Guest contributor: Dr. Till Deubel, Head of Development, Cartridge Valves, Bosch Rexroth
When it comes to valves, maintaining performance with an increased flow rate can be extremely good news for manufacturers. It allows them to meet the same requirements with a smaller machine size or maximize manufacturing performance with a minimized footprint.
Our brand-new WRC-4X directional high-response cartridge valves not only meet high dynamics and flow requirements, they can also be integrated into networked environments.
As they feature integrated electronics with a multi-Ethernet interface and OCI for Drives, WRC-4X valves can be integrated into networked environments even with an analog signal input.
Next generation thinking
Once again, we’re pleased to be moving technology forward – increasing performance and communication for hydraulic actuators with our next generation of WRC-4X directional high-response cartridge valves. These valves are more dynamic and consistently achieve flows that could previously only be met by using the next highest available size. In fact, they provide the largest flow on the market.
Integrated electronics (OBE) allow the new valve series to be networked via open interfaces with higher-level control units and Industry 4.0 environments, even when used with an analog signal input. This means that the valves are ready be integrated right away into even the most cutting edge automation concepts and can benefit from predictive maintenance.
Flexing to future challenges
Our new cartridge valve blocks are ideal for applications with high flow and dynamics requirements, such as:
- Injection molding machines
Using sophisticated co-simulations with flow analyses and strength calculations, our developers have optimized channel geometries and enabled different sized valves to achieve significantly higher flow levels. This means they can consistently achieve values that would previously have only been possible by using valves the next size up.
The valves can be operated via digital and analog control signal input. In both cases, the integrated electronics (OBE) enable the valves to be seamlessly integrated into digitally networked automation environments and Industry 4.0 applications. WRC-4X valves also feature an open interface that enables communication with a range of programs. So machine manufacturers and operators can incorporate the valves into condition monitoring systems and benefit from predictive maintenance.
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