September 17, 2008

OEM Fluid Subassemblies

Manifolds provide a platform for integrating solenoid valves, pressure switches, check valves, regulators, gauges and other components into one complete fluid system. An integrated assembly gives OEM designers and end users several advantages.

Reliability

Mounting components in a single assembly minimizes potential leak points by eliminating tubing and fittings. Reducing leaks makes the machine more reliable and reduces downtime as well as the cost of trouble-shooting and repairing individual components and connections.

Ease of Assembly

A fluid control system can comprise several dozen valves and components. Each of these has to be mounted and connected. In contrast a manifold subassembly with components already mounted, is ready to be plugged into a machine with just a few connections. This significantly reduces assembly time and labor costs while also reducing the possibility of connection errors.

Smaller Footprint

A manifold allows designers to increase the density of components and also eliminates tubing and mounting brackets that consume space. The resulting smaller footprint gives machine builders greater design flexibility and is particularly desirable for applications like portable medical equipment where compact size is a competitive advantage.

Cost Effectiveness

Manifold assemblies help OEMs reduce acquisition costs and end users reduce operating costs. For OEMs, buying a manifold and components from a single source reduces time spent on finding, specifying and qualifying multiple products from multiple vendors. They save even more time and money working with a supplier who can assemble and test the system.

Many analytical applications, in life sciences for example, routinely require the use of very expensive reagents and even modest reductions can result in big savings. A well-designed manifold assembly can deliver these savings by eliminating fittings and tubing, which reduces the overall wet volume of the fluidic system.