Valve Actuation: The When, How and Why of Actuator Selection A guide to actuators for upstream and midstream oil and gas applications
Once the decision to automate has been made, there is a wide — and often confusing — variety of actuators from which to choose.
This paper is designed to make all these decisions easier by providing a quick-reading overview of:
- The key factors to consider when making the decision to automate.
- The most common types of actuators and the applications for which each is best suited. (To aid the reader, major classifications of actuators are organized in the same cascading hierarchy traditionally used for cost/benefit analysis by the oil and gas industry.)
- Hybrid and specialized actuators used for certain specific applications (such as pipeline control).
- Emerging trends in technology and regulation that may influence the decision-making process.
Valve automation dramatically improves control, precision and efficiency. While these advantages must be weighed against higher capital and operating costs, actuators are frequently found to be a cost-effective investment for most oil and gas applications.
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