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Valves are fundamental components used to control the flow, direction, and pressure of fluids or gases within a system. They play a crucial role in various industries, including manufacturing, oil and gas, water treatment, and many others. Valves are designed to open, close, or regulate the flow of fluid or gas by either obstructing or allowing passage through a passageway or channel. There are numerous types of valves available, each suited for specific applications and operating conditions. Some common valve types include gate valves, ball valves, butterfly valves, globe valves, check valves, and pressure relief valves, among others. Each valve type has unique characteristics, such as the method of operation, the direction of flow, and the level of control it provides.

Valves are typically composed of a body, which houses the valve mechanism, and an actuator or handle that operates the valve. The actuator can be manually operated, such as a handwheel or lever, or automated, using electric, pneumatic, or hydraulic systems for remote or precise control.