Advantages and Disadvantages to Solenoid Valves

Solenoid Valves are used throughout a number of industries, due to the valve’s versatility. Solenoid valves can be used with either fluid or gas applications, making them favourable among a number of manufacturers.

Solenoid valves use an electromechanical magnetic field which opens and shuts the valve, making the valve a reliable option for pneumatic and hydraulic systems.

What are the advantages of Solenoid Valves

Solenoid valves have a large number of advantages, the solenoid valve has been designed and improved over the years, making the valve safer and efficient. The valve can be adapted and installed in a number of locations, making the valve versatile and adaptable to a number of applications.

Another great advantage is the operation of the closing and opening of the valve, with the valve able to open and shut within less than a second. All through an automated control system, which is vital when dealing with high maintenance toxic gasses and fluids. Making the Solenoid Valve a viable option to be used within a number of processes and applications.

Solenoid valve advantages breakdown:

  • Fast response time
  • Low power consumption
  • Remote operation
  • Fits in a variety of machinery and applications
  • Cheap replacement parts
  • Compatible with both DC and AC voltage
  • Low and High-temperature usage
  • Safety external leakage block
  • Can be installed vertically or horizontally

What are the Disadvantages of Solenoid Valves

Every valve or pneumatic application will have its disadvantages, solenoid valves are no exception. Often down to human error, solenoid valves can often experience problems when the voltage feed being passed through is too less or too much. This will cause the magnetic field to either strengthen or weaken. The correct voltage is vital to opening and shutting the valve, if not set correctly it can cause the valve to wear faster causing the coil to break.

Solenoid valve disadvantages breakdown:

  • Sensitive to voltage
  • The valve can partly close if the magnetic field isn’t set up correctly
  • The coil may need to be replaced over the lifetime of the valve
  • Control signal must stay on during operation
  • Valve fluid can be affected by the flow (pre-valve flow is always greater than the backflow of the valve)

Solenoid Valves at MGA Controls:

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