It's Time to Change 'Xover': A New Take on Valves for Sample Switching
For those of you creating solutions for life science and analytical applications, there is now a quick and efficient way to switch between samples, reagents, cleaning solutions or calibrants. Here at The Lee Company we are proud to introduce Xover™, our ground-breaking internal pinch-tube solenoid valve for electro-fluidic systems that enables efficient switching to improve sample throughput while simultaneously reducing system volume and fluid consumption.
Miniature dispensing valve administers speed and precision
Here at The Lee Company we’re keen to let you know about the next evolution in high-speed, high-precision dispensing of nanolitre volumes. Our VHS 2-way dispensing valves for micro fluidics offer ultra-fast response times in a host of demanding applications, including drug discovery, molecular diagnostics, high-throughput screening, human genomics, bio-printing, semiconductor manufacturing and general industrial dispensing, to list but a few.
New multi orifice restrictor is an ace in the hole
Achieving high-performance flow metering under harsh down-hole conditions is an extremely challenging task. High flow rates, large pressure drops and threats from contamination and corrosion mean that the success of miniature fluid control systems is very much reliant upon the quality of restrictor selected. With these thoughts in mind, our expert engineering team here at The Lee Company has created a new standard line of NACE-compliant 250 H Bender Jets®. We think anyone tasked with delivering reliable flow metering in drilling, setting or completion tools, will be impressed.
MP35N plug helps oil and gas sector expand its horizons
Finding the right expansion plug, particularly for applications that require extreme corrosion resistance or protection from other harsh operating conditions, is never easy. For this reason, our team of expert engineers here at The Lee Company has brought to market a new solution aimed specifically at those of you designing down-hole or subsea equipment.
How to pinch the advantage in solenoid valve performance
For solenoid valves used in miniature hydraulic applications, such as those found in the medical, chemical and scientific sectors, there’s always a need to meet a number of important prerequisites. From our extensive experience across a multitude of industries, we know that reliability is primary among them. Particularly vital is tolerance to contamination within the flow stream, as this attribute makes a major contribution to the maintenance-free, trouble-free operations that keep end users content. With these thoughts in mind, our team of expert engineers here at The Lee Company set about developing the LFY2 series of 3-way pinch solenoid valves.
Fusing performance with safety
What happens when the flow rate in your hydraulic system increases beyond its specified function? Well, in such instances a hydraulic breach is the likely culprit and your system could be facing catastrophic failure. After all, when damage occurs to a hydraulic circuit, there is typically a fast flow of fluid towards the breach. The consequence is a rapid loss of fluid pressure leading to system failure and the potential for components such as actuators to collapse. This situation is undeniably dangerous in critical applications such as aerospace landing gear and brakes, high-lift systems, thrust reversers, engine air-bleed mechanisms and down-hole equipment for the oil industry.
Give contamination a wide berth
When it comes to the provision of effective flow restriction for precision micro-hydraulics, there are a number of key factors that you simply cannot afford to overlook. For instance, in applications where contamination is a concern, high levels of reliability become a priority. Here at The Lee Company we listen carefully to the requirements of our customers and their particular challenges, which is precisely why we’ve developed the new High-Pressure 250 Visco Jet®.
Fact-checking the latest miniature valve technology
Finding both high-flow and high-pressure capability in compact ball-style check valves has long been an issue for fluid system designers. But search no more. Thanks to the new family of HFS (High Flow Slotted) LeeCheck® check valves from The Lee Company, the complete flow and pressure requirements for a host of important fluid systems can now be met. Not only do our HFS LeeChek® valves offer three times more flow capacity than similar ball-style check valves, they’re also rated for system pressures up to 5,000 psi (344 bar). All in a significantly smaller package.
Nanoliter dispense valves increase performance of semiconductor production equipment as node sizes drop
As semiconductor node sizes drop below 10 nanometers and wafer test cells demand greater efficiency and throughput, semiconductor equipment manufacturers need to dispense and meter small volumes of critical fluids under intense operating conditions. These high-performance systems demand field-proven fluidic components capable of near-digital response. Additionally, as chip volumes increase, high-reliability solutions are required to maximize production line uptime.
10 micron safety screens – for the finer things in life
Here at The Lee Company we’ve spent decades producing thousands of high-performance safety screens that not only protect our own miniature fluid control products, but a variety of other critical components found within liquid and pneumatic systems. Our Catch-All™ series was developed to provide a robust solution for fine filtration requirements down to 20 micron, but now we’ve taken things to a whole new level. The range has been expanded to include screens with a nominal ultra-fine filtration rating of 10 micron.
Precision fluid control products – just what the doctor ordered
Quality, performance and reliability are prerequisites when it comes to selecting automated fluid-handling solutions for medical and scientific instruments. Here at the Lee Company, we know all about the demands of sectors such as in-vitro diagnostics, respiratory care, laboratory science, drug discovery and environmental analysis. Indeed, ever since our formation in 1948 we’ve been busy pioneering miniature fluid control products capable of meeting the needs of instrument design engineers and developers the world over.
