No, we license our technology to established valve manufacturers in the hopes of getting our technology integrated into the widest possible variety of types and applications of valves that each distinct manufacturer specializes in. We don't even pretend to know every industry that our valve could be used in, but we do know that leak-proof valves can benefit almost every industry, and make the world better, safer, and more efficient. We want to make our technology broadly available to valve manufacturers that specialize in each industry.
Torque can be delivered to a given valve actuation mechanism up to whatever level is needed (as specified a priori) to meet that particular application – There is no absolute limitation on design torque in and of itself (however a magnetic coupling is essentially always going to be a bit larger than a straight mechanical shaft and seal – for moderate torque manual applications, we try to stay within the size envelope encompassed by the handle – though that may not always be possible for very high torque applications). Our Trade space is basically as follows:
Maximum Torque that can be delivered by the Magnetic Coupling
Size / Diameter / Height of the Magnetic Coupling
(Primarily for size and grade of magnets employed in the Magnetic Coupling)
A Viscous Damping Coefficient
(due to several drag mechanisms within our coupling that can be reduced somewhat via the use of composites and streamlined actuator shapes)
This will likely be significant for higher torque liquid handling valves with tight tolerances. It is anticipated that these viscous type drag forces may be as large or larger than the friction of the valve stem seal in a traditional stem seal valve for higher torque applications. Maximum torque is pre-specified and baked into the design, the valve cannot be over-torqued using the stock actuator that comes with the valve. This has the benefit of protecting the seat and mechanism from over-torque damage. Unseating torque is usually specified as a bit higher than seating torque. A cheater handle can be provided if desired to temporarily increase torque above a designed specification for stuck valve conditions.
This technology is predominately applicable to macro scale rotary and linearly actuated valves such as gate valves, globe valves, ball valves, butterfly valves, and similar technologies. It is applicable to both manual and automated or powered actuation of valves, and is applicable across a broad range of valve sizes from fractions of an inch (or centimeter) to large oil and gas pipeline valves. It is applicable to threaded, brazed, soldered, and welded connections across a wide range of temperatures and operating environments.
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