That's all it takes for our SpeedWey knife gate valve HSI to detect an explosion within the pipeline and to close automatically. By preventing explosions from spreading, the valve can protect not only the remaining system, but also human life. Our engineers have designed a test setup for our showroom. Come to the Sistag production facility in Eschenbach LU and see for yourself.
For a dam in Switzerland our service team recently installed two water control gates in a gorge. The gorge is only accessible via a 600 m long tunnel. Our sluice gates were therefore flown to the site by helicopter.
Wanna see a magic trick?
This knife gate valve VN DN 1200 not only has special levitation attributes. Thanks to its body and gate made of duplex stainless steel, it is also particularly corrosion-resistant and can withstand temperatures of up to 100°C. Four of these valves will soon be installed at a mining site in Indonesia.
Knife Gate Valve VK with Special Finish
A rare sight among our red Wey knife gate valves with round passage: our VK series for rectangular flanges. Coated on customer request in a special color, which coincidentally exactly matches our Sistag green. The knife gate valve will soon be used in a German brewery.
Knife gate valves as far as the eye can see
For a single mining project in Indonesia, we were able to manufacture knife gate valves with nominal diameters from 150 to 1200. Since we manufacture all valves in the same production plant in Switzerland, production is carried out in stages. 33 of these manually operated knife gate valves VN DN 400 alone are currently ready for delivery.
Secret weapon PTFE
To rule out all possibilities of media sticking from the outset, the passage and gate of these knife gate valves MF DN 100 have been coated with PTFE. The seal is also made of non-sticking PTFE.
Full free passage
Pipelines leading into open waters always bear the risk of deposits caused by mussels or other organic material. To ensure that regular cleaning by pigging can be carried out without any problems, we manufacture our valves in a full bore version at the customer's request.
Butterfly Valve DN 900
In our nominal size range of DN 80 - 1600, this centric butterfly valve may still be in the midfield, but for use in wastewater treatment it is still one of the larger valves.
Into the wilderness
These 3” and 4” knife gate valves W0 are headed to the Australian Outback. They will be introduced into a mining operation transporting a slurry of abrasive minerals and water. Their fully enclosed bonnets and hardened wear rings will ensure the operation never ceases. Additionally, the valves include rotary lockouts to ensure safe operations.
Compact and heat resistant
For this manually operated knife gate valve MG DN100, special attention was paid to the selection of materials. They must withstand temperatures of up to 240°C during subsequent use in a power plant.
Pressure test for large valves
Every single valve that leaves our factory is tested for tightness using water pressure. This also applies to rarely manufactured valves, such as this RSK check valve with a nominal size of DN 300. Since our test stand is not designed for check valves of this size, the test is carried out manually. This is the only way we can be absolutely sure that our valves are 100% leak-proof at the customer's site.
Heavy duty valves for Canadian oil sands
These 14” knife gate valves W3 are going to be installed in one of the harshest environments possible: At Canadian oil sands fields.
Safety distance for high temperatures
To ensure that these knife gate valves can be operated without risk even when the medium in the pipelines is extremely hot, the topwork has been extended by a safety distance of several centimeters.
This knife gate valve DN 1200 had to be installed under water. It shuts off the main inlet of a thermal lake water plant in Switzerland.
New Case Study
At the newly built Agri Seudre Énergies biomethane plant in the west of France, around 50 knife gate valves ensure the control of liquid, gaseous and solids media.
Safety for four-legged friends
With spring return cylinders and FDA approval, these valves for a pet food factory protect threefold: people, equipment and pets.
Even our knife gate valves sometimes need a little relaxation. This one treats itself to a soothing bath in lime milk solution in a Spanish paper mill.
Size isn't everything
No challenge is too small to give our best. In our production facilities we can manufacture knife gate valves with a nominal size of up to 2000mm - but also small valves with DN 50.
Made to measure from design to installation
In Switzerland alone, many thousands of Wey water control gates are in operation - one for every 500 inhabitants. Each one is individually made to measure and installed by our experienced service team. Just like this sluice gate in a street wastewater treatment plant in Geneva.
