New VDI/VDE Actuator Interface for Kinetrol Double-Acting Actuators

New VDI/VDE Actuator Interface for Kinetrol Double-Acting Actuators

VDI/VDE is a standard established by the Association of German Engineers (VDI) and the Association for Electrical, Electronic & Information Technologies (VDE).

In industrial valves and actuator manufacturing, VDI/VDE compliance sets the guidelines for the interface between valve actuators and external components such as positioners. It explicitly defines how manufacturers should design the mechanical and electrical connections between actuators and ancillary devices, including mounting dimensions, types of electrical connections, and communication protocols.

This standard aims to ensure compatibility and interoperability between different brands and models. Manufacturers who follow these guidelines make integrating their products into various industrial systems easier, facilitating maintenance, upgrades, and replacements, making the overall industrial processes more efficient and cost-effective.

Kinetrol is pleased to announce the availability of Double-Acting Actuators with VDI / VDE 3845 (NAMUR) mounting interfaces.

Models 03 and 05 DA Actuators

Will have an extended-length top shaft with a NAMUR slot and an adapter plate that will allow the fitment of an industry standard F05 VDI/VDE bracket.

Models 07 and 08 DA Actuators

Will have a standard-length top shaft with a NAMUR slot and an adapter plate that will allow the fitment of an industry standard F05 VDI/VDE bracket.

Models 09 and 10 DA Actuators

Will have a standard-length top shaft with a NAMUR slot and additional M5 mounting holes machined into the top actuator case.

Models 12, 14 and 15 DA Actuators

Will have a shortened-length top shaft with a NAMUR slot and additional M5 mounting holes machined into the top actuator case.

Order Codes and Prices

The units can be ordered by adding a “V” to the end of the order code (i.e., 057-100V). An updated price list that includes the new VDI / VDE DA Actuators will be provided soon. 


Units are available to order immediately on standard factory lead times.

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Kinetrol USA

Kinetrol Vane Actuators: The Optimal Solution for High Heat and Dust-Intensive Industrial Applications

Kinetrol Vane Actuators: The Optimal Solution for High Heat and Dust-Intensive Industrial Applications

In the demanding world of industrial processing, environments characterized by high heat and extreme dust present significant challenges for machinery and equipment. The frequent cycling of valves in these conditions demands robust and reliable solutions. Kinetrol vane actuators emerge as the premier choice for such harsh applications thanks to their unique design and performance features.

Industries like metal processing, cement manufacturing, and power generation often experience extremely high temperatures. Similarly, environments like mining and construction are inundated with particulate matter. This combination of high heat and dust can lead to rapid degradation of machinery and increased maintenance demands, causing downtime and escalating costs. In such settings, valves play a critical role in regulating flow and pressure, and their efficient operation is crucial for maintaining process continuity and safety.

Kinetrol vane actuators stand out in these challenging environments due to their robust construction and high torque output. They are specifically designed to withstand the rigors of extreme temperatures and dust. This durability reduces the need for frequent replacements and ensures reliable performance, a critical factor in maintaining process efficiency and safety.

The simplicity of maintenance with Kinetrol actuators is another significant advantage. Easy maintenance is a boon when every minute of downtime can be costly. These actuators are also versatile, capable of adapting to various environmental conditions, and suitable for multiple industrial applications.

Real-world applications in mining and cement manufacturing industries demonstrate how Kinetrol actuators improve efficiency and safety. In mining operations, for instance, the actuators have shown remarkable resilience in managing frequent valve cycling amidst dust-laden air. At the same time, in cement manufacturing, they have proven their mettle in withstanding high-heat conditions without faltering in performance.

In conclusion, Kinetrol vane actuators are the optimal solution for industrial applications facing the dual challenges of high heat and extreme dust. Their robust design, reliable performance, and easy maintenance make them ideal for industries requiring frequent valve cycling under harsh conditions. Investing in these actuators not only enhances operational efficiency but also significantly contributes to the overall safety and longevity of the equipment.

