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Pinch Valves are suitable for isolating and controlling abrasive, corrosive, and fibrous materials. The pinch valve is increasingly being utilized as an isolating valve or modulating valve for powder, sludges, dust, emulsions, gaseous materials, granulates, pellets, compressed air, and other similar materials.
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    Pinch Valves are suitable for isolating and controlling abrasive, corrosive, and fibrous materials. The pinch valve is increasingly being utilized as an isolating valve or modulating valve for powder, sludges, dust, emulsions, gaseous materials, granulates, pellets, and other similar materials.

    What Is A Pinch Valve?

    The pinch valve is a unique type of valve with a distinct construction that is well-known for its excellent wear and corrosion resistance and is ideal for controlling the transmission of granular slurry or chemical media in low-pressure pipes. 

    pinch valves manufacturers

    Because of the pinch valve’s outstanding corrosion resistance, wear resistance, sealing performance, and extended service life of the valve body, the sleeves of the pinch valve could be replaced on a regular basis, saving expenses and producing superior economic advantages for users.

    Pinch valves can replace gate valves, ball valves, globe valves, diaphragm valves, slurry valves, and other stainless steel valves, saving costs while increasing service life by 5-10 times.

    The pinch valve substitutes the stainless steel clamp and can be used to continue excellent working normally in an acid corrosion environment inside and outside. This valve is extensively used in pulp, sewage, slag, cinder, sediment, and other work conditions, and it can quickly control the flow volume and turn off the pipeline.

    Based on the different drives for pinch valves, we can categorize three types of pinch valves.

    1. Manual-operated pinch valves

    Manual-operated pinch valves are powered by a handwheel.

    manual pinch valves
    manual pinch valves
    1. Air-operated pinch valves

    Air-operated pinch valves are powered by compressed air.

    air operated pinch valves
    air operated pinch valves
    1. Electric-operated pinch valves

    Electric-operated pinch valves are powered by electric power, like 24V.DC, 220V.AC, or 380V.AC.

    electric operated pinch valve
    electric operated pinch valve

    What Is A Pinch Valve Used For?

    When solid or liquid goods comprising particles, powder, fiber, slurry, and other abrasive substances are delivered via pipelines, or when chemical procedures with corrosive media are used, the pinch valve is the ideal choice. So simply say a pinch valve is used for the transport of particles, powders, fibers, slurries, or corrosive media in the pipeline.

    how pinch valve work

    Pinch valves are commonly used in wastewater treatment plants (sludge treatment, gravel cleaning, raw sewage, lime, carbon sludge), power plants (FGD systems, ash removal systems, coal conveying), mining (tailings, flotation control, sludge discharge lines, tailings filling, various other slurries) chemical processes (corrosive and abrasive media, powders, particles) and paper mills, food industry, pulp mills, glass, electronics industry, cement industry, sand,  and industrial wastewater treatment plants and many other fields.

    What Are The Advantages of Pinch Valves?

    Pinch valves are also referred to as squeeze valves, rubber liner valves, rubber tube valves, air sleeve valves, clamp-off valves, and so on. The inner sleeve is the most important part of the pinch valve, as it can withstand corrosion, wear, and capable pressure. The quality of the pinch valve is determined by the quality of the rubber sleeve. The inner sleeve is squeezed by a pneumatic, electric, manual or hydraulic actuator to achieve the switching/regulating function.

    The Features of Pinch Valves

    • Full diameter, no obstruction of the flow path
    • Low flow resistance
    • No blocking
    • When there are residual particles, the valve can still be closed with zero leakage
    • No gaps and dead zones to prevent valve operation
    • Low maintenance cost
    • Simple design, not affected by the harsh external environment

    Pinch valve, also known as rubber sleeve valve, is widely used in smelting, mining, electric power, chemical, food, brewing, and other sectors because the inner section of the valve uses a rubber sleeve, which improves tightness, corrosion resistance, and wears resistance.

    The Main Advantages of the Pinch Valves

    1. Scientific Design

    Low flow resistance, non-blocking, no gaps, and dead zone to prevent valve operation, even if the medium contains residual particles, the rubber sleeve still can wrap it all, and to achieve zero leakage when valve shutoff.

    2. Easy to Control

    You can be on-site or across a distance for automated remote control, and it can be controlled according to their individual requirements.

