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  • 4 reasons to switch to a smarter hydraulic pump drive system

    From efficiency, controllability and versatility to noise and vibration control, learn how smarter pump drive systems can benefit industrial applications.

In order to compete in today's global manufacturing world, companies must invest in people and technology that make working smarter, not harder, the new standard.

The hydraulics industry specifically is moving to smarter components and systems. OEMs want greater flexibility and efficiency in their designs to meet end users' demands for better performance from their equipment.

The ability to dynamically control machines is game-changing. Technology is making it possible to design and build machine components that do more than react to the commands we give them. In many cases, these smart components result in machines that give us valuable information that allows us to make important decisions about productivity, maintenance and efficiency. Going smarter also brings more freedom and flexibility than ever before.

More and more end users in industrial applications are looking for machines with smarter components. Expectations are being elevated and it's becoming clear that today's smart is tomorrow's dumb. Pump suppliers and end users are expecting OEMs to recognize these technology differences and incorporate smarter technology in today's and tomorrow's machines to help perform their functions in a more efficient way.

OEMs should consider at least four main issues when considering a switch to a "smarter" pump system for their equipment:

1. Efficiency

Just getting the job done doesn't cut it anymore. Smarter machines provide the capability to improve efficiency – get more work done faster at a lower cost. If efficiency is an issue with your application, you might want to consider upgrading your hydraulic pump to a smarter one. 

2. Controllability

Smart hydraulic pumps allow for a high degree of control over the entire hydraulic system. Strategic placement of sensors within the system allows the pump to provide the exact flow and pressure needed in accordance with the specific demands of each stage of the production cycle. This allows for enhancements in product quality, energy usage and overall machine efficiency.

3. Versatility

Sometimes, your application needs operational flexibility. Smart pumps are capable of running in different modes depending on your specs and requirements. Maybe your manufacturing process requires full power, all the time. Or, maybe it doesn't need a pump to run full bore and could save energy usage by using a pump that knows when to hold back on power.

4. Noise/vibration control

In order to meet the latest noise pollution regulations and protect your employees, you need a pump drive system that minimizes noise and vibration. An additional benefit of this reduction can be more precise finished products because of increased equipment stability. Maintenance costs can also decrease due to less wear and tear on parts not susceptible to unnecessary movement.

Smarter pump drive systems balance power generation and control with power consumption. They help automate the many micro-decisions in the hydraulic system work circuit so that when the operator pushes a button or pulls a lever, the machine adapts and responds smoothly and efficiently.

Learn more about Eaton’s range of smarter hydraulic pumps.