Smith Flow Control Introduces TorkDrive to Prevent Plant Shut-Down and Protect Plant Assets

Smith Flow Control launches TorkDrive, a device that can be mounted to either the valve input handwheel or directly to the valve input shaft to safeguard the valve from excessive torque.

TorkDrive has two distinct benefits. It prevents valve damage, thus reducing the need for expensive plant shutdown and valve replacement (through over-torque) and provides vital information regarding site maintenance requirements.

TorkDrive Gate Valve with Spring Sets

TorkDrive Gate Valve with Spring Sets

TorkDrive can increase valve life as it prevents the operator from applying excessive force when closing the valve, protecting the valve seat.  TorkDrive controls the torque applied when operating a valve, ensuring that the same force is used regardless of the strength of the operator.

TorkDrive can be incorporated seamlessly into plant maintenance systems and schedules.  TorkDrive is set to a predetermined maximum torque and, if during the operation cycle of the valve, the operating torque increases above the maximum limit, the TorkDrive will slip, indicating an irregular valve condition. This will alert the operator to report the valve status to Site Maintenance, rather than continue to apply force to the valve.

TorkDrive boasts a compact design, weighing less than 4kg, despite an all-mechanical construction.  It is a completely maintenance free device, made from 316 Stainless Steel and is suitable for oil refineries, power plants, paper mills, water plants and chemical processing facilities.  TorkDrive withstands temperatures from -56°C to +100°C, with a torque setting range from 80Nm – 500Nm.  TorkDrive can be installed directly to manually operated valves, requiring torque monitoring over 80Nm (Ball, Gear, Gate & Globe etc).  TorkDrive also benefits from IP65 protection, safeguarding the device in the most aggressive of environments.

TorkDrive features unique clutch plates that are controlled by a series of calibrated compression springs. Two spring set configurations are available, a low range TorkDrive unit offering a maximum torque output range between 80Nm – 280Nm and a high range unit offering 250Nm-500Nm. Each unit is factory set before installation and the unit can be adjusted to suit the host equipment’s torque requirements using a calibrated setting scale within the body of the device. Each spring set has a unique colour code, thus ensuring that the correct torque range is always used.

TorkDrive comes complete with a tool for making fine adjustments.

The TorkDrive is supplied with bespoke adaptation to the host valve and its own operating handwheel/lever.

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FlexiDrive Provides Safe, Remote Valve Operation in Oil, Gas and Chemical Processing Industries

Smith Flow Control’s FlexiDrive valve actuator can be applied to any conventional wheel-operated device in oil, gas or chemical processing plants to make them constantly accessible and safe. The FlexiDrive is a dependable, versatile and cost effective remote valve operator.

FlexiDrive for oil, gas and chemical

FlexiDrive for oil, gas and chemical

The FlexiDrive system allows a user to locate a point of operation in a place of safety or convenience.  It is adaptable to any conventional valve with no modifications needed.  A patented flexible linear drive cable effectively delivers rotary torque for distances up to 30 meters depending on the output torque required. The system can be passed through and around walls, bulkheads and floors, and is completely sealed and permanently lubricated for maintenance-free, continuous loop operation.

The FlexiDrive is suitable for underwater use and is constructed from corrosion-resistant 316 stainless steel. It is designed to withstand temperatures from -22 to 347 degrees Fahrenheit and is delivered as a complete unit.

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Easi-Drive Valve Actuators Optimal for Power Industry

Erlanger, KY (January 11, 2013) – Smith Flow Control has an affordable tool for companies in the power industry to safely and economically control valve operations. The Easi-Drive portable valve actuator securely operates valves in power plants. One user can easily operate multiple high-torque or high-turn valves with a single torque driver while reducing risk of injury caused by fatigue or valves located in hard-to-reach areas.

EasiDrivePower

Easi-Drive is a lightweight, portable tool that can be powered by air, electricity or battery and costs less than a dedicated actuator. Unlike an impact wrench that can damage a valve, the Easi-Drive is a continuous drive system. The tool’s reaction arm protects the operator from the “kick” common in other torque tools by safely transmitting the torque to the valve and away from the person using it. Easi-Drive features a variable output torque adjustment that is available in sizes of maximum output from 350 to 8,500 foot pounds.

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Bert Johnson Named Sales Manager for Smith Flow Control

Erlanger, KY (May 5, 2011) – To expand its line of safety interlocks to engineering and construction companies across its Texas/ Louisiana territory, Smith Flow Control (SFC) has appointed Bert Johnson to Sales Manager.  In his new position, Johnson will work with area sales representatives to directly address customers’ needs and find new applications for SFC’s products within the engineering and construction industries.

Smith Flow Control Sales Manager, Bert Johnson.

Smith Flow Control Sales Manager, Bert Johnson.

Johnson brings over 15 years of sales experience to his new position.  Prior to his SFC appointment, Johnson was Sales Manager for VAC Systems (Houston, Texas).  He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Business and Economics from Sam Houston State University (Huntsville, Texas).

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Smith Flow Control Easi-Drive Provides Emergency Portable Valve Operation

Wastewater treatment plant can operate valves in event of power outage

Erlanger, KY (November 24, 2009) – To provide emergency operation of valves in the event of a power failure, the Brush Creek wastewater treatment plant (Cranberry Township, Pa.) has installed a custom-designed Easi-Drive valve operator from Smith Flow Control (SFC).

SFC Easi-Drive Portable Valve Operator

SFC Easi-Drive Portable Valve Operator

Plant manager, Mike Sedon, had concerns over how to close electric actuated valves during a power outage to protect against overflows.  To address this problem, SFC provided an Easi-Drive portable valve actuator with custom-designed brackets to fit the plant’s host valve.  In the event of an outage, one worker can use the Easi-Drive, powered by an electric generator, to make required valve movements until power is restored. 

Easi-Drive is a fully portable, lightweight and adaptable tool available in electric, pneumatic and battery powered modes.  The tool’s reaction device protects the operator from the “kick” normally associated with a torque wrench.  Easi-Drive also features a variable output torque adjustment, available in various sizes of maximum output from 350 to 8,500 foot pounds.  Unlike an impact wrench, which could damage a valve, the Easi-Drive is a continuous drive system.

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Easi-Drive Provides Safe, Cost Effective Operation of Multiple Valves

Drive system suitable for use in all hazardous areas

Erlanger, KY (September 25, 2009) – Providing a safe means of valve actuation in hazardous areas, Smith Flow Control introduces the Easi-Drive portable valve actuator. With the Easi-Drive, numerous valves in oil refineries and chemical plants can be operated by a single worker, without multiple dedicated valve actuators.

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Easi-Drive is a fully portable, lightweight and adaptable tool available as electric and battery powered, or in pneumatic mode for safe operation around combustible fumes. The tool’s reaction device protects the operator from the “kick” normally associated with a torque wrench. Easi-Drive also features a variable output torque adjustment, available in various sizes of maximum output from 350 to 8,500 foot pounds. The Easi-Drive is a continuous drive system unlike an impact wrench, which could damage a valve.

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