Questions To Ask About Your Dispensing Valves

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Is your current dispensing valve system giving you accurate deposits with minimal maintenance or are you applying inconsistent amounts of fluid and wasting too much time and money on downtime, rework, and clean up? This article discuses common problems encountered with typical dispense valve systems by asking some of the most common questions.

It also offers helpful tips for improving valve performance. This first part in the blog series answers the top questions encountered most frequently. We hope that this information will be helpful. Consider asking the questiоns below when it comes to dispensing valves.

AreYou Using A Dispense Valve System or Just A Dispense Valve?

Talking a system approach to fluid dispensing and carefully evaluating all the details even something as small as a fluid fitting will helpprevent many problems. Adispense valve system has four main components. That is the dispense valve, a means of initiating the dispensing cycle, a precision dispense tip, and a fluid reservoir.

The greatest accuracy, reliability, and production yields will be obtained when all four components are engineered to work together. This approach will also simplify qualification and validation process. A valve paired with a dedicated valve controller will typically provide faster response time than a valve triggered by mechanical means or a remote PLC. A dedicated controller will also allow deposit size to be fine-tuned with much greater precision that other methods.

AreYou Using The Best Dispense Valve For Your Fluid Application?

Inmost situations, the best results will be obtained with a valve style and configuration carefully, matched to the specific properties of the fluid being dispensed. Like for thick fluids, they pose different challenges than thinner fluids like adhesive or thread lockers. When using thick fluids, a higher-pressure valve with a balanced spool design will provide good control. Also look for a snuff back feature as it will prevent drooling and tailing and help reduce the rework and clean-up often associated with more associated assembly materials.

Bottom Line

In the middle of coping with day-to-day production challenges, it can be difficult to calculate just how much poor valve performance is really costing you. However, asking some of the questions mentioned above could help you get the right answers that will save you money, increase production, and improve the overall quality of your products. If you have any other questions, don’t hesitate to ask for optimum results.