Bestobell Marine has innovated within its range, which means it can now offer both butt weld and flanged connections for its entire Globe and Check valves.
These valves range from small (DN15) to large (DN350), allowing Bestobell Marine to offer greater flexibility to its customers. Valves with flanged connections are particularly in demand with the Japanese and Korean shipbuilding companies, as they are easier to install and involve less welding.
Mick Robinson, Engineering Manager at Bestobell Marine, said, “This has been an important project for the engineering team to complete to meet customer requirements. It has involved close co-operation between our two foundries to ensure that the flanged bodies were production-friendly and that any quality issues were addressed prior to the casting process.”
To make the product development process quicker and more efficient, Bestobell Marine utilised a 3D modelling programme, which it shared with its foundries, to gather feedback on designs and allow the technical team to make changes where they think improvements could be made. This close partnership ensured that the valves were designed quickly and to the high quality standards expected by Bestobell Marine’s customers.
Duncan Gaskin, Sales Director for Bestobell Marine, said, “We are seeing increasing demand for our valves in the marine sector and expect to secure major new opportunities for expansion into the Japanese market for new build vessels. Now with the extended range, we are even more confident that we can meet market demand and build on our established reputation in the industry.”
Bestobell Valves has been a world-leader in the manufacture of cryogenic valves for industrial gas applications for over 50 years and has 15 years’ experience in supplying to the LNG marine markets. Bestobell’s Valves are widely used on LNG Carriers, FLNG (Floating Production & Storage Units) and FSRUs (Floating, Storage & Re-gasification Units). Bestobell’s Marine division designs and produces valves to meet specific requirements in the marine sector and has supplied cryogenic valves to a majority of the major shipyards building LNG Carriers.