Category: Valve Actuators / Actuated Valves

Actuators are mechanical device that uses an energy source to operate a valve. The energy source can be pneumatic, electric, or hydraulic. The main types of valve actuators are linear, rotary and manual.

Linear Actuators

Produce a linear motion to operate the valve and come in many styles. Linear actuators are used on valves such as globe, gate, and diaphragm valves.

Habonim Compact Actuator

Rotary Actuators

Produce a rotational motion to operate rotary valves such as ball valves, plug valves and butterfly valves. Rotary valve actuators come in many different styles.

Manual Valve Actuators


  • The basic lever, normally used on smaller quarter-turn valves. Levers can include locks, spring return handles (dead man handle) and extensions, for use commonly in hot or cold processes.
  • For larger valves, geared hand wheels are best used as a higher torque is required.
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Actuated Valves by ESI Technologies

At ESI Technologies Group we supply valve actuators / actuated valves to suit clients’ specifications.  We offer special engineered solutions for all applications.  Contact us to discuss your specific requirements.

Actuators we typically supply are pneumatic, electric, scotch yoke, rack & pinion and diaphragm.  We are an official distributor for Habonim Compact Actuators, with a 7-year warranty.

We have a full-service department that can build your actuation valves and assemblies to meet your process requirements.

What Types of Pneumatic Actuators Are There?

For rotary pneumatic actuation, the two main types used on ball, butterfly and plug valves are Rack & pinion and scotch yoke. They work similarly by converting the linear motion of a piston in a cylinder into the rotational motion of the stem drive. Both are available in single acting or double acting.

Diaphragm valve actuator

For linear pneumatic actuators used on valves such as gate and globe valves, the air is used to push the rising stem up and down. Common linear actuators come in Diaphragm and Cylinder styles.

What Is The Difference Between a Single-Acting Actuator and a Double-Acting Actuator?

Single-acting actuators (Spring return actuators) use compressed air to move the piston in one direction and a spring to move it back when the air is stopped and allowed to vent.

Double-acting actuators require air to move the piston in either direction. A solenoid valve can be used to control the flow of air into the actuator.

What Does Fail-Safe Mean?

Fail-safe in actuation means if the air supply to the actuator is lost or the power supply to the solenoid fails on a single-acting actuator, the valve will travel to the safe position (Fail Safe) using the force of the springs. This can be either open or closed, whichever is the safer / preferred outcome.

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