The founder of QTRCO, Ed Holtgraver, was responsible for field service of a large valve company. He saw customers lose vast amounts of time, production hours and ultimately money from misapplied products. Products that would have worked better had greater attention to detail been applied during the design phase.
By founding QTRCO, Ed’s intent was to design and build actuators that simply did not encounter field service issues. With a very rugged mechanical design and the elimination of normal failure modes—sliding parts, side load forces and numerous seals—the QTRCO actuators have evolved into exactly what Ed had in mind those many years ago.
QTRCO pneumatic actuators: Install it and forget it.
Rack & gear® quarter turn Q series, Flat yoke® quarter turn F series and linear L series actuators.
Used and/or approved by GE, Shell, Akzo, Baker Hughes, Basf, Bayer, DuPont, Exxon, UOP, Invista, LyondellBasel, PPG, Total.
If your regular pneumatic actuator doesn’t last because of extreme conditions QTRCO has the solution and they back this by a 3-year warranty which is independent of the number of cycles.
If you need a closing time as low as 0,1 seconds
If you need high reliability & maximum availability
If your actuator is exposed extreme environmental conditions (corrosive, high- or low temperatures)
If you require superior control capability (low hysteresis and dead band)
If you require a unique solution for partial stroke, manual override & integrated lockout)
Industries served: food & beverage, (petro)chemical, power, oil & gas, pulp & paper, nuclear and more.
Available material (combinations):
Ductile Iron, Carbon Steel,
Stainless Steel, Amalga composite.
Reliability by design:
Maximum availability with low cost of ownership
Q series Rack & gear® SA: 847 Nm, DA: 2.374 Nm
T series Rack & gear® SA: 847 Nm, DA: 2.374 Nm
F series Flat Yoke ® SA/DA: 56.500 Nm
L series 200.170 N
Temperature -60°C to 204 °C
One quarter turn actuator that is fail close and fail open just by turning it upside down
Suitable for (environmental) extremes:
|Rack & pinion design||Effect||Rack & Gear® solution|
|Piston axis align to cylinder bore||Exhibit high friction % wear from internal cantilever-initiated forces||Offset cylinders so that piston axis align with gear PCD. No damaging forces|
|Outward forces push rack against the cylinder wall||Creating friction & motion resistance as rack slides against the cylinder||Eliminate contact between rack & cylinder. No contact no friction.|
|Shaft seals are pressurized every cycle||Seals will wear, complete disassembly required to replace||Move springs inward of cylinders. Pressurize SR actuators between piston & end cap. Non pressurized seals don’t leak.|
|Bottom end of shaft bigger than upper:
shaft pushed down
|Additional friction & wear||Balanced shaft: no up or down forces|
|Shaft & mounting geometry are different on top and bottom side of the actuator||Disassembly required to reverse actuator action||Top & bottom are identical. Just turn the actuator to change fail action. No disassembly required.|
|Complete disassembly required for maintenance||Removal from valve required||Standard possible to replace piston (only) seals with actuator on the valve.|
|Cylinders are an integral part of the actuator body||If cylinders are damaged the complete actuator needs to be replaced||Cylinders are a separate component to enable replacement. With SR actuators cylinders can be turned in the field (inherent spare part)|
|Not all springs are captured||Safety can be an issue during service||All springs are captured. Safety is improved.|
|Sometimes the travel stop only contacts 1 piston or a single cam is used.||Travel stops create side loading, friction & shaft wear||Both pistons are stopped simultaneously: zero side loading|
|Scotch yoke design||Effect||Flat yoke® solution|
|Long & heavy spring on one end, small and light piston on the other||Imbalanced weight with SR, stress on the valve “neck” and piping & possible mounting & space issues.||Balanced weight design: less space & weight, no stress on the valve and piping.|
|Single yoke arm design||Imbalanced internal forces: wear & torque reducing friction||Balanced force design: zero side loading|
|Piston pressurized on body side||Piston rod seals required||Design without rod seals|
|Proprietary rod seals||Expensive, not readily available||Design without rod seals|
|Piston rod seals wear||Complete actuator disassembly when replacement is required||Design without rod seals|
|Piston rod self supporting or support structure in body||Side loading on piston rod||Design where side loading is absorbed in body, non applied to the rod.|
|Fail action reversal requires parts to be placed at opposite side||Actuator needs to be disassembled by trained personnel in the workshop||Design where actuator only needs to be turned upside down|
|Travel stops are on yoke arm||Piston and spring forces continuously to act with maximum values on yoke arm.||The inward and outward piston motion is stopped directly by using aligned travel stops|