Solenoid Valves- A Tortuous Flow Path

Looking for a compact automated valve as an alternative to a solenoid valve?

Solenoid valves, electromechanical devices typically used to regulate the flow of various substances, are prone to frequent problems. Most solenoids have a flow path that changes direction and reduces in size leading to high pressure drops and in some cases clogging. In addition, if the solenoid valve uses a flexible diaphragm for sealing, leaks can occur due to constant flexing.

Solenoid Valves

Typical problems encountered with solenoid valves

Our VAX and VA Series compact automated valves eliminate these problems.

The VAX Series is available in both electrically actuated (solenoid spool) or pneumatically actuated with an external solenoid. The VAX has a flow optimized design for increasing the Cv and lowering the pressure drop.

The VAX is available with brass and stainless steel wetted materials in sizes from 3/8″ to 1″. Both styles are available in spring return models which will fail in a predetermined position. A 3-Way version is also available for diverting flow. The VAX can handle higher pressures-up to 600 PSI.  Configure a VAX Series assembly

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Cutaway of VAX Electric 2 Way

3 way compact automated valve

Cutaway VAX Pneumatic 3 Way


The VA Series is a pneumatically actuated compact on/off valve with an extremely high Cv value and a flow optimizer to reduce turbulence. It too is available in spring to open or spring to close models.

The VA Series has a NAMUR mounting pad allowing NAMUR Style solenoid valves to be directly bolted to the unit. The VA series is available in brass from 3/8″ to 2″ in size for liquid and gas pressures up to 150 PSI.  Configure a VA Series assembly

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Watch VA Compact Automated Valve Demo

The VA and VAX series valves are available with limit switches which provides a position feedback signal to your control systems.

About Kim O'Neill

Marketing administrator at Assured Automation, a leading provider of automated valves and flow components for industrial process control applications. For over 30 years Assured Automation has provided state of the art automation to a diverse clientele ranging from small equipment manufacturers to Fortune 500 Manufacturing, Chemical and Pharmaceutical companies. The Assured Automation product line consists of a complete offering of standardized automated valve assemblies with a variety of commonly used accessory items. In addition, we offer complete valve automation services where we supply special automated valve assemblies designed around your specified products or your particular applications. Full design capabilities are offered including AutoCAD, Solidworks or other commonly used design and drawing programs. In addition to standard products, Assured Automation develops customized solutions for specific customer challenges. You can find Kim O'Neill on LinkedIn.
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