Load-holding valves made simple

Load-holding valves, or counterbalance valves, are simple devices but critical to mobile machine stability and cost. Contributed by Todd McIntryre, Global Planning and Strategy Manager, SiCV, Eaton Load-holding valves, which are also known as counterbalance valves, are a small but important part of any mobile machine. Though they are simple in design, their application can often […]

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Low temperature valves from Hafner Pneumatik

The valves of the low temperature series “Hafner on the Rocks” are now also available as 1/2-in. ported, offering 3,000 lpm air flow. They can be used in low temperature applications down to -40° C. The new 1/2-in. -40° C series features: • 3/2-way, 5/2-way and 5/3-way • Electrically and pneumatically actuated valves • Up to 3,000 lpm air […]

21A Prop Series of valves from ODE suitable for automation, packaging, medical uses

General purpose flow control solenoid valves from ODE, the 21A Prop Series, are constructed of brass (with Stainless Steel AISI 300 series armature tube), are 2/2 way proportional acting, feature flow of 1.4, 2, 3.2, 4, 6.4 or 9 lpm, pressures to 40 bar. Applications include air, industrial automation, medical, packaging, thermoregulation, and water. Good repeatability […]

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Safe pneumatic system design

Consider the following safety and design choices for control of pneumatic systems in automated equipment. By Pat Phillips • Product Manager, Fluid Power & Mechanical Products at AutomationDirect A safe pneumatic system design starts at the connection to a machine’s air preparation hardware and continues to correctly pairing valves with cylinders. This article reviews the […]

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Webtec offering custom hydraulic valve design service

Any OEM producing mobile machinery for industries such as construction, mining, agriculture or energy, will be familiar with the limitation of having to design hydraulic solutions around standard parts. Most hydraulic valve manufacturers, for example, will typically seek volumes of around 5,000 to 10,000 a year to design a new valve. As a result, many […]

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AutomationDirect adds Total Air Preparation (TAP) Units and Ethernet/IP (EIP) modules

AutomationDirect’s line of NITRA pneumatics now includes new Total Air Prep (TAP) units and NITRA Ethernet/IP protocol compact modular valve (CMV series) modules. Both TAP units contain an automatic drain air filter with clogged filter indicator, relieving regulator, lockable shut-off valve, pressure gauge and air dump. Electric models also have an adjustable electric soft start […]

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Servopneumatics embraces Cinema 4.0

Experiencing films with all the senses is what cinema audiences can expect in one of the world’s 18,000 MediaMation cinema seats. With this concept, the whole body senses the movie, thanks to movements controlled by Festo’s servopneumatics and VTEM motion terminals. In essence, this provides a unique way of combining the digital world with pneumatics. […]

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Parker releases direct-operated D1FC/D3FC proportional DC valve series

Parker Hannifin has completed its range of direct operated proportional DC valves with the new zero lap spools for the D1FC/D3FC series introduced last year. This option makes the use of the valves for closed loop controls possible. Parker is positioning its direct operated valve series with high dynamics and high volumetric flows between the […]

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Plattco Corp. partners with Nexmatix on new energy-saving valve

Thanks to a brand-new partnership with Nexmatix, Plattco Corp. is about to start delivering even smarter solutions for customers nationwide. Known for its “smart” approach to pneumatic valves, Nexmatix offers a significant value proposition to companies that implement its technology. Plattco is teaming with Nexmatix to introduce an energy-efficient Double Flap Airlock Valve for material handling. […]

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Clippard NPV series 3-way miniature pinch valves

Clippard NPV Series Miniature Pinch Valves are solenoid-operated devices designed to open and close tubes for controlling flow of liquids and gases. Other valve types have internal passages that may cause small amounts of fluid to remain in the valve. Pinch valves have no areas or dead volume where fluid can become trapped. Only the inside of […]

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Eaton introduces new ESV9 series of proportional solenoid cartridge valves at IFPE

Offering precise control with high flow and small deadband, Eaton’s new ESV9 series of proportional solenoid cartridge valves are designed to provide superior control with optimized linearity. With less than 7% hysteresis, the new valves provide excellent operational efficiency and a broad ramp rate for greater resolution and ease of use. “The new ESV9 offers […]

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Solenoid valve emulates feeling of live fire for military training

The problem The military had an issue with shooting accuracy due to soldiers training on machine guns without live ammunition. They complained of having experienced very different sensations when firing live rounds, because they were not used to the noise and feel during practice. The military needed a responsive solenoid valve manufacture to expedite the […]

