What Makes The New Belimo Actuator Retrofit Kit Special ?

When Belimo’s Joe Carcare stopped in a couple of weeks ago, he showed us, the easy way to replace a valve actuator using Belimo’s new universal actuator retrofit linkages for globe valves. Here is Belimo’s video showing just how useful this product is when replacing a valve actuator.

Belimo New Generation Globe Valve Actuators and Retrofit Linkages offer [Read more…]

Two Minute Product Review: The Forta Actuator

In this two minute product review check out the Schneider Electric Forta actuator. The Forta was created back in the TAC days, before TAC became part of Schneider Electric. As you can see in the video the Forta is a very flexible and powerful valve actuator. If you have one Forta actuator on your truck, along with some inexpensive valve adaptor kits, [Read more…]

Rebuilding Johnson Controls Pneumatic Valves


Real nice video on rebuilding a Johnson Controls pneumatic valve. Stromquist and Company has Johnson pneumatic valve repair parts in stock. Give us a call in our Florida or Georiga branches for your pneumatic valve repair parts.

Belimo Retrofit Solutions

Valves and actuators play an integral part in the proper functioning of HVAC systems.  When properly installed and functioning correctly they boost the performance and efficiency of integrated building technology. But like with any equipment, there comes a time when valves and actuators need to be replaced for a variety of reasons.

Damaged linkages and/or actuators lead to poor functioning of the HVAC system, which results in loss of energy efficiency, consumer comfort, time, and labor. Replacing a valve along with the actuator, or trying to determine how to fix an airside linkage, is not always a sensible solution. Taking a system off-line to replace various components is not only laborious, it’s expensive. Facilities can lose thousands of dollars a day during maintenance shut-down. With Belimo’s retrofit solutions, this problem goes away. Valve and damper applications can be quickly and conveniently restored without any interruption in service. In fact, entire systems can often be updated in a day. A poorly functioning or even non-functioning system can be transformed into a high functioning, more efficient system.

Belimo provides many retrofits that are compatible with all major control systems, so there is no need to replace other system controls. MFT Technology is also available and can be re-programmed to suit your controller needs with just one MFT model actuator.

If it’s time to replace any actuators or valves in your building or plant, consider a retrofit solution from Belimo.  Someone from Stromquist, along with Belimo, will be glad to assist you with the change.

Mounting a Belimo TF Series Actuator to a Belimo Ball Valve

While I was in the Orlando office the other day Pat Marley took a call from a client asking how to mount his Belimo TF series actuator to his Belimo ball valve using the WTF mounting adaptor kit. Sadly the Belimo WTF mounting adaptor kit comes with no instructions on how to undertake this proceedure. Pat, being Pat using the speaker phone walked the client through the mounting proceedures and was kind enough to walk through the installation again for my camera also so we could present this article to you… our clients.

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I hope this series of photographs takes the mystery out of installing this Belimo actuator to the Belimo ball valve. At Stromquist and Company we will continue to take the “MYSTERY” out of controls for you. If there are any more controls mysteries we can solve for you give us a call in Atlanta at 1-800-241-9471 or in Orlando at 1-800-638-7829.

HVAC Control Technical Tip: The Sunshine State Weather Protector

The idea for this article came across my computer in the form of an e-mail sent to me by a fellow employee of Stromquist and Company with an attached photograph.

I know we all strive in our chosen industry to do things right with as much professionalism as our clients will afford us. I also realize at times even the best of service personnel will make installation mistakes. Some of these mistakes are quite humorous, some are quite expensive to fix, and some of these installations could be quite possibly dangerous.

Since the Control Trends website is duty bound to get, you our readers, the best information on new controls, controls installation, and new trends in the control industry would it not be appropriate to also show how not to install a product?

We at Control Trends will not mention anyone’s name or any company name we do this only as an insight to possible installation mistakes and how to avoid these mistakes.

This first installation is quite humorous to me and I call it “The Sunshine State Weather Protector” [Read more…]

The Belimo Code

This article is taken from a flyer written by Belimo about four years ago called “The Belimo Code” We thought we would revive the article to help our clients remember or for the newbie’s to learn from. This article will cover most of the Belimo actuators you will see in the field, for the others, give us a call and we will “Break the Code” for you.