    3. High Resistance to Wear and Corrosion

    Rubber is significantly more wear-resistant than steel, iron, and other metal components, and composition adjustments can avoid the corrosion of various chemical fluids, which makes it particularly ideal for pipeline transit management of granular slurry and chemical media.

    4. Excellent Sealing

    When the valve is coupled to the pipeline, no extra sealing gasket is required, the valve path and the control medium space are completely isolated, ensuring that there will never be internal and external leakage. 

    5. Excellent Cold Resistance Performance

    As the fluid medium in the flexible tube flow, fluid crystallization caused by shell frost cracking and other problems is avoided.

    6. Simple Installation and Use

    In the process of valve installation, The valve can be installed in both directions, so there is no confusion about the flow direction.

    7. Quick Maintenance

    If the sleeve of the pinch valve is discovered to be broken, the structure can enable quick sleeve replacement, simple maintenance, and simple operation.

    8. Long Service Life

    THINKTANK’s pinch valve has a high-quality rubber sleeve with reinforced fabric, so it can withstand any high-frequency opening and closing operation.

    9. Low Costs

    All sleeve types can be replaced quickly and easily with instruction and without additional tools. So it has extremely low operation and maintenance costs.

    How Does Manual Pinch Valve Work?

    Pinch Shutoff Valves have been shown to be the most reliable choice for bulk handling and product transporting.

    A manual pinch valve is controlled by a mechanical device and a handwheel operator. The mechanism is made up of one or two clamping rods that are horizontally positioned above and below the sleeve and are directed by two rods on the sides. The handwheel mechanism then activates the mechanism, which closes and opens the valve.

    How Does The Pneumatic Pinch Valve Work?

    When there is no compressed air input, the cavity between the sleeve and the valve body is connected to the atmosphere, and the fluid pressure tensions the sleeve outward. Because the increased curtain cloth layer is arranged at a certain angle within the sleeve, the axial and radial pressures of the sleeve balance each other, and the length and diameter of the sleeve do not change related to fluid pressure. The sleeve deforms under air pressure and intercepts the flow when the air source enters the cavity between the sleeve and the valve body.

    A differential pressure of 2-3 bar between the air supply pressure and the working pressure then the pneumatic pinch valve closed (the differential pressure value depends on the composition of the sleeve). Because of its high resilience, the pinch valve liner fully opens when the air source is interrupted and the pinch valve body is vented. 

    THINKTANK Pinch Valves are Useful for a Variety of Reasons

    • There are no dead zones or obstructions in the valve.
    • Even with solids, still has 100% tight sealing and shut off without any leakage.
    • The most lightweight valve on the market.
    • A body with an elliptical form consumes less air.
    • Service lifetimes that are unequaled
    • There are no mechanical parts which mean outstanding total cost of end-user
    • Reinforced rubber sleeves for abrasive media
    • Quick closing times
    • Available in stock
    • Simple maintenance
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    vf pinch valves2

    What are the Primary Factors Influencing Pinch Valve Quality?

    Pinch valve is consist of four components: valve body, sleeve, opening and closing mechanism, and driving device.

    sleeves for pinch valves1

    The sleeve is the key to the quality of the pinch valve, and the major variables influencing its quality are raw materials, rubber synthesis formula, processing technology, sleeve thickness, and wear-resistant anti-corrosion layer uniformity.

    sleeve of pinch valve
    the sleeve of pinch valve

    The following are the 5 reasons for pinch valve quality issues.

    1. Insufficient natural raw rubber content and excessive regenerated rubber, which cause rubber loss, significant wear & tear, and short service life.
    2. Incorrect rubber composition causes poor wear resistance, and acid & alkali resistance.
    3. The sleeve manufacturing method impacts the quality of the valve; the molded rubber sleeve wear layer is prone to uneven thickness, resulting in thin areas that are easily broken. To provide a wear-resistant layer, a pure handmade rubber sleeve is used, and the thickness of the sandwich layer is consistent. The useful life has significantly enhanced.
    4. Rust on the valve body, and damage to the opening and closing mechanisms, cause the valve to shut too tightly or not completely close, resulting in unsatisfactory valve usage.
    5. Power sources such as pneumatic and electric actuators. THINKTANK is an independent research and development manufacturer of pneumatic actuators to satisfy the torque of pinch valves with a CE certificate.

