ADAMS – the inventor of the triple-eccentric metallic sealing system

Karl Adams pursued a unique concept with his idea of a highly versatile valve. Particularly in the case of metallic seals, it was to set new standards in terms of tightness, service life and range of uses. The resourceful company founder was able to implement this idea by means of gradually improving on the original valve technology to arrive at the triple-eccentric sealing system. The current technology enables the valve to moveinto its final sealing position without friction.

Innovations: investments in the future

Throughout the 50-year development of the company, one principle has always remained: the ingenuity with which Karl Adams started the company. Only a few years after registering its first patent, the company patented further innovations, such as the metallic seal for valves. The following years saw the constant development of new products and the enhancement of details that led to a great number of additional patents. This innovative power was constantly underpinned by far-sighted investment decisions in state-of-the-art research and production methods.

“When I registered the first patent for the triple-eccentric sealing system in 1960, I was convinced it would provide the impetus for opening up a new market. I am pleased to confirm that my conviction was well founded and we were able to convince the sceptics of the time. Our company has always been one step ahead of the competition in the fi eld of valves. We plan and develop products that others often do not believe to be feasible. It is not easy to live up to such high expectations but it is an exciting challenge.”

Karl Adams (1898 - 1983)
2015
2010
Celebration of the company’s 50th anniversary and the inauguration of a new plant in Houston, USA.
2009
Further construction of new production buildings equipped with corresponding machinery to make the handling and processing of valves with larger dimensions even simpler.
2009
Constructing a new production building at the ADAMS plant in Herne / Germany 
2006
One of the largest (DN 4.250) valves ever produced by ADAMS 
2005
Renewed expansion of the Herne plant, including the installation of an additional cryogenic test plant (7.30 x 26 metres) for valves with large dimensions.
2000
1995
Markets of the future were recognised at an early stage: the founding of the “Beijing” offi ce in China and from this point on the continual expansion of business with the People’s Republic.
1993
The initial certification of the ADAMS quality management system in accordance with ISO 9001 (EN 29 001)
1992
1990
High temperature test 
1988
The founding of ADAMS Valves Inc. in the USA. Based in Houston, Texas, the company builds valves especially for the American market. The building of the new administration building in Herne / Germany.
1982
The introduction of a CAD system in order to work efficiently and with highest precision, computer-aided from the design stage to the controlling of production machines.
1980
OSK valve for power stations, around 
1980
Welding work 
1980
1979
Founding of ADAMS SCHWEIZ AG in Semeus, Switzerland, with in-house production specialising in valves for hydroelectric power stations.
1978
The erection of further production buildings and the installation of what at the time was regarded as the extremely innovative CNC production.
1976
ADAMS product brochure 
Low temperature test around 
1975
1975
The expansion of the Herne plant: valves up to DN 4,000 can now be produced by welding and mechanical production on site.
1972
The purchase of a plant in Herne / Germany, in which the entire production was then to be concentrated. Farsightedness even in those days: the land acquired at the time provided suffi cient space for the future expansion of the company.
1970
1970
Lorem Ipsum 
ADAMS principal office 
1960
1969
The establishing of the first foreign representation, the “Benelux” office in Breda, the Netherlands; a first step towards worldwide distribution.
1960
1960
On 1 March Karl Adams founded a company specialised in boiler and apparatus engineering as well as developing special valves.
1960
Soon after the company was founded, on 30 July the patent was granted for the triple-eccentric valve.
2015
2009
Further construction of new production buildings equipped with corresponding machinery to make the handling and processing of valves with larger dimensions even simpler.
Constructing a new production building at the ADAMS plant in Herne / Germany 2009
2006
One of the largest (DN 4.250) valves ever produced by ADAMS
Renewed expansion of the Herne plant, including the installation of an additional cryogenic test plant (7.30 x 26 metres) for valves with large dimensions. 2005
2000
1995
Markets of the future were recognised at an early stage: the founding of the “Beijing” offi ce in China and from this point on the continual expansion of business with the People’s Republic.
1993
The initial certification of the ADAMS quality management system in accordance with ISO 9001 (EN 29 001)
1992
1988
The founding of ADAMS Valves Inc. in the USA. Based in Houston, Texas, the company builds valves especially for the American market. The building of the new administration building in Herne / Germany.
1982
The introduction of a CAD system in order to work efficiently and with highest precision, computer-aided from the design stage to the controlling of production machines.
Valve OSK for Production Plants 1980
Low Temperature Test 1975
1980
Welding work 1980
1979
Founding of ADAMS SCHWEIZ AG in Semeus, Switzerland, with in-house production specialising in valves for hydroelectric power stations.
1978
The erection of further production buildings and the installation of what at the time was regarded as the extremely innovative CNC production.
ADAMS product brochure 1976
Low temperature test around 1975
1975
The expansion of the Herne plant: valves up to DN 4,000 can now be produced by welding and mechanical production on site.
1972
The purchase of a plant in Herne / Germany, in which the entire production was then to be concentrated. Farsightedness even in those days: the land acquired at the time provided suffi cient space for the future expansion of the company.
1970
ADAMS principal office 1960
1969
The establishing of the first foreign representation, the “Benelux” office in Breda, the Netherlands; a first step towards worldwide distribution.
1960
1960
On 1 March Karl Adams founded a company specialised in boiler and apparatus engineering as well as developing special valves.
1960
Soon after the company was founded, on 30 July the patent was granted for the triple-eccentric valve.
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