AKO has passed the Type EL – Class I and Type EL aseptic – Class I certification of the European Hygienic Engineering & Design Group EHEDG for their new air operated pinch valves series VMCE.
The hygiene and cleanliness standards are important in many areas of food, pharmaceutical and chemical industries. Frequent product changes and difficult product features require regular wet cleaning. Since pinch valves are often installed in hard to reach places, manual cleaning can be very costly. A fully automatic cleaning or cleaning in place (CIP) saves time and money. The new pinch valves, at present available in nominal sizes DN10-100 (3/8″-4″), are characterised by an easy-to-clean (CIP), sterilizable (SIP-capable), and bacteria-tight design in accordance with EHEDG certification type EL Class I and Type EL ASEPTIC Class I. Furthermore, the VMCE pinch valves are piggable (RIP).
The valve finish of the stainless steel pinch valves (body in stainless steel 1.4408, flanges in stainless steel 1.4404) corresponds to Ra = 0.5μm. Satin polished (brushed) pinch valves Ra 0.3 on request. This wide range of different connection provides a very wide and almost unlimited range of use for the air operated pinch valves of series VMC.