Solar Powered Actuators

The Yarra regions creeks and tributaries of the Armstrong Creek Weir, Starvation Creek Weir and McMahons Creek Weir harvests water and distributes throughout the Melbourne’s water supply network.

THIS TECHNICAL REFERENCE IS ACRODYNE’S INTERPRETATION OF THE PROJECT AND HAS NOT BEEN APPROVED BY THE END USER

Sector: Water

Category: Water Distribution

Products: Limitorque MX Electric Actuator ACROGEAR Gearboxes

 

The Project

Acrodyne was recently requested to come up with a solution to automate some very old Penstocks in the Upper Yarra Region for Melbourne Water, the challenges presented were no power and existing Penstocks were operated by Trewhella jacks.

The Trewhella crank jacks were originally a milled-log working tool was invented by the brothers Benjamin Trewhalla and William Trewhalla, of Trentham in 1893

Acrodyne conducted a full site survey, determined the exact requirement as well as collecting the required data to calculate torque and select the correct equipment. 

Another consideration with the project was the need for power and a solar powered system was needed to be factored in to the solution.

The Solution

Limitorque Electric MX series actuators mounted to ACROGEAR bevel gearboxes with new spindles were selected to operate in a solar powered system that will automate the process and replaced the physically demanding Trewhella jack option. 

The mounting adaptors, the screw cutting of the stem nuts, stem tube covers and additional protective coatings were manufactured and completed in-house in Acrodyne’s Quick Response Centre (QRC).

This allows complete control over the quality and time frame of the entire project.

The Result

Acrodyne’s service technician returned to site and assisted with the installation and commissioning at all three sites. Now complete, the system will be able to be operated remotely at the Brooklyn facility approximately 130Km away.

Products and Services Used

  • Limitorque MX05 Actuator
  • ACROGEARS Bevel  Gearbox
  • Acrodyne Installation and Commissioning 
  • Acrodyne Sales and Service

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