Introducing the new generation
of intelligent valve control.
For over 50 years Rotork has used innovation
in designing reliable, flexible and robust valve
actuators and control systems. Continuing our
ethos of evolving design, the 3rd generation
IQ multi-turn actuator is now available. Reliability
standards have been set even higher, it is simpler
to commission and use and is unrivalled in its
ability to provide valve and process control
operational data.
Key benefits of the 3rd generation IQ
• Valve position monitoring during power loss
through simple and robust Rotork absolute encoder
• Large information-rich backlit display
• Advanced dual stacked display presents valve and
process data for asset management and data analysis
• In the event of power failure actuator display and
remote contacts are maintained
• Toughened glass screen plus optional
environmental shield
• Outstanding environmental protection
• Non-intrusive setting – no cover removal required
using secure Bluetooth® connection
• Enhanced reliability through solid state controls;
reduced internal wiring; simplified torque sensor
• Detachable thrust bases across the entire range
• Advanced realtime status reporting
• Configurable datalogger functionality, including
service alarms
• Plug & socket option available
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Outstanding reliability
Valve operation must be reliable. Rotork IQ actuators are
designed to meet the toughest applications and engineered
for a lifetime of uninterrupted service. Built on the Rotork drive
train, proven for over 40 years, 3rd generation IQ actuators
feature numerous enhancements including:
• Advanced absolute position measurement
• Simplified control components
• Increased thrust base integrity; separable across all sizes
• High immunity from spurious signals
• Configurable motor drive "enable" input which stops the
actuator operating unless a signal is applied
• Casing material selection and coatings have been designed
for improved corrosion protection
Reliability of equipment depends on the protection provided
by its enclosure. IQ retains the Rotork developed doublesealed, non-breathing, non-intrusive enclosure proven to
maximise operational reliability. Regardless of whether the
actuator is in a hazardous location or not, the fully sealed
enclosure provides the highest reliability.
Asset management
With an advanced dual stacked display, position, torque, status
and configuration data is clear and immediate. In addition the
valve, actuator and process data is available on screen or in
the control room. Valve stroke torque/thrust graphs, duty
trend logs, vibration levels and valve & actuator manufacturing
data can be extracted by the user and stored as the basis
for planned maintenance and operational activities, process
performance characteristics and comparison.
Commissioning and configuring 3rd generation IQ actuators is
faster and simpler than ever. In addition to a new and intuitive
user interface, entire operations can now be carried out in
moments and datalogger data downloaded using the supplied
Rotork Bluetooth® Setting Tool Pro.
Technological Advances
Reliable valve position sensing is critical. Using the latest
technology and after years of testing, the patented Rotork
IQ absolute encoder is contactless, has only four active parts,
can measure up to 8,000 output turns and has redundancy
and self checking. Unlike existing absolute encoder designs,
this technological breakthrough increases position sensing
reliability while providing zero-power position measurement.
The dual stacked display allows large segment character
position displays down to -50 °C while the matrix display
provides detailed setting, status and diagnostic multilingual
screens. Overall the display is 30% bigger, is backlit to
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provide excellent contrast even in the brightest ambient light
conditions and is protected by a toughened glass window. An
optional protective clip-in cover is available where high UV
levels or abrasive environments are present.
The alarm parameters can be set in the assets section of
the setup menus and include:
Now enhanced to provide increased integrity and
performance, torque sensing is simple, accurate with high
resolution and extremely reliable over the life of the actuator.
Unlike other systems employed, the IQ system of torque
measurement has the advantage of being independent of
voltage and temperature variations.
• Total starts
Control elements such as main control and network interface
cards, like those used with fieldbus systems, are connected
using an internal bus system based on CAN, reducing wiring
and connections and increasing reliability.
Indication power
With the absolute encoder, a battery is not required for
position sensing and tracking. As all configuration and
datalogger data is stored in non-volatile EEPROM
memory, all settings are safe when no power is available.
However, to maintain the display and ensure remote
indication is kept updated, allow data logging and power off
commissioning, an indication battery is included as standard.
Reduced power consumption means the battery has an
exceptionally long life and low-cost replacements are available
from suppliers globally.
• Open torque levels
• Close torque levels
• Total turns
• Service intervals
With 3rd generation IQ actuators this data can be viewed in
realtime using the large dual stacked display. In addition, the
data can be downloaded wirelessly with the Rotork Bluetooth®
Setting Tool Pro or to a PC and analysed using the Rotork
Insight2 software.