    Manual Pinch Valve 

    manual pinch valve open
    manual pinch valve open
    manual pinch valve close
    manual pinch valve close

    Pinch valves are ideal valves for fluids containing solid particles or contaminants to isolate and regulate pipelines. Because the sleeve is the only part in touch with the medium, it is extremely resistant to wear and corrosion. Even if complicated chemical processes are occurring in the pipeline, the pinch valve is still easy to handle them. Its applications include power plants, sewage treatment plants, mining, and chemical process control.

    Parts of Manual Pinch Valves

    components of manual pinch valve
    components of manual pinch valve
    manual pinch valve
    NoPart NameNoPart NameNoPart Name
    1Protective Cover8Sleeve15Bolt
    2Retaining Ring9Lower Body16Upper Pinch Bar
    3Handwheel10Nut17Side Guide
    5Stem Nut12Bracket19Lower Pinch Bar
    6Centre Bushing13Thrust Bearing20Nut
    7Upper Body14Upper Guide Bushing21Lower Guide Bushing


    • Body Material: Cast Iron, Cast Steel, Aluminium
    • Size: DN25 to DN1000
    • Nominal Pressure: PN16
    • Valve Type: Straight Through
    • Max. Working Pressure: 2.5MPa
    • Max. Shutoff Differential Pressure: 0.25MPa
    • Full Travel Loading Time(Open to Close): ≤3S
    • Effective Diameter: 25 to 1000mm
    • Leakage Class: IV. (Refer to standard API598)
    • Connection Type: Flange

    Dimension of Pinch Valves

    dimension of pinch valve
    Valve SizePN(Bar)ABCWeight/Kg (Pneumatic Pinch Valve)Weight(Manual Pinch Valve)


    power plant
    Power Plant
    • FGD System
    • Coal Conveying Device
    • Scrubbing System
    • Fly Ash Control
    chemical plant
    Chemical Process Control
    • Corrosive and Abrasive Material
    • Powder
    • Particle
    • Waste Treatment
    sewage treatment plant 1
    Sewage Treatment Plant
    • Sludge Control
    • Sand Removal
    • Raw Sewage
    • Lime, Carbon Slime
    mining 1
    Mining Plant
    • Tailing Disposal
    • Flotation Control
    • Multiple Mud Control
    • Dredge Pipeline
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    pneumatic pinch valve threaded ends
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    Which Benefits Will You Get If Buy Pinch Valves From THINKTANK?

    ● High Wear and Corrosion Resistance

    Our pinch valves can handle all types of medium concentration acid and arbitrary concentration alkali salt solution, and these pinch valves can carry pulp, dry and wet powder, and crystalline material medium.

    ● Complete Diameter

    When the pinch valve is open, its overall design may be totally integrated with the pipeline system; it won’t modify the pipe’s diameter or structure and has no impact on the pipeline’s flow medium.

    ● Can be Closed with Particles

    Because the pinch valves are self-cleaning, any particles that accumulate in the sleeve wall are broken away when the valve is activated. This is attributed to the sleeve’s flexibility, which allows the valve to last longer than many rival products currently on the market.

    ● There is No Leakage.

    When the valve is coupled to the pipe, the flow path and control medium space are entirely separated, and there will never be internal and external leakage, therefore eliminating running, risk, drop, leakage, and so on.

    ● Low Maintenance Costs

    Pinch valves do not have seats, packing, rings, or telescopic tubes that need to be replaced on a regular basis. Only the sleeve needs to be replaced. The valve will be as good as new when the sleeve is changed.

    Air-Operated Pinch Valve

    The solution for isolating, controlling, and metering abrasive, corrosive, and fibrous goods such as granulates, powder, pellets, dust, and liquids containing solids, among others.

    air operated pinch valves
    air operated pinch valves

    Sleeve Materials For Pinch Valves

    Sleeve Material Suitable TemperatureTypical MediumApplication
    Styrene Butadiene,
    Flowrox Blend
    ‘-40°C  to +110°CAbrasive materials, diluted acid, alkali and chemical applicationsHeavy wearing
    High cycle frequency
    Ethylene Propylene
    40°C to +120°CConcentrated and oxidizing chemicalsChemical applications
    – Applicable to 75% of all
    industrial chemical applications
    Nitrile Rubber
    -30°C to +100°COils, fats, fuels, hydrocarbon, lubricantsApplications involving oils, fats
    and hydrocarbon
    Natural Rubber

