David McLean, hydraulics divisional manager for Parker Hannifin Distributor Tidyco discusses the type of hydraulics design, service and maintenance provision that end-users and OEMs should insist upon.
Fluid power equipment such as hydraulic power packs can be found within a wide range of industries such as paper & packaging, steel, automotive, pharmaceutical, plant, wood, rail, marine, offshore, aerospace, agriculture as well as food & beverage.
I always encourage people to take a look around different sites with hydraulics in mind; they will soon realise that hydraulic applications are almost everywhere.
There have been significant advancements with regards to electronic applications in recent years, allowing for greater control of systems through state-of-the-art electro-mechanical technology. Precision has really come a long way. It doesn’t seem so long ago when many systems were based largely around fluid power related equipment, with little or no electronics involved. Take flying simulators, for example. There was a time when they were operated purely with hydraulic and proportional technology.
Today, many of these simulators have drives and positioners that are built on electronic technology, with greater levels of programmability.
This controllability aspect is also highly beneficial for end users and OEMs who are rightly focused on reducing their business’s carbon footprint. With this in mind, what many equipment vendors are promoting is not just converters but specialised motors that actually drive the hydraulics.
These are often referred to as smart motors, capable of automatically slowing down or raising the rpm as required in order that only required energy is used. This does indeed make more economic and environmental sense than having a motor that is constantly running.
The initial investment for these types of motors can be considerable. However, if you factor the savings in energy costs over the medium term, they become a sound investment.
Many of the larger equipment manufacturers, such as Parker and Bosch Rexroth, fully understand smart opportunities within the industry whereby a lot of R&D spend is currently being invested in this type of technology.
Getting it right first time
When looking to source equipment and systems with a view to securing improved levels of accuracy, control, energy savings and ecofriendliness, it is important for OEMs and end users to get their purchasing decisions and system designs correct from the outset.
With this in mind, I believe it is critical that they partner with a solutions provider that can not only supply the equipment but is also able to provide a host of value-added benefits.
Tidyco’s hydraulics division, for example, can design electromechanical systems to exact specifications. Tidyco can also undertake complete on-site fault finding, diagnosis and rectification services.
The company supplies all customers with access to a dedicated and secure online portal. This application allows clients to access job sheets, view invoices as well as request call outs.
So, if you have a specific hydraulic system in mind, speak with the right people to fully realise your vision.
Contact Tidyco on 01332 851300 between the hours of 8.00am and 5.00pm GMT, Monday to Friday (excluding UK Bank Holidays) or by email.
Located in Derby (UK) Tidyco Ltd supply Parker solutions to over 50 countries worldwide, the fully functioning online store has thousands of Parker parts ready for shipping across the globe.