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How does a solenoid valve work?

Solenoid valves are electromechanically operated valves that convert electric energy into mechanical energy. Their main purpose is to regulate the movement of gas or liquid and eradicate the need for an engineer to manually control the valve, saving time and money. But how does a solenoid valve work? Read on to find out more about the solenoid valve working principal and to discover Fluid Controls’ range of Maxseal solenoid operated valves.

Solenoid valve working principal

Solenoid valves consist of two basic parts: a solenoid (or electromagnet) and the valve. The valve body is made up of two or more orifices/openings. Whereas, the solenoid is home to several important parts, including a coil, sleeve assembly and plunger.

Solenoid valves work by employing the electromagnetic coil to either open or close the valve orifice. When the coil within the solenoid is energised, the plunger is lifted or lowered to open or close the orifice. This is what in turn controls flow, regulating the movement of gas or liquid.

Advantages & disadvantages of a solenoid valve

One of the main advantages of solenoid valves is their versatility. They can be used in an array of industries, for a wide variety of applications and are perfect for a broad range of liquids or gaseous media. They are also an extremely efficient way of controlling flow, as they require very little wiring, expense and effort compared to other valves.

A solenoid valve’s biggest flaw is its capability to handle dirty or contaminated fluids or gas. Foreign contaminants can collect in the solenoid valve’s parts and impede operation. It is also very important that the correct voltage is applied to these valves.

If you need advice on whether a solenoid valve is the right valve for your application don’t hesitate to get in touch with Fluid Controls today on 0118 970 2060 for expert advice.

Maxseal solenoid operated valves

At Fluid Controls, we supply a wide range of solenoid valves, including Maxseal solenoid operated valves. Maxseal’s valves are a range of top-quality stainless-steel solenoid valves that promote reliability and durability. Well known for performing immensely well in extreme and hazardous environments, Maxseal solenoid valves have been installed in plants all over the world for many years. Here at Fluid Controls, we supply the Maxseal ICO4S and ICO3S range of solenoid valves.

maxseal solenoid operated valves

For more information on how solenoid valves work, or to discuss our full range of solenoid valves, get in touch today on 0118 970 2060 or via email at fluid@fluidcontrols.co.uk.

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