The Apollo 76-600 series two-piece three-port diverting 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 lever handle with a vinyl sleeve for manual control. The valve is three-port diverting to regulate flow among three sections of pipe. The maximum pressure is 800 pounds per square inch (gauge) (psig) for water, oil, and gas (WOG) and the valve has NPT threads on both ends for creating tighter seals than straight threads. Reinforced polytetrafluoroethylene (RPTFE) seats and multifill polytetrafluoroethylene (MPTFE) stem packing reduce the risk of valve leakage and this ball valve is standard (or regular) port for reduced valve size and cost. For use with water lines, processing plants, and agricultural applications, this valve meets standard NACE MR-01-75 for quality assurance in use in oil and gas applications.
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.
Apollo manufactures ball, mixing, and relief valves, actuators, water gauges, marine fittings, heating and plumbing products, and backflow prevention devices. The company, founded in 1928 and headquartered in Matthews, NC, meets International Organization for Standardization ISO/IEC 17025:2005 and makes products that meet ISO and American National Standards Institute (ANSI) standards.