Pinch Valve Advantages
AKO’s Pinch Valve range covers a diverse selection of sizes, body materials, end connections and internal rubber sleeve materials. This gives the user a huge advantage over other valve types on the market because the AKO Pinch Valve will be suitable for almost every application.
The Pinch Valve comes in only three parts – Outer housing, a rubber sleeve fitted inside, and two end connections to fit/mount onto pipework. The limited amount of parts to the Pinch Valve gives it an excellent total cost of ownership, with no additional rings, seals, screws etc to replace.
With so many different industrial applications out there, the Pinch Valve is becoming more and more popular with it’s easy function, low maintenance and simple design. Pinch Valve applications are very broad, and in this case we look at a Pinch Valve used on a printing machine.
Valve for Print Residue
Within this particular printing ink residue application, the font/residue media is 12-20 degrees C, and is fed through the Pinch Valve bore with gravity force. The Pinch Valve is normally closed, and is held closed using 2 BAR of air pressure.
The company have been using Pinch Valves within their printing business for 18 years with huge success. They originally started using Pinch Valves because they came installed on some machinery by an original equipment manufacturer. AKO supplies Pinch Valves to end users, OEM’s, merchants, and universities.
The Pinch Valve being used in this printing application is AKO’s VMP050.03X.72. It has a black plastic body with plastic female threaded ends, and a natural rubber sleeve inside which squeezes tightly shut when air is applied into the inlet of the body. This VMP Pinch Valve range comes in sizes DN10-50.