ICI's Actuator & Valve Industry Blog

What does SIL stand for in safety?

Posted on Mon, Feb 12, 2018

Nowadays safety systems saturate the industrial substructure, spreading protective influence all the way to an industry’s end result. Modern safety structures minimize risk with effective enhancements that commonly increase dependability, proficiency and viability.SIL - Probability of Failure Risk - Reduction Factor.png

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How to Choose the Right Fuse for your Electric Actuator

Posted on Thu, Feb 23, 2017

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.

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Troubleshooting Electric Actuators Motor Failure

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. 

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Anodized Materials for Food Manufacturing / Preparation Equipment

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
  • Pans
  • Coolers
  • Grills
  • 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.

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The Evolution of Actuator Design

Posted on Thu, Sep 01, 2016

Based on the power source used, actuators can be divided into two main categories:
  • 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.
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Cost vs. cost of ownership: what to consider when buying electric actuators

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.


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Upstream Oil and Gas Equipment - Markets Report  

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.

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Heavy Oil vs. Oil Sands

Posted on Tue, Jun 16, 2015

Oil is a popular topic in the world we live in. For many industries, oil is a subject that is heavily relied upon. The challenge with oil has always been extracting the oil. This process constitutes mining into the heavy crude where the oil can be found. Many producers have taken this opportunity to develop new technologies that allow for efficiency on the market aspect. It can be said that when the market becomes stable there is a high potential for heavy oil assets to generate a surplus of cash flow for many years. The downside to this is when the market becomes unstable, the oil industry as well as heavy oil becomes questionable as far as the economic stability of the market itself. No matter the situation of stability, heavy oil meets global energy needs and is an attractable solution as well as an excellent market for the automation industry, especially when valves and actuators are involved.
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Earth Day: Why it Matters

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.

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Pros & Cons: How Current Oil Prices Affect the Industry

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.

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Powder Coating: a Vital Element of Actuators Manufacturing

Posted on Mon, Mar 02, 2015

Powder coating uses finely ground particles of pigment and resin that are electrostatically charged and sprayed onto electrically grounded parts using a dry finish process. There are two types of powder coating including thermoplastic and thermosetting. Indelac Controls, Inc uses the thermosetting process. We will later learn the unique color Indelac Controls uses.
 
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Control Valves vs. Regulators in Control Applications

Posted on Mon, Feb 02, 2015

Understanding the differences between regulators and control valves is crucial in the automation industry. Each of these holds equal importance but have different functions and also operate in a different way. It is important to be knowledgeable about both solutions so that control process designers do not engage in major problems or waste money and resources.
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UPs and DOWNs in the Nuclear Industry & Impact on the Actuator Demand

Posted on Tue, Jan 20, 2015

Nuclear power is extremely political. The discussions as well as overcoming obstacles to reach the goal require large amounts of money and consume a lot of time. In terms of cost, energy policy often intersects with politics.
 
Many countries are using nuclear power and have been for many years. A few countries resolutely committed to nuclear power include Russia, the Middle East, and Eastern Asia. Nuclear power can be defined as motive or electric power generated by a nuclear reactor. Nuclear power can also be defined by a country that has nuclear weapons. In regard to dependability, nuclear power is still widely seen as a reliable, clean base load provider that can complement the production from renewables.
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Technical Selling: The Clear Actuator Solution

Posted on Thu, Jan 08, 2015

There is a surplus of important roles in the automation industry. Each role plays a vital part in the success of an automation business. Teamwork and knowledge are essential when customer relations are involved. Technical selling is the key. Finally, having a close relationship with your customer base allows you to fully understand their needs and wants.
 
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Duty Cycle: What Actuator Buyers Need to Know Now

Posted on Tue, Dec 02, 2014

A good analogy for initially understanding duty cycle can start with the idea of riding a bicycle. You peddle (period of energy exertion) and then coast (continuemoving from your own forwardforce, without the addition of any power). As you slow down (due to wind resistance, road friction, or road terrain) you peddle to speed up and then coast again.

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4 Applications for Actuators in Wind Turbines

Posted on Mon, Nov 10, 2014

Nowadays wind turbines play a larger role in the power generation combination for the USA. Every day, more and more turbines are being installed across states and the country. Although valves don’t play an important part in the wind energy generation, actuators are a much more significant element in the operation of wind turbines.

