In large systems, it can be difficult to find operating instructions for system components, such as valves. At the same time, identifying existing equipment or installing newly delivered products in the correct locations is time-consuming, labor-intensive, and error-prone. It is often difficult for users to accurately understand the current operating status of the equipment and to perform maintenance operations during system operation. Useful information is scarce and difficult to obtain, which makes system maintenance very difficult, especially when technicians are moving.
"GF ’s new valve 'Smart Actuator' can be fully monitored via an app on a smartphone or tablet and controlled if necessary," said Sandra Schiller, Product Manager for GF Piping. The advantages of the new smart actuator are obvious: even when the power is off, the actuator can still communicate with the mobile app through NFC; after the initial startup, the app will display the existing valve and its previously assigned name; provide an intuitive user guide No operating instructions are required; wireless connection enables data reading, such as work cycle and current configuration files; faults can also be displayed directly in the app; control can be conveniently performed without directly interfering with the process control system (PCS) Signals for later setting or short-term coverage; During the installation process, the App helps system debugging and timely integration into the planned pipeline and instrumentation flow diagram (P & ID). Thanks to standardized mechanical interfaces, the actuator can be installed on any standard valve on.
Valves "Smart actuators" offer various advantages:
ISO-5211 interface for flexible upgrade
The intelligent actuator complies with the ISO-5211 standard and can be used for all standard valves. There is no need to replace the valve when the system is optimized.
360 ° LED indicator for more intuitive control
All-round 360 ° LED indicator shows the final position of the actuator remotely from any angle.
The app provides direct access to all critical data, while also enabling control and system diagnostics via a smartphone. You can decide whether or not to override the main control and for how long.
Flexible planning, convenient pre-configuration, and quick commissioning
Due to the wireless access, the installation of the actuator is more flexible; the initial configuration can be achieved in the power-off state; the name in the P & ID can be assigned to any actuator via NFC; signal testing and optical feedback make debugging easier.
Convenient data processing and more control
Finally, you always have control over the internals of the actuator-all settings can be intuitively adjusted, stored and exported via the app. This helps increase the transparency of your data while also better planning for maintenance.
"Smart actuators are the first step in creating a new generation of digital equipment that makes planning, installation, control and inspection of the system easier and clearer," said Adrian Schwyzer, Global Water Treatment Industry Manager for GF Piping Systems. The product will gradually be launched to the global market in 2019.