M&M International sources the best raw materials for use in our products, such as drill stem safety valves (DSSV), canister valves, inside BOP valves (or IBOP valves), Kelly cocks and Kelly valves, safety valves, side entry subs, mudsavers, and top drive valves. Material traceability is maintained throughout all phases of manufacturing.


In 1993, M&M International designed, produced, and deployed the CANISTER GUARD®, which is still today the most innovative feature to ever be incorporated into a kelly, top drive, or safety valve.

M&M International’s CANISTER GUARD® is comprised of other patented M&M technologies, namely CHECK-SEAL™, SURE-STOP™, and LITE-TORC™, along with its modular configuration of the internal parts, or “canister”, as the name implies.

Assembly or redress of our valves is virtually fail-safe since all internal parts, except the operating stem and locking devices, can be pre-assembled and ready for installation anywhere. First, the operating stem is installed in the valve body and rotated to the closed position, then the canister, also in the closed position, is inserted into the valve body and seated. After the canister is in place, the locking segments are inserted into the body followed by the support ring and spiral retainer ring. Assembly or redress is then complete.

Disassembly is just as easy. First, the locking mechanism is removed using an ordinary screwdriver and pair of pliers, then the canister is tapped out through the box end of the valve using a wooden hammer handle or dowel. At this point, access to the operating stem is unobstructed, allowing the stem to be easily removed. Note that there are no special assembly or disassembly tools required, no threaded seats to remove, and no spring tension to overcome when working with a CANISTER GUARD® valve assembly.



The M&M International CANISTER GUARD® encapsulates its internal spring loading within the canister itself, which is a significant feature that cannot be overstated. During disassembly of one-piece valves made by other manufacturers, the internal spring must be compressed prior to removal of the locking mechanism. Considering the application, it is typical for mud, cement, debris, and/or corrosion to accumulate in this area. This makes it difficult or even impossible to compress the spring enough to remove the locking mechanism from valves of this kind, even when using the special tools required by the competitor manufacturer. These and other issues can make field dressing impractical and shop dressing a much longer and more expensive process than necessary. M&M International’s CANISTER GUARD® technology completely eliminates these issues, saving both time and money.


M&M International’s CANISTER GUARD® reduces the need for customer locations to keep large spare valve parts inventories on hand. In most cases, CANISTER GUARD® valves utilize identical parts within each size range. This low inventory ability allows a customer to operate with one spare canister and one or two spare operating stems in inventory, if necessary.


M&M International’s LITE-TORC™ technology offers the ability to close the CANISTER GUARD® valve while under significant flow and allows the valve to be easily opened or closed under high-balanced pressure. Utilization of the LITE-TORC™ system drastically improves the ability of a valve to be closed under heavy flow, enabling the closing of the CANISTER GUARD® valve by one man with a standard 12” hex wrench. Once the valve is closed, wellbore pressure can slowly be balanced by pump pressure to allow the valve to be re-opened with less than 30ft. lbs. of torque.


The M&M International SURE-STOP™ technology incorporates dual interior contact points within the cage leg(s) to stop ball rotation when in the fully opened or closed position, limiting ball rotation to 90 degrees. SURE-STOP™ eliminates the possibility of over or under rotation of the ball and therefore aids in limiting washout (erosion) of CANISTER GUARD® internal parts.


M&M International’s CHECK-SEAL™ technology is incorporated into all CANISTER GUARD® valves. The CHECK-SEAL™ functions as a check to maintain a pressure seal in one direction. Consequently, CHECK-SEAL™ allows wellbore pressure to bypass the lower seat, forcing a seal between the solid cross-section of the ball, which is the strongest geometry of the ball, and the upper seat.


The “cage legs” in the CANISTER GUARD® valve configuration limit the allowable travel of the upper seat, which creates a function similar to that of the CHECK-SEAL™, but in the opposite direction. When pressure from above the valve is applied to the top of the ball, the ball is able to continue to travel downward away from the pressure even after the cage legs have stopped the movement of the upper seat. As the ball moves away from the upper seat, the pressure is able to bypass the ball and instead force a pressure seal between the stronger geometry of the ball and the lower seat.