ASCO Introduces RedHat Next Generation Solenoid Valve

New Valve Technology Accepts AC and DC Power While Improving Performance Eliminates Need for Costly AC Power Controls.

FLORHAM PARK, NEW JERSEY, USA, April 11, 2005 ASCO, the world’s leading manufacturer of solenoid valves, today introduced RedHat Next Generation, a new line of solenoid valves that sets industry standards for reliability and power consumption.

With new power management technology and robust advanced electronics, the valve accepts both AC and DC voltages while improving performance. Its 2-watt power consumption achieves the same performance as a 17-watt AC solenoid valve. DC performance has been increased by 150% to 500% from today’s industry standards, making the valves’DC characteristics equivalent to AC pressure and flow values.

Customers now can operate a solenoid solely on DC power, greatly simplifying and cost reducing their field wiring schemes. This capability also ends the need for costly AC -power control cards.

RedHat Next Generation products incorporate world-class electronics to generate a dramatic reduction in power usage and set new benchmarks for efficiency, reliability, and total cost of ownership said Robert Kemple, vice president, sales and marketing, ASCO Valve. "In rigorous qualification and environmental stress tests, we simulated operation over 5 years without any product failures. The Next Generation technology more than lives up to ASCO’s reputation for producing innovative and highly-reliable products, "Kemple said.

RedHat Next Generation valves are ideal for customers who prefer DC -powered valves or for those using DC -powered field networks and desiring higher performance valves. In addition, the valves offer dramatically reduced power requirements in AC -voltage applications.

The RedHat Next Generation valve’s minimal power draw can reduce the size or prolong the life of power supplies. When mounted in cabinets, the valves’ lower operating temperatures may eliminate the need for fan ventilation.

The Next Generation technology incorporates built-in surge suppression that protects both the solenoid coil and system electrical controls. This feature also eliminates inductive spikes generated by the solenoid, greatly lengthening the lives of mechanical or solid-state switches and ending the need for external snubber circuits.

The valve’s unique capability to accept both AC and DC power without losing functionality or performance enables users to apply it across a large number of applications,”said Kemple.“ This exceptional flexibility means one version of the valve can be used throughout a plant or across a global manufacturing network, simplifying and minimizing inventory requirements. ”The new valves are offered in three voltage ranges covering most electrical requirements 100-240/AC or DC, 24-99/AC or DC, or 12-24/DC.

RedHat Next Generation products include 2-way, 3-way, and 4-way solenoid valves for most fluid control applications.

Click here to view more information on the RedHat Next Generation Series.

About ASCO

ASCO, a division of Emerson, has been the world’s leading manufacturer of solenoid valves for over 100 years.The company markets its products through a network of direct sales offices, technically-oriented representatives, and distributors throughout the world. For more information contact ASCO at 800-972-ASCO, by e-mail at or visit

  About Emerson

Emerson (NYSE: EMR), based in St. Louis, is a global leader in bringing technology and engineering together to provide innovative solutions to customers through its network power, process management, industrial automation, climate technologies, and appliance and tools businesses. Sales in fiscal 2004 were $15.6 billion. For more information, visit

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Write: ASCO, 50 Hanover Road, Florham Park, NJ 07932
Tel: 800-972-ASCO or 973-966-2000
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