Older pressurized systems may still rely on manual valves, but these can be difficult to adjust in a timely manner. Relying on only manual valves makes it hard to precisely control fluids and gases. Pure solenoid valves and pressure solenoid models can cost more than manual valves, but they also offer you increased control and electrical fail-safes to prevent system breakdown. If valve functionality is key to your work, it may be time to consider upgrading.
Solenoid Valves Are Easily Adjustable
Unlike manual valves, solenoid valves use an electromagnetic coil to remotely open and shut when an electrical charge is received. The coil can be set to either the normally closed or the normally open position, which is then changed with the flip of a switch. This makes it possible to have valves with fail-safe shutoff capabilities, as well as valves that will remain open when electricity is not available.
Best of all, controlling the valves in your system can be done from a single panel of switches. If a section of valves needs to open or close at the same time together, you can connect them all to the same switch, making it very easy to simultaneously change their positions. Panels may also be modified to accept remote signals for further ease of use, ensuring you can adjust system settings from anywhere.
Pressure Valves Allow Increased Precision
A further improvement on regular solenoid models, pressure solenoid valves allow increased valve strength and make it possible for you to modulate flow. These valves use a medium like air, water, inert gases, or other fluids to control valve position, which makes them stronger than regular solenoid units. Different levels of current cause set amounts of air or liquid to enter the valve chamber, pressurizing it and causing a change in position.
Such valves can be used to fine tune the pressure of your system in certain sections, and adjustments can be made remotely from a panel anywhere in your facility. Pressure solenoid valves can also utilize a fail-safe mode that keeps the system at your chosen pressure level, rather than simply turning the flow off or on when the electricity goes out. This makes them useful for conserving energy, since they don't need a constant current in this mode.
Precise control is vital when working with pressurized fluid systems. If you're worried your precision is hampered by the limitations of manual valves, it may be time to consider going electrical. Solenoid valves can make adjustments quick to implement and give you more robust pressurization options for your system. To get started with the upgrade, find a fluid control company in your area like DEWCO Pumps & Equipment, Inc.