First-person digger: Stanley Black & Decker’s game controller for excavators

In a parking lot at an industrial and office park just outside Baltimore, I took an excavator for a spin. I pushed around some cinder blocks with a leveling blade, nosed them around with the excavator’s shovel, and maneuvered the heavy metal beast around to make room for an incoming tractor-trailer. And I did all of this with a wireless controller that was almost identical to the one I used to play Forza the night before.

The excavator was configured with a prototype of the Remote Operated Control (ROC) System from Stanley Black & Decker’s Infrastructure Innovation unit—a bolt-on remote control system that allows heavy machinery from major manufacturers to be operated either from in the cab as usual or with a wireless game-style controller.

Stanley is currently recruiting contracting companies to act as beta testers for the technology, which is currently being targeted at Bobcat, CAT, Kubota, and John Deere excavators under 10 tons. The remote control kit can be installed in existing excavators in about 5 hours by someone with little to no mechanical experience. And the control system has a physical switch that allows an operator to quickly switch back and forth between local and remote control.

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Global Hydraulic Fluid Connector Market to Witness Heightened Growth During the Period 2018 – 2028

Hydraulic Fluid Connector Market: Introduction

Hydraulic fluid connectors are used only in fluid power and piping systems for efficient operation in industrial fluid networks. A hydraulic fluid connector is deployed in these systems to increase the total machine performance irrespective of applications. Hydraulic fluid connectors are used to enhance uptime in the remote applications such as oil and gas drilling, pipeline installation and mining.

Innovations in the offering of tearout-proof technology for hydraulic fluid connectors has increased the safety of the entire fluid system. Developments in hydraulic fluid connectors in terms of advanced rubber compounds to withstand extreme and rigorous thermal applications is driving the hydraulic fluid connector market. The manufacturers of hydraulic fluid connectors are constantly investing in research and development to sustain in the competitive hydraulic fluid connector market.

Hydraulic Fluid Connector Market: Dynamics

Some of the major challenges faced by hydraulic fluid connectors or defective connectors include the presence of flaws, dirt or other foreign objects. The periodic maintenance and replacing hydraulic fluid connectors during leakage will support the flow of operations. The installation of hydraulic fluid connectors based on the assembly instructions will support the flow of liquid under varying pressure.

The rising industrial activities in remote operations where heavy-duty vehicles are used in the mining, construction and material handling applications are driving the hydraulic fluid connector market. Increase in the sales of off-highway vehicles, such as earth movers, cranes and lift vehicles, is driving the hydraulic fluid connector market. The global hydraulic fluid connector market is witnessing a steady growth trend, which is expected to continue during the forecast period.

Hydraulic Fluid Connector Market: Segmentation

The global hydraulic fluid connector market can be segmented into product type, material type and application.,,On the basis of product type, the global hydraulic fluid connector market is segmented into:,,Hydraulic hose,Coupling,Adaptors,Other accessories,On the basis of material type, the global hydraulic fluid connector market is segmented into:,,Steel,Stainless steel,Aluminum,Brass,Thermoplastic,Rubber,On the basis of application, the global hydraulic fluid connector market is segmented into:,,Oil and gas,Energy,Automotive,Mining,Manufacturing,Material handling and logistics,Construction,Agriculture,Others

Hydraulic Fluid Connector Market: Regional Outlook

Asia Pacific and North America are holding a competitive market share in the hydraulic fluid connector market as compared to other regions. Growing investments in the oil and gas industry in the U.S., Russia, China, India and the gulf countries are the key end user of hydraulic fluid connector. Increase in the transportation of oil & gas via pipelines from one country to another, transcontinental pipeline projects and remote operations are among factors driving the hydraulic fluid connector market. During the forecast period, the Asia Pacific region is expected to register a strong growth rate in the global hydraulic fluid connector market.

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Electric Automotive Test System Provides an Alternative to Hydraulics

Motion control company, Moog, has developed a compact electric multi-axis system that allows auto makers to test components such as seatbelt anchors in a lab setting. Most automotive component makers currently rely on hydraulic systems for testing assemblies. Yet growing concerns about reliability, maintenance, and safety with older hydraulic test systems have led some carmakers to look for alternative test rigs.

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Moog’s engineers designed the electric test system’s actuators to remain stable during use and arranged the harnesses in a way that eliminates interference with the actuators in any position. (Source: Moog)

Moog representatives pointed to some of the specific problems carmakers cite with their hydraulic test systems:

  • Many are large and respond slowly
  • They leak oil and create environmental issues
  • Many of the systems require a complex infrastructure, including a cooling tower

Moog developed an electric system built on recent technology. Prior to advances in servo motors, the hydraulic system was the only choice. “People traditionally did hydraulics because it’s a known technology,” Craig Lukomski, manager for solutions commercialization, simulation, and test, at Moog, told Design News. “Electric test systems have become more prevalent in the last five years. Things have changed in electric. Servo motors offer competitive cost, and the technology has matured in recent years.”

