Eltorque valve control
Eltorque is working to bring next generation failsafe valve actuators to the market which it says will guarantee full functionality in the event of power or signal loss.
The company’s ‘Safe Intelligence’ concept is a prototype line of battery-assisted failsafe valve actuator which displays battery status and capacity.
Arnstein Kjesbu, CEO, Eltorque, said: “Many of our customers operate in remote areas, under extreme conditions. They trust us to deliver flawless functionality for valve control, and now we can deliver that functionality even in the event of power loss.”
With four different failsafe commands, the valve actuator allows for constant monitoring of battery status and capacity and claims to be virtually maintenance free.
Being compact and lightweight, it also contributes to a lighter vessel with more efficient use of space.
Eltorque has honed and refined their mission-critical actuators to incorporate serial connections and a hybrid, CANbus connector cable that not only controls the actuator, but relays information to and from the unit, enabling operators to monitor in-situ status while exercising precision control over the valve.
“Failsafe capability is of particular importance in segments like cruise, one of the key markets for Eltorque going forward,” said Mr Kjesbu.
“Now failsafe battery control takes that reliability to the ultimate level. This is the next step in contributing to smarter and more reliable ships, and to shipowners’ peace of mind.”
The company supplies all-electric valve control actuators to both fishing and offshore support vessels.
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