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Setting a new benchmark in pneumatic actuators

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EMVAfrica, a BBBE-E level 4 single-source supplier of world-class industrial stainless steels and valves to Southern Africa’s mining and industry, has introduced the new V-ACT.

This superior-quality pneumatic-operated rack and pinion actuator is suitable for the automation of new and existing quarter-turn valves. V-ACT is the best choice for butterfly and ball valves and offers a proven solution for automated centralised control.
“The growing global trend by industry to move towards automation is driving a demand for actuated valves, with South Africa being no exception,” says Preshan Pillay, Valves Product Manager at EMVAfrica. “After identifying a great opportunity in the local market for high quality, reliable actuators, we searched for a suitable manufacturer whose product would match our valve portfolio in terms of quality and reliability. The V-ACT ticked all the boxes.

The actuator extends and complements our current comprehensive valve holding and is ideal for any industry that uses valves.” Pillay adds that the unit is particularly suitable for the manufacturing sector where automation is required to control different processes.

The V-ACT features a simple yet smart design that delivers several advantages. The compact dual piston rack and pinion design ensures a symmetric mounting position, a high life cycle and fast operation. Reverse rotation can be conveniently and rapidly accomplished in the field by simply inverting the pistons.

Furthermore, the mounting of solenoids, limit switches and other accessories is easy. The actuators boast an extruded aluminium (ASTM6005) body with internal as well as external corrosion protection.

The honed cylinder delivers longer life and low coefficient of friction. The CE approved V-ACT is ISO5211 and Namur compliant and manufactured under ISO9001:2000 certification. The rugged reliability of these actuators reduces the chance of failure, thus maximising uptime and productivity for end users.

“We understand the importance of uptime for business sustainability which is underpinned not only by quality products but also by excellent after-market service,” notes Pillay. “To support our customers in the service space, we have employed a full-time qualified actuator technician and we carry stock of a full range of the fast-moving spares for the whole range of V-ACT actuators to ensure fast supply.”

Pillay further unpacks EMVAfrica’s commitment to assist customers in solving business challenges. “In line with our 3-S factor – Stock, Service and Solutions – we source and supply superior quality products from reputable global manufacturers, provide support and industry experience and implement a 360° approach to problem-solving.”

The extensive valve offering from ISO 9001 certified EMVAfrica serves diverse applications within Southern Africa’s mining, mineral processing, water treatment, petrochemical, power generation, food & beverage, and general industrial sectors.

The V-ACT is currently available in a pneumatic quarter turn option and Pillay reveals that Energyvalves will soon be expanding their offering to include a linear pneumatic actuator as well as an electric version.

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