Pinch Valves: An Outstanding Choice for Erosive and Abrasive Flow Conditions

Pinch Valves

Pinch valves are designed and constructed to outlast other types of valves in high wear applications. They are ideal where shut-off and control applications involve abrasive or corrosive slurries, powders or coarse substances.


In the open position, the valve is full bore with no flow restrictions. During closing, two pinch bars squeeze the valve sleeve shut on the centerline. Bubble tight shut-off is provided even if solids have built up on the sleeve wall. The rubber sleeve is the only wearing part which significantly reduces maintenance costs and extends service

Pinch Valve OperationPinch valves can be either shut off valves (also known as isolation valves) or control valves, and provide superior performance in the most demanding applications, where conventional valves encounter problems with wear due to increased turbulence. When the controlled flow is abrasive, it is a big advantage to have only one, wear resistant, valve part in contact with the medium. Because of this, the need for maintenance and spare parts is greatly reduced.

As the valves are self-cleaning, even if any solids are accumulated in the sleeve wall, it breaks away when the valve is operated. This is due to the flexibility of the sleeve, making the valve lifetime longer than many other competing products on the market. The sleeve is naturally wear resistant and when particles hit the sleeve’s rubber surface, the energy is absorbed and released when the rubber bounces back.
Pinch Valve Advantages

Strongly consider the use of a pinch valve to retrofit or replace the failing ball, butterfly, or gate valve in your application. Most plant maintenance and engineering staff will tell you they are very pleased with the decision.

For more information on the many uses and applications of pinch valves, contact Automatic Controls of Virginia. They can be reached by calling (804) 752-1000 or visit their web site at