Valves are pneumatic components that are used in automation technology to control actuators such as cylinders, rodless cylinders, motors or grippers. When it comes to the valves themselves, a distinction is made between pneumatically actuated valves, electric valves and manually actuated valves, which are available from Festo in many different designs and versions. In addition, valves in valve terminals are also offered for system requirements.
Pneumatics are used in industrial automation to transmit movement or force – this is usually done with the help of compressed air. The movement itself is implemented with actuators; valves or valve terminals are used in automation technology to be able to control these drives ultimately.
Components of a simple pneumatic system (example):
Festo valves can be used universally or configured individually depending on the application. In addition to directional control valves, shut-off, flow or pressure regulators, our product portfolio also includes piezo valves – proportional pressure regulators that are characterized by their long service life and minimal energy requirements.
A directional control valve is used to change, open or block the direction of flow of compressed air in a pneumatic system.
Directional control valves from Festo:
No matter whether for gases, highly viscous fluids, pastes or granulates: process and media valves from Festo control the different fluids in your machine during cooling, lubrication, cleaning, washing and sterilization, and also dosing and mixing.
In pneumatics in particular, the functional safety of an application is essential, since – unlike in electrical systems – the work here is usually done with ordinary hardware components. In addition to comprehensive product information on our website, our project engineers are therefore available to provide you with competent advice until you have familiarized yourself with the system. This service provides you with a quicker and more cost-effective way to ensure your system is safe.
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Like any valve, pneumatic valves have a control function to determine the amount of gas or compressed air that is allowed to flow through. With a pneumatic valve, the flow is controlled by a pneumatic signal.
Electrically pilot-actuated valves or pneumatic valves can be used to control actuators. Electrically pilot-actuated valves can be controlled with 12 V, 24 V or 230 V. Common variants here are, for example, 3/2 or 5/2-way valves.
In contrast to electric valves, pneumatic valves are actuated by compressed air.
Festo's product range of valves and valve terminals includes: