SMC’s Newest Valve Series Truly Plug and Play

  • June 04, 2003
  • SMC Corporation of America
  • News
Indianapolis, Indiana - SMC Corporation of America, the world’s largest manufacturer of pneumatic automation products has announced the release of the Series SV solenoid valve designed for electronic and general machinery manufacturers. The SV valve series features a modular design that allows modification of manifold stations by simply snapping them together. The design of pneumatic and electrical connections of the manifold provides a “Plug and Play” concept for building the manifolds. Rated IP65 and CE compliant, the SV valves are offered in both serial interface and parallel wiring configuration. These units are particularly suitable for applications in semiconductor, food processing, automotive and metal working industries. The SV valves have a life expectancy of 50 million cycles and are offered in four sizes, i.e. SV1000, SV2000, SV3000, and SV4000 with flow capacity ranging from 0.23Cv up to 1.6Cv. Dual 3 port valves in Series SV1000 and SV2000 allow individual control of A and B ports. “The SV valves are truly plug-and-play. Installation and upgrading are literally a snap with the elimination of the traditional lead wire internal wiring in favor of pin type connectors. Balaji Rao, Senior Product Manager for SMC explains. “By connecting each manifold block with a pin connector, valve stations can be reconfigured simply by plugging and unplugging them.” For stackability, the units are available in two mounting options: a tie-rod configuration or a cassette configuration for use with DIN rails. Up to 20 stations can be stacked together in a block (18 for the SV1000 Cassette type). “The whole process of installing and modifying these valves is so easy it can be done by someone with little or no technical background” says Rao. Not only are these valves easy to use and install, but the use of serial interface protocols (also called “field bus technologies”) are quickly becoming the norm in automated plants these days. The SV manifolds come with both centralized and decentralized type Serial units. The EX500 decentralized Gateway/SI unit comes in DeviceNet, Profibus-DP and Remote I/O protocols. The gateway unit controls up to four branches with 32 I/O per branch and is IP65 rated. The EX250, centralized SI unit comes in DeviceNet, Profibus-DP, CC-Link and As-I protocols with 64 I/O. SMC Corporation also manufactures actuators, airline and air preparation equipment, high-purity products, vacuum ejectors, instrumentation, and a host of fittings and accessories applicable to the pneumatic automation industry. With their online product specification tool called E-Tech, customers can specify products, validate part numbers, use sizing calculators and download native CAD files to help select products. Subsidiaries and joint-ventures of SMC Corporation have been established in 38 countries, with sales having grown to a 20% share of the world market, earning it the acclaimed “Global 500” industry rating. SMC has a total of 14 production facilities, 3 of which are in North America –Indiana, California, and Ontario, Canada. SMC’s global presence enables it to provide the best customer service in any part of the world. For more information, please visit

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