Automation provider Festo has extended its Blue Star core pneumatics range with the addition within its VUVS valves range of a new poppetoperated valve. Available in standard or ATEX-certified versions, the VUVS poppet valve offers OEMs, machine builders and specifiers even more choice of high quality, reliable pneumatic components at a competitive price.
The simple construction of poppet valves makes them particularly well-suited to applications where contaminated air may be present. In addition, they do not require lubrication, which is an advantage in terms of eliminating any potential problems with chemical compatibility due to lubricated compressed air.
Festo’s VUVS poppet valves offer up to 58% faster switching times than their spool valve equivalents, making them ideal for applications where responsiveness is a key consideration. There is also less friction during operation, which means the VUVS poppet valve delivers a more consistent performance and repeatable switching times.
The VUVS poppet valve is available in three port sizes: ⅛”, ¼” or ⅜”. A double 3/2 function, providing two valves to be combined in a single body, offers significant savings where space is at a premium. ATEX versions, certified for use in Zone 2 explosive atmospheres, complete the new additions.
As part of the Blue Star range, the VUVS poppet valve offers Festo proven technology coupled with high reliability and quality. There are more than 2,300 Blue Star core products available for pneumatics, including: cylinders, valves, regulators, sensors and accessories, as well as products that meet the specific requirements of process automation. These include solenoid, NAMUR and angle seat valves, positioners, sensor boxes, ball valves and ball valve actuator units, products for air preparation and accessories.
With such a wide choice available as standard, Festo also offers users and specifiers free guidance on how to select the best Blue Star product for an application. This information is available free online in a number of formats, from a series of short videos to top tips. For those seeking more in-depth information on when to select poppet or spool valves there is also a white paper giving a technical comparison of available solenoid valves, sealing technologies and their relative advantages.