Solenoid valves are valves that are used in systems that require flow applications and capacities. Solenoid valves convert energy, meaning that they can be electromagnetically operated in order to regulate gas and liquid movement. Effectively, this rules out the need for a middle man, as it does not need to be manually controlled. This type of automated valve means that users can save both time and money. 

What is a Solenoid Valve?

Within Solenoid Valves are two parts. These are the electromagnet (the solenoid itself) and the valve mechanism. From here you also have two more openings, a coil, a plunger and a sleeve assembly. Essentially, this type of valve works via electromagnetic induction, which lifts the plunger and controls the flow of a gas or a liquid. 

Which Industries Use Solenoid Valves?

Solenoid valves are extremely versatile and can be used in a broad spectrum of industries including: 

  • Water supplies 
  • Waste management
  • Building services 
  • Engineering
  • Gas regulation services 
  • Liquid purification services
  • Heating systems 
  • Transportation services 

Solenoid Valves: Pros & Cons

These types of valves are known for their time saving and versatility. Use in a range of industries, they fit a vast variety of applications and can be used for both liquids and gases. Below are some pros and cons to this type of valve.


  • Extremely efficient at controlling flow with little wiring, expense, and effort. 
  • Cuts out the middle man meaning you save money and effort from manual labour. 


  • When not taken care of, these types of valves lose their ability to handle contaminated gas and liquids quickly and effectively. If a foreign body enters the chamber of a Solenoid valve, it can quickly deteriorate its operational achievements. 
  • The incorrect voltage used within these valves can cause them to deteriorate over time. 

At Actuation Valve & Control Ltd, we offer a range of Solenoid Valves for a variety of industries and applications.