Zoedale: New Design
Valpes Atex Electric Actuators
New Valpes Atex Electric Actuators
Valpes’ range of ATEX electric actuators has evolved with a new design and dimensions. Valpes took the opportunity offered by compliance with the latest requirements of the ATEX directive (2014/34/EU) for installation in potentially explosive and hazardous atmospheres.
New certifications are also achievable for new markets with EACEx (Russia) and IECEx (international) certification. Valpes is Zoedale’s electric actuator supplier. It’s a worldwide brand, offering a wide range of electric actuators including quarter-turn, multi-turn and part-turn.
Let’s look at Valpes’ existing range of ATEX electric actuators, plus the added features and dimensions of the new design.
ATEX electric actuators
An electric actuator allows a valve to be adjusted remotely, or large valves to be operated rapidly. They play a major part in automating process control.
ATEX-rated electric actuators are suitable for any potentially explosive or hazardous environment and any application requiring aluminium housing.
Application examples include technical building, construction equipment, valve control, damper control and in the gas and oil industries.
Valpes’ existing ATEX VR, VS, VRX, VTX and VSX electric actuators
So, what does the original range consist of?
The VS is an IP68 rated, failsafe, quarter-turn electric actuator with aluminium housing and polyamide (meets UL94V0 standards) or aluminium cover.
The VR is also an IP68 rated, quarter-turn electric actuator with aluminium or polyamide housing.
Valpes have taken the opportunity to redesign the casings of the VR, VS, VRX and VSX electric actuator ranges.
This new design has the following features:
Enlarged identification plates
The new design incorporates an area for a new, more detailed and more legible identification plate, and the number of markings have also increased.
- 11mm extension of VR and VRX housings
- 15mm extension of VS and VSX housings
The dimensions of the covers remain the same.
Valpes’ ATEX electric actuators are compliant with the latest requirements of the ATEX directive (2014/34/EU) for installation in potentially explosive and hazardous atmospheres.
They also meet the certification requirements for new markets: EACEx (Russia) and IECEx (international).
Valpes new design will also be used for the LT range (low temperature actuators) and the DV range (DNV-GL certified actuators). More details to come soon.
Published: 26th January 2022
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