Easy-to-clean valve terminal for food production

Mike Edwards   

Products festo food production valve terminal

The MPA-C valve terminal from Festo is the centrepiece of its Clean Design series of products for hygienically critical food production systems that get frequent, rigorous cleaning, often with corrosive agents. With a IP69K and CRC4 class rating the unit doesn’t have to be housed in a control cabinet, instead it can be located near the food handling area of the machine.


Faster cycle times can also be realized because the compact series can be mounted close to the pneumatic actuators, minimizing long tubing lengths which improves air flow performance, Festo says.

From an operational standpoint, the series is said to handle high-pressure cleaning, cleaning foams or harsh operating conditions extremely well. Troubleshooting is fast due to LEDs on the valves, and valves are easily replaceable, minimizing downtime, the company adds.

The unit’s manifolds are designed with large air flow channels and have single, modular sub-bases for up to 32 valves or solenoid coils, NSF-H1 lubrication and FDA certified materials.

It enables individualized configuration possibilities, with electrical interfaces on the front or back, with multi-pin, fieldbus or Ethernet via CTEU/CTEL with or without manual override, allowing for 1-32 pressure zones.

The line also offers enhanced safety for exhaust air build-up when the non-return valve option is employed in exhaust ducts 3 and 5. For more information and video, contact jaclyn.mccann@festo.com.

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