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How to Install, Operate & Troubleshoot an Electric Actuator

Posted on Tue, Oct 21, 2014

This installation and maintenance manual explains how to install and maintain electric actuators. Information on installation, disassembly, reassembly, operation, troubleshoot and parts is provided. Every actuators manufacturer should provide an installation and maintenance manual to its customer but in some cases, they are incomplete or don’t even make it to the end-user on the field. So here is a somehow generic installation, operation and maintenance manual that could be used for most electric actuators on the market.

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Running a Second Shift: Challenges for Manufacturers

Posted on Tue, Oct 14, 2014

“Let’s create a night shift!” 

Anyone working for a growing manufacturer has heard that before. Sounds easy and simple: hire a few more workers, no need for costly overtime anymore, and increase production to meet customer needs… Really?!

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Can 3D Printers Change the Face of the Manufacturing Industry

Posted on Tue, Oct 07, 2014

Not that long ago, the only way a manufacturer could build a prototype was to spend a whole lot of money in R&D and then even more into castings or moldings. Now, however, building a prototype can be as inexpensive and simple as hitting the “print” icon on your computer.

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Electric actuators for eco-friendly automation

Posted on Thu, Oct 02, 2014

Electric actuators have been used in many industries for tens of years but their positive impact on the environment is often disregarded. Nowadays many end-users and contractors are still choosing hydraulic or pneumatic systems over electric systems. Electric actuators can do the same job with more environmental benefits. Using electric actuators not only reduce negative environmental impact, they require less energy to function and cut down on operating costs.

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8 Questions Manufacturers Want to Ask their Workforce

Posted on Fri, Sep 26, 2014

With Baby Boomers coming close to retiring or already retired, manufacturers must do all they can to keep employees and knowledge inside the company. Labor turnover can be costly and is very negative to manufacturing businesses, which depend on well-trained personnel and steady production. Here’s what you, we manufacturers, need to ask the workforce.

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Industrial Valves and Actuators Market Analysis

Posted on Mon, Sep 08, 2014

A growth in oil exploration activities, investments in new refineries, and modernization of existing facilities will stimulate the use of valves and actuators, particularly in emerging markets such as Latin America and Africa. In Latin America, demand from the offshore oil and gas industry is expected to fuel the valves and actuators market. In addition to demand from emerging economies, control valve manufacturers will find growth opportunities in North America and Europe due to end-user preference for greater process automation.

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New Pipeline Supplying Marcellus Natural Gas

Posted on Wed, Sep 03, 2014

PennEast Pipeline Company publicized their plan to build a 100-mile pipeline to bring natural gas extracted in the Marcellus Shale region to the states of Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

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Indelac Controls Wins KPPC 2013 Environmental Sustainability Award

Posted on Wed, Aug 13, 2014

To help recognize National Pollution Prevention Week, KPPC presented its 2013 Environmental Sustainability (ES) award to Indelac Controls in Florence Kentucky on September 10. KPPC has presented the ES awards in conjunction with National Pollution Prevention (P2) Week since 2009 to recognize Kentucky companies that have demonstrated a commitment to the principles of sustainability.

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Introduction to Oil & Gas Offshore Drilling

Posted on Tue, Jun 24, 2014

In the search for oil and natural gas under the ocean, three general types of drilling rigs are used. A “jackup” drilling rig is a floating barge with drilling equipment on its deck and long support legs, and is used in shallow waters up to 300 feet (90 meters). A semi-submersible is the most common type of offshore drilling rig, used for drilling in waters more than 300 feet (90 meters) deep. Semi-submersibles are floating vessels supported on large pontoon-like structures submerged below the sea surface. Semisubmersibles are attached to the ocean floor using strong chains or wire cables. Farther offshore, specially designed rigs mounted on ships can drill a well in waters over 10,000 feet (3050 meters) deep. These rigs float and can be attached to the ocean bottom using traditional mooring and anchoring systems or they maintain their position by using thrusters to counteract winds, waves and currents.

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Pipelines: Safest Option for Oil & Gas Transportation in the US

Posted on Mon, Jun 16, 2014

There are more than 180,000 miles of liquid petroleum pipelines across the United States. They connect extracting areas to refineries and petrochemical plants as well as delivering the refined product to American consumers for personal and business uses. 

