Types Of Pneumatic Valves
There are several variations on pneumatic valves, generally determined by their energy source and the number of ports they have. Each opens or closes the pathways within a machine, to regulate pressure and power. Each operates on either a linear or rotary motion, to allow it to return to a resting position when the machine is off.
A simple valve will have only one direction of airflow, and at most one port. This means that the air is limited in its movement but allows for an operator to manage the system with fewer features. In contrast, multiple ports allow for different airflows to operate at once, which can lead to a more complex system with a higher output.
A solenoid valve uses electric signals to determine when to open and close. They are one of the most common types of valves which feature rotating actuators. These actuators when they turn will also send a signal to the motor.
You can get direct-operated solenoid valves, 3-4 port models, or 5-port versions depending on the needs of your system. Others change depending on the electronic currents that are required for efficient operations.
3-port valves are designed to maximize the small amount of space that they occupy to ensure that operations are steady. When your system requires multiple valves, you want to arrange them for economy and efficiency. That way they open and close in tandem. You can configure them on a manifold or a sub-plate, which makes them suitable for unusual setups.
If you need to meet the regulations set by the International Organizations for Standards, then take a look at our ISO solenoid valves. ISO regulations apply to industrial valves and hydraulic ones in terms of pressure testing and pressure relief, respectively. These valves are meant to increase workplace safety and reduce environmental impact. For this purpose, the SMC Pneumatic ISO valves are made with rubber and metal seals for compatibility.
The VS7-6/7-8, in particular, is a pilot valve, and it is designed for a long operating life, necessitating fewer replacements. You can get either double or single-action models, depending on your system’s needs. The manifolds allow for flexible configurations as well, making the VS7 a great choice when you need to follow ISO regulations. Choose your voltage, filters, and more when ordering this.
If you need to meet environmental standards, try out the VQ7-6/7-8 series. They are designed for versatility and to ensure workplace safety. In addition, the VQ7 is designed for portability and space-saving.
Mechanical And Hand-Operated Valves
Mechanical valves require an external force to open or close them. This is usually an influx of air pressure that signals the ports to open. Hand-operated ones, as the name indicates, need a human operator specifically. Our series is made of aluminum, which is lightweight and durable.
As one benefit, this makes mechanical valves less costly than other options and they have a simpler design. This reduces repair costs as well, albeit with less efficient energy output. Mechanical valves are best for operations where electricity would be a hazard.
The VH hand valve is one such example, which is simple to operate thanks to the slide ring design. It has a compact design, which means that the valve works well for smaller setups. The self-cleaning option reduces the potential of air contaminants clogging or damaging the machine.
In contrast, the Series VR1210/1200 is purely mechanical and has a more complex setup. At the same time, the series allows for more flexible piping arrangements. A high-pressure inlet provides the necessary force by which to open the machine.
We recommend the VR3100 for a pneumatic indicator and transmitter. This indicator notes when air pressure is sufficient and converts the pneumatic influx into an electronic signal. These are useful for when you need to manage air pressure.
What Pneumatic Valves Offer To Your Machine
SMC directional control pneumatic solenoid valves and manifolds have many benefits. They feature low power consumption, high flow rates, quick response times and clean aesthetic designs. SMC solenoid valves are used extensively in the semiconductor, automotive, packaging, medical, specialty machine, and machine tool industries.
Whatever your application is, we have a dependable solenoid valve series that will accommodate your most demanding application. Certain models are corrosion-resistant and designed to avoid rust or water damage. That way you can use them in industrial operations that require constant cleaning.
Find Your Pneumatic Valves At Orange Coast Pneumatics
At OC Pneumatics, you can always find the parts that you need for your pneumatic systems. Our experts will always help you find the series of valves, controllers and other models. We also will provide advice on which models will help your machine run better and suitable replacements for discontinued items.
Reach out to us today to learn more about our valves. Our OC Pneumatics experts will help you refine your pneumatic system. Manage airflow with ease and track your operations.