The first part of the Belimo code is why Belimo? Belimo is a Swiss company so the name Belimo is derived from its Swiss meaning…

BEraten                Consulting

LIfern                    Delivering

MOntieren             Mounting

Now that we have the Belimo name code “cracked” lets breakdown the actuator codes…The first letter of the actuator code is all about TORQUE…

G             360 in-lb              G= GIANT

A             180 in-lb               A=AWESOME

A             133 in-lb               A=AWESOME

N             90 in-lb                 N=NORMAL

L              35-45 in-lb            L=LITTLE

T              18 in-lb                 T=TINY

The second letter of the actuator code is about MOTOR ACTION…

F=SPRING RETURN (on power failure the motor will return to its normal position)

M=NON-SPRING RETURN (on power failure motor will stay in its current position)

The third letter is about motor speed…note: non-spring return actuators can combine a forth letter to designate MOTOR SPEEDS…

Q=Quickest running                        (non-spring return)

C=Fast running

A=No Position Feedback              (spring return only)

No Letter= Normal Speed

B=Basic

X=Customized

Next will be a set of numbers…These numbers are about POWER SUPPLY…

24=24 VAC/DC

120= 120 VAC

230= 230VAC

After the POWER SUPPLY numbers (stick with me) are the CONTROL letters/numbers…

Blank=On/Off (spring return)

-1= on/off (non-spring return)

-3= Floating Point (spring return)

-3= On/Off, Floating Point (non-spring return)

-3-P5= On/Off, Floating Point with 5Kohm Feedback (non-spring return)

-3-P10= On/Off, Floating Point with 10Kohm Feedback (non-spring return)

-SR= 2-10 VDC

-PC= 0-20 volt (Phasecut)

-MFT= Multi-Function Technology (program what you want)

-MFT95= 0-135ohm

-MFT-20= 6-9 VDC 20 VDC power supply (spring return)

At last we have our last letter which will deal with actuator OPTIONS…

-S=Built in auxiliary switch

-T= Terminal Block

Blank=Cable Version

We have now broken ‘THE BELIMO CODE” until Belimo introduces more actuators, then we may need to add to our code breaking article. If you need Belimo actuators give us a call at Stromquist and Company @ 1-800-241-9471(Atlanta) or at 1-800-638-7828 (Florida)and we will be “Code Breakers” together.

Belimo PICCV And Stromquist & Company a Great Way to Save Money

BELIMO USA provides great products and as a Platinum Belimo stocking distributor STROMQUIST & COMPANY loves the solutions Belimo products allow us to bring to our customers. Our customers love the great Belimo damper and  Belimo valve actuators, and cool money saving products like the Belimo piping packages. One of the really innovative Belimo products that can save major installation dollars and provide on going energy savings long after the installation is the Belimo PICCV ( Pressure Independent Characterized Control Valve).

Now that might sound like a mouth full, but what the Belimo PICCV valve is a Belimo differential pressure regulator in series with a Belimo characterized control valve. The regulator in the Belimo PICCV valve controls the amount of flow that passes through the Belimo control valve by the diaphragm that moves according to changes in pressure over the Belimo control valve. Thus the flow remains constant no matter what happens with pressure changes.The pressure regulator absorbs all pressure changes so the differential pressure is held constant over the Belimo control valve thus delivering consistent predicable flow. [Read more…]

Belimo PICCV And Stromquist & Company a Great Way to Save Money

BELIMO USA provides great products and as a Platinum Belimo stocking distributor STROMQUIST & COMPANY loves the solutions Belimo products allow us to bring to our customers. Our customers love the great Belimo damper and  Belimo valve actuators, and cool money saving products like the Belimo piping packages. One of the really innovative Belimo products that can save major installation dollars and provide on going energy savings long after the installation is the Belimo PICCV ( Pressure Independent Characterized Control Valve).

Now that might sound like a mouth full, but what the Belimo PICCV valve is a Belimo differential pressure regulator in series with a Belimo characterized control valve. The regulator in the Belimo PICCV valve controls the amount of flow that passes through the Belimo control valve by the diaphragm that moves according to changes in pressure over the Belimo control valve. Thus the flow remains constant no matter what happens with pressure changes.The pressure regulator absorbs all pressure changes so the differential pressure is held constant over the Belimo control valve thus delivering consistent predicable flow. [Read more…]

Gas Metering with Honeywell Transmitter

Gas metering is a big part of what we offer customers. One product that has proven to be very successful is the Honeywell Smart Multivariable (SMV) Transmitter.  It is an industry leader – there are no others on the market that work as well.  It measures the gas pressure & temperature and measures a differential pressure across a primary element.  The primary element can be an orifice plate or a Preso Ellipse pitot tube.  It creates a differential pressure that we measure and relate to flow (the square root of the pressure drop is proportional to the flow rate).  The SMV calculates a corrected flow by accounting for the compressibility of the gas along with the pressure and temperature that exist in the pipe.  It is quite an involved calculation that is pre-loaded into the transmitter and set up using a software wizard.  Please keep it in mind for gas metering applications – it is an affordable alternative.  For under $4000 you can measure big flows accurately with easy installation. [Read more…]