Hydraulics

Power density and precision

Uses hydraulic fluid (mineral oil or synthetics) under pressure to control, manage and transmit power.

Hydraulics on a construction vehicle

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Tubing, hoses, fittings, manifoldsdistribute pressurised fluid throughout the system
Hydraulic cyclinderis driven by fluid to deliver mechanical power
Hydraulic pumppumps liquid from tank to the system
Valuescontrol pressure and direction of flow

Hydraulics in industrial applications tend to use a hydraulic power unit consisting of a hydraulic tank, electric motor to drive the pump, as well as valves, hose and a filter to clean the system.

Core applications

Widely used in mobile applications where hydraulics provide the power and control to move equipment and machinery.

It's also used in heavy inudustrial equipment for lifting, pressing, bending and forming activities.

Agriculture/forestry
Construction
Defence/aerospace
Marine/offshore
Power generation
Off-/on-highway vehicles
Metal forming
Entertainment
Mining
Shipbuilding

Pneumatics

Lightweight, clean, high speed, low cost

Uses pneumatic gas (normally compressed air) under pressure to control and transmit power.

Pneumatics in a factory

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Tubes, fittings and manifolds carry compressed air to components
Compressorcompresses air to desired pressure to feed pneumatic components
Air preparation unitfilters impurities, regulates pressure and lubricates the pneumatics
Air receiverholds air needed for system
Ring main systemcarries compressed air around the factory
Valvescontrol the flow of air
Actuators:cylinders, motors, rotary actuators, grippers, vacuum cups and other components that perform the end function of the fluid power system

Core applications

Typically used in more industrial than mobile applications, such as processing and packaging for repetitive, high-speed operations.

Pneumatics is a more cushioned approach than hydraulic or electric technology.

Food/beverage
Electric components
Rail
Defence
Aerospace
Packaging
Medical/pharmaceutical
Automotive
Paper/plastics
Mining/quarrying

Assocciated technologies

In addition to mainstream fluid power, some of our businesses are involved with other technologies which involve either fluid transfer or fluid power to assist these applications.

Two examples include:

Fluid transfer

Using specialised pipework to move water, oil or gas around buildings and sites as part general infrastructure, such as cooling systems in data centres, backup generator systems for hospitals, fuel transfer systems at forecourts and petrochemical plants.

Process control

Using manual or actuated valves to direct fluid in large processing applications. Pneumatic or hydraulic actuators are used as a valve control mechanism over electrical actuation in potentially hazardous environments such as oil and gas plants.