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The Hydraulics Blog is the place for conversation and discussion about pumps and valves, flow control, cylinders, actuators and components, and mobile hydraulics as they relate to hydraulics. Here, you'll find everything from application ideas, to news and industry trends, to hot topics and cutting edge innovations.

When to Choose a "Smart" Component

Posted April 03, 2016 12:00 AM by SavvyExacta

Deciding whether to upgrade to a component connected to the IoT (Internet of Things) can be tough. Will it be worth the investment? Will it be reliable? These are just a few of the questions to consider.

Here are some benefits of a connected component:

  • Step by step method for configuring and tuning
  • In-application help to explain terminology and recommend settings
  • Update firmware
  • Plot data from sensors to help with optimizing tuning
  • Send commands to validate configuration and tuning
  • Save backups of the parameters
  • Clean, image rich interface provides more context and less clutter

Your existing component could actually be delaying your projects and costing you more money than necessary. Reasons to upgrade include reduced inventory, improved safety, less down time, increased efficiency, and maximum productivity.

How do you evaluate whether a connected component is worth the investment? Share your experience if you have been involved in this process.


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Hydraulic Hybrids Could Better EPA Standards

Posted December 03, 2015 12:00 AM by Engineering360 eNewsletter

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently proposed future large diesel trucks burn from 16% to 24% less fuel by 2027. Parker Hannifin notes that its RunWise hydraulic hybrid transmission technology now in use on more than 200 refuse trucks already cuts fuel consumption an average of 43%. The company expects to deliver another 200 RunWise trucks by next July, and a compressed-natural-gas model was shown at an EPA conference last month.


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Students Meet 'Chainless Challenge'

Posted June 08, 2015 12:00 AM by Engineering360 eNewsletter

Last month, teams of engineering students gathered in Southern California to compete in Parker Hannifin's Chainless Challenge to power a bicycle hydraulically. Using hydraulic pumps, motors, accumulators, and hoses, the designs competed in sprint and efficiency races, farthest distance on a charge, and a six mile race. Some in the design exercise used energy recovery and one used lightweight hydraulic cylinders.


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Hydraulic Efficiency Looms Larger and Larger

Posted March 26, 2015 12:00 AM by Engineering360 eNewsletter

In a recent Hydraulics & Pneumatics column, hydraulics guru Brendan Casey says energy management will become a major issue for the industry over the next decade. Machine designers will need to be at the forefront of any drive to wring out maximum efficiency. With the average efficiency of fluid power systems around 21%, there is room for improvement - which becomes increasingly important as the end of cheap oil makes the operation of inefficient machines even more expensive.


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Simulations Speed System Validations

Posted December 28, 2014 12:00 AM by Engineering360 eNewsletter

An extensive Fluid Power Journal tutorial highlights the utility of fluid power system simulations and how they save development time (and funds) by eliminating trial-and-error prototyping methods. Software tools integrate the dynamic characteristics of numerous components to predict the response of on overall system as well as component interactions. But rather than specifying broad simulation requirements, engineers need to narrow simulation focus for efficient problem solving, such as for energy usage comparison, or control under various load scenarios.


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