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Types of Vacuum Valves & Their Uses

Posted by SMC Pneumatics USA on 3/31/2020 to Basic Pneumatics
Types of Vacuum Valves & Their Uses

Technicians often think of pneumatic systems only in terms of positive pressurized airflow, but if this sounds familiar then you’re only thinking of half the equation. On top of this, you’re going to need to consider the complete other direction. Namely, you’ll want to keep in mind that there are countless ways that vacuum air circuits could also bring massive benefits to your organization.

Think of the countless ways that this kind of gear can revolutionize the way you do business. At SMC Pneumatics, we took a few moments to come up with some examples of the types of vacuum valves that you might find on the market and how these can help.

Vacuum Ejectors

All of the ZQ series vacuum ejectors are designed with high-speed break response applications in mind, which ensures that they’re flexible enough to function as a standalone ejector or together as part of a much larger and more sophisticated pumping system. Each of these pieces offer a lightweight and compact design that’s not larger than 10mm in terms of body width.

On top of that, they provide filtration, pressure switches and a vacuum break blow off valve as options. Every single unit in the ZQ1101U-K15L-ECG-00 collection has a mass of 109 grams and come equipped with digital vacuum pressure switches. These all feature an integrated LED display that’s bright enough to see even if the lighting in your workshop isn’t the best.

High Vacuum Valves

If you’re looking for a way to connect high vacuum air circuits together, then you’re going to want to look into high vacuum valves. This kind of equipment is great for anyone who wants to ensure that they’re operating completely within specifications and hasn’t exceeded the total pressure level of any circuit that they’ve been previously working with.

At the same time, you’ll want to consider the types of fittings you plan on using if you invest in any high vacuum valve equipment. The original KQ2 series of fittings has been discontinued, which has made room for an entirely new and improved version of the series that people can use for their product designs. That being said, the traditional features of this line will remain no matter how many changes are made to the configuration.

Features & Uses Of Vacuum Fittings

Technically, most vacuum fittings are relatively interchangeable with those you would use with more traditional positive pressure systems. That means if you already have a significant investment into one of these technologies you’ll be able to swap your existing stock of parts to some degree. That’s excellent news for those who have a collection of fittings and are slowly moving toward a different type of pneumatic automation system.

A one-touch metric or inch size fitting can accept both nylon and urethane tubes. They’re usable for both vacuum and positive pressure applications. Since they feature an integrated release collar, you can easily remove the tubing without physically damaging the tube. Anyone who has ever had to cut a piece of tubing simply because the end of a previous piece got frayed would be more than likely to understand why this is so useful.

At the same time, these can take a maximum of 1.0MPa of vacuum pressure so you won’t have to worry about ever overloading the air circuit in a normal situation. You might, however, want to invest in a few other types of valves while you’re taking a look at the options laid out in front of you.

Vacuum Switch

If you’ve ever thought it would be useful to swap between two different areas when it came to a vacuum circuit, then you might very well like to try a vacuum switch instead. They streamline the flow of gas.

The ZSE10 line of switches is compact. In fact, engineers have been able to reduce their height by around half, which has helped to make them among the smallest on the market. They’re 50 percent smaller than the ZSE30A. Best of all, they’re digitally controlled.

That means up to 10 additional slave sensors can be configured all at once using the copy settings function. You won’t have to wait around while someone else codes an automation routine into each of these switches. Rather, you’ll be free to simply copy them and start working.

Other options include a direct mount or panel mount feature and a choice of two different piping directions. Those who have existing DIN rail installations can also opt for this feature so that they can affix their new switches without having to do any significant amount of additional engineering anywhere else.

Once again, that’s great work for busy small business owners who might be dealing with a tight budget. It’s also good for even larger enterprise-level operations who find the prospect of spending all this money to replace perfectly good equipment very prepostorous.

Vacuum Pads

Naturally, you’re going to need some equipment in addition to traditional valves if you’re going to do any sort of real work with your pneumatic system. As a result, you’ll want to invest in vacuum pads and other gear that can help you get the job done.

Vacuum pads are designed for a number of various specifications that can meet many different handling and transfer needs. End-users can find a wide array of sizes, shapes, and materials that give their design crews the freedom to select the best pad configuration. That means our pads are suitable for a vast array of different lifting applications.

Both those who need routine and unusual applications should be free to use them however they wish because you’ll be able to find them in diameters as small as 2mm and upwards of 50mm. Engineers can select different flat, ribbed, deep and bellows pad styles depending on their needs and the specific projects that they’ve decided to start.

Getting The Best Vacuum Valves For Your Business’ Specific Use Case From SMC Pneumatics

SMC Pneumatics has a long track record of connecting developers and manufacturers with the specific type of parts that they need in order to accomplish real work. Finding the parts that you need isn’t difficult at all. Our experts will help you discern the different valve types we stock for your system. Improve your vacuum system with the parts and control the flow.

It doesn’t matter how routine or unusual your lifting or vacuum switching needs are. Even if you don’t think a particular valve will work for you, someone from your team should still use the contact form on our site and get in touch with us today. We’ll make sure to hook you up with the best kind of gear that can help you get the job done faster than you thought possible.

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