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									Ball Valve History & Mystery

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Here is a light hearted history and trivia on the ball valve. Read it and
you will never take your natural gas or electricity for granted again, ok
so maybe you will…


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ball valve


Article Body:
Here is a light hearted history and trivia on the ball valve. Read it and
you will never take your natural gas or electricity for granted again, ok
so maybe you will…

Ball Valve mystery? The humble ball valve has a checkered history and
somewhat murky origins. It may not be cloak and dagger stuff, but it’s
not without mystery… Take a look around to see where the ball valve is
indispensable. For example, the ball valve is crucial to the petroleum
industry, water, electric power, chemical, paper, pharmaceuticals, food,
steel and other fields. If it seems we could not get a long without the
ball valve, it's probably true! Given the importance of the ball valve
today, it's a mystery why it took so long to invent.

Ball Valve history does not go back to ancient Greece or the American
revolution or does it? The modern ball vale was invented in 1967 or about
1957 according to different sources. Who cares when the ball valve was
invented? Besides the patented owner, probably not many people. Still the
ball valve was major advancement over plug valves used in the 20th
century. The ancient An , the earliest ball valves were commercially
available around 1967. For ancient parallels, the ruins of Pompeii turned
up a bronze tapered plug quarter turn valve that resembles to the ball
valve today. How’s that for a ball valve mystery?

Ball Valve Birth Pains
Ball Valve researchers point to a spherical ball-type valve patented in
1871 led to the invention of today's ball valve. This ball valve was an
all brass valve- brass ball and brass seats. Apparently this ball valve
didn't storm the market and was not mentioned in valve catalogs of the
late 1800's While today's ball valve is quite a recent invention, the
idea for this ball valve has been around about 125 years. The first
resilient seated ball valve patent was issued in April,1945. Legend has
it the company’s marketing department could not envision a use for the
valve and it was not manufactured. Oh well, that’s the way the ball valve
bounces...Given the huge reliance on the ball valve today, it's a mystery
why it took so long for people to invent and use the ball valve.

								
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