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How Electric Rotary Valve Actuators can Optimize Ethanol/Gasoline Blending at Truck Terminals

Posted on Tue, Jun 10, 2014

The ethanol blending process is a critical part of a gasoline terminal operation and has a significant impact on product quality, meeting environmental regulations and profitability. Optimizing the process is very important, but does present some control challenges. For example, thermal expansion of gasoline and ethanol do not occur at the same rate, and the blended mixture has to be isolated from water due ethanol’s miscibility in water. For these reasons, many terminals blend in real-time while loading directly into the tanker trucks, but, the required control strategy doesn't allow much room for problems or inconsistencies. Getting the needed control begins with accurate, consistent and reliable valve actuation.

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Fail-safe Actuators: When Failure Is Not an Option

Posted on Mon, Jun 02, 2014

Actuators are a small part relative to the overall systems they live in. Many of these devices weigh in at only ten or twenty pounds. But they are a small component that plays a crucial role: When it’s time for a valve or damper to close, for a flow to stop, or for a system to shut down, the actuator absolutely must work, to prevent catastrophe. Failure is not an option.

Developing a new actuator product can easily take two years and over a million dollars. Actuators are designed and manufactured to the most exact tolerances possible, and every product must be tested and produced with the utmost care. A failure could result in a catastrophic spill, explosion, chemical release, environmental contamination, power loss, property damage, injury, or even loss of life. Actuators trigger immediate shutdown and containment in case of an incident.

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Valve Actuators and Positioners Go Digital

Posted on Tue, May 27, 2014

"Digital Fieldbus Technologies Catch Up to Valve Actuators and Positioners"

Fieldbus is the name of a family of industrial computer network protocols used for real-time distributed control, standardized as IEC 61158.

Advanced digital fieldbus technology has been successfully used in oil and gas, petrochemical, pulp and paper, and other industries. This technology has also been implemented increasingly in the fossil fuel power industry.

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When are Manual Actuators a Good Fit?

Posted on Mon, May 19, 2014

Actuators can have many different sizes, shapes and functions, but all of them require some sort of input power to move the valve or the damper they are mounted on. On this blog, we have talked about many different input sources in the past, from compressed air for pneumatic actuators to electricity for electric actuators but rarely about the first source ever used: manual input.  Nowadays this source of power is not as used as before but it can still be a viable option in some specific situations.

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Could Electric Actuators have prevented the Great Flood of Paris?

Posted on Mon, May 12, 2014

Since the middle of the 20th century, to regulate the level and the flow of water of a river, many cities use sluice, knife or slide gates. They can be essential in protecting against flooding in times of non-discontinuing precipitations but also in times of drought by regulating the flow and keeping it at a minimum level. In 1910, if the Seine, river crossing “The City of Lights”, was equipped with sluice gates automated with electric actuators, could the city have prevented The Great Flood?

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3 Passive Fire Protections for Actuators

Posted on Mon, May 05, 2014

There are many dangers when extracting, transporting and refining oil & gas or any other dangerous materials. Two of the major ones are fires and explosions. It can potentially harm people, destroy installations, as well as create environmental catastrophes. An efficient way to lower the possible damages is to protect the equipments that control the flow of hazardous materials. Appropriate fire protection for the valves and especially for the actuators is critical in case of emergency to maintain control over the automation process and contain an incident.

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2 Applications for Compact Electric Actuators

Posted on Mon, Apr 28, 2014

The common idea of an automated valve is a large valve with a heavy-duty actuator, typically powered by a three-phase electrical supply. Nevertheless, many industrial processes require smaller valves, and those valves often call for compact electric actuators for either isolating or modulating applications. Consequently, the number of these compact actuators is increasing gradually in recent years.

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How to Evaluate Industrial Valve Actuator Repair Companies

Posted on Mon, Apr 21, 2014

Entire actuator or automation package replacement can be expensive and time-consuming. In-field repair and modification can allow to resume operations in the shortest time and at the lowest expense. The 5 criteria below are crucial to selecting an industrial valve actuator repair company that will minimize downtime and restart production process quickly.

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Industrial Valves: Innovative and Practical Products of Technological Advancements

Posted on Mon, Apr 14, 2014

Continued advancements in technology have undoubtedly touched almost every aspect of human lives, giving us more convenience, variety and function than ever before. Recently, even pumps and industrial valves systems have been revolutionized, making them more flexible and effective.

