Useful Educational Guides
Industrial: Fluid power, Oil & Gas, Defense, Ground support, Manufacturing, Repair/rebuild
Mobile: Construction, Mining, Quarrying
Agricultural: Machinery and specialist attachments
Power assisted steering is now very common on all types of on-highway vehicles. While electric steering systems are gradually replacing traditional hydraulic systems on cars and other small vehicles, the steering forces required on larger vehicles (such as trucks and buses) still require the power capability of hydraulic or electro hydraulic systems.
On anything but the simplest of machines, a reactive (or breakdown) maintenance approach is not practical from a cost and disruption point of view. Preventive maintenance is a better approach where the useful life of a component is estimated based on experience, manufacturer’s data or testing so that arrangements can be made to replace the component before a catastrophic failure occurs.
Not too many years ago the only instrumentation fitted to a hydraulic power unit would probably have been a fluid thermometer, a sight glass and a pressure gauge. Nowadays however, we are able to reliably monitor not only system pressure and pressure transients, but also fluid flow rate, temperature, fluid cleanliness and water content, component vibration, efficiency and several other parameters besides.
Crushing and screening basically involves taking large pieces of material, crushing it into smaller pieces and then sorting it into similar sized fragments. The starting material is typically freshly quarried or excavated rock, or demolition material such as concrete, brick, stonework etc. Different types of crushing mechanisms are employed depending mainly upon the type of materials involved and the input and output material sizes.
ALTEC, founded in 1989 and located in Morlhon-le-haut near Villefranche-de-Rouergue in the south west of France, designs, manufactures and distributes a wide and impressive range of agricultural implements. These are designed to simplify the handling processes used in the breeding industry for sheep, cattle, horses and goats.
AMC Jets has over 20 years experience in servicing companies using high pressure water jet cutting technologies worldwide. A potential and widespread issue in their field of operations is a reduction in hydraulic system pressure, which often leads to performance decay of the water pressure intensifier.
When CNH (Case New Holland) Global, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of agricultural and construction equipment, found itself in need of a truly global solution in terms of diagnostic testing equipment, it was to Webtec Products Limited that they turned in March 2009. Having worked on a design solution with Webtec previously, CNH already knew that the company had existing products which were being used worldwide and that they were well-placed to meet the requirements of both CNH and its massive global network of 11,300 dealers and distributors in 160 countries.
Bachy Soletanche Limited is one of the UK’s leading geotechnical specialists with a highly regarded reputation for quality and innovation within the field of foundation and underground engineering. When faced with an extremely challenging testing requirement, Bachy Soletanche turned to the Webtec HPM6000 and six 1000 Bar pressure transducers to meet their challenge.
As a forward-thinking company which wanted to remain at the cutting edge of modern technology, East Anglia-based GM Hydraulics found itself at the end of 2008. in the market for an upgrade to its existing C1000 hydraulic data acquisition system. What the company needed was a system which was simple to operate, tailored to meets its specific input and which would provide the ultimate in professional reporting, so inspiring greater customer confidence and further promoting its already excellent reputation.
Few industries have the potential to cause such catastrophic effects on human life and the environment as the oil industry. Even with tight regulations and controls in place, technical and mechanical faults inevitably arise in the highly specialised equipment from time to time, and the ability to identify and diagnose these is absolutely crucial in terms of averting possible disaster. It was against this background that the skills and resources of Webtec Products Ltd and Hyco Ltd, a small hydraulic engineering company based in Beccles, Suffolk, were combined to provide a cost-effective and speedy diagnosis for one of the world’s largest oil companies.
When Omar Cardoso, president of industrial engineering company Izda in Brazil, stopped at the Webtec Products stand at the Hanover Fair (1985) more than 25 years ago, little did he know that he was not just going to walk away with a superb piece of digital monitoring equipment, but that this would be the start of an enduring business relationship in which he considers his Webtec colleagues to be personal friends too.
Kubota is a diversified Japanese Group with several divisions and international sales subsidiaries worldwide. It is a leading Japanese tractor and farm equipment manufacturer, as well as a major iron ductile pipe, PVC pipe and industrial castings producer. It also makes vending machines, and builds environmental control plants and pumps. The German branch, Kubota (Deutschland) GmbH, is part of the agricultural division, and first contacted Webtec in October 2012, when they were looking for diagnostic test equipment.
Poclain Hydraulics is a French manufacturer of hydrostatic transmissions, selling worldwide through more than 20 subsidiaries and remote offices and 150 distributors. Founded in 1985, its world-leading expertise in hydrostatic transmission enables it to operate in highly diversified markets, such as agriculture, building and construction, material handling, the industrial and highways-related sectors, the environment and many others. POCLAIN HYDRAULICS offers also innovative on-road solutions through hydraulic hybridation for sustainable mobility. These hydraulic solutions enhance performance, fuel savings and emissions reduction.
Talleres-Lucas, a $10 million company which operates from four separate locations in Chile, not only prides itself on being a global ‘one-stop shop’ for hydraulic solutions, but one of the foremost suppliers in its field. With a world class facility for testing hydraulic pumps and motors, the company differentiates itself from its competitors through the service that it provides to its customers, making speed, accuracy and the professionalism of its output some of its key considerations.
Worsley Plant was established in 1996 as a contract crushing company, processing stone at rock face or demolition sites on a pay per tonne basis. Their job was to crush stone and remove it, and the very nature of the work requires a heavy capital investment for very tight margin returns. Hence, any breakdowns and consequent downtime can be very expensive in terms of losses, and equipment costs and size meant that only jobs of over 3000 tonnes were economically viable with such large machinery.