Sample analysis gets a ‘small’ boost in fluidic applications
In miniature fluid control applications there are many prerequisites for system protection, not least the use of high-pressure safety screens offering simple installation and proven retention. It was these thoughts that spurred designers here at The Lee Company to create our latest range of HI-BAR insert-retained safety screens.
Sample analysis gets a ‘small’ boost in fluidic applications
Designers of systems for sectors such as analytical chemistry, clinical/vitro diagnostics, human genomics, biotechnology and environmental analysis face many challenges. We know this through our regular dialogues with customers and the dedication that we apply to aiding accurate, reliable sample analysis in fluidic applications.
Solenoid valve helps ventilator designers in battle against COVID-19.
The latest genvi™ LGV three-port miniature solenoid valve from The Lee Company is proving ideal for use in ventilators, as manufacturers rush to meet the current upsurge in demand due to coronavirus. With high flow capability, our genvi™ valve translates into improved efficiencies, which in turn means increased oxygen delivery or faster venting, for example.
Industry breathes sigh of relief thanks to latest pressure valve
Ever struggled to find an effective solution for controlling high upstream hydraulic pressure in applications where a constant volume pump is supplying more flow than the system requires? Well, here at The Lee Company we’ve been listening to your concerns on this very issue and have a great solution to offer: the compact Hi-Damped Pressure Relief Insert (HD PRI).
The Lee Company puts a new spin on video tours
Here at The Lee Company we’ve put together a new interactive video that shows our manufacturing facility and processes in a whole new light. Complete with 360° functionality, viewers can rotate around at will, to see in any direction. Simply position the cursor over the video, hold down the left mouse key and rotate away.
Houston, we have a problem - call The Lee Company
In the space industry there exists a number of key market drivers, among the most important of which is fuel economy. Fuel is expected to last for long space missions, as there will unlikely be any opportunities to fill up on route! The upshot is that fluid system components for space vehicles need to be both lightweight and compact, without compromising vital design requirements such as reliability and safety.
Think big, design small
Designing fluid control systems for use in compact spaces often engenders its own set of challenges, with some designers concerned that miniature innovations somehow represent a compromise in performance. And yet, assuming you pick a reliable technology partner, nothing could be further from the truth.
Pumping up precision in medical and scientific applications
There are certain tasks, in certain industries, which demand that little bit more when it comes to precision, and pumping is no exception, particularly within the fluidic systems deployed by the medical and scientific sectors. A dispense pump can be the system’s most essential component, which is precisely why our engineers here at The Lee Company have developed the class-leading LPD series of precision dispense pumps.
Small-footprint solenoid valves offer big performance
Engineers are frequently tasked with designing portable or stationary instruments that have to meet highly demanding size, power and weight limitations. Nothing unusual in that, you might think. Well, yes, except there’s a caveat. These objectives must be met without sacrificing core attributes such as system-level performance and quality.
Solenoid valves in full flow
As engineers, we sometimes need that little bit more when it comes to the performance of our engineering components. OK, so this requirement is usually application dependent, but there are plenty examples in industry today that demand performance levels over and above that offered by standard products. And this includes solenoid valves.
Oil and gas industry plugs into the latest seal technology
As oil and gas wells continue to forage deeper and deeper, drilling, completion and production equipment is subject to ever-increasing hydrostatic pressures. What’s more, when equipment returns to the surface, pressure may remain within the tool, thus requiring a safe purging process.
The medical device industry’s quiet solenoid valve
Have you ever been frustrated by the inherent clicking noise that emanates from an energised solenoid valve? All that hard work put into the design of your medical device or instrument, with its sophisticated functionality and sleek good looks – all somewhat overshadowed by the click, click, click of metal-to-metal solenoid contact.
Critical component protection in a small, lightweight package
As engineers, we all appreciate the need to protect critical hydraulic and pneumatic components. Whether your industry is aerospace, oil and gas, motorsport or machine tools, etched safety screens that protect relief valves, nozzles and orifices from rogue particles of contamination and debris are an integral design requirement
Delivering constant flow regardless of pressure changes
Whatever the application or industry, be it aerospace, oil and gas, or motorsport, when it comes to micro-hydraulics, flow control is a big deal. However, one specific parameter can spoil the party with regard to the successful deployment of flow control valves – pressure!
Permanent, leak-proof seals for cross-port passageways
Many of you will be familiar with the challenges of sealing cross-port passageways, particularly if the passageways in question are deep and/or difficult to access. Here at Lee Products our design and development teams have been busy overcoming this challenge.
Solenoid valves that stay in state even during power loss
The design engineers among you will be aware of certain applications where traditional solenoid valves simply do not suffice. Such projects might include systems where the valve needs to stay in state during a power loss event, or battery-operated systems that need to exhibit long working life, or even power-critical systems with extended ‘on’ periods.
Any design engineer tasked with specifying a miniature positive displacement (PD) fuel pump for small to medium unmanned aerial systems will be highly aware of the challenges in hand. Such challenges include self-priming at altitude and the need to reduce cavitation. With these thoughts in mind, our R&D team here at Lee Products set about creating an optimised solution. Following an intensive period of development we are now proud to unveil the company’s new family of high-quality Positive Displacement Pumps.