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Hydraulic Gear Pumps And Control Valves For Mobile Application Market 2021

Hydraulic machines are used in many industrial applications to accomplish significant work requiring high amount of mechanical energy in a single stroke. Hydraulic machines perform this work through the use of the high pressure fluid method. The fluid which is typically oil is pumped from a reservoir to the cylinder with the help of hydraulic pump to actuate the piston. Thus, a hydraulic pump needs to generate enough pressure to overcome the pressure induced by the piston load. The pump creates a vacuum at the inlet which draws the fluid from the reservoir to the hydraulic system. Hydraulic gear pump is fixed displacement pump which has a set flow rate.

Hydraulic gear pump moves a high amount of fluid with a constant flow rate at relatively low pressure. They are best suited for mobile equipment as most of the hydraulic machines need a constant flow rate for their operation. Thus, hydraulic gear pump finds its applications in many agricultural and construction machines which require less pressure up to 3000 psi. On the basis of design, hydraulic gear pump can be classified as external and internal gear pump. The internal gear pump is majorly used in mobile applications due to its capability in handling thick fluids and providing high efficiency compared to external gear pumps. Hydraulic gear pumps are cheaper as compared to vane pump, axial piston and radial piston pump due to simplicity in construction. Further, the maintenance required and number of breakdowns in gear pump is lesser as compared to other types of hydraulic pump. This is due the gradual wear down of the main bushing due to the less stress exerted on gears.

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Five Must-Knows for Successful Hydraulic Filter Sizing

Every industry, machine, and component within a hydraulic system brings its own set of requirements, each affecting the other to eventually influence selection of a seemingly simple filter element. Before setting yourself up for unintentionally higher operating costs, you should not only select a filter based on pressure, flow, and cleanliness level required, but have a good feel for the big picture. Described here are five crucial pieces of information to know before sizing and selecting a filter.

1.Know the Application
Let’s start broad. First and foremost, understand the performance requirements of the filter. When it comes to accurately sizing a filter, performance requirements are often expressed in terms of Beta ratio, which is simply the ratio of particles entering the filter versus those exiting. Beta ratios can also be expressed as an efficiency percentage.

Today’s hydraulic filters are designed with media to trap and hold more contamination particles than ever for long life and low pressure drop.

For example, an application requiring a high-performance element will often have a Beta ratio exceeding 1,000, where 1,000 particles enter the filter but only one particle makes it out. Element performance in this scenario would be expressed in terms of a 99.9% efficiency. A reputable filter manufacturer will have documentation defining their element performance by the element’s pore-size rating. But having a strong understanding of the application’s performance requirements empowers you to enter the filter sizing and search stage equipped for success.

2. Know the Hydraulics
Once you’ve established the performance requirement of the application, it’s time to evaluate the hydraulic system. The hydraulic components installed in the circuit directly affect the type of hydraulic filter needed to function according to industry standards. This criterion drives an ISO-cleanliness code requirement that helps dictate the proper filter element type. As an example, a proportional valve in the circuit might require a 20/18/15 ISO-cleanliness code. To meet the standard set by the ISO code, this circuit requires a filter with either 3 or 6 µm absolute filtration.

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Aircraft Hydraulic System Market 2018 Top Key Players Strategy Analysis, Opportunities, Dynamics, Demand, and Forecast to 2025

Hydraulic system is a system where incompressible liquid is used to transmit energy. Aircraft hydraulic systems provide a mean for the operation of aircraft components such as landing gear, flaps, flight control surfaces, and brakes.

Global Aircraft Hydraulic System market research report delivers an in depth study with present and future Opportunities to clarify the longer term investment within the market. International Aircraft Hydraulic System market 2013-2025 report shares info relating to key drivers, challenges and Opportunities with its impact by types, application and regions. Global Aircraft Hydraulic System business report delivers the foremost up-to-date business information on the particular and potential market scenario, and future outlook.

Major Points covered in Table of Content of Aircraft Hydraulic System Market: Introduction, research Methodology, executive outline, Key Inferences, Market summary, Market Segmentation, Competitive Landscape, Aircraft Hydraulic System Market Dynamics, Key Players, future of the Market.

The Aircraft Hydraulic System business report assesses key opportunities within the market and outlines the factors that are and can be driving the expansion. The Aircraft Hydraulic System Market Report additionally Provides the data from raw materials to downstream consumers of this business, which is able to be, analysed scientifically, the feature of product circulation and sales channel are given furthermore. The world demand for Aircraft Hydraulic System Market is forecast to report robust development driven by consumption in major evolving markets. Production of the Aircraft Hydraulic System is analysed with relation to completely different regions, types, and applications. Here, value analysis of varied Aircraft Hydraulic System business key players is additionally covered. The report enumerates the merchandise consumption rate of growth across the regions in question and therefore the consumption market share furthermore. The regional consumption rate as per the merchandise types and applications is additionally enclosed in report.

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Hydraulic Components Market 2018 Worldwide Significant CAGR Of 5.4 % Foreseen By 2028

Hydraulics is a technology and applied science using engineering, chemistry, and other sciences that involves the mechanical properties and use of liquids. Components that collectively make up an entire hydraulic system assembly are referred as hydraulic components.

