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Applications for power units span the spectrum of fractional horsepower requirements to those incorporating drives using 100’s of horsepower. From left: Standard, pre-engineered power unit CytroPac; configurable GoPak power unit; typical custom power unit for industrial use; large, complex custom power unit. New capabilities and power unit designs provide many new options to machine and hydraulic system designers.
Environmental or other application-specific requirements, such as high altitude or required certifications, can drive one-of-a-kind solutions. Well-designed Hydraulic Power Units, whether large custom unit or a compact standard unit (including units built into a machine frame), consider all aspects of an application.
Complexity in applications or specification may require complex control packages nearly the same size as the hydraulic power unit. A well designed and built power unit not only achieves functional criteria but can also be an attractive addition to the production floor. Full-featured, complex hydraulic power units should be designed toward functionality and robustness. A clean design must also consider periodic maintenance and service when needed, for example platforms to contain fluid spills, or easy access for replacement of filters.
- Overall Power and Force Requirements
- The Operating Environment and Location
- Serviceability / Service Life
- Energy Efficiency
- So What About Industry 4.0 and “The Internet of Things?”
With all of the choices facing an engineer designing or selecting a power unit, the fact is this: Designing a power unit can be daunting. Not only must the successful designer develop a robust solution, one that will be capable of producing the “power” required over a long service-life, he or she must also consider plant-floor environments, safety, regulatory requirements, serviceability and maintenance, noise, energy efficiency, and sometimes even IoT-readiness. All of these considerations can influence the lifetime cost.
You’ll need to consider a partner who can provide support wherever your power unit might end up in operation and who is familiar with the safety requirements. IFP/EHA is your solution partner. Visit our previous blog post: Expertise in Hydraulic Power Units