Safe manual operation
In case of an emergency, power outage or failure of the
control network, IQ actuators can be operated by hand.
A manual clutch and handwheel allow an operator to
disengage the motor and operate the valve independently,
without risk of damage or injury.
Where the location requires it, the clutch can be padlocked
into position to prevent accidental or unauthorised
manual operation.
Manual movements of the valve are recorded and logged
by the actuator. Position sensing in Rotork IQ actuators is
highly reliable (power on or off) thanks to the unique robust
and simple design of the absolute encoder.
Optimised for preventative maintenance
Network system connectivity
All IQ actuators incorporate a sophisticated datalogger, which
can provide comprehensive data capture and analysis for
planned maintenance and troubleshooting issues with valves
and processes. They capture:
With the addition of an appropriate option card, the IQ
actuator can be incorporated into a number of different
fieldbus control systems. The IQ actuator can be utilised within
the Rotork Pakscan control system, either wired or wirelessly,
and the major open Fieldbus protocols including Profibus®,
Foundation Fieldbus®, Modbus and HART®.
• Valve torque profiles
• Operational starts profiles
• Operational, vibration and temperature trend logs
• Event log
In addition, asset management data regarding the actuator
and the valve is stored within the actuator and available for
download. Specific asset management information includes:
• Running time
• Average torque
• Life statistics
As part of the ongoing commitment to improving asset
management and providing reliable data for optimised
preventative maintenance, the 3rd generation IQ now
includes configurable service / maintenance alarms.
1 Hand operation
Direct drive and geared handwheel sized for effective manual
operation of the valve. Handwheel drive is independent of the
motor drive and is selected with a lockable hand/auto lever for
safe operation even when the motor is running.
Motor operation always has preference unless the hand/
auto lever is purposely locked into ‘hand drive’. Lost motion
‘hammerblow’ action is provided with both direct and
geared handwheels.
2 Environmental sealing
The Rotork double-sealed terminal compartment results in
the actuator enclosure being completely sealed, protecting
the actuator from the environment for life. Using the supplied
Rotork Bluetooth® Setting Tool Pro, no covers need to be
removed for commissioning, adjusting, analysis or accessing
the actuator data log.
3 Display
The advanced dual stacked display is significantly larger, clearer
and has a wide viewing angle making it easily legible from
a distance. In normal mode the LCD display indicates valve
position and can operate from -50 °C up to 70 °C.
The matrix layer provides high resolution screens for setting
menus, status, alarm and graphical data log screens such as
valve torque profiles. Position indication lights (red, yellow
and green) are duplicated each side of the display. All display
elements are protected by a 13 mm toughened glass window
with an optional shield for protection against abrasive media
such as sand and UV light.
4 Local controls
Local open/close and lockable Local/Stop/Remote selectors are
coupled magnetically to the designated switches and therefore
do not penetrate the control cover. This further enhances the
non-intrusive protection of the IQ.
5 Position control
The unique Rotork patented absolute position sensor is
highly accurate and can measure up to 8,000 output turns
as standard. With only four active parts it is very simple and
robust, providing the most reliable position sensing regardless
of the availability of electrical power. It also includes built-in
redundancy and self-checking.
6 Proven drive train
The drive train and motor uses the proven basic design
principals employed for over 40 years. Simple, reliable and
robust, the components are oil bath lubricated (for life).
7 Separable bases
For all sizes the thrust and non-thrust base types are separate
to the gearcase allowing easy installation. Should the actuator
be removed, the base can be left on the valve to maintain its
position. All bases conform to attachment standards ISO5210
or MSS SP 102.
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Local diagnostics and setup
Graphical datalogger
The large dual stacked, hi-resolution display, with positional
characters that are 25 mm high, is unrivalled in visibility
for all lighting and orientation conditions. Consisting
of a static, high-contrast positional display and a fully
configurable dot-matrix LCD behind, the IQ offers the easiest,
user-friendly configuration and data analysis ever seen in the
actuation world.
Greater amounts of data and analytical screens are now
available in the datalogger and viewable locally. The
datalogger screens are displayed on a 168 x 132 pixel dotmatrix display and can display anything from a torque vs
position graph to statistical operational data.
Torque Profile
Close Ave. Pos:51 %T:32
Configurable Home-screens
With a mixture of the static and dot-matrix displays, there are
now four configurable home-screens available to the user. The
four screens reflect the parameters most commonly required
to analyse operation at-a-glance:
• Positional information with input demand
(digital and analogue)
40 50 60 70
20 30
0 Position
Asset management
Not only can you store information relating to the actuator,
but also the valve and gearbox. This includes data about
build (class, size, ratio and tag numbers) along with service
information (commission date, service date etc).
