The European division of American nail varnish producer, Kirker, contacted BM Engineering requesting if we could provide their factory, located in Ross-shire, with a selection of stainless steel ball valves. Below, we discuss the request from the customer and how we catered to their individual needs.

The Challenge

Due to the flammable nature of nail varnish, the stainless-steel ball valves needed to be ATEX approved, anti-static and fire-safe in order to make them suitable for a factory that was constantly working with highly flammable fluids.

The Solution

BME provided a number of 3” ANSI 150 flanged stainless-steel ball valves. All were ATEX approved, anti-static and fire-safe. Many of the ball valves were manually operated. However, some were pneumatically operated with Exd explosion proof switch boxes and Exm solenoid valves, complete with air flow restrictors. This equipment was put in place to control the opening/closing speed of the valves.

Air flow restrictors

Air flow restrictors used for Nail Varnish Production Case Study

Flanged ball valve

Flanged Stainless-Steel Ball Valves

Exd switch box

EXD switch box used for Nail Varnish Production Case Study

Exm solenoid

EXM Soleniod used for Nail Varnish Production Case Study

The result

The ball valves that we supplied fitted in perfectly with the nail varnish factory’s existing equipment. To this day, they are working well and to their full potential. Since this installation, the Ross-shire factory has contacted us again on several occasions valve advice and support.

If you would like BM Engineering to assist you with fitting out your factory with a new set of valves get in touch today via 0141 762 0657  or contact us via email on