Hydraulics 101: Drive Controlled Pump Technology

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As we move and evolve further with the help of modern technology, we expect industrial machinery to evolve as well. In some cases we even expect industrial machinery to lead the way. But industrial machinery has only been able to achieve what it has through the use of hydraulics.

Unfortunately, the benefits of hydraulics comes with the cost of inefficient energy and excessive heat production. Gone are the days of accepting the downsides of hydraulics as just the cost of doing business.

Because of this evolution, the hydraulics within the machinery are also expected to become more efficient and create a smaller footprint. The question is how?

Drive Controlled Pump Technology

No two hydraulic systems are exactly the same and therefore, finding a blanket solution is difficult.

You need to understand precisely how each component interacts with each other and what makes those interactions effective.

Traditionally, hydraulic systems used large pumps and motors to meet the demands of the machinery. Now, with energy costs skyrocketing and stringent regulations on CO2 emissions, the old ways will simply not cut it.

That’s where Drive Controlled Pump technology comes in.

Through the use of this new technology, we can now face the challenges of demanding applications, environments restrictions, and increasing costs.

By integrating electronic drives, motors, and pumps into the hydraulic system we are now able to meet each local load demand. Variable speed drives are used to manage the electric motor which produces precise pressure and flow that can be varied at any given point throughout the system.

The drive control function uses algorithms to customize or even standardize hydraulic functions.

Reducing The Carbon Footprint

Regardless of your personal feelings on the matter, the fact remains that reducing the carbon footprint is paramount to being able to meet the ever-increasing environmental regulations.

By using variable speed drives you gain the ability to reduce the amount of energy that’s being consumed and thereby reducing the amount of CO2 that’s emitted. By using a variable speed drive to slow down a pump you can save as much as 50% on energy.

When you consider the savings, using drive controlled pump technology just starts to make sense. Reducing operational costs without sacrificing performance is a win-win scenario.

There’s no denying that there is an upfront investment required, but when you compare the initial investment to the energy savings and the overall life-cycle cost you may just be surprised at the benefit over the long term.

Gaining Control Over Your System

Not only does integrating drive control pump technology into your system help reduce your carbon footprint and reduce your energy costs, but you will also experience greater controls over your system as a whole.

With the ability to program your system you can reduce stress and unnecessary wear and tear as well. Customizing your system to start soft and then build up pressure can increase the life of the equipment and reduce the potential for the motor to overheat.

You can also control the rate of deceleration allowing the system to slow in a more controlled and sustainable way.

Being able to control how your system responds throughout the entire cycle can extend the life of individual components and the entire system all at the same time.