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Val-Matic Valve and Manufacturing Corp.
www.valmatic.com / HQ: Elmhurst, Ill. / Employees: 150 / Specialty: Valves /
John Ballun, CEO: "We are valve experts."

Midwest

"We take a leadership role on committees that develop these important
codes and standards, and advance our
products to match these standards,"
Ballun says.
In addition to its water-related products, Val-Matic in recent years has introduced valves designed for rigorous
industrial applications such as mining
and energy, where they are used on
pipelines that deliver slurries, hydrogen gas and oil. These valves are made
from steel and stainless steel, while its
water and wastewater-related valves
are made from iron, Ballun says.

Production Processes

val-matic's valves are engineered
to meet strict standards, many
of which the company's staff
helped establish.

Right Direction

val-matic uses advanced technology and lean
to control product flow. by jim harris
Val-Matic Valve and Manufacturing Corp.'s mastery of its namesake
products makes it an industry leader.
"We are valve experts," CEO John
Ballun says.
The company specializes in manufacturing check valves, quarter turn
shut-off valves and air valves for the
water and wastewater markets. Its
products are found in water plants as
well as on pipelines and water mains.
"Our valves are used to deliver clean
drinking water to users throughout
the world," Ballun says. "When you
walk down the street and see the small
round cover on the ground marked
'water,' there could be one of our
valves underground there."
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All of Val-Matic's valves are highly
engineered to conserve energy and reduce water loss. The company's check
valves prevent clogs and water surges.
Its shut-off valves are designed for
easy field adjustment and repair.
Products engineered and manufactured by the company meet stringent
industry standards set by organizations including the American Water
Works Association (AWWA) and the
American Petroleum Institute (API).
Val-Matic's staff is active in developing many of these standards, including those set by the AWWA as well as
the Manufacturers Standardization
Society (MSS) and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).

Val-Matic uses several tools to engineer and design its products, including 3-D modeling, finite element
analysis and computational fluid dynamics software. "These tools allow
us to design and test valves on a computer instead of having to build and
test them in a lab," Ballun says. "This
is amazing technology that accelerates the development process."
The company's machining equipment includes five-axis CNC machines, which produce parts efficiently on a single machine instead
of three separate machines, reducing
lead time. Manufacturing staff members use 3-D models to program the
machining equipment, a process that
yields parts "perfectly and automatically," he adds.
Val-Matic operates two manufacturing facilities with a combined
178,000 square feet of production
space. A facility in Elmhurst, Ill., produces more than 100,000 small-diameter valves annually, while a plant
in neighboring Addison, Ill., produces
large and custom valves ranging in diameter from 36 to 108 inches.
Both facilities are ISO 9001 certified. The company employs a num-


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