The article is informative for professionals in industries where equipment durability and reliability are paramount under challenging conditions. It positions Kinetrol vane actuators as a reliable and efficient solution backed by real-world applications and expert insights. It makes a strong case for industries to consider Kinetrol vane actuators for their durability, reliability, and overall operational efficiency in extreme conditions.

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Kinetrol USA

Achieving Up to 4 Million Operations: The Efficiency of Kinetrol’s Rotary Actuator

Achieving Up to 4 Million Operations: The Efficiency of Kinetrol’s Rotary Actuator

Because of their direct influence on cost, safety, and efficiency, cycle life is a vital criterion when applying pneumatic actuators on industrial quarter-turn valves.

In terms of cost, frequent replacements or repairs of actuators can lead to higher expenses over time. An actuator with a longer cycle life might have a higher initial cost, but its extended operational lifespan can minimize the need for frequent maintenance or replacement. By reducing the frequency of replacements and potential system downtimes, plants can maintain a more steady production rate and avoid unexpected costs related to equipment failure.

Safety is paramount in industrial settings, and an actuator's cycle life plays a role here, too. Actuators that don't achieve their expected cycle life can fail unexpectedly, potentially leading to uncontrolled valve movements. Such unpredictable behavior can harm personnel, the environment, and other equipment. For example, if a valve doesn't open or close as expected because of an actuator failure, it could release hazardous materials or create unsafe operating conditions in the plant.

Efficiency is another area where the cycle life of an actuator is crucial. When actuators on industrial quarter-turn valves operate consistently within their expected cycle life, they ensure the valves open and close as intended, allowing for the precise control of fluid flows. This accuracy is critical for maintaining optimal process conditions. When an actuator is nearing the end of its cycle life and begins to underperform, it can lead to inefficiencies, such as inaccurate flow rates or incomplete valve closures. These inefficiencies can affect product quality, yield, and overall system performance.

Kinetrol's claim of up to 4 million operations for its rotary actuator isn't just a mere statistic; it's a statement of endurance, reliability, and superior engineering. This impressive feat provides engineers and plant maintenance staff with undeniable advantages in terms of cost savings, enhanced safety, and operational efficiency when operating industrial valves.

In essence, Kinetrol's commitment to pushing the boundaries with their rotary actuator's impressive operational capacity isn't just an engineering achievement. It's a boon to the industries that rely on such equipment. Through cost savings, heightened safety, and enhanced efficiency, Kinetrol's rotary actuator stands as a testament to how advanced engineering can profoundly impact industrial operations.

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Kinetrol USA

The Steadyline Series: Kinetrol's Answer to Ultra-Reliable Valve Actuation with Enhanced Valve Damping Features

The Steadyline Series: Kinetrol's Answer to Ultra-Reliable Valve Actuation with Enhanced Valve Damping Features

Rapid opening or closing valves in industrial process piping systems can lead to several problems. Here's a rundown of potential issues:
  1. Water Hammer: This is one of the most commonly known problems resulting from the rapid closing or opening of valves. Also known as hydraulic shock, water hammer occurs when a fluid's flow rate changes, causing a sudden increase in pressure producing shock waves that travel through the fluid in the pipes. The resulting forces can damage pipes, valves, and other equipment.
  2. Cavitation: This occurs when the pressure of a liquid drops below its vapor pressure, leading to the formation of vapor bubbles. When these bubbles move to an area of higher pressure, they collapse, causing localized shock waves, eroding the valves and pipes' material, and leading to premature equipment failure.
  3. Surge Pressures: Similar to water hammer but typically in systems with gases, rapid valve closure or opening can result in a pressure surge, damaging the system.
  4. Pump Issues: Rapidly closing a valve downstream of a pump can result in a sudden increase in pressure, which might cause the pump to work against a "dead head" condition, leading to overheating and potential damage to the pump.
  5. Instrumentation Errors: Rapid changes in flow rates can cause instrumentation reading errors, as many flow meters and sensors require steady-state conditions for accurate measurements.
  6. Process Upsets: Rapid valve actions can lead to unexpected changes in process conditions, potentially affecting product quality or even causing unsafe conditions.
  7. Noise: Fluids' sudden acceleration or deceleration can create noise due to vibrations. Over time, this can also contribute to material fatigue.
  8. Seal and Gasket Failure: The sudden change in pressure and flow can exert excessive stress on seals and gaskets, leading to premature failure.
  9. Mechanical Stress: The physical stress from rapid valve actions can weaken pipe supports, joints, and valve mechanisms.
A dashpot is a mechanical device that resists motion, often viscous friction, to dampen dynamic systems. Essentially, a dashpot is a damper that uses hydraulic or viscous friction to absorb energy, similar to how shock absorbers work in cars to smooth the ride. A dashpot rotary damping unit refers explicitly to a device that provides rotational damping.

