SmartAct Actuators break the mould when it comes to materials used.

SmartAct Actuators break the mould when it comes to materials used.

At the Smart Actuator Company, we believe in using the best and most applicable materials for the manufacturing of our products. Have you ever wondered what materials SmartAct use and why? We put a lot of thought into our Innovative products and their material science. We decided to use some very modern manufacturing materials and processes to go with our Smart Technology Innovation.

SmartAct Medium 40 - 100 Nm Electric Actuator
Medium SmartAct Actuator

In doing this we ensure that our Actuators not only look amazing but perform amazingly too, accompanied with robustness and reliability while still delivering a massive 75% energy saving over other traditional electric actuators.

All our Actuators are located worldwide in very diverse Industrial complexes, so it is imperative that they can cope in a variety of climates and conditions.

Within these locations we ensure that our Actuators are Intrinsically Safe as directed by SIL Standards. We are currently Self-Certified to level 2 of 4.

Locations we have SmartAct Actuators performing in include: –

  • Sub Sea, Off Shore Rigs and Submerged Pipe lines
  • Food Processing sites
  • Waste Management sites
  • Water Purification systems
  • Zoos and Public attractions
  • Fire Suppression systems

The main body of our Small and Medium Actuators are moulded from a Nylon 66 compound, that is a cousin to the Kevlar compound which has similar properties to Mild Steel.

Nylon 66 has approximately 40% Glass Fibre content that gives it a structural stability and robustness.

This compound has been used for Aerospace projects, Military uses such as Armour Plating both for Vehicles and Personnel, and many more applications that require such strong compositions.

The benefits for using Nylon 66 are: –

SmartAct Small Actuator
  • Lighter in weight
  • Faster manufacturing time
  • No single use (Recyclable)
  • Extremely robust and durable
  • More cost effective
  • Corrosion free

The SmartAct Small Actuator Lid is moulded from Nylon 12, which has similar characteristics to Nylon 66.

The Small Actuator Lid design is translucent, as we want our customers to see the internal workings of the Actuator, it also helps when checking the relevant degree angle that the Actuator has turned. The Lid also has a Magnifying Glass built in to aid the Degree Angle view.

SmartAct Actuators use a series of internal Gears that produce the final output torque and drive. The exact design and how the gears are in position cannot be disclosed due to our patent. However, their composition can be explained, as the gears are self-lubricated and are made from Acetal which has a Molybdenum/PTFE make up.

The internal worm, worm wheel, centre gear, handle, internal walls and plates are made from Nylon 66, Delrin 500 or Acetal. Delrin 500 gives a good smooth surface structure and the Acetal gives extra stability whilst allowing some flexing in the Actuator movements.

The Benefits of using Acetal/Molybdenum/PTFE for Gears are: –

  • Self-Lubricating
  • Longer life cycle
  • Lighter in weight
  • Faster manufacturing times
  • More cost effective
  • Many colour options available
  • Corrosion free

Our customers don’t always just love our robust durable material science they also love how easy the SmartAct Actuators are to install and set up too.

Our latest Distributor appointed in India has just received their first consignment of Medium SmartAct Actuators and immediately responded with this testimonial: –

We have successfully tested one of 40Nm Actuator. It was an awesome experience for us to use this type of Smart Actuator for the first time and really its Smart as per the name and simple to operate” Smart material science and smart technology made simple keeps our customers happy.

Content created by Ian Hughes. Edited by Tonya O’Donnell

Green Heart Awards

Green Heart Awards

We have been nominated for a Green Heart.

CELEBRATE YOUR COMMUNITY’S GREEN HEART

This March, we’re gearing up to show the love in a big way—by celebrating how people around the country are helping to protect the lives they love from climate change.

Green hearts reflect the belief in the possibility of a cleaner, safer future; the ambition and efforts of projects big and small that are transforming communities everywhere; and the force of millions who are protecting the things they love. The Green Heart Hero Awards are a chance to celebrate these extraordinary endeavours and give our neighbours a huge round of applause for all they are doing to create a cleaner, more secure future for our communities and beyond.

We are super excited to be part of the Green Heart Awards. Our Energy Saving & Recycling Policy is integral to what we do at the Smart Actuator Company. 

We ensure where possible we use fully recyclable components in our products and even our product packaging is 100% recyclable. 

Saving the world energy by utilizing RIFT Energy saving motor innovation is something really important to us. We as a community can all work towards a greener future for our future generations. 

For a family business this really is one of our core values.  

Update – Photo’s of our trip to London 

We didn’t win an award but were honoured to be among the amazing people nominated because of the things they are doing working towards a Green future.

Family Business winners attend FB Conf 2018

Family Business winners attend FB Conf 2018

Our Marketing Director was invited to be a keynote speaker at this years Family Business Conference in Canary Wharf. The subject of the conference was GRIT.

GRIT – Courage in the face of adversity. Tonya’s speech was all about facing challenges with GRIT. It was about her personal challenge in 2018 and how this affected the family & the business. She did an excellent job and we are extremely proud of her.

She ended on a high note talking about how through challenges a business can often not just survive but thrive.

At the end of 2018 we have a new feature rich Android App, a new product in manufacturing and plans for a great year in 2019.

Preparing for Sales of New Product – Small 0 – 30 Nm Smart Actuator

Preparing for Sales of New Product – Small 0 – 30 Nm Smart Actuator

We have been busy during 2018 preparing our latest product for its big Sales launch in 2019. Product development is always exciting.

This product was conceived just over 2 years ago and since then whilst also working on other projects we have had the opportunity to really do what we do best and innovate some fabulous new features into our small product.

We had always planned to create a small low torque smart electric actuator. From concept through prototyping to designing new features and an easy to use Android App all the work has been done in-house. Tooling then creation of the first run of products took place earlier this year ready for large production runs in 2019.  It has a rugged GRP housing and is provided with a 2 year warranty. It really has been very interesting and exciting for all involved to see their ideas come to life.

We are really happy with the final product and are sure all our customers will be too.

In preparation for its full sales launch we have published an article in the Autumn BVAA Magazine Valve User. We have updated and rewritten all our marketing information and created new user guides and documentation.

The small smart actuator delivers the same 75% energy saving all our products do making it the worlds most energy efficient smart small actuator.

A new Android based App has been developed during the development process for the small actuator which we have adapted to also work with the Medium 40 – 100 Nm Actuator.

This App is easily downloaded from the App store and provides easy setup and basic function setting as well as access to our advanced features.