The Apollo series 76-100 two-piece inline ball valve is made of stainless steel and has a lever handle and female National Pipe Taper (NPT) threaded connections on both ends. This valve is made of stainless steel for resistance to corrosion and has a stainless steel 304 lever handle with a vinyl sleeve for manual on/off control. The maximum pressure is 2,000 pounds per square inch (gauge) (psig) for water, oil, and gas (WOG) for 1/4" to 1" valves, 1,500 psig for 1-1/4" to 2" valves, 1,000 psig for 2-1/2" to 3" valves, and 150 psig for all valves for saturated steam. The valve is inline for connecting two pipes going in the same direction and has NPT threads on both ends for creating tighter seals than straight threads. Polytetrafluoroethylene Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) reinforced seats and seals reduce the risk of valve leakage and this ball valve is standard (or reduced or regular) port for reduced valve size and cost. The maximum temperature is 500 degrees Fahrenheit. This valve is for use with water lines, processing plants, and agricultural applications and meets standards MSS SP-110 and NACE MR-01-75 for quality assurance.
Ball valves use a spherical disc to control the flow between pipes, tubes, or hoses. Flow is allowed when the hole that pierces the ball-shaped disc is in line with the inlet and outlet of the valve. Flow is blocked when the ball is horizontally swiveled 90 degrees, so that the hole of the ball is perpendicular to the opening of the valve. Ball valves can be referred to as full port or reduced port (also known as regular or standard port) depending on the inner diameter of the valve. A ball valve is full port if the hole of the ball is the same size as the inner diameter of the connecting pipeline (resulting in lower friction) and is reduced port if the hole of the valve is one pipe size smaller than the pipe, resulting in less flow through the valve than through the shaft of the pipe. Ball valves may have a handle or lever that aligns with the ball’s position (open or closed) for manual operation. They are primarily used in air, gas, liquid, and steam applications.
Conbraco Industries, Inc. manufactures ball, mixing, and relief valves, actuators, water gauges, marine fittings, heating and plumbing products, and backflow prevention devices under the Apollo Valves brand. The company, founded in 1928 and headquartered in Matthews, NC, meets international standard ISO/IEC 17025:2005 and makes products that meet International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and American National Standards Institute (ANSI) standards.