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Pneumatic Valve Operational and Performance Specifications

How does one know when they are choosing the correct pneumatic valve for their pneumatic system? Utilizing wrong components can have detrimental effects on the operation of systems. Pneumatic valves are frequently considered as the last component in a pneumatic system. Valve specifications are best determined when desired parameters for applications—load, force, and speed—are known. It is also important to first know any special application needs. Knowing the above information allows users to purchase correct cylinder sizes and downstream of valves.Pneumatic Valves

Users that follow two necessary steps when outlining valve selections will end up with better performing valves for their system.

First, identify the primary function needed from your new pneumatic valve. How many ports do you need? The most common amount of ports are 3, 4, and 5. You also must ask and answer, how many valve positions will be required? Although there are other options, most frequently valves have 2 or 3 positions that offer systems unique directional flow paths. Finally, ask about the functionality of the directional control valve.

After addressing the above questions, it is possible to move to step two, which seeks to understand operational and performance specifications. Answer questions like:

  • How quick should response time be for the valve to shift?
  • What is the amount of flow needed for supporting downstream work?
  • What are your connection and power requirements?
  • Will you need any specific valve specifications or any optional features?

Going slowly through both steps and answering these questions will help a user to determine the kind of valve that will work in their system. For any extra information on pneumatic control systems, let us be your first call. 


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