Today’s light-industrial facilities must be well laid out, optimizing usable space and energy use while allowing enough room for personnel and equipment to easily and safely circulate. To meet such exacting restrictions, it’s important that a facility’s tools and machinery provide high performance in a compact size. This need is driving original equipment manufacturers to create lighter, sleeker, and more energy-efficient products.
Emerson’s new ASCO Series 256/356 two-way and three-way compact solenoid valves help OEMs fulfill strict product size requirements without compromising on fluid control performance. The optimized body design and internal flow path of Series 256/356 valves reduce component footprint and power consumption while increasing pressure ratings critical in industrial applications.
The overall dimensions of Series 256/356 valves are 10% smaller than the previous generation. By taking up less space, Series 256/356 valves help OEMs optimize the internal layout of the equipment they’re producing. This makes it possible for OEMs to offer the high fluid control performance that’s crucial to pumps, compressors, welding equipment, fuel cells, and electrolyzers in a smaller, streamlined final product.
Some of the valves in the redesigned Series 256/356 offer greater fluid control, extending the range of applications served. The pressure rating of these valves has increased by up to 30% compared to their previous versions. This significant increase makes it possible for OEMs to use these new, higher-performance valves in applications with more demanding requirements, including hydrogen electrolyzers. An extensive selection of body materials and connection options further increases application flexibility.
While significant pressure ratings in smaller valve designs often use more energy, the Series 256/356 reduces energy use by as much as 40%. Energy-efficient components certainly benefit the development of new, sustainable product designs, but they can also help OEMs improve existing ones too. By using new, smaller Series 256/356 valves, OEMs can match or improve their existing designs’ fluid control performance and pass along greater energy savings to their consumers.
The Series 256/356 lowers costs in other ways too. The performance of DC voltage valves has significantly improved and is now close to – and in some cases, matches – the performance of AC voltage valves. AC conversion and its additional costs are no longer necessary to maximize solenoid valve performance. Multiple end-connector options and push-in connections reduce installation time by up to 40% and streamline service and maintenance as well. This not only reduces related costs but can also upscale production.
The Series 256/356 is engineered to meet global health and safety standards and operate safely and reliably in many different applications, including those in harsh environments. The product line comes in a wide selection of body materials, including lead-free brass, stainless steel, and a lightweight composite material that reduces the valve weight by 20%. The IP67-rated Series 256/356 valves are dust tight and protected against temporary submersion in up to one meter of water. These capabilities extend the life of the component, lowering replacement costs, and third-party approvals for many different industry standards help OEMs reduce their time to market for new products.
The performance improvements of the new Series 256/356 solenoid valves make them ideal for OEMs seeking ways to produce more compact, energy-efficient equipment with high fluid control performance. It takes smaller, high-performance components like Series 256/356 valves to create reliable, compact products that serve the many light-industrial facilities in which they’re used.