Coaxial Valves overcome extreme differential pressures to effectively control high pressure media flows

Industrial Lubrication and Tribology

ISSN: 0036-8792

Article publication date: 1 August 2004

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(2004), "Coaxial Valves overcome extreme differential pressures to effectively control high pressure media flows", Industrial Lubrication and Tribology, Vol. 56 No. 4. https://doi.org/10.1108/ilt.2004.01856dad.002

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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Coaxial Valves overcome extreme differential pressures to effectively control high pressure media flows

Coaxial Valves overcome extreme differential pressures to effectively control high pressure media flows

Keywords: ASCO, Valves, Pressure control

ASCO/JOUCOMATIC has introduced a range of 2/2 and 3/2 coaxial valves for demanding media control applications with high viscosity, abrasive or aggressive fluids/gases at operating pressures from vacuum to 40 bar. The ability of the valves to provide fast actuation and long service life under high differential pressures means that they are ideal for use in applications such as industrial furnaces, lubrication circuits, machine-tools, pumping equipment, water treatment, cutting machines and test benches.

Highly robust and extremely compact in design, the coaxial valves overcome the problems of extreme pressure differentials encountered inside valves used at high operating pressures. In conventional valves excessive actuation forces would be required to overcome these differentials, and the valve user would also suffer from slow and imprecise operation, poor repeatability and reduced operating life (Plate 1).

Plate 1 Coaxial valves overcome extreme differential pressures to effectively control high pressure media flows

The design of ASCO Joucomatic's coaxial valves solves these problems. It integrates only one moving part, a stainless steel control tube, which, when actuated, slides seamlessly away from a valve seat allowing the fluid media to flow through the valve uninterrupted. The major advantage of this design is that pressure remains balanced on both sides of the valve, even with differential pressures of 40 bar and fluids having viscosities up to 6,000cSt.

At the same time, the valve user benefits from exceptional response times and extended service life: taking the example of a valve with G1/2 in. connections, the response time is 35ms and the life span is 6 million cycles when operated with water as the controlled medium.

The coaxial valves are available in 2/2 and 3/2 NC and NO configurations and offer a wide range of connection options - G3/8, G1/2, G3/4 and G1in. – to suit most applications. They operate across a pressure range from a high vacuum to +40 bar and a fluid temperature range from -60 to +100°C.

Users of the coaxial valves have the choice of stainless steel bodies for use with aggressive or corrosive fluids, or brass bodies where the fluid medium is non-aggressive but viscous. Two types of actuation are offered: an IP65 rated solenoid, or a pneumatic operator, the action being direct in both cases.

NAMUR version for process environments

Complementing the standard configuration coaxial valves is a NAMUR version, introduced by ASCO Joucomatic to appeal to users of process control technology. This unit integrates a 3/2 or 5/ 2 NAMUR spool valve on top of the coaxial valve body.

The NAMUR valves are available with both monostable and bistable operation and with aluminium, brass and stainless steel bodies. To ensure operational reliability in difficult environments they have a non-breathing design, which ensures that all the internal valve components are safeguarded by being completely isolated from the exterior.

This design, and the facility on the NAMUR valves for pipeable exhaust ports, also guarantees better protection for the working environment and allows the valves to be installed in sensitive areas such as clean rooms, and pharmaceuticals and food processing plants.

For further information, contact: Mike Reece, General Sales Manager, ASCO Joucomatic Limited, 2 Pit Hey Place, West Pimbo, Skelmersdale, Lancashire WN8 9PG UK. Tel: +44 (0)1695 713600; Fax: +44 (0)1695 713633; E-mail: marketing@ascojoucomatic.co.uk; Web site: www.ascojoucomatic.com