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  Spectacle Blinds, Fig 8 Blinds  
  • Size Range: 15mm- 1500mm (1/2”- 60”) Ratings 150lb-2500lb as per ASME B16.48 (others standards available)
  • Sealing Type: flat face, raised face, ring joint
  • Sealing Finish: Spiral Finish 3.2-6.3ra for facings
  • Materials: A516 GR70, AS1548 –PT460 (NR), A105, LF2, 304/304L, 316/316L, UNS31803 Other materials on request
  • Many sizes ex stock. Custom items: usually 10-20 days.
  • Also called: Fig 8 blinds, Spectacle Blanks, Line Blinds

A Spectacle Blind is essentially a simplistic valve. It fits in the line between two flanges and is bolted in place. One side of the spectacle blind is open (spacer) and the other side of the spectacle blind is blanked (blind or spade).

To change it from open to closed all except the pivot bolt are removed and the spectacle blind is rotated on its centre hole so the blind side is in between the flanges. The bolts are then installed and tightened. The side that hangs out of the pipe is a clear indicator of whether the pipe is open or closed.

It is used usually for maintenance when it is required to isolate a section of pipe or isolate a device. Because this is a semi-permanent isolation it is very safe and safety is often the mentality behind a spectacle blind use in maintenance operations. Compared to a valve they are cheap and robust.

Spectacle Blind Stamping

Typically a spectacle blind will have stamped on it size, rating, standard, material, heat number, Balcombe Stamp, and production traceability code.

Many clients ask to have their own part identification and process traceability stamped on the spectacle blind.

Spectacle Blind Standards

Balcombe Engineering manufactures Spectacle Blinds in Australia for a variety of industries. The most commonly used standards is ASME B16.48 which covers spectacle blind for pipes up to nominal bore of 600mm depending on the pressure class. This standard refers to B16.5 which provides the dimensions for the mating flanges.

Other standards exist and Balcombe Engineering are able to rapidly manufacture spectacle blinds to comply with these standards or company specific drawings.

Spectacle Blinds Sealing Facings

Typically, spectacle blinds are produced as a flat face, raised face or ring joint sealing surface depending on the application requirement. The spiral sealing face is a specified finish typically Ra 3.2µm-6.3µm.

Spectacle Blind Materials

As an Australian manufacturer Balcombe Engineering are able to manufacture the spectacle blinds in a material with the testing as required by the client specification. Typically, spectacle blinds will be manufactured from carbon or stainless steels. Typical carbon steel materials are AS1548 460NR, A516 Gr70 or forgings like A105, A350 LF2, A350 LF3. Corrosion resistant materials A240 P316L, A240 P304L, UNS31803 are common. Less common but easily supplied is Super Duplex 2205 and Incoloy 625.

Additionally specialist finishes are available such as galvanising, PTFE coatings and linings and various epoxy finishes.

Corrosion Protection and Packaging

A Spectacle blind will always have 4 sealing faces so requires significant sealing face protection.

Whether you want the spectacle blind protected for 2 weeks or 2 years Balcombe Engineering have packing system that ensures that spectacle blinds arrive at the installation in good condition.

Even more robust corrosion protection can be supplied upon request.

Special Spectacle Blinds

This photo shows a fully milled spectacle blind produced from an ingot of an exotic material.

Sometimes a specific engineering requirement may dictate the need for special material and construction required to produce the spectacle blind. Balcombe Engineering are a manufacturer with full ISO 9001 certification and are able to produce to your requirements including detailed testing and documentation. All material is traced through the system and ITP’s and MDR’s are available on request. Your spectacle blinds can be packaged according to your engineering or project specification and all this can be done with remarkably short delivery times.

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