Reducing operating costs is always a hot topic of conversation regardless of business or industry. But, the power generation industry is a good case study. A vast array of challenges can wreak havoc on hydraulic cylinders and send operating costs through the roof. If this sounds familiar, then you should read our product spotlight on Parker Hannifin’s Smart Cylinder.
What Is A Smart Cylinder?
Parker Hannifin decided to tackle the issue of skyrocketing operating costs in power generation from a whole new angle. By evaluating the various challenges engineers face, they were able to come up with a solution that would resolve at least a portion of their frustrations.
By creating a Smart Cylinder, Parker Hannifin enabled engineers to eliminate much of the time and cost associated with monitoring the standard style of cylinder. These Smart Cylinders are equipped with Intellinder Sensor technology. This means a positional bar code is etched on the piston rod with a universal optic reader. The Intellinder sensor can deliver important performance information directly and continuously to the controller.
Intellinder can even monitor double-rodded applications without bolt-ons. The Smart Cylinder with Intellinder sensor eliminates the need for other monitoring methods such as magnetostrictive sensors and laser gauges.
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Features of the Smart Cylinder
– The Smart Cylinder can withstand temperatures from -40℉ to 221℉. It’s safe to say extreme temperatures won’t inhibit this cylinder.
– Cylinders with Intellinder sensors can be connected together reducing installation costs.
– It’s easy to set up. Practically plug and play.
– Variety of sizes makes it practical for all applications. Stroke lengths are up to 20 feet.
– The Smart Cylinder is unaffected by electric noise and maintains signal strength regardless of application.
Why Should You Try the Smart Cylinder?
While the Smart Cylinder is the first of its kind to hit the market, it is also the first cylinder to offer more than the standard technologies and it’s easier to use.
The current standard technologies are limited by issues such as short strokes, calibration needs, temperature restrictions, contaminate interference, electrical noise, water ingression dead zones and repair needs.
With the Smart Cylinder, the rod pattern is read by many sensors. This makes achieving dual to even quadruple redundancy affordable and easy. When the sensor is directly integrated with the hydraulic, electromechanical, or pneumatic actuator you can eliminate the cost and time associated with drilling and struggling with external sensors and their complicated link ups.
Where Do the Savings Come From?
Although advancements in technology come with a minor start-up cost, it is nothing compared to the overall savings that come through the reduction of operating costs. The Parker Hannifin Smart Cylinder with Intellinder Sensor technology is no different.
Not only is it easy to get started, but there is no calibration required and the protected lens is highly resistant to dirt and contaminates, so the upkeep on the Smart Cylinder is non-existent. Case studies have shown that the Smart Cylinder with Intellinder Sensor technology eliminates inefficiencies and creates a streamlined operations process and reduces operating costs by at least 20 percent.
When faced with the need to reduce operational costs and the desire to improve processes, introducing Smart Cylinders with Intellinder technology is a no-brainer.
You’ll reduce the frustrations and inefficiencies associated standard hydraulic cylinder monitoring while improving the accuracy of information and achieving true redundancy. No matter how you look at it, it’s a win-win for your bottom line.