Thursday, February 28, 2019

The Yokogawa YS1700 Replaces Obsolete Siemens/Moore 353

Yokogawa YS1700
Now that entire Moore/Siemens 350 family is obsolete, are you considering upgrading to a DCS?
Are you concerned about the cost and time for a new installation, application development and personnel training?

Is it possible that the new equipment vendor may again leave you stranded with their equipment as their core business is not industrial automation and control?

We have a better solution for you: Yokogawa and its YS1700 PID loop controller. Yokogawa has been providing industrial solutions, as their primary business, for over a century and their YS1700 will keep you off of eBay looking for spare 353 parts.

Monday, February 25, 2019

Pneumatic Actuator Types

Pneumatic valve actuators all provide the same function:  They convert air pressure to rotational movement and are designed to open, close, or position a quarter-turn valve.  These include ball valves, plug valves, butterfly valves, or other types of 90 degree rotational valves.

The basic design variations of pneumatic valve actuators are as follows:

  • Scotch-yoke
  • Rack and pinion
  • Rotary vane

Let's review each of these in detail:

Scotch-yoke Actuators

Scotch-yoke ActuatorThese actuators come in a multitude of sizes, but are usually used on larger valves because they can produce a very high torque output.  They employ a pneumatic piston mechanism to transfer movement to a linear push rod.  That rod, in turn, engages a pivoting lever arm to provide rotation. Spring return units have a large return spring module mounted on the opposite end of the piston mechanism working directly against the pressurized cylinder.

Rack & Pinion Actuators

Rack & Pinion Actuator
These actuators are sometimes referred to as, “lunch box,” because they, well, look like a lunch box. This actuator uses opposing pistons with integral gears to engage a pinion gear shaft to produce rotation. They are usually more compressed than a scotch yoke, have standardized mounting patterns, and produce output torques suitable for small-to-medium sized valves.  Rack and pinion nearly always include standard bolting and coupling patterns to directly attach a valve, solenoid, limit switch or positioner.  One of their features include several smaller coil springs mounted internally, which provide the torque to return the valve to its starting position.

Rotary Vane Actuators

Rotary Vane Actuator
These actuators are usually used when the application requires a significant space savings.  They take up less space when comparing size-to-torque with rack and pinion and scotch yoke. Rotary van actuators also benefit from a reputation of longevity.  They contain fewer moving parts than other types of pneumatic valve actuators.  Rotary vane actuators use externally mounted, helically wound "clock springs" for their spring return mechanism.

When considering the choice of pneumatic valve actuators, your decision comes down to size, power, torque curve and the ease of adding peripherals. To ensure that your valve actuation package will be optimized for safety, longevity, and performance, the advice of a qualified valve automation expert should be sought out. That expert will be able to help you with the best selection of the appropriate valve actuator for any quarter turn valve application.

Friday, February 15, 2019

The VEGA MINITRAC 31 Radiation-based Density, Level, and Flow Measurement Sensor

Radiation is a popular means of density measurement in several industries, including refining and offshore oil and gas.  The VEGA MINITRAC 31 is suitable for liquid and bulk solids applications in vessels that present mechanically difficult process conditions. The measured value is detected non-intrusively, right through the vessel wall. Process fittings and vessel openings are not required. The instrument is therefore ideal for retro-fit applications. The VEGA MINITRAC 31 can be used for many different measuring tasks. Apart from density measurement and level detection, the MINITRAC 31 can also detect residues and the mass flow rate when used in conjunction with a flow meter. This video demonstrates how the sensor uses radiation to reliably and accurately measure the density of liquids and slurries and how operators can use Bluetooth-enhanced display modules for wireless remote access to density sensors.

Classic Controls, Inc.