Over 130 Rotork actuators have been installed at the new Beijing Daxing International Airport, Beijing’s second international airport. This builds on an existing relationship with China Aviation Oil, which controls the jet fuel supply at Beijing Capital and Beijing Daxing International Airports.


China Aviation Oil Corporation Ltd. is the largest physical jet fuel trader in the Asia Pacific region and the key supplier of imported jet fuel to China’s civil aviation industry. China Aviation Oil’s key businesses include jet fuel supply and trading, trading of other oil products, and investments in oil-related assets. Incorporated in Singapore in 1993, China Aviation Oil has been listed on the mainboard of the Singapore Exchange Securities Trading Limited since 2001.


Beijing Daxing International Airport is in competition for the title of the world’s biggest airport, with four runways currently built and a terminal building that covers an area of over 7,500,000 square feet. Rotork actuators carry out several duties at the airport, including the control of the relief valves at the tank farm. These are in place in the event of a dangerous build-up of pressure, which can then be released by the opening of the valve. The pump room, oil tanks, oil station, and landing field ground wells use both IQ3 and IQT3 actuators to operate a variety of valve types, including gate, ball, plug, and butterfly valves. The oil tanks and oil station also use electro-hydraulic linear actuators, which can provide a fail-safe function on power loss.


With the revolutionary dual stacked display, information about your plant and process is available at your fingertips, allowing unparalleled data analysis of the condition and operational status of the valve; data analysis that enables accurate asset management of your plant.

The actuators are connected with a Pakscan loop on a General Purpose Field Control Unit. Pakscan is a redundant loop network which enables the remote control of actuators. It was selected as the unique loop back function and diagnostic ability made maintenance and service much easier. In an airport environment where hundreds of people can be displaced by breakdowns and delays, increasing reliability and reducing maintenance time is essential. Additionally, the customer was pleased that they were able to connect the actuators to the Pakscan loop, alongside actuators from another manufacturer.


For sixty years Rotork has used innovation for designing reliable, flexible, and robust valve actuators and control systems. Continuing the ethos of evolving design, the next generation IQ multi-turn and IQT part-turn actuators are 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.


Rotork Site Services (RSS) worked closely with the airport’s engineers, providing training to ensure that they understood how to operate and service the actuators installed on site. This project builds on an existing relationship and reputation, as IQ Rotork actuators have been in operation at Beijing Capital International Airport since 1999.  


Sarah Kellett is group marketing communications manager for Rotork and can be reached at sarah.kellett@rotork.com. Rotork is a market-leading global provider of mission-critical flow control and instrumentation solutions for the industrial actuation and flow control markets. These include oil and gas, water and wastewater, power, chemical process and industrial applications. Customers rely on Rotork for innovative, high quality, and dependable solutions for managing the flow of liquids, gases, and powders. For more information, visit www.rotork.com.

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