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What does SIL stand for in safety?

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Nowadays safety systems saturate the industrial substructure, spreading protective influence all the way to an...

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How to Choose the Right Fuse for your Electric Actuator

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Although safeguards are implemented numerous times over while constructing electrically automated flow systems,...

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Troubleshooting Electric Actuators Motor Failure

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The likelihood of a motor failure without external causes is very rare. Motor failure rates from our experience are...

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Anodized Materials for Food Manufacturing / Preparation Equipment

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Due to the nature and physical properties of anodic coatings, anodized aluminum products and components are used in...

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The Evolution of Actuator Design

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Based on the power source used, actuators can be divided into two main categories:
  • Electric actuators: using either...
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Cost vs. cost of ownership: what to consider when buying electric actuators

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Plant engineers are tasked with a vital job: equipping their plants with the most reliable, high quality and...

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Upstream Oil and Gas Equipment - Markets Report  

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Significant global energy demand growth and rising living standards in China, India, and the Middle East, coupled with...

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Heavy Oil vs. Oil Sands

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Oil is a popular topic in the world we live in. For many industries, oil is a subject that is heavily relied upon. The...
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Earth Day: Why it Matters

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Over the years and across the globe, Earth Day has become one of the most widely celebrated environmental events. The...

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Pros & Cons: How Current Oil Prices Affect the Industry

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It is increasingly evident the importance actuators have in the oil and gas industry. Actuators play a vital role in...

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Powder Coating: a Vital Element of Actuators Manufacturing

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Powder coating uses finely ground particles of pigment and resin that are electrostatically charged and sprayed onto...
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Control Valves vs. Regulators in Control Applications

Posted by Olivier Tisserand 2 Comments

Understanding the differences between regulators and control valves is crucial in the automation industry. Each of...
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UPs and DOWNs in the Nuclear Industry & Impact on the Actuator Demand

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Nuclear power is extremely political. The discussions as well as overcoming obstacles to reach the goal require large...
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Technical Selling: The Clear Actuator Solution

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There is a surplus of important roles in the automation industry. Each role plays a vital part in the success of an...
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Duty Cycle: What Actuator Buyers Need to Know Now

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A good analogy for initially understanding duty cycle can start with the idea of riding a bicycle. You peddle (period...

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4 Applications for Actuators in Wind Turbines

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Nowadays wind turbines play a larger role in the power generation combination for the USA. Every day, more and more...

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How to Install, Operate & Troubleshoot an Electric Actuator

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This installation and maintenance manual explains how to install and maintain electric actuators. Information on...

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Running a Second Shift: Challenges for Manufacturers

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“Let’s create a night shift!” 

Anyone working for a growing manufacturer has heard that before. Sounds easy and simple:...

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Can 3D Printers Change the Face of the Manufacturing Industry

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Not that long ago, the only way a manufacturer could build a prototype was to spend a whole lot of money in R&D and...

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Electric actuators for eco-friendly automation

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Electric actuators have been used in many industries for tens of years but their positive impact on the environment is...

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8 Questions Manufacturers Want to Ask their Workforce

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With Baby Boomers coming close to retiring or already retired, manufacturers must do all they can to keep employees and...

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Industrial Valves and Actuators Market Analysis

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A growth in oil exploration activities, investments in new refineries, and modernization of existing facilities will...

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New Pipeline Supplying Marcellus Natural Gas

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PennEast Pipeline Company publicized their plan to build a 100-mile pipeline to bring natural gas extracted in the...

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Indelac Controls Wins KPPC 2013 Environmental Sustainability Award

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To help recognize National Pollution Prevention Week, KPPC presented its 2013 Environmental Sustainability (ES) award...

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Introduction to Oil & Gas Offshore Drilling

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In the search for oil and natural gas under the ocean, three general types of drilling rigs are used. A “jackup”...

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Pipelines: Safest Option for Oil & Gas Transportation in the US

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There are more than 180,000 miles of liquid petroleum pipelines across the United States. They connect extracting areas...

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How Electric Rotary Valve Actuators can Optimize Ethanol/Gasoline Blending at Truck Terminals

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The ethanol blending process is a critical part of a gasoline terminal operation and has a significant impact on...

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Fail-safe Actuators: When Failure Is Not an Option

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Actuators are a small part relative to the overall systems they live in. Many of these devices weigh in at only ten or...

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Valve Actuators and Positioners Go Digital

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"Digital Fieldbus Technologies Catch Up to Valve Actuators and Positioners"

Fieldbus is the name of a family of...

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When are Manual Actuators a Good Fit?

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Actuators can have many different sizes, shapes and functions, but all of them require some sort of input power to...

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Could Electric Actuators have prevented the Great Flood of Paris?

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Since the middle of the 20th century, to regulate the level and the flow of water of a river, many cities use sluice,...

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3 Passive Fire Protections for Actuators

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There are many dangers when extracting, transporting and refining oil & gas or any other dangerous materials. Two of...

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2 Applications for Compact Electric Actuators

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The common idea of an automated valve is a large valve with a heavy-duty actuator, typically powered by a three-phase...

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How to Evaluate Industrial Valve Actuator Repair Companies

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Entire actuator or automation package replacement can be expensive and time-consuming. In-field repair and modification...

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Industrial Valves: Innovative and Practical Products of Technological Advancements

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Continued advancements in technology have undoubtedly touched almost every aspect of human lives, giving us more...

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Is Your Automation Process Lean?

