Rotork launches 3rd generation IQ range actuators

Rotork has announced the introduction of the third generation of its flagship IQ range of intelligent non-intrusive heavy duty electric valve actuators, the IQ3.

The large toughened glass wide angle indication window is the focus of attention for non-intrusive two way wireless communication and multi-functional indication, encompassing user-friendly menus for setting-up, configuration and commissioning, local position indication, valve and actuator status, asset management and diagnostic operating information. An LCD segment display provides all actuator set-up and operating menus whilst detailed diagnostic and operating data screens are clearly displayed in dot matrix format.

The new hand-held setting tool uses an infrared signal to check that both items (actuator and setting tool) are Rotork devices before pairing them together using wireless Bluetooth©. The security enabled by this technology is further enhanced by the ability to enable or disable the Bluetooth© link as the method of further communication.

Advanced IQ data logging and communication capabilities have been increased in response to the end users’ desire to access more data, both in the field and in the control room. Using the setting tool in either Infrared or Bluetooth© mode the data from up to ten actuators can be transferred to a PC for analysis using freely available Rotork Insight2 diagnostic software. Valve maintenance requirements can be identified and anticipated, eliminating unplanned interruptions to the process or over-cautious planned maintenance outages.