Spindle extension upside down
Difficult-to-access locations where the valve rarely needs to be operated can be easily controlled with extended manual actuators. The photo shows Wey knife gate valves with spindle extension in a sugar factory in the Netherlands. Valves mounted at high altitudes like these ones can alternatively be equipped with a bevel gear and chain wheel.
Demanding cement production
Cement is produced from calcium, silicon, aluminum, iron and other components in a specific chemical process. Mixtures like these can be very demanding for valves, especially as other aspects such as dust, vibration and gases come along during production. The knife gate valve MG DN 500 on the photo just left for a cement plant in Germany. It is equipped with a limit switch, solenoid valve, and an air filter and pressure regulator.
Extending the lifecycle
We not only manufacture new valves every day - we also repair existing ones. Our knife gate valves are thus fully operational far beyond their usual service life.
Another success story in wastewater treatment.
This 6” Wey knife gate valve VM with a Rotork motor replaced a defective competitive valve at a wastewater treatment plant in Pennsylvania, USA. Thanks to the proven Wey sealing system, our valves are 100% bi-directional shut off with zero leakage.
Spindle nut XXL
This trapezoidal nut with a nominal diameter of TR 120 weighs a proud 80 kg. After machining, it will be mounted on a DN 900 knife gate valve used for mining in Indonesia.
High requirements in the petrochemical industry
The media transported through the pipelines of petrochemical plants are often highly corrosive and must not be contaminated under any circumstances. We therefore generally use stainlesssteel valves, such as this knife gate valve VS. It is equipped with a special limit switch and solenoid valves that are Ex d flameproof certified as well as with a filter regulator that cleans the compressed air and adjusts the pressure as required. Complete stainless steel tubing provides additional protection against damage and corrosion.
Custom made down to the last millimeter
Our water control gates require highest precision and a lot of manual work. From cutting to size to drilling, welding and assembly, we put around 10 hours of work into a single valve.
This twin knife gate valve was produced on specific customer request. It will be installed in adjacent pipelines and always keeps one of the lines open and the other closed. This allows precise control of the medium flow. At the same time, the design saves space and costs.
For smooth surfaces
Precise manual work on one of our melting valves: To ensure that the sticky polymer melt does not adhere in later use, the bore of this knife gate valve is polished with the hand grinder.
New Case Study
Gold has been mined in the Çöpler mine since 2010. Until now, the precious metal was mainly extracted from oxide ore. In addition to this, more gold is to be extracted from the existing sulfide ore in the mine in the future. We were able to equip the new plant complex with the most robust valves from our Wey range.
Highest safety level
With their robust design and numerous options, these two high-tech valves leave nothing to chance.
Fullbore for all cleaning methods: For a thermal lake water plant, the body of this knife gate valve was specially manufactured to allow pigs to pass through with ease.
Change of perspective
Ever wondered what our Swiss production looks like from the perspective of one of our valves? Several hours of automated CNC machine work and precise manual labor go into making one of our knife gate valve bodies.
Manual operation at 7m (24') hight
Whenever an applications requires infrequent valve operation, manual operation is the most space-saving and cost-effective solution. Just like at this wastewater treatment plant in the U.S. where our Wey knife gate valves VM can be operated manually at a height of 24’ (7.3 m) thanks to chainwheels connected to the actuator.
Operation under extreme conditions
Abrasive mine slurry, sulfuric acid, temperatures of 220°C and high pressures: These W0 DN300 knife gate valves are working under extreme conditions. They were installed several years ago in a mine in Turkey. Body and gate are made of Super Duplex steel for higher resistance of the valves. The pneumatic cylinders have a fail-safe function: if power or compressed air should ever fail during operation, the valves close automatically to prevent damage.
Ready for the first use
The first shipment of our upgraded W series is imminent. Several knife gate valves W3 30" are leaving our factory in Shannon, MS next week for Alberta, Canada, where they will be used in oil sands. In addition to various improvements of its robustness and tightness in high pressure areas, the new valve design comes with a universal bonnet which is suitable for all actuators.
