Editor’s Note: Cerasis, although a third party logistics company, is always looking to provide manufacturers and those in the industrial sector information on the latest trends related to furthering best practices and implementing technology and operational changes which can make a manufacturer efficient. If you read our Logistics Philosophy, we are firm believers in efficient business, whether that is in logistics or on the manufacturing floor. The below is an article covering the pros of using Industrial Hydraulics.
Industrial Hydraulics Today
Hydraulic machines are capable of performing a large variety of tasks in a wide number of different industrialized situations. A hydraulic press machine is capable of stamping many different shapes that can be used in car production and a hydraulic hose machine is able to extrude any type of hose.
The role that industrial hydraulics play is wide-ranging and you can see their use in numerous diverse applications, from industry and manufacturing through to entertainment venues and travel.
Here is a look at why hydraulics are so popular and efficient for getting a job done and providing the power resource you need.
Helping us to travel
A good example of how important industrial hydraulics are to a fair number of things that we do and manufacture, would be to take a look at how hydraulics are used in relation to travel.
Hydraulic machines play an integral part in many aspects of how we travel around. There are certain parts of automobiles that are powered by hydraulics and such as power steering, brakes, shock absorbers and also automatic transmissions.
Aeroplanes use hydraulic systems and fork lift trucks and even recovery trucks relay on hydraulics to help them do their job. You can even witness hydraulic machines in the form of spinning motors and power units sending us on a journey around a Ferris wheel when the funfair comes to town.
If you ask someone who is known to specialize in hydraulics repair, they will no doubt point out that hydraulic systems offer a great deal of power and can be considered adaptable to many different situations.
The drawbacks according to some detractors are that these systems can struggle with energy efficiency and there may even be some environmental and safety concerns to address.
There are some who argue that hydraulic systems can have a negative environmental impact. This largely depends on the mechanisms being used and their usage context.
Hydraulic mining or fracking is a hot topic at the present time. There are two sides to the argument and the positive aspect is that hydraulic mining can be considered as a powerful and effective way of extracting underground that would otherwise be inaccessible using traditional wells.
The negative aspects of this process is that the process has energy-intensive and potentially damaging environmental consequences. What is not in question, is the efficiency and capabilities of the industrial hydraulics in being used to perform a task with a high level of proficiency.
Energy Efficiency Questions
One of the key points raised by people who are against their widespread use, is that hydraulic systems are not energy efficient enough, mainly due to fluid flow resistance and leakage difficulties.
Recent modernization of hydraulics systems is helping to address this complaint and making it more in line with current efficiency standards. The systems in use have evolved in recent years and the energy efficiency questions are being answered through the introduction of things like variable displacement pumps and motors.
The load-sensing hydraulics you are likely to see in action in a number of applications are far more energy-efficient and go a fair way to answering the critics on this issue.
Safety at Work
There have been concerns raised about worker safety in relation to the use of hydraulic systems.
One of the problems can be that these systems have a tendency to be vulnerable to heat extremes and air pockets or bubbles which have been known to rupture a hydraulic system if the damage is not investigated and resolved.
Safety concerns and considerations are at the top of any agenda that is addressing worker safety issues. The response to criticisms in the past has been to introduce a new generation of safer fire-resistant water based fluids.
There may some disadvantages associated with the use of industrial hydraulics but when you look at their use and the progress made in efficiency and safety standards, the pros outweigh the cons.
Lincoln Vincent loves all things machines, especially the big industrial giants. He is also an avid blogger who likes to share his passion of industrial machinery online.