Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about ball valves
Are ball valves suitable for food, dairy, beverage, and pharmaceutical applications?
Only if they have a cavity-filled seal (encapsulated seal) or available ports for cleaning with CIP/SIP.
The common ball valve has a dead space between the ball and valve body and the product can get trapped in this dead space of the valve and bacterial growth could be possible.
Not necessarily. In the market there are ball valves with Tri-Clamp® end connections that are not sanitary because they do not have the cavity-filled seal.
We recommend checking the specifications and drawings of these valves before you buy them.