What is a Pilot Valve?
Pilot valves are small valve that mainly function to control a limited-flow control feed to a separate piloted valve. Pilot valves are mostly 3-way, has subbase mount & can control a high pressure or high flow feed. With its low power consumption, it can be operated by smaller power supplies, controllers, and batteries. Pilot valves are also used to activate pneumatic actuators as the driving force on process valves in both single-acting and double-acting executions. As the pilot valve can limit the flow, the actuator and process valve response time performances are stalwartly influenced by the pilot valve flow capacity. Read the blog on pilot valve here.
What are the feature of Pilot Valve?
Pilot valves serves as an excellent, cost effective, pneumatic “interface” between PLC controllers and fluid power and fluid handling work valves. Pilot Valve have a pressure rating and flow capacity sufficient to shift, or “pilot” larger process or work valves, such as those controlling large bore cylinders, fluids, gases. They can also be used in low flow pneumatic applications, such small bore single acting cylinders. Pilot valves can also be used in critical applications (i.e., emergency and safety controls) and are human-operated.
Pilot valves are available in a large selection of:
• 3-, 4- and 5-way direct-acting or pilot operated/pressure assisted versions
• Brass, aluminium, stainless steel and plastic valves
• sealing materials in a wide range of resilient
• Various other solenoid operator enclosures are available to operate from -50°C to +100°C in normal or explosive environments
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