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Is Your Automation Process Lean?

Posted on Mon, Apr 07, 2014

Lean manufacturing is based on finding efficiencies and removing wasteful steps that don't add value to the product. No need to reduce quality, the cuts are a result of finding better, more efficient ways of accomplishing the same tasks. Henry Ford is considered the first one to implement Lean Manufacturing. He applied the concept of "continuous flow", keeping production standards extremely tight, so each stage of the process fitted together perfectly with the next one. This led to very little waste. In terms of electric actuators, here are 4 questions to help you think about cutting down waste and improving production.

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5 Good Reasons to Be in Favor of the Keystone XL Pipeline

Posted on Mon, Mar 31, 2014

Here are 5 arguments showing why, despite more than 5 years of debating and controversy and the project still not being approved, Keystone XL remains in the best interest of the U.S.

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History of Threaded Screws: Small but Vital Component of an Actuator

Posted on Mon, Mar 24, 2014

There are more than 4,300 years between the invention of a threaded screw and the modern industrial threaded screw as it is known nowadays. That's a long period of time since the threaded screw is something the majority of the world doesn't spend much time thinking about. Every time you turn a screwdriver in the process of making something, you can thank thousands of years of innovation. And the next time you use an object (car, washer, TV…), whether screws were used to manufacture the object itself or used in the machinery that made that object, you will think about this article.

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Valve Actuator Opportunities with Shale Gas in the U.S. in 2014

Posted on Mon, Mar 17, 2014

Domestic Natural Gas Liquids (NGLs) production is projected to increase by more than 45% by 2040. What are the resulting opportunities for valve actuator manufacturers?

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Introduction to Valves: Industry Standards

Posted on Mon, Mar 10, 2014

This article presents and explains specifications used in the valve industry in the USA and around the world, with a list of the main organizations responsible for establishing such standards for manufacturing.

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Introduction to Valves: Overview

Posted on Mon, Mar 03, 2014

This article serves as an introduction to the industrial valve industry and is designed to inform about basics such as valve types, design and history.

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4 Myths about Electric Actuators Exposed

Posted on Mon, Feb 24, 2014

Are you still using hydraulic and pneumatic actuators? You may want to read on and reconsider your decision. Electric actuators are continually gaining popularity over their hydraulic and pneumatic counterparts, but there are those who still think that electric actuators aren’t up to the job. There are some myths that are going around, and this article's goal is to expose them.

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21 Steps to Adjust a Modulating Electric Actuator AC & DC Controls

Posted on Mon, Feb 17, 2014

Here is a guide on how to fine-tune a Modulating Electric Actuator AC & DC Controls. The following instructions are a step by step manual for an easy and smooth field calibration.

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How does an electric actuator work?

Posted on Mon, Feb 10, 2014

If you need an answer to the following questions, you are looking in the right place:

  • What are the main components of an electric actuator?
  • How is a two-position electric actuator wired?
  • Open, Close...  How does it really work?
  • What if the valve is not completely opened or closed?
  • Do you need to apply constant power to an electric actuator?
  • Do you really need a start capacitor and a brake on an electric actuator?

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How to Select the Right Valve (with Pros & Cons)

Posted on Mon, Feb 03, 2014

The suitability of a valve for a specific application is defined by the materials used in relation to the transported fluid as well as its mechanical design. Here is Indelac Valve Selection Guide.

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NEMA 6P Submersible Electric Actuator

Posted on Mon, Jan 27, 2014

Here at Indelac Controls, we strive to innovate and always offer new reliable products. In this effort, we have come up with our own NEMA 6P Electric Actuator. Here is how the testing happened and the results.

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Electric Spring Return Actuators Meet Fire Standards for Tunnels

Posted on Mon, Jan 20, 2014

In an emergency situation such a fire inside rail or road tunnels, or even underground passenger platforms, electric motor operated dampers in the ventilation system can act to clear smoke from the structure as well as to suppress spreading of the fire. Most electric actuators that operate these dampers are required to be "failsafe". They are equipped with mechanical springs that open (or close) the damper upon sudden loss of power. These electric spring return actuators automating dampers must also be able to work under extreme temperatures.

