An electric valve actuator is a device used to control the opening and closing of a valve by using an electric motor to drive a gearbox that rotates the valve stem. It is an alternative to manually operated valve actuators, which require physical effort to turn the valve handle or lever.
Electric valve actuators are commonly used in industrial applications where precise and reliable control of fluid flow is required, such as in water treatment plants, power generation facilities, and oil and gas refineries. They can be used with a wide range of valve types, including ball valves, butterfly valves, globe valves, and gate valves.
AVA offer feature rich, compact electric actuators from 10Nm through to 400Nm offering both Basic and Smart series to cover the wide range of customers and applications we supply. Offering an expansive selection of functionality, view the full product range here.
What is the difference between a basic and smart actuator?
The main difference between a basic actuator and a smart actuator is the level of control and automation they provide.
A basic actuator is a simple device that is designed to perform a basic function, such as opening and closing a valve. It typically has limited functionality and may only be controlled through a manual switch or a basic control system.
On the other hand, a smart actuator is a more advanced device that is designed to provide a higher level of control and automation. It is equipped with sensors and other advanced features that allow it to monitor and respond to changes in its environment, such as changes in temperature, pressure, or flow rate. It can also be integrated with other control systems and networks to provide more advanced functionality, such as remote monitoring and control, data logging, and predictive maintenance.
Some of the benefits of smart actuators include increased efficiency, improved accuracy, and reduced maintenance costs. They can help to optimize the performance of a system by automatically adjusting the position of the valve or other actuated component based on real-time data and analysis. They can also help to reduce downtime and maintenance costs by providing early warnings of potential problems and allowing for predictive maintenance.
Overall, while basic actuators are simple and straightforward, smart actuators offer a more advanced and automated level of control that can help to improve the efficiency, reliability, and performance of a system.
Electric valve actuators can be controlled through a variety of methods, including manual switches, remote controls, and programmable logic controllers (PLCs). They are often preferred over other types of valve actuators because they offer more precise control over the valve position and can be integrated with other control systems to provide advanced functionality.
Some of the benefits of electric valve actuators include increased efficiency, improved accuracy, and reduced maintenance costs. They also allow for remote control and monitoring, which can be especially useful in hazardous environments or hard-to-reach locations.
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