Imagine a world without hydraulics
IF YOU think of the greatest inventions and developments in the world, items like the telephone, the wheel, electricity and the light bulb immediately spring to mind. However, lurking quietly and often uncelebrated nor recognised is the development of hydraulics and its incredible impact on humanity.
Without this marvel of engineering and science, some of mankind’s greatest engineering feats would never have been possible.
Hydraulics have driven agriculture and mining, been a central element in the Industrial Revolution, supported innovation around the world and been integral to projects that we define as some of our greatest, such as sending man to the moon, building the Panama Canal and construction of the Hoover Dam.
The buildings we all live and work in are produced as a result of hydraulic controlled machinery. The energy we produce and consume from electricity to oil are at our fingertips and the petrol station thanks to hydraulics.
How do you travel in your daily life? Train? Car? Plane? Hydraulics are critical components in the production and control of the mechanical machines we use for transport and provide us the ability to travel rapidly and safely throughout our local neighbourhood or across the world. Virtually everything in our modern world has been touched by hydraulics in some way or another.
In its simplest form, hydraulics deals with the science and engineering based field of fluid mechanics, where the activation of liquid creates the ability to generate, control and transmit power.
The word hydraulics originated from the Greek word Hydraulikos which is loosely translated as ‘water’ and ‘pipe’. The earliest uses of fluid (water) were used throughout ancient Egypt, Greece and China in primarily agricultural fields.
Ancient Rome is credited with many different early hydraulic applications, including power generation via watermills and hydraulic mining, where high pressure water was used to dislodge rock and sediment.
When it comes to machinery, hydraulic operated machines utilises hydraulic fluid that is transmitted throughout the machine to various hydraulic motors and hydraulic cylinders, becoming pressurised according to the resistance present. The fluid is generally controlled directly or automatically, by control valves and distributed through hoses and tubes.
Hydraulic machinery has been such a breakthrough tool for the human race due to the very large amount of power that can be transferred through small and flexible hoses to activate this power in a mind boggling array of applications.
Since 1981 Australian industry has relied on ENZED to keep their hydraulic machinery in tip top shape and thanks to ENZED’s revolutionary idea to bring the hydraulic repair equipment out to where the machinery was located rather than customers visit a store, ENZED has also played a part in reshaping the hydraulic industry.
With ENZED pioneering the modern on call hydraulic repair service the entire industry has been able to save millions of dollars in reduced downtime plus receive a whole new level of quality service.
ENZED boasts a network of 300 fully qualified mobile Hose Doctor’s Australia wide connected to over 100 ENZED Service Centres.