Improved handling

Development focus for AUMA’s Generation.2 actuator range centred on improved handling and operation. An enlarged plug-in electrical connection gives improved connection facilities, a single motor plug/socket connection is incorporated and Auma’s proven handwheel activation was optimised.

Supporting Auma’s global offer, a multi lingual (33 language) user interface is available as an integral option as part of the actuator or via configuration and diagnostic Auma ToolSuite software available free of charge from the actuator manufacturer.

Integral controls for Generation.2 actuators are equipped with Bluetooth interfaces. With the integration of torque, temperature sensors, new intelligent diagnostic functions supply significant actuator status information such as torque characteristics which can be captured at any time. Actuator feedback signals can be classified according to NAMUR recommendation NE 107 and integrated into Asset Management systems.

Confirming oil and gas industry demand for Auma’s actuation technology, a recent order for 150 SAExC explosion proof electric actuators has been placed by Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemicals Ltd (MRPL). Increased capacity from 12 to 18.5 million metric tonnes per annum at the scheme is supported by the actuation technology, which aids valve operation at a new tank farm. The comprehensive range of standards met by the products contributed to Auma securing the order as ATEX, IECEx, CSA, FM and Indian: CCOE are supported.

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Stefan Kolbe is with AUMA Riester GmbH Co KG, Muellheim, Germany.