75 Years of Hydraulic System Designs

Nov. 17, 2023
Greater integration of electronics and communication protocols have lead to various technology advancements in the hydraulics industry.

The first uses of hydraulics can be traced back to the 6000's B.C. when water was used to power irrigation systems by the ancient Mesopotamians and Egyptians. Several centuries later in 1647, Pascal's Law was discoverd.

The industrial revolution helped expand its use cases even further and in the late 1800s some of the first pieces of construction equipment and other heavy machinery started using hydraulics. Use of hydraulics only grew from there. When Power & Motion, originally called Applied Hydraulics, was started in 1948, it was stated in the editor's letter that after utilizing hydraulics in the majority of planes built for World War II that much was learned about the technology and how it could be applied in a range of other industries. 

Visit the historical equipment page of Construction Equipment, an Endeavor Business Media partner site, to learn more about the use of fluid power and other technologies in construction and mining equipment over the centuries.

About the Author

Sara Jensen | Executive Editor, Power & Motion

Sara Jensen is executive editor of Power & Motion, directing expanded coverage into the modern fluid power space, as well as mechatronic and smart technologies. She has over 15 years of publishing experience. Prior to Power & Motion she spent 11 years with a trade publication for engineers of heavy-duty equipment, the last 3 of which were as the editor and brand lead. Over the course of her time in the B2B industry, Sara has gained an extensive knowledge of various heavy-duty equipment industries — including construction, agriculture, mining and on-road trucks —along with the systems and market trends which impact them such as fluid power and electronic motion control technologies. 

You can follow Sara and Power & Motion via the following social media handles:

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