Modifying Valves for Actuator Mounting

An actuator installed with industrial valve modification
Correct industrial valve modification is essential for optimized actuator performance in industrial applications.

Today, we will be covering the basics of actuator mounting and how proper industrial valve modification is essential for optimized performance. We can help you with the right valve setup so your equipment can run as smoothly as possible, no matter what kind of process you use. For expert insight and professional service, contact our team at Southern Valve Service today.

Types of Industrial System Actuators

There are 4 basic types of valve actuators used in industrial settings: pneumatic, hydraulic, electric, and electro-hydraulic. Each type of actuator is used for specific applications. In addition, they can require different industrial valve modifications based on their design and intended use. 

  • Pneumatic: These actuators use air pressure to create motion. They are typically used in process systems.
  • Hydraulic: These actuators are powered by pressurized liquids. They are generally the same size as pneumatic actuators but have more power.
  • Electric: These actuators have a motor-operated valve that uses electricity to produce motion.
  • Electro-hydraulic: These actuators combine the best characteristics of electric and hydraulic actuators. They are self-contained and run by electric power, but are less bulky than traditional hydraulic systems.

Overview of Industrial Valve Modification for Actuator Mounting

An actuator is a component in a system that enables movement. It converts electrical or hydraulic energy into mechanical force. Industrial valve modification is essential to ensure that the actuator and its connected valve function in unison. Proper modification guarantees that the valves can perform at their maximum capacity. 

Actuator mounting requires detailed preparation for correct installation. The first step is to study the valve and actuator specifications to ensure compatibility and to determine which mounting brackets will be required. An experienced technician must assess multiple factors, including:

  • Type of actuator 
  • Dimensions of valve and actuator
  • Position/placement of both components
  • Physical inspection of valve for cleanliness or potential obstructions 

Modifying valves for actuator mounting in an industrial setting requires technical expertise and a range of techniques. Our experienced technicians use specialized tools and equipment to perform modifications that make it possible to attach actuators to different types of valves. 

Each modification needs to be carefully customized to meet the specific needs of the customer, whether for a simple valve or a complex bespoke system. When done correctly, these valve modifications help streamline industrial processes, reduce downtime, and improve overall efficiency.

Compatibility of the Actuator and Valve is Critical

When modifying a valve, it’s critical to take into account the compatibility of the actuator and valve. Failing to do so can result in a malfunctioning system or even cause safety hazards. To ensure a smooth and safe operation, it’s imperative to consider the valve’s specifications and its intended purpose. By matching the actuator and valve properly, you can guarantee a seamless operation that meets the required specifications and ensures safety for all those involved in the process. Because the compatibility of the actuator and valve is so important,  we highly recommend contacting an experienced professional who will be able to assess this accurately.

Understanding the Torque and Pressure Requirements for Modification

Achieving a safe and secure fit during industrial valve modification requires a firm understanding of the physics behind torque and pressure requirements. Torque is the force that rotates the valve stem, which opens and closes the valve. Thus, modifying industrial valves requires a deep understanding of the relationship between torque and pressure, particularly in high-pressure industrial systems. The importance of the correct amount of torque for the pressure requirements cannot be overstated, as even small errors can result in significant safety hazards. 

Industrial Valve Modification Experience from Southen Valve

When it comes to the customization of industrial valves to accommodate actuator mounting, we ensure expert, thorough service. Our team of experienced professionals can help you every step of the way, from selecting the right valve type to evaluating torque and pressure requirements for a secure installation. Additionally, we ensure compatibility between valves and actuators before undertaking any modification or repair services.

Southern Valve Service has been providing quality servicing in Houston and Baton Rouge for many years, so you can trust our expertise when it comes to industrial valve repairs and installations. Contact us for a quote today.