In partnership with Infinity, we’re developing a product which could diffuse “ticking time bombs” on oil platforms and save UK operators more than £320 million.
Infinity’s actuator safety gauntlet is akin to a “bullet proof bag” which can be fitted over actuators that have fallen into poor condition offshore, making them safe. The gauntlet is intended for single use, but the material could be recycled depending on the level of damage caused by an actuator blowout.
Actuators are automated devices used to open and close valves and contain massive amounts of “stored energy”.
If they break, the powerful springs inside them can eject components at high velocity, which could cause fatal injuries and damage equipment.
Several safety cases relating to actuator failures have been reported in recent years.
The actuator gauntlet is made of layers of Kevlar inside a water-tight, UV-resistant bag. Developed from scratch in 10 months, it has a patent pending and has been granted a technical qualification by Lloyd’s Register.