Most high power movement uses fluid power
Almost anything that requires movement involves fluid power.
Applications range from simple automation to highly specialised computer controlled systems. By combining a variety of components with electronics, economical and technically sound solutions to problems of all kinds can be produced.
A typical fluid power system
A typical fluid power system may include the following components:
- a pump, or air compressor to convert mechanical power to fluid power;
- a cylinder, or motor, to convert fluid power to linear, or rotary mechanical power;
- a valve to control the direction and amount of flow;
- filters and regulators to condition the fluid;
- hose, tube and couplings to conduct the fluid;
- seals to contain the fluid;
- accumulators and reservoirs to store the fluid;
- instruments such as pressure switches, flow meters, transducers to monitor the performance of the fluid power system.