SmartAct Small Actuator Launch Promotion Offer

SmartAct Small Actuator Launch Promotion Offer

Get Smart ! Order now for Free Feature.

To celebrate the upcoming launch of the Small SmartAct Energy Efficient Smart Actuator we are offering one of our most popular Features FREE for a limited time.

Failsafe (one of the product standard features) will be switched on Free of Charge (FOC) for all orders placed within 26 weeks of launch date. This Promotion is subject to availability & payment terms.

Please contact us for more information.

Sales@smartact.co.uk

01684 565709

Introducing Wiggle the solution to ‘sticky’ valves.

Introducing Wiggle the solution to ‘sticky’ valves.
SmartAct Electric Actuator Wiggle Feature
SmartAct Wiggle feature

We at SmartAct have developed a solution to the longstanding problem of infrequently used valves becoming stuck or ‘sticky’.

The software feature known as ‘WIGGLE’ allows the actuator to be programmed to move the valve at regular, user defined, intervals and amounts. This feature has shown positive early results in reducing the build-up of material which causes valves to seize in position.

Once again The Smart Actuator Company proves it is one of the front runners in innovative thinking.

As a new manufacturer in the electric actuator market SmartAct has spent a lot of time over the last 5 years asking questions of potential distributors, end users and even other manufacturers about the problems faced by suppliers of valves and actuators.

How valves become sticky.

One regular problem that was described was the tendency of valves to ‘stick’ or ‘seize’ in positions when being used in an application with long or infrequent duty cycle times.

In many instances this problem alone accounts for the need to replace valves altogether after relatively short working life times. At the very least it often requires pipelines to be shut down while regular maintenance and valve seat cleaning is carried out. The problem occurs much less often in applications.

Working with Severn Subsea Technologies in Redruth, Cornwall, on projects for two of their clients, SmartAct saw first-hand how quickly equipment deployed in the marine environment can be colonised by marine micro-organisms. In one particular application 6 inch KSB Butterfly Valves are required to stay open to allow sea water to pass through and only open and close once each day. In another application regular wave splash and occasional immersion to up to 5 meters caused similar problems in a Mars Ball valve, again with infrequent duty cycles.

SmartAct Medium Energy Efficient Smart Actuator

Working with Severn Subsea Technologies in Redruth, Cornwall, on projects for two of their clients, SmartAct saw first-hand how quickly equipment deployed in the marine environment can be colonised by marine micro-organisms. In one particular application 6 inch KSB Butterfly Valves are required to stay open to allow sea water to pass through and only open and close once each day. In another application regular wave splash and occasional immersion to up to 5 meters caused similar problems in a Mars Ball valve, again with infrequent duty cycles.

The SmartAct distributor in the Netherlands, Ebora Process Automation, also identified the same problem with many of their clients. They asked if a solution could be developed.

“Even apparently clean fluids can cause deposits in valves that are not in regular use; as these build up they can cause valves to either function badly or cease to function altogether”.

How ‘WIGGLE’ prevents valves from sticking.

Regular operation ‘cleans’ the valve seat and prevents build-up of material that can cause the vale to stick in position. The action of the valve against the seat does not allow the micro-organisms to settle and grow within the valve.

The Central Processing Unit (CPU) in the SmartAct Actuators electronic control boards can be programmed to open and close any valve to a set angle on a time schedule. This can be to just a few degrees or the full duty cycle. SmartAct commissioned the software work required as part of their Horizon 2020 European Union Funding Project and has now added the feature, which has been christened ‘WIGGLE’, to the advanced features available through the Android App.

James O’Donnell, SmartAct Technical Director says ‘We are developing a reputation as the company that can solve problems other manufacturers can’t. When we introduced our first medium actuator in 2014 we designed it to be flexible and multi-featured. Thank goodness we did because as our sales volumes are rising we are able to add in new features like ‘WIGGLE’ to react to customer demand’.

The SmartAct Subsea Actuator has been Tested successfully to 800 meters & Certificated to 750 Meters. It was the first actuator from SmartAct to include the ‘Wiggle’ feature to help keep the value seats  clean. This has also now been added to the standard medium SmartAct RIFT 40-100 Nm actuator and as an additional advanced option on the Small 0-30 Nm actuator.

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

Awarded ISO Certification

James & Jerry receiving ISO 9001 Certificate - SACO

James & Jerry receiving ISO 9001 Certificate - SACO
James & Jerry receiving ISO 9001 Certificate

We were excited in December to receive our ISO 9001 : 2008 Quality Certificate for the Smart Actuator.

ISO9001 Certification
ISO9001 Certification

Issued on December 8th getting the Quality Registration is a big step for the Manufacturing of the Smart Actuator.

James O’Donnell and Jerry Brown received the certificate on behalf of the company. It was a bright day for the company and the sun shone out especially for the occasion.

This certificate now has pride of place on our workshop wall.