AutomationDirect's NITRATM line now includes several new series of products to
help meet a broad range of pneumatic air
supply pressure regulation and filtration applications. While each series is designed to work in stand-alone
applications, the modular design enables field assembly for combining
The AF Series
particulate and moisture separation air filters are available with 1/8- to 1-inch NPT female port sizes
and either a semi-automatic or automatic drain. Polycarbonate bowls are
standard on 1/8- through Â½-inch sizes, while metal bowl guards are provided on
Â¼- through Â½-inch sizes. The Â¾-inch and 1-inch sizes feature all-metal bowl
construction with sight gauges. Prices start at $11.25.
Series pneumatic air pressure regulators are available with adjustable pressure
ranges of 20-130 psi or 7-60 psi. These regulators feature a locking pressure
adjustment knob and integral pressure gauge. The AR series prices start at $17.
Series combines particulate/moisture separation air filters and adjustable
pressure regulators, all in a single convenient unit. Available in 1/8-inch
through 1-inch sizes, the pressure regulator features a locking pressure
adjustment knob, integral pressure gauge with adjustable pressure ranges of
20-115 psi. AFR Series prices start at $23.
mist-type air lubricators are available with 1/8-inch to 1-inch NPT female port
sizes and a lubrication rate adjustment with sight gauge. The Â¾-inch and 1-inch
sizes feature all-metal bowl construction with sight level gauges. AL Series
prices start at $12.25.
40 micron filter elements are standard. When stricter filtration is required,
an optional, customer-installable, five- micron filter element is available for
pneumatic manual shut-off pressure relief valves are available with 1/8-inch to
Â½-inch female ports. The three-way, two-position design is used to shut off
upstream pressure and relieve downstream pressure. The manually rotated knob
can be locked out with the included padlock. ARV prices start at $19.75.
Three new series of directional control solenoid valves are also available. Solenoid coils for each series are available
in either 24V dc or 120V ac control voltages. The available single-solenoid
models provide two-position, normally closed, spring return operation and
double-solenoid models provide two-position, energize open/energize closed
operation. DIN-style wiring connectors feature LED indication of solenoid coil
three-way stackable poppet-style valves, starting at $16.75, can be used in
individual valve applications or, to simplify piping connections, multiple
valves can be field assembled to share supply air.
valves, starting at $19.75, are body ported three-port (three-way) spool valves
with port sizes up to 3/8-inch NPT and flow coefficients (Cv) from 0.78 to
body ported five-port (four-way) spool valves start at $19.75 and are available
with port sizes up to 3/8-inch NPT and a flow coefficient (Cv) range of 0.67 to
0.89. In addition, AVS-5 double solenoid models are available with
three-position, center closed or center exhaust operation. For multiple-valve
applications, AM-5 series manifolds are available in 2, 4, 6 or 8 stations
(starting at $9.25).
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