Valves for Water Based Ink on Bespoke Machinery

An original equipment manufacturer designing and building bespoke machinery for the tissue paper industry are using AKO VMP type plastic Pinch Valves (product code VMP025.03XK.72) as a vital part of the manufacture of their machines.

The machines that the company build are used for the manufacture of toilet rolls, serviettes, paper handkerchiefs etc.

valves for water based ink on bespoke machinery for tissue paper industry
Valves for Water Based Ink Application Details

Media passing through the Pinch Valve: water based ink or water

Temperature: ambient

Pressure: non pressurised

The Pinch Valve is normally closed.

Amount of cycles per day: 1-2

Due to the minimal usage of operation from the Pinch Valve, and because of the non-abrasive application, we expect the Pinch Valve for water based ink to last for an exceptionally long time. So far, the natural rubber sleeve inside the valves for water based ink has not needed to be replaced after 3-4 years. They should continue to last a lot longer.

valves for water based ink
Pinch Valve used within this application: VMP025.03XK.72

VMP model, air operated, black POM plastic body, black POM plastic BSP threaded ends, natural rubber sleeve.

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Valves for Water Based Ink Experience

This OEM have been using Pinch Valves for water based ink for 20+ years. They were originally using an alternative Pinch Valve manufacturer, but switched to AKO air operated Pinch Valves in 2014 for better reliability from the product, with no down time. The parent company of this OEM were using AKO Pinch Valves in similar applications, and the company now has a lot more confidence and feel that AKO Pinch Valves are fit for purpose, and are the ideal cost effective solution for their machines.


Since the AKO Pinch Valves for water based ink were fitted, the rubber sleeves have not yet needed to be replaced after 3-4 years. The rubber sleeve is the only wearable part to AKO Pinch Valves, making the overall cost of ownership excellent. The user can ‘fit and forget’ the valve, while it performs until the end of its very long lifetime.

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