Although safeguards are implemented numerous times over while constructing electrically automated flow systems, overcurrent can still be crippling if fuses are inaccurately rated for the application. In this editorial I will offer you the information necessary to prevent a potential halt of production or in some applications catastrophic failure. The job of a fuse is to shield not only the equipment itself but also employees from severe impairment resulting in repairing or replacing equipment and more importantly injury to operators once an overcurrent circumstance takes place.Read More
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Posted on Thu, Feb 23, 2017
Posted on Tue, Jan 03, 2017
The likelihood of a motor failure without external causes is very rare. Motor failure rates from our experience are less than 1 in 10,000 motors.
Based on the statistical likelihood of an actual faulty motor you need to be skeptical of all claims in regards to a “faulty motor” especially when the actuator is still under the factory warranty. Even if the motor has failed, odds are that there is some other underlying issue or external cause that has led to a motor failure.Read More
Posted on Mon, Oct 31, 2016
Due to the nature and physical properties of anodic coatings, anodized aluminum products and components are used in thousands of commercial and consumer food processing applications, including:
- Automatic Icemakers
- Display Cases
- Traditional and Deep-Dish Pizza Pans
- Bake Ware
- Gourmet Cookware
- Automated Packaging Equipment
- Food Processing Equipment
This is just a small sample of food-related products made, in whole or part, of anodized aluminum.Read More
Posted on Thu, Sep 01, 2016
- Electric actuators: using either one-phase or three-phase power (depending on the size of the application and the availability in site) to energized a set of gears, operating any type of valve.
- Pneumatic or hydraulic actuators: using either a rack & pinion or a scotch yoke device for moving a rotary valve.
Posted on Fri, Nov 20, 2015
Plant engineers are tasked with a vital job: equipping their plants with the most reliable, high quality and cost-effective electric actuators for their applications within their assigned budget. But picking the right electric actuator can be a difficult procedure that can have a big influence on plant production and therefore revenue.
If an electric actuator fails in process applications, end users lose valuable time and money to replace this electric actuator. In some circumstances, complete section of a plant may need to be shut down for the repair, and unforeseen stoppage is always expensive. That’s why many engineers and purchasing agents choose electric actuators based on specification, performance (past and actual), quality and of course cost. When making a selection, decision makers must be able to evaluate all options for the plant and consider both short-and long-term effects.
This decision will only get more difficult as the industry changes so fast. Estimations by VMA and other industry organizations forecast that demand for industrial electric actuators in the US will rise over the next years with the increase for control valves.
Posted on Fri, Jul 24, 2015
Significant global energy demand growth and rising living standards in China, India, and the Middle East, coupled with technological breakthroughs continue to alter the fundamentals of oil & gas production, creating unprecedented opportunities for U.S. oil & gas equipment exporters in the near-term. New technologies have allowed the development of oil & gas resources that were previously considered uneconomic. The dramatic changes in the sector offer new commercial opportunities for U.S. oil & gas equipment manufacturers to penetrate new markets, gain share in existing markets, and revisit previously declining or over-regulated markets despite declining global oil and gas prices. These fast-developing trends also present an important opportunity for U.S. oil & gas equipment sales, especially valves and actuators, through focused export promotion efforts.
Posted on Tue, Jun 16, 2015
Posted on Fri, Apr 17, 2015
Over the years and across the globe, Earth Day has become one of the most widely celebrated environmental events. The day is about appreciating the uniqueness of our planet and the phenomenal biodiversity it offers to us. This year Earth Day will be celebrated on April 22nd, 2015. On this day people all over the country, and globe, will be participating in events that ensure our globe is kept sustainable and our environment is clean. Actions such as planting trees and saplings, removing and collecting garbage, encouraging recycling, cleaning roads, cleaning up parks and streams, and even educating others are things that occur on this very day.Read More
Posted on Thu, Mar 19, 2015
It is increasingly evident the importance actuators have in the oil and gas industry. Actuators play a vital role in virtually every aspect of operations at every refinery. With the recent decline of gas prices in the United States, it is important to understand what this means for the oil and gas industry as well as for other flourishing American industries depending on the oil and gas.Read More
Posted on Mon, Mar 02, 2015