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Hydrotechnik UK delivers over 20 fluid power test rig projects during 2016

09 December, 2016

Hydrotechnik UK Ltd., based in Nottingham, has extended its experience in the design, development, manufacture and commissioning of fluid power test rigs for end of production sign off or component testing with over 20 projects delivered in 2016 alone.

The company’s test rigs are used in demanding and ‘mission critical’ applications; including defence, manufacturing quality control, plant maintenance and research and development. Users of Hydrotechnik test rigs rigorously test pumps, hydraulic hoses, moulded coolant hoses, pipes, manifolds, tanks, accumulators, valves and many other components to ensure they are fit for purpose.

Hydrotechnik’s experienced engineering and manufacturing teams can design and build:

• Pressure and bursting pressure test benches.

• Pulse and durability test benches.

• Endurance and fatigue testing rigs.

• Leak test benches.

• Functional test benches.

• Pressure gauge adjusting systems.

• Pump performance test rigs.

Hydrotechnik’s turnkey test rig service includes everything from taking the initial brief through to delivery to site, installation, commissioning and staff training. All Hydrotechnik rigs are designed, using a sophisticated 3D CAD system, and manufactured under ISO 9001 procedures to the highest engineering standards.

Recent projects delivered

Hydrotechnik UK provided a bespoke testing rig complete with a customised testing area for a railway components repair company. The rig enabled the company to carry out efficiency tests on cylinders ensuring it meets the standards to be assembled onto drive systems fitted onto trains. Hydrotechnik’s engineers have been able to design, custom build and commission the right testing solution.

The bespoke Hydrotechnik test rig is used in a modern factory in the North of England as part of railway components repair company’s sophisticated R&D programme for production quality control. The main capabilities of the testing rig are:

• Accurate reading and logging of multiple pressures for wide ranging test data.

• Carrying out controlled air decay leak testing for components.

• Operator led pressure testing up to 30 bar (290psi).

• Once the cylinder is bled through the pump unit the system automatically pressure rises the cylinder up to a set pressure requirement.

• Full data logging, including serial number capture and operator notes with each test for archiving and potential warranty retrieval later.

The research and development test rig uses specialised high- and low-pressure transducers, calibrated to UKAS standards, that provide a stream of data to a purpose-built measuring, datalogging and control system. The stream of data helps the research and development team to assess the efficiency of the cylinders and enable the team to decide whether the cylinders can be installed into drive systems.

With both analogue & digital inputs and outputs, the testing rig is highly flexible for future expansion and deployment. The test rig is used by the quality control team, has an operator led system that offers a ‘Green light’ system to ensure that all pumps are tested to the prescribed process before they are signed off for despatch to end users. Data from all the production tests are transferred to a central server for security and archiving.

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