News | June 20, 2014

Portable Valve Actuation For Water And Wastewater Installations


Operating valves in water and wastewater installations can be a laborious and dangerous task, especially if the valves are used infrequently, corroded or have varying torque requirements.

Smith Flow Control’s (UK) EasiDrive portable valve actuator is designed specifically for these scenarios, by allowing operatives to operate valves without the need for dedicated valve actuators.

With the EasiDrive the operator has absolute control. One person can efficiently drive multiple valves with a single tool, reducing fatigue and risk of injury and resulting in major cost and time savings.

A unique feature is a ‘reaction kit’ which prevents a torque kickback, ensuring valve movement is always fully controlled and preventing operator injury and fatigue. In addition, the variable torque output feature, which prevents excessive torque being applied, ensures proper and safe valve operation at all times.

Key features of the EasiDrive: Low cost alternative to permanent actuators, No permanent power supply required; Suitable for all climatic conditions; Wide band torque capability with variable torque adjustment as standard; Ideal for moving tight or partially-seized valves; Adaptable to any size/type of valve, Eliminates operator fatigue and greatly reduces the risk of injury; No ‘kickback’ often associated with other torque devices; Variable output torque – so no damage to valves by ‘over-torquing’; Fully portable – can manage banks of valves with a single drive tool.

EasiDrive is highly versatile and can be powered by air, electricity or battery, giving the user ultimate control over their preferred choice. It can also be custom designed to suit specific site requirements.

SOURCE: Smith Flow Control