A pinch valve provides a cost-effective and practical solution for controlling the flow of media through a pipeline or other system. It consists of a rubber sleeve, the only wetted part of the entire valve, and prevents fouling of the other parts. Pinch valves have gained great popularity in a number of industries, including food and beverage, medical, pharmaceutical, cement, wastewater treatment and several others, mainly because they clean and move the flowing media under pressure.
Pinch valve mechanism
In the simplest valve design, pinch valves consist of a flexible elastomer body that impedes fluid flow through the pinch mechanism of the rubber sleeve, which is the main working element. The rubber sleeve is squeezed shut by the application of fluid pressure or mechanically in the body. It is compressed in the center of the valve, with the walls clamped together or squeezed to tightly seal the flow path.
Pinch valves are operated by a linear motion method. In its simplest form, the valve may consist of an elastomeric tube with a pinch mechanism that forms a seal to stop and prevent pinching of the tube. The pinch mechanism is usually performed by a molded rubber tube placed in a housing. This can be done through a simple screw-operated operating principle, where the pinch action is achieved only on one side of the tube. Alternatively, a differential screw may be used to control two squeeze mechanisms that are vertically opposed.
There are also other types of pinch valves that are equipped with a mechanical mechanism and are pressed shut by hydraulic pressure or air injected into the valve body.
Rubber Pinch Valve Sleeves
The Essential Part to a Pinch Valve
A pinch valve consists of only 3 parts: The body, the end connections and the rubber sleeve. The pinch valve sleeves (also known as rubber diaphragm, bladder, hose, tube, diaphragm, collar, etc.) are the most crucial part of the pinch valve, and are available in a wide variety of rubber materials.
Pinch Valve Sleeve Materials
Pinch Valve vs. Conventional Valves
When referring to conventional types of valves, knife gate sliding valves, butterfly valves, ball valves and diaphragm valves fall into this category. Some engineers do not yet know about the Pinch Valve because it might be new technology to them. However, the Pinch Valve is proven to be the most reliable, cost effective and easy to use valve on the market for some time, in many different applications.
The Pinch Valve does not have any additional parts that will need replacing every so often such as rings, seals and packing etc, giving the Pinch Valve a very good total cost of ownership. Other advantages of the Pinch Valve include: