Tackling Hydraulic Challenges with Technology
Kovach will focus on the key reasons why “hydraulics will be around for a long time” as well as five of the challenges currently facing hydraulics (leaks, noise, efficiency, control, and weight).
To address these challenges numerous technologies have been recently developed with additional breakthroughs on the horizon. Clearly, the movement toward electrification has resolved some of these issues – including the use of ePumps, EHA (electro hydrostatic actuators), hybridized and integrated systems. Also, innovations in fluid connectors and hydraulic fluid technology play a key role.
Beyond this, developments in pump technology, simulation, and power transmission systems have improved overall efficiency while reducing noise. Lastly, the use of advanced materials and additive manufacturing technologies help address weight/size issues while opening new market opportunities for hydraulics.