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Air Actuated Pinch Valves

AIR ACTUATED PINCH VALVES

Aluminum, Stainless Steel and Plastic Air Actuated Pinch Valves with Tri-Clamp, ANSI flange, NPT Thread and Weld-on Ends.
 
VMP
    VMC

VMP


   

VMC

Plastic Pinch Valves from 3/8” – 2” diameters [10mm – 50mm]. VMP Series Pinch Valves are a reliable and economic valve for a range of industrial applications
      Aluminum and Stainless Steel Pinch Valves with near endless connection options. From 3/8” – 4” diameters [10 mm – 100 mm].
pinch valves
      pinch valves
         
         
VF
      VT

VF

     

VT

Aluminum and Stainless Steel Pinch Valves with ANSI or DIN Flanged Connections.
      Aluminum and Stainless Steel Pinch Valves designed for semi-trailer silo unloading and Bulk Silo Overfill Protection.
pinch valves
      pinch valves
         




How Air Actuated Pinch Valves Work 

Air actuated pinch valves are the most common type of pinch valve installed in process systems worldwide. Typically, when someone says pinch valve, they’re referring to air actuated. The design of this valve is simple: it’s a cast cylindrical or elliptical shaped “body” with a rubber sleeve inside of it. AKO makes the body out of cast aluminum or stainless steel for maximum strength, which is then machined to precise specifications for easy access to replace sleeves as well as a connection point for in-and-out airflow. With an air actuator, compressed air flows inside the inner tube, which in turn forces the sleeve to expand and constrict passage through the valve. The rubber sleeve is highly elastic and robust; completely stopping flow when engaged—or using a proportional pressure regulator, can regulate flow to down to 70%, 50%, 30%, 20% etc flow. When resumption of free flow is desired, the air actuator releases the compressed air, creating normal atmospheric pressure inside the body and allowing the sleeve to retract for free flow.

 





Air Actuated Pinch Valves Provide Excellent Value Because They Are:

  • Small in size, fitting into most process systems
  • Robust, lasting a long time and requiring infrequent sleeve replacement
  • Efficient energy consumption, using only minimal compressed air
  • Complete, full-stoppage of product flow
  • Partial flow regulation, using a proportional pressure regulator, if desired
  • Virtually zero frictional resistance when open



Total Cost of Owning an Air Actuated Pinch Valve

Referring to any maintenance of an air actuated pinch valve as frequent would be a misnomer. Over the lifetime of ownership, occasional replacement of the pinch valve sleeve must be done. This occurs when the elasticity or integrity of the rubber is compromised, either by age, heat, or abrasion. Replacing the sleeves is rapid (with all parts at hand--not more than a handful of minutes) and requires no special skill or proprietary tools. Sleeves are affordable; and combined with such minimal maintenance time, total cost of ownership (TCO) is low.



 

The Special Design of AKO’s Sleeves

Not all pinch valve sleeves are created equally with regards to durability and composition. While other manufacturers may build quality pinch valves, the chemical composition of the rubber is proprietary and refined only for AKO. The trade secret composition of AKO’s rubber, reinforced with an eleatic fabric-like mesh yields an ultra-long lasting and abrasive resistant sleeve. The long service-life contributes to a lower total cost of ownership than competing valves. AKO also offers 10 different grades of elasticity in their sleeves. The different grades offer the best life-cycle value depending on the frequency of opening and closing, temperature, abrasion, and installation particulars. Your Basecamp Sales Engineer will be knowledgeable on choosing the right sleeve.

 


Where to Use AKO Pinch Valves?



Granular Materials Fine Powders
Slurries
Liquids
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