Provides safer valve operation
29 April 2013
Smith Flow Control has ushered in an affordable way for companies to safely manage valve operations. The EasiDrive portable valve actuator securely and effectively operates valves in power plants, oil refineries, paper mills and chemical processing facilities. One operator can efficiently operate multiple valves with a single tool while reducing fatigue and injury risk.
Lightweight, portable and adaptable, the tool is said to be especially effective on valves that require a high number of turns or are otherwise difficult to operate because of high torque or where adverse climates (subzero, tropical, desert environments) make operations more challenging.
Smith Flow Control's Singapore-based agent, Triple- Max Engineering Pte, has supplied hundreds of the EasiDrive Systems to large petrochemical refineries in the region to ease operation and improve efficiencies.
"Workers were straining themselves while operating the valves and we offered the EasiDrive System as a solution to their problem, the company's Cynthia Xu said.
"It is time consuming to open and close large valves that are not actuated. Two operators can spend almost 20 minutes working together to open just one 14" 1500# gear operated gate valve. By using the EasiDrive system, the time taken to operate each valve is reduced to approximately five minutes with just one operator, making it almost effortless."