New Case Study
Around 3,500 tonnes of food waste are generated daily in the metropolis of Hong Kong. So far, these leftovers have been disposed of together with other waste in landfills. With O·PARK1, we were allowed to equip the first organic resources recovery center in Hong Kong.
System changeover to knife gate valves
These knife gate valves VM DN 4" were recently installed at a wastewater treatment plant in Ohio, USA. The existing scum system was aging and pumps and valves needed to be replaced. Our Wey knife gate valves were selected due to their resistance to deposition and solids. Compared to the previously installed plug valves, they are also much lighter and therefore easier to handle. The system was commissioned successfully in October.
Unique through and through
For a technically complex process such as the production and processing of plastic, the valves used must be just as technically complex - at the very least. Our melting valves are therefore always designed from the ground up for the specific application and extensively machined. This was also the case with this recent order, a DN 650 melting valve for a plastics plant in Spain.
Our latest butterfly valve order
12 lug type butterfly valves TL20 with nominal sizes from 65 – 250 were recently assembled at our Sistag plant. Operated by a spring return pneumatic actuator with inductive double sensor. DVGW gas approved and ATEX certified. Along with several knife gate valves, these valves are soon going to be installed in a newly built biogas plant in Switzerland.
For high temperature areas
This knife gate valve MF DN 1600 was made for applications where temperatures can reach up to 230°C. Its body has a heat resistant coating and the gate is made of a special stainless steel, which optimally matches the thermal behavior of the cast iron body. This knife gate valve willl soon be installed in a coal-fired power plant in India.
Backup plan for emergencies
These knife gate valves MF DN 250 are regularly operated by pneumatic cylinder. In case of failure of the electric power or compressed air supply they can be operated manually by handwheel.
Biogas plants to overcome the energy crisis?
Until now, biogas has always been the more environmentally friendly but also the more expensive alternative. With the enormous increase in energy costs, things are now looking different. This Plusminus report shows why biogas plants in Germany still have a shadowy existence compared to other renewable energies.
Squaring the circle
Our knife gate valve VK was developed for all kinds of rectangular or square flange connections. The flange can be customized, as was done with the one in the photo. Two of these valves will soon be installed as horizontal discharge valves in a coal-fired power plant in the Philippines.
Extra protection thanks to titanium
For heavy duty applications in the mining industry: Body and gate of this Wey knife gate valve A3 are made of titanium Gr 12. The gate edge is additionally coated with tungsten carbide to provide extra resistance against corrosive, sulphuric acid mine slurry.
New Case Study
The Basel wastewater treatment plant has been in operation since 1982 and is reaching its limits. More than 700 of our knife gate valves, butterfly valves and water control gates were used for an expansion of the plant.
Safety first: Thanks to an added air vessel, this Wey knife gate valve VN closes automatically in the event of a power or compressed air failure. Two of these valves will be shipped to the Netherlands soon and installed in a waste incineration plant.
Stable, precise and absolutely even
We put up to 10 hours of work into a single gate. After being shaped by flame cutting, our stainless steel gates are planed - for extra even surfaces. The CNC machine mills edges and holes. Finally, the entire gate is ground for a perfectly smooth surface.
Wastewater Heat Recovery
Wastewater as a source of energy is already a reality in many wastewater treatment plants. In Switzerland alone, wastewater provides enough energy to generate hot water for 900,000 inhabitants. We have been allowed to support the construction of some wastewater heat recovery plants with Wey valves, but the potential is far from exhausted.
VNC with Hastelloy alloy
Corrosion resistancy at its best: The body and gate of this pneumatic actuated knife gate valve VN have a Hastelloy C22 alloy. PTFE gliders make sure the two materials don’t damage each other. The topwork is made of stainless steel, just like the tubing and the solenoid valve. The whole knife gate valve is ATEX certified for zones 0/20 (inner area) and 1/21 (outer area).
