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Electronic Regulators

Have you ever wished that you could have complete authority over every aspect of the airstream, but you don’t want to do so on an analog basis? Perhaps you’re more interested in automatic control or doing things with a stepped dial. That’s where electro-pneumatic air regulators come into play.

Electro-pneumatic air regulators control air-vacuum pressure steplessly in proportion to an electric signal. These regulators are also called pressure-reducing valves, in relation to the role they play for controlling airflow. They are lightweight in design with a bright and easy to read LED display. The monitor output is available either as analog output or switch output. Thus, they have a low learning curve and are user-friendly.

It’s this latter aspect of their design that’s made them such a sought after product with those who browse the Orange Coast Pneumatics catalog.

Reasons To Deploy Electro-Pneumatic Regulator Modules

Perhaps the most common reason is because people are looking at user-friendly options that won’t cause too many issues if they’re operated differently all the time. If one person thinks that one setting on an analog switch is correct while another has a very disparate idea of the right way to configure it, then you might have a problem. This isn’t as serious an issue when working with an electro-pneumatic air pressure regulator, since these components step the supply pressure up or down in levels.

You might want to think of it the same way that you would think of any slider that was attached to a consumer electronic device. A radio receiver might have an option for off, one for the AM band and one for the FM band. When one of these options is selected, the others would not be operative.

Likewise, an air pressure regulator that works along this kind of paradigm would allow stepped control, which makes them every bit as easy to operate as a piece of consumer electronics hardware. In a sense, that’s what they are, albeit an extremely precise type of hardware that’s been refined by pneumatic engineers to work with a wide variety of installations that they might end up attached to.

These popular devices have become extremely common in any area where staffers have a tendency to change over time. If you periodically swap out technicians or have people working on different pieces of equipment on a regular basis, then they’re a great way to help your crews take control of a situation and get a better grip on the operations that they’re dealing with.

Depending on the specific needs that your organization has, you may want to look over the following list of components and think about how each might have some impact on your company’s own workflows. That’s especially true for any firm that’s involved with a sensitive manufacturing workflow.

There’s a good chance that the application of a single new piece of hardware can help to dramatically redefine the way that your business does work. You might even find that adopting one of these pieces of equipment into your company’s existing layouts can help to solve some problems that you could have been running into for some time.

Our Selection Of Pneumatic Electronic Regulators

Electronic pressure regulators function depending on the signals they receive from the system. Much like with a pilot valve, they will open if receiving that electronic signal. Then it’s usually converted into kinetic energy, to open or close the ports. This is much like the way that mechanical energy is utilized in a more traditional regulator that only relies on friction or some other force to set the position. That being said, these are still every bit as reliable as other types of technology in spite of their differences.

That means you can trust that they’ll operate within all of the specifications and tolerances that the original equipment manufacturer spells out for them. If the OEM specs sheet were to state that they were designed to operate at a certain pressure, then that’s the pressure that they’ll hold up against because regardless of the underlying technology each air regulator has to work the way that it claims to do so.

Factors For An Ideal Process Control

When selecting a regulator, decide if on pressure range, any protective covers, sensors, mounting, and outer specifications. Other selections may include voltage, port size, or threading. We have options for made-to-order models. Our website will notify you if a certain combination cannot be produced. Cable connectors can have a right-angle or straight style.

You might want to take a few moments to check the way that you have your current pneumatic layout arranged, though there’s no reason that you couldn’t take advantage of these directional offerings in order to create a new pattern that will certainly be appealing for the kind of work that you’ve been doing.

If you want a large range of regulators and parts by which to repair them, then we recommend the ITV series. You can either receive a digital or analog display to record air pressure, and the regulators operate depending on the electronic signal that they receive. It is equivalent to the IP65 series, which makes it a suitable replacement if you have older models. Check to see if you have any of these regulators already installed on your equipment board. If you do, then you shouldn’t have too much difficulty changing them out for one another at all.

One standout model in the series is the ITV-X395 IO-Link. It is designed to match the standard I/O protocol and allows you to maximize pressure control. Set multiple parameters to meet your desired goals concerning the flow rate. The front panel is designed to notify human operators about potential errors, while other LEDs keep track fo communication between the IO-Link. Mount either with or without a bracket, depending on your setup.

Regulators in the series may use a Connection Cable for an Ethernet Fieldbus. These work with an m12 plug and two options for connectors. Order cables as short as 500 mm or as long as 1000 mm, depending on the demand for your regulators. Considering the fact that you’ll want everything to reach just perfectly, you’ll more than likely want to measure to make sure that you’re getting the right sized parts for your business.

Your mounting is also important for the regulator so that they can measure pressure accurately. The ITV1000/2000/3000, Flat Bracket Assembly is one part that you will want to keep on hand. You can use the F1 model for the ITV1000 and the F2 for the 2000 and 3000 series. Mount your regulator with security using either of these models.

If you need a proportional control valve system, then try out the VEF/VEP series. You can control the internal spool assembly and output for infinity. Decide if you would rather regulate secondary pressure or the airflow through a solenoid valve. If doing the former, go with the VEP and use the VEF for the latter. We provide four options for pressure ranges, which will greatly assist in helping with sensitive environments.

The IC series functions by converting the digital signal into analog energy. The four-point preset output pressure will assist with output and work in tandem with the ITV0000 series. Use the ten-bit parallel input signal for the utmost efficiency.

Keep in mind that this will ensure that you can have completely digital operation. You might be surprised to think that such a thing is possible, considering that air flow levels are inherently analog. These regulators use stepped arrangements, however, so you can assign different settings to various arrangements of bits, which gives you the freedom to control everything with a computer interface.

What Electro-Pneumatic Pressure Regulators Offer

Pneumatic regulators assist in maintaining pressure throughout your system during normal operations. They are a specific type of valve that can assist with controlling, actuating and sensing airflow. For that reason, regulators are important in systems that can experience unwanted variations. In some cases, engineers design the models to maintain a rigid pressure range.

A regulator will either have a diaphragm or a piston for sensing pressure; the diaphragm is best for environments that demand sensitivity to such changes in airflow. A piston can cover a larger area in terms of sensing accurate pressure, so they are better when you have a bigger environment in which to operate.

Always consider your minimum and maximum ideal pressure for your machine. The flow rate is also important, as is the pipe size for the pneumatic regulator. Also, factor in environments that may not work with certain models, such as food processing or pharmaceuticals. There’s always a few use cases where something might not work, which is precisely why there isn’t such a thing as a one size fits all solution as far as compressed air-driven equipment goes.

Engineers have been hard at work developing the best equipment for individual situations. You can be sure that there will be some module that will work in your specific case even if other pieces that you might have tried don’t work nearly as well.

Learn More About Regulating Air Pressure At Orange Coast Pneumatics

Orange Coast Pneumatics is ready to help you refine your pneumatic machine. Our experts will know which control valves will make airflow efficient, and what models to use when certain series go out of stock. They can even recommend air pressure regulators to serve as replacements for existing modules that you have attached to your gear. If you have to install things inside of project enclosures, then there’s a good chance that our crews can also help you find compact components that will fit in these situations.
Reach out to us today to get started. The specialists at Orange Coast Pneumatics will answer all of your questions related to your parts and pressure control. Improve your output flow with our assistance. Use our handy online contact form and get in touch with our skilled representatives so that they can help you find exactly the right kind of equipment for your particular use case.

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