There are several options when it comes to control valves. For those who are looking to actuate the hydraulic starting system manually, the two main options include foot pedal actuated and Bowden wire actuated valves.
For operators interested in controlling starting system actuation via HMI (panel interface), KTI offers several options of solenoid operated valves that meet industry requirements including explosion proof.
The soft engage valve is a pilot operated valve mounted between the control valve and hydraulic starter within the starting system. As the system fluid passes through the control valve, a small amount of oil is delivered to the starter allowing the smooth engagement of the pinion gear and the flywheel ring gear. Once the gears mesh, the valve opens completely and delivers full system fluid. The result is a smooth, powerful engine start.