    ‘-50°C to +75°C
    Abrasive materials, diluted acids, alkali a chemicalsHigh wear applications

    -30°C to +160°COils, fats, fuels hydrocarbon, lubricantsHigh temperature applications
    Natural Rubber
    Foodstuff Quality
    White inner lining
    -40°C to +75°CMedia used in food and other CIP (clean-in-place) processes, alcoholFoodstuff applications
    -Fulfils FDA Food and Drug Administration) requirements
    Nitrile Rubber
    White inner lining
    -30°C to +100°CVegetable and animal oils and fatsApplications involving fatty foodstuff
    -Fulfls FDA (Food and Drug Administration) requirements
    Ethylene Propylene, Blend
    -40°C to +100°CGreen liquor, alkaline and extraneous matter in green
    liquor processes
    Pulp and paper industry’s
    green liquor application
    Chloroprene Rubber
    -40°C  to +100°CChemicals, acids, several solvents, aliphatic oils, fats,
    Special-purpose chemical applications
    -Resilient to ozone and averse
    Fluorine Rubber
    -20°C to +120°CChemicals, aliphatic oils, aromatic and halogenated hydrocarbon Special-purpose chemical applications
    -Resilient to ozone and averse weather
    -40°C to +100°CChemicals, acids, several solvents, aliphatic oils, fats, lubricantsSpecial-purpose chemical applications
    -Resilient to ozone and averse weather

    -40°C to +100°CConcentrated and acidic chemicals, vegetable oilsSpecial-purpose chemical applications
    -Impermeable to gas

    Polyurethane with
    PU lining
    -10°C to +80°CAbrasive materials, diluted chemicals, hydrocarbon, oils, lubricantsAbrasive media applications

    Different Flange Types of Pneumatic/Air-Operated Pinch Valves

    pneuamtic pinch valve types
    pneuamtic pinch valve application
    air operated pinch valves connection dimensions

    Different Flanged Ends Types

    a. Aluminum Flange

    b. Aluminum Flange with Stainless Stel Bushing

    c. Aluminum Flange with Internal Threaded

    d. Aluminum Flange with Flange Sleeve

    different flanged ends

    Dimensions of Flanged Ends

    (number of holes)
    ΦdΦTKLGHEPS Max. (Bar)G1
    (Internal Threaded)
    pneumatic pinch valves factory
    pneumatic pinch valves factory

    Threaded Ends Dimension of Pneumatic/Air-Operated Pinch Valves

    air operated pinch valves threaded ends dimensions
    DIN EN ISO 228 “G” or ANSI/ASME BI.20.1 “NPT”
    pneumatic pinch valves manufacturer
    Pneumatic Pinch Valves Manufacturer THINKTANK

    Electric-Operated Pinch Valve

    The only difference between the air-operated pinch valve and the electric-operated pinch valve is the type of actuator or power that is utilized. Our pinch valves are used in applications ranging from dirty abrasive industrial slurries and powders to sanitary-grade food and pharmaceuticals.

    electric operated pinch valve 1

    In Conclusion

    Now we know the sleeve is the key point to influence the quality of pinch valves, our pinch valves are used in applications from dirty abrasive industrial slurries and powders to sanitary-grade food and pharmaceuticals with good quality. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

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    Will Don

    After earning my bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Zhejiang Normal University in 2008, l was fortunate enough to begin my career with Siemens, Fisher, and YTC, focusing on control valve accessories. Over the past dozen years, l've poured my heart and energy into understanding technology and fluid solutions for control valves.
    Now, as the marketing director for THINKTANK, a trusted branch of the Taiwan STONE valve group, I can't help butf eel proud of how far we've come. Our knowledge isn't just reaching professionals like engineer and valve distributors; it's also inspiring the next generation of automation college students.
    l genuinely hope you're enjoying our articles and finding them helpful.Your thoughts, questions, and feedback mean the world to me, so please don't hesitate to reach out to marketing[at] Whether you're a seasoned expert or just curious about the field, I'm here to connect, share, and learn together.

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    I am the author of this article, and also the CEO and marketing director of THINKTANK, with 15 years of experience in the industrial valve industry. If you have any questions, you can contact me at any time.

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