Vortex Valves has improved its sanitary gravity valve, the Quick Clean Orifice Gate, with improved sealing performance, higher durability, easier maintenance, and fewer replacement parts. The Vortex Quick Clean Gate is designed to handle dry bulk ingredients in the food, dairy, pharmaceutical, chemical and other industries that require frequent or daily sanitation of equipment.
The blade and seal design of the Quick Clean Orifice Gate allows the valve to “self-clean” on the opening stroke, even on a flowing column of material, preventing material from packing on the valve’s internal seals. The gate has been redesigned to have no dead pockets or hidden areas that could lead to material spoilage or cross contamination.
The seals are critical to maintain cleanliness and inhibit material dust and fine powders to leak across the valve or into the atmosphere. The valve also includes hard polymer seals that compensate for wear over time. These seals also are protected from the material stream providing long service life and durability.
The upgraded latch assemble improves adjustability and enhances sealing. The clamp nut has been redesigned for easier and quicker rotation to loosen or clamp the nut. Its fully adjustable press lock latches allow for quick disassembly and reassembly without the use of tools.
The improved sanitary gate has fewer parts for easier maintenance. The Quick Clean Slide Gate now has 13 parts compared to the original that had 24. The design improvements make the gate easier to clean and the flange-to-flange height takes up less room in a stack up within the facilities.
The valve, made of FDA approved materials, is USDA Dairy Standard Accepted and is also compliant with EU directives and standards.
Adapting the Quick Clean Orifice Gate to a system is made easy with a wide selection of actuators, flanges and tube stubs. Several intermediate position options are available allowing for precise weighing and batching. A wide variety of surface finishes are also available. Modifications can be added to accommodate a range of temperatures and corrosive, humid, or hazardous environments.