Cause for Celebration for SmartAct®
A few days before the event, the team at SmartAct® received confirmation that the Large Sub Sea electric actuator had successfully performed a Hyperbaric functionality test down to 880 metres.
The test was carried out by LP Bentley in Stroud, a wholly owned subsidiary of Severn Glocon in Gloucester. Severn Glocon staff members, based at Severn Subsea in Redruth, have been working with SmartAct in their development of the Sub Sea version of their large actuator over the last 2 years. Initially the target depth for one client project was 35 metres, but the attraction of depths down to 300 metres for continental shelf applications worldwide was soon pointed out.
The great minds in the SmartAct® technical and engineering team worked on a design upgrade, with some advice from Severn Subsea and James Walker in Crewe, about the potential depth capability of the basic design. They then booked a second test at Bentley in February. The original design had tested to 80 metres; the redesign was planned to go as far as possible beyond 300 metres. In the event, it went down to a massive 880 metres and was still functioning as planned. The test was only stopped at that depth because the booking time slot ran out!
The same design and performance characteristics that have enabled the Sub Sea electric actuator to operate at these depths, will also prevent any possible spark from exiting the product. The actuator can operate with low voltage supply and be intrinsically incapable of generating a spark.
Working on certification and standard accreditation for the SubSea Actuator and other products is the next step for SmartAct®. The team are working to certify the product as ATEX Zone 1. With a redesign to the electronics, it could possibly be the first electric actuator to achieve ATEX Zone 0 certification - but that would be for a future celebration!
Whilst working on the ATEX certification’s, SmartAct® also celebrated achieving an updated ISO 9001 2015 Certification. The original ISO 9001 2008 Management Standard was achieved in 2015 and the SmartAct® team worked hard over the 2 years since then to achieve the even more demanding standards in the ISO 9001 2015 version.
Tony O’Donnell said: “February was an exciting month for us with both these achievements. One for our company and one for what is fast becoming our flagship product. Both achievements in their different ways are important both to our SmartAct® people and the distributors and customers for our products. They add to the credibility and reputation that our fast-growing company is establishing in the industry.”
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Published in Valve User Magazine Issue 41
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