Fluid Control

Fluid Control.
More than just air.

The control and regulation of fluids, both in liquid and gaseous forms, requires increasingly sophisticated and technically advanced components as the applications become more and more demanding. At the same time the sectors requiring solenoid valves, for example, are continually evolving and expanding. The use of solenoid valves is often determined by factors such as safety, environmental concerns and the lifetime of equipment in instruments which operate in some of the most difficult sectors where the fluids to be controlled can be toxic, aggressive or may require high speed operation. Fluid dynamics is the area of mechanics dealing with the laws of liquid and gaseous properties. Solenoid valves are the components which intercept, control and regulate the flow of fluids automatically within a circuit or system. Solenoid valves can transmit power and, especially, be used to provide control or pilot signals to other separate valves or circuits. Solutions in this area typically consist of components that are becoming highly advanced due to the increasing integration between electronic and mechanical technologies. The research and design of new fluid dynamic components is focused on further miniaturisation whilst retaining the same flow performances and this is especially true for solenoid valves. In addition to miniaturisation, the following technologies are also being transferred to new generations of Fluid Control Technology components:

- Proportional control systems
- Systems for PWM and PCM control techniques
- Separation membrane systems for the control of aggressive fluids
- Systems for intrinsic safety control
- Systems for latch control
- Integrated systems with position, pressure and flow sensors