With operating speeds up to 10x those of solenoid valves and extremely precise movement control, piezo valves are rapidly replacing old solenoid technology in precision fluid and gas control applications. Piezo valves can be found in flow control, fuel injection, industrial adhesive metering, various medical applications including pneumatically powered surgical tools and mobile ventilators, and semiconductor processing.
Throughout our history, Kinetic Ceramics has collaborated with a wide range of customers across different industries to develop customized valve solutions based on our piezoelectric technology. The result has been a range of unique valves which provide a superior performance compared to conventional valves used in many applications. This includes pioneering work in fuel injector technology for gas and diesel engines and precision valves for satellite positioning.
Piezo Valve Advantages
Unlike most conventional solenoids, piezos are not restricted to an "On or Off" position. This means piezo valves can precisely maintain any position between fully closed and fully open, giving unprecedented flow control. Other piezo valves advantages over conventional solenoids include:
Lightweight & Compact Size
Minimal Energy to Maintain Position
When all these advantages are combined, engineers now have the ability to precisely shape and control flow output patterns, optimizing fluid delivery in every application. Piezo valves are suitable for a broad range of fluid control applications
Fuel injectors are a unique application of piezo valves due to their use with extremely high fluid pressures and the requirement for rapid and precise fuel delivery. Much of today's piezoelectric valve and injector technology is based on pioneering work done by Kinetic Ceramics in the 1970's and 1980's with numerous automotive manufacturers. From Chrysler to Mack truck to Lotus Racing, our company has more experience with piezoelectric fuel injectors than any other company in the world.
Piezo injectors are the future of gas and diesel fuel injectors. Faster, more reliable, and capable of delivering higher pressures than older solenoid-based technology, they help automotive manufacturers meet ever increasing fuel efficiency and emissions standards.
Contact us today if you're interested in learning more about the benefits of piezoelectric injector technology or how we can help you develop a custom solution for your application.