5 Tips - Checklist When Buying The Right Hydraulic Valve

5 Tips - Checklist When Buying The Right Hydraulic Valve

5 Tips - Checklist When Buying The Right Hydraulic Valve

Each and every hydraulic machine requires and uses hydraulic valves for varying purposes. Some machinery requires few simple valves for execution, whereas, others require dozens of complex valves. They are available in a variety of sizes according to the international standards. So, the valves are selected depending on their applications. In this article, we provide you with 5 tips that you want to remember when you buy a hydraulic valve.

          A hydraulic valve acts as an important component in the hydraulic machinery that affects the performance and efficiency of the system. These hydraulic valves are used in hydraulic systems to direct the flow of fluids and to switch at a certain pressure. The direction of the flow of liquid is determined using the position of the spool. The spool can be controlled mechanically or electrically and it is located inside the cylinder bore. These valves must be capable of withstanding 3000 PSI or more fluid pressure, so, they are built using steel or iron. The major role of hydraulic valves is to sustain a balanced state of power dynamics in various mechanical systems.

          Hydraulic valves can be classified according to their functions, working type, inner sealing, controlling, and installation mounting. Mounting in pipelines, with threaded connections such as cartridge valves, sub-plate mounting or flange mounting is the different installation mounting available. Commonly, there are 3 types of hydraulic valves, direction control valve (direct the flow of fluid, halt or initiate the flow), pressure control valve (maintain the pressure level), and flow control valve (monitor and regulate the rate of flow).

Below provided are the 5 best tips for you to buy hydraulic valves:

1. Know and understand the function of a hydraulic valve:

Hydraulic valves are used to control the pressure and flow of hydraulic fluids within the system and can function hydraulically, pneumatically, manually, electrically or mechanically. They play an important role in controlling the function and safety of the equipment. So, a good knowledge of hydraulic valves is vital for buying.

2. Have an understanding of the components:

A hydraulic valve comprises a bonnet, seat, and disc (to prevent leakages). So, if you have enough knowledge about these components, then, it will be beneficial for you to purchase the best in the market.

3. Be specific about what you are looking for:

Various types of hydraulic valves are available in the market. But, if you purchase one, always choose the type that fits your system as per the technical specifications and nomenclature. Otherwise, it will cause a malfunction of the system.

4. Always pick the right size:

Different manufacturers produce hydraulic valves. But, if you purchase one, don't rely on the manufacturer’s valve flow rating (other than OEM). So, the smartest way to pick the right size is to opt for the Original Equipment Manufacturer. This will improve the overall performance of the system.

5. Choose three-position directional valves (four-way):

In this hydraulic valve, there will be one way for the pump, one for the reservoir or tank, and two for the inlet to the actuator. And it has 3 positions: one normal, one crossway, and one straight way.  This arrangement of valves will provide better efficiency.