Smith Flow Control has ushered in an affordable way for companies to safely manage valve operations, in the shape of the EasiDrive portable valve actuator.

The device securely and effectively operates valves in power plants, oil refineries, paper mills and chemical processing facilities.

The company claims that one operator can efficiently operate multiple valves with a single tool while reducing fatigue and injury risk. The tool is especially effective on valves that require a high number of turns or are otherwise difficult to operate because of high torque or where adverse climates make operations more challenging.

The EasiDrive is a lightweight, portable and adaptable pneumatic tool, with its custom engineered reaction device protecting the user from the ‘kick’ normally associated with other torque tools – eliminating the possibility of any injury associated with its operation.

EasiDrive also features a variable output torque, controlled by a choice of limited pre-set Filter Regulator (FRL) packs, which prevents excessive torque being applied and ensures proper and safe operation of the valve.

Mike Fynes, sales and marketing director at Smith Flow Control, commented, “It is great that we have been able to manufacture a portable solution as an alternative to a dedicated valve actuator. Many of our customers are excited about the range as they can already see the benefits they will gain from using the EasiDrive system.”

Specialty Gas Report understands that Smith Flow Control’s Singapore-based agent, Triple-Max Engineering Pte Ltd, has already supplied hundreds of the EasiDrive Systems to large petrochemical refineries in the region to ease operation and improve efficiencies.