April 2015

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Information You Need To Know About Selecting the Right Type Of Hydraulic Valve

In a hydraulic circuit, it is the duty of the hydraulic valves to keep the flow of fluid regulated. Depending on what is required, they can be used to redirect pressurized fluid, close a line or control the flow level to a certain area. These valves can be manually controlled or automatically controlled by mechanical, physical, electrical or pneumatic activation.

These valves are similar to other fluid control valves when it comes to the categories in which they are manufactured – including bypass relief, ball, pilot operated, check regulation, directional and proportional. They are made using different materials like synthetics, stainless steel and carbon steel. The choice of material and type of valve is dependent upon where it will be used, the application in particular as the flow ratings and pressure and temperature varies with the different designs and materials. The manufacturer will also provide information about the valve diameter and the mounting flange specifications and dimensions which should match your system.