A major factor driving growth of the global hydraulic components market is increasing use of hydraulic components in various end-use applications including hydraulic machines used in various equipment such as hydraulic lifts and vibration control systems. In addition, rising investment and development in infrastructure and construction projects, growing demand of hydraulic machine in agriculture sectors is expected to support growth of the global hydraulic components market to a significant extent over the forecast period.

However, development of electric actuators as an alternative for hydraulic cylinders component is a major factor expected to restrain growth of the global hydraulic components market to a certain extent over the forecast period.

The global hydraulic components market report has been segmented on the basis of type, application, and region.

On the basis of type, cylinder barrel segment is expected to contribute major revenue share in the global hydraulic components market and is expected to witness highest CAGR of over 5%, in terms of revenue over the forecast period, owing to increasing availability, and high adoption of specialized cylinder barrels that can hold and transfer high amounts of pressure in various equipment used in the construction industry.

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Kaiser S12 – The Alp Climbing machine clear the power line

Some weeks ago, I had the pleasure to see a Kaiser S12 machine in operations. It’s an extreme versatile machine, normally used to climb the Alps for different kind of jobs. I visited one of the few machines that are currently operating in Sweden, doing clearing work. A Kaiser S12 that contractor Ekströms Skogsservice uses to clear brushes and small trees in power lines. On flat land!

Under a high voltage power line, I met Niklas Jonsson who runs the contracting company (together with Johan Persson) and Jonny Svensson who’s operating the machine. They showed me how the Kaiser S12 machine works and it’s a pretty cool and capable machine to watch. In the video (below) you can see how it can adapt to terrain and obstacles.

Before we go into the details of the Kaiser machine, it’s a good idea to tell a bit more about Ekström’s forest service: It is a company that specializes in clearing power lines in both wide (tree-secured) and narrower power lines. The company is located in Eksjö in south Sweden and they have about 30 employees. Except for clearing power lines the company also do silviculture and forest services such as forest clearing and some arborist missions.

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Your Connection is Only as Good as its O-ring

Hydraulic fittings incorporating O-rings were introduced decades ago to wage war on the battle against leaks. They have lived up to the task, but because O-rings provide such a simple solution, many designers and technicians take them for granted and may even ignore common sense when using O-ring fittings.

Consider a hydraulic fitting with a Buna-N O-ring that has been stored in a parts bin for who knows how long—probably years. As is often the case, it’s no longer sealed in its original plastic bag. Now, what if that storage bin is in an outdoor tool shed in Florida, where the average humidity in July can reach 80%?

Under the proper conditions a Buna-N O-ring has a shelf life of 15 years—again, under proper conditions. One of those conditions is the humidity must be less than 75%. You can pretty much bet the fitting in question has been exposed to frequent humidity. Pull it out of the bin, put it into service, and you may be asking for trouble—leaks, damage to equipment, or worse.

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Calim Grab Industry (Calim Kepce) Lifting Technologies manufactures of grabs and other lifting equipment which can be used to handle, among others, coal cargoes. The range of products includes bulk cargo handling as well as special hoists.

Key areas of operation are ports, ships, manufacturers of cranes and construction machinery, steel mills, waste-to-energy plants and recycling/scrap handling industries.

Calim’s main customers are: crane manufacturers; stevedoring companies; dredging companies; shipping companies; fertilizer companies; cement companies; mining companies; alumina producers; steel manufacturers; and electrical power plants. Calim Grabs has gained great expertise in handling all types of cargo, including: fertilizer; coal; gypsum; grain; soyabeans; sand; scrap steel; rock; clinger; cement; iron; ore; salt; petcoke; wood; chipboard and many more.

Calim Grabs can be found everywhere where materials are handled, moved or positioned, and is a respected global brand for the loading and unloading of bulk carriers. The success story of the Calim Grabs began in 1970, with the building of the first grab — a mechanical 800-litre single-rope grab. Today, Calim Grabs offers a complete product range: mechanical two- and four-rope grabs, electro-hydraulic motor grabs, radio-controlled single-rope grabs, touch down single rope grabs, hydraulic grabs, as well as a wide range of special lifting accessories.

Calim Grabs’ products are world-class, and the company proudly owns a modern machine park that is can adapt very fast to technological developments in the world.

Calim Grabs specializes in the manufacture and repair of grabs which are used to handle a wide range of materials, including coal. Its well-trained and experienced staff work to develop highly efficient and cost-effective grabs. It offers great expertise in engineering and customer-focused developments.

The company’s domestic and international market activity has been growing since the end of 2011. One source of satisfaction for Calim Grabs is the recent sale of 30 units to Latin America. Over the last few years, the products have been in operation in the largest ports in the world. Port activity is one of its key sectors and it is very conscious of the market’s new demands concerning product efficiency and evolution.

Its last project was for a Algeria Annaba Port and AlcelorMittal steel mills. Calim’s products can be seen in many ports, cement and steel factories and on ships worldwide. They are especially popular in Latin America, North Africa, Venezuela, the UK, Romania, India, Pakistan, Singapore, Ireland, Bangladesh, Cyprus, Ghana, Madagascar, Ukraine, Sudan and more. The company also ships spare parts with any purchased product which may be needed in, say, six months, at no cost.