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Lean manufacturing is based on finding efficiencies and removing wasteful steps that don't add value to the product. No...

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5 Good Reasons to Be in Favor of the Keystone XL Pipeline

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Here are 5 arguments showing why, despite more than 5 years of debating and controversy and the project still not being...

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History of Threaded Screws: Small but Vital Component of an Actuator

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There are more than 4,300 years between the invention of a threaded screw and the modern industrial threaded screw as...

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Valve Actuator Opportunities with Shale Gas in the U.S. in 2014

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Domestic Natural Gas Liquids (NGLs) production is projected to increase by more than 45% by 2040. What are the...

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Introduction to Valves: Industry Standards

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This article presents and explains specifications used in the valve industry in the USA and around the world, with a...

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Introduction to Valves: Overview

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This article serves as an introduction to the industrial valve industry and is designed to inform about basics such as...

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4 Myths about Electric Actuators Exposed

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Are you still using hydraulic and pneumatic actuators? You may want to read on and reconsider your decision. Electric...

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21 Steps to Adjust a Modulating Electric Actuator AC & DC Controls

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Here is a guide on how to fine-tune a Modulating Electric Actuator AC & DC Controls. The following instructions are a...

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How does an electric actuator work?

Posted by Olivier Tisserand 1 Comment

If you need an answer to the following questions, you are looking in the right place:

  • What are the main components of...
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How to Select the Right Valve (with Pros & Cons)

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The suitability of a valve for a specific application is defined by the materials used in relation to the transported...

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NEMA 6P Submersible Electric Actuator

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Here at Indelac Controls, we strive to innovate and always offer new reliable products. In this effort, we have come...

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Electric Spring Return Actuators Meet Fire Standards for Tunnels

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In an emergency situation such a fire inside rail or road tunnels, or even underground passenger platforms, electric...

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Electric Actuators for Dummies

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An Actuator is a mechanical device that converts energy, here electricity, into motion. It can be a linear motion...

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3 Easy Steps to Prevent Condensation in Electric Actuators

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Unwanted condensation in/on electrical goods can have severe consequences. Metal parts, even stored in warehouses can...

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31 Helpful Valve Actuation Terms

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The following list of valve actuator terms may assisted when explaining your automation needs, to help us better serve...

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3 Ways to Define Actuator Torque in Words You Understand

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Lack of knowledge about torque can often mislead buyers to inaccurate choices when choosing an actuator for their...

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How to select an Actuator (part. 3): Electric Actuator

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Electric rotary actuators are basically geared motors with a variety of electrical accessories (limit switches, heater,...

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How to select an Actuator (part. 2): Pneumatic Actuator

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To ensure automated valve performance in today’s sophisticated process control systems it is essential to develop a...

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How to select an Actuator (part. 1): Pneumatic vs. Electric

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As the process industry continues to achieve more efficient and productive plant design, plant engineers and...

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How to Guide: 4-20mA Positioner Field Installation - Indelac Actuator

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Here is a guide on how to install a 4-20mA Positioner on any Indelac Actuator. The following instructions are a step...
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Thermal Actuator: Clean & Renewable Energy

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What’s a Thermal Actuator?

Actuators are simply devices used to transform energy into motion. A thermal actuator is a...

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24 Steps to Size Up an Electric Actuator for a Gate Valve Application

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Picking the right Electric Actuator for a valve is not that easy. Industry buyers ask yourselves these 24 questions...

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The Control Room of the Future - Smarter Reality

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"Do we do it the old, reliable way, or do we challenge ourselves to demonstrate new technology and use continuous...

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Indelac State-of-the-Art Machinery

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Do you want to know how state-of-the-art machinery help Indelac cut cycle time by 40% on setups, while retaining the...

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Wireless Actuator

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A wireless actuator is an actuator geographically distributed and interconnected by wireless networks. Nowadays,...

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Video: RXP Series Explosion Proof Electric Actuator

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The R series compact electric rotary actuator was specifically designed for small ball valve and damper...

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Fail-Safe Actuators: Many Choices to Make

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The simple short phrase “fail-safe actuator” conjures a vision of a wide range of different actuators. In fact, when...

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Hydro Fracturing Part 1

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Fracking or hydraulic fracturing is the process of extracting oil and natural gas from layers of shale basins deep...

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Knowing Nema

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When looking at valve automation solutions it always important to know what type of environment the application calls...

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Indelac Safe & Secure Actuator Series

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Our NEW line of fail-safe electric actuators, The Safe & Secure Series, is a compact powerful solution for critical...

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Electric Actuators and Condensation Don't Mix

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Condensation + Electric Actuators = Issues

I probably would not get any arguments if I said it had been a hot dry...
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Knowing The In's & Out's of Fail-Safe Actuators

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Fail-safe Actuator, that simple short phrase commands many different visions of various types of actuators.  If you...

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Electric Actuators VS Pneumatic Actuators

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Precise actuator sizing and selection is a fundamental factor to consider while deciding on a valve automation...

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Smaller More Efficient Pneumatic Actuators, 4 Is Better Than 2

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Find Out Why 4 Piston Pneumatic Actuators Are A Better Alternative Than Their 2 Piston Counterpart  

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Electric Actuators Spring Return Precision Test

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Indelac Controls Inc. Presents:

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CHOOSING AN ELECTRIC ACTUATOR COMPANY? 6 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW!

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The ability to choose the most appropriate electric actuator company is a key part in project or product line...

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