In the hydraulics industry, there is an ongoing trend toward increased use of electronic controls said Russ Schneidewind, OEM sales manager at HydraForce. This is due in part to a desire for increased precision as well as the increased electrification of attachments for heavy-duty mobile equipment.
Additionally, hydraulic systems are being tasked with becoming more efficient as the efficiency of construction equipment and other heavy machinery increases in importance. “That's a big trend and something that hydraulics have to adjust to because we're used to having this big diesel engine with excess power, and things are changing now with regulations and such that we need to be more efficient,” said Schneidewind.
HydraForce is taking these industry trends into consideration with its current and future technology developments, many of which will be on display at the International Fluid Power Exposition (IFPE) taking place March 14-18. Schneidewind said the company plans to showcase its new Innercept Digital Proportional Control—a compact proportional cartridge valve with integrated LVDT position sensor and electronic valve driver providing improved linearity and repeatability.
Power & Motion spoke with Schneidewind about current trends in the hydraulics industry and what the company looks forward to seeing at IFPE 2023.
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