Valve Handle Extension
A customer in the food industry explained, "This is a valve extension replacement. It allows us to open the valve when there is 2" of insulation around the valve and pipe. The valve handle extension made by the valve manufacturer is difficult to insulate around and collects dirt, which we don’t like in our food plant. There are a few other things about the OEM design that we don’t like as well; it has some flimsy parts, can easily be installed improperly, it is painted steel, and the safety lock-out mechanism is cumbersome to work with. The part we designed is stainless and aluminum so there is no paint (a big plus for a food plant). In the end, the new part cost less than the OEM part if you don’t count my design time… Over time, as we use enough of them, that will come out in the wash."
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