The ‘Dinosaur’ Returns, Again and Again
Over the past 40 years, hydraulic systems have been continually deemed a dying technology – if not pronounced dead altogether. And these views don’t seem all that farfetched in light of the on-going energy efficiency debate and the apparent cure-all: electric drive systems. Perhaps the “dinosaurs of drive technology” are truly at an end. Yet they keep coming back and are more sustainable than ever – all thanks to consistent, systematic thinking.
Hydraulics form the core technology behind many industrial companies and many of the applications we see in our daily lives. Whether it’s at home or at work, whether it’s in mobile or stationary applications: Life as we know it wouldn’t be possible without hydraulic systems. Sluices wouldn’t open or close properly, construction vehicles wouldn’t function correctly, cable cars wouldn’t run, and most machines would no longer manufacture things. In the same vein, no theater stage would rotate, no harvesting machine would work quickly and precisely, and trucks couldn’t unload their goods. Personal and professional life would become a lot less convenient.