Monthly Archives: September 2015

WHAT WE DO BEST

The automated valve market in North America is nearly $1.5 billion and growing. That means BI-TORQ® Valve Automation is part of a very large industry–it would be easy to get lost in the shuffle. Thankfully, we have no desire to be one of the many “me too” companies in the marketplace, so we have tried to differentiate ourselves in five distinct ways:

Top rated customer support

We built BI-TORQ® Valve Automation from the inside out, meaning that our emphasis is on an experienced technical sales staff well-versed in a variety of applications. While some of our competitors have customer service people simply taking part numbers from a catalog, our inside sales staff provides expertise unparalleled in the industry. This ensures you will get a valve automation package that will suit your needs.

Easy interchanges

Thanks to our many years of experience and deep knowledge of the industry, our technical sales staff can provide an interchange for many valves and actuators already installed in the field. Most of the time, we can use our competitors’ basic part numbers to determine the best product to replace a unit, which is ideal for MRO business. We also will ask the right questions to ensure that we are not replicating an existing problem.

Retrofit kits

For more than 30 years, we have designed and manufactured valve automation hardware to mount virtually any valve to any actuator. That means we can replace just part of the assembly in the field of automate a manual valve. For example, if a valve fails but the corresponding electric actuator works fine, we can supply a new valve with a retrofit kit to the actuator. It also allows your customers to use storeroom stock by combining product already in inventory.

Custom Design

Over the years, our design engineers’ favorite saying has been “anything’s possible . . . just ask!” We understand that one size doesn’t always fit all when it comes to valve automation, so we can provide custom designs to fit your system. Need one pneumatic actuator to operate three valves at once? Or do you want to extend a gear operator out of a tank valve by 15 feet?  Perhaps you would you like a 3D Solidworks file to drop into your design? Just let us know what you need and we will do the rest. Coming up with creative solutions for tough applications is our specialty.

 It all adds up to the best bang for the buck in the industry

Not only do you get our years of expertise, on-demand custom design, huge inventory, and friendly sales support, you also get some of the most competitive pricing in the industry. Whether you are ordering a single part or involved in a large project, you will get the attention and solid pricing that you need. We are an international business with a positive atmosphere befitting our status as a family-owned business since 1981.

TESTING AN ELECTRIC ACTUATOR WITHOUT A CONTROL SIGNAL

Electric actuators make valve automation easy, but they can be subjected to some pretty tough conditions. The need to pull the actuator off the valve and bench test it may arise during an actuator’s lifespan due to those conditions. So, what happens when you go to test a electric actuator with a 4-20mA positioner, but don’t have a control signal to test it?

If you are using our BI Series actuators, we have that instance covered. Our BI Series actuators have a feature that allows an actuator to be tested without a 4-20mA control signal by jumping a couple terminals.

To utilize this feature you need to first access the actuator’s internals by removing the actuator cover. Once the cover is taken off,  look for T-shaped terminal labeled JP2 near the middle of the PCB. Under normal operating conditions, the jumper will be on the two middle pins of the tee. To cycle the valve closed jump the 2nd and 3rd terminals on and power the actuator with the corresponding voltage. To cycle the valve open, the jump the 1st and 2nd terminals and apply power. It is that simple.

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Below is a simplified view of JP2 showing which terminals to jump for testing purposes.

Terminal JP2