To enhance safety and reduce cost when sealed containers are shipped by air, AGM Container Controls (www.AGMContainer.com) has announced a new line of valves which release pressure five times faster than other valves used in air cargo.
AGM’s TA761 and TA796 Magnet Valves achieve full flow instantly with an opening pressure that is specified by the user within a set range.
AGM’s Magnet Valves can be installed on many common containers, and are reusable. In many applications, because of the extreme flow provided by the Magnet Valves, a single Magnet Valve can be used in place of multiple standard spring-actuated valves.
Sealed containers for storage and shipping are often subject to pressure or vacuum build-up, typically due to diurnal temperature cycles and altitude changes during ground or air transport. Breather valves are often used to reduce this pressure or vacuum, reducing the required container strength and allowing containers to be smaller, lighter and less expensive.
When sealed containers are taken from sea level to cruising altitude, pressure inside the containers is much higher than the atmospheric pressure outside the aircraft cabin. If an aircraft’s hold suddenly loses pressure while the plane is at high altitude, the rapid decompression inside the cabin and containers can cause a catastrophic explosion if the containers are unable to release a large volume of air pressure in a very short period of time. This situation calls for a breather valve that can exhale a large amount of air in a short time – sometimes less than one second.
Traditional spring-actuated valves used to compensate small vacuum and pressure differentials during normal flight conditions respond too slowly to rapid decompression events to prevent disaster. Spring valves may also have insufficient flow capacity for containers larger than several cubic feet.
AGM’s Magnet Valves respond instantly to changes in pressure, reducing the risk of damage to cargo, aircraft, and aircraft personnel. Magnet Valves re-set automatically and can be re-used many times.
AGM Container Controls is the worldwide leader in environmental controls. AGM products protect defense technology, electro-optics and other sensitive equipment from the effects of humidity, pressure, vacuum, dust, shock and vibration during storage, shipment and use.
For more information please go to www.AGMContainer.com/MagnetValves.