Bürkert Fluid Control Systems recently launched the latest incarnation of its diaphragm valve body, which has been manufactured using hydroforming technology to deliver a number of benefits. Fluid control systems within hygienic applications demand high standards in terms of clean ability which can be affected by a number of design characteristics. The base material is normally 316L stainless steel which requires an excellent surface finish to maximise the efficiency of the clean-in-place (CIP) process that is used to sterilise the process pipework.
Ian Webster, Hygienic Processing Segment Manager at Bürkert UK, comments: “This new manufacturing process allows us to manufacture variants that are as much as 75% lighter than forged housings. The reduced volume of material means that the energy requirement for both heating and cooling during cleaning processes is also greatly reduced.”
The innovative manufacturing technique employed by Bürkert also has a greatly reduced carbon footprint, making it more environmentally friendly. The new tube valve body can be used with EPDM or PTFE diaphragms, both of which have excellent hygiene and chemical resistance qualities, and coupled with Type 2031 CLASSIC pneumatic actuator or a Type 3233 manual actuator to deliver process control solutions for any number of hygienic applications.