Measurement and Testing

  • Should solenoid valves be classed as more than a commodity item?

Should solenoid valves be classed as more than a commodity item?

May 09 2018 Read 371 Times

There are those who view solenoid valves as merely a commodity, and there are those who are interested in long-term reliability. The overall reliability of any system in a process plant cannot exceed the reliability of the final link in the control chain.

Unfortunately, however, low cost and high reliability may be divergent ambitions when it comes to valves. Engineers seeking operational longevity and high-quality performance should think beyond initial purchase price, as any other strategy is likely to cost far more in the long run.

Driven by cost pressures, some engineers and purchasers buy solenoid valves based on price. They specify a solenoid valve that will do its job but mistakenly believe all valves are created equal, thinking that very little can go wrong with these seemingly simple devices that typically comprise of a coil, plunger and sleeve. On that basis people may see the solenoid valve as a commodity item. The reality, however, is far different: a highly-engineered solenoid valve may come with a higher purchase price, but its lifetime costs are far lower than other “commodity” counterparts.

Click here to download our free whitepaper.

Read comments0

Do you like or dislike what you have read? Why not post a comment to tell others / the manufacturer and our Editor what you think. To leave comments please complete the form below. Providing the content is approved, your comment will be on screen in less than 24 hours. Leaving comments on product information and articles can assist with future editorial and article content. Post questions, thoughts or simply whether you like the content.


Digital Edition

Petro Industry News September 2018

September 2018

In This Edition Fuel for Thought - New Partnership for the US Distributio - Element opens new oil and gas laboratory in Singapore - Metrohm Acquires B&W Tek Analytical Instrumentation...

View all digital editions

Events

SPE Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition

Sep 24 2018 Dallas, Tx, USA

Rio Oil & Gas 2018

Sep 24 2018 Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

Control-Tech

Sep 25 2018 Kielce, Poland

International Pipeline Expo

Sep 25 2018 Calgary, Alberta, Canada

MOGSEC 2016

Sep 25 2018 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

View all events