Pressure relief valves are a type of safety valve that are commonly used to protect a system and the people operating it. Whereas pressure regulators take incoming line pressure and regulates it down to the pressure that is required by the downstream system. Pressure Regulators can be used for reasons of safety and/or cost. Both of these valves are very important to its specific application. In this article, we will discuss the difference between a pressure relief valve and regulator.

Pressure Regulator Features

Pressure Regulators take an incoming line pressure and regulate it down to the pressure that is required by the downstream system. This may be for other instrumentation to operate effectively or simply to control the output flow of a pipe. Lower system pressures mean less risk and lower running costs and a reduced risk of air loss through a system. Pressure regulators can be used in many applications including pneumatics, compressed air and water.

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There are various kinds of pressure regulators available within MGA Controls range – from general purpose units covering everyday industrial applications to more specialised precision pressure regulators, manifold regulators, pilot operated regulators and large capacity pilot operated versions. View our full range of pressure regulators in our store.

Pressure Relief Valve Features

Pressure relief valves are used to control or limit pressure spikes in a compressed air system. When the system pressure increases beyond a predetermined set point, the valve opens and relieves that pressure, bringing it back in line with normal operating parameters. The main function of a Pressure relief valve is to vent excess pressure and protect other system components, all the while maintaining optimum performance.

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Air systems benefit highly from pressure relief valves, however different types of pressure relief valves can be used in a wide range of industries. For example, the water industry utilises the valve to make sure water pressure doesn’t reach such a level that it will burst pipes.

The IMI Norgren Olympian Plus pressure relief valve is designed to protect compressed air systems against over-pressurisation. It has high relief capacity while being sensitive and accurate. As part of the Olympian Plus range of products, it is suitable for in-line or modular installation and is compatible with other products in the Olympian Plus range, such as the B64G Filter/Regulator and the L64 Series Lubricator. Some of the key pressure relief valve features include:

• Protection against over-pressurisation
• High relief flow
• Threaded relief port for silencer or piped exhaust
• Sizes: G1/4″…G3/4″
• Max. Inlet pressure: 17 Bar
• Outlet adjustment range: 1…10 Bar
• Wide range of accessories available
• In-line or modular installation

Choosing a pressure relief valve

Choosing a pressure relief valve isn’t always easy, but here at MGA Controls, we specialise in helping you choose the correct valve for your application. There are six basic factors to consider before choosing your pressure relief valve:

• Connection size and type
• Set pressure (PSIG)
• Temperature
• Back pressure
• Service
• Required capacity

You must also consider the physical dimensions of the application and the plant, as well as factors related to the environment in which the valve will operate.

Here at MGA Controls, pressure relief valves can be fitted to an existing system and can be specified in sizes ranging from 1/4″ to 1.1/2″. We carry a wide range of stock that is available for quick delivery in your time of need.

To speak to a member of our technical team about choosing a pressure relief valve or the difference between a pressure relief valve and regulator contact us today on 01704 898980 or email To request a free quote or view our general range of products contact our team.