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Energy-saving power valve is big on flexibility

08 August 2016

SMC has launched an updated, compact version of its VEX3 pneumatic power valve series which is said to offer greater flexibility and efficiencies in terms of energy consumption. 

Power consumption has been almost halved from 1.8 W to 1 W and manual override options have been added to the existing non-locking push type: locking slot, push turn locking and push turn lever types, which offering easy handling and greater flexibility.

Additional benefits of the new 3/3 VEX3 series include small size when compared to previous models. It also has fewer components per circuit. With flows of up to 3,300 l/min – the valve has three positions, allowing intermediate stops for cylinders up to Ø 125 mm or to change the speed of cylinders up to 200 mm bore size. It is also possible to connect two valves to a double acting cylinder, controlling up to nine different positions, including slow stopping, acceleration and deceleration.

Further savings are achieved in vacuum applications when suction or release of the workpiece are not required, as the valve can be set to the intermediate position where there is no air movement and energy is not being wasted.


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