Albion Introduces New Range of MCVs

Albion Valves (UK) Ltd, an increasingly popular UK valves supplier has announced the addition of Motorised Control Valves (MCV's) to its ever-expanding product range.

With a choice of either rotary or ball valve construction, Albion's new 2 and 3 port MCV's are suitable for a host of mixing, diverting, circuit control and zone isolation applications.

Valves play an integral part in fluid flow mixing circuits, however valve actuation can be problematic if valves are either too large to be manually operated, require frequent operation, or are in inaccessible or hazardous locations. MCVs offer a solution to this.

An MCV is designed for years of high performance and precision operations; these valves are generally the hardest working components in a central heating system. As such they are required to be robust enough to cope with long periods of operation, frequent temperature and pressure fluctuations, as well as potential contaminations within the media such as scale, grit, sludge and chemicals.

MCV's suit a wide variety of applications, in building services they are commonly used for central heating and air conditioning and they perform especially well in underfloor heating systems.

In industrial applications, MCVs are increasingly commonplace in the biomass and renewables sector, as well as plants with hot and cold fluids, water systems and automation systems.

The new comprehensive Albion range includes both 2 point and 3 point modulation, as well as numerous options for voltage, run time, auxiliary switching and manual control.

The 2 port MCV can simply be operational as a standard valve with an on/off function, but electrically actuated rather than manually controlled. In addition, the 2 port can also be a characterized control ball valve determining the degree of opening and closing, and ultimately determines whether more or less flow rate occurs. The actuator would typically have a modulating signal e.g. 0-10V so 5V is half open, whilst 10V is fully open and therefore a greater flow rate.

There is also an option for WRAS approval on the 2 port MCV and they all come with a quick-release actuator, which clips on without the need for an adaptor kit.

In the case of the 3 port MCV, an example of the mixing function could be priority control in a central heating system to ensure a hot water cylinder is heated even when heating demand is ON. The flow is sent to the cylinder first when required and once satisfied then flow is then resumed through the heating circuit.

In a renewable energy application, the renewable energy source e.g. solar or biomass is used first then the circuit will allow the gas boiler or secondary power source to function if the heating demand is too great. Once the biomass boiler reaches capacity the other source acts as a top up.

Les Littlewood, Albion Valves (UK) Ltd, Sales Director commented:

"It is our intention at Albion to offer as comprehensive a range of valves as possible to all of our distributors. MCVs are used in a wide range of industries so by stocking this new line we hope to help our distributors open up new markets and area of opportunity. Our technical team is always informed on our new product ranges, and are a useful source of information for customers ordering new lines."

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Published in Valve User Magazine Issue 36

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