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18 April 2011

Hughes Safety Showers has launched a new range of control valves that focuses on durability, reliability and ease of operation.

The new valves have been developed by the award winning Hughes design team using the latest 3D modelling software to optimise every aspect of performance. There are 5 sizes and a range of end connections to step up or down to different pipe sizes. Straight or cranked actuator levers can be fitted at 45°or 90° to the valve body providing a choice of operating positions for maximum flexibility. The valves have a low operating torque for easy use and comply fully with the requirements of the internationally recognised American National Standard ANSI Z 358.1 2009.

The original bespoke design, unique to Hughes Safety Showers, uses investment casting of components for enhanced quality and precision. This is reinforced with a stainless steel construction that will withstand the harshest environments and site conditions.

In an emergency, casualties understandably often use excessive force to activate the shower. This transmits through the lever mechanism to the operating valve stem. On many valves this is a weak point and results in instantaneous or at the very least premature failure. The new Hughes design eliminates the risk of damage by using a thicker, heavy-duty stop plate with multi-point contacts to distribute loading and withstand the roughest treatment.

The valve has been extensively tested under strictly controlled conditions. Repeated activations on a rig specially designed by Hughes to replicate realistic working conditions, were monitored and results verified by an independent specialist testing house.

'The control valve is often the first point of failure on an emergency safety shower so it's essential to fit the best available', explains Managing Director Tony Hughes. 'In this instance getting the best meant designing it ourselves. The new valve gives us a distinct advantage over other manufacturers with a range of quality showers that now promise even greater reliability.'

Photo caption: New Hughes control valve

Company contact: Mike Hall 0161 430 6618 email: mike@hughes-safety-showers.co.uk


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