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Advice for Specifying Pneumatic Valves

Learning some practical knowledge for how to use and choose pneumatic valves will keep more money in your pocket and will also increase the efficiency of your system. A directional control air valve is one of the essential building blocks for a pneumatic circuit. There is a wide range of different valves available—the number of flow paths, positions, and ports—that all function differently. The most important considerations for choosing directional air valves include the style of mounting, control, and actuation. There are specific guidelines individuals can follow to effectively and efficiently develop pneumatic systems.

One of the first, if not the first, consideration to be made is the amount of flow the valve needs to deliver to the actuator. The measuring of flow is rated as the coefficient of velocity (Cv). As Cv gets higher, so does the flow. Valve sizing charts are the most commonly used means to match cylinders and valves. The table indexes a valve’s Cv against the size of bores, which gives necessary cylinder speed.

In some instances, it is beneficial to convert Cv into standard cubic feet per minute (scfm) or conversely. Cv represents flow capacity at all pressures, and scfm stands for flow at specific temperatures and air pressure. Converting Cv to scfm allows individuals to cover a wide range of pressures. The easiest way to obtain scfm is to divide the valve Cv by matching factors shown on the sizing chart.

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