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Kiln ID fan damper actuator returned to service at lime plant

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article image 34-year-old Beck actuator returned to critical service

Beck electric actuators have been installed on important control applications at the Carmeuse lime plant in Maysville, KY.

Functioning reliably for over 30 years, Beck actuators are used in primary air, coal mill air, preheater vents and kiln ID fans with several of the units installed during original plant con­struction in the mid-1970s still in service.

The plant experienced a torque related prob­lem with a 34-year-old actuator on a critical ID fan damper. A new motor was in­stalled without removing the actuator from service to return the fan damper to operation quickly.

Installed in over 200 cement and lime plants in North America alone, Beck actuators have proven reliable over decades of use in difficult industrial process control systems.  

Lime processing plants pose a par­ticularly challenging environment for indus­trial equipment. Many actuators are located outdoors, and typical kiln applications are exposed to heat and vibration.  

Actuator reliability is critical to plant opera­tions and the maintenance budget since the initial investment value of an actuator is insignificant compared to the potential costs of repairs, rou­tine maintenance and premature replacements.  

Carmeuse’s electrical supervisor, Gary Galloway sums it up well when he says he cannot afford cheap actuators.  

Beck electric actuators are available in Australia from Acrodyne .

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