Kinetrol's Steadyline pneumatic actuator assemblies are precision valve actuators, integrating their dashpot rotary damping units to provide smooth resistance to actuator/valve shaft rotation and individual customer requirements.

Kinetrol Steadyline assemblies smooth out the actuator's standard travel, dampen any flow-induced valve disc oscillations, and allow the user to specify a minimum travel time upon power failure.

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Kinetrol USA

Kinetrol Blueline Series: An Outstanding Choice for the Food and Beverage Industry

Kinetrol Blueline Series: An Outstanding Choice for the Food and Beverage Industry

As a world leader in pneumatic valve actuator manufacturing, Kinetrol consistently offers specialized products that meet the unique needs of various industries. Kinetrol has tailored its Blueline series of actuators to meet the stringent requirements of the food and beverage sector.

Kinetrol Blueline Coating Specification and Availability

The Kinetrol Blueline actuator series features a robust, high-performance epoxy finish - Epoxy Powder RAL5015. This vibrant sky-blue shade serves aesthetic and functional purposes, as detailed below.

Kinetrol offers this epoxy finish for a range of its products:
  • Models 03 to 18 Double Acting and Spring Return
  • Positioners - EL and AP
  • Switch boxes - VLS/ULS and Explosion Proof
Kinetrol's Blueline coating solution adheres to the rigorous standards of the FDA and BELGAQUA. This top-tier coating solution enhances our range of actuators and accessories by providing various benefits. With the Blueline coating, their products meet the stringent requirements of the food production industry and deliver exceptional performance and added value to their customers.

Blueline Features

The Epoxy Powder RAL5015 finish provides the Blueline series of actuators with features that make them especially suitable for food and beverage applications:
  1. Resistance to "caustic washdown": The Blueline series works well in environments that frequently require caustic washdowns. The epoxy coating resists chemicals and aggressive cleaning agents, even under challenging conditions.
  2. Resistance to chipping/flaking: Durability is a hallmark of the Blueline series. The tough epoxy coating resists chipping and flaking, protecting the actuators and keeping them in prime condition over time.
  3. Non-stick properties: Hygiene is paramount in the food and beverage industry. The epoxy coating's non-stick properties make it easy to clean, preventing contaminants from adhering to the surface and contributing to a hygienic environment.
  4. Resistance to salt-laden environments: The Blueline series also suits applications with salt or salt-laden environments. The epoxy coating protects against corrosion and salt-induced deterioration.
  5. Visibility and detectability: If the coating ever dislodges, its bright sky-blue color is easy to spot. Sensors in food production can also detect the layer, ensuring quick identification and response to incidents.
Kinetrol's Blueline series of actuators, featuring the Epoxy Powder RAL5015 finish, make an excellent choice for the food and beverage industry. These actuators stand out as reliable, durable, and highly compliant with the hygiene and safety requirements of the sector. The Blueline series offers functionality and peace of mind, ensuring a smooth and efficient production.

For more information, contact Kinetrol USA. Call 972-447-9443 or visit