Festo Australia has released a range of pneumatic pinch valves which provide reliable control and shut off in food and drink production processes.

The valves are durable, energy efficient, easy to service, and flexible due to their simple construction, and they provide a cost-effective alternative to diaphragm and ball valves, according to the company.

VZQA pinch valves are clean, straightforward solution for use with a wide range of media such as liquid, fibrous, particulates or granular substances. They provide smooth media flow, suit optimising filling and metering systems, and their compact design saves on installation space.

The valves are easy to service, which enables managers to save on downtime and associated costs.

The sealing cartridge can be changed in four simple steps without special tools, and they can be cleaned easily due to a full media passage flow and very little dead space. The sealing cartridge is available in EPDM, NBR, and Silicone to suit a wide range of applications and media.

Made from aluminium or stainless steel, the pinch valves prove themselves in challenging environments, and the internal parts offer the same durability against aggressive media.

A patented sealing cartridge means the valves can withstand the very high demands in continuous daily operation, whether abrasive, corrosive, highly viscous or neutral media is used.