The advantages of combining smart sensors with hydraulic systems comprise data collection of the health status of fluid power parts—machine to machine interactions that hold the smart factory's initiatives.
FREMONT, CA: As the industrial environment continues to press forward with the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), also known as Industry 4.0, there is one mechanical technology product that has joined the ranks of smart connected devices.
The fluid power industry is embracing Industry 4.0 by employing smart sensors that facilitate hydraulic systems to offer the health status of electrohydraulic machines. Besides, data analytics introduces predictive maintenance practices that help Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) manufacturers to review system concerns before they can manifest into serve shutdown scenarios.
Fluid power is a technology that makes use of pressurized oil to create mechanical movement. Components like cylinders, directional valves, and motors allow this pressurized oil to offer the required forces required for automatic movement. The trend to include hydraulics and electronics has intensified with the Industry 4.0 digital factory vision of OEMs. As electromechanical systems are enhanced with the aid of sensors and electronics, hydraulics is using the intelligence-based components for precision control and energy efficiency.
The advantages of combining smart sensors with hydraulic systems comprise data collection of the health status of fluid power parts—machine to machine interactions that hold the smart factory's initiatives. Additionally, inventory management of hydraulic machinery can be achieved using Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) based sensors connected to manifolds, directional control valves, or check valves.
By using electromagnetic fields, identification tags attached to the hydraulic mechanism can assist in streamlining the inventory of fluid power devices. Furthermore, smart sensor integration with hydraulic segments offers a holistic system architecture that permits flexibility to the interdisciplinary field of mechatronics.
There is a range of smart sensors for monitoring the mechanical movement of hydraulic components in a fluid power system. Position sensing switches are regularly used to detect cylinder end of stroke motion. These switches detect the end of the stroke with the help of a reed or proximity detection device to slow down the cylinder.