SMC 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 costs.”

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.