Imag­ine a world with­out hy­draulics

Australian Forests and Timber - - AUSTIMBER 2016 -

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.

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