Bar Stock vs. Forged Needle Valves: Which is Better?

Regardless of industry or application, all operations want the best components possible for their fluid system. When it comes to valves, operations can choose between bar stock and forged components. While bar stock and forged needle valves will look and perform the same way, their differing construction methods can make a difference in the valve’s lifespan, durability, and overall suitability for the job.

To help you make the right choice for your fluid system, you’ll find a brief overview of the difference between bar stock and forged needle valves below. Read on to learn more about Hy-Lok’s comprehensive needle valve inventory, and how Hy-Lok needle valves deliver superior performance and value for operations of all sizes and scopes.

Bar Stock vs. Forged

While bar stock is suitable (and approved under ASTM, ASME and other regulatory standards) for a wide range of applications, it is more susceptible to porosity, material flaws, and other issues that may affect the component’s lifespan. Especially in high-temperature, high-pressure, and environments involving hazardous materials, bar stock may not be a suitable choice. Although operators and technicians might not notice a difference right away, bar stock valves may be more prone to premature wear in demanding environments (especially corrosive environments), leading to higher maintenance and replacement costs and potential safety hazards.

In contrast, forged valves have a proven reputation for strength and durability, making them an ideal choice for high-pressure and high-temperature systems. During forging, the metal’s grain structure becomes more refined, leading to increased impact and overall strength. Forging also bolsters the material’s resistance to cracks, shrinkage, and porosity, all of which are common issues in high-performance environments. Even if your fluid system does not feature high temperatures, pressures, or hazardous materials, it can still benefit from the increased strength and durability of forged fluid system components.

Forged Needle Valves at Hy-Lok

Hy-Lok Canada is a North American leader in reliable fluid control components, including multiple lines of needle valves for various applications and specifications. Our needle valves are manufactured with high-grade alloys, including 316 stainless steel, carbon steel, brass, aluminum and alloy 400. With pressure ratings up to 10,000 psi and the capacity to handle temperatures up to 1,200°F, Hy-Lok has high-pressure needle valve solutions that are perfect for a comprehensive range of applications.

Unlike many suppliers and manufacturers, Hy-Lok Canada produces components in our own dedicated forging and manufacturing facilities. Complete control over the manufacturing process allows us to provide our customers with top-quality components at highly competitive prices, all without compromising performance, quality, or durability.

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