When choosing an ATEX gas solenoid valve, there are important considerations to take into account. We are leading gas solenoid valve suppliers, so in this article we talk you through the process of choosing a gas solenoid from MGA Controls.

Gas solenoid requirements

Gas solenoid valves for ATEX environments will have different component qualities to those used in general purpose applications. Elektrogas solenoids are purpose built for ATEX environments. In order to make sure you are choosing the correct solenoid, there are four main factors to take into consideration, including:

Valve Configuration

Valve configuration is one of the most important considerations when choosing a gas solenoid valve. The configuration of the solenoid refers to the type of valve, such as 2-way or 3-way solenoids. Valve configuration will affect media compatibility and machinery functionality. For more information about valve configuration, speak to a gas solenoid valve supplier, such as MGA Controls, today.

Valve Sizing

When we talk about valve sizing, we refer not only to the physical size of the solenoid, but also port size. In order to choose the right size of ATEX gas solenoid valve, it is important to make sure the size of the solenoid is suitable for the flow rate required by the application.


Traditional valves are built to a standard configuration, for inline mounting. However, many manufacturers have introduced manifold mounting, reducing installation time in order to provide a compact assembly, reducing installation time and cost.


The valve material of the solenoid affects media compatibility and in turn, machinery functionality. Common solenoid materials include: stainless steel, brass and aluminium. When choosing material composition, it is important to consider the effect this may have on component functionality. Aluminium Solenoid Valves are most commonly used in gas applications, due to their compatibility with a wide selection of media.

MGA Controls are leading gas solenoid valve suppliers. For more information on our Elektrogas range of products, visit our online store or contact our technical team today on 01704 898980 or email sales@mgacontrols.co.uk.