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The Different Types Of Hydraulic Cartridge Valve, And Why They Are So Essential!

Hydraulic Cartridge Valves are valves used in Hydraulic systems and machines. They are used for directional, pressure and flow control in many industries. Typically, these valves are of an extremely compact design, which ensures that they are effective in various Hydraulic Manifold Systems.

Hydraulic Cartridge Valves, also known as 2/2-way valves or ‘logic elements’, are ideal for applications which require a high flow rate along with leak-free control. They are available in a wide range of sizes, specifications and designs.

The Different Types Of Hydraulic Cartridge Valves

  • Check Valves – This design of Hydraulic Cartridge Valve will only allow liquid to flow in a single direction. This means that this design of valve is perfect when the liquid needs to bypass a pressure valve or a filter. It is also an ideal way to ensure that the flow does not enter a specific portion of the Hydraulic circuit at an undesirable time.

    These types of valves are split up into three groups; Standard Check Valves, Male Check Valves and Integrated Check Valves – the primary difference between these three types of valve are the way in which they are installed into the system. This makes them ideal for different setups of hydraulic system.
  • Relief Valves – The relief valve is a type of valve which will limit the hydraulic pressure in a system, ensuring that specific components of the system are not subjected to degrees of pressure that they cannot sustain.

    A relief valve is, primarily, a safety component, as it stops other pieces of the system from becoming damaged. Relief valves are split into four groups; Hydraulic Light Relief Valves, Standard Relief Valves, Double Relief Valves and Hydraulic Differential Type Relief Valves.
  • Hydraulic Flow Dividers – Flow Dividers are composed of two or more gear sections which have been connected along a common shaft. Each individual section is fed from a shared inlet port and has a separate outlet port. Because the gear sections are rotating at identical speeds, the fluid is displaced at an identical rate.
  • Hydraulic Diverter Valves – These types of valve are used to intercept and divert the flow of liquid within the hydraulic system. This is useful when movement sequencing or control selection of different actuators is needed. Hydraulic Diverter Valves are typically available from three-way to six-way diverters. This means that you can pick out the perfect diverter valve for your system’s requirements. They are usually made of cast iron, though steel alternatives are available.

Reliable, High-Performing Hydraulic Cartridge Valves

At Flowfit, we are extremely proud of our range of Hydraulic Cartridge Valves. We understand how integral these valves are to your hydraulic system, and we have the highest confidence in the products we offer.

For more information, or to start browsing through our incredible range of Hydraulic Cartridge Valves today, please visit Flowfit Online or contact us on 01584 876 033. Alternatively, you can email any questions or concerns that you might have directly to

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