Fluid control valves are used in applications requiring the control of fluids, air, gases, steam, etc. Valves can open, shut off or direct the flow of media in an application. Two of the most common types of fluid control valves are direct acting and pilot operated.
In direct acting valves, the force of the solenoid acts to directly open or close the valve’s orifice. The valve can be designed as normally open or closed in the de-energized position. Once energized, the solenoid will either open or close the orifice until power is no longer applied to the solenoid. Flow and pressure of the media are limited by the power and size of the solenoid.
In pilot operated valves, the fluid pressure assists the solenoid by providing a pressure differential to open the valve’s orifice. The advantage of the pilot operated valve is that due to the smaller force required of the solenoid to open the valve’s orifice, a smaller solenoid and shorter stroke can be used.
For applications requiring high-speed, high temperature, latching or continuous duty functionality, TLX can apply any of these technologies to the fluid control valves we engineer and manufacture.
Through our distinctive solenoid magnetic structure, TLX provides customers with a design that offers a competitive edge in their products. This technology allows custom solenoids engineered and manufactured by TLX to have equivalent forces while often fitting into smaller packages.
Patented solenoid features allow for:
- Higher forces in the same package size or,
- Reduced solenoid size up to 25% vs. competitive designs for the same force
- Extremely accurate and high-speed control of fluids or position
- Strokes of .010” to .100” are typical, although strokes up to an inch are possible
- Response times down to 1 milliseconds depending upon force and stroke