For temperatures up to 400°C
These two knife gate valves MG DN 400 recently left our production site for a Brazilian plant working on water treatment and the disposal of industrial effluents.
Our service technician was recently called to a plant manufacturer in Portugal to fix some Wey valves MG that seemed to leak. A few retightened screws and a repacking of the valves quickly fixed the problem. The individual sections of the plant are assembled in Portugal and then shipped as a whole to their final destination in Greece.
Automated water supply system with Wey control gates
The responsible use and distribution of water is a real challenge. GWF has therefore developed an automated water supply system using Wey sluice gates. The valves are installed in irrigation canals for agriculture and can be controlled by App. The water flow is measured in order to make predictions about water consumption. The entire valve is powered by solar energy and is therefore completely self-sufficient. Systems like these are already in use in many regions around the world.
Melting valve 750 x 750 mm
A custom-made knife gate valve for a plant engineering company in Germany. Our Wey melting valve is specially designed for granulating plastics. It resists the viscous plastic melt that flows through the valve and can reach up to 270°C. Due to the viscosity of the medium, the sealing of the valve is designed differently than in any other Wey valve.
High pressure knife gate valve for mining
This high pressure knife gate valve HD DN 150 will soon help transporting mining water in Sweden. It withstands a pressure of up to 63 bar, is particularly corrosion resistant thanks to its stainless steel body and bonnet, and easy to clean thanks to its flushing connection.
Upgrade of our W series
After decades of experience in heavy duty applications, the optimized design is now even more robust.
A new way of Raclette
May we present our latest innovation: The Original Wey Knife Cheese Valve - designed exclusively for the IFAT in Munich. A perfect combination of Swiss tradition and world-class engineering.
New Case Study
The famous Jet d’Eau is an iconic landmark in the city of Geneva that has adorned Geneva’s harbor district for decades. As part of the renovation of the pumping system, several water control gates were replaced with Wey sluice gates.
Operating a valve can’t get any easier than with these knife gate valves MF DN 125. They are equipped with limit switches and solenoid valves for remote control, wired in a junction box for easier handling. Along with five others, these valves are soon being installed in a waste-to-energy plant in Dubai.
Regulated flow on a large scale
A total of 12 knife gate valves MF with a nominal size of DN 1200 are currently being produced at our production site in Eschenbach. Two of them are equipped with V-notches for flow regulation. The additional wear plates can be replaced easily when worn out.
Wey Knife Gate Valve Assembly Tutorial
See step-by-step how each of our knife gate valves is assembled with care by our Swiss team.
For end-of-line and between-the-lines
Most of our valves can be installed between two pipes as well as at the end of the line. The knife gate valve in the photo was dead ended for several months before the plant was extended by additional pumps and pipes. Almost 50 Wey knife gate valves with nominal sizes from 24″ to 54″ are installed at this wastewater treatment plant in Texas.
Massive control gates for large masses of water
Our sluice gate type 2 is always used when especially large amounts of fluids must be shut off. The gate has a thickness of 12 mm and is additionally reinforced for a maximum head of water of 5.5 m. Two of these sluice gates will soon be installed in a wastewater treatment plant in Switzerland where they shut off the main inlet whenever necessary.
Gas approved and ATEX certified
Available in nominal sizes from DN 25 to DN 1600, in various materials and body types and with different actuators, we can configure our butterfly valves to meet any individual requirement. The six valves type TW20 on the photo just left our production site for a biogas plant in Italy.
Triple protection in demanding environments
Sometimes more is simply more. This Wey knife gate valve VSC DN 100 is protected against all types of harmful influences.
10.8 square meters of blocking surface
This Wey stop log has a width of 3.6m and a height of 3.0m. It will soon be installed at a wastewater treatment plant in Switzerland. During inspection work, it shuts off the emptied basins of the plant. Thanks to a special system with double lip seals, our stop logs provide even better tightness than the standard requires - in both flow directions.
