Automation Action | Actuators, Engineering, Gear operators, Valve stems

In-house engineering prevents Peoples Energy from 10 week shutdown.


Peoples Energy – Fisher, IL

Project Overview

Peoples Energy contracted Action Automation to assist with the remediation of a leaking 24” 600# Cameron T31 welded body ball valve used in their large natural gas storage field. The storage field utilizes Trunnion mounted ball valves with assorted actuation. The plan was to replace the leaking valve with a new 24” 600# Grove B5 ball valve that uses a standard Mastergear worm gear operator which they already purchased. The challenge was they wanted to use a Shafer Rotary Vane Hydraulic actuator to operate it.

To accomplish this, we needed to make some modifications that included:
  • Cleaning and prepping the spool piece
  • Manufacturing new stem couplings and transition mounting plates
  • Assembly of the new Schafer actuator on the new WKM B5 valve
  • Re-painting equipment


Our expert technicians took to work retrofitting the new 24” 600# Grove B5 ball valve for a seamless fit within the Vane module of the Shafer actuator. By modifying this valve, Action Automation was able to prevent Peoples Energy from 10-12 weeks of downtime. Furthermore, with our solution to use the spool piece from the old T31 valve, we were able to save Peoples Energy thousands of dollars.

The advantages of working with Action Automation, included:
  • Our full-service fabrication and manufacturing capabilities
  • Ability to offer solution-based engineering through our advanced technical expertise
  • Extensive product lines and inventory


Published in October 2020

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