SMC has modified its 3-port 3-position valve, VEX3, used to control actuators,
giving customers greater benefits in terms of cost savings and versatility.
The new VEX3 saves power and offers greater handling flexibility thanks to the
addition of new manual override options.
Vitoria, Spain (May 7, 2015)
SMC, the worldwide leading expert in pneumatics, has launched a new version
of its VEX3 valve series that offers customers greater flexibility and efficiencies
in terms of energy consumption.
The power has been almost halved from 1.8 W to 1 W, resulting in cost savings.
New manual override options have been added to the existing non-locking push
type: locking slot, push turn locking and push turn lever types, offering easy
handling and outstanding flexibility.
The new 3/3 VEX3 series features additional benefits to the existing conventional
2/2, 3/2 and 5/3 valves. The VEX3 is not only smaller in size compared to the
old one, but when added to the existing benefit of fewer components required
per circuit, it delivers in terms of space and cost savings. The VEX3 –
with flow up to 3300 l/min – has three positions, making it possible to
perform intermediate stops of cylinders up to Ø 125 mm or to change the
speed of cylinders up to 200 mm bore size. It’s also possible to connect
two valves to a double acting cylinder, controlling up to nine different positions,
including slow stopping, acceleration and deceleration.
A spokesperson from SMC said: “The functions of the VEX3 can be performed
by an electric actuator, but this new valve offers our customers greater force
given by the compressed air and is more cost efficient to purchase and operate.
It is a great example of the SMC team working closely with its customers to
deliver a product that improves productivity and reduces overall production
Further savings are achieved in vacuum applications when suction or release
of the workpiece are not required, as the valve can be set to the intermediate
position where there is no air movement and energy is not being wasted.
For more information on the VEX3 visit the SMC new product page: www.smc.eu