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Directional solenoid valves: pilot operated

Directional solenoid valves that are pilot operated are the most widely used solenoid valves. Pilot operated directional solenoid valves use system line pressure to open and close the main orifice in the valve body. In a piston-style valve, the main orifice is held closed with a piston seal pressed against the main orifice by both the combination of fluid and spring pressure. In a normally closed valve, the piston is shifted or opened when the pilot operator is energized.

This allows fluid behind the piston to evacuate through the valve outlet. At this point, the system line pressure moves the piston, opening the main orifice of the valve allowing high capacity flow through the valve. When energizing the coil of a normally open valve, fluid pressure builds up behind the piston, forcing the piston to seal the main orifice of the valve.

Directional solenoid valves: direct operation

Directional solenoid valves that feature direct operation directly open or close the main valve orifice. This is the only flow path in the valve. Direct operated directional solenoid valves are used in systems that require low flow capacities and in applications with a low pressure differential across the valve orifice.

The sealing surface that opens and closes the main valve orifice is connected to a solenoid plunger. Directional solenoid valves operate from a zero pressure differential to a maximum rated pressure differential – regardless of line pressure. Pressure drop across the valve is not required to hold the valve open.

The Bosch Rexroth South Africa Group of Companies is Africa’s largest hydraulics components, products and systems supplier.

Our range of hydraulic products consists of over 500 different components. This extensive range includes directional poppet type valves manufactured by Bosch Rexroth. In addition to this range of hydraulic products, we also offer world-class repair, service, testing and calibration and installation facilities to meet the requirements of any application. Our hydraulic products include hydraulic pumps, gearboxes, coolers, valves, pilot control units, motors, cylinders, hoses and fittings, maintenance tools and accessories.

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Hytec is the only certified Bosch Rexroth Service Centre in Africa. This means that when you send in a Bosch Rexroth hydraulic component to Hytec for service or repair, it will be configured according to the same precise quality standards as adhered to at the Bosch Rexroth facility in Lohr, Germany – ensuring you maintain German-engineered standards of quality in Africa.

In addition, Hytec has established a series of operations centres to provide customers outside of South Africa with access to leading hydraulics, pneumatics, control and other technologies and products from within the Bosch Rexroth South Africa Group of Companies. HSA distribution centres represent all of its 24 brands, along with every solution-based service that the Bosch Rexroth South Africa Group of Companies has to offer. Hytec has also appointed a series of distributors to provide customers outside of South Africa with the same access.

The Bosch Rexroth South Africa Group of Companies brings the world’s leading hydraulics, pneumatics and automation brands to sub-Saharan Africa!