Emerson Launches New Solenoid Valve Range
The new ASCO™ Series 256/356 includes two-way and three-way solenoid valves.
Emerson’s new valves are intended to support Original Equipment Manufacturers’ (OEMs) need to develop more compact machines and equipment without compromising on fluid control performance. They say the optimized body design and internal flow path of the new ASCO™ Series 256/356 not only provides a smaller footprint but also reduces power consumption and increased pressure ratings critical in industrial and commercial applications.
The Missouri-based global technology and engineering company provide innovative solutions for customers in industrial, commercial, and residential markets. Their automation solutions business helps process, hybrid, and discrete manufacturers maximize production, protect personnel and the environment whilst optimizing their energy and operating costs. They also provide commercial and residential solutions, helping ensure human comfort and health, protect food quality and safety, advance energy efficiency, and create sustainable infrastructure.
Emerson says the reduced overall footprint of the Series helps OEMs optimize the internal layout of their equipment, enabling more high-performance fluid control options to be integrated into a smaller and sleeker final product. This is especially important for manufacturers of coffee machines and other beverage dispensers; heating, ventilation and air conditioning; pumps and compressors; welding equipment; and analytical and medical devices.
Achieving comparative pressure ratings in a smaller valve typically results in increased power consumption, but Emerson’s Series 256/356 valves reduce energy use by as much as 40%. This enables OEMs to apply a smaller valve while matching or improving the fluid control performance of the previous version and make significant energy savings.
Erik VanLaningham, Vice President of Global Marketing for Emerson’s industrial automation business is pleased with the new range. He said, “Emerson has engineered the Series 256/356 from the ground up, creating a range of solenoid valves that sets a new benchmark in fluid control technology by decreasing overall footprint and power consumption while also increasing pressure ratings. These performance improvements are complemented by an extended choice of body materials and connection options. This provides OEMs with the broadest range of options from a trusted single-source supplier to reliably meet their diverse application demands.”
Emerson found the pressure rating of some versions of the redesigned Series 256/356 has increased by up to 30% compared to the previous versions, enabling them to be used in more demanding applications, such as high-pressure washers and hydrogen fuel dispensers. They also state the performance of the DC voltage version is now similar to that of the AC voltage version, enabling overall system costs to be reduced by eliminating the need to convert to AC power to maximize solenoid valve performance.
The Series 256/356 offers an expanded selection of body materials, including lead-free brass, stainless-steel and an engineered composite material that is 20% lighter than brass and meets global health and safety standards for food and beverage applications. They say the valves are dust-tight, IP67-rated and submersible in up to one meter of water, making them suitable for harsh environments, increasing reliability and extending the life of machinery.
Third-party approvals for a wide variety of industry standards, such as NSF 169 and EC 1934 for food and beverage applications, helps OEMs reduce the time-to-market for new products. The Series also contains multiple end-connector options and flexible electrical connections, which they claim reduces installation time by up to 40%, making service and maintenance much easier.
Emerson’s new valves were announced March 3rd and are available to purchase now.
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