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Mounting Screws & Threads

By August 15, 2014 August 18th, 2021 No Comments

By: Valcor Scientific

Mounting Screws & Threads


All of our SV74, SV75 & SV76 Series solenoid valves and SV23 Series pinch valves are provided with
either #2-56 or #4-40 tapped holes for the purpose of securing the valve. These mounting holes are
located on both the solenoid-end (TOP) as well as the body-end (BOTTOM). Please refer to our data
sheets for specific details.

Cause / Effect

There have been instances – especially when the top mounting holes were used to secure valves – where
incorrect mounting screws other than #2-56 or #4-40, or over-engagement eventually led to the failure of
the valves.

Over-engagement of screws impinges the movement of the steel armature disk, which is attracted to the
coil upon being energized. Over-engagement of the screws forces the coil/bobbin out of its shell,
sometimes pushing out the retainer or even shorting the coil. The results are leaking valves or the inability
of the coil to energize.


When using the top mounting holes to secure valves, note the maximum thread engagement
that is allowable:


Note: The holes in the bottom plate dead-end against the plastic body; these
depths should be observed to avoid damage to the body.

When sizing your screw length, account for thickness of all washers, brackets, etc., through which the
screw is to pass through or hold to, before engaging with the mounting holes of the valve. Do not extend
beyond the specified maximum thread engagement length. Failing to comply voids any warranty offered
and can render the valve irreparably damaged. Should countersink screws be used, it is essential that
care is taken in calculating the length required, bearing in mind the quality and depth of the mating counter
– sink will drastically affect the resultant length of the screw engaging the valve.