By Katherine Carter, Environmental Technologies Group Ltd.
Matthew Wood, technical director, Ashton Group, considers the importance of correct seal and filter design.
The offshore industry is one of the harshest environments to work in, for both machinery and personnel. Salt water can corrode parts and strong winds and crashing waves can damage equipment.
For over 25 years, Hydrotechnik has been a leading UK distributor of hydraulic testing and analysis components and equipment. Approximately three years ago, while reviewing the business’s strategic direction, managing director Richard Price had a lightbulb moment that led to the company taking a bold, but ultimately profitable, move in its quest for further growth. “I was considering our areas of expertise,” explained Price, “when I realised we have all these parts and sell them to people who make rigs, so asked myself the question ‘why don’t we design, build and commission test rigs ourselves?’”
Stauff, the fluid technology specialist from Werdohl, will be changing from a zinc/iron coating to a significantly higher-quality and corrosion-resistant zinc/nickel surface for a substantial part of its range of two-way and multi-way block ball valves for hydraulics. The company announced this development in the run-up to the Hannover Messe trade fair in April.
MP Filtri has designed a new hydraulic filter element with patent pending, which is claimed to increase profitability and save warranty claims. It is designed specifically for applications in the agricultural, construction and mobile industries.
At this year’s Motion, Drive & Automation in Hannover, R+L Hydraulics GmbH will present its new line-up of cast aluminium hydraulic oil reservoirs. The expanded series of oil reservoirs are available in capacities ranging from 3.5 to 130 litres. The cast aluminium reservoirs are exceptional due to their low weight, easy maintenance and an affordable price/quality ratio.
Webtec recognises that, for many customers, standard hydraulic products will only go so far in meeting their needs for their hydraulic application. As many companies seek to innovate and modify machinery for niche applications, Webtec comments that only a custom hydraulic solution will do.
Linde Hydraulics Ltd. has appointed two new sales personnel to strengthen its UK team.
Parker has introduced its new Servo Fan kit for use with the SMH/SMB series servo motors.
Pirtek Birmingham's portable flushing rig is combined with a filtration unit and laser particle counter to achieve and measure cleanliness levels. Operated by fully trained hydraulic engineers, the rig is used to clean hydraulic hoses prior to installation to prevent contaminants from entering the ring main and also to clean complete systems where contamination is present.
igus has expanded its robolink D modular kit with strainwave gearing in two sizes. The gearing, which is available as an individual component, or with an integrated NEMA17 or NEMA23 stepper motor, consists of an outer ring gear and a flexible wear-resistant inner ring gear made of iglidur high-performance plastic.
From March, Webtec will be able to offer seven-working-day lead-times on all single piece hydraulic rotary directional control valve orders.
Hydra-Cell pumps are finding favour in filter press applications for both chamber feeding at high pressure and for fuelling the cloth washing operation.
If you are looking for a good example of elite success at major sporting events prompting people to participate, cycling would be high on your list. Whether for exercise, enjoyment, as part of a daily commute, or at a competitive level, the figures confirming the growth of pedal-power are impressive. It is estimated that around 2 million people in the UK now cycle at least twice a week.
Hannover Messe 2017
24 April, 2017, 9:00 - 28 April, 2018, 18:00
Messegelände, D-30521 Hannover
Seawork International 2017
13 - 15 June, 2017
Mayflower Park, Southampton
SPE Offshore Europe 2017
05 September, 2017, 9:30 - 08 September, 2017, 14:00
Aberdeen Exhibition & Conference Centre
10 April, 2018, 9:30 - 12 April, 2018, 16:30
Hall 9, NEC, Birmingham, UK