Understanding Automatic Control Valves

2017 Webinar Series
Understanding Automatic Control Valves
March 22, 2017
2:00 pm EST

Earn Continuing Education Credits: This one-hour contact program awards 0.1 CEU or 1.0 PDH.

This one-hour webinar provides an introduction into the understanding and application of ACVs (automatic control valves) focusing on commercial water systems and how they work in conjunction with, but differ from direct acting. This program will review the basics of how ACVs function; why they function; how they differ and outperform direct acting PRVs; limitations; adaptability; quick sizing; and recommendations on how to avoid design errors. The pressure reducing function being the most common action will be a center of attention. ACVs are capable of multiple functions and able to be applied to resolve many desired system outcomes.

Content Outline:

  • Description & the most common commercial plumbing functions
  • Recent ACV innovation
  • ACV basics of construction
  • Fundamentals of operation
  • Theory of operation
  • Direct Acting vs ACV
  • Sizing and Design Options and Errors
  • Brief overview of Cavitation and it’s dangers with photo examples

Learning Objectives include:

  • Avoid serious systemic errors with sizing and design
  • Learn about sizing requirements and resources for specific sizing assistance
  • Design systems more efficient in delivering the volume of water required at a consistent pressure
  • Understand the basic function, operation, components and usefulness



The Presenter: Jim M. Nau

Jim’s experience bridges 14 years with various valves and actuation. Over the past nine years he has worked and provided support for three ACV manufacturers. His current tenure with Watts Water Technologies is as a Business Development Manager, including providing direct field support. Watts Water Technologies is an 141 year leader and innovator in Pressure Regulators and Backflow Devices. His bachelor’s degree was achieved from California State University, Northridge, May 1994. Additional post graduate courses taken through California State University, Fresno

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