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As cunning as a fox: AUMA’s new smart actuators

Added - 21.04.2020

What do a fox and an electric valve actuator have in common? A lot, if the actuator in question is AUMA’s brand-new PROFOX. Like its namesake, PROFOX is not only cunning and adaptable but also extremely hardy. AUMA’s more than 50 years of experience developing and manufacturing electric actuators has yielded a high-performance actuator series with exciting new features and an excellent cost-benefit ratio. Aimed at applications requiring fast and precise positioning, utmost flexibility and future-proof interfaces, the smart and compact PROFOX series is suitable for all industry sectors, including water treatment, combined heat and power plants, process industries, and shipbuilding.

Cunning. Built-in intelligence makes PROFOX equally suited to both simple open-close duty and challenging modulating applications. Motor speed is adjustable, ensuring fast and precise positioning without overrun. Soft start and soft stop functionality increases valve lifetime. Operating costs are low, thanks to high mechanical efficiency and low standby consumption. Innovative diagnostics ensure long-term availability and future-proof PROFOX actuators for IIoT applications.

Adaptable. AUMA PROFOX actuators work with gate, butterfly, ball and globe valves. There are multi-turn versions for torques of 10 – 100 Nm and part-turn versions delivering 32 – 600 Nm. A linear actuator will follow soon. Modular design ensures flexible configuration, rapid delivery and consistent operation. Host system integration is equally flexible; PROFOX actuators support the most common communication protocols and are well prepared for future evolutions. Compact design allows PROFOX actuators to fit tight spaces.

Hardy. The PROFOX series is engineered and built in Germany – and designed to last, even under the toughest process conditions. High-quality metal housing with IP67 protection (IP68 optional) and AUMA’s unique corrosion protection, which meets the highest C5-M/C5-I requirements of EN ISO 12944-6, ensure that PROFOX actuators have a long life at temperatures from –30 °C to +70 °C.

PROFOX actuators are simple and easy to use. Installation and commissioning are fast and convenient, using either the integral pushbuttons or an intuitive app. The FOX-EYE indicator light and a position indicator on the housing clearly show the actuator status at any time, even from a distance.

 “The new PROFOX actuator series is set to lead the market thanks to its unique combination of features,” says AUMA product manager Christoph Edelmann. “It offers unprecedented intelligence, precision, efficiency and flexibility at a very attractive price.”

www.profox.auma.com

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Covid-19 Contingency stock

Added - 03.04.2020

We stand ready to support our customers in critical industries all over the UK. We are protecting our staff and their families in the ways we describe in our Covid-19 preparedness statement, and part of that has been to build up stocks of actuators and parts, so we're ready with fast-track despatch to respond quickly to your needs and get our customers' plant up and running with the minimum of delay.

Ready to rapidly retrofit any brand of actuator that has failed in service.

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Coronavirus preparedness statement - 31st March 2020

Added - 01.04.2020

AUMA UK Covid-19 Preparedness and contingency planning statement

UPDATE 31st March 2020

We have now established our remote operating structure with all our staff based at home and away from our office/warehouse/workshop in Clevedon. 

Our telephone system remains the same and customers can call us via the main switchboard number (01275 871141), it is also possible to call sales directly on 01275 335626 or service on 01275 335629. All our email addresses remain unchanged and sales can be contacted on [email protected] with service available on [email protected] ; our customers can also use direct dial numbers and mobile numbers as before.

We have established our two standby teams for local UK assembly responding to customers’ critical spares, repairs and replacement parts. These teams are based at home and can be mobilised as necessary to ensure our customers’ needs are met. We also have our regionally based field service teams and our ACE (AUMA Certified Engineering) Partners’ field service teams located conveniently close to our customers enabling a service escalation from phone support to site service with replacements if required in all locations across the UK and Ireland.

We also have access to local supply partners for machining of adaptions which allows the replacement of non-AUMA actuators should that be required to keep our customers’ critical systems up and running.

Our German parent company factory is running a dual shift system in both office staff and factory helping to mitigate the risk of personnel impact. Our supply chain is relatively short with 95% of our product supply from our parent company in Germany. In turn, our parent company sources approximately 80% from Europe. We do all our own machining of castings and mechanical components including gearboxes. We also manufacture our own motors and printed circuit boards. 

We now anticipate a worst case of 75% availability of our workforce at any point in time, this slightly better assumption is based on the fact that we will be operating with 75% usefully working from home. There may be an effect on service and product lead times if we drop in capacity but we will be doing everything we can to support our customers whilst following Government advice and keeping our staff and customers safe.

As the country continues towards complete lock-down, our utility customers have written to us identifying AUMA as a critical support partner allowing more flexibility for movement of goods and people; our implemented interim structure will allow us to take advantage of this.

We continue to hold about four months’ inventory with a two month lead time for replenishment from our parent company factory in Germany.

We will be following all Public Health England (PHE) and Government advice and will do everything to support our suppliers, staff and customers through what will be a tough period for many.

Paul Hopkins

 

31st March 2020

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AUMA Coronavirus preparedness statement (update 31st March 2020)

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AUMA Coronavirus preparedness statement (update 24th March 2020)

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As cunning as a fox: AUMA’s new smart actuators

21/04/2020

What do a fox and an electric valve actuator have in common? A lot, if the actuator in question is AUMA’s brand-new PROFOX. Like its namesake,...MORE

Covid-19 Contingency stock

03/04/2020

We stand ready to support our customers in critical industries all over the UK. We are protecting our staff and their families in the ways we...MORE

Coronavirus preparedness statement - 31st March 2020

01/04/2020

AUMA UK Covid-19 Preparedness and contingency planning statement UPDATE 31st March 2020 We have now established our remote operating...MORE

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