Pneumatic System Best Practice: Valve Selection

Pneumatic System Best Practice: Valve Selection

Directional control valves might be the last component specified in a pneumatic system, but that’s likely because it has the most impact on overall system performance.

In order to specify a valve, application parameters such as load/force, speed, & special application needs will have likely already resulted in cylinder(s) sizing downstream of the directional control valve.  The condition of the compressed air will have largely driven the air prep selection that is placed before the valve.  What’s left is perhaps the most critical for performance…selecting and sizing directional the control valve(s).  This article provides a practical guide to directional control valve selection.