A new generation of actuators

George Wang and Jack Dovenbarger explain a pneumatic actuator that finally solves the instrument air and actuation challenges in the mining industry

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The mining industry presents some of the most challenging applications for pneumatic actuators, valve automation and for building and maintaining clean compressed instrument air systems. Industry experts in mining know that clean instrument air is a premium due to the relative increase of capital expenditures and maintenance costs associated with remote locations.

Even when clean instrument air is meticulously maintained, poor environment air quality will nonetheless lead to the premature expiration of pneumatic actuators. Both scenarios result in system failures. With most actuators and air systems in hard-to-access locations, it is doubly imperative that the actuators be able to withstand both poor instrument and poor environment air.

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