Sun Hydraulics has released the company’s first solenoid-operated, 3-way proportional flow control valve as part of the expanding line of FLeX Series valves. The new patent pending, compact FREP combines an electro-proportional adjustable orifice and pressure compensator in one valve and can provide a constant priority flow rate independent of load pressures. It’s well suited for situations where you need to maintain constant actuator speed regardless of the load on the actuator, and it provides excellent variable flow control when using a fixed-displacement pump.
The FREP valve brings precise control to orbital motors on conveyors, spinners or fans for equipment like salt spreaders, agricultural spreaders and seeders. Equipment designers and operators can control material output directly, avoiding excess application of material, saving money, optimizing yield and protecting the environment. With these applications in mind, Sun offers a standard assembly for the FREP with the OMP motor interface so it can be mounted easily on an orbital motor, reducing hosing and providing a more compact solution.
Sun offers six standard OMP-mount manifolds in a range of port sizes. The manifolds include a set of deep mounting holes to accommodate direct mounting of the Sun XMD Mobile Driver to the manifold.
The FREP is a compact single valve that features a 30-gpm (120-lpm) rated input in versions with priority flow up to 22 gpm (88 lpm) in three ranges:
- A range: 0-8 gpm (0-30 lpm)
- B range: 0-15 gpm (0-60 lpm)
- C range: 0-22 gpm (0-88 lpm)
The three ranges allow the designer to dial-in the best resolution for the application and to balance the needs for priority flow and bypass flow. The FREP can split one input into two flows that are controlled proportionally, allowing you to operate motors and cylinders on both port 3 and port 2. With the ability to divert oil from the main line of a system without disrupting primary functions, this valve is well suited to power accessories or attachments.
The benefits of the FREP are clear:
- Space-saving, pressure-compensated flow control in a single-valve solution
- Very low leakage compared to competitive valves
- More compact than competing valves with comparable flow rates, using a large hit area on port 3 to deliver higher flows
The FREP’s patent-pending design uses a pull-type solenoid that allows the main throttle spool to be less sensitive to flow forces. This means you get greater efficiencies, with more flow control using less power than similar valves from the competition.
When combined with the FLeX Series RVCK two-stage relief valve in an assembly, designers can create integrated solutions that control speed and force using two FREPs in one compact assembly, which is ideal for spreader machine control. Also pairing the FREP with the RVCK relief, a full-rated bypass flow control solution can be created, with a single FREP serving as both the variable orifice and the bypass pressure compensator in the circuit.
Material spreaders: control force and speed in one compact assembly
By combining the FLeX FREP and RVCK two-stage relief valve, you can create a solution that controls speed and force using two FREP valves in one compact assembly. For example, an augur/conveyor motor is protected against pressure spikes resulting from variations in material size and density using a Sun RDDA direct-acting relief valve. An anti-cavitation check valve can provide spin-down on the spinner motor. This kind of circuit can be readily installed on fertilizer or salt spreaders for more simplified, effective machine control.
In an example circuit, a second FREP will close if the spinner motor stalls, causing the conveyor to stall as well, which prevents excess material from dumping into the stalled spinner. In this case, the RVCK will protect the pump. Also, the auger/conveyor drive’s own resistance can keep it from overrunning, so it maintains a positive load on the motor and can make the addition of an anti-cavitation check or brake valve unnecessary in certain applications.
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