Maintain a Constant Flow Rate with the Kates Flow Rate Controller

Kates FC Valve

Kates Flow Rate Controller

Successful in a wide variety of liquid and gas applications, including filling applications and continuous batching processes, the Kates Automatic Flow Rate Controller has the ability to maintain a constant flow rate during pressure fluctuations. The Kates Flow Control valve successfully replaces a typical flow control set-up consisting of a modulating valve, flow meter and controller assembly. The Kates FC valve is a high quality, high performance unit that provides many years of maintenance free service.

How It Works:
Flow rate through an orifice is proportional to the size of the restriction and the differential pressure across it. By combining an adjustable orifice with an internal regulating valve, the Kates valve will maintain a constant pressure drop across the metering orifice.

The simplicity of its design begins with the Internal Differential Regulating Valve, the (IDRV), which is free to move inside the Kates unit and is attached with a spring. When fully extended the IDRV will cover the exit port.

How It Works

How the Kates Unit Works

When the inlet pressure is applied, the top of the impeller sees the upstream pressure, P1 and is forced down. Subsequently, fluid flows through the metered orifice, resulting in an internal pressure, P2. Further pressure is dropped across the exit orifice resulting in the discharge pressure, P3.

The IDRV is in equilibrium when the upstream pressure is reacted by the internal pressure plus the force of the spring. If the internal pressure is too low, then the IDRV will move down decreasing the area of the exit port. This will in turn increase the internal pressure.

If the internal pressure is too high, then the IDRV will move up increasing the area of the exit port. This will in turn decrease the internal pressure. Thus the pressure across the impeller, as well as the metered orifice, is maintained to be constant. When the upstream pressure fluctuates, the internal pressure will adjust accordingly. When the downstream pressure fluctuates, the IDRV will adjust the size of the exit port to maintain the internal pressure.

Kates Maintains Flow Rate

Kates Flow Controller Maintains Your Flow Rate

The flow rate can be adjusted by changing the area of the metered orifice. This is done through the control knob on the top of the valve. The Kates Controller, maintains your flow to within 1 ½% of the set point, regardless of pressure variations.

Accuracy: ±1 ½%
Repeatability: ±1/2% of set point
Response time: 1-2 seconds
Turndown ration: 25 to 1 (average)
Connections: FNPT or ANSI flanged

Materials of Construction:
All wetted parts: 316 SS
Other material available upon request: Hastelloy, PVC, Alloy 20, Monel, etc.

Typical Applications:

Deionized water, rotating seals, Additives/Blending, Nitrogen Blanketing, Natural Gas, Bleaching systems, Reverse Osmosis, Dynamometers, Ratio Blending, Humidity Control, Heat Exchangers, Cooling Water, Dust Suppression, Aircraft De-icing, Test Cells, Cautstics, acids, Analytical fast loops

For more information on the Kates Flow Controller or other automated valves and flowmeters please call one of our product specialists at 800-899-0553


About Kim O'Neill

Marketing administrator at Assured Automation, a leading provider of automated valves and flow components for industrial process control applications. For over 30 years Assured Automation has provided state of the art automation to a diverse clientele ranging from small equipment manufacturers to Fortune 500 Manufacturing, Chemical and Pharmaceutical companies. The Assured Automation product line consists of a complete offering of standardized automated valve assemblies with a variety of commonly used accessory items. In addition, we offer complete valve automation services where we supply special automated valve assemblies designed around your specified products or your particular applications. Full design capabilities are offered including AutoCAD, Solidworks or other commonly used design and drawing programs. In addition to standard products, Assured Automation develops customized solutions for specific customer challenges. You can find Kim O'Neill on LinkedIn.
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