• Actuator data
Using the Rotork Bluetooth® Setting Tool Pro, each of these
screens can be easily accessed with a press of a button.
Alternatively you can select one of the four screens to be
continually displayed in the setup menu.
Close Limit
2nd Stage Gear Box
Service History
Service Alarms
Online Help
• Valve data
User friendly setup menus
Close Limit
Valve Ser
Valve Type
Valve Size
Valve Manf
Valve Fluid
A single press of a button on the Rotork Bluetooth® Setting
Tool Pro takes you into the user-friendly setup menu. This
menu has been designed and structured to reduce reliance on
having a written manual to hand. With large, clear characters
available in many languages, setup and configuration has
never been so easy.
Serial No
Size / DN
Service Fluid
Service Temp
• Gearbox data
Close Limit
Data Log
Serial No
Close Limit
2nd Stage Gear Box
Close Limit
• Service history
Close Limit
Service History
FAT Date
Commision Date 21/1/12
Inspection Date 21/4/12
Valve a little sticky
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IQ multi-turn 3-phase electric actuators designed for isolation
or regulation duties (S2 & S3/Class A & B) of up to 60 starts
per hour.
Direct torque output range from 34 Nm (25 lbf.ft) to
3,000 Nm (2,200 lbf.ft).
With the addition of second stage gearboxes, multi-turn
output torque up to 43,000 Nm (31,715 lbf.ft) and quarterturn up to 1,000,000 Nm (737,561 lbf.ft) are available.
The modulating version of the IQ 3-phase electric actuator has
a solid state reversing starter in place of the electro-mechanical
contactors. They feature fast-response remote control circuits
for rapid control. To optimise positional control, the solid state
starter also adds an electronic motor ‘brake’ feature.
Features across the 3rd generation IQ range include:
• Three-phase, direct current and single-phase variants
• Watertight and hazardous area enclosures
• Handwheels for emergency and ease-of-use operation
• Oil bath lubrication
• Advanced, multilingual display for status and setup
• Detailed datalogging
• Setting and data capture using the supplied Rotork
Bluetooth® Setting Tool Pro
• InSight2 PC software for valve performance analysis
• Highly intuitive user interface
• Comprehensive control and flexibility
The ‘hammer-blow’ drive - for shifting infrequently used valves
- is not included in this model. IQM is suitable for up to 1,200
starts per hour (S4/Class C).
With the addition of second stage gearboxes, IQM multiturn output seating torque up to 3,600 Nm (2,655 lbf.ft) and
quarter-turn up to 58,000 Nm (42,778 lbf.ft) are available.
Benefiting from all the features of the IQM 3-phase electric
actuator, the IQML has a linear output drive providing
modulating thrust output of up to 150 kN (33,721 lbf).
IQS actuators are single phase versions of IQ actuators.
Torque range from 65 Nm (48 lbf.ft) to 450 Nm (332 lbf.ft).
With the addition of second stage gearboxes, single-phase
multi-turn output torque up to 3,000 Nm (2,212 lbf.ft) and
quarter-turn up to 208,500 Nm (153,781 lbf.ft) are available.
IQD actuators are direct current powered versions of IQ
actuators. Torque range 34 Nm (25 lbf.ft) to 305 Nm
(225 lbf.ft). Voltage ranges available are 24 VDC, 48 VDC and
110 VDC (limited size/voltage availability – refer to PUB002038 for details).
With the addition of second stage gearboxes, DC multi-turn
output torque up to 1,500 Nm (1,106 lbf.ft) and quarter-turn
up to 132,000 Nm (97,358 lbf.ft) are available.
Special Designs
If you require an IQ actuator for duties that are not
covered by our standard range, we are happy to discuss
custom solutions.
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Electrical Supply
Actuator Type
Duty Cycle
Torque Range*
isolating/regulating duty
60 starts/hour
14 - 3,000 Nm direct drive.
When combined with a gearbox
up to 43,000 Nm multi-turn or
1,000,000 Nm quarter-turn.
modulating duty
up to 1,200 starts/hour
S4 - 50% duty
12 - 550 Nm
with linear output thrust range
5 - 100 kN
isolating/regulating duty
60 starts/hour
25 - 450 Nm
* Actuator direct output. Higher torque ranges are available using gearbox combinations.
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