Valve, Block and Bleed, Sanitary, Diaphragm, Globe, Gate, Butterfly, Taper
Eight of the most common valve classifications, and their fundamental construction differences are presented so that you can easily explain how each type of valve operates, and what they are recommended for. Although you will not be required to do calculations with a valve “coefficient of flow”, you should understand what the value represents for both pressure loss and automation. Sanitary design is clearly described, and block and bleed valve installations, allowing for innovative piping layouts such as matrix system, are also introduced.
Tom started his career in plant operations at Labatt Breweries, where he trained for several years in brewing, packaging, maintenance and quality. He moved to Labatt’s Engineering department as a project manager, and then specialized in product development as a Packaging Development Engineer.
Tom has worked for many years with material suppliers and packaging equipment manufacturers to develop new packages and improve the quality of the existing ones. He holds several patents on packaging and packaging equipment, and even has one in brewing.
Tom was one of the original 4 industry committee members that established the bottle design and technical agreement for the Canadian beer industry standard mold bottle. Tom chaired the technical committee that governed this agreement for many years, and he still helps audit new suppliers of the bottle.
With InterBrew Tom became the Global Technical Services Coordinator for packaging, and then became the North American Manager of Packaging, Cooling & Dispense Equipment Development for InBev. Tom is now retired but consults part time within the exciting world of beer packaging.