SABIC Europe, the major plastics, chemicals and innovative plastics producer, has been using the Sofis Power Wrench portable actuator for operating its hand wheel valves.
J. Habets, Senior Dayshift Operator, HDPE Polymers – Production, SABIC Europe B.V, comments: “The Power Wrench is a great device for us, because we can open and close our manually-operated valves much more quickly and safely.”
Using pneumatic pressure (4-7 bar), the ATEX-certified Power Wrench is a portable valve actuator, suitable for operating any size of handwheel valve, with up to 515Nm of torque available to the user with a twist of the throttle – making light work of even the heaviest handwheels. “It really allows me to do my job faster and more easily – which is great because I’m not that young any more!” explains G. Knepper, Dayshift Operator, HDPE Polymers – Production at SABIC Europe B.V.
‘2-hands’ operation for added safety
Weighing only 10.2 kg, Sofis has designed the Power Wrench to be easily portable and operable by anyone, and has integrated, enforced ‘2-hands’ operation for added safety. The Power Wrench is available as a stand-alone product, or can feature alongside fixed actuators as part of an optimized ‘actuation plan’ designed by Sofis to suit a plant based on the functional and financial requirements of the customer.