Hydraulic Control Valve

Hydraulic Control Valve

Hydraulic Control Valve Supplier

Control valves are primarily used for starting or stopping the pressure or flow of hydraulic fluid. Thus, providing the necessary power to control the motor and cylinder movements within the hydraulic system. These valves can be solenoid or manually operated. The control valve can operate various actuators or motors depending on its spool count.

At Target Hydraulics, you can find efficient, reliable, and durable control valves. You can choose from different materials such as steel or brass. We have brass control valves for hydraulic applications that requires medium pressure. You can also use our steel control valves if you intend to use them for applications requiring high pressure. Target Hydraulics is a professional control valve manufacturer that offers a wide range of standard or custom options. Get your control valves from us. Request a quote today!

Three Types of Control Valve for Hydraulic Applications

There are categories of control valve types. It includes directional, pressure control, and flow. Each of this category has its own types and specific functions when it comes to controlling fluid within the hydraulic system.

Directional Control

These are important components in the hydraulic system used for controlling flow of fluid direction. It is will determine whether the fluid will flow from/into the motor or cylinder.  There are various types of directional valve including:

  • Check

    These are a simple form of valves also called one-way valves. It allows a hydraulic fluid to flow in a single direction. At the same time, preventing a reverse flow or backflow.

  • Spool

    These valves have a cylindrical spool. The spool is moving within the valve body or housing. The hydraulic fluid is directed to the cylinder or motor by shifting the spool and controlling the fluid pathway.

  • Ball Valves

    The fluid flow within the hydraulic system is regulated using the spherical ball inside the ball valve. These valves require very low maintenance and faster response time.

Pressure Control

These types of control valves are specifically designed to control and maintain the hydraulic system’s pressure level. Thus, preventing overpressure that can cause damage. It also helps in maintaining consistent, efficient, and safe operations.

  • Pressure-Reducing

    These valves are used for reducing the incoming level of pressure from the source. Thus, providing a lowered and controlled pressure level necessary for the hydraulic system.

  • Relief

    Relief valves are specifically designed to limit the hydraulic system’s maximum pressure. This is done by diverting back the excess hydraulic fluid to the reservoir.

  • Sequence

    These valves allow the fluid to flow in one actuator when the preset level of pressure in the system is reached. Thus, ensuring that hydraulic components operate in the sequence.

Flow Control

Flow control is a type of control valve responsible for regulating the fluid flow rate. It also manages the hydraulic component movement speed. Thus, making them perfect for precise control applications. There are several subcategories of these valves including:

  • Throttle

    It is also called restrictor valves. It is responsible for limiting the fluid passage in the hydraulic system to control the fluid flow rate. The operator can adjust the opening of the valve to control the hydraulic actuator movement speed. These are commonly used for automation or machine tools.

  • Proportional

    These valves are designed to provide more precise flow rate control when its opening is adjusted in proportion to the electrical signal. Due to its advanced control, proportional valves are widely used for applications such as aerospace, injection molding, automation, and more machines.


Our control valves are generally used for different applications including:

  • Energy
  • Aerospace
  • Manufacturing
  • Mining
  • Construction
  • Automotive
  • Agriculture
  • Material handling, and more
How to Choose the Right Hydraulic Control Valve

How to Choose the Right Hydraulic Control Valve

When choosing, you need to consider different factors including:

  • Spool count
  • Mounting options
  • Flow rate
  • Pressure rating
  • Spool type
  • Spool action

Technical Specifications

Spool Count 1 to 6 spools
Flow 11-32GPM
Pressure Up to 3600PSI
Spool Action 3-pos

Spring Center

Tandem Center

Open Center

Inlet Port ¾-14 NPTF



Outlet Port ¾-14 NPTF




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