Monday, January 21, 2019

Demonstration of NAMUR Mount Solenoid Valve with Manual Bypass Option on Kinetrol Actuator

This video demonstrates a very helpful solenoid valve option, the manual bypass feature. The technician uses a NAMUR mounted solenoid valve with built-in bypass on a Kinetrol vane actuator to show you exactly how the option works.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

How to Install the Optional 4-20 mA Feedback Mechanism on the the Kinetrol AP Pneumatic Positioner


This video describes how to install the optional angle retransmit circuit  (4-20 mA feedback mechanism) on the Kinetrol AP pneumatic positioner.

The angle retransmit circuit is an externally powered (8–30v DC) linear 4-20mA feedback module, rangeable down to 30 deg. for full 4-20mA span. The module's retransmit pot is a high quality conductive plastic servo–type with ball bearings, coupled with a zero-backlash feedback pot drive. The combination provides long life and high precision.

The Kinetrol AP positioner moves an actuator to a position set by a 3-15 psi control signal and holds it there. It is designed to drive a rotary or linear actuator to a position set by a 3-15 psi (0.2 to 1.0 bar) signal and hold it there until the signal changes.

For more information, contact Kinetrol USA by calling 972-447-9443 or visiting https://kinetrolusa.com.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

How to Install the Kinetrol AP Pneumatic Positioner


This video describes how to install a Kinetrol AP pneumatic positioner on a Kinetrol vane actuator.

The Kinetrol AP positioner moves an actuator to a position set by a 3-15 psi control signal and holds it there. It is designed to drive a rotary or linear actuator to a position set by a 3-15 psi (0.2 to 1.0 bar) signal and hold it there until the signal changes.

When a signal pressure is applied to the diaphragm it moves the force balance lever clockwise against the tension of the feedback spring. This moves the spool valve, supplying air pressure to one side of the actuator while exhausting trapped air from the other side.

The feedback shaft follows the movement of the actuator and turns the cam counter clockwise, pushing the cam follower and increasing the tension on the feedback spring until it balances the forces on the diaphragm and moves the spool valve to its hold position.

The input signal and desired position is determined by the cam profile. A cam giving 0-90° output movement linearly proportional to a 3-15 psi (0.2-1.0 bar) signal is standard, and almost any desired characteristic can be supplied to order; if it cannot be found in the list of existing options contact Kinetrol.

For more information, contact Kinetrol USA by calling 972-447-9443 or visiting https://kinetrolusa.com.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Happy Holidays from Kinetrol USA

Happy Holidays from everyone at Kinetrol USA. We hope 2019 is a great year for you!


Thursday, December 6, 2018

Why Do Kinetrol Actuators Last So Long?


Kinetrol actuators are known world-wide for their extremely long service life, even in harsh environments. Here are a few reasons why.

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Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Kinetrol Actuators Protect People and Property with Reliable Performance in Chemical Plant Fire

Kinetrol actuator in safety application
The Kinetrol actuator is completely
unrecognizable,  having been melted in a fire.
A chemical plant in the Southeast USA that manufactures PTA (purified terephthalic acid) experienced a compressor house fire, causing extensive equipment damage and shutting down production for months.

The building houses a $30 million dollar compressor that supplies process air to reactors to begin the PTA manufacturing process.

As part of the safety system, (2) two 6" class 150 high performance butterfly valves with Kinetrol 097-120 and open/closed limit switches were installed on process air lines of one production unit.

During the fire, the two Kinetrol actuated valve assemblies performed exactly as required, shutting the valves tightly and keeping them shut even after the heat of the fire completely melted the actuator housings.

Kinetrol actuator
Closer view.
The actuators had been in service one year at the time of the fire.  Unlike many other Kinetrol actuator applications, these were not chosen for their high cycle capability,  nor for their long service life. In this application Kinetrol was chosen for their absolute reliability in critical situations.

For more information, contact Kinetrol USA by calling 972-447-9443 or by visiting https://kinetrolusa.com.