If you need a hydraulic system, it helps to know the different variables that are required to put together one. This way, you'll be able to identify the right system for your needs when you go out looking for hydraulic systems and parts. Better yet, you can talk to a hydraulic systems engineer and they can put together a custom-built hydraulic system designed purely for your exact needs. Below, discover the five hydraulic variables that you'll need to consider.
The load being moved
For a hydraulic system to be effective, it must be capable of moving the designated load. The load here could refer to closing to a security door, lifting earth using a tractor, hoisting weights on a crane boom, applying brakes on a large vehicle, and so forth. The load will determine how big a hydraulic system is required. In addition, you must also consider other factors that affect the load in question, e.g. gravity, friction, the distance which the load has to be moved, plus any other resistance that will be encountered by the system as it works on the load.
Speed of moving the load
Another important factor to consider is how fast you need the load moved. For example, in regards to hydraulic brakes on moving parts, the system must work promptly for safety reasons. However, on earthmoving machinery, speeds are average for the very same reasons. In your particular case, it helps to determine the load speed in terms of feet per min (ft/min).
The environment where the system will be used
The environment around which the hydraulic system is to be used also matters a lot. It affects the build of the system in various ways, especially in regards to wear and tear of components. For example, hydraulic systems that are to be used around areas with plenty of moisture or humidity tend to bear a lot of stainless steel and zinc-plated steel to avoid corrosion. Other environmental risks that are also considered include dust, temperature, and rate of use.
Hydraulic pressure required to move the load
The other factor required when planning a hydraulic system is the pressure required to move the load over the designated distance and in the particular environment the system is being used in. The higher the pressure, the more capable the system is. The pressure created inside the hydraulic system is often abbreviated in the form of Mpa, Bar or psi.
Once you have factored all the above, you will be in a position to come up with a hydraulic system that meets your needs with great precision, efficiency, and ease. If not sure where to start, talk to a hydraulic systems designer or engineer (such as one from Afkos Industries) and have them put together the system for you.