Basic Design

diaphragm valve schematic

The diaphragm valve consists of plungers and ports arranged in a circular pattern, with the plungers controlled by the reciprocation action of two air actuated pistons. Maintenance procedures are greatly simplified, since a single screw holds the valve together and locating pins insure proper alignment. Extremely long lifetime, very short actuation time (10 milliseconds), minimum internal dead volume, and reliability have made this type of valve very successful in process gas chromatography for both sample injection and column switching.