The O&G, Water Treatment, Chemical, Automotive and Pharmaceutical industries all have something in common. They all use solenoid valves. Solenoid valves and Ball valves are very different from each other. Ball valves are controlled either manually or they are automated whereas solenoid valves are operated electromechanically. In other words, electric current controls the valve through a solenoid, thus its name.
Ball Valves are for fluids and gases that flow through the valve and can be open and closed. Solenoid valves can shut off, release, distribute and mix fluids. They are primarily used as controlling devices in systems and motors where liquid and gas flow rate needs to be regulated. Solenoid Valve are used in fluid power pneumatic and hydraulic systems, to control cylinders, fluid power motors or larger industrial valves for example, Trunnion Ball Valves or Through Conduit Gate Valves.
Just like their ball valve counterparts, solenoid valves can be automated too. In every industry, automation is on the rise which means that controlling 100 plus valves can be easier than ever with one push of a button. Although not yet very popular, solenoid valves tend to have more problems including poor performance, and noncompliance with current regulations. Therefore, Ball Valves such as are Flanged Ball Valves tend to be more popular in the markets.