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Pilot Operated Check Valves

This type of check valve always permits free flow in one direction but permits flow in the normally blocked opposite direction only if the pilot pressure is applied at the pilot pressure point of the valve. The check valve poppet has the pilot piston attached to the threaded poppet stem by a nut. The light spring holds the poppet seated in a no-flow condition by pushing against the pilot piston. The purpose of the separate drain port is to prevent oil from creating a pressure build-up at the bottom of the piston. The dashed line in the graphical symbol represents the pilot pressure line connected to the pilot pressure port of the valve. Pilot check valves are used for locking hydraulic cylinders in position.

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