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 Numatics Lapped Spool and Sleeve

  • Balanced construction relies on an air bearing principle
  • Lapped spool and floating sleeve assembly is a matched set, machined from stainless steel to millionths of an inch precision
  • No Dynamic Rubber Packings
  • Longest Service Life

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NGT’s Balanced Poppet

  • Smaller Size
  • Easy to Repair
  • Better Valve
  • Longer Life

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Compact’s Patented Cylinder Design

  • Clean lines
  • Six mounting surfaces
  • Easily modified for tight spaces
  • Easy repair
  • Modifications are standard
  • Long life

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Numatics Lapped Spool and Sleeve

Lapped Spool and Sleeve Assembly

The Numatics lapped spool and floating sleeve assembly is a matched set, machined from stainless steel to millionths of an inch precision. It’s patented, balanced construction relies on an air bearing principle, eliminating troublesome dynamic o-ring seals.  The sleeve remains stationary in the valve housing, floating on six static seals. The sliding spool is sealed simply by virtue of the close finish tolerances.

With the spool floating on a film of air molecules, there is no metal-to-metal contact. Heat-treating of spools and sleeves gives a hardness necessary to combat pipe scale and other air line contaminants. The spool is balancedwith respect to air pressure, and offers extreme versatility of valve application. It supplies true multipurpose construction. The floating sleeve insures freedom from any mechanical distortion imposed on the valve body. Lubricated or properly filtered dry air will insure longer life; however, the spool and sleeve’s unique design, inherent resistance to contaminants and sticking, will provide years and years of troublefree service, exceeding industrial standards of design and performance.

All these factors give the Numatics Spool and Sleeve a reliability and long service life which have been field proven in maintenance-free operation, typically outlasting the life of the machine on which it was installed.

Directional Valve Floating Lapped Spool and Sleeve

Advantages:

  • No Dynamic Rubber Packings
  • Both Spool and sleeve are stainless steel, precision machined to close tolerances. They are a matched set and spools are not interchangeable.
  • Air enters the sleeve, and the matched fit allows minute leakage across the spool. This centers the spool in the sleeve and acts as an air bearing. There is no metal-to-metal contact.
  • Sealing is accomplished by the closely maintained fit between the spool and sleeve.
  • Air bearing principle allows all valves to operate dry: without any lubrication.

Balanced Spool Design:

  • Vacuum to 300 PSIG independent of pilot pressure. Full backpressure at any port does not affect operation. There is no blow-by to exhaust during spool shift.
  • Consistent valve action independent of pressure or vacuum.
  • Provides multipurpose valve versatility.

Longest Service Life:

  • Razor sharp edges on the spool are a perfect shear against the holes in the sleeve to fight air contaminants.
  • 2 Micro inch surface finish on the outside diameter of the spool and inside diameter of the sleeve make it difficult for air line contaminants to adhere.

Floating Spool and Sleeve construction:

  • Static o-ring seals float the sleeve in the body, eliminating binding caused by temperature changes or uneven torque of the mounting bolts and pipe fittings.

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NGT’s Balanced Poppet

Advantage of NGT’s Balanced Poppet
NGT’s patented balanced design reduces the force required to open the valve.

The traditional ball and poppet pilot check valve require large pilot pistons in order to open the main seat. The pilot piston force must overcome the force resulting from pressure trapped behind the main seat. Large pilot pistons cause high operating forces that decrease the life of the valve.

Longer Life
A typical ball type or poppet type check valve with the same flow area as the balanced check will have 16 times the force required to open the valve. Opening a valve seat with 44 lbf for 10 million cycles would cause significant wear, as opposed to 2.7 lbf for 10 million cycles. The air cushions on both ends of the pistons also help to reduce wear due to impact forces when the balanced piston shifts.

Smaller Size
The absence of a large pilot piston translates into a small design package. Compare our 3/8 nptf Midget Model with the competitions for size and flow.

Easy to Repair
To repair, remove the endcap, insert a new cartridge and replace the endcap. This can be accomplished in a few seconds without removing the plumbing.

Stainless Balanced Pilot Operated Check Valve

Balanced Poppet Check

Poppet Check

Ball Check

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Compact’s Patented Cylinder Design

Compact’s Patented Cylinder

Simple Extrusion: The basic extrusion is plain to increase design options and  eliminate some of the problems with cookie cutter clones.

  • Clean lines
  • Six mounting surfaces
  • Easily modified for tight spaces
  • Eliminates multiple dirt traps

Flush End Cap:
• Maximum possible stroke for a given cylinder body length
• No Dirt traps

Patented End Cap: Cross-sectional profile exposes more of the piston surface to air pressure at the beginning of the stroke. This gives the cylinder a faster response. The design also provides a self-cushioning effect to lessen noise.

Free-Flowing Port Orifices: The direct orifices (no turns or angles) deliver a large air volume at any pressure. This improves cycling rate and responsiveness.

AccuGrainTM Manufactured Bores: All cylinder bores are first diamond-honed for roundness and then work-hardened for smoothness. This process produce a super low friction surface with outstanding lubrication retention.

Advanced Seal Designs: The “figure-8” piston seals are made of Buna-N have a low breakout friction, low running friction, longer life, and positive sealing.

Tuf-CoatTM Husky Piston: The extended-length piston in heavy-duty series cylinder features a proprietary Tuf-CoatTM fluoropolymer piston surface coating. The surface has very minimal break-away force, and a large bearing area that prevents scoring: without the use of thin wear strips.

Tuf-Coat II TM Engineered Rod Surface: The rod surface finish features the highly refined  Tuf-Coat II TM PTFE filled chromium on stainless steel with a hardness of Rc72.

PTFE: Polytetrafluoroethylene (Teflon)

Three Duty Options:

  • Standard Duty: Typically 60% smaller then conventional cylinders with the shortest overall cylinder length for a given stroke.
  • Intermediate Duty: Deeper end cap bushing for improved side loading.
  • Heavy Duty: Deeper end cap bushing  and longer piston for maximum side loading. This piston also has the proprietary Tuf-CoatTM piston coating.

Modifications: Compact Air has over 10,000 files of modified special cylinders: From simple porting changes to 100% custom designed cylinders.