What are the possible solutions for daily maneuvers of your valves network?

12 December 2017

PVA Applications

Industrial valves come in 2 types – a manually opened valve or a motorised valve operated in proximity or remotly.

Not all valves are motorized...

...for technical reasons or lack of funds. A fixed actuator on each valve guarantees best performance and puts no constraints on the valve, but the cost of this investment is high. As well as the price of the actual materials, there are the costs involved in installation, linking to a power source, and on-going maintenance. In addition, it is not always viable in terms of profitability to install a fixed actuator on every valve.

Also, some valves simply can’t be motorised by a fixed actuator, because they are an old model or have no power feed.

This is why manually controlled valves exist. They are opened by operators, which means you need teams permanently on hand to actuate the valves whether for daily operations or for preventative maintenance tasks.

Actuating manual valves carries risks, whether for the operators (risk of professional sickness, or injury) or for the equipment (damaged materials and potentially damaged fixtures and fittings).

There is a very simple solution that can motorise manual valves, thus minimising these risks – the Portable Valve Actuator. With this tool, you can open valves and handwheels with a simple, fast procedure. It’s the perfect device for operators, allowing them to work efficiently and in optimum safety.

This tool also gives an extremely good return on investment.

With a single portable actuator, you can turn several types of valves and handwheels – and there’s no need to install any equipment in advance. So operators can actuate valves much more easily and quickly without risk of injuring themselves or damaging equipment.

The Portable Valve Actuator enables you to:

  • Protect your employees from occupational illness (tendonitis, musculoskeletal problems) and injury - when valves require regular actuating and need to be forced in order to open and close, the repetitive movements involved can cause pain, more or less long term, in the back, hips and elbows. With the portable rotating actuator, operators can turn manual valves with no effort, with no risk of injury, and with no need to use force. The risk of accidents is greatly reduced.
  • To protect your material and equipment – the torque and the valve opening and closing speed are completely controlled. There is no risk of breaking the valve.
  • To protect the whole of your plant – a broken or deteriorating valve can lead to further damage in the distribution network.

The Modec portable valve actuator has numerous advantages. With three available motorisation feeds (electric, pneumatic and thermal), plus a large range of accessories and torque retention systems, you can count on a reliable, robust and easy-to-use tool.

 

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Bruno Martin
Bruno Martin

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