Which Electric Actuator is Right for Me?

At the core of the oil industry’s move toward digital, low-emissions operations is the process of control—valves and valve actuation. In our effort to increase our automated, zero-emissions solutions, Kimray now offers two electric actuators, both effective, and both distinct. In this blog we’ll look at some specific features and typical applications of the Tritex II and the R2L Valvcon Package.

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The sleek R2L Valvcon Package consists of a Valvcon Electric Actuator and R2L Adapter. The Valvcon features 13-second actuation, full closed to full open. This package is easy to install and carries a Class 1, Div 1 explosion-proof rating and battery backup. Other features include universal power supply and an onboard heater for cold weather or humidity control. This combination provides a smart, durable, cost-effective solution for zero-emission valve control.

The Tritex II Electric Actuator features a lightning-fast 5-inches per second actuation, can be adjusted to any level along the spectrum, and fails in place. Producers can use it with Kimray’s entire line of High Pressure Control Valves, and it carries a Class 1, Div 2 rating. A 12-48VDC provides power, and it requires a computer to program, but does have custom seating capabilities. The Tritex delivers speed, precision and a long-lasting actuator that requires little to no maintenance.

Which is the right option for your operation? Many of our customers prefer the R2L for its cost and ease of installation. Others prefer the ultra-precision and speed of closure featured by the Tritex.

Contact your local Kimray store or authorized distributor to discuss your specific application, and we can recommend the most appropriate actuator for your operation.


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Alex Crow serves as a Product Manager at Kimray, and is responsible for Kimray’s line of electric actuators and control products. He collaborates with Kimray’s engineering, manufacturing, and quality teams to optimize the performance of our products and make a difference for our customers.