AUMA: New Solutions for Oil and Gas Applications
AUMA has developed new actuation solutions for a range of specialized oil and gas applications, including an innovative approach for lift plug valves.
AUMA’s new approach, which simplifies operation and significantly reduces wear, uses two actuators, one designated to be responsible for lifting/lowering while the other controls part-turn movement. The entire procedure is coordinated by the integral controls of the two actuators. Communication with the distributed control system is simplified as just two commands "Running OPEN" or "Running CLOSE" need to be sent to the master actuator. Successful installations, including a BPO tank farm in Belgium and a Tatneft refinery in Russia, confirm the high reliability of AUMA’s lift plug solution.
The established supplier of electric actuators recognizes that, even for exceptional applications, standardized devices are appreciated by plant operators. AUMA's product portfolio is therefore based on a modular design concept for both device construction and software, this enables easy mechanical adaption of actuators and straightforward extension of software functionality.
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