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November 16, 2016
Automating a Valve - Why?
Actuators automate the opening and closing of valves , often within a process system. The wide variety of process operations can include wastewater treatment facilities, power plants, refineries,  chemical plants, mining, and food and beverage production. The alternative to automation is manual operation, which requires attendants to adjust the valves using a direct or geared mechanism attached to the valve stem. Power-operated actuators, using gas pressure, hydraulic pressure or electricity, allow a valve to be adjusted remotely, or allow rapid operation of large valves. Such actuators may be the final elements of an automatic control loop to regulate flow, levels, or other definable functions of the processes. Actuators may be used only to open and close the valve, or may allow varied positioning to control flow within in the system.
All actuators have an operational purpose to perform, including:
  • Moving the valve from open to closed, or closed to open, or somewhere in between the two positions
  • Keeping the valve in a desired position, depending on the process requirements
  • Seating the valve to isolate the media
  • Providing a failure mode in the event of a system failure
  • Providing the required speed of operation to perform the task required for process control
When the the decision to automate a valve is made, it is usually based on a variety of criteria, such as:
  • Control and requirements of the process
  • Reliable operation
  • Reduction in labor
  • Valve access (the valve may be located in a remote or unsafe location)
  • Cost
  • Difficulty of operation due to excessive valve torque requirements
  • The need for an emergency response, such as a valve closure or opening upon a system failure
  • Other safety requirements
In the coming weeks, we will review the application information, criteria for selecting pneumatic or electric actuation, sizing actuation, and options and accessories available. For more information or a more pressing need, please contact your Milwaukee Valve sales representative or contact the factory.

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