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Valve selection made easy with TOM SPAVE acronym

A helpful acronym for selecting a valve in an application is the TOM SPAVE acronym. TOM SPAVE identifies factors which must be considered in order to select the correct valve for an application.

There are 2 variants…

T – Temperature: Medium/Fluid/Ambient?

O – Orifice:  BSP, Flange

M – Media: Air, Water, Oil, Gas

S – Switching function: 2/2, 3/2, N/C, N/O

P – Pressure: Min. / Max., Differential, Non-Differential

A – Atmosphere: Aggressive/Explosive

V – Voltage: AC/DC/Wattage

E – Equipment: ATEX Class, Manual Override




T – Type: 2/2, 3/2, 4/2, 5/2

O – Operation: N/O, N/C

M – Media: Air, Water, Oil, Gas

S – Size: ¼”, ½”, 1”, 2”

P – Pressure: Bar, PSI

A – Ambient: Temperature

V – Voltage: 110/50, 230/50, 24DC

E – Enclosure: Explosion proof


Which one do you find the most helpful and complete?  





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