Breck Swigart

Breck Swigart serves as a Product Manager at Kimray, and is responsible for Kimray’s line of pneumatic valves, pneumatic pilots, regulators and temperature controllers. He collaborates with Kimray's engineering, manufacturing, and quality teams to optimize the performance of our products and make a difference for our customers.

Posts by Breck Swigart

What is a Kimray Valve?

The Most Popular Kimray Valve Right now in oilfields around the world, a red Kimray valve is controlling a host of diverse oil and gas operations. For the last seventy years, Kimray has been the most trusted name in control valves. Our first valve, and still our most popular, is the Back Pressure Regulator. It’s
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Drawings of three valve trims: snap, nominal, and percentage.

The 3 Types of Control Valve Trim

What is Control Valve Trim? High Pressure Control Valve trim consists of three basic items: the stem, ball, and seat. These are the operative parts that control the flow of liquid and gas through a valve. They are also the parts most exposed to process elements, and therefore most vulnerable to wear. What Types of
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What’s the Difference Between Maximum Allowable Working Pressure (MAWP) and Valve Operating Pressure?

What is Maximum Allowable Working Pressure (MAWP)? The maximum allowable working pressure (MAWP) of a control valve (or regulator) is the highest amount of pressure the valve is rated to flow. If an operator forces the valve to flow pressure above the MAWP, the components—such as springs, diaphragms, o-rings, or the body itself—may fail. Here are
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What is a Pressure Reducing Valve?

What is a Pressure Reducing Valve? Kimray’s Pressure Reducing Valve (or Regulator) creates and holds a downstream pressure set point. Additionally, the pilot and the valve are one piece, which designates it as an “integrated valve.” You’ll often see the Pressure Reducing Valve used as a suction controller or recirculation valve on compressors, or to supply
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Kimray Control Valve.

What is an Oil and Gas Control Valve?

A control valve is a device that controls the flow of liquid or gas. Kimray control valves are linear valves that have a stem in the middle. These can operate in modulating control or on/off applications. How Control Valves Work To “control” the liquid or gas, a control valve can open or close fully (on/off),
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