Super duplex for extra resistance
Seawater is considered to be one of the most corrosive natural environments on earth. For an offshore application in Denmark we therefore designed a Wey knife gate valve MG DN 1200 whose body and gate are made of super duplex stainless steel. With a PREN value of >42 super duplex makes the valve perfectly resistant against corrosion in its future environment.
Because sometimes speed is crucial...
Shortly before Christmas, we received an emergency call from Räber AG. In an almost new plant for jam production, a knife gate valve (third-party product) had suddenly failed. Within a few hours, our team was able to react and by the next morning, the jam manufacturer received a custom-fit Wey knife gate valve VNC DN400 for his plant. A service like this is a question of attitude for us and a real team effort.
Did you know that our valves are available in DIN, ANSI, BS, and AS flange drillings? We also offer a wide range of nominal sizes, face to face dimensions and materials. Let us create the perfect configuration for your needs.
Safety-cylinder for chemical industry
Safety first! Unlike most of our valves, this knife gate valve MGC DN 300 is equipped with a single-acting cylinder. Whenever the compressed air in the production plant fails, the valve closes automatically to prevent further damage. The cylinder has a tandem design with two pistons and therefore a reduced diameter. The valve in the photo was recently produced for a german customer in the chemical industry. It is ATEX certified for zones 0/20 (inner area) and 1/21 (outer area).
Heavy duty valve in O-Port gate design
Unlike most Wey knife gate valves, our DP series is designed with a through gate. This allows the valve to cut through static medium columns. For the valves in the picture, we additionally used hardened steel to provide extra protection against corrosion and PTFE as a non-stick coating. The three through gate valves withstand temperatures of up to 200°C and a pressure of more than 20 bar. They will be installed at a plant producing fire protective boards in Belgium.
A total of 800 wastewater treatment plants and 50‘000 km of sewer lines ensure the high water quality of Switzerland‘s rivers and lakes. Wey valves can be found in more than 700 of these plants. We have been at home in wastewater treatment for almost 50 years and are therefore experienced with the specific challenges of water treatment applications.
Think big! Wey MFH DN 1600
This huge knife gate valve with a nominal size of DN 1600 and a hydraulic actuator was recently produced for our partner EIP Enviro Level Controls Pvt Ltd in India. It will be installed on the production site of one of India‘s largest steel manufacturers. Due to its ceramic sealing and Bricafeu 479 coating, it is heat-resistant up to 230°C.
Preventing imminent power outages with gas-fired power plants
The Federal Council is currently discussing how Switzerland can protect itself from a sudden blackout. The SRF reports about the different possibilities and the block-type thermal power plant in Mellingen. Like many other plants around the world, this power plant is equipped with Wey valves.
Faster than the explosion and hygienic for all requirements of the pharmaceutical and food industry
Our high speed isolation valve «SpeedWey» closes within 23 milliseconds in case of an explosion and protects the rest of the pipe system against destruction. The valve in the picture is additionally fitted with a PTFE inliner, which guarantees smooth surfaces with virtually no crossovers or gaps. It can therefore be used for the pharmaceutical and food industry and protect the facility and human life e.g. from flour dust explosions. The SpeedWey is manufactured at our production site in Switzerland and exclusively available at our partner IEP-HOERBIGER Technologies.
Energy from biomass
A new documentary of the NDR talks about the energy source biogas, visiting one of northern Germany's biggest biogas plants in Torgelow. The plant is fully equipped with Wey valves.
For high pressures up to 100 bar
In means of handling extremely high pressures and dealing with abrasive, thick and dry media, our knife gate valve HD is our front-runner. Our engineering team designed it with an automatic sealing effect: The higher the pressure, the better the seal. The valve shown in the photo has a nominal size of 350 mm and is leaving for a mine in Australia next week.
Every single one of our water control gates is custom-made in our production site in Eschenbach, Switzerland. Our team often visits the operating sites serveral times to make sure everything fits. Today Wey water control gates are found all over the country in water and wastewater treatment, power generation, and irrigation systems.
Smart actuators for high performance valves
For a special order from China, our valves were upgraded with electrohydraulic actuators.