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Hengli launches explosion-proof solenoid valves

To increase safety in hazardous environments, Hengli Hydraulic is expanding its line of directional valves to include explosion-proof solenoids. These valves will be officially launched to the U.S. market in May, at the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) in Houston. While the oil and gas markets are a focus of these valves, they are also widely […]

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Aventics asks Hannover Messe attendees how fast they can assemble a valve system

Based on the positive feedback of the previous year, Aventics invites visitors to the Hannover Messe once again to an assembly competition. Equipped with virtual reality headsets, interested visitors can delve into the virtual world of pneumatics. They enter a three-dimensional Aventics world where they can disassemble the valve system and experience all individual elements in a new dimension. […]

Humphrey Products Company is offering test valves

  Humphrey Products Company is offering a test valve free of charge to design engineers seeking to evaluate and specify solenoid control valves for current or future machine development. Offer is limited to a selection from four proven product families of unique Humphrey direct acting solenoid valve technology developed and manufactured at their Kalamazoo, Michigan […]

Hannover Messe attendees will be able to virtually experience Aventics’ ES05 valve system

Based on the positive feedback of the previous year, Aventics invites visitors to the Hannover Messe once again to an assembly competition Equipped with virtual reality headsets, interested visitors can delve into the virtual world of pneumatics. They enter a three-dimensional Aventics world where they can disassemble the valve system and experience all individual elements […]

Doering valves increase safety of industrial machinery

Forum Energy Technologies wanted to incorporate an emergency stop at the front of the tool where the operators work to make the shutdown feature easier to access. Safety is critical in any application where workers interact with machinery and companies need to make these environments as safe as possible. Houston-based Forum Energy Technologies sought to […]

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ROSS Controls updates online shopping functionality

To improve its customers experience across all channels, ROSS Controls has updated its shopping cart to include new features and better functionality overall to serve customer demands. Launched in January, the new ROSS Shopping cart includes features that allow users to order products, track orders, track downloaded 3D model drawings, save multiple shipping addresses, manage their address book, and update […]

Nexmatix joins the “smart factory” movement with sensor-enabled valve

Nexmatix, which launched its energy-saving pneumatic valves last year, plans to reveal a major evolution in pneumatic valve technology at Pack Expo East (Pennsylvania Convention Center, Philadelphia, February 27 through March 1). Combining the real-time smarts of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIOT) with the sustainability of a green platform, the company said these new […]

Galland Henning Nopak to showcase cylinders and valves at IFPE 2017

Galland Henning Nopak Inc., a manufacturer of high-density balers and hydraulic and pneumatic valves and cylinders, has announced its participation at the upcoming International Fluid Power Exposition (IFPE) in Las Vegas, scheduled for March 7–11. IFPE is the leading international exposition and technical conference dedicated to the integration of fluid power with other technologies for power transmission […]

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Smart throttle valve for higher pressure ranges

The newly developed digital electronics developed by Rexroth offer simplified optimization of hydraulic controller parameters and improved control quality. New on-board digital electronics for improved control quality Machine manufacturers can now realize hydraulic systems with reduced dimensions and improved control behavior thanks to the new Rexroth 2-way proportional throttle valves. These cartridge valves are designed […]

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New valves prevent water-hammer damage

Water hammer is a pressure surge generated when fluid flowing through pipe or tubing—generally with high velocity or momentum—suddenly stops, usually due to a valve suddenly closing. It is also called hydraulic shock. Water hammer often causes an annoying banging noise, but the resulting pressure spike can also damage gauges, floats and fittings and even

Eaton’s new Circuit Design Software Studio allows users to create custom manifold designs quickly and easily

Power management company Eaton today announced the launch of its new Circuit Design Software Studio, an easy-to-use platform that streamlines the process of designing custom manifolds. The software tool offers new 3D design capabilities along with an updated product library featuring Eaton’s extensive portfolio of cartridge valve solutions, allowing customers to shorten design cycles while […]

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Hydraulic valves at IFPE 2017

The IFPE show in Las Vegas from March 7-11 will be an ideal place to learn about the latest in hydraulic valves. Here’s a description of how and why you use them in mobile machinery, as well as a listing at bottom of what IFPE booths to stop by for more information on valves. Hydraulic […]

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What is pressure compensation?

You’ve been around hydraulics a while, haven’t you? With that in mind, you probably take some things for granted. There is plenty of jargon in our industry, and it isn’t learned overnight. However, if you were like me, the term pressure compensation was difficult to grasp early in your hydraulic career. If you still don’t […]

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