Valve Actuators of Various Types
Actuators are devices that provide pipeline workers with a power source to operate valves. Electric, air (pneumatic), or flow (hydraulic) power can be used—in our case, gas or oil. Actuators are classified into two types: linear and rotary. So, without further ado, let us look at the various types of valve actuators.
Actuator of Manpower
These actuators, also known as manual valves, typically require a worker to turn a wheel or lever. However, because of the amount of pressure coming from within the pipes, most people do not prefer manual actuators because they are difficult to operate. Manual actuators do have advantages, however; for example, if the valve position must be precise, manual actuators are ideal.
Actuators (Pneumatic and Hydraulic)
Pneumatic actuators, which are powered by air, are one of the most common types of actuators. Organizations must, however, decide whether they want a linear or rotary pneumatic actuator. A pneumatic linear actuator employs a compressor or manual pump to move a piston along a pipe. A rotary pneumatic actuator, on the other hand, still employs a compressor; however, instead of a piston, the actuator employs an oscillating rotating motion. With the exception of the power source, hydraulic actuators are similar to pneumatic actuators. Hydraulic actuators are powered by a liquid, most commonly oil. They do, however, function in the same way that pneumatic actuators do. The main advantage of hydraulic actuators over pneumatic actuators is that hydraulic actuators operate more efficiently.
Actuators that use electricity
Finally, electric actuators are becoming more popular in the oil and gas industry. People prefer electric actuators for two reasons: cleanliness and dependability. To put it another way, you don't need compressed air or oil to operate the actuator. The linear version of an electric actuator works by moving screws and enables users to convert electricity into torque. A rotary electric actuator, on the other hand, is ideal for projects involving common rotating valves, such as ball valves.
Before selecting an actuator, you must first determine its purpose. Some actuators, for example, may perform admirably in one scenario but not so well in another.
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