When installing a valve positioner it is always recommended that gauges be installed on the positioner. During normal positioner operation gauges have the benefit of showing air movement between the ports on the positioner and the actuator. The main benefit of having gauges on a positioner is during calibration. When a positioner with gauges is calibrated the gauges can be used to determine movement and end of travel of the actuator. The gauges will indicate when the positioner is loading air into the actuator instead of relying on the change in the sound of the air output or visually noticing the actuator moving. Another time it is beneficial to have gauges on the positioner is during trouble shooting. The instrument gauge will determine if the I/P is outputting properly on a electro-pneumatic positioner or if it is receiving a proper signal on a pneumatic positioner. The output gauges can also help determine if an actuator is leaking. A positioner with gauges has the benefit of helping to both calibrate and troubleshoot positioners as well as to give a visual indication that the positioner is moving air during normal operation.
Our Eastern Regional Salesmen, Bob Goodwin, was contacted by Valve World magazine and was asked to write an article featuring Valve Positioners. Below is a link to the article that was published which talks about the different types of valve positioners that are available in the industry today. The article also discusses analog vs digital positioners and why you might choose one over the other.
Meet Randy Estes:
Randy began his career as a marketing sales associate at PMV after he graduated from Texas A & M with a degree in Industrial Distribution. Randy worked at PMV for several years before deciding to move on to Valve Accessories and Controls as the Western Regional Sales Manager in 2004. Since that time, he has worked tirelessly to grow his territory by seeking out new distributors as well as OEM’s that want to use/sell a better positioner that is supported by far superior customer service than anyone else in the industry. Over the years, Randy has learned that building a network and getting to know your customers on a personal level is as important as knowing your customers needs on a business level. While Randy has accomplished many things since he began with VAC 12 years ago, he feels like his greatest accomplishment is playing a crucial role in helping to grow VAC into the company that it is today.
While he knows that there is a large potential for international sales, he believes that there are many more untapped opportunities for sales right here in the USA.
When he’s not working, Randy enjoys coaching his daughter in the sports that she participates in. He also enjoys sailing and is a Lacrosse official for the high school and college level in Texas.
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