ICI's Actuator & Valve Industry Blog

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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