Valves are electro-mechanical devices that regulate, control, or direct the flow of a fluid. These devices do this by opening, closing, or partially obstructing its flow. In other words, valves are mechanical devices used to control the flow and pressure of fluid in a system. They are essential components of piping systems that convey liquids, gasses, vapors, slurries, and more. There are several different types of valves, including ball valves, butterfly valves, and gate valves, each of which have a variety of different applications depending on their form. To better understand how ball, butterfly, and gate valves work, the following blog will explore these three different valve types in more detail.