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Air Actuated Ball Valves

Series ABVA – Air pressure to open and air pressure to close

Series ABVS – Spring kit easily converts ABVA to "Fail Safe" operation

air  x air and air x spring actuators for corrosive environments -- ideal for battery acid, electroplating, PC board fabrication, sodium hydroxide, and many other harsh applications


Photo at right shows the air x air model ABVA in the foreground, and the air x spring ABVS in the background. The ABVS can be ordered as a completely assembled fail-safe actuator, or it can be ordered later as an "add-on" kit for an existing ABVA actuator. The basic actuator is the same; using the add-on kit creates an identical actuator to the factory assembled version. Another nice feature of the ABVS is that the spring and spring housing can be readily unscrewed and moved to the opposite side, changing the actuator from fail-safe/closed to fail-safe/open. In this photo, the position of the ABVS handle shows that this is a fail-safe/closed assembly.


illustration shows simplified hookup of ABVA and ABVS with air solenoid valves

The ABVA requires a 4-way air solenoid valve(Part # 8345G1), and ABVS requires a 3-way air solenoidvalve (Part # 8320G13) to control actuation. Compressed airshould be filtered and lubricated. The hex nuts used to mountthe actuator are tapped to facilitate piping support.

Manual Override

Series ABVA and ABVS have direct override to the ball valveshaft. Series ABVS requires simple loosening of the springprior to manual override.

Materials of Construction

Actuator is constructed of corrosion resistant thermoplastics.Seals are Buna-N. For optional materials, please consult factory.

General Data

The ABVA and ABVS are designed for ½", ¾", and 1" True Blue Ball Valves. If you require an actuated ball valve in 1¼", 1½" or 2" sizes, please consult web page for Series ABRA.

Valve SizeAir x AirWeightAir x AirSpring KitWeightAir x Spring
NPT or BSPPart NumberLbs.Kg.Air Pressure RequiredPart NumberLbs.Kg.Air Pressure Required
1/2"ABVA PSI1,4-3,5 BarsABVS PSI3,4-5,5 Bars
3/4"ABVA PSI1,4-3,5 BarsABVS PSI3,4-5,5 Bars
1"ABVA PSI1,4-3,5 BarsABVS PSI3,4-5,5 Bars

ABV Consumption Table
Actuator SizeAir Pressure @ ActuatorCFM* @ 1 cycle/hr/FT³/min.
To obtain CFM required from compressor, multiply the chart CFM value times the number of required actuator cycles per hour. (1 cycle = 1 open, 1 close)
Example: For a 1.6 actuator using 50 PSI air pressure, with 12 cycles per hour required: Required CFM = .000357 x 12 = .004284 CFM.
*CFM is the cubic feet per minute of free air.


dimensional drawing of series ABV air actuated ball valves


Ordering Information:

A 3/4" ball valve in Geon® PVC with Viton® seals and BSP threaded connections will be used as an example. The part number, as shown below, would be ABVA075XVT-PV. If this used standard NPT threads, the X would be left out of the part number. If the valve is to be ordered with a "Fail-Safe" (spring return) actuator, change ABVA to ABVS in the part number prefix. All of the possible permutations are shown under the part number in the table below.

ABVA      075      X      V      T   -   PV
Valve Pipe Size X = BSP or MetricSeal MaterialConnectionsBody Material
050 (½ in.); NPT/BSP V-Viton S-Socket Ends PV- Geon® PVC
075 (¾ in.); NPT/BSP EP- EPDMT-Threaded Ends (NPT) CP- Corzan® CPVC
100 (1 in.); NPT/BSP F-Flanges PP- Natural Polypro
20; 20mm, socket only PF- Kynar PVDF
25; 25mm, socket only
32; 32mm, socket only

CAD Drawings

Please click here. This is a .dwg file of ABVA100

Reference Files

Film Video of Air Actuator Installation.
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Film Video of Fail-Safe spring conversion.
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Catalog pages for Series ABV in .PDF format -- ideal for printing

Installation instructions for Series ABV in .PDF format -- ideal for printing


Ball Valves Index Page -- Overview and links to all ball valves, actuators, and accessories. Possibly the page you were on prior to this one.

Series MBV -- True BlueBall Valves -- Manual version of Plast-O-Matic's popular ball valveline; constructed with integral mounting lugs for easy addition of anactuator when needed. Features also include Trunnion design, reinforced shaft and PTFE thrust washer. 2-way and 3-waydesigns. Socket, threaded, flanged ends, NPT, BSP or Metric; customizingavailable.

Series EBV -- ActuatedBall Valves -- Electrically powered actuators for 2-way and 3-wayball valves, all sizes. Features Standard Manual Override.

Series ABR -- ActuatedBall Valves -- Pneumatically or hydraulically powered actuators for2-way and 3-way ball valves, sizes 1-1/4", 1-1/2", and 2". Air x Air and"fail safe" Air x Spring models available. Manual override standard on airx air, optional on air x spring version. Air x spring converts easilybetween fail safe "open" and fail safe "closed."

Series TMBV --3-way Manual Ball Valves -- Explanatory page for 3-way ball valves, all sizes. These are the valves that serve as the base for the actuated packages depicted on this webpage.

Series TEBV -- Electrically Actuated Ball Valves 3-Way Electrically-Actuated Ball Valves, for installations where compressed air or hydraulic power is not available or practical.

Series TABV & TABR --Actuated Ball Valves -- Explanatory page for pneumatically orhydraulically actuated 3-way ball valves, all sizes. For actuatorspecifications, use the above links for the appropriate size.

Series LMBV --Lateral Reducing Ball Valve -- Explanatory page for lateral reducingball valves which simplify lateral connections.

Series Z-Vent MBV --Vented Ball Valve for Sodium Hypochlorite -- Vented ball valve for sodium hypochloriteand other applications prone to outgassing.

Series LS --Limit Stops -- For use with actuated ball valves.

Series SW --Limit Switches -- For use with actuated ball valves.

Air-Operated Diaphragm Valves and Globe Valves-Perhaps your application requires more rapid shut-off, or you want to use line pressure to open the valve, or have other reasons you don't specifically want a ball valve. If so, True Blue ASO, BSD, or BSR is likely to meet your needs.

Online Pressure DropCalculator -- Allows you to easily determine the probable pressuredrop across a valve. Note: For comparison and illustrative purposesonly; not to be relied on for system design.

5 Most Common Mistakes When Specifying Valves

Valve Pressure Loss & Flow - Q&A and Equations
(Explains Cv and Delta P, how to better specify valves, etc.)

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The fine print: When you absolutely, positively need an actuated ball valve capable of long cycle life in the nastiest environment imaginable, Series ABVA is the product to specify. This actuator is used by virtually every lead/acid battery manufacturer in the Western Hemisphere. It is found in the gnarliest PC board fabs, electroplating shops, and other facilities with harsh atmospheric conditions. These actuators simply hold up where others won't. It is based on a simple but effective scotchyoke design and thermoplastic construction that has worked flawlessly in these applications since 1983.