Safety Requirements for Linear Actuators – Venture Mfg. Co.

The accuracy of a linear actuator in an application is primarily based on its performance. These devices can only function properly when they are installed, utilized, and maintained properly. Improper use of a linear actuator can result in hindrances in actuator performance, danger to the human operator, and damage to actuators and other equipment. For these reasons, it is extremely important to understand how to effectively install and use a linear actuator.

Safety Instructions for Linear Actuator Installation and Operation

The following points need to be kept in mind to ensure safe installation and use of a linear actuator.

  • Ensure The Actuator is Designed for your Application:

    Check whether the manufacturing material is suitable for the application. Check the minimum and maximum values of actuator pressure and temperature. If the actuator’s maximum operating limits are lower than those of your system, there can be a possibility of overload in terms of pressure or temperature. In such cases, it would be wise to install a failsafe device, which can shut down the actuator. This will prevent the system from overloading.

  • Allow Easy Access to The Equipment:

    It is important that a technician checks the system on a regular basis. Install a safety platform that provides easy access to the actuator and the system it is connected to. This will ensure the technician’s safety when he is maintaining or repairing the actuator.

  • Provide Adequate Lighting:

    This is applicable when the actuator is being used in application areas with inadequate light. Lighting is also required if any intricate work needs to be performed on the industrial linear actuator.

  • Ensure Effective Actuator Operation:

    Incorrect actuator operation is one of the main causes for failure. A few points to remember include:

    • Prevent isolation of vents.

    • Turn the isolation valves on and off gradually. This will prevent any shocks to the system.

    • Ensure that any ancillary protective device is not isolated from the system.

    • Pressure systems need to be properly vented and isolated.

    • Leave the system for a few minutes after it has completely depressurized.

    • When switching off the system, give the temperature rating some time to normalize.

  • Tools and Maintenance:

    Before any maintenance job, ensure that you have all the necessary tools for the repair task at hand. If you find any defective part, or a component needs to be replaced, contact the manufacturer. Use only original spare parts to maintain the actuator’s service life.

  • Organize Availability of Protective Gear:

    Depending on the area in which the actuator is being used, ensure that protective clothing is available for the technician. For example, if the application area consists of hazardous chemicals and gases, provide protective to protect the technician’s hands and face.

  • Actuator Handling:

    In terms of installation, actuators need to be handled carefully. If the product is large in size, always use specialized product handling equipment for transport and installation. Speak to the manufacturer beforehand and take his suggestions. If it is possible, hire a team that specializes in installing these types of equipment. Proper installation will support the effective performance of the actuator.

  • Thermal Protection:

    This point is for actuators that are used in applications where the temperatures are below freezing point. Use thermal actuators to avoid heat loss and ensure proper operation. An external thermal heating device can also be used. Speak to the manufacturer about the same.

These safety instructions can help you in the effective installation, operation, and maintenance of linear actuators used in varied applications.