Valves play a crucial role in almost all industrial processes. These devices regulate, redirect, or control the flow of liquids or gases by opening, closing, or partially blocking flow passages. There are numerous types of valves, each differing in various ways, including operating principle, configuration, power source, and application.
As systems expand and become more complex, the cause behind maintenance issues can vary – particularly with valves. During the course of valve management and maintenance, it’s likely that every technician will hear the familiar sounds of valve chatter.
Chattering is more than an auditory nuisance. Left unaddressed, chatter can and will lead to damaged valve components, reduced valve lifespan, costly downtime, and potential system-wide failure.