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How to use this site

The best way to learn is to experiment with actual equipment. Our simulations allow you to safely operate a wide range of hydraulic components and systems.

Watch the videos, read or listen to the course text for each module, then experiment with each application.

Operate or run tests within the training simulations until you understand what is happening. Then click the forward arrow in the top bar to step to the next level. Operating the virtual equipment makes you think about what you are doing and will, therefore, help you understand and remember much more effectively.

Take care using this website correctly

Hydraulic design can be specific to particular industries or machines. Make sure the comments made within this website apply to the equipment you are using.

The simulations and calculations within this site use Javascript, which is known to have some floating point and long number errors. They are generally minor but mean that our applications must only be used for training and awareness. Never use our calculators for sizing for new designs without a reliable back up calculation.

Skill level key explained

Level 1 For people with no knowledge what hydraulics is used for or how it works. If you are new to hydraulics then 'Newbies' is for you.

Level 2 For people who have a little knowledge of how hydraulic equipment works but want to know more. The content is aimed at people who work with hydraulic equipment or manage people who do. If you purchase hydraulic equipment then this section is intended to make sure you understand what you are buying and ensure you purchase the most appropriate components or systems.

Level 3 For maintenance engineers who need detailed product knowledge to identify issues and resolve problems quickly and effectively. Will provide expert tips and explain the underlying calculations and design strategies used to create the equipment.

Level 4 For people who design hydraulic equipment and want to extend their knowledge. This will include strategies for different equipment, tips, long with the mathematics or science behind the design.

Training sequence control

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Use the FWD and BACK arrows to step through the training course sequence.

Or select the section you want from the drop-down list.

Click the sound button to switch the narration on or off. No button means no sound.

Click and drag the slide bar to change the setting within the program. You can also edit the value in the text box, if there is one.

There are sometimes two versions of each program available. The one in the main site pages and a second, available through the level icon or heading text. The second version expands to fill the size of your browser and has no menus or headings in the page. This may be preferable for mobile devices.

Key to show the nature of the content

Each icon shows you the type of content the following information relates to:-

mobile hydraulics Information relates to mobile hydraulics only.

industrial hydralulics Information relates to industrial hydraulics only.

maintenance image Maintenance or service information.

design image Design details.

calculation image Design calculations.

tip image Tips, tricks or points of interest.

open quiz Test your skills with a quiz.

contact image Contact us.

video image Watch a video.

shop image Commercial details or information.

The yellow colour shows this is specific to mobile equipment design.

The light blue colour shows this is specific to industrial equipment design.

The dark blue colour shows this applies to most hydraulic equipment design.