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Clarke Valve first to meet US Navy valve specification

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Valve manufacturer Clarke Valve has become the first company to offer a valve that meets the new US Department of Defense’s valve specification MIL-DTL-32632.

While the specification, which was introduced in July 2019, is brand-agnostic, the company’s Shutter Valve is the only valve to meet the combination of key attributes for the US Navy’s goals to reduce weight and increase efficiency – key elements of their fleet modernisation programme.

Published earlier this year by the US Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA), the specification sets out the criteria for the design, materials and functional capabilities of all ‘dilating disk’ valves for flow control of naval shipboard water, oil and gas service.

The specification was developed to explicitly classify low-torque, hysteresis-free control valve designs comprising three or more rotationally closing plate segments.

Clarke Valve has licensed its Shutter Valve technology to Curtiss-Wright, which provides valve solutions to the US Navy.

“The release of this Detail Specification by NAVSEA aligns with the US Navy’s goals of reducing weight and increasing efficiency in their valves systems to meet fleet modernisation goals,” said Kyle Daniels, president and CEO of Clarke Valve.

“It is a great source of pride for Clarke Valve to be first in meeting the stringent requirements outlined by NAVSEA, and we are pleased to be working with an industry leader like Curtiss-Wright to fulfil the needs outlined in MIL-DTL-32632.”

Kevin Rayment, senior vice-president and general manager of Curtiss-Wright’s industrial division, added: “Curtiss-Wright is pleased to enhance its legacy of offering critical valve technology, further building upon our long-standing relationship with the US Navy and continuing our ongoing support of critical national defence platforms.”