fabbed up for a customer this morning!  Special end options can include Cam & Groove, Triclamp (Sanitary Flange), or Grooved (i.e. “Victaulic”) end. If it can be welded as a hose end connection, we can probably do it!

Simply send us an email at for a quote. Or, call our hose specialists at 1-800-523-7879 (Ask for “hose sales”).