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Electric Actuators for Dummies

Posted on Mon, Jan 13, 2014

An Actuator is a mechanical device that converts energy, here electricity, into motion. It can be a linear motion (one direction) or a rotary motion (circular motion). 

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3 Easy Steps to Prevent Condensation in Electric Actuators

Posted on Mon, Jan 06, 2014

Unwanted condensation in/on electrical goods can have severe consequences. Metal parts, even stored in warehouses can corrode or suffer surface damage as a result of condensation. Inside an actuator enclosure it can damage critical components that impair product quality or productivity of the equipment, possibly leading to a breakdown. How can such a potential problem be solved?

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31 Helpful Valve Actuation Terms

Posted on Mon, Dec 30, 2013

The following list of valve actuator terms may assisted when explaining your automation needs, to help us better serve you.

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3 Ways to Define Actuator Torque in Words You Understand

Posted on Mon, Dec 23, 2013

Lack of knowledge about torque can often mislead buyers to inaccurate choices when choosing an actuator for their automation package. Here is a clear definition of what actuator torque is.

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How to select an Actuator (part. 3): Electric Actuator

Posted on Mon, Dec 16, 2013

Electric rotary actuators are basically geared motors with a variety of electrical accessories (limit switches, heater, circuit boards) that may be specified to meet the exact valve automation requirements of a process control system. As an electrical device it is housed in an enclosure designed for specific area classifications (NEMA Rating).

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How to select an Actuator (part. 2): Pneumatic Actuator

Posted on Mon, Dec 09, 2013

To ensure automated valve performance in today’s sophisticated process control systems it is essential to develop a complete specification for each of the elements in the control package.

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How to select an Actuator (part. 1): Pneumatic vs. Electric

Posted on Thu, Dec 05, 2013

As the process industry continues to achieve more efficient and productive plant design, plant engineers and technicians are faced, almost daily, with new equipment designs and applications. One product, a valve actuator, may be described by some as simply a black box, having an input (power supply or signal), an output (torque), and a mechanism or circuitry to operate a valve. Those who select control valves will quickly see that a variety of valve actuators are available to meet most individual or plant wide valve automation requirements. In order to make the best technical and economical choice, an engineer must know the factors that are most important for the selection of actuators for plant wide valve automation. Where the quality of a valve depends on the mechanical design, the metallurgy, and the machining, its performance in the control loop is often dictated by the actuator.

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How to Guide: 4-20mA Positioner Field Installation - Indelac Actuator

Posted on Fri, Nov 22, 2013

 
Here is a guide on how to install a 4-20mA Positioner on any Indelac Actuator. The following instructions are a step by step manual for an easy and smooth field installation.

 

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Thermal Actuator: Clean & Renewable Energy

Posted on Fri, Nov 15, 2013

What’s a Thermal Actuator?

Actuators are simply devices used to transform energy into motion. A thermal actuator is a type of non-electric motor made of components such as a piston and a thermal sensitive material capable of producing linear motion in response to temperature changes.

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24 Steps to Size Up an Electric Actuator for a Gate Valve Application

Posted on Fri, Nov 08, 2013

Picking the right Electric Actuator for a valve is not that easy. Industry buyers ask yourselves these 24 questions before choosing your valve automation solution. 

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The Control Room of the Future - Smarter Reality

Posted on Fri, Nov 01, 2013

"Do we do it the old, reliable way, or do we challenge ourselves to demonstrate new technology and use continuous improvement?" That was Kevin Dahm's question.

Dahm, a principal engineer in the Major Enterprise Projects (MEP) division at DTE Energy (www.dteenergy.com), recently faced this issue while adding control room architecture to the flue gas desulfurization (FGD) equipment and controls on each of the four 800-megawatt, coal-fired units at its Monroe Power Plant near Detroit. The FGD process scrubs power plant emissions by using limestone slurry as a reagent to convert SO2 in the flue gas to a gypsum byproduct, which is then available for use in drywall, instead of ending up as landfill.

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Indelac State-of-the-Art Machinery

Posted on Fri, Oct 25, 2013

Do you want to know how state-of-the-art machinery help Indelac cut cycle time by 40% on setups, while retaining the highest possible quality using American-made products?

