Breakthrough Energy Savings Technology

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ELEGANCE IN MOTION

Nexmatix’s new energy efficient ISO valves typically use 20-40% less compressed air than conventional directional control valves. The valves perform like tried and true valves but use a unique spool configuration and on-board microelectronics to recycle compressed air.

As the valve cycles, the pressurized outbound port connects to the opposing (unpressurized) outlet port, recycling the compressed air from one outbound port to the other.

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Nexmatix’s novel technology is an elegant but simple solution that recycles compressed air with minimal changes to the valve body and electronics.

Our valves don’t require any hardware, electrical or PLC modifications, making it a truly plug-and-play replacement for users with ISO manifolds.

So this means replacing an existing valve with an equivalent Nexmatix product requires no programming or wiring changes by the end-user. Nexmatix valves conform to international standards 15407-1 and 15407-2.

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Nexmatix’ technology uses proven spool and body valve construction to recycle compressed air. The technology works by briefly connecting the two downstream cylinder ports during each stroke.

As the valve cycles, the pressurized outbound port connects to the opposing (unpressurized) outlet port, recycling the compressed air from one outbound port to the other. This effectively pre-charges the de-pressurized port before it is connected to supply, saving on average 20%-40% of the compressed air.

The two sides in fluid communication are allowed to dwell or equilibrate before venting the remaining spent air from the first port. This connection occurs on the order of 10s of milliseconds and is transparent to the user. For a three position valve, the center position behavior is maintained during power down.

SAVE ENERGY BY RECYCLING AIR

 

Although pneumatics technology provides a clean, high-power, low-cost means of implementing factory automation, the compressed-air costs associated with pneumatic systems are notoriously high—often accounting for up to 30% or more of the power costs at a plant.  In the U.S. alone, it has been estimated that the energy used to compress air exceeds a half-quadrillion BTUs per year.

Nexmatix LLC has developed an innovative directional control-valve technology that provides a plug-and-play replacement for a standard directional control valve. Typically, it yields a 25% savings in compressed-air costs without compromising system function. The intent of this article is to illustrate cost savings provided by Nexmatix technology in a typical pneumatic actuation application.

One of the primary contributors to the high cost of compressed air is the relative low efficiency of compressed-air systems, which are typically characterized by efficiencies from electrical input power to compressed air outlet power of 10% to 14%. The nature of these inefficiencies is not always well understood, and as such the authors use this section to derive and explain the electricity costs associated with operation of a compressed-air system.

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A.I.M. for Savings . . . As Simple as 1-2-3

ASSESS

Opportunities to Save
Review your system: compressor types, cycle times, line lengths all play a part. We can help you analyze where Nexmatix valves save you air, energy and maintenance costs…and much more.

IMPLEMENT

A Plan that Works
Replace your valves all at once, or over time. We’ll work with your maintenance, engineering and purchasing groups to plan an installation schedule that fits within your operating and capital budgets.

MEASURE

Your Actual Savings
Real-life metrics show you where tweaks and adjustments will make your plan even more effective. You could recover your entire investment in as little as one year.

NEXMATIX PRODUCT WARRANTY

At Nexmatix, we believe things should be intelligently simple. That belief is reflected in our warranty, too. No fancy legalese and no fine print – just one page of common sense.  View our Warranty >>