• Otis-Axelson Fail-Safe Pneumatic Actuator

    Our Otis-Axelson Pneumatic Actuator is designed for simplicity, easy maintenance and adaptability. Its modular design and few components improve field performance. This actuator is designed to close upon loss of control pressure (fail-safe). The actuator's nylon reinforced diaphragm has large piston area allowing for a low control pressure. The maximum control pressure is 150 psi.



    The actuator's nylon reinforced diaphragm has a large piston area allowing for a low-control pressure. The maximum control pressure is 150 psi.

    Due to its fail-safe design, the actuator is ideally suited for wellhead, flowline, header, pipeline system and casing relief blowdown valve applications. Actuators are available for API gate valve sizes from 1 13/16 to 12 in. and larger upon request.

    Limit switches, valve position indicators, fusible and standard lockout caps, stem protectors, mechanical, and hydraulic opening assemblies are also available.

    Pneumatic control pressure enters the cylinder. The extended stem travels downward indicating the valve is open. The adjustable ownstop stops further downward movement. The gate valve is now fully-open. The actuator is designed to maintain the valve (reverse-acting) in the open position with pneumatic pressure on top of the diaphragm.

    Loss of pneumatic pressure allows pressure in the valve body and spring force to move the stem and gate into the closed position.

    The extended stem indicates the valve is closed. The metal-to-metal seat between the actuator bonnet and lower stem serves as a secondary seal.

    Upstream valve body pressure helps to hold the gate to close with less than 100 psi in the valve body.


    • Decreased maintenance – The rolling diaphragm design eliminates moving o-ring seals, leading to longer seal life.
    • Proven reliability – API 6A, PR2 Appendix F-qualified packing
    • Lightweight and quick disconnect – Easy to install and maintain, this unit can be redressed without special tools or external pressure sources.
    • Large diaphragm area – Permits use of a low-pressure air or gas control system. A relief valve on the cylinder acts to protect against damage to the diaphragm in case of excessive pressure increases.
    • Visual open-close indication – Upper stem extension indicates gate position at a glance.