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Wireless Actuator

Posted on Fri, Oct 18, 2013

A wireless actuator is an actuator geographically distributed and interconnected by wireless networks. Nowadays, wireless actuators are simple to use, easy to implement, easy to commission.  They provide communication as well as diagnostics, while eliminating expensive wiring and install costs.  Wireless technology is all around us, permeating every aspect of modern communication, it only makes sense that the wireless actuator market is growing at such a tremendous pace.

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Video: RXP Series Explosion Proof Electric Actuator

Posted on Thu, Oct 17, 2013

The R series compact electric rotary actuator was specifically designed for small ball valve and damper applications. This heavy-duty resersing actuator develops 100 In-lbs of torque and rotates from 0° to 90° in 2.5 seconds.

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Fail-Safe Actuators: Many Choices to Make

Posted on Thu, Oct 10, 2013

The simple short phrase “fail-safe actuator” conjures a vision of a wide range of different actuators. In fact, when you Google “fail-safe actuator,” you get 1,910,000 results. It’s clear that those who need a fail-safe actuator for an application have their work cut out for them selecting the right actuator. Perhaps the best place to start would be to address: what is a fail-safe actuator?

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Hydro Fracturing Part 1

Posted on Tue, Jul 09, 2013

Fracking or hydraulic fracturing is the process of extracting oil and natural gas from layers of shale basins deep within the earth. With the easily obtained reserves of oil and natural gas exhausting and unable to fulfill the needs of the American energy demand the hunt of natural resources was reborn.

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Knowing Nema

Posted on Fri, Jun 07, 2013

When looking at valve automation solutions it always important to know what type of environment the application calls for purchasing an actuator without this knowledge is like driving with your convertible top down in a hail storm or lighting bottle rockets at a gas station. Knowing what you need and how to order it are too important to over look.Your most common Nema ratings in the valve automation world are Nema 4, 4x, 6 & 7 & 4x\7.

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Indelac Safe & Secure Actuator Series

Posted on Thu, May 16, 2013

Our NEW line of fail-safe electric actuators, The Safe & Secure Series, is a compact powerful solution for critical applications.  With it’s own built in power supply The Safe & Secure Series couples the reliability of our American made electric actuators with the added security of a fail-safe battery backup system.

Equipped with an internal battery back system that is field adjustable to fail closed, fail open or continue standard operations, The Safe & Secure Series leaves you in control during sudden loss of utility power or control signal.

 

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Electric Actuators and Condensation Don't Mix

Posted on Thu, May 02, 2013

Condensation + Electric Actuators = Issues

I probably would not get any arguments if I said it had been a hot dry summer here in the US last year. 

However, if I told you I had a friend call me this week and tell me that their climate has been very hot and dry for quite some time but they were experiencing a water problem with one of their electric actuators.  He told me there was so much water in the electric actuator enclosure he literally had to pour the water out of his actuator. 

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Knowing The In's & Out's of Fail-Safe Actuators

Posted on Tue, Nov 27, 2012

Fail-safe Actuator, that simple short phrase commands many different visions of various types of actuators.  If you Google Failsafe Actuator you would get 1,910,000 results.  If one is going to use a fail-safe actuator in their application you might say they have their work cut out for them selecting the right actuator for their application.  With so many Google results the first logical question would be; what is a fail-safe actuator? 

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Electric Actuators VS Pneumatic Actuators

Posted on Tue, Oct 09, 2012

Precise actuator sizing and selection is a fundamental factor to consider while deciding on a valve automation solution. Making the correct decision warrants dependability and enduring productivity, especially for applications in unforgiving environments. Components such as seal life, side loading, and working conditions will ultimately drive design standards that will determine MTBF (mean time between failures). 

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Smaller More Efficient Pneumatic Actuators, 4 Is Better Than 2

Posted on Thu, May 03, 2012

Find Out Why 4 Piston Pneumatic Actuators Are A Better Alternative Than Their 2 Piston Counterpart  

                       

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Electric Actuators Spring Return Precision Test

Posted on Tue, May 01, 2012

Indelac Controls Inc. Presents:


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CHOOSING AN ELECTRIC ACTUATOR COMPANY? 6 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW!

Posted on Mon, Apr 16, 2012

The ability to choose the most appropriate electric actuator company is a key part in project or product line development.  In the automation process, actuators are the heart of the system.  Most of the time, once a company pairs up with an actuator company it is a long-term commitment, and the switching costs can be very high.  Therefore, the relationship between the actuator supplier and the user must be based on several important considerations.

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