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Over-specification warning

29 November 2018

Leading valve automation provider, Actuated Solution Ltd (ASL), is encouraging specifiers of electric actuation products to keep it simple while sourcing automation for their valve installations.

With the actuation market advancing in technological leaps and bounds, ASL is encouraging buyers not to to be tempted to over-spec on their installations, on the basis that over-specification can be as troublesome in the longer term as under-specification.

"In our experience, the majority of electric actuators are perfectly suited for simple applications requiring open/close operations, other features are often left redundant and as with anything, the more complex the equipment is the more chance there is of going wrong and more chance you're paying for features you don't need or will use," say Paul Slaughter, MD of ASL.

"That is why we believe, to save both money and time, it is important to develop the specification detail from the outset to ensure products are fit for purpose."

According to ASL, the most successful and reliable installations are those with ‘just the right fit', usually competitive in price and with solid reliable functionality i.e. not under-specified so that the products can't cope with the operational demand, but by the same token not over-specified which brings its own issues.
That's why ASL provides the most comprehensive range of mid-level specification electric actuators available. Their popular HQ series includes a rugged waterproof IP67 Aluminium housing, 4 limit switches, anti-condensation heater, visual indication and manual override handwheel all as standard. All of which provides users with high levels of functionality and reliability and represents exceptional value for money.