How Sustainability Meets Functionality with Modern Valve Design
The second paint booth is where the bigger size valves get painted and here the particles emanated during painting get precipitated in the water and accumulated at the bottom of the pump, which is again connected to the paint booth. Hence, one does not get the typical smell associated with paint and also hazardous particles are not released thereby protecting the workers working at the booth. This once again constitutes the eco friendliness of the paint shop.
Agreeing, he further adds, “The third one is constructed in shop number two to suit the processes and sizes of the product. This is also water based paint but is atomized with a trolley movement.
Delighting through Design
Designing valves has been the core strength of the company. Some of the valves that are manufactured at this facility include Sluice, Butterfly, Multi-door, Kinetic air valves. One of the valves is called Steam Trapping device. This is an automatic device to trap or hold steam until it has condensed and allows condensate and air to pass as soon as it accumulates. “20-26 per cent of steam leaving a boiler is lost via leaking conventional traps. This device apart from being energy efficient can reduce the loss to less than one per cent. A single leaking trap (100psig with 1/8-in. [3mm] orifice) can dissipate more than $2000/yr,” asserts Mahind.
KBL also specializes in providing various types of protective coatings for their valves, apart from standard Epoxy painting. This includes Corrocoating, Ebonite and EPDM Rubber Lining etc. “To meet various application needs of customers including the critical sea water and potable water services we offer advance technology glass flake filled coating as ‘Corrocoating’. “Corrocoating is an anti-corrosion coating and has multiple benefits. In sea water applications, once the pumps and valves are corrocoated inside and outside, the material does not get damaged by any corrosive fluid,” shares Mahind.
Testing Valve Capabilities
KBL foundries have their own pattern shops which can cast ferrous and non-ferrous alloys conforming to national and international standards such as IS, BS, EN, API, AWWA etc., even for quite a large size valve. Elucidating on the benefits for a valve manufacturer to have its own foundry & pattern shop, Mahind states, “We are a company with our own foundry and hence are not dependent on other sources/vendors. We have quite a few foundries like steel, heavy, non-ferrous, etc. and have acquired Kolhapur Steel, which is an excellent foundry to forge a 16 tonne single piece casting in duplex steel. At the Kondhapuri plant we have constructed a separate store for our patterns.”