Category Archives: Portable Valve Actuators

Portable valve actuators make flood management easier.


Our parent company in the United Kingdom do a lot of work with The Environment Agency. This is a government body with responsibility for many environmental aspects, including flood management. There are stretches of rivers and waterways which pose the threat of flooding to urban populated areas during high rainfall. To help manage this risk, […]

Duke Energy choose Portable Valve Actuators from Total Lockout

Duke Energy image

Fall 2020: The H.B. Robinson Nuclear Energy Plant in Hartsville South Carolina have chosen the latest MC89# cordless portable valve actuator from Total Lockout for use with the Limitorque SMB Series fixed actuators. For critical valves which have fixed actuators on board, there must always be a means to operate the valve in the event […]

Limit the turning torque when operating valves.

D80 torque limiter

One of the main concerns for users of portable valve actuators is controlling the torque. It’s right to be concerned about the potential for damaging the valve or the gear winding mechanism as the valve reaches it’s fully open or fully closed position. Some of the portable actuators have built-in torque limiters. For those which […]

Operate valves below ground, with a portable valve actuator

below ground portable valve actuator

Valves located below ground are usually operated from ground level by an operator with a Tee Key. As the condition of the valve deteriorates due to wear and tear, or general old age, the valve can become difficult to turn. The effort applied by the operator can lead to back and shoulder strain, potentially leading […]

Operate a gate valve with a portable valve actuator

Gear Operated Gate Vavle

All types of gate valves, regardless of their size can become difficult to turn, even if they are newly installed. Tight valve wheels can lead to strain injuries for operators, extended operating times and the deployment of additional staffing to get the job done. All of these factors can increase costs. Investing in a portable […]

Operate a ball valve with a portable valve actuator

ball valve portable actuator

If you have large diameter ball valves, particularly high pressure valves, they could well be difficult to turn manually. Ball valves above 6″ diameter are often fitted with a gearbox to reduce the effort required to turn them. But they can still be difficult to turn.   A hand held portable actuator from Total Lockout […]

Operate a sluice gate with a portable valve actuator

Gear operated slide valve

In water treatment facilities and municipal waterways, large sluice gates, penstocks and slide valves are used to control the flow of water.   A valve exercising program can be used to ensure valves are kept in good working condition, but the task of turning valves can be difficult or tiresome. Often because the valve has […]