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Choosing Specialized Miniature Pneumatic Valves

Choosing Specialized Miniature Pneumatic Valves

There is a wide range of equipment that operates using air. Pneumatic systems are used machine and repair shops, in dental equipment, in system processes as well as in manufacturing plants and facilities. Pneumatic systems are highly efficient, require limited maintenance, and offer the precise control of the air through the system with the use of a range of different options in pneumatic valves.

For smaller systems, and small lines, tubes, and pipes, miniature pneumatic valves are the ideal choice. These valves are designed to operate with systems found in dental offices and other similar types of applications with low to high air volume and low to moderate air pressure through the system.

Options to Consider

As with any of the standard sizes of pneumatic valves, the miniature pneumatic valves come in a range of different design options. These can be standard and off-the-shelf types of valves, which are common for most dental equipment on the market, or they can be customized to meet the specific needs of an OEM or to replace valves that are no longer readily available on the market.

Depending on the specific type of valve, there can be different body configurations used in miniature pneumatic valves. For example, a pinch valve is typically a straight, in-line type of valve, while a needle valve can be in-line or offer a 90-degree body configuration.

Other options in these types of valves that need to be considered when ordering are the inlet types. In many systems, a threaded inlet is the most secure, but a hose barb or the push to connect option is also very secure and reliable.

The seal material in the valve can also be selected based on the specific application. When choosing a seal material, consider the operating pressure, the operating conditions, and the benefits of the different types of seal options based on these factors.

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